Friday’s Tall Tales #7

Whenever I photograph a door or gate I wonder about its provenance, who and what has happened across said door or gate. I thought I might pick one from #Thursdaydoors and tell you a bit more about it or……maybe even weave a story about it. 

These handsome wrought iron gates belong to the historic Hôtel Marcel Dassault at the corner of the Avenue Montaigne and the Rond-Point des Champs-Elysées. In 2001, Nicolas Orlowski (founder and CEO of Artcurial) acquired the building from L’Oréal. He hired auctioneers Francis Briest, Hervé Poulain and Rémy Le Fur, and established auction house Artcurial in 2022 as a wholly-owned subsidiary of family-owned Dassault Group. This was just as the French auction market was opening up to competition, and it quickly became the leading French auction house.

Today, as a multi-faceted auction house, Artcurial enjoys international recognition and has earned its place at the forefront of the art market. With sales taking place mainly in Paris, Monaco and Marrakech, the auction house celebrated its 20th anniversary with turnover of €216.5 million in 2022.

Conceived as a cultural venue, the passion for works of art and collectors’ items is expressed around a core of main specialities – from fine art to decorative art, collectors’ cars, jewellery, important clocks and watches, fine wines and spirits, etc., in fact more than 25 areas of expertise.

With a clear international focus, Artcurial’s expertise extends beyond the French borders, exporting its know-how through representative offices in Austria, Belgium, Germany, Italy and Spain, subsidiaries in Monte-Carlo and Morocco as well as having a presence in Beijing and Tel Aviv and holding annual exhibitions in New York.



16 Comments on “Friday’s Tall Tales #7

    • Auctions are interesting but you need to keep your arms glued to your side otherwise……….


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