Carmen Franko featuring Timur Ernst Akhmedov


Louis XV’s reign spanned much of the 18th century and his prestige extends till today. Interestingly the one figure who possibly had the most influence on style and decor during this period was the highly fascinating Marquise de Pompadour, a mistress of the king whose impact spread beyond simply the aesthetic to the political. The richly ornate French Rococo style that flourished under her hand contained themes from the mystical Far East. This was a time of fluid and fragile authority with old institutions facing liberalizing notions of freedom and reason. This was a time of change. The curved lines of the furniture’s form decked with plant life, petals and flowers, evokes a living shape, dynamic, like the time in which it was born.

The whimsy of Timur Ernst Akhmedov’s piece The Hunter can not only be seen in its bold color in a sky of speckled gold but also in the shapes and what appears to be a floating boat held aloft by playful balloons.

One wonders what the hunter at the center of the piece is actually hunting.  There is a musical quality to this piece, it appears to visually hum with a soft music we can just hear.  Vines and stems reach up into the cloud of balloons turning them simultaneously into the petals of flowers.

With Timur’s Hunter extending across the chest, it is as if the character wishes to raise off the undulating plane of wood into the room.  At the same time painting stretches around the piece and back to the origin of the furniture with it’s own themes of nature, petals and flowers.

The spirit of the Marquise de Pompadour has been reincarnated as has the body of her work in this modern conversation that spans centuries.  This is not just a piece of furniture it is a living work of art and history that invites you to engage with.

97 l x 89 h x 49 w (cm), ca 35 kg with marble top

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