The French-American textile designer Nathalie Farman-Farma has selected her favourite lots from our upcoming sale: ICONASTAS | Fine Russian Art & Antiques from the Renowned London Gallery.
25 November 2021
London-based textile designer Nathalie Farman-Farma draws endless inspiration from her travels and experience of different cultures, blending Eastern and Western influences into the patterns she produces for her own line, Décors Barbares. These fabrics, inspired by Russian, Central Asian and Eastern-inspired prints have been used throughout our catalogue, to highlight and accentuate the colours and motifs of the artworks, proving that works of such distinguished heritage can be incorporated seamlessly into a modern decorative setting.
Not limited to collecting the Central Asian tribal robes and fabrics that provided the initial inspiration for her own line of textiles, Farman-Farma’s London home and studio are treasure troves of knick-knacks, 19th-century furniture, Caucasian rugs, icons, antique frames and more, all dressed with her own Décors Barbares fabrics, creating wonderfully cosy spaces that manage to be simultaneously familiar and exotic. The lots she has selected below perfectly encapsulate her unique style and tastes.
A brass-clad wooden box, c.1900, Russia, possibly designed by Vladimir Chambers for Talashkino
Pictured against ‘Folklore’ fabric in Red, featuring The Firebird motif seen in the object.
A chip-carved wooden wall-hanging cabinet, c.1900, Russia, after a design by Yelena Dimitrievna Polenova (1850-1898)
A carved wooden table in the Russian folk taste, c.1900, possibly Talashkino, Russian
Pictured against ‘Koubla’ fabric.
A large icon of The Renovation of the Church of the Resurrection of Christ, 18th century, Russia
Chosen for size and the architectural aspect.
An icon of the Mother of God of Joy to all who Grieve, 18th century, Russia
Chosen for the subject matter.
The first in a series of auctions of residual stock from the Piccadilly Arcade gallery consists of 107 lots of Russian icons, works of art, antiquities, and Soviet propaganda, spanning from the 14th-20th centuries, including pieces from the personal collection of Chris Martin-Zakheim, owner of Iconastas.
The auction will be held live at the Stansted Mountfitchet Auction Rooms from 2pm on Wednesday 1 December.For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.orgRegistration for bidding closes at 2pm on Monday 29 November
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