Who we are
Auction Attraction is a young and dynamic French Fine Art & Antiques consulting
firm based in Paris. It was founded and is staffed by qualified auctioneers providing
advice and support to a wide-range of private, public and corporate clients looking
to make purchases in the Paris art market.
With our expertise, experience and skills, we can help you build your own art
and antiques collection.
We can help you to identify what’s hot and what’s not, what is collectable now
and what should be disposed of now, and how and what pieces and artists to invest
in now that will grow in value in the future. Despite the current economic uncertainty,
the international fine art & antiques market is thriving, and you can be part
of that growth.
The international art market is dynamic where tastes and trends can change quickly
and where fortunes can be made or lost in a short time. Our mission is to help
our clients to understand this market, and as we are active in the market every day
we are ideally placed to spot these trends and advise you what to do to protect
and grow your collections.
Why set-up now?
Auction Attraction is a breath-of-fresh-air compared to the staid, old-fashioned and rigid image
of the French auction system, hidebound as it is by tradition and regulations, some of which date back to the 16th Century. Auction Attraction’s generation of young auctioneers is bringing new
and innovative ideas and offerings to the French auction market, and in doing so, is attracting
a new generation of eager-to-learn collectors.
What is a qualified auctioneer?
To become an auctioneer, or Commissaire-Priseur in France, one must hold advanced degrees
in Law and Art History and undertake a further two-year indenture with an established auction
house during which time you undergo a rigorous training programme in Fine Art & Antiques.
Upon the successful completion of your training and after passing a final assessment you may
be accepted by the Conseil des Ventes Volontaires and the Chambre Nationale des Commissaires-
Priseurs Judiciaires, the French auctioning regulatory body. French Commissaires-Priseurs
are the only auctioneers in the world to benefit from such a rigorous and stringent
Auction Attraction’s Commissaires-Priseurs are qualified to comment upon items for sale
at auction and can advise clients as to their authenticity, condition, rarity, interest and value.
That’s why at Auction Attraction we pride ourselves at being the best!
Our auctioneers are able to oversee every aspect of a valuation they bring years of experience, expertise to the wide range of specialties of the art market.
Amongst the many specialties of our experts are:
Antique Furniture, Old Painting, 19th Century Painting, Modern Painting & Parisian School Painting, Russian Art, Brittany’s School Painting, Plate, Regionalist Arts, Decorative Arts, Glassware, Earthenware, Fashion & Vintage, Contemporary Art & Design, Jewellery.
Bilingual (English and French)
Areas of Expertise: 19th Century French Painting, Parisian School, Russian Art, Modern Art, Contemporary Art & Design, Antique Furniture and Jewellery.▶ Biographie
Bilingual (English and French)
Areas of Expertise: French School, Brittany School, Antique Furniture, Plate: Regional & Decorative Arts, Earthenware and Glassware.▶ Biographie
After studying Law at the University of Pantheon-Assas and Art History at The Sorbonne, she graduated with a Masters Degree in Decorative Arts and Law, and a Masters Degree specialising in the Art Market. After several internships she obtained her certificate as an auctioneer from the Conseil des Ventes Volontaires and the Chambre Nationale des Commissaires-Priseurs Judiciaires. Emma continued her education by training in Antique Furniture with Jacques Dubarry de Lassale, a member of the French National Chamber of Specialised Experts. After closely collaborating with famous Parisian art galleries, she worked in several large auction houses in Paris and surrounding regions (Sotheby's, Versailles Enchères, Hôtel des Ventes du Raincy) and in the renowned Hôtel des Ventes Drouot (Rossini SVV and Boisgirard & Associés).
After studying Law and Art History in Vannes and Nantes, she entered the I.E.S.A. (The Institute for Higher Education) for art market professionals and completed a Degree specialising in Antique Furniture. She obtained her certificate as an auctioneer from the Conseil des Ventes Volontaires and the Chambre Nationale des Commissaires-Priseurs Judiciaires. Marie-Charlotte continued her education by training in Antique Furniture with Jacque Dubarry de Lassale, a member of the French National Chamber of Specialised Experts. She furthered her experience by working for Catherine Arminjon, General Curator, National Heritage, Versailles, and for Morlaix Auction House, Brittany.