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  • PIASA will continue to chart the history of ceramics on 12 April 2018, when nearly 80 unique works by Milan’s Guido De Zan will be offered during the sale of Italian Design. The pieces come from De Zan’s personal collection, and form the first part of the auction.

  • Paris, February 2018 – PIASA’s first auction of Scandinavian Design in 2018, on February 15, yielded a total of €2.1 million. This new sale devoted to the Nordic creativity, replete with big-name masterpieces, confirms PIASA as leaders on the Design market.

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    Wednesday 7 March from 10am to 6pm
    Thursday 8 March from 10am to 6pm
    Friday 9 March from 10am to 6pm
    Saturday 10 March 2018 from 11am to 6pm
    Monday 12 March 2018 from 10am to 6pm
    Tuesday 13 March 2018 from 10am to 6pm
    Wednesday 14 March 2018 from 10am to 6pm
    Thursday 15 March 2018 from 10am to 12pm

     

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    T. +33 (0)1 45 44 12 71
    a.desainthilaire@piasa.fr

     

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    Clémence Paris
    +33 (0)1 45 44 43 53
    c.paris@piasa.fr


Regis Mathieu, a remarkable view on hanging lights from the fifteenth to the twentyfirst century, a collection l JUNE 30, 2016 - 6PM

The Collection of the renowned chandelier specialist and restorer Régis Mathieu, to be offered at PIASA on Thursday 30 June 2016, will showcase fifty exquisite items of lighting design. By choosing to share the centuries-old history of chandeliers with the public, Régis Mathieu reveals the historical, architectural, social and aesthetic interest of these sculptures of light.

‘My overriding goal is to further knowledge of chandeliers and share the joy they can bring. We need to recreate a love of chandeliers!’ – Régis Mathieu

Over the last 20 years Régis Mathieu has enthusiastically assembled a collection of important historical chandeliers. In 2010 he opened a spacious, 1,000m2 museum in Gargas (Provence), retracing five centuries in the history of lighting; and, in 2014, launched Galerie Lumières in Paris.

Soon after inheriting the family business, Régis Mathieu established close ties with France’s Historic Monuments Commission and its heritage architects with a view to developing a unique savoir-faire based on a passion for chandeliers.

His passion reflects his taste. The selection for the sale at PIASA reflects a collector’s eye for time-honoured craftsmanship, epitomized by an historically important ceiling-light by William Arthur Smith Benson (1854-1924), principal lamp designer of the Arts & Crafts movement. Benson took a highly personal, avant-garde approach to things around him and, unlike many of his contemporaries, favoured industrial production – although the quality of his work is best described as industrial craftsmanship. His brass ceiling-light to be offered at PIASA dates from just after 1900, and features a beaten copper receptacle with a crown of petals serving as reflector. The petals pre-date functional research and place Benson in the vanguard of 20th century applied art. He established a new alliance between aesthetics and functionality.