To transform your interior, decorative arts auctions provide functional ornamental objects in various materials including bronze, wood, ceramics, glass, metal, mother-of-pearl, tortoiseshell, ivory and textile. “When you can't change the world, change your surroundings," wrote Daniel Pennac. Online decorative arts auctions feature ornamental objects produced by fine bronze-makers, cabinetmakers, ceramicists, glass-makers, silversmiths and tapestry-makers, which include modern and antique frames, caskets and boxes, mirrors, vases, showcase items, carpets and tapestries. The ornament triumphs in carved gilt wood mirrors, glass vases by emile gallé and daum, and printed textiles by William Morris. Art nouveau, art deco and arts and crafts combine the beautiful and the useful in items featuring in these decorative arts auctions, which encompass contemporary design. Did you know ? One of the ancestors of the jewellery box is the reliquary: a large richly ornamented casket in stone, wood or metal designed to containing the body or relics of a saint.
Composed of several subsidiaries, the Drouot Group is a major player in the art market. Hôtel Drouot, located in the heart of Paris, has been the world's largest public auction center since 1852. 15 salerooms are available to more than 70 auction houses. The emulation generated by an annual offer of 230,000 artworks from 21 major specialities - from Antiquity to street art - attracts some 3,000 visitors every day. The Group's digital platform, Drouot.com, offers digital sales - Live auctions (live broadcasting and participation in auctions), Online-only auctions (dematerialised auctions) and Buy Now sales (sales of lots at fixed prices). Nearly 2 million items are offered annually by 600 auction houses. Auction news is reported every week in La Gazette Drouot, the leading weekly magazine for the art market and culture published by Auctionspress.