An Artist’s Touch: Pierre and Anne de Villeméjane’s Scardale Home
Sculptor and painter Anne de Villeméjane’s vision for her family’s home leaned towards a contemporary vibe, executed flawlessly with a serene aesthetic and the couple’s collection of various objets d’art.
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Anne’s sculptures look delicate but convey strength. They are attenuated female figures, toreadors, couples embracing—both small and very large, cast in bronze, cement, even crystal, from the same Hungarian supplier used by Waterford. “They are human figures, but not of the real world,” she explains. They have a dream feeling about them, always very quiet and peaceful, with an inner strength.”
Her trademark sculpture is Fragile. At 400 pounds, the larger-than-life bronze doesn’t look fragile, but she fits the common theme: a woman in contemplation, sitting on a wooden bench, elbows on knees, her chin cupped in her hands. Anne had cast a small one in Boston, “then it kept crossing my mind that I should do it lifesize.” Fragile was cast in a foundry in New York City and assembled from 11 molds. She took a year to complete, and afterward, Anne decided to bring her home, the finishing touch in her new landscape.
She and Robert decided Fragile should rest on a patio outside the glass door at the end of the central corridor. Anne thinks of her as “a subdued, quiet presence, the life force of the house.” Earlier this year, Fragile spent a few weeks away from home, at SCOPE and other exhibits. “My kids were like, ‘We are missing her.’” When Fragile came home from her travels, she went back to her spot on the patio. Anne lights her at night. When Anne closes her studio door at the far end of the corridor, Fragile is reflected in the mirror so that there seem to be two of her, the life force doubled.
A frequent contributor to Westchester Home, Dana White is an avid, if only marginally successful, gardener.