Our team

our team

Comprised of a dozen people, including three experts and two researchers and archivists, the team is at the service of clients, auctioneers and private individuals, from the arrival of the work until its sale. There are, in turn, those responsible for the follow-up; porters, assistants, specialists, restorers, scientists, frame dealers and even photographers who all involved with the paintings. Each of them is committed to the strict respect of confidentiality. 

A sense of commitment and humility are an essential prerequisite for the exercise of our profession. You have to know how to admit your mistakes and start {over} again and again. Eric Turquin

Bringing together the younger generations with the more experienced ones is part of the transmission of knowledge dear to the company, which believes in the future and knows that it takes a decade of experience to be able to make a reliable attribution.

Eric turquin




After obtaining both a Master's degree in Private Law and graduating from the École du Louvre, Eric Turquin passed the professional auctioneer's exam in 1977. From 1977 to 1979, he interned with Paul Touzet, one of the three Parisian experts specializing in Old Master Paintings. Approached by Sotheby's, he went on to work for the London auction house from 1979 to 1987 first as cataloguer, then as an expert in Old Master Paintings and finally, from 1985 to 1987, as head of the department. As of September 1987, he has been based in Paris. A member of the Syndicat Français des Experts Professionnels since 1990 (http://www.sfep-experts.com/) and specialized in Old Master Paintings, he works as an independent expert for Tajan, PIASA, Artcurial and most of the major Parisian and provincial auctioneers, as well as with auction houses outside of France.





After having been introduced to painting as a restorer in the atelier of Jacques Maréchal in Paris, Stéphane Pinta turned to the art market and then to appraising. He managed a major Paris art gallery for 4 years before setting up his own appraisal firm in October 2005. He quickly won the trust of auctioneers in Paris and the provinces. In September 2007, he decided to join Cabinet Turquin, where he is notably in charge of international business (Balclis in Barcelona, Stockholm Auktionsverk in Stockholm, Beurret et Bailly in Basel and Zurich, Hôtel des Ventes de Mosan in Liège, Hôtel des Ventes de Monaco, Hôtel des Encans in Montreal). He has been a member of SFEP since 2010 (http://www.sfep-experts.com/).





After obtaining a Bachelor's degree in Art History from the University of Bordeaux, and completing first and second year courses at the École du Louvre (a year of Museology in 2006-2007 and a year at the Ruprecht-Karl-Universität in Heidelberg in 2007-2008), Philippine Motais de Narbonne completed her studies with a Bachelor's degree in Law at Assas, followed by a Master's degree in Private Law and Asset Management in Toulouse (Université du Capitole). In 2009, she was awarded the status of Conférencier Nationale. She worked with expert René Millet from 2010 to 2017 and joined Eric Turquin's team in 2020 after spending two and a half years in the United Arab Emirates working for Agence France-Muséums at the Louvre Abu Dhabi. She is a member of the SFEP.





An art historian specializing in Old Master Paintings, Jérôme Montcouquiol graduated from the École du Louvre and the Université de la Sorbonne in the 1980s. He has written entries for several exhibition catalogues (Seicento, Le Siècle de Caravage, Paris Grand Palais, 1988 to Heures Italiennes, XIVe-XVIIIe Siècles - Trésors de la Peinture Italienne en Picardie, 2017) and scholarly articles for art history publications, as well as more general articles since 2000. After working with several prestigious Parisian galleries, he joined the Cabinet Turquin in 2017. Since 2020, he has been sharing his knowledge by lecturing on the expertise of Old Master Paintings at the Université Paris-Panthéon-Assas.





Brigitte Lekieffre is a graduate of the Ecole du Louvre and holds a Master's degree in History from the Sorbonne. She has worked with Eric Turquin since the early days of the firm, managing the library and documentation. The latter is the result of rigorous archiving of data drawn from the art market and public institutions, collected over more than thirty-five years and subsequently available to the firm’s experts. In addition to keeping abreast of current art market events, documents acquired over the years have also been incorporated into the archives, including those of art experts Robert Lebel (1901-1986) and Georges Ryaux (1894-1978). Brigitte Lekieffre is in charge of research and supervises the interns who are generally students of art history and law.


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