In 1802, the Count d'Orglandes built a mansion at 76 rue du Faubourg-Saint-Honore in the 8th arrondissement of Paris (almost opposite the Palais de l'Elysee). In 1821 he sold it to Colonel d'Andlau d'Orvillers. At an unknown date, the hotel becomes the property of the Mouthier-Dehayin family. The collector Jean Charpentier succeeds this family, and little by little, the public is allowed to visit the collections in a gallery arranged in the courtyard. Since 1924 an exhibition on Géricault is organized by Jean Charpentier.

After the dissolution of the company Georges Petit Galleries, prestigious auctions are held in the Hotel Jean Charpentier. Other exhibitions are held in these places as the first Salon of New Realities. In 1941, a posthumous exhibition of the works of Émile Bernard is proposed to the Parisian public. In 1948 Raymond Nacenta becomes owner of the gallery, and new exhibitions and memorable auctions are organized.

At the beginning of the 1960s, the City of Paris granted the Parisian auctioneers advantageous conditions for renting the Palais Gallièra, which became the fashionable place for prestigious art exhibitions. Subsequently, the former premises of the Charpentier gallery were the Paris headquarters of the company Fives-Lille, which showed its mastery of the use of steel by installing instead of the gallery particularly standardized offices. At the end of the 1980s, the rooms on rue du Faubourg were rented to Pierre Cardin, who set up a restaurant there.

Established in Paris since 1967, the auction company Sotheby's chose in 1988 this building to install its offices in Paris.


From 1942 to 1965 the Galerie Charpentier had a rather ambitious and innovative exhibition policy.

List of exhibitions giving rise to the publication of a catalogue:

1942-1943, Flowers and Fruits since Romanticism

1943 Autumn

1943 Parisian scenes and figures

1944 Romantic and contemporary watercolor

1944 Family life

1945 The Watercolor

1945 Freshwater Landscapes

1945 Landscapes of France

1945 French portraits

1946 100 masterpieces by the painters of the Paris School

1946 The Silent Life

1947 Beauties of Provence

1947 Landscapes of Italy

1947 K.X. Roussel

1948 Dunoyer de Segonzac

1948-1949 Dance and Entertainment

1950 Portraits of women

1952 Salon of Tuileries

1953 French School Nude Figures

1954 Bread and wine

1954 Pleasures of the countryside

1954 School of Paris

1955 Discover

1955 School of Paris

1956 The work of Vlaminck

1957 School of Paris

1957 100 masterpieces of French Art

1958 School of Paris

1958 100 paintings by Modigliani

1959 100 paintings of Utrillo

1960 Private collections of Bonnard à de Staël

1960 Gauguin

1960 Dunoyer de Segonzac (50 years of painting)

1961 Douanier Rousseau

1961 100 paintings by Jacques Villon

1962 French celebrities

1963 Jardins de France

1963 Treasures of the Bulgarian Museums

1964 Surrealism

1964 The Gemmals of Pablo Picasso

1965 Gardens and Flowers

Jeanne Modigliani, under the portrait of her mother, at the Charpentier Gallery, Paris, May 1958