Interview: Carole Borraz

In its October issue, Elle Décoration dedicates a report to Carole Borraz, following a "carte blanche" project she has just completed in an apartment in the 7th area of Paris. We went to meet this merchant, (re)-installed in Paul Bert Serpette since this summer, firstly antique dealer, but who likes to guide her clients in their interior decorations.

Tell us about your career

The antique trade was initially a vocation. I headed for art history studies. After graduating from the Ecole du Louvre, I started my job at Paul Bert in alley 3 with a booth called Potron Minet. Subsequently, I was fortunate to be able to practice in a place that had always fascinated me. It was a small gallery on the left bank that was a place known to professionals because it was held by an antiquarian scenographer. I lived this place for 15 years. I just left it to return to Paul Bert Serpette.

Why did you choose to come back to Paul Bert Serpette?

First, because Paul Bert Serpette was my place of training after my studies and I kept very good memories. Then because I wanted to continue having a relationship with other merchants. I did not want to do business alone anymore, as one can do in a shop. It was no longer stimulating for me. I needed to renew myself and turn a page. Paul Bert Serpette is the ideal place to be in emulation of inspiration, taste, and to continue to learn.

Introduce us your stand

Few pieces are presented on my stand from one week to the next. I show in the first place what I like, they are choices of heart. I would not like to be defined by a period. I can have pieces of the twentieth and so do not give up a portrait of the seventeenth or an 1950's Italian desk. These are choices of inspiration and a willingness to put the pieces in relation. I like dialogue between objetc. I can say that I'm specialized in eclecticism, it's almost a reverse definition.

What object of your stand would you like to highlight?

It is an important decorative cup of the nineteenth century that I just picked. It was a real love at first sight, an aesthetic encounter. It's an assembly, I like the contrast of materials and styles. On one side the work of neoclassical terracotta with a decoration of acanthus and ram leaves that refers to antiquity, and on the other Arte Povera because it is partly cement. She was polychrome.