Newsletter no. 29
Wednesday 11 October 2023
Each week discover the exhibitors of FAB PARIS 2023
This week, discover Armand-Albert Rateau’s bathroom chosen by Galerie Anne-Sophie Duval, a drawing by Zao Wou-Ki exhibited by Aktis Gallery and a group of European frames proposed by Antoine Bechet.
Galerie Anne-Sophie Duval
The Anne-Sophie Duval gallery, is one the first Parisian galleries to have taken part in the rediscovery of French Art Deco. Since 1972, the gallery, founded by Anne-Sophie Duval fifty years ago, has been exhibiting a selection of the best designers of the early 20th decorative arts, from the elegance of Jean-Michel Frank to the sophisticated modernity of Eileen Gray.
Since 2008, Anne-Sophie Duval’s daughter, Julie Blum, continues to highlight the incredible creativity of this period. She pursues to present the work of Art Deco masters and to highlight the work of the many artists who contributed to the renewal of modern forms such as Etienne Cournault (2008), the ceramist Elisabeth Joulia (2011) and Primavera ceramics (2013). In 2022 the gallery celebrated its 50th anniversary through a series of three exhibitions.
Aktis Gallery is dedicated to modern art.
The gallery is one of the leading specialists in the post-war lyrical abstraction movement, focusing on the internationally renowned Chinese émigré artists Zao Wou-Ki and Chu Teh-Chun.
Since the middle of the 15th century, craftmen such as cabinetmakers, sculptors, gilders, and bronze smiths compete in know-how to create frames showing the diversity of styles which mark he history of furniture, in Europe and elsewhere…
The selection on display shows the desired criteria for each item : elegance, right proportions, quality, conservation state and patina. When these elements meet, the frame becomes the indispensable setting to highlight any artwork.
Specialised in framing since more than 30 years, Antoine Bechet shows in his gallery a wide choice of antique frames from the 15th to the 20th century, memory of the craftmen of the past. Each piece is rigorously selected for its potential to highlight artworks, but also as an art object itself.
Antoine Bechet and his team perpetuate this tradition. One cabinet-maker, two gilders and three framers exert their talent to serve drawings and paintings. This knowledge allowed him to work for professional, high-profile collectors and museums worldwide.
The workshop was awarded ‘Entreprise du Patrimoine Vivant’ in 2017.
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