In this day and age of constant change where everything is now digitized on plasma screens the desire for authenticity has never been more prominent. Antiques are one of the few things we have today that keep the spirit of beauty from times gone by alive with us.
Isidore Jules Bonheur (1827 – 1901) was one of the most renowned artists of the French Animalier school. Born on May 15th in Bordeaux, as a young boy he exhibited great artistic aptitude from an early age, being tutored in drawing and painting by his father. In 1849, at the age of 22, he enrolled at the École des Beaux Arts, but had already made his debut at the Paris Salon of 1848.
A definite highlight of this year’s Olympia Antiques Fair was listening to Emma Burns, an Interior Designer from Sibyl Colefax & John Fowler, talk about using antiques in decoration today. The ideas Emma discussed with Giles Kime, Interiors Editor at Country Life, were so interesting and inspiring that we very much wanted to share them with you. We were therefore delighted when Emma agreed to publish her expertise on our blog.
Villanis’s depictions of the female form frequently featured elements of mythology and floral adornments through which he projected the suggestion of eroticism in his designs. His seeming obsession with female subjects, differed from the typical attraction of most artists and collectors of the time,