Uli Statue, New-Ireland - Estimate: €600,000-800,000

Christie’s sale on 23rd of June will represent a cultural landmark and aims to pay a fitting tribute to Michel Périnet as he joins the ranks of the greatest collectors, alongside Jacques Doucet, his role model and Nouran Manoukian, his dear friend.

On this occasion, Périnet’s collection of masterpieces of African, Oceanic and American art, of which many with exceptional provenance, will be unveiled to the public after having been safeguarded and treasured by Michel Périnet for as long as 50 years. The auction in collaboration with Bernard Dulon, Lance Entwistle, Alain de Monbrison and François de Ricqlès.

Tapuanu Mask, Caroline Island - Estimate: €500,000-700,000
Tapuanu Mask, Caroline Island – Estimate: €500,000-700,000

Michel Périnet was renowned for his taste and discretion. As a jeweller, he built the finest Art Nouveau collection, centered around the creations of René Lalique. He used to say that if he could have traveled back in time, he would have tried to prevent the birth of Calouste Gulbenkian, his rival as a Lalique collector and founder of the eponymous museum in Lisbon. From his boutique on rue Danièle Casanova, Périnet was tirelessly on the hunt for new treasures to propose to his sophisticated clients, comprising members of high society and the cultural elite.

Fang Head - Estimate: €2,000,000 -3,000,000
Fang Head – Estimate: €2,000,000 -3,000,000

Beyond his passion for Lalique, he also collected works from the Pont-Aven school and assembled a group of Art Deco works, whose quality continues to be admired by Specialists to this date. Michel Périnet subsequently discovered and embraced Modern Art, particularly the work of Francis Picabia, and later discovered the Arts of Africa and Oceania, which sparked a lasting enthusiasm that would never leave him.

Rapa Dance Paddle, Easter Island - Estimate: €700,000-1,000,000
Rapa Dance Paddle, Easter Island – Estimate: €700,000-1,000,000

Across all these fields, Michel Périnet consistently displayed a distinguished taste and determination in acquiring the most exquisite works of art. His passion and tenacity, allowed him to build extraordinary collections, which bear the fruit of his rigorous work and legendary eye.

Baga Shoulder Mask, Guinea - Estimate: €800,000-1,200,000
Baga Shoulder Mask, Guinea – Estimate: €800,000-1,200,000
Uli Statue, New-Ireland - Estimate: €600,000-800,000
Uli Statue, New-Ireland – Estimate: €600,000-800,000

This information is extracted Christie’s website

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