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Magazine    July 2001

Antiquing in Paris

Late-Louis XV-period giltwood sofa at Galerie Anne-Marie Monin

A word of advice to anyone visiting Paris with the intent to allow some time for antiques shopping: The Carré Rive Gauche is an excellent location. More than 120 of the finest French antiques dealers are situated, side-by-side, in a historic neighborhood on the Left Bank across from the Louvre and the Musée des Arts Décoratifs.

The Carré houses a number of very established Paris antiques dealers, among them Didier Aaron at Galerie Camoin, who specializes in 18th- through 20th-century European furnishings; Nicole Altero of Galerie Altero, established in 1936, where a broad array of 17th- and 18th-century glassware, furniture and decorative objects is available; and Patrick Frémontier, who’s the fourth generation in a family of antiques dealers selling 18th- and 19th-century objet d’art and decorative furniture.

Many categories of antiques are covered in the three-block-square neighborhood—Medieval through 20th-century furniture, carpets and tapestries, glassware, lighting, old paintings, sculpture, silverware, timepieces, frames, porcelain and ceramics. The Carré Rive Gauche has a website that conveniently lists antique shops by name, category and location, and a small percentage of the dealers show some of their inventories online.

1940s moleskin club chair at Edouard de la Marque Polonais rug, dating to 1678,
at Blondeel Deroyan

At Philippe Vichot, an ormolu centerpiece
attributed to Louis Thomire, 1757-1838


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Carré Rive Gauche

120 antique galleries between
the Musée d’Orsay and the Louvre
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