06 April, 2010

The Duchess Recommends . . .

Maison Gerard Ltd.

Marc Bankowsky sconce, image via 1stdibs

Over on Balustrade & Bitters, the Duchess read an amazing entry (with gorgeous photos by Ms. Coleen) about the work of designer/artist Herve van der Straeten, featured during LA's WestWeek in an installation at Ralph Pucci International. Mr. van der Straeten, based in Paris, was described by the New York Times as one of the leaders of a neo-baroque design movement for his painstaking efforts in creating unique pieces of jewelry and furniture in bronze, lacquer, aluminum and wood.

Herve van der Straeten Bulls Eye Mirror, image via 1stdibs

For those among us unable to visit Mr. van der Straeten's Rue Ferdinand Duval showroom in Paris, inhibited as we are by a cross-country and trans-Atlantic flight (and post-2008 pocketbook), we are lucky -- a well-curated selection of his work, as well as the designs of other Art Deco geniuses, can be found at Maison Gerard.
Wakapu, Lacquer and Gilt Bronze Table by Jean-Bereneger de Nattes (Signed, edition of 8.)

Maison Gerard is a design world mainstay for French and American Art Deco antiques (Jules Leleu, Maison Charles) as well as some of the very best contemporary pieces (by Mr. van der Straeten and the terrific Marc Bankowsky). The Maison's collection is simply divine. Here, the Duchess presents a few of her favorite pieces (all photos courtesy of 1stdibs via Maison Gerard).
Gilt Wrought-Iron and Marble Coffee Table by Robert Merceris.

Jules Leleu Cabinet in Rosewood with Gilt Bronze Ornaments and Inlaid with Mother-of-Pearl and Ebony

Join the ranks of David Kleinberg, Michael Smith, Joe Nahem, Michael Bargo, and the Sills-Huniford team and head over to Maison Gerard. Your pocketbook may not thank you, but your eyes will be grateful for a very long time.

The Duchess thus recommends . . .

Maison Gerard Ltd.
53 East 10th Street
New York, New York 10003
tel. 212.674.7611

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