Real esthete, Lionel Sanderson strives to unearth pieces that he would already imagine integrating into interiors in harmony ... An antique dealer who tries everything and who presents on his booth pieces of all times and different styles in order to help the customers to project themselves into a panel of varied and inspiring sets.
What is your background ?
Before being at Flea, I started in the fashion industry while already hunting a lot. Very attracted by this universe, I decided to launch myself in a professional way by taking a booth with one of my friends. We settled in the alley 5 in 1985, at the time of the reconstruction of the market and our booth was a half-built truck! The adventure! I started by presenting tableware for two years and finally turned to something else. My antique dealer soul evolved with experience and I started selling 1940's furniture. With a small group of antique dealers like Jacques Lacoste, Aline Chastel and Patrick Fourtin, we initiated this trend.
What is on your booth?
As evoked, I presented only 1940's furniture until 1998. I find the pieces of this period very elegant and I am particularly sensitive to the great tradition of cabinet making from which they come. Tradition that already existed in the 30s, but much more rude and bourgeois. In the 40s, there is a very fashionable side that I like very much, great creators such as Dior or Balenciaga had succumbed to the aesthetics of this furniture.
Today, I have deviated to more eclectic objects because it expands the perspectives in terms of decoration. I do not want to confine myself to a time or a particular style that can be blocking. I like the mix and do not forbid me anything in terms of time, nor in terms of merchandise, it allows me to make more elaborate staging. I enjoy associating 18th century pieces with 40's furniture and objects from the 70s. The base is above all a beautiful harmony of colors. More than a base, I would say that it is essential!
What does Paul Bert Serpette represent for you?
It is an essential market, which has a crazy charm. I like its colors and its lights! It's amazing to be here, you can find everything from kitchen to bathroom, jewelry and clothes. The strength of this market is the human wealth represented by antiques dealers, who know how to impose their choices. These antique shops with various specialties make Paul Bert Serpette a unique trendsetter. A large family in all its splendor, where life is good and where inspiration flows through the paths.
Which piece of your booth is important to you right now?
I present this beautiful vase of Jean Besnard which size is a little bit exceptional. It is a pansu model with a sublime blue color, which is quite rare. Jean Besnard always has a base of black earth on which he drew in the hand, and it is then that he comes to put his color. We find a slightly Africanist side characteristic of the 30s and 40s. The decor of this vase is very bucolic. When I saw this piece, it was immediately a blow of heart. It will be necessary to separate, and it is still a little sad but I would have the chance to have it on my booth and can talk about it to passionate customers.