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The Paul Touzet Collection of Old Masters

Published on , by Philippe Dufour
Auction on 09 March 2024 - 14:30 (CET) - 60, rue Verte - 76000 Rouen

Paul Touzet was one of France's most renowned post-war experts. The sale of part of his collection of paintings and drawings is an opportunity to pay him a well-deserved tribute.

Hanging in the Cabinet Turquin, part of Paul Touzet’s collection, where the Northern... The Paul Touzet Collection of Old Masters

Hanging in the Cabinet Turquin, part of Paul Touzet’s collection, where the Northern Schools were side by side with works by early 19th-century French artists.

Fifty years ago, the unerring judgment of Paul Touzet (1898-1981) made him one of the most highly sought-after specialists in the Parisian Old Masters market. It is worth retracing the trajectory of the expert's distinguished career. He began by opening a gallery on rue de l'Université in the interwar period but it was not until 1960 that he launched his expertise in the heart of Paris, then the world's leading art market. The 1970s were the golden age of auctions. The center of gravity shifted to the Left Bank between 1976 and 1981. The former Orsay railway station (today the D'Orsay Museum) housed the Drouot auction house group while the building on rue Drouot was torn down and rebuilt. The many sales in which Touzet participated took place first at the old Hôtel Drouot, then at Orsay, but also at the Palais Galliera, a traditional venue for blue-ribbon auctions, and more rarely at the Hôtel George V. Louis-Léopold Boilly (1761-1845), Portrait of Talma , canvas glued to an oval panel, 19 x 15 cm/7.48 x 5.90 in. Estimate: €4,000/6,000 A Predilection for the Northern European Schools During the 20 years before his death in 1981, Touzet worked with over 30 different appraisal firms in Paris. Two names come up repeatedly: Edmond Champetier de Ribes and Jean-Philippe Bondu. But the two that called upon his services the…
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Saturday 09 March 2024 - 14:30 (CET) - Live
60, rue Verte - 76000 Rouen
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