Art market Magazine May 2013

 
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MEETING 
 
Bill Pallot the aesthete…
THE MAGAZINE

MEETING

Bill Pallot the aesthete straight out of Balzac
bundle of energy, hair streaming in the tion by Ferdinand Duvinage, staging Japanese style wind as
he strides through the frame of birds among bamboos and frogs - miniature Atlases the porte-cochère, he introduces himself: forming bases - happily rubbing shoulders with skulls "Bill Pallot – sorry I'm late!" A few floors smiling in fixed grimaces and masks covered with hair or higher up, still at a run, he welcomes you feathers … The main (and now reassuring) theme leads to his world, briefly glimpsed in the dark: an ambiance of us from skull to mask to a new theatre all in yellow and theatrical reds, golds, intense, dazzling lights and dark red, dotted with white and with greens ranging from bronze patinas. Ensconced in soft to acid. Contemporary art an armchair like Ingres' reigns over this scene, with an "He is reminiscent of Balzac, with a touch of Monsieur Bertin, he receives Allen Jones table prominently Flaubert, and a decadent frisson in the early you in his cabinet of curiosities displayed. This highly "Beat style of Huysmans. His basic character was under the watchful eye of a Generation" setting evokes already firmly established twenty years ago." Samurai armour. The slightest the adolescence of the host of nook attracts the eye with a this singular place. How and Karl Lagerfeld welter of stuff that makes you why did Bill Pallot build up positively giddy… Where to focus the gaze? The master these collections? Landscape architect Jean-Christophe of the house doesn't give you a moment's respite, and as Molinier, his fellow student and friend since their univeran erudite guide, suggests a tour of his collections – sity days, recalls "his tiny apartment, already overflowing, which at first glance seem like a disparate jumble. because he always had an eye for an object and a taste The circuit is somewhat disconcerting: a wall of Noh for browsing second hand shops, backed up by knowtheatre masks, a stuffed late 19th century crocodile ledge." Pallot himself says: "My father, an antique dealer hanging from the ceiling, a leopard skin rug, a Nigerian in Marcigny, (Burgundy), used to call my sisters, my Ekoi Janus headdress between pieces of 17th and 18th brother ans i together every time he brought back an century German silverware, not to mention skulls with unusual item, and would sing its praises. I adored missing jawbones glimpsed behind a wire mesh door... accompanying him to sflea markets sales and auctions. While large paintings watch over a Russian skeleton It was really thanks to him that I developed my love of chair, the arabesques of a pair of gilt bronze wall lamps patinas.". Thus he evokes the "shining furniture, polished in the purest Louis XV style protect a skull composition by the years" lauded by Baudelaire in "L’invitation au which, as our host attests, is made of matches...We enter voyage", in that place where "all is order and beauty, another room with a light-filled, golden atmosphere, luxury, peace and voluptuous ease". Once he had where a "blackamoor" clock greets us, gently nodding its earned enough money to start his own collection, Bill head to the rhythm of its chimes. Here again, we see Pallot bought his first Noh theatre mask, rapidly joined nothing but serried ranks of objects, where you can spot by a small troupe: enough to decorate a whole section ivory marquetry bowls with gilt brass cloisonné decoraof wall, where the glow of lacquered woods competed

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Bill Pallot seen through Karl Lagerfeld's lens, with a beechwood skeleton chair made in Russia c. 1840, h. 132 cm.

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