The History of DuMouchelles
As a family company founded in 1927, DuMouchelles has curated premium fine art and antiques from across the country for four generations.
We share your fervor for finding just the right piece, and apply our experienced eye for rare and important items to offer new-to-market quality pieces that complete a collection.
We pride ourselves on our ability to make the process of buying, selling, and appraising easy for our customers. We seek top dollar for our consignors and the highest quality exclusive merchandise for our buyers that demonstrates our expertise, capabilities, and passion for our work.
Our in-house experts provide bespoke service to individuals, families, private collectors, institutions, and estate settlement professionals across the country seeking appraisals, valuations, and advising on objects of value.
DuMouchelles has been a mainstay in Detroit since the late 1920’s and, through tough times and rebirth, we’ve remained committed to the city. Come visit our showroom across from the landmark Renaissance Center or browse online to find the next piece for your collection.
J. Norman DuMouchelle founds “The Art Salon” after working for longtime art dealer, Emil Dittrich. He would conduct sales at private residences.
A Permanent Location
J. DuMouchelle rents the first floor of 409 East Jefferson. It would later become our permanent gallery location.
David C. Whitney
The estate of David C. Whitney, son of prominent lumber baron, and developer of the iconic David Whitney Building in Detroit, is auctioned off at the Whitney Mansion in Grosse Pointe, MI.
The Torch is Passed
J. DuMouchelle passes, and Lawrence DuMouchelle follows in his father’s footsteps, becoming the company’s second President.
Celebrity pianist Liberace visits DuMouchelles, and comes home with a van load of fine art and antiques from DuMouchelles.
Meadow Brook Hall is Auctioned
DuMouchelles handles the estate of Matilda Dodge Wilson, former Lieutenant Governor of the state of Michigan and widow of John Francis Dodge, co-founder of the Dodge Motor Car Company.
An Original Remington
From the attic of a Lansing estate, an original Frederick Remington bronze, entitled “Cheyenne”, is auctioned off and sold to a New York collector for $605,000++.
Coleman A. Young
DuMouchelles auctions the estate of prominent former Detroit Mayor Coleman A. Young, including his 1996 Cadillac, fine jewelry, African tribal art, and other personal effects.
DuMouchelles handles the estate of Bob Schwiezer, proprietor of Schweizer’s Restaurant, a German restaurant that became a Detroit institution during its nearly 130-year existence.
DuMouchelles handles the estate of Former Michigan Senator and Founder of the Michigan Council for the Arts, Jack Faxon. Over 2,000 items would be auctioned from the estate.