About Galerie Blanchetti
Less is more : Galerie Blanchetti
Jean-François de Blanchetti set up his gallery in 1991 in the heart of what is the largest and arguably the most prestigious quartier of antique shops and galleries in the world - Le Carré Rive Gauche in Paris. From this immense emporium just a few meters from the Seine, Galerie Blanchetti trades in decorative arts of the 20th century, and more specifically in the years 1950-1970.
The principal criteria of selection at Galerie Blanchetti is simplicity, proportions and purity - in a word, the harmony of a piece. The gallery is also sensitive to the power a piece of furniture or object can evoke - such as the refined Nordic elegance which conjures up images of Denmark or the audacious Modernist style which suggests Italy of the Dolce Vita.
Last, but not least, the gallery attaches a particular importance to textures, materials and colours. Marble, plaster, ceramics, opaline, rattan and bamboo associated with light textiles all blend into a harmonious contrast at Galerie Blanchetti. If the gallery had to have a motto, it would be: Less is more.
Focus of the week : Mithé Espelt
Mithé Espelt (1923-2020) is one of the most interesting French ceramists of the second half of the 19th century. Born in the south of France, in the town of Lunel, she was immersed at a very young age in the artistic environment of her grandfather, a sculptor, who introduced her to the many writers and artists he frequented, such as Cocteau, Bérard, Picasso, Frédéric Mistral, among others.
This environment allowed her to develop a sensitivity and an artistic ability. A perception that led her to the workshop of Lydia Chartier and Nathalie Pol where she began to work with ceramics by making buttons for haute couture houses. Learning how to work with gold fascinated the young Mithé and she decided to pursue this path. A few years later, she opened her own workshop and shaped her work according to her inspiration: "women".
She had a colourful and poetic inner world which is reflected in her creations. Mithé Espelt's work is a celebration of femininity and the new freedom that women enjoyed in the early 1960s.
We offer for sale several mirrors and boxes by Mithé Espelt that you will find in the section "Mirrors" and "Objects".