The Collection of the Michèle Chomette Gallery will be presented at public auction at Hôtel Drouot on Friday, June 21, 2019 at 2pm.
Life and death of an art gallery dedicated to historical and contemporary photography.
On April 1st, 1985: a pioneer in Europe, Michèle Chomette opened her gallery at 24 rue Beaubourg.
December 27th, 2018: Michèle Chomette is forced to close the gallery.
June 21st, 2019: an auction disperses its collection.
The question then is whether this catalogue bears the mark of dishonor or whether it furthers a noble legacy? It will be up to you to judge.
I have just read the catalogue that the auctioneer Pestel-Debord devotes to some beautiful remains of my gallery’s collection, lying on my back in the medical bed to which I have been condemned since my stroke of May 3, 2017.
All this prevents me from studying it closely and applying to it the virtuosity of the hangings of the Galerie Michèle Chomette, the aesthetic accuracy of the confrontations and the assemblages of images.
I therefore thank the auction house for its work. This collection leaves me with a taste of bric-a-brac under my tongue, but with some treasures of vintage prints, which amateurs and connoisseurs will be able to find and acquire, to give them a second life in major collections, both institutional and private, both French and international, thus keeping the memory and spirit of the gallery alive.
19th century photographs by : O. Aguado, E. Baldus, H. Béchard, P. Berthier, Bisson Frères, F. Boissonnas, S. Bourne, A. Braun, J.B. Charlier, E. Chauvigné, C. Clifford, A.H. Collard, V. Dijon, L.E. Durandelle, W.H. Gebhard, J.J. Heilmann, D. Konstantinou, H. Mailland, E. J. Marey, F. Maxwell-Lyte, Meyer&Pierson, P.E. Miot, F. Nadar, E. Pécarrère, A. Ravier, H. Sauvaire, A. Terris, F. Thiollier, A. Tournachon, L. Vignes, L. Vidal.
Modern and contemporary photographs by : A. Adams, P. Bailly-Maitre-Grand, H. Bayer, E. Boubat, A. Claass, W. Evans, A. Feininger, E. Fuhrmann, C. Galzin, R. Gibson, P. Gioli, M. Goodman, C. Harbutt, R. Haussman, H. Heidesberger, R. Heinecken, T.R. Jones, Y. Karsh, M. Kenna, A. Kertesz, E. Lotar, D. Maar, Man Ray, F. Méchain, H. Meyer, B. Plossu, J. Rault, A. Renger Patzsch, E. Rondepierre, C. Rudolph, A. Rudemine, J.M. Sert, J. Sudek, J. Schmidt, E. Salomon, C. Stone, B. Uzzle, B.Venet, E. Weston, W. Zielke, P. Zwart.
Thursday, June 20, 2019 from 11am to 9pm Friday 21 June 2019 from 11am to 12am
Telephone during the exhibition and sale: + 33 (0) 1 48 00 20 16
Leave your purchase orders and find all the lots photographed on www.pestel-debord.com
Bid online : www.drouotlive.com
Assisted by François CAM-DROUHIN and Agathe OUALLET
22, rue Bisson – 75020 Paris
Telephone: + 33 (0) 6 07 14 40 49
Hôtel Drouot - Salle 16
9 rue Drouot, 75009 Paris, France
June 21, 2019 to June 21, 2019