Hélène Rihal, who holds a (DEA) in art history, is a specialist in 18th century French drawings and in particular on the work of Charles Parrocel (1688-1752), official painter of King Louis XV. She recently participated in the drawings exhibition at the Ecole Nationale Superieur des Beaux-Arts in Paris and to the creation of the production “Une dynastie de Peintres, les Parrocel”.
Helene Rihal began her career by working in several museums, including the Musée National de la Renaissance d’Ecouen and the graphic arts department at the Musée des beaux-arts de Valenciennes. She joined Christie’s in the Old Masters department before becoming a specialist in the drawings department in July 2006.
Among her greatest achievements are the sale of a beautiful drawing by Alexandre-François Desportes titled Etude de chien, with a presale estimate of €50,000–70,000, and which sold in Paris in April 2008 for €186,250. She was also key in the sale of a private drawings collection from 1500-1900 in March 2007, that sold fo €2,086,060. Additionally, she also sold a drawing by Hubert Robert titled Notre Dame de Paris, which was sold for $76,900 in January 2009 in New York.