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I have not had this much fun in a long time! The International Art Deco & Design Fair was exceptional. Lots of interesting concepts, and múch more Art Nouveau than in previous years. If you have the time tomorrow, go to the fair while you can. Satisfaction guaranteed.
First booth I visited was Antes Art 1900 by Rachel Reijers. She was só busy during the PAN Amsterdam that we didn’t get to talk then. But we made up for it this time!
I asked Rachel to show me some special objects to share with you. Her first suggestion was a plaster statue of Yvette Guilbert by Leonette Capiello. Capiello was known for his caricatures of actors for Magazines like Le Rire, as well as for his posters. But he also worked as a decorative artist. Besides this statue of Yvette Guilbert, who was a famous singer and actress in fin-de-siècle Paris, he also made statues of Jeanne Granier and Réjane. There are only a few of these statues known today; they are in the collections of the Musée Carnavalet and the Musée d’Orsay in Paris.
Another interesting object we chose to show you was this 1922 portfolio ‘Une Cité Moderne’ by Robert Mallet Stevens (1886-1945). The portfolio includes 32 designs for public buildings and houses from the period 1917-1921. I found it fascinating to see that this French architect designed buildings that remind me most of German and Austrian architecture.
Next, I stopped at Apollo Art Books from The Hague to ask what they had in store for us. Well, it turned out the owner of this book shop loves Art Nouveau pottery. And not only does he sell books about pottery, he also sells the real stuff!
Bob Shimanovich (Berlin) showed me some excellent bronze reliefs from Darmstadt and a beautiful galvanoplastic Val St lambert bowl by Leon Ledru (of which I didn’t get a photo with lid) that shows a clear influence from Japan.
Next treat came from Art Deco Glass Amsterdam. Owner Huib Kneepkens was more than kind and showed me some of his most beautiful Art Nouveau objects. He told me a lot about them and let me photograph them outside their glass protection. The items we selected to share with you are made by Legras, Verreries & Cristalleries de St. Denis. First item is signed ‘Mont Joye’ and dates from around 1898.
Legras often produced glass for silversmith Victor Saglier too. The second item is a charming example of their cooperation I think: a glass jar mounted in a silver fitting with lid. The jar dates from between 1900 and 1910. Both items are decorated with delicious chestnuts.
Another art dealer that showed some excellent skills for picking just the right objects, was English Kirsty Lewis from Dis-Cern. Her displays were very stylish I thought. Lovely selection of Art Nouveau objects!
At Zanida, I had a serious problem. I didn’t know where to start looking, what to photograph. The mind-boggling number of stunningly beautiful objects was just overwhelming. Owner Daan Sely sure has good taste!
Daan shared his booth with Les Hall from Hall-Bakker Decorative Arts, Woodstock, UK. And Les had equally beautiful objects. I particularly liked the blue of his ceramics by Carl Sigmund Luber, from Schwartz Nuremberg, Germany.
I made a deal with Daan: I will prepare a story about one of the manufacturers he was showing. And he’ll send me the pictures of the objects by this manufacturer in his collection. We’re not going to tell you yet which manufacturer we picked. But since we both have a soft spot for his uncommon designs, it’ll be something special. That’s a promise.
Next, I had an interesting encounter with Nico van Eijk, a former florist turned antiques dealer. What a refreshing concept! I never realised só evidently that we are looking at flower vases and plant pots when we look at antique vases and so-called ‘cachepot’. The trick, Nico explained to me, is a silicone innerpot to protect the antique outer pot. And then you can actually use your cachepot the way it was supposed to be used. I love it!
I talked with Tiny Esveld about her exciting plans for 2016. More details will follow later. And last but not least, I met with Julia Ergaeva from Art Nouveau Travel. She was born in Riga, studied architecture in Moscow, and now runs a travel agency in The Netherlands. Julia and I are going to do great things together! Keep an eye on this blog for more information soon.
And there was só much more to see! Below some more random objects. Just click on a photo for the name of the exhibitor. I had an excellent day at the fair. Much better than last time I visited, in 2014. You still have the opportunity to visit the fair: doors open tomorrow morning at 11 AM. I would love to hear what you liked best.
The International Art Deco & Design Fair will be held for the 18th time at the Grote Kerk in The Hague, The Netherlands, from Thursday 14 – Sunday 17, 2016
Abbey Fairs UK
Antes Art 1900
Art Deco Glass Amsterdam
Art Nouveau Travel
De Bedstee Antiek en Curiosa
Galerie Tiny Esveld
Glass-Musterbuch 1840-1970 Catalogues
Hall-Bakker Decorative Arts
Het Ware Huis
Internationale Art Deco & Design Beurs
Nico van Eijk Plateelspecialist
Zanida – Art Nouveau & Art Deco Metalwork
Anat Meidan said:
Dear Olga, Im going to Rome next and wonder if u can recomend about Art Nouveau placed in the city. I have been reading and searching but I trust u kniw “hidden” places. Thank you so much Anat
Dear Anat, I have been wondering how I can help you, as I have never been to Rome myself. Can you tell me if you want information about museums, architecture or antique shops? When I know that what you are looking for, I can help you better…
There seems to be a museum in Rome that you have to see when on an Art Nouveau trip: Musei di Villa Torlonia. http://en.museivillatorlonia.it/casina_delle_civette/la_casina_delle_civette
If I find more, I’ll let you know!
Wow, sounds like an awesome fair! I wish I’d known it earlier, I might have paid a visit to Den Haag to see all these beauties!
Sorry to hear that you missed the opportunity this time… but as this fair is a yearly event, you’ll have another chance next year!
Please be aware that I have a facebook page and a twitter account where I announce these kind of events in advance. If you follow me there, you would know earlier next time. Also, at the top of this blog, there’s a tab called ‘Agenda’. This is where I keep all events world wide in one place. And I encourage everyone to let me know of events that I haven’t mentioned on my agenda yet!
Thanks for stopping by and reading my blog!
Barbara Magni said:
Hi, Olga and Anat. I sent you an e-mail last monday about Rome but, problably, is got lost… I like to invite you to go see Quartiere Coppadè (liberty and ecletic district). And the districts in the surroundings of Ponte Milvio (once residential with beautiful Liberty buildings, now with restaurants and bars open till late at night, frequented by young people). And, near Ponte Milvio, I suggest you a restaurant called Antica Trattoria Pallotta, http://www.ristorantepallotta.com (spaghetti alla carbonara, spaghetti all’amatriciana, pizza) The stained glass of “La Casina delle Civette” has wonderful stained-glass and decorations. Have a nice stay in Rome, Barbara.
Wow Barbara, that is great insider information! I have e-mailed Anat, just to make sure she reads your recommendations before she goes to Italy. I hope I get a chance to go there myself one day too! Thank you for your great information!
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