From mediaeval pieces to contemporary design, furniture auctions traverse the legend of the centuries, encompassing all styles through to the most functional aesthetic. A combination of the beautiful with the useful, furniture comes in the form of wardrobes, bookcases, sideboards, credenzas, desks, cabinets, bedside tables, chests, commodes, consoles and corner cupboards, occasional tables, beds, screens, writing and slant-front desks, tables and showcases. For those who love classical pieces, these online furniture sales provide mediaeval chests, renaissance cabinets, 18th century commodes stamped;from mediaeval to contemporary design by Charles Cressent, Thomas Hache, b.v.r.b, Jean-Henri Riesener and other items of fine workmanship. But those unmoved by the Louis XIV style may prefer french regency dressers, Louis XV gaming tables, rolltop desks from the transition period, Louis XVI bonheurs-du-jour writing tables, directoire rest beds or empire tripod occasional tables. Aficionados of the "neo" can bow down and adore 19th century neo-gothic or neo-renaissance pieces, while followers of modernism can go for austere architects' tables.
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.