Newsletter no. 24

Wednesday 27 September 2023

Each week discover the exhibitors of FAB PARIS 2023.

This week, discover a Jean Lurçat ceramic chosen by Whitford Fine Art, a red gold bracelet exhibited by Walid Akkad and a Cartier clock proposed by Larengregor.

Whitford Fine Art

Founded by Adrian Mibus in 1974, Whitford Fine Art is a quintessential family business that offers private clients and museums almost fifty years of experience.

The gallery has recently left its long-term premises in Duke Street, St. James’s and is now operating by appointment from neighbouring Knightsbridge. During the 1980s, the gallery traded as Whitford and Hughes and supported the Belgian movements of Luminism and Expressionism. Whilst dealing in 20th century movements, including French Cubism, Modernism, Pop Art and International Post-War painting and sculpture, Whitford Fine Art has always been at the forefront of discovery.

The gallery operates along art historical criteria and were early defenders of artists such as Bram Bogart, Paul Van Hoeydonck, Joseph Lacasse and Clive Barker. Lately the gallery has rediscovered 1950s British Abstract Expressionist Frank Avray Wilson, and early 1960s Zero artist Reinhold Koehler. The gallery has been entrusted several Estates, including those of Caziel, Joseph Lacasse and Reinhold Koehler.

During his long career as an art dealer, Adrian Mibus has also built up a fine collection of ceramics by French artist Jean Lurçat (1892-1966), whose work was honoured by FAB 2022.

Jean Lurçat, Summer, c. 1955, Hand-painted glazed ceramic.

Jean Lurçat
c. 1955
Hand-painted glazed ceramic
80 cm high
Inscribed “Dessin J. Lurçat, Sant-Vicens, B.Y, 2/25”
Ed. 2/25

Galerie Walid Akkad

How would you capture the light of the Mediterranean?
How would you reflect the formal beauty of an Italian, French or English garden in a piece of jewellery?
How would you frame nature in a microcosm to display it at its best?
All these questions have fascinated Walid akkad from his childhood on the shores of the Mediterranean, culminating in formal training at the French Jewellers Guild, where he mastered the skills of casting, polishing ad setting stones.
Commissions and collaborations followed from the great jewellery houses of place Vendôme, then Walid has been showcased at numerous international exhibitions, in Paris, London, Geneva, Monaco, New-York…
What makes his work so attractive? Is it that he is involved in every step of the creative process from initial, perfect architectural drawings to exquisite prototypes, and then the fabulous finished work, each one a sculpture integrity of the piece must be flawless. Next seek out just the right stone- somehow it captures and then reprojects the light with absolute mastery.
And lastly, will it enchant? Will it elicit a visceral, sensual response-like the most intimate whispered conversation?

Bracelet "Gouttes" red gold, limited edition.

Bracelet Gouttes
Red gold
Limited edition


Dealer of precious stones and exceptional jewelry since 1983. Paris initially and creation of a Showroom office in Geneva in 2005.

They are specialize in Jewelry signed by the most important designers, from the fifteenth century to the twentieth, and they are always looking for the most beautiful gems, ruby, sapphires, emeralds, pink and blue diamonds for their customers.

Desk or console clock in 18kt yellow gold styling a flower, mechanical movement, stem and leaves in yellow gold, work by Cartier Paris Circa 1950.

Pendulette Tulipe Cartier
Cartier, Paris.
28,5 x 8 x 10,4 cm
Unique piece

A Flower design mecanic desk clock, yellow gold 18kt & platinum.
The base of the desk clock is in Lapis lazuli.
Watch indexes and hand in platinum and diamonds.


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