Fine & Decorative Arts

By Karen Parr-Moody

 

 

Dec. 13, 2016 There are any number of high-end art and decorative items in GasLamp and GasLamp Too. And to lay eyes on the truly ornate pieces, such as a Sèvres centerpiece bowl or a fine print, is to spy extraordinary beauty.

 

At GasLamp Too, one can find many gorgeous works of art at Booth T-360, which capitalizes on this niche with awesome taste. This piece, “Boni de Castellane,” is a print by Georges Goursat, circa 1904, a French caricaturist also known as SEM. Goursat (1863 to 1934) created this charming pochoir print that depicts a horse racing scene in Paris. It is framed and is 14 by 20 inches ($385). 

A keen observer of French society, Goursat enjoyed the horse races as an excellent perch from which to witness the French "Beau Monde" or "Beautiful World," which was what "society" was called during the Belle Epoque of the turn of the century. In addition to revealing the upper crust of Paris, his caricatures also depicted high society in Monte Carlo, Deauville and the Cote d'Azur. His unique drawing style, with its loose line work, brought him success and fame.

Goursat's caricature portraits typically featured well-known figures of the Belle Epoque. The man in this print has been identified as Paul Ernest Boniface de Castellane, the marquis de Castellane, who was a French nobleman and a leading Belle Epoque tastemaker.

 

Booth B-200, located in the original GasLamp, is another site that has long been known for its fine antiques and art, including this print from a painting by the late American artist, Andrew Wyeth (1917-2009), who was a national treasure. Entitled "Seed Corn," this collective print, printed by Triton Press, was not reproduced after the initial offering. The original painting was created in Cushing, Maine in the home of Christina Olson, a subject Wyeth painted for his famous work "Christina’s World." It is framed and is 15.5 by 21.75 inches ($995).

 

Booth T-293, at GasLamp Too, is an era-surfing site for collectors who have eclectic tastes and budgets that go from low to high. Fans of the famous French porcelain manufacturer, Sevres, will surely admire this 19th-century mounted centerpiece bowl currently on display at Booth T-293, with its floral, gilt bronze, six-armed candelabra frame. The front of bowl features a hand-painted scene that depicts a floral tableau bouquet, as well as a second painting of putti. It also includes intricately-crafted floral garlands, grapes and leaves ($2,450).

 

French and French-inspired pieces can always be found at the GasLamp Too booth Trouvailles, Booth T-108 (French for “discoveries”). One such piece is this antique bergère in a carved Louis XVI frame (photo, right; $375). It is one of two made in Italy and it bears all of the hallmarks of the genre. Such a chair was part of the movement in the late 1700s that represented the beginning of Neoclassicism (and was influenced by Louis XVI's wife, Queen Marie-Antionette, its most ardent admirer). In this style of chair, the cabriole legs of the Louis XV were replaced with straight legs or slightly fluted legs that imitated the columns of ancient Rome. The bergère style was originally used only by royalty, but ultimately has become a democratic member of decorating nomenclature.

 

The clean lines of the classic Louis XVI oval-back bergère never go out of style. Such chairs are often seen placed at each end of a dining room table and used with coordinating side chairs in a set. But alone, a bergère can also add glamour to a small bedroom desk or console table. The beauty of the classical style of this much-loved chair is that it pairs nicely with more modern elements. This is the sort of chair that could be placed in a prominent spot in your favorite room.

 

 

High-end glamour can be easily found in either of the GasLamps – Too or the original store. So whether you are looking for a glimmer or a dollop, get some glamour today and it will enlighten your life and rooms for years to come.  

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