The inaugural staging of Fine Arts Paris & La Biennale takes place in Paris from November 9-13.
It is the result of a merging this year between the two French fairs: Fine Arts Paris, founded in 2017 and La Biennale des Antiquaries which was founded back in 1956.
It will be staged at Carrousel du Louvre, the large exhibition and retail space on the Rue du Rivoli which has been the home to Fine Arts Paris in recent years.
For the 2023 edition it is planned to move the event to the Grand Palais Ephémère and then the renovated Grand Palais the year after.
“In the next three years, as we move from the Carrousel du Louvre to the Grand Palais Ephémère and ultimately the Grand Palais, our objective will be to expand the fair’s global reputation and growth, as well as to contribute to reinforce Paris’ status and importance on the international art market”, said Louis de Bayser, president of Fine Arts Paris & La Biennale.
Fine Arts Paris’ 2021 edition featured over 50 exhibitors but following its merger with La Biennale des Antiquaires, one of the world’s oldest art fairs, the exhibitor numbers for the new event have grown to over 80 with a broader representation of disciplines.
The majority of the exhibitors come from France, many of them from the French capital, but the international element includes galleries from countries such as Belgium, Switzerland, Italy and the UK.
The fair covers a range of disciplines from Old Masters to Modern and Contemporary Art, sculpture, furniture and works of art, antiquities and tribal art, ceramics, jewellery and Asian and Islamic works.
It will be accompanied by a series of cultural events organised in partnership with Paris museums, as part of the French capital’s Semaine des Beaux Arts (Fine Arts Week).
Pictured here is a selection of what the galleries will be bringing to the Carrousel du Louvre this month.
For more information see fineartsparislabiennale.com.
Era when English gardens were all the rage
Antique wallpapers are the particular speciality of the French/US dealer Carolle Thibaut-Pomerantz who was a new exhibitor at last year’s Fine Arts Paris.
For this new edition she will be offering a selection alongside tapestries and ceramics at the fair. These three panels from c.1802 have been variously titled at different times the Jardins de Bagatelle and Jardins Anglais, due to the fashion in France for English gardens.
The panels, with drawing attributed to Antoine Mongin, are block printed on bonded paper by Joseph Dufour of Macon and measure 4ft 11in (1.51m) in height x 3ft 5¾in (1.06m) 5ft 5¾in (1.67m) x 3ft 5¾in (1.06m) in width. They are priced at €48,000.
French Japoniste screen
Didier Luttenbacher has a Paris gallery specialising in artists’ ceramics, works of art and sculpture from the late 19th century to the present day.
The gallery will be showing this late 19th century example of French Japonisme at the fair. Designed by Henri Pannier and made by the Escalier de Cristal – Pannier Frères et Cie, c.1890, the 3ft 2in (97cm) high screen comprises a circular painted crystal panel set in an exotic wood frame with chiselled gilt bronze mounts.
To date only two models have been recorded: one in the Musée d’Orsay and this example, which is signed.
It is priced in the region of €100,000.
Lion cub cast as a one-off
Animalier sculpture is a speciality of the Paris Gallery Xavier Eeckhout.
This bronze of a seated lion cub is by Louis de Monard (1873-1939) a French animalier sculptor whose work is represented in several museums including the Musée d’Orsay.
The 9in (23cm) high bronze, signed de Monard and cast and stamped by the Valsuani foundry, is a unique piece that was created and cast in 1935 and is priced at €30,000 at the fair.
Countess counted as a lover
The artist Dominique Vivant Denon (1747-1825) was also the director of the Louvre in the early 19th century.
The Laocoon Gallery/W Apolloni, Italy and the UK, will be showing his chalk and Indian ink drawing of the Countess Isabella Teotochi Albrizzi. Vivant Denon produced several portraits of the countess, with whom he had a relationship, done either from life or from works by other artists who had portrayed her. In this case the drawing was based on a portrait that Vivant Denon had commissioned from Elisabeth Vigée Le Brun.
The drawing, measuring 5 x 3¾in (13 x 9.5cm) and with a stamp for the Luigi Grassi collection, will be priced at €50,000.
Your way in to Paris parks life
Royal Provenance from Paris is a gallery that specialises in historical objects.
This casket containing keys to the gates of the French Royal Parks is one of the pieces that the gallery is showing at Fine Arts Paris & La Biennale.
The 6in (15.5cm) wide box, which comes from the Paris retailer Hippolyte Garnesson, c.1830-42, has four gilt-lettered drawers containing the keys to the Parc de Vincennes, the Forest of Saint Germain and Parc de Meudon, the Parc de Saint Cloud and Montretout, and the Forests and Parc de Versailles.
It was given by King Louis-Philippe to his son Ferdinand-Philippe d’Orléans, Duke of Orléans, following the king’s accession to the throne in 1830.
The price is €60,000.
St Jerome collected by Ramboux
The Sarti Gallery from Paris, which specialises in early Italian Old Masters, furniture and objects, will be offering a selection of Italian paintings spanning the 14th to the 18th centuries at the fair.
Among them will be this 22 x 12½in (56 x 32cm) tempera on panel painting of St Jerome in the desert from c.1437 by Bartolomeo di Tommaso (c.1408-54).
A red wax stamp on the painting attests to its past in the collection of the German painter and draftsman Johann Anton Ramboux who was one of the most active protagonists in the rediscovery of 14th and 15th century Italian (particularly Sienese) art during the first half of the 19th century.
It is priced at €150,000.
There are French, Belgian and Spanish tribal art specialists showing at the fair, among them the Paris dealer Galerie Meyer whose exhibits will include this Melanesian mask from Papua New Guinea.
The mask, which measures 19 x 6 x 3in (50 x 15.5 x 8cm), dates from the 19th-20th century (before the 1920s) and represents the masculine element in the ritual ceremonies of the Iatmul people living along the Sepik River.
It has a price in the upper five figures.
Spotlight on Lyon School work
Works by artists of the Lyon School are a focus for the Galerie Michel Descours based in Paris.
It will be taking this large work by Louis Janmot (1814-92) to the fair. The 3ft 5in x 4ft 3in (1.04 x 1.3m) oil on canvas La Ronde is a preparatory study for the artist’s Rayons de Soleil which is the 13th painting in his 1854 Poème de l’âme cycle comprising 18 paintings and 16 drawings which are in the Lyon Fine Arts Museum.
Descours’ work featured in the exhibition Les Peintres de l’âme at the museum in 1981.
It is priced at €200,000.
The drawings specialist Galerie de Bayser from Paris will be showing this work by Edgar Degas (1834 -1917) at the fair.
The 2ft x 18in (60 x 46cm) charcoal and stump drawing, with inventory numbers in blue pencil to the reverse, is priced at €350,000.
Islamic and Indian art specialist Kent Antiques from London is showing this 10¼in (26cm) square Ottoman Iznik blue and white pottery tile at the fair.
Made c.1545-50 and decorated with Saz leaves and Khatai blossoms, it has a provenance to the A Jacob Collection (1942- 88), Paris, and is priced at €100,000.