Talitha Marco – Director
“La mode se démode, le style jamais.” Coco Chanel
‘It is not enough to know your craft – you have to have feeling. Science is all very well, but for us, imagination is worth far more,’ Édouard Manet.
Scholar of the arts, literature and history, Talitha distinguished herself in all the national and international universities she attended. She is currently preparing studying her PHD to further develop and expand her academic knowledge.
She continued her professional path working under the guidance of some of Perth’s leading entrepreneurs and her family’s building and design company.
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Then, equipped with a strong research inclined background in history, philosophy, literature and the arts, Talitha began to import European antiques and sell her pieces online.
‘Louis XIV is my most adored historical figure for his pioneer architectural and cultural accomplishments rather than political. Also, for his incredible foresight and contributions for the Modern French tourism economy,’ Talitha.
Noticing an increase in requests from her interior design clientele for authentic European Antique furniture, Talitha opened her first gallery, a small boutique in West Perth.
Here, she formulated a new business plan to specialise in purely authentic European vintage and antique furniture, then to search for the perfect location for her growing business.
On the 8th of March 2016, the dream came true: the new gallery Talitha Marco European Antiques opened its doors to the public, after Talitha and her team spent over 15 months restoring her C. 1906 Claremont Church Gallery.
Talitha and her team travel from Perth to France, Italy and through Europe regularly to meet with their trusted merchants, keeping a base in Paris, Talitha’s second home.
‘I have a great team to work with including a master European restorer, an innovative designer and a legal research secretary. We all have a great passion for what we do and we love working together. We also have a certain fondness for the preservation of European antiques’.
“I feel great pleasure to act as almost a preserver and perpetuator of history and memory conveyed through the items we find throughout our travels and source for our clientele. It’s truly a joy to watch a memory be sparked through a brief glance at an object and thus, history be relived in present day-time.
European history is filled with grandeur, extravagance, utter demise and victory, which is spectacularly still alive and bustling. A simple stroll through our gallery reveals this.” Talitha.
Ignazio Ibba – Director
“What is fair in men, passes away, but not so in art.” Leonardo da Vinci.
Born in the beautiful Mediterranean Island of Sardinia, Italy, Ignazio moved to Australia and assisted in planning and undertaking the restoration works of Claremont Congregational Church.
Drawing from his background as an Italian master builder, Ignazio worked with Talitha’s team to turn a dilapidated, neglected heritage building into a renewed European Antique and Furniture Gallery in Perth.
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He assured the building’s Romanesque, Gothic styling was preserved rather than modernised, and placed particular importance on conserving the building’s original structure for future generations to come.
Growing up on a secluded island rich with culture and tradition, Ignazio started learning old-world craftsmanship from his grandfather; one of the most renown Saddlery experts in the region. It was here, Ignazio’s fondness for antiquities and hand-made craftsmanship began.
In his late 20’s, with a young family of his own and an accounting degree under his belt, Ignazio developed his own restoration and building company; Ibba Installazioni. Working with fellow craftsmen with the same goal in mind to restore and build, his skills and mindset for development continued to soar.
Over the years, Ignazio has travelled all over the world and his business has provided him with a stunning landscape to discover and aid his education of history and antiques.
One particular job that has always stuck in Ignazio’s mind was when he worked for a client, 15 years ago, on a historic re-development. During ground works, Ignazio and his father discovered a Sardinian tomb filled with artefacts that were later handed over to archaeologists in Rome.
“My father and I were amazed at what we found. Once the tomb was opened, the bones were near dust. There were many ornaments and jewellery in there that were estimated to be thousands of years old. It was at this moment that I recognised that this business was meant for me”. Ignazio.
Keeping his base in Italy, Ignazio’s talents for sourcing merchants is wonderfully illustrated in the rare and stunning items he brings home.
He currently divides his time working as the Director with the Talitha Marco Gallery and as a Building Project Supervisor for their family building and design company, Coastline Group.
Ian Graydon – Designer
“Architecture should speak of its time and place, but yearn for timelessness” Frank Gehry.
Working as an established designer nationally and locally in Perth, Ian has developed a deep appreciation for European Influenced design which is visually translated into his projects.
Chief designer of the Talitha Marco Gallery sister company, Last Detail Design, Ian creates all design concepts for the businesses’ commercial and residential property developments.
He has restored local heritage buildings in Perth including The Melbourne Hotel and developed countless modern designs drenched with European fare for the businesses’ property portfolio.
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Ian works closely with Talitha and Ignazio whilst they all travel together to Europe to curate their furniture collections. With a definite eye for detail, Ian has developed what he calls an ‘antique scanning system,’ where he checks each proposed piece for purchase in great detail.
“In Paris especially, my senses are completely overloaded with just truly astonishing feats of design conveyed through the furniture and artefacts we come across. Visiting our merchants after their winter shopping escapades you will find some really incredible pieces! 19th Century. statuary crammed against extremely rare religious artefacts, covered in 17th Century tapestries, finds like this are common and never fail to entice our excitement.
As Talitha and Ignazio are translating and negotiating with our merchants, it is my duty to heavily ‘scan’ and photograph each piece for defects, hallmarks, authenticity clues and durability. As stunning as a 17th Century Parisienne chaise with original upholstery is, it may not always be functional for our Western Clientele who are usually after newer, functional pieces with an aged patina.” Ian.
One of his favourite antique finds in France being a particularly rare series of 19th Century Christofle silver cutlery moulds, Ian favours modern designers such as Frank Gehry known for his ability to break boundaries and incorporate various forms of architectural influence into his projects.
Ian’s favoured Gehry building being the Guggenheim in Spain which broke away from traditional neo-classical style whilst still including Modern European design features combined with his signature style.
“It’s especially great to see an influx of appreciation of European design through the pieces we bring over in our westernised culture. We take so much influence from their predecessors yet rarely we look into the true form of its history. By importing all these beautiful pieces, I believe we are expanding the nature in which we can learn from history.” Ian.