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Vintage and Antique Treasure Hunt in Paris

For those who love Antiques, the winter is the ideal time to go treasure hunting in Paris.
Indeed the City offers many places to fulfill this pleasure : flea markets, auction houses, and the many little antique shops all over the streets in areas such as Montmartre, the Latin quarter, the Marais, …
Of all the places, the Flea market in Saint-Ouen – actually regrouping 15 different markets – remains the “attic of the world” holding an incredible variety of so many beautiful pieces from all epoques, including the most recent ones.
Art Deco is still going strong with stands exhibiting magnificent and sometimes monumental pieces. Large shops can be seen as soon as entering rue des Rosiers, the antique flea market main street. The simple lines of the furniture associated with the beautiful polish of the precious woods stand out and make you want to caress the pieces. These are probably the most elegant pieces of furniture ever. Here a mauve sharkskin console intertwined with gold metal stripes standing on a wrought iron base, there a round table with marquetry and matching chairs with subtle curves, covered with epoque material, …
For those loving furniture with gilding the Saint-Ouen flea market is also paradise found : armchairs, desks, tables, chandeliers, candelabra, … Anything you’ve ever wanted to make a house of gold !
Being the latest trend, new spaces dedicated to Vintage collections have sprouted all over the different markets.
Habitat has created “1964″, a warehouse in which the old collection are presented. In the same place – which looks like a little village with its coffee shop around a paved courtyard – you will also find L’Eclaireur. This gallery presents the most incredible contemporary pieces, so beautiful, so different, that you immediately feel like redecorating your entire home.
Another great place for your Paris treasure hunt is the Drouot auction house rue Richelieu Drouot, within the 9th arrondissement. It might not be as glamourous as Christies or Sotheby’s, but it certainly feels like you could both find the piece you’ve been looking for while making a deal. It’s very accessible and you can jump from one room to the next, checking out on different auctions at the same time. Of course you can preview all the pieces to be auctioned prior to their sale.
If you like wandering around the City, you will find hundreds of shops with great pieces as well. Certain areas have a higher concentration such as Montmartre around the place des Abbesses. If you like 60′s, 70′s design you’ll be fulfilled.
Winter and early spring in Paris being often rainy don’t forget your umbrella. A car service with a knowledgeable chauffeur will be a great addition to help you make the best of your hunt.

Exhibitions to see in July and August 2013 in Paris

While waiting for the sun to come, we can offer you a selection of exhibitions happening in June in Paris. Trade the parks and gardens for our museums ! These 7 exhibitions are happening now in Paris :

 

1 / Dynamo at Grand Palais

Two floors and around 4000 square meters, here to summarize 100 years of visual experimentation. Optical illusions, movement, distortions, light shows, labyrinths and trick mirrors, symbolizing a common will for the artists : to confuse us and invite us to take part in those unique experiences.

From Vasarely to Anish Kapoor, immerse in the conceptual art and sensory world.

From 04.10 to 07.22, 3 avenue du General Eisenhower, 75008 Paris.

 

2 / Chagall, between war and peace, at Museum of Luxembourg

Everyone knows Chagall’s wonderful work on the Opéra Garnier ceiling, and his “bride”, admired by Julia Roberts in Notting Hill. However, we know less of his war-influenced pieces, marked by the 1917 Revolution, German Occupation and the rise of Nazism. Through this incredible exhibition you will alternate between a state of appeasement and one of disturbance.

From 02.21 to 08.21 – 19 rue de Vaugirard, 75006 Paris.

 

3/ Keith Haring at Paris Museum of Modern Art

The Museum of Modern Art and the Centquatre are both exhibiting Haring’s work. As an activist, the artist’s main themes were racism, homophobia, Apartheid and drug abuse. Keith Haring has fought his whole life against the injustices around him, using his art to deliver a message. Celebrated around the world for his half pop half street-art pieces, this exhibition focuses on the artist’s message while setting his pieces in the context of his life.

From 04.19 to 08.18

MAM : 11, avenue du Président Wilson, 75016 Paris

CentQuatre : 5, rue Curial, 75019 Paris

 

4/ Music and Cinema, at Cité de la Musique

The secret to a good movie soundtrack ? Its importance in the narrative ? Discover all there is to know about movie soundtracks, with interviews of original soundtrack composers who marked the history of cinema as well as the directors with whom they worked. From West Side Story to Drive, from Lawrence of Arabia to Jaws, learn about how movie soundtracks are imagined and created.

From 03.19 to 08.18

221, avenue Jean Jaurès, 75019 Paris

 

5/ De l’Allemagne, 1800-1939

With more than 200 pieces, discover how German thinking was shaped from 1800 to 1939. From the end of the XVIIIth century to the dawn of World War II, the exhibition focuses on the context of artistic creation, linking the art pieces to the written works of Germany’s greatest thinkers.

From 03.28 to 06.24

Musée du Louvre, 75058 Paris

 

6/ Ron Mueck at Fondation Cartier

The Australian sculptor Ron Mueck sets sail at the Fondation Cartier from the 16th of april to the 29th of september, presenting for instance six new pieces of which three sculptures were made especially for this event. His very sensitive work is as impressive as it is moving. You can also watch a never-seen-before film, unveilling the artist’s creative secrets.

From 04.10 to 08.04

261, boulevard Raspail, 75014 Paris

 

7 / Jacques Demy at the Cinémathèque

Movie extracts, photographs, paintings and recreated sets will help you discover or rediscover Jacques Demy’s colorfoul work. Take part in the director’s musical world of great melodies such as the ones you find in The Umbrellas of Cherbourg and The Young Girls of Rochefort. Conferences and retrospectives of Demy’s works are also frequent during the exhibition period

The 7 not-to-be-missed Paris sights

Notre-Dame:

notredameThe most well-known cathedral in France.
The masterpiece of gothic architecture, it has forever inspired poets, painters and musicians, from François Villon to Victor Hugo, to the hit musical, Notre Dame de Paris in 1998.

The Opera Garnier:

operaOne of the largest theaters in the world.
Built in 1860, it is considered one of the masterpieces of architecture of its time.

 

Montmartre and Sacré-Cœur:

sacrecoeurThe painters’ district in the early twentieth century.
Located at the top of the Montmartre hill, the panoramic view from the Sacré-Coeur basilica encompasses all of Paris. The site also offers a garden with a fountain.

The Louvre museum:

louvreThe world’s largest and most visited art museum.
The museum houses works from ancient civilizations to 1848, including 6,000 European paintings dating from the late thirteenth century to the mid-nineteenth century.

The Pompidou Centre:

beaubourg

This monument of modern architecture houses the Musée national d’art moderne (the national museum of modern art), a library and temporary exhibitions.

La Place des Vosges:

vosgesOne of the most beautiful squares in Paris, dating back from the seventeenth century.
At the heart of the Marais, this busy spot is well-known for its manicured lawns and arcades and hosts outdoor cafes and restaurants, as well as some interesting shops and Art Galeries.

The Latin Quarter:

quartierlatinLatinum area, one of the world’s most famous historic districts in Paris.
Very popular with students and teachers as many universities and schools are located there, this extensive neighborhood includes many interesting sites to visit, including Lutece’s arenas.