Collecting Design: Sebastian and Barquet

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Sebastian & Barquet are Design Dealers who are quite well known for focusing on and bringing back to the public eye the impressive work of renowned artists such as Buckminster Fuller, Charlotte Perriand, George Nakashima, Gio Ponti, Isamu Noguchi, Johnny Swing, Paul Evans, Joe Colombo, Vladimir Kagan, Le Corbusier and others. The gallery, located in the trendy high line district of Manhattan, offers an impressive collection of 20th Century Design.

A client of mine was interested in their 1984 Michelle de Lucchi's sidetables, so I took a trip there a few months ago, only to find that not only did they carry this important piece, the gallery was a temple of design savoir faire. We were impressed with their Carlo Bugatti's collection which was featured on its own special section. This artist's work was beautifully curated so that one can truly appreciate the furniture and art in their true sense and form. I noticed that some of Buggatti's art work consisted of inlaid bronze and pewter, materials which I am drawn to since they offer such a striking finish. The main gallery is a mecca for collecting great design. They have an excellent collection from one of my favorite artist, Prouvé. I've always emphasize to you, dear readers, the importance of an artist like Jean Prouvé. He was a brilliant creator and a totally committed citizen, craftsman, workman, industrial constructor, architect, and designer. If you are serious about collecting, this is one of the trusted dealers that are worth your time and resources because of their expertise and commitment in their respective specialities.

Gio Ponti, a rare and important secretaire and chair, circa 1930

Sofa and chair by Vladimir Kagan
George Nakashima Walnut dining room table and chairs. Background painting from Julio Galan,
The Black Pear, 1990

From Left: Charlotte Perriand, Sconce Collection - Set of 12 from the Galerie Steph Simon, France, circa 1962. A Gio Ponti armchair from the Hotel Parco dei Principi, Rome, circa 1964. Right: Le Corbusier, a partially painted wood wardrobe/room divider, 1949
Ko and Luisa Parisi Sof, circa 1946, and Guilermo Ulrich, Grand Console. corca 1940, in the background

Photos courtesy High End Weekly

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