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A-Gent of Style
was jubilant to be introduced to the auction ‘Bibliothèque Félix Marcilhac’ which took place in Paris last Christmas under the aegis of the respected French auction house, Binoche et Giquello.

I was almost lost for words when I saw on display the sheer beauty of the one hundred books with their dazzling covers and compelling binding artistry. Envy didn’t even start to express how much I wished I had Marcilhac’s bibliothèque.

Félix Marcilhac was one of the most eminent historians and experts in the world on Art Nouveau and Art Deco who spent his entire career promoting the Decorative Arts of the 20th C. 

These jewels of the literary and now decorative world were designed at the acme of French Art Deco circa 1925; they are instantly recognisable with their fans, sunbursts, zigzags, chevrons and steps and other ubiquitous elements of the streamlined, geometric and polished Art Deco movement.

They were the creations of the illustrious French artists Dunand, Goulden, Jouve and ‘master ‘ J.L Schmied who revolutionised the aesthetics of the book after WWI with their ingenuity and the sheer talent of their craft. The typography, graphics, illustration and bookbinding skills are exceptional. 


Here is A-Gent of Style‘s selection of some of the spectacular books Marcilhac amassed in his life and which have now become highly coveted collectables, as you can see by the price tags below.
 

 
Félix Marcilhac’s son owns one of Paris’ best antiques galleries of 20th C furniture which A-Gent of Style never fails to visit on his trips. If you are after Adnet, Arbus, Chareau, Czaky, Dunand, Dupre-Lafon, Frank, Dominique, Jouve, Lalique or Poillerat (one of my favourites) or other renowned ensembliers from the 1920s to the 1940s, then Galerie Marcilhac is the place for you.



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