In 2009, Claude Aguttes and Bruno Perrier brought together a top “hammer” and a widely-recognised specialist in order to revive the tradition of the great mediaeval and Renaissance sales.
On 6 June 2009, the first in a long series of sales took place, and was a decided success.
Since then, this department has continued to expand in terms of both turnover and the number of lots sold, totalling nearly €8 million over the last six years.
On each occasion, the sales present collections from various provenances, and attract numerous private collectors from the south of France, Paris and Lyon regions, together with buyers from abroad. Despite the immense loss of Bruno Perrier, who died on 25 September 2014, we have continued to maintain these prestige sales.
We are setting off on a new path with the help of Gilles Bresset.
The Bresset family is devoted to mediaeval and Renaissance art, and specialises in valuing Euroepan furniture and objets d’art from the Middle Ages to the 17th century.
After setting up shop in 1954 on the Quai Voltaire in Paris, Edouard Bresset developed his reputation by acquiring major French collections, including that of Gustave Eiffel. President of the Compagnie Nationale des Experts and the Compagnie des Experts d’Arts of the Paris Court of Appeal, Edouard Bresset was one of the co-founders of the Biennale de Paris. His two sons, Stephan and Gilles Bresset, are now carrying on the family tradition of trading and valuation.
The catalogues of these sales will continue to be well-documented and finely illustrated, serving as genuine archives of the rich history of the decorative arts.
Each object or item of furniture is presented in the context of both its stylistic specificities and its expression of the tastes and attitudes of its times.
A wide variety of lots is presented: furniture (pulpits, cathedra, sideboards, chests, cassoni, dressers, cupboards, wardrobes, conversation chairs, chairs, armchairs, etc.), objects (chalices, cope chests, candleholders, Limoge enamel, pewter, carved/turned ivory, reliquaries, mortars, messenger boxes, etc,) and statues of the Madonna, Christ, saints, Roman divinities, etc., dating from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance right through to the end of the 17th century, and coming from Flanders, the Netherlands, the Germanic countries, the Iberian Peninsula and Italy.