A route through the best antique dealers in Paris

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This sumptuous gallery of the Rive Gauche is nestled in the Hôtel Collot, an elegant 1840 palace in neo-classical style by architect Louis Visconti . Located opposite the Seine and redecorated by the magnificent François-Joseph Graf, it is one of the most prestigious antiquaires in Paris and a world-renowned cultural institution, a meeting point for the most important collectors and art curators.

The brothers Alexis and Nicolas Kugel, belonging to the fifth generation of a family of Russian antique dealers, present in their rich halls a unique collection of exclusive works of goldsmithing, furniture, sculpture, painting and precious objects. It is comparable to a museum of remarkable pieces loaded with history, ranging from the Middle Ages to the nineteenth century.

Galerie J. Kugel

More than an antique dealer, a museum © Galerie J. Kugel

Already from its hall you will be amazed with its pair of majestic cabinets of hawksbill, ebony, rosewood and ivory of the seventeenth century; with its exquisite pendulum of the Three Graces, of Carlos IV or with a delicate bonheur-du-jour of René Dubois in green lacquer and golden bronze of the 18th century.

The gallery organizes thematic exhibitions thus contributing to the splendor of Paris as the capital of the arts; and gives academic talks in which he shares his passion, with museums such as the Grünes Gewölbe in Dresden and the Frick Collection in New York.

It will leave you speechless!

Galerie J. Kugel

Rococo you! © Galerie J. Kugel

CARRÉ RIVE GAUCHE

It is an association of art galleries and antique dealers, created in 1977, by some dealers who wished to pay tribute to the neighborhood and its illustrious residents such as Charles Baudelaire, Amedeo Modigliani, Alexandre Dumas, Jean-Auguste Ingres or even Serge Gainsbourg, who have left their footprint in the quartier.

Since then, its members have contributed to its splendor, generation after generation, keeping the same enthusiasm for 40 years. Today, they continue to represent art in all its diversity concentrated in certain streets of the 6th and 7th neighborhoods of Paris (rue du Bac, rue de Beaune, rue de Lille, rue Montalembert, rue des Saints-Pères, rue de l'Université, rue de Verneuil and quai Voltaire).

The Carré Rive Gauche organizes a Soirée de Printemps, in which its adherents united following a theme, expose the most extraordinary objects. This year, held from June 7 to 10, under the title La Dolce Vita, in which the imagination was unleashed by exhibiting works inspired by this evocative theme of fountains, the beauty of stone, Roman statues, Italy, romance, dolce far niente, the summer breeze …

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In addition, in autumn, you will enjoy Septembre des collectionneurs whose inauguration will be on the 5th of the same month, coinciding with Maison & Objet (international decoration, architecture and design show); La Biennale and Le Parcours des mondes (which meets every year in Saint Germain-des-Prés, some sixty specialized art galleries in Africa, Asia and Oceania).

If you come to Paris at another time, you can sign up for private visits around different themes organized throughout the year.

Among its many addresses you will find Bacstreet (dedicated to the arts of the Far East and Chinese archeology); Galerie Chenel (in which archeology and civilizations predominate); Carole Decombe (with Scandinavian furniture from the 18th century to the 70s and contemporary art); Delalande (specialized in the marine and sciences); Robert Four (which brings together the textile arts).

Also to Véronique Girard (expert in silverware, goldsmiths and porcelain of Chantilly); Golovanoff (presenting furniture, decoration and Russian and Northern European neoclassical paintings); François Hayem (specialist in marquetry, lacquers, expert in the eighteenth, nineteenth centuries, empire and Boulle) or Jean-Marc Lelouch (in which you will delight in his twentieth-century arts).

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GALLERIES OF LA RUE DU FAUBOURG SAINT-HONORÉ

Traditionally, in this luxurious Parisian neighborhood, called the golden triangle, specifically in the streets between the Elysee Palace and the Champs Elysees, the great names of the sector met.

Its location in the area of l'avenue Matignon and its surroundings, explains its neighborhood with some of the most prestigious auction houses and among its select galleries you will come across:

Aveline (94 rue du Faubourg Saint Honoré, 75008)

Belonging to the antiquarian Jean-Marie Rossi, it is located in the elegant Place Beauvau in which its grand rooms are a perfect setting for its collection of objects and furniture from the 17th to the 19th century. Regodéate with your bronze statuettes, empire style spiders, delicate silk panels, or the wonderful secretaries.

Galerie Aveline

In the elegant Place Beauvau © Galerie Aveline

Perrin (98 Rue du Faubourg Saint Honoré, 75008)

He is one of the greatest art specialists of the 18th century French and an exceptional place for experts, international decorators and museum curators.

Every year he participates in the Tefaf in Maastricht and New York, in the Brafa in Brussels and in the Masterpiece in London, representing the French taste. He also collaborates with large institutions such as the Château de Versailles or even the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and J. Paul Getty Museum in Malibu.

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One of the greatest art specialists of the 18th century French © Perrin

Galerie G. Sarti (137 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, 75008)

Nestled in a beautiful hôtel particulier, it keeps exquisite Italian paintings from the 13th to the 15th century as well as furniture and art objects ; some of which have become part of collections of European and American museums.

They also offer an extensive program of exhibitions in which collectors or amateurs will be welcome.

The Rive Droite Nocturne is organized every year, a soiree in which a large part of the galleries of rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, the Avenue Matignon and its adjoining streets open their doors during a festive evening to present their works .

Also outstanding in the quartier are those dedicated to modern and contemporary art such as Galeries Bartoux-Saint Honoré; Bernheim-Jeune; Galerie Boulakia; Galerie Hopkins; Malingue; Opera Gallery and Galerie de Souzy.

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THE AUCTION HOUSES

One of those things that you must do once in a lifetime in Paris is to attend a sale in one of its auction houses, whether in the famous Christie's, the Hôtel Drouot (perfect for an estimate), the Parisian subsidiary of Sotheby’s ; the Artcurial special, Piasa ; the luxurious Tajan (specialized in archeology and objects of primitive or contemporary art) or even the Hôtel des ventes du Crédit Municipal de Paris (former Monte de Piedad where you will find essentially jewels and argenterie).

All propose multiple and heterogeneous sales, organized by theme from Chinoiseries through furniture of the legendary Hôtel Ritz (Coco Chanel suite included); others of vintage fashion, such as Hermès' past or even photography, fine and spirited wines or watchmaking collection.

Attending a vente aux enchères is an experience; It is like a museum of decorative arts with a dose of adrenaline, since in addition to enjoying the exhibition you can bid for the works and with a little luck, take them to your home.

Watch your calendars! You can make real finds.

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BIENNALE DE PARIS

Formerly called Biennale des Antiquaires, it is an art and antiques hall created in 1962 by the Syndicat National des Antiquaires . Its 30th edition will be held from September 8 to 16 under the impressive glass of the Grand Palais.

This quote from the luxe à la française as every year (despite its name), brings together exquisite treasures of the most important dealers; around 100 galleries, antique dealers and international collectors, in addition to great world jewelers.

You will wander among paintings by well-known artists, sumptuous services of renowned goldsmiths, great sculptures and antique furniture from all eras.

In a somewhat simpler view, to find pieces available to everyone, you can go to the Parisian brocantes (flea markets).

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THE ITINERANT BROCANTS

Every weekend, one of the neighborhoods of Paris organizes a more or less large market with all kinds of wonders that you will buy, or at least, they will inspire you.

My favorites are the one organized by the town hall of neighborhood 3 during sunny summer days, this year will be from June 29 to July 1 . In it about 300 professional positions extend along rue de Bretagne, rue Eugène Spuller, rue Perrée, rue Debelleyme and rue Caffarelli and among them, some stands of regional gastronomic specialties and certain neighbors who register as vendors for Do summer cleaning at home.

In addition on Saturday and Sunday they dedicate the courtyard of the town hall to the children, so that they also sell their toys, books, clothes …

If you want to get bargains, the best time is Sunday at the last minute before closing.

In a similar style, another appealing brocante is that of rue des Martyrs in the 9th district, in the lively area of ​​southern Pigalle, called by the most modern with the SoPi contraction.

'Brocantes' en las calles de París

'Brocantes' in the streets of Paris © Alamy

FOIRE DE CHATOU, ÎLE DES IMPRESSIONNISTES

This bucolic antique fair is located on the Island of the Impressionists, an idyllic place located just 10 minutes from Paris. It is the most important and ancient manifestation of this kind held in France, a mixture of tradition and modernity formed by about 700 stands.

It is a perfect getaway to spend the day outdoors and find decorating ideas to renovate your maison on vacation return ( the next fair will take place from September 28 to October 7 ).

To complete the country day you will regain strength with the traditional dishes of their “snacks” (knuckle, foie gras sandwiches, cheese from Savoy, piglet or even Norman oysters, accompanied by wine from Mâcon, Bourgogne, Bordeaux and Alsace.

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THE MARCHÉ AUX PUCES

Marché aux Puces de Saint Ouen (Rue des Rosiers, 93400 Saint-Ouen)

You can not miss the famous trail of northern Paris . In the early morning attended by professionals and the rest of the day frequented by fans, tourists and walkers.

It is the largest antiques market in the world and is divided into multiple markets by specialties; so you can get a Napoleon-style dresser in Vernaison's boutiques, beautiful hand-embroidered linens at the Marché Jules Vallès, a 50's table in Paul Bert-Serpette or why not, a huge portico of château in L ' Entrepot.

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Les Puces de Vanves (14 Avenue Georges Lafenestre, 75014)

It is another Marche aux Puces Parisian less known but more familiar, organized on Saturday mornings and Sundays throughout the year in the south of the capital, smaller and less ostentatious, as well as their prices.

Formed by about 400 professional positions that extend their “treasures” outdoors, 18th and 19th century furniture or art Deco; 70's lamps, glassware and silverware; camera; Postal cards; coins; seals; vintage jewelry; Ancient fabrics and all unimaginable objects.

Los mercados de pulgas de París, para perderse

The flea markets of Paris, to get lost © Getty Images

Marché Beauvau (Rue d'Aligre and place d'Aligre, 75012)

This beautiful market is also called Marché d'Aligre because of its location in the eponymous square.

It is separated into two, the covered part dedicated to food (with delicious cheeses, butchers, spices …) and an open area where you will find household accessories, fabrics, old books …)

It is a charmant market, ideal for your morning shopping on Sunday before having a snack, à la française, in the well-known wine bar Le Baron Rouge.

Los mercados de pulgas de París, para perderse

Get lost in the flea markets of Paris © Getty Images

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