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Event Date23 June 04:00 PM CEST | Live auction 19534

Collection Michel Périnet

Collection Michel Périnet

Sale Overview

Auction in association with Bernard Dulon, Lance Entwistle, Alain de Monbrison and François de Ricqlès.

Michel Périnet was renowned for his taste and discretion. As a jeweller, he built the finest Art Nouveau collection, centered around the creations of René Lalique. He used to say that if he could have travelled back in time, he would have tried to prevent the birth of Calouste Gulbenkian, his rival as a Lalique collector and founder of the eponymous museum in Lisbon. From his boutique on rue Danièle Casanova, Périnet was tirelessly on the hunt for new treasures to propose to his sophisticated clients, comprising members of high society and the cultural elite.

Beyond his passion for Lalique, he also collected works from the Pont-Aven school and assembled a group of Art Deco works, whose quality continues to be admired by Specialists to this date. Michel Périnet subsequently discovered and embraced Modern Art, particularly the work of Francis Picabia, and later discovered the Arts of Africa and Oceania, which sparked a lasting enthusiasm that would never leave him.

Across all these fields, Michel Périnet consistently displayed a distinguished taste and determination in acquiring the most exquisite works of art. His passion and tenacity, allowed him to build extraordinary collections,  which bear the fruit of his rigorous work and legendary eye.

Christie’s sale on 23 June will represent a cultural landmark and aims to pay a fitting tribute to a discreet man as he joins the ranks of the greatest collectors, alongside Jacques Doucet, his role model, and Nouran Manoukian, his dear friend.

On this occasion, his collection of masterpieces of African, Oceanic and American art, of which many with exceptional provenance, will be unveiled to the public after having been safeguarded and treasured by Michel Périnet for as long as 50 years. 


Auction times
23 Jun 04:00 PM (CEST) Lots 1-61

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Alexis Maggiar

Alexis Maggiar

International Director of the Department of Arts of Africa, Oceania and the Americas | African & Oceanic Art

Alexis Maggiar joined Christie’s in June 2020 as International Director of the Department of Arts of Africa, Oceania and the Americas.

Having started his career in 2001 with Alain de Monbrison and subsequently Calmels Cohen Auctioneers at the Hotel Drouot, Alexis joined an international auction house in 2007 where he evolved until becoming European Director of the African and Oceania Arts Department in 2017.

For more than a decade, Alexis has contributed to significant discoveries in the field, setting numerous auction records and participating in the success of collector's sales in his category in both Paris and New York. The results obtained in this field salute the strength of his expertise and his aesthetic sense. Fascinated by the dialogue between arts and cultures, his commitment has largely favoured the recognition of this category at the top of the art market.
Victor Teodorescu

Victor Teodorescu

Head of sale – Specialist | African & Oceanic Art

Victor Teodorescu joined Christie’s in Paris in 2016 as a Specialist in the Art of Africa, Oceania and North America department, and was apponted Head of Sale in 2018. Prior to his position at Christie’s, Victor has worked at the Brussels branch of the German auction house Lempertz.

In his current role, Victor is instrumental in securing important consignments. Notable highlights included the Helena Rubinstein mask, which sold for nearly €1 million at the Paris Avant-Garde sale in 2019. He also contributed to the sale of an important Songye figure, which realised nearly €2.3 million.

Victor speaks French, German, English, Italian, Romanian, Spanish and Dutch.

Victor Teodorescu a rejoint Christie’s à Paris en 2016 en tant que spécialiste du département des arts d’Afrique, d’Océanie et des Amériques. Il a été nommé responsable des ventes en 2018. Avant de rejoindre Christie’s, Victor a travaillé à la filiale bruxelloise de la maison de vente aux enchères allemande Lempertz.

Dans ses fonctions actuelles, Victor a un rôle clé pour garantir d’importantes consignations. Parmi les plus notables se trouvent le masque Helena Rubinstein, vendu près d’un million d’euros lors de la vente Paris Avant-Garde en 2019. Il a aussi contribué à la vente d’une importante sculpture Songye, adjugée près de €2.3million. Victor parle français, allemand, anglais, italien, roumain, espagnol et néerlandais."
Remy Magusteiro

Remy Magusteiro

Junior Specialist, Head of the sale | African & Oceanic Art

Based in Paris, Rémy Magusteiro joined the African & Oceanic Art and the Pre-Columbian Art departments as a Cataloguer in 2018 and was appointed as Junior Specialist in 2020. Rémy joined Christie’s after studying Art History, Political Science and Law. After graduation, he worked with Jean-Baptiste Bacquart in his art gallery and in a french auction house. He speaks several languages, including Portuguese and Spanish.

Basé à Paris, Rémy Magusteiro a rejoint le département d’Arts d’Afrique, d’Océanie et des Amériques et le département d’art précolombien comme catalogueur en 2018. Il a été nommé spécialiste junior en 2020. Rémy a rejoint Christie’s après des études d’histoire de l’art, sciences politiques et droit. Après l’obtention de son diplôme, il a travaillé avec Jean-Baptiste Bacquart dans sa galerie d’art et dans une maison de vente aux enchères. Il parle plusieurs langues, dont le portugais et l’espagnol.

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