About us

Established in 2010, the Oscar Graf gallery is devoted to French, British and American furniture and works of art from 1870 to 1914. We present famous designers such as Edouard Lièvre and Emile Reiber for the French Japonist movement, Christopher Dresser and Edward William Godwin for the Aesthetic Movement, Charles Rennie Mackintosh and Frank Lloyd Wright for the Arts & Crafts and finally Henry Van de Velde and Hector Guimard, pioneers of Art Nouveau.
This period is considered the birth of modern 'Design', when a few audacious artists reinvented architecture and decorative arts altogether. The British were undoubtedly the first. By combining exotic or historic influences and true modernism, Godwin designed, as early as 1867, what became one of the most famous pieces of furniture of the XIXth century. Then came Dresser's incredible teapots of 1879 and Mackintosh's futuristic tea rooms chairs...
After opening his first gallery on the Quai Voltaire in 2011, Oscar Graf is now at 15 rue de Seine, in the Saint-Germain quarter. We attend international art fairs such as TEFAF Maastricht, TEFAF New York Spring, PAD London, and formerly La Biennale des Antiquaires in Paris, The Salon of Art & Design in New York and Brafa in Brussels. Our objective is to present small selections of historically important and well-documented pieces by early modernist designers until the beginning of World War I. We have worked with several international institutions such as the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, the Musée d'Orsay, the Louvre Abu Dhabi and the Victoria and Albert Museum.