Thursday, October 28, 2010

I love Art Deco!

We went to the International Fine Art and Antiques Dealers show in New York this past weekend (through October 28th). I was taken by all the Art Deco dealers, which is a testament to Art Deco's combination of 'antique' and modern. The French Deco is my favorite for it's gorgeous details and subtle curves.

Both these photos are of the Bernd Goeckler Antiques booth. The light fixtures grabbed my attention first, and then I was taken by the quality and design details of the desks and chairs. They have a great web site as well that will make you mad for Deco!

 Bernd Goeckler

Don't you love the delicious Murano light fixtures and the smart, tailored chairs (and everything else as well!)?

These room have taken inspiration from Deco with sleek lines and high style. These Park Avenue living and dining rooms were designed by Eve Robinson Associates. In the dining room look at the wonderful chandelier and the simple lines of the table and chairs. They remind me a bit of something you might have found on that wonderful Deco era ship, the SS Normandie. In the living room the coffee table and lamps particularly speak Deco to me.

You can, of course, find Art Deco style furniture at auction regularly, with pieces that are works of art (with prices to match) and some very good buys.

Both of these pieces sold at Dotle New York auctions earlier this year. The French Art Deco style rosewood library table at the top illustrates all the wonderful Deco features: wonderful shapes, attention to detail, and fine materials. It sold for $1,375. 

The French Art Deco console and mirror are fabulous. We bid on them ourselves absentee and didn't win. They went for $5,000 which was well above their auction estimate of $800 - $1,200. I can see why! The shapes are captivating and they are a work of art.

These two wonderful examples of Deco sold at Christie's auction house in New York. The desk and chair are French and made of fruitwood and gilt bronze. I love the sinuous shape of the desk and the blond color of the fruitwood. This set sold for $2,250, which was well below its auction estimate of $4,000 - $6,000.

The console cabinet had a similar auction estimate, and sold for $1,375. Art Deco makers often used exotic woods that are integral to that sense that you are looking at a piece of art. This cabinet is made of Macassar ebony which has that wonderful black grain in the brown.

Art Deco style is so very sophisticated and chic. It will dress up whatever style you have. Keep an eye out for a unique piece at auction that will be a function work of art in your home!

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