T'ang Haywen slowly emerges from purgatory

"The successful dispersal of part of the studio of the Franco-Chinese artist who died thirty years ago marks a first step in his rediscovery.

On 5 April, Artcurial offered for sale 50 works on paper by T’ang Haywen (1927-1991). They were all sold, well above their estimates (very low, however, averaging 2,000 euros each), for a total of 215,000 euros including fees. This is not yet the irrational exuberance of the market, but it is an encouraging start for a work whose market has long been disrupted by a succession of misadventures." - JEAN-CHRISTOPHE CASTELAIN

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The little-known T'ang Haywen, a great modern Chinese artist living in Paris

Judith Benhamou, a highly respected French art market observer, has written, for the weekend magazine of Les Echos, first daily French financial newspaper, an article on the auction of 50 T'ang paintings from the French state collection. She is notably the author of: Art business: the art market or the art of the market and Artists have always loved money.

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French State Collection of T'ang Haywen at Artcurial

The 1st sale

The French State, who owns an important group of works by T'ang Haywen, called upon Philippe Koutouzis and T'ang Haywen Archives to authenticate the works in its collection. More than a year of work was necessary, in collaboration with the French administration of the state domains (D.N.I.D), to inventory this collection and to organize its marketing with Artcurial.

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On 29th September, the last rival trial brought by art dealer Enrico Navarra during his lifetime, this one for "corruption" against Philippe Koutouzis ended after several years of proceedings, with the acquittal of all the defendants: Jean-Paul Desroches, former curator of the Guimet Museum and his wife, Marlborough Gallery and Pierre Levai, Chu Teh-Chun's widow and son Yvon Chu, and Philippe Koutouzis, Founder of T'ang Haywen Archives.

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