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Brussels Art Square
Founded in 2005, on the initiative of a group of leading Belgian antique dealers, Brussels Art Square asbl aims to raise the profile, both at home and abroad, of the Sablon and its surrounding area as a historic art and antiques district, with the intention of preserving the originality and charm of this quarter of Brussels. After several years of existence, Brussels Art Square ASBL has now given itself a dimension that is both international and original. Indeed, a European country will be invited to share these exhibition days with the antique dealers and gallery owners of the Sablon. And we are inaugurating this new formula with the United Kingdom, from where we welcome 15 renowned antique dealers. With the National Trust as guest of honour.
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Christie’s, the world's leading art business, had global auction and private sales in the first half of 2014 that totaled £2.69 / $4.47 billion, making it the highest half year total in Christie’s history. Christie’s is a name and place that speaks of extraordinary art, unparalleled service and expertise, as well as international glamour. Founded in 1766 by James Christie, Christie's has since conducted the greatest and most celebrated auctions through the centuries providing a popular showcase for the unique and the beautiful. Christie’s offers around 450 auctions annually in over 80 categories, including all areas of fine and decorative arts, jewellery, photographs, collectibles, wine, and more. Prices range from $200 to over $100 million. Christie's also has a long and successful history conducting private sales for its clients in all categories, with emphasis on Post-War & Contemporary, Impressionist & Modern, Old Masters and Jewellery. Private sales in the first half of 2014 totalled £498.9 million ($828.2 million). Christie’s has a global presence with 53 offices in 32 countries and 12 salerooms around the world including in London, New York, Paris, Geneva, Milan, Amsterdam, Dubai, Zürich, Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Mumbai. More recently, Christie’s has led the market with expanded initiatives in growth markets such as Russia, China, India and the United Arab Emirates, with successful sales and exhibitions in Beijing, Mumbai and Dubai.
CIRAM is an analytical laboratory for Art and Cultural Heritage. With over 12 years of experience, their team of researchers has tested more than 7000 objects. The analysis are performed by doctors of science, who combine rigor, swiftness and confidentiality. M. Pierre Dartevelle confirms CIRAM's efficiency: " This is a great novelty and a facility for the antiques dealers to use the CIRAM's services. Not only can they provide scientific guarantee of the authenticity of an object but can add using the same laboratory a series of additional guaranties: analysis and dating of wood, microscopic analysis of the patina, its chemical composition, CT scan or X-Ray images, etc ... All useful things in this business. "
In 2002, Didier Claes opened his first gallery in the prestigious Sablon neighbourhood in Brussels, dedicated to presenting high-value objets d'art from some of the finest Western collections. Now in a new location, the gallery continues to attract a clientele of European and American collectors, as well as internationally renowned museums.
The Dalton • Somaré gallery has been actively engaged since the early nineties in the search and selection of works of art from India, the Himalayas (Nepal and Tibet) and the subsaharan Africa according to museological criteria. The gallery operates in the fields of ancient indo-buddhist and early African art and since more than two decades, it is the only Italian gallery regularly present in the most important international shows devoted to asian and primitive art. Today the Dalton Somaré gallery is able to offer collectors and connoisseurs precisely documented objects of art of high aesthetic quality. Objects coming from the Dalton Somaré gallery can be found in important collections and the gallery’s activities are internationally appreciated by specialists, scholars and museum curators. Thanks to the several thematic exhibitions that have been held in via Borgonuovo 5, the Dalton Somaré gallery is the reference point for the Italian collectors of asian and African art, who regularly follow its international exhibitions.
Dandrieu - Giovagnoni
Since 1977, Chantal Dandrieu and Fabrizio Giovagnoni have contributed to disclose African arts in organizing multiple thematic exhibitions in their gallery of Rome and in collaboration with different public institutions. Since 2000, they have also participated to Parcours des mondes (2005). They have published "Passion d’Afrique, l’art africain dans les collections italiennes" with the participation of Edigio Cossa and Jean-Louis Paudrat.
Douglas Dawson Gallery
Douglas Dawson Gallery has been specializing in ancient and historic tribal art since 1983. Over the past thirty years the gallery has placed important ethnographic art in most major American museums and in many private collections in the greater Chicago area and around the nation. The gallery has mounted numerous thematic exhibitions of textiles, ceramics, metal work and sculpture representing traditional non-Western cultures from pre-Columbian America, Asia and Africa. The gallery welcomes enthusiasts new to the world of ethnographic art as well as museum curators and collectors already familiar with the rich and varied world of traditional tribal art. The gallery is located in the historic south Loop in downtown Chicago, directly across the street from the Art Institute of Chicago and is open to the public.
Bernard De Grunne
Bernard de Grunne has been immersed in the world of great tribal sculpture for more than 40 years as he actively accompanied his father Baudouin de Grunne in building one of the finest collection of Tribal art in Europe from 1968 to 1995. He studied the art of Congo under the legendary Dr. Albert Maesen Chief Curator of the Museum of Central Africa in Tervuren and has earned a Ph.D. in African Art History with Professor Robert Faris Thomson at Yale University in 1987. He became the worldwide head of the Tribal Art department at Sotheby's from 1987 to 1992. He started dealing for his own account in 1995 in African, Oceanic and Indonesian Tribal Art during which time he has acquired an international reputation for quality, scholarship and professionalism.