Newsletter no. 22

Wednesday 20 September 2023

Each week discover the exhibitors of FAB PARIS 2023.

This week, discover a carved walnut tondo chosen by Monluc Antiquaires, a Louis XVI frame exhibited by Galerie Montanari and a pedestal table by André Sornay proposed by Galerie Alain Marcelpoil.

Monluc Antiquaires

Founded in 1968 in Paris by Gérard Monluc, the Monluc Gallery, today managed by his sons Matthieu and Romain, is dedicated to sculpture and decorative arts from the Renaissance to the 19th century.

Located on rue de Beaune, in the heart of the prestigious Carré rive gauche in Paris, Galerie Monluc exhibits rare objects from all over Europe.

Among its clients, Galerie Monluc counts amateurs, great decorators as well as numerous museums.

Monluc Antiquaires, walnut tondo with head of Médusa, Italy, Circa 1850, Diameter: 110 cm

Walnut tondo with head of Médusa
Circa 1850
Diameter: 110 cm

Galerie Montanari

The Montanari gallery, founded in 1978 by Amedeo Montanari, has an extensive stock of French, Italian, Spanish and Dutch frames dating from the 16th to the 20th century. To ensure continuity, Capucine Montanari-Fleury has joined the gallery, where she works with a team of highly qualified framers, including a ‘Meilleur Ouvrier de France‘.

These professionals are on hand to advise the public and help them choose the most appropriate media for the works entrusted to them, whatever the period.

The workshop carries out all types of framing and antique mounting. They use only neutral materials that comply with today’s most stringent requirements, to ensure optimum conservation of the works and satisfy both public and private institutions.

All the work is carried out with the greatest care, to not only enhance but also preserve engravings, drawings and paintings. Although the gallery specialises in antique frames, it does not neglect modernity, and can produce any style of frame and do contemporary framing.

Galerie Montanari, Louis XVI frame, ref 987, France

Louis XVI frame
ref 987
View size : 22×22 cm
Carved wood (oak) and fine gold gilding

Galerie Alain Marcelpoil

Specialized in furniture and art objects from the Art Deco period (1920-1930), the Alain Marcelpoil Gallery pays tribute to André Sornay’s work.

Alain Marcelpoil, native from Lyon in France, founded the gallery in 2006. He introduced the public to André Sornay’s exceptional prewar and postwar creations, whose are utterly modern, personal and particularly innovative. Indeed, thanks to his technique of « cloutage » this inventive creator manufactured in small series « various works of art at modest prices, unique items ». « Cloutage » was a clever way to democratize art, following the example of the craftsmen of the Union des Artistes Modernes (U.A.M).

Recognized as a major actor in avant-garde art, André Sornay, who remained out of the public eye for a long time, now occupies the foreground of the national and international art scene : PAD Paris and PAD London, TEFAF Maastricht and New York.

Alain Marcelpoil is a member of the Compagnie Nationales des Experts (CNE) and the Comité Professionnel des Galeries d’Art (CGPA). He is also an expert on the BRAFA Brussels and Pavillon des Arts et du Design Paris and London expert committees.

Galerie Alain Marcelpoil, André Sornay, Coffee table with two tabletops in solid walnut, Circa 1928y

André Sornay
Coffee table with two tabletops in solid walnut.
Vertical part with bookcase in mahogany.
Lower foot frame in metal
Circa 1928
Height: 30 in. Diam.: 29.5 in.
Unique piece
Depicted in a preparatory drawing by André Sornay,
reproduced in Signé Sornay, p. 141.


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