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IS THE VOGUE "OF THE ANTIQUE ABOUT TO PASS? Yes, Declare the Supporters of the New Decorative Art Movement in France, Among Whom Is Douce t I'ahis, November 1. IS the vogue for collecting antiques passing? Is the Interest that has been concentrated therein about to be transferred to the cultivation of a now stylo of decoration? That this 1b happening Is the opinion of the most vigorously progressive artistic group In Paris, several members of which have already suited the action to tho word In entering the Held. Thero Is no longer n king In France to further the arts by his patronage ind set his seal of approval upon a cer tain style, but wealthy men are now awakening to a theme in which artists have for some time been absorbed and by their orders for Fpcclal designs are opening up a wider Held than existed In the old days. Not many months ago nil Paris was astir over the dispersing of one of Its most famous collections of antiques, that of Jacques Doucet. The question "For what reason?" has often been asked. I had recently the good fortune of finding myself In conversation with Xt Doucet nnd lost no time In put ting,' to him the oft repeated query. Hlstnnswer was the preface to several Interesting conversations on the same subject which 1 have had In the last f i w days. Remember In reading his words that there Is a greater con noisseur of decoration than this man Who has spent his rife collecting, study h g, surounded by the treasures of the a: tistlc past. For some time M. Doucet said he had b ka drawn toward a study of the Im p esslonlst -painters and their succes sors, tho so-called Post-Impresslonlsts. Tho best work by these artists attracted him by the beauty of Its strength so much more than the works of the past that he gradually experienced a change In his principles. He realized that In estimating the value of the art of the past he, like many others, had been mis 'od. The defect of modern decoration ay in this fury of things of the past, heir collecting nnd copying, leaving no time for developing an art of the pres ent day. When the "bcl age" of Greece was surrounded by its colored statues all was fresh und guy, Ttie .Marquise de I'ompadour and Marie Antoinette and .fosephlno made their coiffure's and their plays nnd divorces in scenes that )Vero bright und new us well as sump tuously fashioned. To be surrounded constantly by n setting thnt requires dust and moth holes to muku Its lieuuty tompletc, Doucet finds, Is to be ex posed to a weakening moral Influence, "Make the things of tho prese.nt ns beautiful as those of the past; In thnt respect only copy them. Forget the quantity, think of the quality of tho output; correct, In other words, tho ' crying sin of thu day. (This last from a Fronchman to Frenchmen. What would ho say to our factories In Mich igan?) Seek for a thing of beauty, Uot ,a new style; the new style will Ind Itself, The beauty of antiques, .vhen they have no special personal I association, Is seen to best advantage ' 'n museums, where they may bo eon j mltcd. Kvery new style Is n out growth of another, following the needs at the day. M. Doucet Is occunvlng himself with lilt? wvuut w. ..v., tin iiipiitiihn l,la f.rnn n tin rt ment . vhlrh Im tiuu1 . n-nnn .if ....... I .. I . I 4 . j'.Wipty save for a bed and a bathtub. Curiously enough, at Just about tho (time of tho Doucet sale of antiques an "'Interesting loan exposition of modern f French artB and crafts was In prog- CrxVist Art in . EoorWa.y Fcde o gSf j' k J JOS I " "deception Poom Furnishings. I ress In several historic houses lent for the purpose to that indefatigable or ganizer the Countess do Ureffhule. The Iden, carried out too hurriedly for I the bent results, gave n somewhat more popular Impetus thrqugh the few surprises It contulned to n movement which had already a strong following In ocrtnln quarters. First of all, the movement has noth ing to do with art nouveau; it might be said to be In reaction or opposition to that unhappy phase if elsewhere than In Jewelry enough Importance had ever leen given It by serious peo ple to warrant such an assertion, In asmuch as strength rather than weak ness nnd suppression of ornament rather than Its cultivation although legitimate ornament Is necessarily not effaced nro the chief points aimed nt by these seekers of n new style. No architecture, either of Interior or exterior, has suffered like the French from the valuing of ornamentation over construction, nnd it Is therefore nat ural that the most vigorous movement In an opposite direction should ema nate from It. Tho French decorative movement Is of a much higher and more serious order than thnt of Munich, with which It has nothing In common. In Its ef fort for strength the Munich school seems to sacrifice almost everything else; If ugliness is strength Its prod ucts generally have the result In their square lines and strong colors. All the Frenchmen with whom I have talked about the new movement use tradition ns their base; with the Germans the bizarre seems to be the goal. An amusing story Is told by a wealthy Frenchman who called In a designer of the Munich school to make him a din ing table. Shortly after the man brought him a design for a table that swung from the celling on chains, the motion of which would uncomfortably recall eating on board ship. There Is at present at the Salon d'Automne nn excellent chance to com pare the work of the French designers with that of the more talked of German school, which gave an exhibition at the same place two years ngo. The Ger- man exhibition attracted interest, hut certainly there were few among the settings that one would wish to live In. In the details there was much that wus good und original und, 1 think, of profit to tho French. Some plans by Hob MalleS.Htcvcns, consistently in the Munich style, glvc'u still nearer Illus tration of the ends of the two schools. out of tho thirty or more designs for rooms ut tho Salon there nro two or threo thut give real promise. It Is a disappointment that the pioneer of tho entlru movement, the architect, Louis Sue, Is not exhibiting tills year. It nppears his plans could be carried out only by pushing, and perfection in such things, according to this brilliant i young enthusiast, Is very slowly arrived ' nt, A French art critic's recent refer-1 enco to the "feverish search" for a ! style has deeply offended. ' Now that the Salon rooms arc at last completed tho viewpoint of the Decorative Art Group begins to make Itself apparent. Many people feel that the talk of "a new style," which Is now occupying Purls, will soon be changed to "the new iMyle." Its most accepted authority, whom I found In his olllco on tho Quul Vol- j talre. Is very hopeful. According to ' M, Sue the moment has arrived when something should bo done In the field of decoration. This present Salon d'Automne, tho II mtL II 1 mK tffll H Wl ft Wew tenth of Its kind, has been lauded by Its academic rivals for tho control of Its anarchistic tendencies, its approach to self-discovery tho decorator's mo ment. The manners nnd customs of our times naturally lead us to tho severo; an uppronch to uco-Greek was notice able to M. Sue In the style to which wo seem to drift, necessarily un outcome, of the Kmplre, the last pure style of decoration In France. The strength of present day painting has compelled at tention after the softness of tho era MKJr Style Dining Eoom. preceding; tho seeking for definition is a sure indication of the stability of the movement, Hut he does not think all that Is being dona at present Is beyond criticism, though It Is certainly inclining toward the development of a rich, simple style, A good point brought out was thnt the finely composed and fashioned mod ern article should be able to tuko Its place in a room bcsldo tho most dis tinguished objects of another ngo. This well defines the discretion of the view point. M. Sue thought the right man Bom rukuuer atbvbms. tiacMiree.TR. r i I may discover tho thing In Cubism. Do not start! Cubism Is the gen eralized term for harmony of line not necessarily In cubes. For that reason ho found the so-culled Cubist room by Andre Mure (which had no more cubes In It than a picture by Cezanne, the patron saint of the Cubist) tho most Interesting of tho exhibit, tho most perfect In Its harmony of lino and color. The theme In this room Is the Ionic volute, simplified In tho furniture, played upon In every variation In the hangings Interesting Specimens of the Work Latest School of Interior Ornamentation Shown at the Autumn Salon and details. The color of the room Is rich blue; the furniture, beautiful In 1U discreet carving, Is painted gray nnd blue. Tho facade of the house by Duchamp Villon, In which this exhibit Is shown, has caused much comment among archi tects and artists who count It the feature of the entire exhibition, though not the most perfect piece of work. In printed hangings Is perhaps found the nearest approich to perfection of the new movement. Some of tho printed window muslins and cretonnes, of beautiful weave, are splendid In their Interpretation of a natural motif in which an artistic avoidance of direct copying Is one of the chief character istics. Paul Polret, under the name of Martlne, has given a surprise In tho beauty of five or six designs out of an exhibit a little too large for Its own suc cess. This remarkable adapter seems to have found his real expression in In terior decorating; little does It matter that the finest of his color schemes are borrowed from Leon Ilakst, While they have carefully avoided tho MR. NEW YORKER ABROAD "Ah, is this Mr. Wllklns?" Inquired the visitor In a small town, grasping the other's hand with a Jerking, nervous shake. He was portly In the equatorial region, had carefully ttlmmed side whis kers, wore a it tie and had the air of a man of authority. Being assured that it was Mr Wllklns, the newcomer con tinued: "I am Mr. New Yorker of tho olllco of Mr. Norton, president of the Na tional Wholesale Company. I'.ve dropped In here on a little visit while on a hurried and extended Western trip to have a little conference about our shipping arrange ments. Mr. Norton was very anxious to i have me see you and talk It over." I Mr. Wllklns greeted the visitor cordially and sat him in a big comfortable chair. The New Yorker seemed anxious to talk. J "Yes,, you know, Mr. Norton Is presl i dent," he said, "but he Is such a bus' man, has so many other Interests, that I, being his coninientl.il man, have to take over the active executive work of his oltlce for the most part. Wonderful busi ness, the National Wholesale Company. So much letter writing alone that we have llfty dictaphones." A discussion begun between the two men about tiado conditions, carload lots, dlfTeientlals, congested freight, excessive demuriuge, discounts and the like. He roic the conversation wus well entered upon the visitor observed with tho air of a one night stand actor: "This Is the first time I have visited your hustling little city, and I must say that I am somewhat surpilsed over its evident rapid growth. 1 had no Idea you had BUch a fine hotel, A monument, no doubt, some wealthy i evident erected. In New York, you know, we have thousands of then i. And some of thorn aro tremen dous, magnificent. The Astor, tho St. Regis, the Ititz-Cai lton, the Waldorf and so on, "Kverythlng In tho world you wunt. Wonder ful, wonderful ! They tear down u fifteen story hotel to put up a forty story one. There's no telling where it will end. Have to do It, though. Five and a half million people there now." "What do you think of our bank build- Ing for a small town?" asked Mr. Wllklns. "It certainly does the town credit. You ought to see the big ones we have in New York, though. The Woolwoith llulldlng, fifty-five stories high ; elevators carry '.III nl ..n b tU.. .... Anna. O K A A fun iuiii it, iiti' iii iikui , m,uviv uiiivm i 1,000 windows ; 750 feet from the pave- ment. There's the Metropolitan it) feet high ; the Municipal nulldlng, a huge pile; the Singer and the rest, "Hy tho way, I notice some rather old homes In your city. There ought to be a lot of that there antique furniture in this I place. My wife, you know, Is quite a col- tin dor mp ns they are called, arc over reuii tc acknowledge the Inspiration given by thoso wonderful stage settings lotr M Dlnphlle's ballet. Which brings us to the Theatn den Arts. No reference to tho present .lib. Ject would be complete without at acknowledgment or what M, Ilouche Its proprietor, has done In furtheran: of an Important branch of the move, ment: the creating of n.modcrn s'yl of French theatre decoration. Cert iln of his Interior settings have, In tiiolt necessarily curtailed manner, been full of a line suggestion. Tho best, by Mux. Imo do Thomas, have led Doucet to th engagement of this artist for the design. Ing of furnishings for his new home. M. do Thomas (himself a wenlthy mm and. until recently a collector) works out his design; he Is surrounded by th finest examples of a past art, which lie says arc Invaluable In firing his miml tlon to surpass them In beauty. lector of old furniture and all that sort of thing. I never could sco much urn- In gathering it up, scouring all over tlir world for Just what you want, spending a lot of money for it ; but It amuses lirr and as long as she derives any pleasure from It I've no kick coming. "I was quite surprised, though, on re turning home the other day to And that she had picked up a genulno Louey XIV from the Chateau d'Oreneaux In France and a genulno Henry VIII. from the Kw son Castle In England. Got 'em In a little store on a side street in New York. Ab solutely authentic record. I tell you, juu can And anything in little old New York If you Just know where to look for It, "There's a big duty on these things Is there much agitation over here about the tariff? It's a serious problem. What a big farce this American Government of ours is any way I Some of these days a mob will form, march right through Iiroadway and swoop down on the Capi tol at Washington and take possesion. It's quite possible. "You have a fairly good street car sjs tern here for the place. The subway's the thing In New York. Seventy-five inll-s of It altogether. Will cost $300,000,000. Can carry 5,000,000 passengers a da Most comprehensive In the world. "1 see In your dally paper here ths' they are raising Culn over the parcels post. That's another big fuko schcm Not much need of It any wuy; you ca havo parcels delivered promptly at low cost anywhere in New York city. Oie.i system of corporations there. "I hope it doesn't rain. I'vo got t make a long Western trip going clear t Pittsburg, you know. Kver been that fa West? Ought to run over to Denver ni-i Milwaukee wife's relatives live then' but I can't spare tho extra day. Wo New Yorkers are kept on the Jump, you know "Speaking of rain: some of these dajs some fellow will Invent a system to cum trol the water fall of the country lift the water from the bay and sprlnklo It ovei New York Just when needed, you know lllg cry ahead, but science is making re markable strides and you never can ten "Ah, boy. Hlng for a tuxl for me, will you. What! No taxi system? Itotten, Well, one may expect such when one gets Into a provincial town like tills. How do you get along, Mr. Wllklns? "Awfully glad I've had this little busi ness talk with you. Mr, Norton very anxious about It. Hope our business rela tions will be closer and more Intlumte Glad Indeed to have had this tulk about your town; I am able to understand your situation over hero exactly and I'll lay It right before Mr. Norton. Ever In New York come right to my houso first thing. Mrs. New Yorker will be delighted to en tertaln you. Good day" too great effort for strength ! German colnrlstc In the rich, clenr of many of their schemes, the Sue g.