Pick of Paris

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I list a few Paris shows here, be­cause I hope to go there be­fore the great Rem­brandt ex­hi­bi­tion at the Musée Mar­mot­tan closes on Jan­uary 23 and will try to make time to see some com­mer­cial gal­leries as well. To Jan­uary 10 at the Ga­lerie Vau­clair, 24, rue de Beaune on the Rive Gauche, and their stand in the Marché Paul Bert-ser­pette, Sain­touen, Lau­rence and De­nis Vau­clair are show­ing eclec­tic late-19th-cen­tury fur­ni­ture and fur­nish­ings se­lected by the artist Valen­tine Pozzo di Borgo, as well as her ex­ot­i­cally per­fumed can­dles (www.ga­lerie-vau­clair.fr).

Also on the Rive Gauche, to Jan­uary 30, Ga­lerie Men­des, rue de Pen­thiévre, has ‘Un Siè­cle en Blanc et Bleu’, 17th-cen­tury Por­tuguese ce­ram­ics (above) in­spired by the China trade (www.ga­leriemendes.com).

like golden rain­drops, that give her large, ab­stract can­vases light, warmth and colour. Al­though rel­a­tively new to Lon­don, Casadesus has built a for­mi­da­ble rep­u­ta­tion for more than 30 years in Paris.

I find Sara Flynn’s porce­lain pots (Fig 5) at Ersk­ine, Hall & Coe, Royal Ar­cade, Old Bond Street, W1 (www. er­sk­ine­hall­coe.com), to Jan­uary 12, quite sim­ply beau­ti­ful. As Emma Crich­ton-miller says in her cat­a­logue es­say: ‘They de­light the eye with their pre­cise asym­me­tries, the swoops and turns, the nips and tucks, the peaks and bulges, rims and ridges.’ Each is unique and, in Flynn’s own words, ‘with ev­ery pot I learn some­thing. I can never see my­self get­ting bored with these pos­si­bil­i­ties’. There are al­soa few of her new bronze sculp­tures on of­fer.

Sculp­ture? Fur­ni­ture? Some­times one, some­times both, the witty and whim­si­cal work of Claude (b.1924) and the late François Lalanne (1927–2008), gen­er­ally known as Les Lalannes, has many im­por­tant col­lec­tors around the world, es­pe­cially since the 2009 Saint Lau­rent sale in Paris. Un­til Jan­uary 26, Ben Brown, Brook’s Mews, W1 (www.ben­brown­fin­earts. com), is show­ing about 30 pieces, in­clud­ing new work by Claude (Fig 7). Ear­lier pieces blend his bold an­i­mal sculp­tures with her more del­i­cate flora and fauna to pro­vide their own fan­tasy crea­tures, which of­ten also serve as func­tional stor­age spaces.

Ro­bi­lant + Voena is the lead­ing dealer in the Car­avag­gio-es­que paint­ings by the Euro­pean artists who flocked to Rome in about 1600 and fu­elled an artis­tic rev­o­lu­tion in­sti­gated by Michelan­gelo Merisi da Car­avag­gio (1571– 1610). Nat­u­rally, it has taken the op­por­tu­nity of the Na­tional Gallery show to mount its own ‘In Pur­suit of Car­avag­gio’ at its Dover Street, W1, premises to Jan­uary 27 (www.ro­bi­lantvoena.com).

Car­avag­gio was in Rome from 1592 to 1606 and, al­though he took no pupils and ran no work­shop, his pow­er­ful, anti-clas­si­cal style en­sured that his in­flu­ence was wide­spread. The show of­fers 12 works by, so to say, lead­ing fol­low­ers, in­clud­ing three by Bar­tolomeo Man­fredi (1582– 1622): St John the Bap­tist (Fig 6), Saint Jerome and Head of the Bap­tist. All three present bib­li­cal sub­jects in a new man­ner for the time, with an as­ton­ish­ing re­al­ism and ex­treme vi­o­lence. Gio­vanni Baglione’s (1566–1643) Ju­dith with the head of Holofernes is a fur­ther per­fect ex­am­ple of this as­pect of Car­avag­gio’s legacy.

Also in­cluded in the ex­hi­bi­tion is the re­cently re­dis­cov­ered Al­le­gory of Mu­sic by An­tive­duto Gram­mat­ica (about 1569–1626), one of his very few signed works.

Out of Town: Christ­mas shows of gallery artists con­tinue at the Jer­ram, Sher­borne, Dorset (www. jer­ram­gallery), to De­cem­ber 21 and the Fosse, Stow-on-the-wold, Glouces­ter­shire (www.fos­segallery. com), to De­cem­ber 31.

Mahler’s Sec­ond comes first

Fig 5: Porce­lain pots by Sara Flynn. With Ersk­ine, Hall & Coe Bap­tist. Fig 7 left:

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