Newsletter no. 5

Monday 17th July 2023

Each week discover the exhibitors of FAB PARIS 2023

This week, discover an Ottoman firman presented by Galerie Kent Antiques, a tywara crest proposed by Galerie Montagut and a painting by Olivier Debré chosen by Galerie Berès.

Kent Antiques

The gallery’s expertly selected collections include Islamic and Indian courtly objects and works of art dating from the 13th century to the 19th century and Orientalist paintings. 

Since its foundation in 1997, the gallery has regularly exhibited art works in private and international exhibitions, including TEFAF Maastricht and La Biennale Paris. Kent Antiques was the winner of the prestigious ‘La Biennale Paris – Exceptional Object Award’ (Prix de la Commission Biennale 2019 de l’Objet d’exception) in 2019.

The gallery’s clients include museums, major institutions as well as private collectors. All works of art offered by Kent Antiques are ethically obtained from national and international private collections and trade. The authenticity of every single work of art offered for sale by Kent Antiques is guaranteed and certificate of authenticity is provided on request. Kent Antiques is a member of BADA (The British Antique Dealers’ Association) and SNA (Syndicat National des Antiquaires).

Kent Antiques, Empire Ottoman, Finement Enluminé avec le Tughra du Sultan Abdulmecid

Finely Illuminated Ottoman Firman with the Tughra of Sultan Abdulmecid
(r. 1839-1861)
Ottoman Empire, Dated: 1256 AH / 1839 AD
Dimensions: 123 x 78 cm.

Montagut Gallery Barcelona

Montagut Gallery is an art gallery founded in 1990 in Barcelona specializing in Tribal African art. Since its beginnings the gallery promotes African cultures and sells artworks to both collectors and institutions.

Its goal is to offer a maximum guarantee in terms of quality and authenticity of its objects. The gallery has international representation participating every year in Parcours des Mondes in Paris, Brafa Art Fair in Brussels, Paris Tribal in Pairs and Fine Art & La Biennale in Paris.

About the artwork

Artist, painter and aesthete, Jacques Boussard (1915-1989) made his artistic research evolve through the great movements of the 20th century (realism, cubism, abstraction). Particularly sensitive to the question of form, he became interested in African art from the 1950s following his numerous visits to his friends F. H. Lem and I. Païlès, themselves collectors of primitive arts. This encounter with distant arts then resonated throughout his work. As a lover of ancient art, his taste led him more towards statuary than towards masks. He particularly appreciated “the gravity and nobility, the serenity, the logic, the clarity” of sub-Saharan sculptures (see Primitive Arts in the Artists’ Workshops).

This beautiful crest undeniably echoes Jacques Boussard’s interest in plastic purity. Wonderfully combining the stylization of forms with the purity of volumes, it is inscribed, through the remarkable flight of the horns, in the verticality. The body of the oryx antelope is reduced to its simplest expression. It carries on its back a small fawn, dynamic and graphic. This interplay between the two characters, the mother and the child, their modeling and their touching, nuanced patina are evidence of great antiquity.

Crest ciwara, female oryx antelope and fawn Bamana people,
Mali, Siglo 19,
66 cm, Wood, metal

Henri Kamer collection, Paris
Jacques Boussard collection, Paris
Private collection

Patrick Caput et Valentine Plisnier, Arts d’Afrique Portraits d’une collection, 2016, p.154-155

Galerie Berès

The Galerie Berès, facing the south west wing of the Louvre which stands across the river, was founded by Huguette Berès in 1952 and is now run by Anisabelle Berès, her daughter, and her granddaughter, Florence Montanari.

The gallery is focusing on the avant-garde movements in France from the 19th to the 20th century – Impressionism, Post-Impressionism, Cubism, Surrealism, Abstract art – and on Contemporary art.

The Galerie Berès participates regularly in the Fine Arts & Biennale Art Fair Paris, the Salon du Dessin, Art Paris, as well as the TEFAF in Maastricht and the BRAFA in Brussels.

Galerie Berès, Olivier Debré, Rose tache jaune le lac glacé Rauland, 1974, oil on canvas

Olivier Debré 
Rose tache jaune le lac glacé Rauland
Oil on canvas
H. 46, L. 55 cm (18,11 x 21,65 inches)

Signed, titled, dated lower left on the back,
O Debré rose tache jaune, le lac glacé Rauland 74
The painting will be reproduced in the catalogue raisonné.
Certificat of origin C.23.450 by Sylvie Debré dated 8 March


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