The mix ranges from general ventes courantes (lots offered without a catalogue) to sales of paintings by local artists and general antiques up to grander auctions of Impressionist and Modern paintings and sculpture or luxury goods such as jewellery, designer watches and vintage handbags.
Besch in Cannes is a regular on this summer scene and is holding its 30th anniversary series of ventes de prestige in mid August at the Hotel Martinez.
There are sessions devoted to wines and spirits on the 14th, Impressionist and Contemporary art, Art Deco furnishings and art glass on the 15th and watches, jewellery and collectors’ pens on the 16th.
Pictured top is one of the picture highlights: a painting on cardboard applied on panel by the French post-Impressionist Edouard Vuillard. Anémones is signed and dated 07 lower right and has a provenance back to Jos Hessel in Paris who acquired it direct from the artist. It has since been in several French and US collections and comes to auction with an estimate of €60,000-70,000.
The sale also features a 1993 bronze, Main de Roman, by Claude and François-Xavier Lalanne which is signed, dated and numbered EA3/4.
Provenanced to a private collection and acquired from the Galerie Jean Gabriel Mitterand, the bronze has an estimate of €28,000-35,000.
Atlantic call to arms
Geoffroy-Bequet’s summer sales in Royan on the Atlantic coast include an auction on August 17 offering furniture and works of art, silver, paintings and jewellery.
Among the diverse pieces included in this mixed-discipline sale will be a pair of mid-19th century Liège percussion duelling pistols in a mahogany veneered case with accessories including a bullet mould and powder flask.
It is guided at €2000-2800.
Daum takes flight
This large Daum glass sculpture titled L’Envol (The Flight) will feature in a sale at Ivoire NÎmes on August 10.
Polished crystal glassware of this type began to be produced in commercial quantities by the Daum factory after the Second World War. This large sculpture, 3ft 7in (1.1m) in length and 2ft 3in (70cm) in height, is thought, says the auction firm, to have been made for a collector as a special commission. It has an estimate of €2000-3000.
Daum comes sailing in
Toledano in Arcachon on the Atlantic coast has a full programme of sales throughout August.
The collectors’ watches auction on August 12 and Contemporary art sale on August 14 will be followed by a traditional mixed-discipline event on August 20. This will offer antique furniture and decorative art, jewellery, Old Master and Modern paintings and sculpture.
Pictured above is one of the highlights from the sale on the 20th: a piece of 20th century of French art glass by Daum. The 14½in (37cm) early footed baluster shaped vase is signed Daum Nancy France and has the Cross of Lorraine mark. The acid-etched decoration shows sailing boats silhouetted against a rosy sky with distant townscape on the horizon.
The estimate is €3500-4000.