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Saturday, November 07, 2009

French Provencal Louis XV Lovliness

December 09 UPDATE: After discussing this furniture with Christie's, Wright20, and several other auction houses and furniture dealers, though you can't fault me for trying and spending significant time doing so, you can begin laughing at me. This stuff is of value, but not as valuable as I had thought. The exception being the bedroom stuff, which has generated a great deal of collector and auction house interest. So head into Jubilee this weekend and some of it will be priced.

Jubilee Furniture just got a donation beyond anything they've ever seen. I'm a mid century modern furniture and decorative arts collector, and although French Provencal Louis XV style furniture is like a foreign language to me, it does not take a genius to understand how special this donation really is.

So I spent several hours taking photos (as I have done several times in the past) of this amazing furniture on Saturday afternoon. Love taking photos, I love everyone at Jubilee, and I love furniture (especially Time Life Chairs by Charles Eames for Herman Miller), so this was a great day.

I am currently in the process of communicating with a few choice auction houses for their assistance. If you can help me identify these pieces, I and Jubilee would really appreciate it.

While I was at Jubilee I shot several more pieces from their very stocked showroom. Below are both galleries.

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Blogger hyalyn said...

Barry, that French style furniture is "hot" now since it fits in well with what is now being called the "Hollywood Regency" style. I notice when I sell stuff on ebay that if I add the words "hollywood regency" to the text thatI get a lot more hits. Unlike some sellers, I only add "hit" words if there is some rational reason to do so.

I ended up at your profile first to get to your blog and see there is anotehr blog. What is that one for?

Brad (in Tampa)

1:15 PM  
Blogger studiosmith said...

Hi Brad. This is my only blog intended for public consumption. Anything esle you found was probably something I was doing as a test or something. That would have been years ago though. Thanks for the info on the regency. I don't think this is truly the regency style, though I understand your strategy and idea to do this selectively, as opposed to when people say "Eames-era" in disingenuous fashion. But this stuff isn't really close to regency style, AND Jubilee has moved forward with pricing. Some of it's already gone.

4:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a doubt, i see the designs and they all follow a line in particular to the louis XV how do u make it look not so over the top, do you mix it with contemporary items?.. or do u have to follow the same line

10:43 AM  
Blogger studiosmith said...

To each his own, but I would recommend picking one of these chairs, probably that leaf chair, because it makes such a statement. And then yes, mix it with more modern lines and your chair becomes a personality of it's own, or a conversation piece.

7:48 PM  

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