Expert registered at the Administration des Domaines, assessor to the Commission de Conciliation d'Expertise Douanière
Archaeology - Antiques and Primitive Arts: Africa, America and Oceania
Fourth generation in a family of antique dealers, architects, decorators and experts, Jean Roudillon was born between a Jivaro shrunken head and an African tribal mask. His father was one of the first men to be interested in African art and used to ask seven-year-old Jean to figure out whether an object came from Senoufa, Kota, Baoule, Ancient Greece, or Gothic France.
He studied at the Ecole du Louvre in Paris and became an expert a few years after the Liberation of France in 1945. His general knowledge and long-lasting experience enabled him to answer questions about Primitive Arts from Africa, Oceania or the Americas, as well as about European mediaeval period, from the Merovingian to the Renaissance, Mediterranean antiques, or even Greek or Russian icons.
Member of the Syndicat Français des Experts Professionnels en Oeuvres d'Art (SFEP) since 1953. In 55 years, Jean Roudillon has taken part in more than forty auctions per year (i.e. 2200 auctions) and has edited a thousand catalogues.