When the visitor walks in Bordeaux, he first sees a city to the grandiose old architecture, worthy of a capital city but also a spectacular contemporary art museum, LCDR he was in the 1990s one of the most innovative of France and, finally, the strong presence of a bourgeoisie. All of which would assume that the art market is particularly active. And yet... Hear auctioneers of cru, as today throughout the regions, the request is lower than 5.000 euro values relatively modest parts and supply is from old collections. Four sales houses are located in Bordeaux which two share leadership, to the auction Hall of Chartrons and study Jean-Dit Cazaux.
Eric Lacombe is one of the auctioneers associated sales Hall auction the Chartrons, on the dock of the same name installed instead of an old extinct rum distillery, Bardinet. Operation of study corresponds to that of General activity. A sale each week without catalog and once a month an earlier sale of range accompanied by a plate that reproduces the most important lots. The latter put up for sale recently include a painting abstract French artist of Russian origin, Lanskoy, estimated 50,000 euros. It found no payee. The auctioneer says "Bordeaux is finally enough closed city where tastes are moving mainly to a classic market."
Furniture, "the most beautiful interiors are those of the castles of the wine-growing properties and must be truly exceptional circumstances so that their content is dispersed." "Estates are well organised and valuable furniture are shared between heirs", observes Eric Lacombe. The objects remain therefore in families, private, and the market.
The Bordelais appreciate the style of the cru and local history. For example, recently, a map representing the city in 1755, commissioned by the great intendant of Guyenne Tourny a door alley its name in the city has been awarded to 1,800 euros. Regional identity passes in priority by a specific type of furniture: furniture of port. Bordeaux, port of estuary served as liaison between Gascony and the overseas firstly in the trade of wine in the 17th century then the slaves in the 18th century. To not return empty, boats were weighted by exotic logs mainly mahogany. In the 18th century, Bordeaux is a very rich and prosperous families are making port furniture exotic solid wood considered the most beautiful of France at this time. The rating of these well today wanted furniture beyond the Bordeaux region depends on their State of conservation, of the General curve of the exhibit the more shapely are the most popular and the work of molding.
According to the auctioneer, the contoured convenient typical Louis XV sells between 12,000 and 18,000 euros. A stable value for several years. On the other hand, the cabinets of the same style, the inhabitants of the cities are more difficult to use because of their large format leave for 5,000 to 6,000 euros.
The study led by Christian Jean - Dit Cazaux dates from the 19th century but it is installed for several years in a modern building on the right side of the city. The auctioneer confirms the timidity of local purchases. "The outstanding objects are sold to Parisian or foreign amateurs." The Internet has become an indispensable tool and our catalogues are now online. However, in Bordeaux, a tradition of the collection remains. "According to the commissairepriseur, it is moving quite original way among others towards old silverware. "If the average purchase in the matter amounts to 4,000 euros, has been very complete home sold in Bordeaux up to 15.000 euros."
At Bordeaux, we also appreciate the India Company porcelain, used for decorative purposes. Plate for decoration of flowers red predominantly manufactured in China in the 18th century for Western trade sells on average for 150 euros. If this collection theme may seem outdated, it is in fact an early evidence of what is today called globalization. Bordeaux was then one of the major relay of transcontinental trade.