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Eric Turquin


Eric Turquin Expertise was founded in Paris in 1987. With a staff of nine, the firm is the leading European specialist in Old Master paintings and is known for the many discoveries that they have made. Certified as a commissaire-priseur (French auctioneer) in 1977, Turquin joined Sotheby’s London in 1979 and was director of the Old Master Paintings Department there from 1985 to 1987. As a member of the Syndicat Français des Experts Professionnels (French Syndicate of Professional Art Experts) since 1990, he provides his services as an expert in Old Master paintings to 380 auction houses in France and around the world. The Turquin firm has made many discoveries that have gone on to enrich both museums and important private collections worldwide. Recent appraisals include Banteng Hunt, a painting by Raden Saleh, which fetched €8.6 million, a world record for the artist that was sold to an Indonesian collector by the Ruellan auction house in Vannes, France on 27 January 2018. Also notable were the discovery in a Bordeaux collection of a pair of interior scenes by Chardin, now in the Toledo Museum of Art and the last great rediscovered painting by Poussin, Saint Frances of Rome, which was purchased by the Louvre.

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