Bibliographical references strongly help increase the value of a piece of furniture, which explains why they appear almost every time in the most serious auction houses' 20th century & Design catalogs.
On October 3rd 2020, Amazing collection of Eugene Printz creations, at auction under the hammer of Christelle Gouirand at Arles enchères in France, assisted by Amelie Marcilhac, expert in Decorative Arts.
Exceptional pieces by Eugene Printz, coming with the proper vintage documentation, proving yet again that historical documentation is the only valid ID of any artwork.
For example, this amazing desk with a lacquer by Jean DUNAND:
According to our knowledge, no collection of this caliber from Eugene Printz has ever been sold at auction.
Congratulations to this auctioneer and her expert…
As we often use to cross paths of incapable auctioneers, we are glad to see how a serious one is making auction sales great again…
Book ’em! The auction house or the art dealer provided little or no corroborating evidence in the form of documentation for this item.
Time Off! The expert made a significant mistake on this item. His attributed period came in way off. No early parole!
Missing persons alert! The auction house or the art dealer failed to uncover and identify the artist for this item.
Identity theft! They’re guilty of the worst crime of all: mislabeling the artist with another alias. And Picasso painted the Mona Lisa, right?!
The obsessive, nitpicky and no-holds-barred investigative team at DOCANTIC maintains an unparalleled database of original documentation for 20th Century, Art Nouveau, and Art Deco & Design furniture and works of art.
At DOCANTIC we believe that designers deserve proper identification for each work they have created, and that any art lover should confidently pay the right price for his or her purchase. We see the art world filled with both talented artists and con artist and, therefore, also riddled with innumerable attribution errors and outrageous pricing mistakes. By supplying authentic period photographs, DOCANTIC catches and apprehends the undervaluation (or overvaluation) of furniture and works of art. That’s our mission. We stop errors dead in their tracks. We serve and protect 20th Century furniture’s reputation.
Headquartered in Los Angeles, DOCANTIC sets the bar for the identification of 20th Century furniture, and shares with every art lover the information that has been kept under wraps by a handful of experts for far too long!