The Regence Style

Sophisticated and courteous, the Regence style develops for the aristocracy’s taste for playful and intimate atmospheres. King Louis XIV’s passing away in 1715 also sounds the death knell of his classic and solemn style; his regent brother, Philip of Orleans, highlights the evanescent fantasies of Watteau as soon as 1717.Unlike the Louis XV style, the […]

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The Firescreen

Combining elegance to safety, the wire-meshed firescreen allows one to gaze at the comforting roaring fire, not being dazzled. Although several models restyle Baroque and Rocaille spirits, it is an invention of 19th century, a period concerned with the progress in decorative arts.It follows the firescreens carpeted with precious cloth, that were still flammable and […]

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« Warriors at Rest », ​Exceptional bronze fire fender by Jean-François GECHTER (1796-1844)

Bronze with brown patina Dimensions : Height 26,7 inches, total length 57 to 69 inches according to presentation. Model designed between 1833 and 1844. Bronze cast anterior to 1860. With a remarkable delicacy, the details of these bronzes are immersing us in the fantasized world of the Middle Age, as the Romantics see it. Sharply […]

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Judgment of Paris

The Judgment of Paris, an important myth in the ancient Greek world, illustrates the superiority of love over the other forces that are wisdom and power. According to this immemorial myth, the goddess of dissension created a competition between three goddesses, Hera, Athena and Aphrodite, quarreling over a golden apple signed “to the fairest”. The […]

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