From military school, to enrollment in law school, to a stint in a New York fashion house—an unpleasant experience that gave him the resolve never to work for anyone else again—the French born Pascal Boyer took many detours along the way to becoming the successful and highly esteemed antiques dealer he is today
It was by lucky happenstance, (for both him and us!), that the somewhat “adrift” Boyer noticed the high prices NYC galleries and vintage shops were already commanding in the late 1990s for French 20th century furniture. One only has to look back at auction prices for the likes of Paul Dupré-Lafon and Jean-Michel Frank to see how hot French furniture had already become! He felt confident that his expertise and family connections, (he had brothers in the trade), could eventually land him similar prices. Thus began a life-long passion which took him from the French flea markets to the trade shows, from the opening of a Beacon NY shop, and in 2004, to the creation of what we now know as the spectacular Pascal Boyer Gallery.
While he is well beyond his humble flea market beginnings now—light years beyond we should say—Boyer’s curatorial approach has not wavered, “I strictly buy what I would put in my house. If I can’t put it in my living room, I can’t defend it.”
Along with Boyer’s undeniably elevated taste, we’re pleased to say he’s managed to retain a wonderfully disarming modesty that makes a trip to the Pascal Boyer Gallery a true delight.
Recently Boyer’s six year old son asked him: “What do you do?” Boyer tells us he deemed an answer of “antiques/art dealer” too obnoxious. After some consideration, he finally told his son: “I recycle son, I recycle.”
Needless to say, we here at WIJW, (along with a great bevy of top list PB clients), are convinced that Boyer’s wares are well worth recycling!
On my visit to the Pascal Boyer Gallery I was particularly taken by a few lacquer and gilt bronze pieces by French decorator and furniture designer Raffel Raphael.
I’m pictured (top) at the gorgeous Pascal Boyer Gallery—we’re thinking this would make a super chic WIJW office, what do you think? I’m sporting (top) a pale pink silk jacket by Tom Ford, Gucci silk butterfly print shirt, brown silk tie by Ralph Lauren, Uniglo white jeans, Gucci python belt with silver double horse head buckle, Tom Ford silk pocket square and saddle leather loafers, my fragrance is Eau d’Italie’s Paestum Rose.