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Biennale des Antiquaires: A 20th century collection

It’s a world that oscillates between sobriety and luxury. Signed by Nathalie Crinière, a space enclosed by partitions in gilded tones has been created for this 28th edition of the Biennale to showcase thirteen decorative-arts specialists from the 20th century. An exceptional inventory. For its first participation in the Biennale, the Galerie Chastel-Maréchal has designed an ensemble with a dark décor to recreate the interior of an erudite collector. Pieces from the 1930s and 1940s stand out for the sobriety of lines, highlighted by the use of noble materials including bronze, shagreen and lacquer. The delicate silhouette of the Figure lamp by Alberto Giacometti (c. 1933-1934) complements the exceptional table by André Arbus with an antique green bronze base. The walls sparkle with the gleaming Soleil à pointes n° 3 mirror by Line Vautrin (c. 1965) and a panel by Katsu Hamanaka (c. 1938). Here, this master of Japanese lacquer offers a lively combat scene. Further off, the Galerie Mathivet presents the exhibition “Reflets et transparences” (Reflections and Transparencies). Here, the collector is plunged into the poetic world of Diego Giacometti and the captivating bestiary of Armand-Albert Rateau with a butterfly-shaped applique made up of glass beads. An eminently elegant sculpted mirror once belonging to Jeanne Lanvin tops off this ensemble. The opalescence of an alabaster desk lamp by Jacques-Emile Ruhlmann, only appearing in archives until now, will fascinate collectors. New York-based Maison Gérard is taking part in the Biennale for the first time. Benoist Dru and Gerardus Widdershoven are presenting a set of creations blending eras and countries. A pair of tortoiseshell cabinets with sycamore interiors by Leleu (1963) stands alongside a coffee table by Robsjohn-Gibbings (1938). A fourth-time Biennale participant, the Galerie Michel Giraud sets out to carry on the spirit of its contributions at previous editions....

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An unprecedented loan from the Hermitage Museum

The Biennale des Antiquaires is presenting an unprecedented exhibition of 18th century French objects and furniture items from the Hermitage collection in Saint Petersburg. A primordial event. Vice president of the Syndicat National des Antiquaires (French National Syndicate of Antique Dealers) and director of the Galerie Dragesco-Cramoisan in Paris, Bernard Dragesco was selected to be the scientific expert for the exhibition “Un siècle d’élégance française, chefs-d’œuvre du XVIIIe siècle” (A Century of French Elegance, 18th Century Masterpieces), gathering thirty-five emblematic French decorative-arts pieces from the Enlightenment period, from the Hermitage Museum. An exceptional loan consisting of pieces that have never left Russian soil. Bernard Dragesco here reveals what went on behind the scenes of this exhibition and discusses the market for 18th century objects. How did this exhibition come to be organised? Jean-Daniel Compain, director general of the Biennale, and a former high official in the French Ministry of Culture, Georges-François Hirsch, came up with the idea of setting up an exhibition on 18th century French decorative arts featuring works from the Hermitage. We wanted to gather objects that had never come to France before in order to create a beautiful exhibition for the general public, but also in order to reflect strong interest among specialists in France as well as overseas. It thus became possible to set up the exhibition thanks to Georges-François Hirsch’s experience and contacts with the Hermitage management and curators, as well as very active support from the Institut Français in Saint Petersburg. The museum curators began by drawing up a list numbering around one hundred. We then decided on a smaller list to make up a coherent set of thirty-five objects. We took into account interest and rarity, and what already exists in French collections. I made a trip there to see all of...

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Art Dealers Ivor Braka and Thomas Dane Donate to The Whitworth

London art dealers Ivor Braka and Thomas Dane have made a gift including major works to The Whitworth, in Manchester, United Kingdom with the intention to encourage more dealers and collectors to give outside London. The gift includes major works by Tracey Emin, Gilbert & George, Rebecca Warren, Michael Landy and Anya Gallaccio. The gift responds to strengths in the Whitworth’s existing historic and contemporary collections. A large-scale appliquéd blanket by Tracey Emin, for example, will complement the Whitworth’s world-class holdings of fine art and textiles, which includes tapestries by Edward Burne-Jones and William Morris. The donation will also strengthen the gallery’s representation of contemporary British female artists by adding Rebecca Warren’s 2006 Turner Prize nominated installation Sylvesternacht as well as a significant Anya Gallaccio sculpture that will sit alongside a major new commission by the artist, to be realised in Manchester in Spring 2016. Maria Balshaw commented: ‘We are thrilled by this important gift. Acquiring major works by contemporary artists is perhaps the biggest challenge facing UK public collections today and it is where collectors can offer the greatest help to...

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Moretti Fine Art Ltd. collaborates with Richard Knight

Moretti Fine Art Ltd., one of the world’s foremost dealers in Old Master paintings, is collaborating with Richard Knight, the respected art dealer and former co-Chairman of Old Master and 19th century Art at Christie’s, London to form Knight Moretti to together act as dealers and agents in European Art. Knight Moretti will be based at the Moretti Gallery at 2a – 4 Ryder Street in St. James’s, London. Richard Knight is a well-recognised specialist and art dealer with 45 years of experience in the trade. He has commented, “I am very excited to be returning to the world of independent art dealing following eleven enjoyable years with Christie’s. Having spent the greater part of my working life as a dealer, I am delighted to be returning to a world I know so well. It is also particularly pleasing for me to be embarking on this new venture in association with Fabrizio Moretti, one of today’s most impressive old master dealers and a friend whom I have known and admired from the earliest days of his business. I see a bright future for my own new company and for the Knight Moretti partnership.” Fabrizio Moretti established Moretti Fine Art Ltd. when he was just 22 years old. Moretti has expressed similar excitement, declaring, “I have known Richard all my working life. He has been a constant supporter whilst I have established, built and developed the business of Moretti Fine Art Ltd…Richard’s knowledge and experience of the business will be of great benefit to us and our...

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David Benrimon Fine Art is moving

David Benrimon Fine Art — international art dealers —, has announced it is to move to a new 460m2 space on 730th Avenue, in New York. Specialising in contemporary, Impressionist, Renaissance, Baroque and Post-War artists — including Monet, Braque, Bacon and Titian — David Benrimon Fine Art offers a guided buying process for both experience and novice...

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