Fairground collection goes to auction
French couple acquired and restored items for 40 years
By Claudia Barbieri. Web only
Published online: 27 September 2011
PARIS. A unique collection of fairground art will go under the hammer at Paris auctioneers Cornette de Saint-Cyr on 28 and 29 September. They are the property of Fabienne and François Marchal who spent nearly 40 years researching, acquiring and restoring fairground art and are selling the works due to ill health. The collection charts the history of the European funfair as popular amusement in all its many forms, including theatre, puppetry, music hall, circus, cinema and striptease. The three-session sale of almost 900 lots has a total sale estimate of E2m. Highlights include a 1934 music hall shy by Jacques Barasse & Gifford of Angers (est €30,000-€50,000); a carousel with horses by Alfred Chavin & anon (est €30,000-€40,000) and Lola, a large wooden merry-go-round cow from around 1898, by Gustave Bayol of Angers (est €10,000-€15,000).
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