Eye on Art Series: The Collector’s Perspective

October 19, 2020

Art has been at the center of Callender Howorth from the very beginning.

As a former art gallery owner himself, Mark Howorth’s passion for art has expressed itself through his interior designs and continues to be the epitome of inspiration for Callender Howorth.

The Eye on Art Series is a collection of interviews from the lens of four international artists and gallery owners to give us a deeper insight to their perspectives on art and the origins of their inspiration.

From ancient art treasures to contemporary art, the underlying philosophies and interpretations immerses us into a storied dialogue where we can harness the timeless wisdom and sensibility to generate a new context of ideas of the world in which we live in.


Beryl Cavallini, Ancient Art Collector and President of Galerie Golconda.

How long have you been collecting and selling art?

I am more considered as a Collector compared to a dealer. I dedicate a lot of time to find the right object rather than selling. What I am looking after is to create and organise a beautiful collection of rare and very decorative pieces that can be exhibited in the art gallery but also in my houses.

I personally buy all the pieces I sell, I make no consignment, this obliges me to look only after outstanding quality. I have been collecting since I was 18, so it is more than 40 years that I accumulate beautiful artworks, however the gallery in St Paul was opened two decades ago. My story is a long run story of great passion that reflects many years at university, thousands of books on my shelves, houses full of treasures like museums.

Medieval Indian and Thai beauties taking to Chinese Neolithic vases.

We offer clients the opportunity to pick up inside a fantastic and eclectic selection of more than 2000 pieces, all absolutely ancient and certified coming from the the best provenances.

What is your definition of great art?

I do not really consider the idea of “great art” compared to other categories. Art must be a moment of emotion, which can vary. You can find poetry in a piece, or you can be attracted by its rarity, or its story and provenance. Then you also have the aesthetic part; materials, colours, patina.

A Sowei Helmet Mask from Sierra Leone from the collection of Joseph Mueller in Geneva.

There are so many elements that can make an artwork Great.

I would say for whatever reason, a piece needs to send you some vibration. And if this vibration is out of time and universal, then you can be sure you are in front of a masterpiece. Probably we could say the bases for great are worldwide universality and intense vibration.

What expressions or meaning do you want your art to convey in your art gallery?

There is an important word in the field of archaeology and it is authenticity.

Very tall Chinese Tang guardian of a tomb from the Metropolitan Museum of New York.

I only speak of and show objects of absolute authenticity.  This means very few repairs, and thorough tests and controls. The objects should be well representative of their period.

I avoid late productions that are often of a less genuine inspiration however, I do like frontier pieces belonging to different inspirations. Another point is to show pieces that are worth the investment. We specialise in high quality art, pieces that are not fashionable and so universal that they can cross the waves of fashion.

Head bought during its Grand Tour in Italy in 1746 by Earl John Spencer and formerly belonging to the family of Lady Diana at Althorp. Giaconda Gallery

Our clients are all top level VIP’s, they are successful people who know the value of money. They buy at Galerie Golconda¬† because they can rely on my taste and experience. The taste is the result of a long experience and to have good taste you must be able to reach great coherency. Many objects are fine, it is when we mix them that they can become desperately frightening. To make a good collection is also an art inside art.

Any main inspirations?

I like pieces that are clean, that can speak to you directly and immediately say what they are.

Remojadas Mexican terra cotta head from Musee Jacques Chirac.

Artwork, very skilful using high or new techniques and with a great look, is also more interesting. I like to see the work of tine on them, patinas, small accidents of their life. I enjoy eclectic houses like the Italians and French ones with a contemporary background which is classic and not too strong. A house is also a mood, and I do not like when architecture is so prominent that you cannot think of something else.

I love beautiful fabrics, colourful paintings that send a good mood to your mind. Houses should be airy and luminous to help keep you healthy. And masterpieces are there to help your mind work better. We definitely need inspirational houses to become more creative people.

Where can we find your artwork or pieces?

The Grand Salon at Galerie Golconda showing a selection of Apulian red and blackware vases fromthe 4th century BC. Formerly collection of French painter Bernard Buffet. The furniture comes from the French Royal Chateau of Versailles and Fontainebleu.

We mainly present the pieces in our gallery in St Paul de Vence, a medieval listed house in the heart of this marvelous village on the Cote d’Azur. By appointment only.

For online sales a full dossier is provided with HD photos and certificates.

Galerie Golconda – Saint Paul de Vence, FRANCE

www.galeriegolconda.com , email: presidente@galeriegolconda.com Tel: +33 (0)6 30 39 46 61

Next up in the Eye on Art Series is The Sculptor’s Perspective.