Monday, 29 October 2007

Gallerie C.T. Loo & Cie
an astounding Art gallerie - Museum, settled in a mandarin pagoda

In the heart of the Monceau plain, next to traditionnal Haussmanian buildings, stands an amazing mandarin pagoda.
It was builted in 1926 by the french architect Fernand Bloch for the chinese antics dealer Ching-Tsai Loo.
Ching Tsai Loo was the preeminent dealer of Chinese art and artifacts for the first half of the twentieth century. Starting his business in Paris, Loo was almost single-handedly responsible for introducing early Chinese art—bronzes, jades, paintings—to Western Europe and North America. Because of his connections in Asia, he was able to obtain major pieces for such collectors as J. P. Morgan, Samuel Peters, Alfred Pillsbury, and Henry Clay Frick from eras never before represented in the West.
Built over an ancient Louis-Philippe townhouse, the gallerie C.T. Loo & Cie remains up to date the oldest asian art gallerie in Paris , and the only genuine chinese house in the capital. With its 600m² and its six levels, it offers a unic architectural framework with an internal decors astoundingly refined: an original moon door, 16th and 17th century lacquered woodworks, an art deco glass ceiling, a superb 18th and 19th century sculpted wood galleria, a lacquered and wood elevator... and a delightfull zen atmosphere, where time seemed to have left its fingerprints...

In this unique setting, you'll meet numerous private french and foreigners (notably americans), collectors, families but also designers interested by the contemporary chinese lacquered furniture this company is producing. Take your pick... a 19th century oakwood bench (1.500€), a superb 18th century silk painting representing court ladies for 5.500€, Han and Wei period archeological ancient terracotas or a two piece set of chinese mahogany Hongmou armchairs fro 18.000€. Smaller budget collectors will also find interesting pieces like those 18th and 19th century chines prints for a mere 120 to 180€ à piece or lacquered egg shell vases for 100€.

n.b. you can rent out some of the gallerie rooms for a reception, a party , a press conference or even a fashion show...

Gallerie C.T. Loo & Cie
48, rue de Courcelles
75008 Paris
metro : Courcelles, Saint-Philippe du Roule, Montceau
Tel : 01 45 62 53 15
contact: email

Open without appointment on thursday and saturday from 02:00pm to 06:oopm
All other days by appointment only.


picture © Structurae/Jacques Mossot

Sainte-Rita church
Animals Blessing at The Sainte Rita Church

Saint Francis of Assisi is known as the patron saint of animals, birds, and the environment, and it is customary for Catholic churches to hold ceremonies honoring animals around his feast day.

Once every year Reverend DOMINIQUE PHILIPPE, one of Paris most famous Bishops celebrates for Saint Francis of Assisi's feast day an annual Blessing of the Animals Service at the Sainte Rita Church of Paris. Hundreds of people come from all parts of the region and other parts of France (if not further!), bring their animals and pets to be Christened and to receive Reverend Philippe's blessing. Each and every one of the animals receives a personal blessing to guarantee ‘the divine protection’ which makes the faithful owner feels a little more joyful.

At this occasion the church becomes a true Noah's ark and you'll be surprised by the silence all those animals respects during the ceremony.
If you're in the neighbourood on the first Sunday of November (this year it's on the 5th), pay the Sainte-Rita church a visit you won't regret it...

Sunday, November 4th @ 03:30pm Animals Blessing Service
Sainte Rita Gallican Church27, rue Francois-Bonvin
75015 Paris
Tel: 01 47 34 21
Open everyday but Tuesdays from 09:00am to 12:30 noon and from 03:00pm to 07:00pm
sundays from 08:30 to 01:00pm and 03:30pm to 07:00pm

Metro : Sèvres-Lecourbe or Volontaires