“The Objets d’Art are, in themselves, ambassadors of an era: they embody its customs, its taste. Paying homage to them is the least we can do, and it is one of the essential aspects of our profession.”
— Grégoire de Thoury
The department defines itself as a transmitter of things that often belong to the history of our families. Many masterpieces remain forgotten or undervalued, both in terms of preservation and appreciation. Requesting our expertise services often leads to the discovery of treasures that were previously overlooked and underestimated due to everyday carelessness. Parting with a cultural asset for reasons of common sense, economics, or family is a matter that requires discretion and seriousness, given the weight of history and the sensitivity it carries.
For us, family memory is inseparable from this identification work. Our interests are perfectly aligned with those of our selling clients, and we consistently strive to promote the entrusted goods, highlighting their importance and origin to a wide audience of international bidders, as was the case for the sale of the furniture from Montpatey Castle and the Hache furniture collection from Mr. B. Does not the proverb teach us that “It is not possessions that make us happy, but the good use we make of them”?
The fieldwork of our specialists, the Inventories & Collections department, and our representative offices enable us to examine a large quantity of goods. Expertly appraising and wisely distributing them allows us to organize specialized sales each year, followed by our international collector clients.
With our internal expertise and our passion for the history of objects – whether ceramics, sculptures, or other forms of decorative arts – we cover the entire history of French, European, and foreign decorative arts, from archaeology to the Gothic period until the end of the 19th century. The Haute Époque, Renaissance furniture, the reigns of Louis XIII, Louis XIV, the Age of Enlightenment (Regency, Louis XV, Louis XVI) constitute the heart of our sales. The periods of the Consulate, the Directory, and the Empire are also dynamically addressed since the creation of auctions exclusively dedicated to the Empire theme. And finally, the Restauration, Charles X, and Second Empire furniture.
Aguttes Auction House disperses numerous private collections every year. The Furniture, Sculpture & Objets d’Art Department recorded over 3 million euros in sales last year for these collection auctions.
Aguttes stands for defending objects, artworks, and their sellers by offering tailor-made communication in line with the collector’s spirit. The support provided for these collection sales is entirely personalized. The head of the department and the team develop the best dispersion strategy, which can be based on various types of live or online auctions. Most often, the collections are presented in dedicated or separate catalogs with a visual identity specifically designed for them. The geographical location of the sale is determined according to its relevance, and the sales can take place either at Aguttes Auction House in Neuilly-sur-Seine or any other location in France or abroad. The public exhibitions prior to the auctions offer the opportunity to meet our buyers and provide them with our advice. In our sales, we offer sought-after pieces for their execution quality, with great signatures of cabinetmakers, clockmakers, sculptors, goldsmiths, chasers, and ornamentalists from the 15th to the 19th century.
Good to know: Our Furniture and Objets d’Art Department organizes four auctions in Paris and four online auctions each year. The team supports you in searching, selling, or acquiring a unique work, with all the confidentiality that implies in private transactions.
The auction house possesses a unique communication power and provides sellers with modern and targeted tools for an effective international reach. We pay special attention to the production of the sales catalog, whether in print or entirely digital format, in terms of both design and content. During our campaigns, we mobilize buyers from our portfolio in all specialties and identified potential buyers. We communicate with them through various channels: online and offline advertisements, social media, email marketing, media, influencers, and auction platforms, with tailored and high-quality materials: images, text, and videos.
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More than 14 specialized departments
Large and agile organization for the management of "top lots" and particular collections
More than 60% of buyers are foreign
More than 150 lots sold at more than 100 000€ in 2022
4 annual auctions by specialty