As soon as I open my mouth, something changes. Just last newsletter (yes, just a week ago), I told you that there were no major photography sales yet planned for Paris by Sotheby's or Christie's. I forgot one very important one: the next go-round of the Marie-Thérèse and André Jammes collection, which has now been scheduled for Paris, March 21 and 22, 2002. Sotheby's has been quietly telling clients about the upcoming sale since last May, but now they are going public with the details, and you can hear it here first. My thanks to Sotheby's London's staff for their kind help.
Many of you realize from past newsletters how historic the first Jammes sale was. This one is actually two separate sales and should prove to be almost as interesting as the first.
The auction is set for Sotheby's, Galerie Charpentier, 76 rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, Paris, 75008. The sale takes place over two days and is divided into two very distinct groups of material.
The first day is titled La Photographie II, which is composed primarily of 19th French masterworks.
The second day will be devoted to the Charles Nègre archive, described by Sotheby's as La Photographie III. Apparently, the Musee de Orsay and the Jammeses could not come to an agreement on the purchase of this material, and hence the sale.
The viewing opens at Galerie Charpentier on Friday 15th March, although highlights of both La Photographie II et III will be exhibited at New York Sotheby's York Avenue location from February 14-18 during AIPAD.
And, by the way, Christie's already has had a small auction of Modern Illustrated Books, Photographs and Manuscripts in Paris just this past week. Well, none of us are perfect. Thanks, Michael (Mattis) and Monika (Half), for your emails reminding me of the upcoming Jammes sale.