In Paris, a city with such a rich history, it is difficult, if not impossible, to not tie your own life into it. Antique furniture and architectural elements are all that remain from distant times, and they deserve the attention and care to detail that is taken with the study of history.
The Biennale des Antiquaires de Paris is a celebration of this care to detail that we as antique dealers devote our lives to. It is with great pleasure that we at the Galerie Marc Maison participate this September 2012 for our first time at the Grand Palais.
My husband Marc Maison, and I, share a deep passion for studying and collecting art objects and sculpted furniture and in the early 1990s, we began our shared adventure of travelling and acquiring works of art particularly from the second half of the Nineteenth century. Since then, we have chosen to specialize in French monumental architectural items and have amassed an extensive collection over the past 20 years. We are thrilled that this year, we will have the opportunity to display some of our prized pieces of the latter half of the Nineteenth Century at our stand at the Biennale. Among the pieces that will be shown at the event are a pair of rare cabinets by Julien-Nicolas Rivart (1802-1867).
The work of Rivart is very important to us as he, along with a few of Rivart’s contemporaries, are the main subject of our research at Galerie Marc Maison and our collaborators in preparation for the publication of a work by Faton Publishers at the end of August 2012, La Marqueterie au XIXe siècle, Brevets d’Invention (Marquetry in the 19th century, Invention Patents).
With great desire to share knowledge on techniques and aesthetics of the furniture of the Second Empire, we hope you will visit us at Stand 10, at this year’s Biennale des Antiquaires de Paris, have a seat in our living room, and let your mind wander!