Under the monumental glass dome of Parisian Grand Palais, the 28th edition of the Biennale des Antiquaires brought together a feast of antiques, fine art, jewelery and other miscellaneous objects of desire. A wonderful cocktail of prestige, exceptional taste and a discreet opulence turned the longstanding fair known for selling old treasures into a chic and lively showcase with a special keen on art and design, that can excite new generations of collectors. In this context, galerie Downtown of François Laffanour stood out among others, presenting a series of unique items of ’40s and ’50s furniture by architects, such as a low table by Charlotte Perriand from 1951 in the shape of a deltaplane and a series of stunning Jean Prouvé and Pierre Jeanneret pieces. To lift the fair’s profile among those who may not have visited before, the Biennale hosted three nonselling exhibitions, including the 18th-century French decorative art collection exclusively shocased by the St. Petersburg’s State Hermitage and the exhibition Mobilier National exhibiting 16th design masterpieces from modern times. Other highlights included thed daring juxtaposition of a Canova‘s sculpture of Paolina Borghese against a series of colorful Fontana‘s Concetto Spaziale paintings exhibited by Robilant + Voena gallery, the artistic tapestries of Galerie Chevalier and Danish design classic and minimalist Scandinavian furniture design from 1920 to 1975.
The 28th Biennale des Antiquaires