Welcome to the Decofanatique website. Like most of you out there with an intense admiration for the enduring style of all that is Art Deco, I share your love.
I have been collecting Art Deco (almost exclusively French) for the past 20 years. While growing my collection, I was also buying, renovating, and selling homes throughout Europe. When I sold my 12th home, once again the buyers wanted to buy all my furnishings, especially my antiques (which I always refused), I finally realized that I might not only be good with unique historic properties, but also have a talent for finding eye-catching antiques.
My collection of French lamps and glass grew to such a size that I finally decided that in order to make room for my family and any new acquisitions (I am not sure in which order) – I had to sell some of my finds. I started off on eBay, and when my lamps began to sell out immediately, and customers were coming back to me with requests for additional items, I concluded that I had the basis for a small, personalized business.
My knowledge has been gained by living in the place where the lamps and glass were produced – France, and talking to everyone: antique dealers, gallery owners, market stall sellers and high-end boutiques, and learning about their products. This knowledge and talent for finding you a bargain did not appear overnight, but was built over twenty years of searching, finding, and bargaining hard to bring you the best of what is available on the French market.
While I tend to buy mostly ceiling lights (I consider them the most beautiful and practical expression of Art Deco), I also buy lampshades (we all need replacement parts now and then), table and wall lights, vases, bowls, and perfume/vanity sets. But every now and then I will bring you a rare and wonderful surprise like a genuine 1930s bull fight poster, Christofle crystal from the period, or a sterling silver salt and pepper set still in its original packaging from a long-gone Parisian shop.
I sell my lamps with the original wiring. However, due to its age, the existing seventy or eighty years’ old wiring has to be replaced (which is part of the charm of buying a real part of history but is better replaced once it has been admired). I leave this to you, as each country has different wiring requirements and hardware. Please check your local regulations.
Finally, and quite importantly, you are buying unique objects which are ART in its true meaning of the word. As such, they have also become an excellent investment. Enjoy the site!