About us - Segal & Selig
From Alsace to Basel and beyond
Antiquité Ségal was established in 1862 by Isaak Ségal-Guggenheim as a centre for classic fine arts, growing from the small art dealer’s business he had set up two years earlier, at Spalenberg 27. Having relocated to Basel shortly before, from the nearby village of Hégenheim in Alsace, he supplied customers in his new neighbourhood with antiques and furnishings for day-to-day use.
Berthold and Betty Ségal-Kaufmann
Around the turn of the twentieth century, his son Berthold and daughter-in-law Betty Ségal-Kaufmann took over the business and gradually built it up. Foresighted as they were, they developed an increasingly international business network, and Antiquité Ségal soon became an established and reliable partner for a range of different auction houses. At around the same time, a group of faithful art lovers and collectors made Antiquité Ségal an exclusive meeting point, gathering on Saturday afternoons to view the latest acquisitions over a cup of coffee or tea.
Marcel and Ria Ségal
When Berthold Ségal died in January 1939, his son Marcel took over the family business with his wife, Ria Ségal. Together, they rose to the challenge of rebuilding it after the war years.