(Left) Amélie du Chalard (Right) Jean Messagier (1920-1999) Forêt cassée, 1967-69, bronze with gold patina, signed and numbered 39150, with foundry mark on the bottom. 21 x 25

The tastemaker: Amélie du Chalard

The Parisian gallery owner curates her personal selection of highlights from the online auction Inspired by Nature, open for bidding until 19 June

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.


A plaster mascaron of a lion, French, 19th century. 39 cm (15⅓ in) high, 36 cm (14⅕ in) long. Estimate €700-1,000. Offered in
Inspired by Nature — Fine and Decorative Arts, 3-19 June 2020, online

A plaster mascaron of a lion, French, 19th century. 39 cm (15⅓ in) high, 36 cm (14⅕ in) long. Estimate: €700-1,000. Offered in Inspired by Nature — Fine and Decorative Arts, 3-19 June 2020, online

A bronze statue of Buddha Shakyamuni, Laos, 18th century. 81 cm (31⅞) in high. Estimate €3,000-7,000. Offered in
Inspired by Nature — Fine and Decorative Arts, 3-19 June 2020, online

A bronze statue of Buddha Shakyamuni, Laos, 18th century. 81 cm (31⅞) in high. Estimate: €3,000-7,000. Offered in Inspired by Nature — Fine and Decorative Arts, 3-19 June 2020, online

‘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.