Interview : Patrick Gressler

"My specialty is being out of time"

Rare and atypical pieces, it is a very special universe that Patrick Gressler offers each weekends. This confirmed antiques dealer invites you to rediscover classical pieces of the 17th and 18th centuries, but always endowed with a touch of originality.

What is your background ?

I have always loved antiques and it seemed natural to me to do this job. I learned it by doing, but I also studied the history of art. I started working with great merchants. I had several galleries, in Aix en Provence, on the Ile de Re, in London, and I also did art fairs. I always thought that one day I would settle at the flea market because I found the atmosphere fun. I found it exciting to be in the middle of other merchants and renew my merchandise every week. I wanted to change my work methods.

What is your speciality ?

I present classical pieces from the 17th and 18th centuries, with a preference for the 17th because it is an inventive and sober period. I also exhibit paintings from late 19th and early 20th because I love this period.
The pieces I choose are always a bit peculiar. This is not some classic that you can seen elsewhere. I always have things a little offbeat and original. I try to find the peculiarity that will make the difference and that will stir the curiosity of people who are not necessarily interested in these periods. Pieces from my booth fit perfectly into a contemporary decor.
I have not always presented this type of objects. I started by selling 1930's furniture, when it was not yet fashion. Visually, these pieces brought me to the 18th and 17th centuries. My specialty is being out of time.

What does Paul Bert Serpette represent for you ?

This is the only flea market that suits me. I like its atmosphere and did not see me settle elsewhere. The merchandise and the antiques dealers are very high level.

Which piece of your booth would you like to highlight?

I have a Corpus Christi from the early 16th century, probably in linden. We call Corpus Christi, a Christ who does no have arms. It is exceptional because he possesses a power and a serenity. The legs are Gothic, quite stiff and the whole upper body is completely humanized. During the Gothic period, we forgot the human to present the spirit, from the Renaissance, they were remembered that Christ was a man, we can feel it on work of art. All the top of this sculpture is mannerist, and the legs have a very gothic raw side. This object straddles the Gothic and the Renaissance and illustrates the transition between these two periods.