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Masterpieces from the French Belle Epoque

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by Talenia 

A malachite and gilt bronze display cabinet - front view.

La Belle Epoque, directly translated as A Beautiful Era. Sandrine Souchon brings her private collection of Art Masterpieces to International Antiques Fair at Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, booths F2 & G2 this 27 May to 30 May 2017. From 11am to 7pm every day and 11am to 5pm on 30 May 2017, Souchon will feature her exquisite nineteenth century decorative art masterpieces from her private collection.

A malachite and gilt bronze display cabinet - side view.

La Belle Epoque is a period in which the French relate to as a time of peace and prosperity; starting from the end of the Franco-Prussian War in 1871 to the outbreak of WWI in 1914. This time period is known as the Beautiful Era - a time where art was created as a result of a beautiful, peaceful, prosperous culture.

HENRY DASSON (1825-1896)
A pair of malachite and gilt bronze covered vases on their bases.
Dimensions: Height: 241 cm; Width: 76 cm; Depth: 71 cm. 

The creations within this collection are of exceptional executional quality while being very eclectic. Pieces include monumental sculptures, extremely refined furniture pieces, while featuring unique artworks by the great “Maisons” as well as the best cabinet-makers of that particular era.

FRANCOIS LINKE (1885-1946)
A pair of two malachite, lapis lazuli and gilt bronze tables.
Dimensions: Height: 73 cm; Width: 78 cm; Depth: 57 cm. 
Gilt bronze tables - detailed view.

The refined and precious creations such as malachite, crystal or lapis lazuli artworks are the gems of the collection, in which malachite, a unique ornamental and artistic stone, can be found in most of the pieces in this collection.

MAISON BACCARAT
A pair of baccarat crystal and gilt bronze covered vases forming candelabras.
Dimensions: Height: 161 cm; Width: 80 cm. 

Souchon says, ”my collection is a unique and eclectic set of French Belle Epoque artworks that have been meticulously hand-picked by myself and my parents over the years. Seeing such exceptional art pieces reunited in the same space is an unmissable event for all art lovers. It is very personal to me to have all these pieces reunited. Their prestigious provenances are deep- rooted in French history."

ANTOINE-LOUIS BARYE (1795-1875) “The Lion & the Snake”
Dark patina bronze sculpture Signed & numbered
Dimensions: Height: 135  

About Sandrine Souchon

Sandrine Souchon has made her mark on the art market, having been an avid collector for 30 years. Souchon is the third generation of a family of passionate art collectors dating back to the 1920s. Souchon is a recognised artwork expert in her field and a longtime member of the SNA (Syndicate of the Antique dealers). Souchon is recognised for her passion, seriousness, and competence within the art industry - especially with her undying and unwavering knowledge in the Masterpieces of the Nineteenth Century Decorative Arts. Souchon’s passion lays in artwork that have made a profound mark on or transformed the history of artwork.



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