GARDEN OF OLD--Through Sunday, Sept 21, the 27th Biennale des Antiquaires (read: posh antique fair) is being held at the Grand Palais in Paris.
This year designer Jacques Grange was tasked unleash his iconic green thumb to evoke images of the gardens of Versailles to enhance the jet set gathering of the greatest French and foreign antique dealers, decorators, jewellers and rare book store owners. Held under the famous glass roof of the Grand Palais, the event extraordinaire is a collection of pavilions, gardens and fountains. The New York Times’ Brooke Bobb describes only a few of Grange’s touches, which include “carpets that look like flower beds, an imposing fountain at the entrance and topiary art placed in pots that flank the vendor booths.”
The design theme of the 26th Biennale des Antiquaires (shown here in 2012) was designed and installed by Karl Lagerfeld.
Organized by the founders Syndicat National des Antiquaires in 1956, the idea of an “antique dealer fair” was the brainchild of SNA chairman (National Union of Antiques Dealers), Pierre Vandermeersch. The SNA website points out the dream was to create an event where the beauty of the objects on show could compete with that of the women who come visit the exhibition, a venue where elegance, prestige and celebration would await a host of art lovers and collectors.
It was André Malraux who opened the path to the Grand Palais, a legendary Parisian landmark built for the Universal Exhibition of 1900. The first International Biennale, in its present form, was held in 1962.
Celebrities such as André Crivelli, Jean-Raphaël Millies-Lacroix, Pier-Luigi Pizzi, Jean-Michel Wilmotte and Christian Lacroix brought their talent to the show, over the years, an event that the world’s greatest collectors flock to see.