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James Andrew at the Pascal Boyer Gallery

James Andrew at the Pascal Boyer Gallery

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.

At the Pascal Boyer Gallery

At the Pascal Boyer Gallery


At the Pascal Boyer Gallery

At the Pascal Boyer Gallery


At the Pascal Boyer Gallery

At the Pascal Boyer Gallery

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.

Jacques Adnet

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Details are important in design. Every element right down to the smallest accessory has to strengthen and enhance a point of view that I’ve established for an interior. To this end I’m always on the hunt for strong pieces to support the work I’m doing, and I often turn to my favorite furniture designers for that perfect piece. One of those designers is the legendary Jacque Adnet. He always used the the most sumptuous materials in the crafting of his sleek modernist objects, and many of his versatile designs are suitable for luxe minimalist spaces as well as for adding a bit of a modern edge to a high style traditional interior.

I’m crazy about this lamp I came across at the super chic Pascal Boyer gallery.

With its unique organic almost classical iron and brass stand and interesting amorphous shade, it will be playing an important supporting role in an upcoming James Andrew interior.

I’m sporting a navy cotton pique jacket by Gucci gucci.com, a red, white and navy linen pocket square from Bergdorf Goodman ,Turnbull and Asser red and white cotton striped shirt with contrast white collar and French cuffs, silver pearl and pale blue sapphire Seaman Schepps cufflinks, Hermes “blue jeans” blue leather belt with silver buckle, Gucci cotton khaki pants, navy suede loafers and white leather bag both by Gucci, and vintage cartier.com tank watch from Raj Tolaram.

The Versatile Cabinet

Making the rounds of my favorite galleries, I stopped by the always delightful Pascal Boyer Gallery to peruse its extensive selection of French furniture by noted designers. Today I came across a fantastic Jacques Adnet cabinet with parchment covered doors. Adnet’s classic pieces are recognized for their fine and unusual materials such as exotic woods and Hermes leathers. His work can always find a way into the interiors I create, and I am thinking this piece would make the perfect focal point for a really exceptional interior. Aside from its obvious beauty this versatile cabinet is nicely functional and would be the perfect media storage cabinet.

I am wearing a black wool flannel jacket by Gucci, Tom Ford shirt in black and white cotton stripes, Seaman Schepps black pearl cufflinks, Turnbull and Asser grey and black silk polka dot pocket square, Gucci window pane plaid wool pants, Hermes “blue jeans” blue leather belt, Lanvin teal/turquoise suede sneakers.