The preview of the 25th Biennale des Antiquaires was my first introduction to the international fine art scene in Paris.
I have been to some of the premiere art and antiques shows in New York, but nothing can measure up to the Paris Biennale where 90 of the finest arts and antiques dealers in the world are housed under the Grand Palais' dome for this special occasion.
When I entered the breathtaking Grand Palais, the warm and refined setting of the show immediately blew me away. Even if you can't afford to purchase a Cartier diamond ring or a painting by Marc Chagall, the experience of walking through the show is worth the time spent to appreciate the major art event of the season. And, if you enjoy a stroll through museums and galleries, you will definitely find this show extraordinary.
The aisles are marked with 25 seating areas that are filled with pretty rose bouquets, tranquil fountains, and benches. This encourages guests to take their time to enjoy the show, marvel at the scene, or possibly meet with a dealer to learn more about a particular artist or designer who they may want to incorporate into their collection. And, there is so much to see. The show features top dealers with a wide range of fine art and antiques such as ceramics, jewelry, Asian arts, 20th Century decorative arts, tribal arts, and modern paintings.
For jewelry enthusiasts, there is an area devoted to exquisite examples by Cartier, Chanel, Van Cleef & Arpels, Dior, Piaget, Louis Vuitton Malletier, and Harry Winston. The boutiques are elegantly appointed with one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces and some examples were made exclusively for the show's 25th anniversary.
The Biennale des Antiquaires is open through September 22. Don't miss it!
- The International Fine Art & Antique Dealers Show is October 22 through October 28.
- The 57th Annual Winter Antiques Show is January 21 through January 30.
- The 23rd Annual Art Dealers Association Art Show is March 2 through March 6 at the Park Avenue Armory.