Dealer in curios and textiles
Virginie Chorro grew up in Bordeaux, surrounded by antiquities hunted by her father, a knick-knack dealer in the rue Bouffard. She opened her own shop, L’art d’aimer, in 2006, facing the Jules Vallès market, and just inaugurated a second stall on the Paul Bert market. A new space where she can display her talent in baroque settings.
You are famous for your selections of ancient textiles. Where does that passion come from?
Ever since I was a child, my father has welcomed me into his universe. He let me choose paintings and objects, and shaped my taste. His first shop, next to our house in Castillon-la-Bataille, was filled with goods from the Middle-Ages to the XVIIIth century. Just pushing the door was enough to enter another world.
The taste for textiles came very early, when my father acquired costumes from the Grand Théâtre in Bordeaux. We had a ritual: on Sundays, he let me choose a costume and dress up. I would then put them away, like trophies, in my treasure chest. On the landing stood two wooden armchairs, [now guarding the shop’s entrance] –from a church, I believe– on which I would sit enthroned and tell myself stories. As an only child, I would build a hut with two Louis XVI armchairs and a cashmere wrap. Fabric has always been important in my life; it is a question of touch, of sight, of sense. It triggers off old memories. I am also interested in objects: small animal pieces, trinkets from the XVIIIth and XIXth centuries. I can just as well melt for a nice 1925 glass piece, for Art nouveau curves, a wood marquetry, or for 1940s objects. On the other hand, I am quite insensitive to contemporary art, too rectilinear and geometrical for me!