Born in Paris in 1974, Dr. Christophe de Quénetain graduated in law from the Université Robert Schuman in Strasbourg, France. He read Art History at the Ecole du Louvre in Paris and graduated with honors in Histoire des Arts Appliqués à l’Industrie (History of Industrial Decorative Arts) and Architecture, Décor et Ameublement des Grandes Demeures (Great House’s Architecture, Design, Decoration and Furnishing).
Christophe also studied with skilled cabinetmakers at the famous Ecole Boulle where he developed wooden works expertise. After training at the Centre de Recherches Historiques sur les Maîtres Ebénistes (Cabinet Maker Research Center), he joined in 2000 the Galerie Chevalier in Paris to lead the documentation department and the organisation of major international fairs such as La Biennale Internationale des Antiquaires and TEFAF and shows such as Tapisseries Coptes, Textiles d’Egypte IVe-XIIe siècle (Copt tapestries, Egyptian textiles from the 4th to the 12th Century). Galerie Chevalier is specialised in the finest French, Flemish and European tapestries, working for museums and prominent collectors.
After completing his thesis at the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes in Paris, he taught Fine Arts at Christie’s Education in Paris from 2002 to 2007.
Sarl Christophe de Quénetain was established in 2001, and is specialised in dealing fine art of the 17th, 18th and 19th Century including furniture and objets d’art. Sarl Christophe de Quénetain has developed a wide network of connoisseurs and collectors through its expertise and market knowledge. Sarl Christophe de Quénetain also advises on acquisitions and sales through auctions and off market operations. The company consigns art pieces and organises restoration upon request. Sarl Christophe de Quénetain’s clients benefit from a widen expertise and knowledge in the art market. Objets, furniture and different works of art may be privately presented or viewed by appointment in its London and Paris showrooms.
In 2005, Christophe joined the international auction house, Pierre Bergé & associés, where he was responsible for the French and Continental Furnitures and Fine Arts department. At Pierre Bergé & associés, Christophe developed a strong professional relationship with a base of prominent international collectors, renowned interior designers and curators from major international museums.
Christophe’s knowledge and expertise have been acknowledged by senior curatorial staff of major international museums, as Musée du Louvre, Chateau de Versailles in France, the Frick Collection in New York, the Norton Simon Museum in Passadena, the Huntington Collection in San Marino, the John P. Getty Museum in Los Angeles, the National Gallery of Art in Ottawa, Canada… with whom he has kept a strong relationship.
While pursuing academic research in Decorative Arts, he also wrote the biography of Pierre Garnier, 1726/27-1806, the French 18th Century cabinetmaker which was published in 2003 by Les Editions de l’Amateur. In 2005, he also published Les Styles Consulat et Empire, Collection des Styles where he showcases his analysis on the relatively unknown realms of French 17th, 18th and 19th Century Furniture. Further books and studies on different aspects of the 18thCentury Fine Arts are under preparation.
In 2007, he successfully joined the French Syndicat National des Antiquaires and the Minister of Culture and French Communications, Christine Albanel, awarded Christophe de Quénetain the title of Chevalier de l’Ordre des Art et des Lettres.
In 2010, Christophe de Quénetain was honored to have been selected to participate for the first time at the Biennale des Antiquaires, the XXVth , at the Grand Palais as a guest of the Tremplin Biennale.
After a participation, in 2012, at TEFAF Showcase, Christophe de Quénetain participated to the 2014 TEFAF-Maastricht and will again. Since 2016, he has exhibited continuously at TEFAF New York Fall.