Highlights From the International Fine Art And Antiques Show
I love attending the International Fine Art and Antiques Show. I am always charmed by something--like this delightful illustration of Josephine Baker wearing a banana skirt found in a rare book. entitled Le Tumulte Noir by Paul Colin in the booth of Shapero Rare Books.
Similarly,who couldn't smile at a series of photographs by Harry Benson of the Beatles having a pillow fight, c. 1964.
I eagerly anticipate knowing that just around a corner I suddenly will be assaulted by an object of great beauty. These lovely scenes come from Chinese Export painted mirrors c. 1765 from dealer Ronald Phillips.
And how about a SEVEN foot tall Swarovski crystal chandelier! My goodness.
The International Fine Art and Antiques Show also is the locale where I get to see first hand the work of artists and designers that I cover here on Decor Arts Now. Jacques Adnet made an appearance with a pair of chests--shagreen with aluminum legs-- at Galery Lefebvre. Remember him from Designer Who's Who?
I also spotted several works by Jean Coucteau. As you may recall, his illustrative style reminds me of the work of artist and friend Patricia Van Essche.
This time when I saw an artist that I first discovered in an upstairs spare room of an little known gallery, and then featured her on the blog back in 2011, I puffed up with pride (yes I know, its one of the deadly vices). I was thrilled to discover that a famous top drawer gallery like Maison Gerard is now representing her.
Of course, an afternoon spent at the International Fine Art and Antiques Show supplies me with blog post ideas that can last through to next year's show. I won't give much away here ---you will need to visit my blog often (wink)--but you can bet I will be featuring the decorative artist behind this stunning console also shown at Gallery Lefebvre. I was certain it was an Art Deco period piece, and was shocked to learn that a contemporary Czech artist made it in 2013!
All photos by Lynn Byrne