Philippe Serret & Emeric Portier
Experts at the Court of Appeal and les Domaines, assessors to the Commission de Conciliation et d'Expertise Douanière and recommanded by the Assemblée Plénière des Compagnies d'Assurance.
Jewelry, Silverware, Objects of vertu and watches
Areas of expertise:
- Administrative Courts (Chaumet, Kandinsky, Bellin, Mauboussin...)
- Commercial Courts (Gérard, Algier...)
- Judicial liquidation (Union des diamantaires, Sterlé, Pellegrin, Franck, Cie des diamantaires d'Anvers, Georges Lenfant...)
- Insurance companies (robbery at the Crédit Municipal in 2003)
- Private Investors (Chaumet - Vernay)
- Auction houses (around 120 specialized auctions per year)
- Private clients (inventories of great private collections)
An average of 2000 appraisals per month!
History of the firm:
The firm was founded in 1921 by Mr Reinach, succeeding his father Adolphe Reinach who used to be a jeweller (before 1880). It became Reinach & Fommervault (1942-1970), then Gerald de Fommervault (1970-1985) and eventually Société Civile Philippe Serret et Emeric Portier (from 1st January 1986).
Prestigious sales or appraisals:
- Mistinguett jewels (auction),
- Princess Murat estate (auction),
- Mesnier Collection (auction),
- Yvonne Printemps estate (auction),
- Callas estate (auction),
- Société Paillette estate (auction),
- Strasburger estate (auction),
- Inventory of the stock of the goldsmith Puiforcat,
- Kandinsky estate (auction),
- Duck and Duchess of Windsor (appraisal),
- Marlène Dietrich estate (appraisal),
- Maharanee de Kapurthala estate (auction),
- Madame Ulmann estate (auction),
- Princess Eugenie of Greece estate (auction),
- H.I.H Soraya Esphandiary Bakthiary estate,
- Simone Del Duca estate.
In addition they made many insurance estimates for banks after damages such as the Société Générale when several safe deposit boxes were robbed, or such as the Crédit Lyonnais when their Parisian office burned a few years ago.
His Excellence Al Tajir, one of the most discreet and important collectors of our days, invited Philippe Serret and Emeric Portier in order to describe and estimate some pieces of their choice in his prestigious collection of antique silverware. These pieces were then displayed to the public for the very first time during the exhibition 'Trésors d'Orfèvrerie' in 1988, on the occasion of the opening of the 'Carré d'Or' a in Paris avenue George V.
In 1993, at the request of 'De Beers' Philippe Serret and Emeric Portier participated in the organization of the exhibition 'Bagues d'Amour du XVème siècle à nos jours'. They contacted the collectors likely to loan prestigious pieces for this exhibition.
In 1999 they were asked by the Ministry of Economy, Finance and Industry to describe and estimate some jewels as part of the 'Mission Matteoli de coordination et d'indemnisation des victimes des législations antisémites en vigueur pendant l'occupation' (Mission Matteolli for the coordination and indemnity of the victims of anti-semitic legislations in force during the Occupation).