The first time I saw and bought one of these modernist perpetual calendars was during dealer set-up at a Pier Show in the 1990s. I don’t remember who I bought it from, but I loved it. I remember as soon as I put it out in our glass showcase for sale, the husband and wife, modernist design, duo Nora & John from Bizarre Bizarre walked up and bought it immediately for whatever price I blurted out. I regretted selling it immediately, and even considered buying it back from them, but they sold it during the opening of the show (of course). For the next 10+ years I looked for another one, with no success. Finally at a Palm Springs Modernism fair, I spotted one during set-up (that’s when all the deals happen) and asked a price. I was shocked when the gentleman with the "junky" booth said $750! I started to walk away, but then remembered how long it had taken me to find another one, so I turned around and bought it. 

Somehow during a move it got “stuck" in a box and was only recently unearthed during a spring cleaning. I had always attributed the design to Bruno Munari, but I could never find documentation of that. While packing it up for this auction, I posted it on Instagram, just a quick abstract kind of shot, and almost immediately a dealer from Belgium dm’d me and said "nice Tilche”. I was like “Who?" So I immediately Googled "Tilche magnetic calendar" and there it was! Paulo Tilche “TiTe” calendar for his own design store in Milan, Arform, 1956. So we have come full circle with this one, and I hope the next owner loves it as much as I did!

Curatorial Alchemy

Our paths first crossed, unknown until many years later, at an intimate yet bustling wedding reception in a south Chicago apartment. This was probably 30 years ago, perhaps even the same year a new gallery, Torno Wright, opened at the end of my street to a fanfare of Eames, heralding new changes to come. Criss-crossing breezes of chance encounters, meandering spirits, hazy focus of time and space, of enthusiasm and knowledge sought, now united again in the same city.

That same serendipity, prompting impulse and discovery, guided welcome reward in the crucible of that great industrial city, still littered with the artefacts of the American mid-century. It was within this uneven yet fertile terrain, hidden slightly below surface, that Patrick’s intuitive talent—honed first as photographer then embellished as artist—would treasure the valuable neglected as passionate collector, and then as the inspirational dealer that I was to meet again, years later in New York City.

If asked to select one word to describe Patrick, I would resist and pick two. The first would be curiosity—a fundamental essential, to stimulate inquiry and rigour in all things, both great and small, of any era or region, type or surface. Even the most fleeting survey of this selection for sale is a celebration of innovation and of inspiration—an unerring eye for the unusually exceptional, or perhaps the exceptionally unusual. The chances are, that these are indeed discoveries that you have not yet realized that you needed to make.

Mentor, would be my second word. If artefacts and objects articulate visual, cultural and historic language, then the fluency of skillful mentorship—to guide, nurture, describe and explain—releases the eloquence of murmuring histories. In this capacity Patrick is that most earnest and sincere of excellent narrators. If ever I had friends, clients or colleagues visiting New York looking for unusual inspiration, there was always the certainty that Patrick’s gallery would offer them a glimpse of the hitherto unseen or the unusually seductive, always with the reassurance of the most fascinating story waiting to be told.

Mentorship and curiosity, when balanced in equal measure, reveal the precious alchemy of a curator. And it is the duty of the mature curator to discern and detect, to cultivate change, and from there to pioneer, and to share. Innovation is never static, and the Present is already the Future. Fresh dialogs evolve, energies to be nurtured, opportunities to be guided. Renewed and re-orientated, Patrick now faces fully forward—as benefactor, interlocutor and mentor to a new, inquisitive generation of talented creators, and the quest for discovery rejuvenates.

— Simon Andrews