Small theater where we like strolling to discover this inveterate collector's many findings, the booth of Emmanuel Renoult is a pleasure for the antiques hunting lovers. Large sofas illuminated by daylight filtered by colored windows, accumulation of Accolay ceramics arranged on small tables of Jacques Adnet, come to discover the objects that have made Emmanuel heart beating and will, for sure, make yours vibrating.
What is your background ?
I grew up alongside my antique dealer mother, I followed her on professional fairs. So it's very natural that I started collecting. From collector, I went to accumulator, and accumulator to antique dealer. My career resembles many antique dealers carrers who start by hunting for pleasure, then comes a moment when the pleasure goes beyond the stage of the decoration, and it is necessary to begin to sell.
In 1995, I settled in alley 4 Paul Bert, in a small booth shared with 2 associates. I then had the opportunity to take a much larger space in the alley 7. It was a big risk, I went from 6m2 shared with two poeple to 30m2 alone. It was almost too big! But being a bulimic of the purchase, I quickly filled it. I presented pieces from antiquity to the present day, but with a preference for the 18th and the 19th centuries.
What is on your booth?
Today, I continue to be a generalist. I still love the 18th and its golden woods, and I continue to buy from time to time, but that represents less than 5% of my purchases. I am also able to crack on a maharaja armchair from the 19th century. Now, my taste evolves towards the 20th, I buy referenced pieces but it is not the most important. I prefer to defend a piece made by an unknown person instead of one whose rating is already established.
The high ceilings of my booth also allow me to enjoy myself by presenting large stained glass panels, real sculptures-objects and architectural elements. I like pieces that take up space.
I like making sets that will please people who come to see me and I often buy pieces thinking of some of my clients. However, I must be the first to be conquered by the object. There are pieces I like so much that I do not want to sell.
What object of your booth do you not want to sell?
In general, I never want to sell the last piece I bought. So that I can sell, it is necessary that the object wears a little in my head.
I recently bought this painting which dates perhaps from the years 60-70 and that I have a little hidden ... I find it quite strong, it is almost Arte Povera. It is made with paper, paint, canvas. There is something visible and invisible at the same time. I love her so much. In general, sculptures and paintings are pieces that I want to keep because it touches something very sentimental and intimate.
What does Paul Bert Serpette represent for you?
Paul Bert Serpette is a real theater. The antique dealers are the actors, create the decor in the morning and dismount it at night. At the base, the antique dealers were all traveling and here they continue in a certain way this tradition unpacking. They are free spirits.