Connaissance des Arts – Special Issue n°479
Imagine : in the heart of Paris, in a street in the pretty Poncelet neighborhood, all you need to do is nudge open a celadon-green door, and you’re in a different world. The light coming through the Eiffel glass roof has a Vermeeresque quality. All around, leaning against the walls, are hundreds, thousands of superb antique wood panels. Here, a fox painted in a medallion, looking up at the crow from the fable; there, a garland of fruit; the liveliness of the oak carving makes you want to pick a pomegranate. The atmosphere has a strange weightiness to it, as if you were glimpsing layers of history. The history of each of these decors, of course, the oldest having been made in the 17th century; but also of the Féau firm, which you instantly realize is the sort of establishment to which only the old continent of Europe holds the secret.
Consult this Special Issue (n°479, 2011) :