The FINE ARTS PARIS fair is a young fair created by the founders of the famous SALON DU DESSIN. This year it will take place from November 6 to 11 at the Carrousel du Louvre, and will bring together around fifty French and foreign exhibitors. Both intimate and ambitious, the young fair will bring together the best dealers in paintings, drawings and sculptures while opening up to new specialties such as the primitive arts, jewelry, Asian art and bibliophiles. Alongside loyal exhibitors such as the Steinitz, Trebosc & Van Lelyveld galleries, Xavier Eeckhout, La Présidence, or Marianne Rosenberg, FINE ARTS PARIS will welcome new dealers such as the Christian Deydier gallery, the Clavreuil library, but also the foreign galleries Mestdagh, Robilant + Voena, Laocoon and Apolloni, Beddington.
Today I am presenting this fair to you because this year fine jewelry is making its debut at Fine Arts Paris. So, if you like jewelry, I will explain to you why you have to come to the Carrousel du Louvre at the beginning of November. This is one of the most precious surprises of the 2021 edition of FINE ARTS PARIS which welcomes three exhibitors, with different profiles, but all sharing the ability to highlight the emotion aroused by jewelry as works of art. Among the handpicked exhibitors you will discover the jewels of Véronique Bamps, Fréderic Mattei and Walid Akkad.
Specialist in antique jewelry, Véronique Bamps has devoted her activity, for more than thirty-five years, to European and American jewelry dating from the 19th century to the 1950s. Based in Monaco, this internationally renowned expert reveals her discoveries, signed or anonymous , which it selects for their style, their originality, their great aesthetic and technical qualities, on the occasion of major international antiques fairs. At Fine Arts Paris Véronique Bamps will present a pair of important earrings signed JAR, the famous jeweler of Place Vendôme whose signature is a consecration. This piece comes from the collection of Lily Safra.
Walid Akkad creates extraordinary collection of jewelry with gemsstones that only he knows how to choose. He signs all stages of production: drawing, modeling, sculpture. He treats the jewel like a sculpture. He loves atypical colors and has an infallible eye for choosing gemstones. Each of her jewelry creations is a true collector's item, always inviting a second reading. Walid Akkad's pieces combine the preciousness of materials and comfort because the jewel is made to be worn.
Frédérique Mattei creates "sculptures to wear" from old elements. To make her sumptuous and sculptural jewelry, Frédérique mixes eras, civilizations and materials: bronze, brass, cardboard, paper, Indian ink, batik, rock crystal, precious stones, silver, gold, vermeil, bronze, pearls of every century, of excavations, ancient, contemporary, coming from India, the East, Africa, the Andes, Venice, Central Asia. Her compositions connect universes, thus creating a new harmony. These unique sculptural jewels are part of a global research work through drawings and sculptures. Resolutely contemporary, they link pearls and elements of horizons and civilizations that would never have met.
In addition to these three precious exhibitors, I will also go to see the Hei Tiki Maori pendant in nephrite from New Zealand which dates from the 18th century on the PATRICK & ONDINE MESTDAGH booth. You should see this beautiful green gemstone. The Parisian gallery ROYAL PROVENANCE will present a rare gift box with the cipher of Tsar Nicolas I in gold with rose-cut diamonds on a guilloché blue enamel background with radiant decoration. This snuffbox was sold by Christie’s London in 2004.
I will be at Fine Arts Paris so I look forward to meeting you at this show.