Art Market magazine
A word of advice: if numbers are not really your thing, skip this page, just for once… As June is traditionally the month for publishing the 2013 activity report of auction sales in France, we can't avoid a short maths lesson – applied maths, of course!
Good news for the sector: the global market rose in 2013 by 3.4%, with global auction sales of €25.4 billion. The top players' list was unchanged: China, despite a drop of 6% and a large proportion of unpaid sales, was in the lead – on paper, at least –, followed by the US, the UK and France. Fourth, then, in global terms, but second in terms of sales volumes, France was acclaimed for its "diversity and high-quality offering". If you need convincing, just take a look through this month's results, which post excellent bids for both Chinese objects (over €20 million for the Paris Asian week alone), and tribal, contemporary and modern art. Europe is thus looking a little healthier, and for once, in terms of the economy, it's partly due to France…
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The Louvre is thinking big. With its new spaces dedicated to art from Louis XIV to Marie-Antoinette, the Parisian Museum provides a lesson on style, paying splendid homage to the French way of life and expertise. From the strong hues of the absolute rule of the Sun King to the livelier, more varied colours of the "Beloved's" reign and the softer tones of his successor's times, the Musée du Louvre’s new rooms dedicated to the arts of three Louis of France lack neither panache nor typically French rigour as far as museography is concerned.…
While the capital takes its summer break, auctions wend their way to the seaside. Monaco stages its traditional jewellery, vintage and modern/contemporary art sales, and Deauville a number of events focusing on the horse.
Asian week produced some substantial results, particularly with Chinese objects; also some excellent bids for ethnic and contemporary art.
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