Our history

Interview with the founders of the Crait+Müller study

What is your background?

Thomas Müller: "My father used to go to flea markets and the Chartres auction house where I first did an internship, then I discovered art history at high school by choosing this option. I then went to university to study art history,
I didn't know exactly where I was going, but I quickly realised that I wanted to work in the art market. I worked for artists and then studied law at Paris 1. I then did an internship at Artcurial and worked at the Chartres auction house before graduating the same year as Guillaume."

Guillaume Crait: "My father collected a lot of things, especially cubism and Art Deco. I started with a business school in Paris, but I didn't know exactly which way to go. I went to New York for a year, then to Madrid where I only visited museums. My friends were going to groups doing finance and marketing and I wasn't very interested in that. At that time I met the woman who was to become my future wife and who convinced me to take the competitive examination for the École du Louvre. Three hard but exciting years. Then the competition, the internship and meeting Thomas."


 
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Do you have any favourite artistic periods or mediums in art?

Thomas Müller: "For me, contemporary art first. I started working with the artist Ben. At 18 I was already buying contemporary art, I was crazy about it! One of my first purchases was an ink by Debré in Tours. To be able to buy art and later my load, I worked for seven years at the toll booth of Saint Arnoult, in the motorway cabins, at night and on Sundays!
For a while I also worked during the day at the Chartres auction house. It was exhausting, but I was passionate about it. I also assisted Mathieu Mercier for a year to be able to afford a work. I also bought in the auction room. And as soon as I had a little money I bought a painting. I didn't go on holiday, I didn't go to restaurants: I kept my money to buy paintings.

Guillaume Crait: "I really like books. I did my last internship at Tajan and François Tajan challenged me to set up a comic book sale, a mission I gladly accepted. I managed with a telephone, a sheet of paper and a pen, all alone in a tiny office. The sale was a success. I also really like contemporary paintings, especially post-war abstraction. "
 

How did the Crait+Müller study come about?

"We both held the gavel in various Parisian and provincial auctions for several years (Versailles Enchères, British Auction Cars, Wapler). By chance, we found ourselves working together on a few cases, and at the same time, we were greatly developing our network of sellers. We therefore decided to combine our skills and to launch our firm in 2016. The establishment of our study in the Drouot district was an obvious choice."