American museums shop at the Salon du Dessin

After two years of postponements and restrictions related to the pandemic, with the 30th edition of Salon du Dessin (18 – 23 May 2022) Paris was once again able to assert its leading position in the international market for artistic design

Enthusiasts, collectors and museum inspectors who have made numerous acquisitions come to the fair. Presents the curators of many American museums in New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington and Minneapolis. MET has in particular reserved two French designs from the 18th century since its inauguration. The exhibitors experienced the same level of sales and participation as before the pandemic. Deprived for two years of the opportunity to sell at major trade fairs, the exhibitors had reserved their best works for the occasion.

The sale

On the occasion of the inauguration – which welcomed 2,500 people – the gallery Didier Aaron sold a François Boucher chalk “Pêcheurs sous un pont” to a French collector. The gallery of Bayser sold a small brown watercolor on pink paper by Claude Lorrain entitled “Panoramic countryside in Rome” to a European collector for 600,000 euros. From Benjamin Peronnet three works went to American museums, including “Heads of a Young Woman and a Satyr”, a drawing with a ballpoint pen and brown ink of Jean-Jacques David (over 100,000 euros). The gallery Grässle Härb Nuti, has reserved four drawings from the 16th to the 20th century for American museums since their inauguration. Based in Munich and London, the gallery presented several works by Tiepolo and also sold a pencil drawing by Egon Schiele, “Young woman leaning forward (Adele Harms?)” For around € 300,000. The gallery Michel Descours presented the work of Antoine Berjon, modern Lyonnais artist by Pierre-Joseph Redouté. Two designs were sold at the opening for € 45,000 each. One of these was acquired by the collector Louis-Antoine Prat.

Claude Lorrain (1600-1682)
Panoramic landscape in the landscape of Rome
Brown wash on paper prepared in pink
The Bayser
Jacques-Louis David (1748-1825)
The heads of a young woman and a satyr
Pen and brown ink, Signed ‘David’ 155 x 195 mm
Benjamin Peronnet
Egon Schiele (1890-1918)
Young woman leaning forward with head resting on her united hands (Adèle Harms?)
Pencil on paper
286 x 456 mm
Grässle Härb Nuti
Antoine Berjon (Lyon, 1754 – id., 1843)
Study of a draped figure
Pen and black and gray ink, gray sink, traces of black chalk 375 x 228 mm
Signed bottom right: “Berjon”
Galerie Michel Descours

New York Gallery Brady & Co immediately sold a penwork of Luca Cambiaso depicts two animated figures in motion for € 32,000. Already at the opening, the gallery Terrader sold a black and red chalk drawing by Antoine Coypel, “The shadow of Saul appearing to Samuel” (circa 1695), to an American museum, while a drawing by Francisco Pacheco was reserved for a French museum. The gallery Onno van Seggelen sold a mallow by Albertus Jonas Brandt and a drawing by Peter van Bloemen, “Study of a Military Camp”. The two designs were offered between € 15,000 and € 25,000 each. The Dutch gallery also sold a 17th-century drawing by Herman Saftleven, “Fruit Picking”, and a 17th-century Scandinavian landscape by Esias van de Velde to the Dutch Teylers Museum in Haarlem.

LUCA Cambiaso (1527-1585)
Two animated characters in motion
Pen with brown ink, brown sink and traces of black stone. 125 x 102 mm
Credit: WM Brady & Co., New York

Martin Møller A dozen drawings were sold, including, for more than 150,000 euros, a black pencil on paper by Adolph von Menzel “Portrait of a young woman in a degraded dress”, which had remained in the same family since its creation in 1888.
In the stand controlled by Jean-Luc Baroni & Marty de Cambiaire a magnificent red chalk by François Boucher depicting a crocodile went to an American buyer, a preparatory study for the “Crocodile Hunt”, a painting kept at the Musée de Picardie in Amiens. The Florentine Gallery Enrico Frascione sold an erotic drawing of a student of Raphael, an erect penis in the shape of a bird, offered for 30,000 euros.

In the segment Modern art, the gallery Antoine Laurentin sold several works by Geneviève Asse and a drawing by Picabia (pencil on mounted paper from 1936) depicting a portrait of a woman. On the occasion of the inauguration, Galleria La Présidence sold to a European collector a sanguine drawing by Maillol, depicting a nude rear view for € 25,000 and a pencil and ink drawing by Matisse, an odalisque with checkerboard (1928). to Loeve & Co sold a work by German visual artist Hannah Höch for € 35,000 to a French collector and a collage by Gudmundur Erró to an American museum of ancient art; great interest in Prévert’s collages offered between € 8,000 and € 10,000.


18 – 23 May 2022

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