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Three bids of over a million closed the season at Drouot. The first, with Millon, went to a rare insignia of the Order of the White Eagle, a remnant of Tsarist Russia, thus ratifying the creation of a brand-new department dedicated to Russian art. The others, through two late 15th century Books of Hours, rewarded the mediaeval manuscript sector: one still untouched by speculation. These made a fine showing today at the dispersion of the Aristophil company's assets, whose second session ended with the highly honourable sum of €17.6 M, including fourteen preemptions and seven bids of over €500,000. A remarkable occurrence in a month usually dominated by the modern and contemporary sphere, and which in the end saw the breakthrough of Old Master painting, with a Le Nain (making its first appearance at auction) knocked down for nearly €3.6 M by Rouillac in Val de Loire, and a still life by Jan van de Velde III fetching nearly €850,000 at Drouot. Further splendid surprises came with a cello by the great Guadagnini to the tune of €930,000 in Vichy, and a "firework display" by the American artist Norman Bluhm: the highest European price for one of his works. It's now time for a well-deserved holiday – so if anyone fancies the idea of a few exhibitions, we can help!

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"This is Knoll" was the proud statement in red neon at the entrance of the editor's stand at the 2016 Milan Furniture Fair. An occasion to look back at the history of the sleeping beauty, who had finally disappeared behind her furniture. "We needed to establish Knoll's identity with the public," says the CEO of the European branch, Demetrio Apolloni, "and remind them that a Saarinen, a Bertoia and a Platner is also Knoll." A long history of outstanding names that have punctuated the history of the brand and its husband-and-wife founders, Hans and Florence Knoll


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A well-deserved rest for the Hôtel Drouot, now organising its last sales of the season while the auction market moves to the coast, between Cannes and Monaco.



A more than honourable score for the second session of the sale of Aristophil’s manuscripts, with €7.6 M garnered at Drouot between 16 and 20 June.



This summer, the 20th century will as ever be well-represented in French exhibition areas, and Paris deserted for the regions and the seaside. Here are a few truly must-see events



As President of the Royal Chamber of Belgian Antiques Dealers and a dealer himself, Francis Maere juggles two hats, promoting Belgian artists in his garden in Ooidonk and his gallery in Ghent.



After working at the Kreo Gallery and then the Carpenters Workshop Gallery, Aurélie Julien now works as a designer collection consultant. We asked her 3 questions about the market.



The main house in the Queen's Hamlet is opening after two years' remarkable renovation work. A promenade through this little theatre of rural life in the footsteps of Marie-Antoinette.



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