HENRI CHWAST & SOTHEBY’S: UNVEILING A 30 YEARS’ OLD COLLECTION of ART DECO MASTERPIECES






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Amongst the Art deco sales of the last half century, the 1972 sale at Christie’s of couturier Jacques Doucet’s possessions is to this date of the most fabled. The Yves Saint Laurent – Pierre Bergé sale of 2009 at Christie’s was equally historic as it reached 373,935,500 euros with Eileen Gray’s ‘Fauteuil aux Dragons’ reaching an incredible 21,905,000 euros. Then in March 2014 the Felix Marcilhac sale came along courtesy of Sotheby’s and sent A-Gent of Style in a state of stratospheric elation with its ravishing museum-quality masterpieces (and an unforgettable cover feature from The World of Interiors).



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And a week ago, without much fanfare, Henri Chwast came into A-Gent of Style’s life. Unbeknownst to him, Henri Chwast was the creator of the first “concept” fashion shop in Paris, Mérédith, which he opened with his wife Anne-Marie on the Rue de Passy in 1961, offering pieces of a select group of international designers. But Chwast was also a collecting pioneer who, in the early 1970s, rediscovered and championed many artworks of the 1920s, from artists and designers such as Eileen Gray and Jean Dunand. A secret collector, known only to several big Parisian dealers, he died almost 25 years ago, leaving intact his compact collection consisting of about sixty masterpieces created by a small number of first-rate artists including Clément Rousseau, Pierre Chareau and Bernard Boutet de Monel.

Today, Sotheby’s Paris will be unveiling this tastemaker’s remarkable collection of hidden treasures kept away for thirty years, now appearing on the market for the first time and remaining decidedly modern. The works, carefully chosen for their exceptional quality, make up a perfectly consistent ensemble of rare and precious group of 46 lots, expected to reach between 3-5 million euros. Their rarity, prestigious provenance and the dialogue created between them establish it as one of those truly legendary Art Deco collections. These pieces have been through the hands of the movement’s greatest advocates: the legendary Art Deco Galerie du Luxembourg, Félix Marcilhac, Alain Lesieutre, Maria de Beyrie, Bob and Cheska Vallois and Karl Lagerfeld.

During the 1970’s, Henri Chwast started collecting works of the 1920’s period after being introduced to the glories of Art Deco at the 1972 Jacques Doucet sale. Patiently and meticulously, he acquired iconic works by the major artists of Art Deco, mainly Dunand, Gray, Rousseau and Chareau. This connoisseur with a highly specific taste limited his collection to a small number of works, focusing on the crucial, the ground-breaking and the unique. The selection constituted by Henri Chwast’s discerning eye is a perfect illustration of aesthetic explorations during the 1920’s: a mix of luxury and modernity. Through his choices, Chwast established himself as a trail-blazer who, in the 1970’s, fully realised the importance of creations from this period, and sought to capture their essence.

This collection, housed for three decades in a family environment reflecting the collector’s discreet personality, is striking for the majestic quality of each work. It also provides an overview of the founding figures of Art Deco including some of the most active patrons of their time such as Madame Agnès (a customer, collector and close friend of Jean Dunand), Madame Labourdette (wife of the famous coach builder Jean-Henri Labourdette) and the Maharajah of Indore (a prominent figure in the 1920’s artistic milieu).

Time will tell but this collection, though rather small, has all the ingredients to become a truly legendary ensemble that will be remembered as one of the most iconic sales of Art Deco.

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You can see the full catalogue here

And a short video:




Below, A-Gent of Style‘s selection from the catalogue:


JEAN DUNAND – unique eggshell and lacquered wood fire surround, 1926 / 200,000-300,000 euros

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PIERRE CHAREAU – ‘LP 180’ or ‘Masque’ alabaster and iron table lamp, c.1922-23 / 20,000-30,000 euros


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JEAN DUNAND – Madame Agnès, unique lacquer, eggshell, ivory and silver leaves panel, 1926 / 112,000-167,000 euros

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PIERRE CHAREAU – SN31 also called ‘La Religieuse’ (as it looks like a nun’s wimple), a mahogany, alabaster and metal floor lamp, c.1928 / 300,000-500,000 euros

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CLEMENT ROUSSEAU – Macassar, ebony and kingwood veneer, oak, shagreen, mother-of-pearl, ivory and silvered metal chest, c.1925 / 245,000-356,000 euros

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PIERRE CHAREAU – ‘MB405’ and ‘SN3’ a Rio rosewood and iron desk and stool, c.1926-1927 / 200,000-300,000 euros

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JEAN DUNAND – a six panel lacquered wood and eggshell folding screen, c.1925 / 100,000-150,000 euros

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PAULE LELEU – a wool carpet, c.1950 / 2,000-3,000 euros

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JEAN DUNAND – a lacquered wood armchair, c.1924 / 80,000-120,000 euros


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JEAN DUNAND 


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Deux Figures a Genoux, a lacquered panel, 1929 / 80,000-120,000 euros
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 ‘Nu de dos’, a lacquered panel heightened with gold and silver’, 1929 / 60,000-80,000 euros


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PIERRE CHAREAU – ‘LA 254’  a pair of iron and alabaster wall sconces, c.1925 /  30,000-50,000 euros


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CARLO BUGATTI, ‘Cobra’ a pair of partially painted vellum and metal chairs, 1902 / 100,000-150,000 euros


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PIERRE PATOUT – a stained mahogany and bronze armchair, c.1934 / 3,000-5,000 euros


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DIM (Decoration Interieure Moderne) – a Rio rosewood and burr Rio rosewood veneered cabinet, 1925 / 3,000-3,350 euros


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TAMARA DE LEMPICKA – ‘Nu Feminin’, a pencil on paper / 8,000-12,000 euros

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EILEEN GRAY – a unique pine and lacquer vase, c.1920 / 250,000-350,000 euros

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ARISTIDE MICHEL COLOTTE – a crystal bowl, c.1930 / 1,500-2,000 euros


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RAOUL LAMOURDEDIEU – a patinated and silvered bronze, onyx, glass and metal floor lamp, c.1925 / 7,000-10,000 euros

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JEAN GOULDEN – a silver, glass and enamel table lamp, 1926 / 80,000-120,000 euros


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MAURICE JALLOT – a macassar, ebony veneer, oak, shagreen and ivory cabinet, c.1927 / 20,100-27,900 euros


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JOSEPH CSAKY – ‘Jeune Fille’ a patinated bronze sculpture, 1964 – 4,000-6,000 euros

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CLEMENT ROUSSEAU – occasional table, c.1925 / 78,000-100,000 euros


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JEAN DUNAND – a lacquered metal and eggshell vase, c.190 / 70,000-100,000 euros


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CLEMENT ROUSSEAU – Three rosewood veneer, shagreen and ivory  occasional tables, c.1920-25 / 78,000-112,000 euros


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EILEEN GRAY – ebonised oak, sycamore, glass top, ivory handles table-desk, 1919-1922 / 220,000-320,000 euros


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BERNARD BOUTET DE MOVEL – S.A.R Le Maharadjah d’Indore, an oil on canvas / 200,000-300,000 euros


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Bernard Boutet de Monvel

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Madame Agnès’s showroom, 1927

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– All images courtesy of Sotheby’s –

 

 

 

 

INSPIRED INTERIORS: JEREMIAH GOODMAN and the YELLOW ROOM at COLEFAX & FOWLER



 

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There is a very important event not to be missed at the moment in London.
Sibyl Colefax & John Fowler are currently celebrating until December 5, 2016 artist Jeremiah Goodman and hosting his first London show in the iconic Nancy Lancaster’s Yellow Room, Brook Street. This exhibition, beautifully curated by Dean Rhys Morgan, is slightly tinted with emotions as it the last time one will be able to visit this incredible place before the company moves their headquarters by the end of the year to Pimlico Road (the room has already been stripped of all its furniture). Consider it the end of an era. If you haven’t been yet, this is your last chance. 


Photo from Jeremiah's Instagram

Photo from Jeremiah’s Instagram


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Jeremiah, as he is simply known, is the famed watercolour and gouache illustrator revered within the interior design and architectural communities for his rare ability to infuse empty rooms with warmth and personality. He has worked in some of the most exclusive enclaves in the world and has been commissioned by an illustrious clientèle ranging from the world of literature and theatre (Edward Albee, Greta Garbo, Sir John Gielgud), music (Richard Rodgers), fashion (Yves Saint Laurent, Elsa Schiaparelli, Diana Vreeland, Carolina Herrera), art (Cecil Beaton, Pablo Picasso), interior decoration (Dorothy Draper, Billy Baldwin, David Hicks, Mario Buatta), socialites (the Rothschilds, Betsy Bloomingdale), royalty (The Duchess of Windsor), politics (the Reagans), to name but a few, and more recently influential people such as Bruce Weber and the Reed-Krakoffs.

Back in New York, the unstoppable artist – a true gentleman with whom I have had enjoyable conversations on Instagram – can be found every day at his drawing board in his Upper East side apartment working on private commissions but also on commercial assignments for advertisements, catalogues and artworks. His work is in the permanent collections of both the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum and The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.



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Bust in bronze of Jeremiah by Richard Frazier, 1953



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His stylish and studied renderings have been published in some of the most distinguished publications such as Harper’s BazaarHouse & GardenVogue, Vanity Fair magazines, The New York Times and Interior Design magazine whose covers he illustrated every month for 15 years from 1949 until 1964. He received in 1987 the prestigious Hall of Fame Award in recognition for his contribution in the field of Interior Design. Throughout his career, Jeremiah also embarked on numerous furniture design and product design projects such as fabrics and wallpapers.

A-Gent of Style adores the enchanting, moody atmosphere and unique air of mysticism that emanate from Goodman’s plates of artwork. There is a great sense of emotions, drama and ephemera in each of his watercolours but also depth and movement despite the static nature of this medium. One can’t but admire the way he captures light and shadow, and infuse rooms with warmth and personality, consequently giving them vitality and life.



Jeremiah’s prolific body of work throughout the decades:

Tony Duquette's living room

Tony Duquette’s living room



Greta Garbo's sitting-room

Greta Garbo’s sitting room





David Hicks's living room

David Hicks’s living room

 

 

Diana Vreeland's 'Garden in Hell' sitting room

Diana Vreeland’s ‘Garden in Hell’ sitting room

 

 

The Board room of the Vie-a-Merez, Florida

The Board Room at the Vie-a-Merez, Florida

 




Little Chalfield, the family home of William Bankier Henderson

Little Chalfield, the family home of William Bankier Henderson

 

 

 





Elsa Perretti's bedroom

Elsa Perretti’s bedroom



 

Edward Robinsons's living room by Frances Ekins

Edward Robinsons’s living room by Frances Ekins

 

 

Edward Albee's loft

Edward Albee’s loft

 

 

Sir John Gielgud's sitting room

Sir John Gielgud’s sitting room

 

 

Tony Duquette's oriental garden

Tony Duquette’s oriental garden

 

 




Leonard Stanley's bedroom

Leonard Stanley’s bedroom

 

Cecil Beaton's garden room

Cecil Beaton’s garden room

 

 

Dorothy and Richard Rogers's living room

Dorothy and Richard Rogers’s living room

 




 

Betsy Bloomingdale's living room

Betsy Bloomingdale’s living room

 

 

The Bedroom of Madame 'X'

The Bedroom of Madame ‘X’

 

 



 

Bruce Weber's living room

Bruce Weber’s living room

 

 

Mr and Mrs Dan Melnick's living room

Mr and Mrs Dan Melnick’s living room

 

 




 

Jeremiah Goodman's Goya-inspired bedroom

Jeremiah Goodman’s Goya-inspired bedroom

 



Cecil Beaton's sun room

Cecil Beaton’s sun room

 

 

French Riviera

French Riviera

 

 

Reed-Krakoff's living room

Reed-Krakoff’s living room

 









Carolina Herrera's sitting room

Carolina Herrera’s sitting room




Baron and Baroness de Rothschild's living room, Chateau de Mouton

Baron and Baroness de Rothschild’s living room, Chateau de Mouton

 

 

Colonel and Lady Jenner's bedroom

Colonel and Lady Jenner’s bedroom



 

 



Jeremyah Goodman's living room

Jeremiah’s living room

Duchess of Windor's country bedroom

Duchess of Windor’s country bedroom

 


 

Jeremiah’s living room

 



 

Betsy Bloomingdale's living room

Betsy Bloomingdale’s living room

 

 

 

 

 

NYC 's Lincoln Centre

NYC ‘s Lincoln Centre



 

Seattle World's Fair

Seattle World’s Fair, 1961

 

 

Seattle World's Fair, 1961

Seattle World’s Fair, 1961

 

 

Armani perfume promotion

Armani perfume promotion

 

 

Stock Exchange, Melbourne

Stock Exchange, Melbourne

 










 

 

 

 

PAD LONDON 2016



 

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PAD turned 1o this year. The latest instalment of PAD London on Berkeley Square just closed its doors and left many of us, antiques and design lovers, inspired and enraptured once again with this annual rendez-vous of first-class furniture, decorative objets, jewellery, photography, tribal and modern art represented by 65-odd world-class exhibitors.

The variety and stylistic combinations of the vignettes and their ‘eclectibles’ created beautiful relationships and synergies between seemingly disparate notables that read like a roll call of 20th C museum-quality pieces all commanding incredible provenance, rarity, authenticity and integrity.

Here are A-Gent of Style’s highlights of this year’s fair, for your eyes only…

 


– FUMI Gallery –

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– Jacques Lacoste – 

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  • Chahan –

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    – Galerie Dutko –

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    – Clara Scremini Gallery –

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    – David Gill Gallery –

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    – Rose Uniacke –

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    – Galerie Alain Marcelpoil – 

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    – Gallery Matthieu Richard –

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    – Didier Luttenbacher –

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    – Carpenters Workshop Gallery –

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    – De Jonckheere – 

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    – Galerie Jacques Lacoste –

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    – Galerie du Passage Pierre Passebon –

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    – Cabinet Albert Pinto –

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    -Phoenix Ancient Art SA – 

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    – Galerie Kreo –

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    – Galerie Chastel-Marechal –

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    – Magen H –

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    – Sarah Myerscough Gallery –

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    – Hamilton Gallery –

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    – Mazzoleni –

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    – Galerie Dumonteil –

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    – Entreprise Jousse –

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    – Herve Van der Straten –

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– JAMES –

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– Leclaireur –

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– Rose Uniacke –

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  • – The Restaurant by Veere Grenney Associates –

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    – All photographs by A-Gent of Style –




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