Interview: Julien Segard - Booth 26 alley 1 Paul Bert booth 26 alley 5 Serpette

© Sonia Sieff
© Sonia Sieff

Sensitive antiques dealer and assiduous bargain hunter, it is through the contact with objects and people that Julien Segard reveals himself. On its two booths, discover a beautiful selection of great designers's pieces of the twentieth century that will always surprise you ...

What is your background ?

First, I studied at the Hotel School, then I immediately joined a big event company for which I was led to decorate trade shows and events. We had an antiquities rental subsidiary, which allowed me to discover this universe in its huge warehouse filled with objects from around the world and from all times. In the early 2000's, I started within even from this company, to buy pieces that I sold on Ebay. After 6 or 7 years, I decided to work alone by starting to unpack in the streets of Paris. Quickly, I arrived at the flea market where my way of working has changed. Instead of buying large quantities of furniture, I concentrated on more important pieces. I arrived in Serpette directly because one of my friends who was there invited me to come and take a booth with him. I realized that Paul Bert Serpette was a high-end market and that I had everything to learn. After 6 months, I left to go to continue my training at the Jules Valles market. I then moved to Paul Bert where I shared a stand of 12m2, then I took a booth alone. At the fleas, I learned a lot, working hard and getting up early

How do you envision the Antiques trade?

I chose this job because I am someone who likes to move and travel to discover another pieces and meeting people. I need to see the objects, to touch them, to understand them. It's a job in which we never stop learning, which is a great added value. Fleas are for me the only place of sale, I completely abandoned internet. I think you really have to be live with the objects, that's why I go everywhere, get up very early in the morning to go shopping in all the Antiques Market and on provincial unpacking which are great places of supply.

What is your speciality ?

I began by selling 20th century pieces, so I have affinities with this period, especially the 1940's to 1970's, but I try to open myself to many other things. Beyond the period, I look especially at the quality of the object and its beauty. If I find it of an extraordinary design, I buy it. My tastes have evolved and today I do not buy at all what I bought before. When we are looking for pieces, we can be touched by all kinds of things. In this job some objects give us real emotions and sometimes I'm sad to sell them. I try to escape from that although it is sometimes difficult. What's important in life is to focus on people, on the land, but not on the material

Why did you choose to settle in Paul Bert Serpette?

For me it was important to come here because there is something special. It's a market both charming and upscale I'm attached to this market because I learned a lot. I like to talk with others Antiques dealers, see the news because I buy a lot directly to Paul Bert Serpette I even learned that you could buy from merchants much more important than oneself.

Is there an object on your stand that you wish to highlight?

I recently acquired a necessary for chimney in beaten iron dated 1940. It represents a monk who supports the small shovel, the broom, the log pliers. It is very amusing. It is the first time that I see this object of my life. This is exactly the type of piece I'm looking for. It's the kind of piece you have to find at the flea market because you can not find it anywhere else. People come here to find incongruous objects. This aspect is essential for the Market reach.