For it’s 96th edition, th Foire de Chatou has decided to showcase Russian and its art, which provides a sweeping panorama of the history of this great country.
It was great writers like Alexander Pushkin, Flyodor Dostoyevsky, and Leo Tolstoy with his famous War and Peace who initially piqued French interest in Russian culture un the latter half of 19th century. Following the 1900 World’s Fair, held in Paris, French interest un Russian art grew to include painting, sculpture, jewellery, architecture, the decorative arts, folk art, and Russia’s entire artistic heritage.
Throughout the 20th century, Russian art became an increasingly powerful influence in France thanks to dance and music, with great composers such as Prokofiev, Stravinsky, and (of course) Tchaikovsky and his famous Swan Lake. The links between our country and Russian art have always been strong, and it is for reason that 150 years after the birth of the last Tsar, Nicholas II, and 100 years after the Russian Revolution and the rise of Vladimir Ilyich Lenin, we have chosen to showcase Russian art at the Foire de Chatou between 9th and 18th March 2018.
Painted furniture, icons, niello silver cigar cases, copper vodka cups, paintings, jewellery, lighting, books, books of Communist propaganda posters, vouchers issued to holders of Russian Ioans, and not forgetting the famous matryoshkas (Russian nesting dolls) : Russian art in all its diversity will take pride of place on the stands of the many exhibitors at the 96th Foire de Chatou.
THE SAINT ROCH PRIZE, AN OFFICIAL AWARD
To promote the role of antiquities and bric-a-brac in our society, the National Federation of Antique, Second-Hand Retailers and Art Galleries (SNCAO-GA) has devised the SAINT ROCH PRIZE for 2018. This award recognizes personalities from the world of music, theatre, cinema, television, gastronomy activism help to support and highlight the value of antiques and bric-a-brac to the general public.
Why the Saint Roch prize ?
Born in Montpellier, Saint Roch has been known as the patron saint of second-hand dealers since the 14th century. Depicted as pilgrim with his staff, gourd and bread box, he is always accompanied by a dog. This depiction will serve as a symbol of the SAINT ROCH PRIZEn which will be the perfect link between the world of bric-a-brac and its favorite personalities.
Principle of the Saint Roch prize
Twice a year, following a vote, SNCAO-GA members will select artists and personalities who are passionate about antiques and bric-a-brac or who, through their direct or indirect actions, highlight the value of the antiques and bric-a-brac trade.
Description of the Saint Roch prize
Each recipient receives an official SNCAO-GA certificate in his or her name as well as personalized trophy engraved with a depiction of Saint Roch.