Flower Magazine

SEP-OCT 2018

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38 | S E P T E M B E R / O C T O B E R 2 0 1 8 FRESH STYLE I design Whether delicately gilded or richly patinaed, a storied French antique brings a special je ne sais quois to today's all-American interiors OLTAIRE. VUITTON. CÉZANNE. COQ AU VIN. For centuries, Ameri- cans have been allured by French literature, fashion, art, and food. The love affair began in the late 1700s when the American aristocracy began traveling abroad and returning home with containers filled with furniture, art, and decorative items. To this burgeoning new echelon, these pieces were more than just souvenirs; they V French Connection RIGHT: A neoclassical polychrome desk is topped with an arrangement of fresh flowers in a French gilded-bronze boughpot in the Renaissance style. A 19th-century French chinoiserie screen provides an elegant backdrop. BELOW: A small 19th-century watercolor portrait is displayed in a polychrome secretary with chinoiserie decoration. were symbols of their newfound status, freedom, and style. "The French frenzy has proven to be much more than a design trend," says art historian Ireys Bowman, who has served as a consign- ment specialist focusing on Continental furniture and decorative arts for the New Orleans Auction Galleries for more than 20 years. "Today, traditional period 18th-century high-style pieces are still very much in demand, and period provincial pieces continue to command attention. Right now, there is By MARGARET ZAINEY ROUX Photography by SARA ESSEX BRADLEY a resurgence of interest in Art Deco and Art Moderne styles, especially among young collectors, as these pieces tend to complement contemporary interiors." So, as the adage states, what goes around comes around. Magazine pages are filled with images of modern rooms bathed in the soft glow from a crystal Empire chandelier or made cozy by the muted tones of a tattered Aubusson rug. Across the country, interior designers are using French antiques as a means to weave history and interest into 21st-century

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