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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.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Grace Coddington: Thirty Years of Fashion at Vogue

Phaidon is releasing 2000 copies of the monograph on Grace Coddington, originally published in 2002. Only these copies will include a signed illustration and letter from Coddington. 

You know her as the fiery red head and master stylist for Vogue. Anna Wintour and Karl Largerfield are penning the foreword with snippets from other greats such as Cecil Beaton, Bruce Weber, and Manolo Blahnik. Come fall, and perfectly timed with the annual September issue of Vogue, this soon-to-be coffee table mainstay will be available. 

The photographer turned fashion stylist, was known for her ability to tell a story with clothing. These images speak for themselves.  

A shoot with photographer Tim Walker at the Ritz in Paris

"Paris Je T'Aime" with photographer Steven Meisel

Natalia Vodianova and Adrien Brody by Peter Lindbergh

Images: 1, 2 

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Jeffery Milstein's Symmetrical Cities

Jeffery Milstein's aerial photographs of Los Angeles and New York depict each city from thousands of feet above the ground. Each image strikes a mesmerizing balance of symmetry and color. His previous works featuring air crafts and boats convey a love of modern transportation. For his current exhibit, visit the Ben Rubi Gallery in New York City (521 West 26 Street, 2nd Floor; July 9th thru August 22nd).

 You can see the changes in light and color for each city. The New York City images below are a bit moodier, but no less beautiful.

Imagine one framed over an ebonized Louis XVI buffet for the right mix of modern and classic. Which city would you choose? Los Angeles or New York?

Images: LA 07, Marina 1, LA 10, NYC 01, NYC 36, NYC40

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Links + Thank Yous
A few thank yous are in order this week. Our gallery and a few pieces have been selected for two online outlets. Thank you Mark D. Sikes for including our French Maison Baguès Coffee Table and French Louis XVI Pair of Bergères in your 1st Dibs round up. If you haven't checked out his blog, it's chock full of timeless style.

Another thank you to Bungalow Magazine, for showcasing Jean-Marc Fray Antiques as the place for Murano glass and home decor in Austin.

Also, make sure you check the profile on artist Meredith Pardue in the latest Modern Luxury 

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Let the Shopping Begin

Jean-Noel and I have spent the past two weeks in Venice, Italy and Nice, France. We visited our favorite spots for Murano glass and toured the markets for the best in French antiques. Quality is our focus, and we don't mess around when it comes to selecting the right pieces for the gallery. Of course, we did make time to find the perfect risotto and take in the culture. My family has joined us now, and we are having a little fun now that Jean-Noel and I have made our picks. The crate of our new finds will come in August, so for now we are enjoying our time in our second home. 

We put a few snapshots on our instagram, and below is more a more in depth look behind the scenes. 

Our first stop was to Maestro Dona. Watching him shape the Murano is magic. Each piece
 is hand-blown on the Venetian island of Murano. The artisans are still using the same techniques used in the 18th century to create the majestic glass vases, lamps, and chandeliers. 


Even the pieces of Murano glass destined for recycling are something to behold. 

We stopped in to see the big guys at Venini. Their minimalist approach to displaying their pieces let the glass speak for itself. 

We did find the perfect risotto while in Venice. 

We woke up bright and early to shop antiques at the Avignon Fair.

... And finished our day by the water. 

Now, we are in Nice. Enjoying time with the family. Until our next post - Au revoir, friends.

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