Jewellery, a touch of fantasy
"A girl's best friend" was how Marilyn Monroe described diamonds. True enough: while jewels certainly make our companions' eyes sparkle, they also represent an unobtrusive investment that can be easily transported and converted into cash anywhere in the world. As assets, they can be given as gifts or passed down, thus confirming their sentimental value – hence the saying "you don't sell the family jewels". But this is hardly the case in the market! Because if they can be bought, it is because somebody is selling. And there are plenty of reasons for this – firstly their profusion. Few can boast of having Impressionists or antiques in their homes, but every woman possesses at least one piece of jewellery, no matter how unassuming. Secondly, even when made of precious, lasting materials, jewellery items are still accessories, subject to the vagaries of fashion and likely to be transformed or sold. Hence the appeal of jewellery from the past, incidentally, like the diadem set with diamonds by Chaumet in around 1908, knocked down for €495,680 in March 2013 in Paris (Beaussant-Lefèvre). A piece of jewellery is judged from several points of view, such as its aesthetic look, the quality of its components, the balance of its design and the harmony of its proportions. A certified provenance is also an asset, as is the signature of a prominent jeweller. So as we can see, not all jewellery can be assessed in the same light.
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A major event in the art market for over six decades, the Paris Biennale des Antiquaires brings together numerous masterpieces from all periods and specialities. For the 27th edition of this biennial antiques fair, the Syndicat National des Antiquaires has given carte blanche to Jacques Grange, who had the idea to reconstruct the gardens of Versailles beneath the glass roof of the Grand Palais. To stage the project, the famous interior designer has called on the invaluable assistance of gardeners from the Chateau de Versailles. All the exhibitors will be playing along, giving their stands a real touch of "greenery".
The French art market cultivates its difference, and diversity is once again on the menu during the second half of 2014. A review of key sales in the new autumn season, from designer jewellery to 20th century first editions.
The jewellery market is in excellent health. As well
as being a safe investment, pieces are admired for
their beauty, especially when conceived by
This summer, sales in France included a delightful Christian Dior dress, a painting by Martial Raysse in the limelight at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, and a Transition period commode by Gilles Joubert, bought by the Château de Versailles.
Humanist photography. This captures those fleeting
moments that reveal the tender, poetic side of
mankind. A trend still in vogue in an ever-rosy market.
Two years after its creation, Paris Musées, which
manages 14 Paris institutions, has posted positive
results, including an ambitious programme and free
After its first appearance in 2010, AD Intérieurs
is now an integral part of the Paris landscape. With its fifth edition, the event even moves into the museum
world – and through the front door, to
boot! It could not have picked a better setting than
the main hall of the Musée Des Arts Décoratifs de Paris.
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