The French gallerist Amélie du Chalard founded Amelie Maison d’art in 2015 with a mission to curate works by up and coming abstract artists in a homely environment.
Since then, the gallery in Paris’s Ninth Arrondissement has grown to represent around 150 artists and designers working across a wide range of mediums, including paint, paper, wood, glass and bronze.
To mark the launch of the online auction Inspired by Nature — an eclectic sale of objects and artworks that celebrate creativity from all four corners of the world —Christie’s invited du Chalard to select some personal highlights which evoke memories of her travels.
‘Some great travellers collect stories, others bring back treasures. I’ve always loved the idea of acquiring a beautiful object from each place I visit,’ says du Chalard.
‘This selection of works from the sale Inspired by Nature makes me wonder what fond memories and adventures are behind each piece.
‘The two bronze Buddha statues (above and below) take me back to my trips in Thailand and Laos. The 19th century Tibetan Thangka and the Chinese landscape scroll painting transport me to poetic sceneries,’ she explains.
‘The lion mascaron (above) and the stone bas-relief recall the architectural ornaments in Italy, while the two cornelian beetles could have been amongst the treasures I would bring back from a trip to Tuscany.’
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‘The originality of the Lalanne plate and the quatrefoil jade bowl (above), alongside the two Messagier bronze sculptures (above), strike me as very contemporary pieces and, at the same time, objects that could have been found a cabinet of curiosities from another time or a faraway culture,’ says du Chalard.