Following the postponement of the 32nd edition of La Biennale Paris, Christie’s, working with La Biennale Paris and the Syndicat National des Antiquaires, has launched a major online-only auction running from September 24 to October 8. All artistic disciplines are represented, covering more than 6,000 years of art history, from antiquity and contemporary art, to classic antique furniture and modern interior design, as well as jewelry.

“Christie’s has the utmost respect for antique dealers and gallerists, whom we consider key art market players and privileged partners, particularly in the period we are living through,” says Christie’s CEO Guillaume Cerutti. “The prestige of La Biennale Paris and its ambitions for the future added to our enthusiasm to build an innovative online auction, together.”

La Biennale Paris is one of the world’s leading art events, bringing together internationally renowned art and antique dealers, design galleries, jewelers, and collectors under the iconic nave of the Grand Palais. “It is an event organized by dealers for dealers and it’s essential that we support the profession in this unprecedented crisis with new and appropriate initiatives,” says Georges De Jonckheere, president of La Biennale Paris.

An antique Russian Guéridon on sale through the La Paris Biennale and Christie's online auction
This Russian Imperial guéridon, available through Galerie Neuse in the Christie’s and La Paris Biennale online sale, was once a gift from Tzar Alexander I to the Queen of Prussia.

“We are very pleased to be partnering with Christie’s for this sale. Christie’s wide reach and extensive capacities worldwide will bring great visibility to dealers and will enable them to reach out to new collectors,” De Jonckheere adds. “We operate in a global market. This partnership, which has a global reach and marketing capabilities, is part of a mutually beneficial reflection that benefits the market, clients and collectors alike.”

Christie’s has the utmost respect for antique dealers and gallerists, whom we consider key art market players and privileged partners, particularly in the period we are living through—Guillaume Cerutti

The online auction will also benefit a good cause, helping to preserve cultural icons. “In 2020, La Biennale Paris made a commitment to donate the profits from its Gala Dinner to the Mission Stéphane Bern for the protection of historic monuments and ancient buildings,” explains Cerutti. “Christie’s will support this commitment and will donate a part of the proceeds from this sale to the mission.”

Une Jeune femme venant de recevoir une lettre de son époux by Marguerite Gérard
A rare find: Acquired in 1904 by Belgian aristocrat Baron Édouard Louis Joseph, “Une Jeune femme venant de recevoir une lettre de son époux” by Marguerite Gérard will be available for purchase through Galerie Alexis Bordes.

As well as appearing online, all works in the sale will be exhibited and on view at the participating galleries. These include the prestigious Ariadne Galleries (New York, London); Galerie Aveline (Paris); Galerie de la Béraudière (Brussels, Geneva); Brun Fine Art (Milan, London); Carpenters Workshop Gallery (London, Paris, New York, San Francisco); Didier Claes (Brussels); Laffanour – Galerie Downtown (Paris); Yves Macaux (Brussels); Galerie Mermoz (Paris); Galerie Neuse (Bremen); and Galerie Steinitz (Paris).

The next edition of La Biennale Paris will take place in September 2021 inside the Grand Palais Éphémère designed by the architect Jean-Michel Wilmotte who continues to collaborate with La Biennale.

Banner image: La Biennale Paris 2018, held in the iconic nave of the Grand Palais. Florent Drillon

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