The French auctioneer study Cornette de Saint Cyr invests Brussels and opened an sales room in October 2012. It has taken up residence in a magnificent mansion in the Chaussée de Charleroi. A nod to the history of the building, it once housed the Falmagne gallery, a sales room well known to Brussels bargain hunters, before hosting the restaurant “les Salons de l'Atalaïde”. Enjoying an ideal location in the heart of the historic center of the capital, not far from the Sablon and Avenue Louise, in an area popular with contemporary art galleries, the building is admirably laid out to its new destiny: spacious lounges and a reception hall that can accommodate works of art of any size in ideal exhibition conditions.
The opening of a sales room by Cornette de Saint Cyr in Belgium is part of the expansion and dynamism policy that the house has been carrying out for a few years. The auctioneer has considerably enlarged his activities by the creation of several new departments, (modern & contemporary prints - leader in France after his 2nd year of existence! -, comics, natural history, taxidermy & hunting, to only cite a few). It also offered a prime location for its sales in Paris, a magnificent mansion of 2,000 m2 located at 6 avenue Hoche, gaining new visibility and an image of refinement.
A Brussels adventure
A country of experienced collectors, advanced amateurs and discerning bargain hunters, Belgium has always been a focal point for Cornette de Saint Cyr. The study has a large number of customers which it has managed to retain over the years. The opening of a sales room is therefore the result of a reflection carried out for a long time, a way for the auctioneer to get closer to his Belgian collectors and to offer in Brussels a place of specialized sales. The sales room will initially devote itself to the 20th century, focusing on modern art, contemporary art, prints, fashion and design. Belgian art will also occupy a prominent place. Works more specific to the French market will be sent to Paris, as will works belonging to specialties not covered by the Belgian departments.
The auction house relies on a small but seasoned team familiar with the Belgian art market, led by Wilfrid Vacher associated with the house, who returns to his first love, he who was a specialist in contemporary art at Cornette de Saint Cyr from 1989 to 2008.
A family business with solid foundations
The Cornette de Saint Cyr study was founded in 1973 by Pierre Cornette de Saint Cyr. An unusual and colorful personality, he quickly made his mark on the French art market, showing himself to be both innovative and pioneer. It was under his hammer that the lots of the first specialized sales devoted to photography, advertising objects and design were awarded. Likewise, his passion for contemporary art, both international and French, which is forged through meetings and exchanges, pushes him to develop this department, to the point of making it a serious competitor of the biggest auction houses. His curiosity for artists is boundless. Convinced of the relevance and commitment of contemporary Chinese art, he organized the first auction in France.
Nearly forty years after its creation, the study has turned into a very family-friendly company (since 1989 and 1993 respectively, the sons of Pierre Cornette de Saint Cyr, Bertrand and Arnaud are associated with the study) and very efficient (it ranks fourth among French auction houses). Whether for its charitable sales (around 60 per year), its atypical sales (sale of the first website of the artist Fred Forest on October 28, 2000), the prestigious collections put up for auction (Alain Delon's collection of lyrical abstraction in 2007, Foujita estate (part of which was auctioned in November 2011, sale of furniture from the Royal Monceau in 2008) or exceptional results, the SVV Cornette de Saint Cyr is today an essential reference in the French art market and international.