The specialist Old Master fair ‘Paris Tableau’ set up last year in the French capital is about to embark on its second staging.
It runs at the Palais
de la Bourse from November 7-12 and, like last year, the ten
Parisian Old Master dealers that make up the organising committee
for this event are each inviting a guest exhibitor.
The addition of one
extra guest, plus two guest frame dealers, ups last year's tally
from 20 to 23.
This many dealers
will probably just about fill the available space at the Palais to
capacity without it feeling too cramped.
Eight of the guests,
dealers from the UK and Continental Europe, are returning from last
year. They will be joined by Rafael Vals
from London; Galerie Saint
Lucas from Vienna and two
Italians: Massimo Megna from Rome and Enrico Ceci
from Formigine who is one of the two frame
dealers (the other is Galerie Montanari
All are hoping to
carry on their aim of promoting and generating increased awareness
of the Old Master genre.
Visitors (and last
year's inaugural event attracted around 6000) can expect not just a
strong showing of French painting but also Italian, Flemish and
Spanish work ranging in date from the Middle Ages to the 19th
The fair's other
stated aim, to encourage discussion by focusing on some particular
academic theme through a loan exhibit, kicked off last year with a
display from The National Institute of Art History concentrating on
the reverse side of a painting and what it could reveal.
This year, the fair
has turned to the Mobilier National and will be showing a selection
of paintings and cartoons for tapestries from the famous Gobelins