ANCIEN & MODERNE 2017







The biggest event in the design calendar in January was undoubtedly in Paris at Maison & Objet and Paris Déco Off.
A-Gent of Style was honoured to be for the 3rd time jury member of the Paris Déco Off this year which took him on a whirlwind of launches, talks, events, networking, and many many meals and parties all around the French capital with old and new design friends .



One of the most-anticipated destinations this year was the 2nd instalment of Ancien & Moderne, the lifestyle bohemian pop-up shop located temporarily in a charming street of Saint-Germain des Près only steps away from the Seine river. The brainchild of the divine Stacey Bewkes of Quintessence and Beth Dempsey of Images & Details, Ancien & Moderne regrouped a fine, talented cohort of international design tastemakers who altogether presented their new creations specially conceived for the event. The result was once again timeless and beautiful, and the symbiosis of various creative minds collaborating on a single project was inspiring as well as refreshing. 




The star of the show was the incredible composition Bruyère by Fromental who designed a striking hand-painted silk wallcovering inspired by French textiles maven Jean Lurçat that wrapped the whole pop-up in a vibrant English mustard filled with whimsical details taken predominantly from nature.










Justin van Breda presented stylishly customised pieces of furniture with Fromental, The Rug Company a burgundy patterned rug designed by Martyn Lawrence Bullard, Philippe Berry his playful bronze furniture with butterflies, Porta Romana table lamps, Michelle Nussbaumer her new book, fabric collection and jewellery, Tuile à Loup their beautiful ceramics, and acclaimed designers Bambi Sloan, Timothy Corrigan, Frank De Biasi and Alex Papachristidis provided dazzling mirrors.

And let it be said, Ancien & Moderne brought much sunshine and optimism on that historical infamous inaugural day. I hope it brings you the same and more today.






























Until next year, félicitations to all involved. Chapeau! And thank you for given us, if only temporarily, a new Yellow Room room to cherish!







LILOU GRIMBACH-MARQUAND – SCREEN SAVER – and PIASA





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“I love light and I hate to see windows cluttered up by kilos of fabric, however precious it might be! A window is an opening on the exterior – a link to life.”


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It wasn’t until he received the catalogue of the forthcoming Piasa sale last week that A-Gent of Style discovered for the first time Lilou Grumbach-Marquand and fell instantly head over heels for her work. Keen to delve into her work, A-Gent of Style could not find much information (online) about the already ever secretive and private artist. But going through the sale catalogue proved to be a revelation and a treat.

Madame Grumbach-Marquand has been making sublime screens, partitions, blinds, canopies, banners, beds and kimono stands for the last 20 years and has been adored by leading decorators such as Peter Marino, Jacques Grange, Frank de Biaisi but also Diane von Furstenberg for whom she has made a veiled four-poster bed.

PIASA auctioneers are paying tribute to her exceptional talent by offering a score of her remarkable creations on October 25 in Paris, a rare chance to see and own her private creations. The lucky ones who will be in Paris from tomorrow Friday 21 October will be able to see the pieces at the sale exhibition prior to the auction.

Her every designs are unique and made by hand from a luxuriant and fine range of unusual materials – ribbons, braid, tassles, silver or amber balls, gingko leaf, passementerie, fiber, silk, linen, metals, plant fibres, edging of Indian sari. They result in spectacular and refined creations infused with a sense of poetry, and her influences of the far and middle east mingle with European and French sensibilities whilst having subtle echoes of India, Turkey, Africa or Japan. The main thing is that each material guarantees ‘the purest transparency.’ The screen is a time-honoured element of decoration, filtering light and transcending interiors by redesigning their contours. 


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Now living in Paris’s Marais district, Lilou Marquand had the privilege of being Mademoiselle Coco Chanel’s closest collaborator for fifteen years (for several weeks she waited for Mademoiselle Chanel outside the Ritz, wearing a Chanel dress. Chanel finally noticed her and gave her a job). In the proximity of the « grande dame » of couture, known for her refined sense of colour and her flawless eye for details, Lilou Marquand’s own sensibility quickly developed and so did her obsession with lightness and light. Using her apartment as a creative studio, Lilou designs and creates projects for clients the world over. She recently created an enclosed space for Diane Von Fustenberg, which was on display at the Von Fustenberg’s studio in New York.




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MASTERPIECE 2016



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Summer in London means Masterpiece, one of the landmark events in London’s collecting calendar, which opened last Thursday to the public. As a huge devotee of antiques and art fairs, A-Gent of Style was eager to witness this year’s edition, now in its 7th year, and attended the decorator preview on Wednesday, his enthusiasm hugely enhanced in the last few weeks by the daily build-up on Instagram (where else). Rating Masterpiece as one of his highlights of the London art fair circuit, A-Gent of Style was wowed this year once again by the sheer brilliance and diversity of the elegantly curated vignettes showcasing objets of the highest calibre.


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The stellar international fair brings together yet again this year more than 150 leading exhibitors, old friends and newcomers from around the world to showcase a superb selection of museum-quality art, antiques, jewellery, furniture and design. Masterpiece attracts avid collectors, connoisseurs and enthusiasts across a wide range of cross-collecting categories and has established itself as notable highlight of the annual art fair calendar. Set in the magnificent South Grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea, Masterpiece takes place over seven days until July 6.

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Nazy Vassegh, CEO of Masterpiece Fair, with Lynn Chadwick’s Howling Beast (picture from @nazyvassegh)


The mastermind of this masterpiece, Nazy Vassegh, the glamourous and brilliant CEO of Masterpiece (don’t miss her fabulous outfits on Instagram!), says; “’For 2016 Masterpiece promises to be more exciting than ever. 154 specialist galleries from around the world are bringing treasures from the past 5,000 of art history. For collectors, curators and the curious alike Masterpiece is now firmly established as a highlight of the summer arts season.”

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Galerie Willy Huybrechts

 

A-Gent of Style made some great discoveries this year and was delighted to see some his most cherished antiques dealers exhibiting for the first time especially Galerie Willy Huybrechts with their show-stopping stand

 

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Despite the Brexit and the fall of the pound, exhibitors are remaining optimistic and the fair is showing no sign of abatement as visitors are flocking in. This year’s fair is probably the best so far so make sure you don’t miss it!

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Below a ‘small’ selection of outstanding objets and vignettes.


Siena from the hills, 1953 by Paul Feiler at Godson & Coles

Siena from the Hills, 1953 by Paul Feiler at Godson & Coles

 

Chevron mirror by Line Vautrin at Jean-David Botella

Chevron mirror by Line Vautrin at Jean-David Botella

 

Egyptian chairs by Marc du Plantier at Dutko Gallery

Egyptian chairs by Marc du Plantier at Dutko Gallery

 

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at Hemmerle

 

Le Rythme by Tamara de Lempicka at Kunstberatung, Zurich

Le Rythme by Tamara de Lempicka at Kunstberatung, Zurich

 

Liquid Glacial Chair, 2015 by Zaha Hadid

Liquid Glacial Chair, 2015 by Zaha Hadid

 

 

Rose Uniacke

Rose Uniacke

 

The new Eden collection by Lalique at Steinway & Sons stand

The new Eden collection by Lalique at Steinway & Sons

 

Revelation, 2014 by El Anatsui

Revelation, 2014 by El Anatsui

 

Axel Vervoordt

Axel Vervoordt

 

White Straw, 2016 by Francesca Pasquale at Tornabuoni Art

White Straw, 2016 by Francesca Pasquale at Tornabuoni Art

 

Abstrakter Kopf: Licht I, 1929 by Alexej von Jawlensky

Abstrakter Kopf: Licht I, 1929 by Alexej von Jawlensky

 

 

Galerie Chenel, Paris

Galerie Chenel, Paris

 

 

Boucheron Art Deco Lapis Lazuli & coral desk clock at Symbolic & Chase

Boucheron Art Deco Lapis Lazuli & coral desk clock at Symbolic & Chase

 

Apter-Fredericks

Apter-Fredericks

 

Punch me Harder by Yoshitomo Nara at Whitestone Gallery Tokyo/Hong Kong

Punch me Harder by Yoshitomo Nara at Whitestone Gallery Tokyo/Hong Kong

 

Steinitz, Paris

Steinitz, Paris

 

Bronze by Agostino Bonalumi at Cortesi Gallery

Bronze by Agostino Bonalumi at Cortesi Gallery

 

Desk by Jacques Adnet, 1950 at Roberta Basta, Milan

Desk by Jacques Adnet, 1950 at Roberta Basta, Milan

 

Dutko Gallery

Dutko Gallery

 

Anglo-Indian armchair, c.1800-1810 at A.Mohtashemi, London

Anglo-Indian armchair, c.1800-1810 at A.Mohtashemi, London

 

Anniversary Jewellery Box at Linley, London

30th Anniversary Jewellery Box at Linley, London

 

Zaha Hadid Commemorative Salon

Zaha Hadid Commemorative Salon

 

Six-Fold screen representing the Map of the World, Edo Period, mid 19th Century at Paolo Antonacci, Rome

Six-fold screen representing the Map of the World, Edo Period, mid 19th Century at Paolo Antonacci, Rome

 

Concerto Spaziale, 1962 by Lucio Fontana at Repetto Gallery, London

Concerto Spaziale, 1962 by Lucio Fontana at Repetto Gallery, London

 

Galerie Marcilhac, Paris

Galerie Marcilhac, Paris

 

Mallett, London, New York

Mallett, London, New York

 

Egyptian painted wood sarcophagus fragment middle Kingdom, 12th Dynasty 19080-1801 BC at Rupert Wace Ancient Art

Egyptian painted wood sarcophagus fragment middle Kingdom, 12th Dynasty 1980-1801 BC at Rupert Wace Ancient Art

 

Steinway & Sons

Steinway & Sons

 

Godson & Coles

Godson & Coles

 

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Based Upon

 

Untitled (superficie) by Enrico Castellani at M&L Fine Art

Untitled (superficie) by Enrico Castellani at M&L Fine Art

 

Geoffrey Diner gallery

Geoffrey Diner gallery

 

Factum Foundation

Factum Foundation

 

Stars Above, Stars Below, 1962 by Avinash Chandra at DAG Modern, Delhi Mumbai New York

Stars Above, Stars Below, 1962 by Avinash Chandra at DAG Modern, Delhi, Mumbai, New York

 

Modernity

Modernity, Stockholm

 

Roberta Basta, Milan

Roberta Basta, Milan

 

Tre Tempi, 1971 Fausto Melotti at Mazzoleni

Tre Tempi, 1971 Fausto Melotti at Mazzoleni

 

Robilant + Voena, London, Milan, St Moritz

Robilant + Voena, London, Milan, St Moritz

 

Ariadne Galleries, New York, London

Ariadne Galleries, New York, London

 

Gallery Anne Autegarten

Gallery Anne Autegarten

 

David Gill gallery, London

David Gill gallery, London

 

88 Gallery

88 Gallery

 

Girih chest at Linley, London

Girih chest at Linley, London

 

Green and Blue, 1971 by William Scott at Offer Waterman

Green and Blue, 1971 by William Scott at Offer Waterman

 

JGM Art

JGM Art

 

Untitled, 1942 by Arthur Dove at Collisart, LLC New York

Untitled, 1942 by Arthur Dove at Collisart, LLC New York

 

Lalannes at Jean-David Botella

Lalannes at Jean-David Botella

 

The World of Interiors

The World of Interiors

 

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– Photographs by A-Gent of Style unless stated –





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