The Fabius Gallery to auction off its holdings

Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux
Laughing Girl with Roses
and Laughing Boy
Terracotta - H : 54 cm
Paris, Galerie Fabius
Photo : Sotheby’s/Piasa

17/3/11 – Art market – Paris – The Galerie Fabius Frères was founded by Elie Fabiu, one of the most important antique dealers in the early 20th century. It was then taken over by his three sons, finally by his grand-son François Fabius who had worked with them for a long time. This fine connoisseur with an impeccable reputation, passed away after a long illness in August 2006. Although the gallery remained open until recently thanks to his wife and children, its management was most likely too burdensome for them to carry on. Thus, all of the holdings will be dispersed next 18 and 19 October at auction by Sotheby’s and Piasa (as a reminder, Laurent Fabius, François’ brother, is a major shareholder of the second).

The gallery was specialized in very fine quality 19th century works, particularly the work of Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux and Antoine-Louis Barye and has some exceptional pieces. There is also 18th and 19th century furniture, canvases by Carolus Duran and Jean Béraud, as well as important decorative art objects, notably by Théodore Deck and Maurice Marinot. In all, the auction will offer almost 400 lots estimated at between 9 and 14 million euros. No doubt there will be international museums interested in acquiring some of the more beautiful pieces and we hope that the French ones, notably the Louvre and Orsay, will be among the first to do so (some works will probably be classified as Trésor National).

A selection will be presented in the following cities :

- New York at Sotheby’s, from 29 April to 4 May 2011
- London at Sotheby’s, from 10 May to 16 May 2011
- Paris at Sotheby’s, from 18 June to 22 June 2011
- Monaco at the Hôtel de Paris, from 4 August to 7 August 2011
- Hong Kong at Sotheby’s, from 30 September to 5 October 2011

Finally, the entire collection will be exhibited at Sotheby’s Paris, Charpentier gallery (site of the auction), from 13 to 17 October 2011.

Didier Rykner, jeudi 17 mars 2011

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