Newsletter no. 35

Wednesday 1 November 2023

Each week discover the exhibitors of FAB PARIS 2023.

This week, discover a pair of Louis XVI period vases chosen by Pascal Izarn, a watercolor by Leonor Fini exhibited by Loeve&Co and a Jacques Fredéric Kirstein bowl proposed by Galerie Neuse.

Pascal Izarn

For thirty-five years Pascal Izarn is specialised in works of art and clocks of the 18th and early 19th centuries. he started off at 13 rue de Beaune in Paris, after an initial training as a clockmaker which equipped him with a better understanding of the technical aspects of clocks. He is very rigorous about the integrity of a piece: dials and movements must always be contemporary with and original to the clock case.

His activity has developed in the last fifteen years towards Chinese, Japanese and European porcelains mounted with 18th century gilt bronzes. He is now recognised as an expert on the authenticity of these mounted objects as well as other gilt bronzes and clocks.
Gilt bronze demands a thorough understanding of the object; with this, one makes progress each year, without it the passage of time achieves nothing. When you buy an object covered in dirt, you need to know if the original mercury gilding exists under the grime or if it is worn or has completely disappeared. This distinction is essential as the item’s value will not be the same at all. He would never buy a work of art or a clock that has been re-gilt.

The field is often ill-understood and the subject of debate, most of the time through lack of connoisseurship. Here, it pays to be modest. The current fashion for the analysis of metals used in the composition of bronze can be helpful. However, no magic machine yet exists which will provide the exact date of creation of the object under examination. In the end, knowledge and the eye count the most, both today and for a long time to come.

A pair of Louis XVI large gilt bronze-mounted Serpentine covered vases, circa 1785

A pair of Louis XVI large gilt bronze-mounted Serpentine covered vases
circa 1785
Height: 67.5 cm. (26 ½ in.)   Width: 32 cm. (12 ½ in.)   Depth: 23.5 cm. (9 ¼ in.)
Width and depth of base: 16.3 cm. (6 ½ in.)

Collection of Hubert de Givenchy, Paris


Hervé Loevenbruck and Stéphane Corréard opened in February 2019 an exhibition space at 15 rue des Beaux-Arts, in the heart of the Saint-Germain-des-Prés district, between the Hôtel and the École Nationale des Beaux-Arts. Called Loeve&Co, this gallery is dedicated to French or foreign artists to be rediscovered, and proposes about ten exhibitions per year, around creators, groups, movements or historical moments.

They opened a second space in 2020, dedicated to the Love&Collect programme, initiated during the first confinement, proposing works at friendly prices around weekly themes. To illustrate this programme, the Love&Collect art history shop at 8 rue des Beaux-Arts was created.

Three years after the opening of their gallery in Saint-Germain- des-Prés, Hervé Loevenbruck and Stéphane Corréard opened a new exhibition space in the Marais in April 2022. This double location in Paris aims to amplify their action of rediscovering major artists of the past century, in a resolutely contemporary perspective.

Reflecting the opening of the Centre Pompidou (45 years ago, with the first retrospective of Marcel Duchamp (1887-1968) in France), the inaugural exhibition was devoted to a new subject: the links between the work of the most influential artist of the 20th century and that of the cult artist and designer Bruno Munari (1907-1998).

The Loeve&Co gallery is present at leading national fairs: Salon du Dessin 2021 and 2022, Asia NOW 2022, and BAD+ 2022, 2023.

At the same time, Hervé Loevenbruck and Stéphane Corréard are expanding the international audience for their projects to rediscover undervalued artists of the past, notably by presenting amply documented monographs at leading fairs: Frieze Masters London (Key Hiraga, 2018, Leonor Fini, 2022), Frieze New York (Roland Dorcély, 2019), 1-54 London (Roland Dorcély, 2022), ART- SG (Key Hiraga, 2023).

Leonor Fini, La Fanfarlo, Circa 1968, Watercolor and ink on paper, Signed lower right, 20 × 28 cm

Leonor Fini
La Fanfarlo
Circa 1968
Watercolor and ink on paper
Signed lower right
20 × 28 cm

Galerie Neuse

Galerie Neuse holds a wide range of fine art works from the 15th to the 19th century. The company presents precious silver and Kunstkammer objects, sculptures from the Middle Ages to the Classicist period, old master paintings, eminent works of furniture by German and French ébénistes, and tapestries manufactured by the most important European workshops of the 15th – the 18th century. 

Their specialization in leading examples of European decorative arts is exceptionally well demonstrated by the gallery’s extraordinary collection of precious goldsmith works from the most renowned workshops of the 15th – the 19th century.

The company is a traditional art dealing firm, selecting and presenting the most representative pieces of artwork of each period. The Bremen based Galerie upholds a reputation as a reliable partner for international museums and collectors alike.

Jacques Fredéric Kirstein (1765 - 1838, master since 1795) Cup and cover with présentoir “ Lion hunt”

Jacques Fredéric Kirstein
(1765 – 1838, master since 1795)
Cup and cover with présentoir “ Lion hunt”
Vermeil, the silver relief signed „Kirstein Orfe. À Strasbourg“
The base is engraved: „Composé et executé par Kirstein Orfre   à Strasbourg“
Strasbourg,  1809-1819
Height: 36 cm, weight: 2.440 g

Maurice Koehler (1888-1966) and Elisabeth Schlumberger (1893-1987)


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