Jean Marc Fray, French Antiques & Decorative Arts

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News, views, reflections and musings about French Antiques, Art, Architecture, Culture, France, Italy, Austin (Texas) and a passion for good living.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Greetings from the Venice Biennale

As you can guess from the Jean-Marc Fray instagram, we are on one of many shopping trips in Venice. Our first stop is the famous Venice Biennale. It’s our place to be inspired before we procure antiques for the gallery

For more than a century, the Venice Biennale has been an international exhibition for contemporary works of art. The exhibit this year is The World’s Futures and was curated by Okwui Enwezor. There are pieces from over 136 artists representing 53 countries. 

We spent majority of our time in the Arsenale roaming, and our iPhones are full of avant-garde images from inspiring artists. We thought we’d share a few with you here. Enjoy!

Jean-Marc touring The Central Exhibition 

My Epidemic (Small Bad Blood Opera), 2015 by Lili Reynaud Dewar

The Knowledge Throne, 2014 by Goncalo Mabundo featuring thrones made completely of weapons.

Singolo Bound, Terry Adkins 2000

Please check back here soon for more snapshots of our adventures in antique buying!

Monday, June 15, 2015

New Shipment Arrived!

Look out Austin -- our newest shipment has arrived! You can expect to see more fabulous French antiques, vintage finds, and Murano glass lighting streaming into our gallery in the next few weeks.
"Utah II" by Marissa Starr hangs above an Art Deco console, Murano glass lamps, and vintage accessories.

In search of a specific piece? Give us a call (512-457-0077) or shoot us an email, and we can give you a sneak peek. Make sure to keep an eye on our new arrivals, or sign up to our email list to get  photos delivered to your inbox!

Monday, April 6, 2015

Sit Pretty this Spring with 30% Off All Seating - One Week Only

Sit pretty this Spring!

Now through Friday, we are offering 30% off all our of seating -- that's dining chairs, armchairs, sofas, side chairs, benches, desk chairs, stools, and club chairs!
Click here to view the full selection.
Don't miss out -- this offer ends Friday, April 10!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Monday, January 26, 2015

Artist Reception With Meredith Pardue

"Wild and Free"

Jean-Marc Fray Antiques
1009 W. 6th St.- Austin, TX 78703

"My Blue Wings" - 60" x 84"

Meredith Pardue
Artist Statement:

I combine the random actions of painting with controlled, deliberate mark making to describe each form in my work, which often appears floral or plantlike in structure. The canvases are composed of organic forms that are similar to, and possibly even derivative of, those found in nature, but ultimately the paintings are a visual record of an unplanned dialog between myself and a blank canvas. Together the marks and forms create a visual language that reads as something unique to each viewer.

I could say that I intimate a certain relationship between physical and psychological space in my work, because in a sense that is true. But my approach to making a painting is much more comfortable, intuitive, and personal than that. And so, the result of this visual investigation, the painting reflects that process. I am most interested in extracting singular experiences from life's endless cycles of growth and decay, and in transforming the public worlds of nature and human dynamic into a place of private knowledge.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Save 20% with your Holiday Shopping Card! 


American Cancer Society Holiday Shopping Card


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Get 20% off your purchase* when you use your 2014 Holiday Shopping Card.
 Cards are available in our gallery ($50), and valid at all participating Austin merchants. 
100% of card proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society.

This is a perfect time to start your holiday shopping and make a difference!
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*Fine art excluded.  Offer cannot be combined with any other store discounts.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Niki de Saint Phalle Paris Retrospective

Niki de Saint Phalle, painter, sculptor, and filmmaker

From model to social activist, painter and sculptor Niki de Saint Phalle was an icon and most notable female artist of the 1960s when she came blasting onto the avant-garde art scene with her "Shootings" series -- literally shooting paintings with color. She soon became renowned for her sculpture as well, most notably here "Nanas" (French slang for women), brightly colored female forms in resin and plaster.

Niki de Saint Phalle Brunnen

A major retrospective of her work is on exhibit at the Grand Palais in Paris. The show runs through February 2, 2015. If you're in the capital city, make sure to stop by to view beautiful and powerful works from her four-decade-long career!

Niki de Saint Phalle: Miles Davis, Hotel Negresco, Nice