|The front of the invitation to the Charles Plante Fine Arts|
exhibit at Mallett New York
Charles Plante is a London-based specialist dealer in European and American watercolors and drawings of architecture, gardens, interiors, and design of the neoclassical period, circa 1760-1840. He has brought several hundred of his works to Mallett's gallery in New York, where they are displayed beautifully throughout the gallery's first-floor rooms, hung salon style.
|Mr. Plante standing amongst his delightful|
framed pictures on exhibit at Mallett New York
Photograph by Boy Fenwick
Mr. Plante specializes in dealing in diminutively scaled works featuring a wide variety of subjects, and his pictures are beautifully framed using period or period-reproduction frames as well as period-appropriate, beautifully done French and eglomise matting.
As readers of this blog well know, Reggie has a weakness for little things, and so he was delighted to find himself at Mr. Plante's opening reception at Mallett. While there I had the chance to meet and speak with Mr. Plante and learned that he is an American by birth, educated both here and in England, and has made his home and career in England since 1988. He is passionate about his profession and the works he deals in and was quite jolly and pleasant when we spoke with him.
|The interior of the Charles Plante Fine Arts gallery in London|
Image courtesy of same
Works on display at the Plante exhibit at Mallett are priced very attractively, starting as low as $875 for a tiny picture and ranging up to $32,000 for the generously scaled watercolor featured on the exhibit's invitation, shown at the top of this post. Most of what is on display at the show is very reasonably priced (as these things go) in the $1,000-$3,000 range. Tempting, indeed!
|The invitation resting on the base of a |
marble and gilt bronze candlestick
at Mallett New York
Photograph by Boy Fenwick
Reggie recommends that you, Dear Reader, consider visiting Mallett during the show of Charles Plante's pictures, which runs through March 31st. He is confident that you will be enchanted by it, as he was. Be forewarned, however: given how charming and attractively priced Mr. Plante's pictures are, you may well feel compelled to buy something if you go, as Reggie was sorely tempted to last evening.
But you'd better get there soon, as the exhibit will likely sell out quickly.
Charles Plante Fine Arts at
929 Madison Avenue
New York, New York 10021
Please note: Reggie has received nothing in return for writing this review (except several glasses of champagne and a nibble or two at the reception), nor does he expect to. He is writing it solely for the edification and pleasure of his readers.
Reggie, What fun. I love the room pictured on the invitation -ReplyDelete
How fabulous! As I am not a watercolorist, I have a deep appreciation for these remarkable pictures. I would think it would be difficult to choose a favorite.ReplyDelete
Dear Reggie, those pictures look absolutely stunning. I love the effect of them all hung together like that. I know realise I don't have nearly enough pictures after seeing this. Hope all's good with you xxReplyDelete
Well now, if you didn't make us go visit both Mr. Plante's site as well as the Mallett site. The latter's collection of mid-century glass is stunning. Droolworthy.ReplyDelete
Thank you for the outstanding tip!
Seems to me Reggie has been "out and about" quite frequently as of late. Things must be looking up at his investment bank!ReplyDelete
Love the way the "little things" have been displayed but wouldn't want to be the one patching up the holes! Can't wait to see what you picked...(you just got one, right?)
Love the disclaimer, "Nothing in return" for writing such an eloquent post....adore the fabulousness of it all and it reminds me of the 80's when things were flush. Perhaps things are looking up. All the doom and gloom does give nothing in return but one humongous headache, besides, I do like pretty pictures, creating and collecting them.ReplyDelete
Reggie I would love to visit Charles Plante Fine Arts to see this incredible collection of small works.ReplyDelete
Art by Karena
Looks fabulous!! I love Mallett but can't usually even dare to look in there - you're right, these are very reasonably priced, especiailly by Mallett standards!! I'm going to try and go on Monday!!ReplyDelete
I'd take the world's tiniest 19c interior over a roomfulReplyDelete
of Jeremiah Goodmans any day of the week.
I love their gallery in London, I always stick my snout in the door whenever I'm passing. Alas right now I am saving for a whole new slate and horsehair roof.ReplyDelete
Thanks for the edification! Delightful!ReplyDelete
Keep up the good work Reg!ReplyDelete