Highlights form the Salon: Art + Design Fair
The Salon: Art + Design Fair currently at the Park Avenue Armory in New York City closes tomorrow after a busy weekend run. The Salon, organized jointly by Sanford Smith and the Syndicat National des Antiquaires, is the sister fair to the Paris Biennale. This year’s fair featured over fifty International and local dealers specializing in fine and decorative arts and design from the 1890s to the present. In just three short years the Salon has become one of the most important fairs of the season. My highlights represent just a handful of the fabulous and unique items that one can find at the show. I must admit that for the first time in a very long time, I saw things that were truly unusual and real collector’s items.
Hitomi Hosono, Orange Coral Bowls, 2014. Molded, carved, and hand-built colored porcelain with red gold leaf interior. Adrian Sasoon Gallery, London.
Artist Unknown, Russian, ca. 1910’s. Hand-painted Cabinet. Jason Jacques Gallery, New York.
Ingrid Donat, Low Table, Bronze, 2008. Gustav Klimt’s influence on the French Donat is obvious form the circular pattern on this low-table. “Elements of Donat’s practice remain consistent. Her creative process begins with a sheet of wax, which she inscribes, carves and shapes to form the ‘skin’ of her work. This structure is then applied to her designs. She herself engraves the bronzes, paints the upholstery and treats the wood.” Carpenters Workshop, Paris.
Anna Semenova, Hand-painted and hand-carved suite of furniture, ca. 1910’s. The Russian-born Semenova is virtually unknown. This suit of furniture included a table with chairs, sideboards, and wall-mounted candelabras. The suite was designed for the artist’s home Chateau de la Roche. Gallerie du Passage, Paris.
Steven and William Ladd, Parvuli Dei, Wall panel, 2014.
Fiber, pins, ultrasuede, archival board, metal trinkets and thread. The Ladd Brothers hand-sewn boxes are composed of found materials that they have sewn, beaded, and scrolled. Cristina Grajales Gallery, New York.
Joseph Walsh, Exilumen I Center Table, 2014. Irish Green Marble and Resin. Walsh,
Eileen Gray,”Sirène” armchair, 1923. The armchair In black lacquer, the backrest carved and painted to represent a sirène embracing a seahorse, the seat upholstered in copper-colored velvet, the legs with circular detailing on the bottom. Was recently featured in the Centre Pompidou exhibition dedicated to Gray. This chair was originally owned by Gray’s lover, the French singer Marie-Louise Damien, known as Damia. One of the greatest Masters of the 20th century, Gray’s Armchair with Dragons from the collection of Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Berge sold at Christie’s in 2009 for $28 Million. De Lorenzo Gallery, New York.