Chris Beetles – Wapping & California

The first half of September sees two shows at Chris Beetles’ Ryder Street Gallery (www.chrisbeetles.com)

ROY HAMMOND & THE WAPPING GROUP, 1 – 14 September 2013 (closed Sunday 8 September)

HOUSEBOATS, CHEYNE WALK CHELSEA, THAMES ROY HAMMOND (Born 1934) SIGNED AND DATED 2000 SIGNED, INSCRIBED WITH TITLE AND DATED 2000 ON REVERSE WATERCOLOUR ON TINTED PAPER 12 X 18 1/2 INCHES EXHIBITED:ROY HAMMOND, TRAVELS ON FOUR CONTINENTS, SEPTEMBER 2000, NO 28; 'ROY HAMMOND 2013', SEPTEMBER 2013 £850

HOUSEBOATS, CHEYNE WALK CHELSEA, THAMES
ROY HAMMOND (Born 1934)
SIGNED AND DATED 2000
SIGNED, INSCRIBED WITH TITLE AND DATED 2000 ON REVERSE
WATERCOLOUR ON TINTED PAPER
12 X 18 1/2 INCHES
EXHIBITED: ROY HAMMOND, TRAVELS ON FOUR CONTINENTS, SEPTEMBER 2000, NO 28;
‘ROY HAMMOND 2013’, SEPTEMBER 2013
£850

Roy is one of Chris’s popular gallery artists and is also a member, of some twenty years, of The Wapping Group.  The Group, consisting of twenty-five painters, was established in 1946 with the primary concern of recording the life and flavour of London’s busy docklands.  As times have changed they have expanded their catchment area to cover the river scenes from the estuary upstream as far as Henley.  They meet regularly between April and September to record the river in all weathers.

JOHN CLEESE: THE CALIFORNIA COLLECTION, 4th – 14th September, 2013, (closed Sunday 8 September)

CLOCKWISE, 1986 STUDIO STILLS PHOTOGRAPHER SIGNED BY JOHN CLEESE PHOTOGRAPHIC PRINT 21 X 17 1/4 INCHES PROVENANCE:THE JOHN CLEESE COLLECTION EXHIBITED:'JOHN CLEESE: THE CALIFORNIA COLLECTION 2013', SEPTEMBER 2013  £450

CLOCKWISE, 1986
STUDIO STILLS PHOTOGRAPHER
SIGNED BY JOHN CLEESE
PHOTOGRAPHIC PRINT
21 X 17 1/4 INCHES
PROVENANCE: THE JOHN CLEESE COLLECTION
EXHIBITED: ‘JOHN CLEESE: THE CALIFORNIA COLLECTION 2013’, SEPTEMBER 2013
£450

California’s loss is London’s gain for after twenty years away John Cleese (surely he needs no introduction) has returned to London to live.  Sadly, for him, his art collection is too big for his new home and so he has decided to let others have the chance of living with the works he has enjoyed.  There is a mixture of 19th and 20th Century works in various media as well as Python and film memorabilia.  Some of the artists include John Bratby, Herb Ritts, Henry Moore, Albert Goodwin, Ronald Searle and William Fraser Garden among others.  A wonderful mix indeed!

TRANSHIPMENT TRINIDAD ALBERT GOODWIN, RWS (1845-1932) SIGNED, INSCRIBED WITH TITLE AND DATED 'APRIL 1912' WATERCOLOUR AND BODYCOLOUR WITH PENCIL ON TINTED PAPER 9 1/2 X 13 3/4 INCHES PROVENANCE:THE JOHN CLEESE COLLECTION EXHIBITED:'JOHN CLEESE. THE CALIFORNIA COLLECTION', SEPTEMBER 2013 £22500

TRANSHIPMENT TRINIDAD
ALBERT GOODWIN, RWS (1845-1932)
SIGNED, INSCRIBED WITH TITLE AND DATED ‘APRIL 1912’
WATERCOLOUR AND BODYCOLOUR WITH PENCIL ON TINTED PAPER
9 1/2 X 13 3/4 INCHES
PROVENANCE: THE JOHN CLEESE COLLECTION
EXHIBITED: ‘JOHN CLEESE. THE CALIFORNIA COLLECTION’, SEPTEMBER 2013
£22500

A Queen’s Garden

FROM MARIE ANTOINETTE’S GARDEN

An Eighteenth-Century Horticultural Notebook

Élisabeth de Feydeau

Edited by Alain Baraton

Foreword by Catherine Pégard

240 pages • 100 colour illustrations

Hardcover • ISBN 978-2-08-020142-3

£29.95

Flammarion, September 2013

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 This is a delightful new book that combines plants, gardens and flowers with Marie Antoinette’s lifestyle – a heady mix indeed.  It leads us into the world of the Petit Trianon which provided an escape for the Queen from the rigours of court etiquette and ceremonial.

The chapters take us through various parts of the garden much in the way that Marie Antoinette may have traversed it. Her interest in plants, trees and flowers motivated her to improve the existing gardens and we are fortunate that the watercolours of the herbarium, including some by the great Pierre-Joseph Redouté, still exist.  They are used here to show us some of the specimens the gardens contained. The planting of the garden reflected the interest in new species of plant life as well as more practical purposes such as medicinal remedies and perfumery.

Tuberose - The French Garden

Tuberose – The French Garden

The tour of the garden starts in the formal French Garden which contained irises, hyacinths, Madonna lilies and carnations among other flowers.  The Belvedere was where the Queen held spectacular evening parties amid the Kermes oaks, myrtle and vines.  Like the Temple of Love, situated on an island, surrounded by roses and fragrant trees, it was actually part of the English Garden which with its winding paths and informal plantings of exotic shrubs and trees was the antithesis of formal French gardens of the time.

Cabbage Rose - The Temple of Love

Cabbage Rose – The Temple of Love

Another informal place in the garden was the Wood of Solitude which had meandering paths among trees, including the American Black Walnut and woodland flora.  The last major creation in the garden was the Queen’s Hamlet – a recreation of a Normandy village. The thatched cottages had their own kitchen gardens where vegetables and fruit trees were grown.  It was a place where the Queen would entertain guests in a rustic, informal way. A sylvan escape from the approaching political storm perhaps?

Apricot - The Queen's Hamlet

Apricot – The Queen’s Hamlet

The book is peppered with contemporary descriptions and anecdotes that make it far more than a garden handbook. It is a book that even non-gardeners, like myself, will enjoy so I do hope you will be tempted to get a copy.

A Gentle Reminder – 1st September 2013

Adams Antiques Fairs:

Sunday, 1 September 2013, 10:00 – 16:30 at Royal Horticultural Hall,  London SW1P 2PE

 Antiques press photo (1)    These antique fairs are very popular and deservedly so since a wide range of antiques in all price brackets is available – porcelain, silver, jewellery, oriental works of art, miniatures, small pieces of furniture, lamps and many other things.  If you have not been before do go along!

For future dates look at the website: adamsantiquesfairs.com

New Art & Antiques Fair in Central London – 28 – 31 August 2013

Next week sees the opening of a new Antiques & Fine Art Fair at The Mall Galleries which are situated on The Mall towards the Admiralty Arch end.  The Fair, which is organised by Penman Fairs, aims to celebrate “all things British”.  As you can see from a couple of the images selected I am covering the odds on the weather!

Joan Gillchrest “I knew it would rain when we came on holiday”, oil on paper, £3,800, Wren Gallery @Penmans Art & Antiques, Mall Galleries

Joan Gillchrest “I knew it would rain when we came on holiday”, oil on paper, £3,800, Wren Gallery @Penmans Art & Antiques, Mall Galleries

 Some thirty dealers will be taking part and visitors will find jewellery, militaria, glass, sculpture, paintings, and small items of furniture.  All will have been vetted by appropriate experts and there will also be a packing and shipping service for those buyers from further afield than London.

DIDIER – Joe Tilson parure

DIDIER – Joe Tilson parure

 It is an exciting new event for London which tends to be rather quiet on the art and antique front in August.  One can appreciate Caroline Penman’s delight in launching this new venture.

Avesn Lorrain (Paul Daum) relief moulded glass fish vase with blue patina, £1,100 Richard Hoppe @Penman Mall Galleries Fair

Avesn Lorrain (Paul Daum) relief moulded glass fish vase with blue patina, £1,100 Richard Hoppe @Penman Mall Galleries Fair

 

ANTIQUES & FINE ART FAIR at MALL GALLERIES

28 – 31 August 2013

Location: The Mall, near Trafalgar Square, in between Admiralty Arch & ICA, London SW1

Opening Hours: Wednesday to Friday 10am-5pm, Saturday 10am-4pm

Entry: £3. Complimentary Tickets via http://www.penman-fairs.co.uk

Garden at Rye, Sussex £20,000 – Paul Mayhew Fine Art @Penman August Mall Fair

Garden at Rye, Sussex £20,000 – Paul Mayhew Fine Art @Penman August Mall Fair

Getting to The Mall Galleries The Mall Galleries are on The Mall towards Admiralty Arch by

Trafalgar Square.

Car There is pay and display parking in Carlton House Terrace and Waterloo Place behind

the Mall Galleries (via Pall Mall) and there is a public car park within 50 metres on

Cockspur Court (Off Spring Gardens). Parking is prohibited on the Mall, (special

arrangements can be made for loading and unloading).

Underground Charing Cross (2 minutes walk), Piccadilly Circus (5 minutes walk),

Embankment (5 minutes walk)

National Rail Charing Cross

Buses 3, 6, 9, 11, 12, 13, 15, 16, 23, 24, 29, 53, 87, 88, 91, 139, 159, 176, 179, 453

For more information on the Fair, please visit http://www.penman-fairs.co.uk

or call: 01825 744074

A c.1906 WMF No.343a silver plated fruit stand with green cut glass liner, £1,200 Richard Hoppe @Penman Mall Galleries Fair

A c.1906 WMF No.343a silver plated fruit stand with green cut glass liner, £1,200 Richard Hoppe @Penman Mall Galleries Fair

The Wallace Collection – The Discovery of Paris

The Discovery of Paris: Watercolours by Early Nineteenth-Century British Artists – until 15 September 2013

 

Seeing a 1739 large scale map of Paris (lot 82) in the Out of the Ordinary Sale at Christie’s South Kensington* made me feel I should bring this very enjoyable exhibition to your attention.

T.Girtin 'The Louvre and the Pont des Tuileries from the Pont-Neuf 1802 Cat 6, copyright The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

T.Girtin ‘The Louvre and the Pont des Tuileries from the Pont-Neuf 1802
Cat 6, copyright The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

Paris had been a destination for the wealthy on the Grand Tour before the French Revolution in 1789 and the following years of war. However the Peace of Amiens (1802-03) and the final defeat of Napoleon in 1815 meant that Paris once more became the place to visit for the British with an increasing number of middle-class travellers.  Artists too were drawn to it as this show of sixty watercolours, some preparatory drawings and associated prints bears witness.  It concentrates on the period c1802-1840.

GJ Scharf The Royal Engineers in the Bois de Boulogne 1815 Cat 9 Copyright The Trustees of the British Museum

GJ Scharf The Royal Engineers in the Bois de Boulogne 1815
Cat 9 Copyright The Trustees of the British Museum

They painted scenes such as Notre Dame, the Boulevard des Italiens, the Pont Neuf and the Ile de la Cité and others which still remain popular with contemporary artists today.  Among the lesser and very well-known artists in this exhibition are John Gendall, William Callow, Girtin, Bonington and Turner.  Works vary from simple pencil views to highly accomplished watercolours as they were either created for sale or as engraving sources for contemporary guides and publications.

W. Callow The Pont des Arts and the Ille de la Cite from the Quai du Louvre 1831 Copyright Victoria and Albert Museum

W. Callow The Pont des Arts and the Ille de la Cite from the Quai du Louvre 1831
Copyright Victoria and Albert Museum

While the Wallace Collection has examples of watercolours by many of the artists in this exhibition it does not have any views of Paris because, like many other collectors, the 4th Marquess of Hertford and his son Richard Wallace did not buy views of the city in which they lived. The works on show, some rarely exhibited, have come from institutions such as the British Museum, the Fitzwilliam Museum, the Tate and the V&A, as well as some private collections.

TS Boys The Boulevard des Capucines at the Corner with the Rue de la Paix 1833 Cat.43, copyright The Trustees of the British Museum

TS Boys The Boulevard des Capucines at the Corner with the Rue de la Paix 1833
Cat.43, copyright The Trustees of the British Museum

This exhibition amply proves why these artists are part of the Golden Age of Watercolour and why the allure of Paris endures.

JMW Turner The Pont-Neuf and the Ille de la Cite circa 1833 Cat 49 Copyright Tate, London 2012

JMW Turner The Pont-Neuf and the Ille de la Cite circa 1833
Cat 49 Copyright Tate, London 2012

 

The Wallace Collection, Hertford House, Manchester Square, LondonW1U 3BN,

 + 44 (0)20 7563 9500

E-mail: enquiries@wallacecollection

 

                                                                                                                                                                                 

*See my blog 19 August 2013 for more info.            

Christie’s South Kensington, 5th September 2013

CHRISTIE’S OUT OF THE ORDINARY

 

When I first heard that this September 5th Christie’s South Kensington sale would be on view during August I was slightly sceptical for I know that when collectors have a long time to ponder a potential purchase there is a possibility, as cold reason takes over from initial enthusiasm, that they may change their mind.  I have known some revise downwards the sum they are prepared to bid up to, or even decide not to bid at all. 

 However having viewed this sale twice I do not see that happening, rather I see potential bidders getting more and more excited.  Rightly so, for there is a cornucopia of items to tempt and beguile collectors and interior designers.

 The auction is perhaps best summed up in the words of Charlotte Young, Head of Sale: Each lot has been selected as either visually striking or with an intriguing story to tell, and many have never before been seen at auction.

It is almost invidious to try and select particular pieces from among the hundred and fifty-five lots on offer but I will try and give a taste of the objects, pictures and furniture that make this sale exciting.

image029Among prehistoric items is this easily recognisable Triceratops skull (£150,000 – £250,000). Who can quarrel with living with a herbivore dinosaur?

 

Robots may of course present more of a problem to some but this 1957 Cygan giant (8 foot) robot is a true and imposing relic of the atomic age (£8,000 – 12,000).

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Another large object is the rare North Italian Taxidermy Ostrich, dated 1785 (£8,000 – 12,000) which still has its purpose-built  glazed case.

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Somewhat smaller are eight of Francis Bacon’s paint brushes (£20,000 – £25,000) which were a gift from the painter to fellow artist, Clive Barker, in 1978. They worked together in the 1960s and 70s.

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Even smaller are these three miniature mixed metal Architectural Brooches (£1,500-£2,000) 9935_77_THREE MIXED METAL MINIATURE ARCHITECTURAL BROOCHES

in the form of a Venetian campanile, a medieval-style tent and a silver Palladian villa. They were created by Vicki Ambery-Smith (B.1955).

 Among the pictures is a 1932 painting of a bearded lady with an ostrich fan by Hélène Detroyat (French, 1899-1951), which to some will evoke memories of Kenny Everett (£3,000-5,000). 9935_28_A BEARDED LADY HOLDING AN OSTRICH FEATHER FAN, HELENE DETROYAT

There is also a selection of photographs by celebrity photographer Bob Carlos Clarke, who was known for his highly stylised erotic imagery. Adult Females Attack Without Provocation  2004 (£7,000 – £9,000) is shown here. By the way, a group of rarely seen celebrity portraits by him have recently been donated by the Bob Carlos Clarke Foundation to the National Portrait Gallery.

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An eclectic selection of furniture and decorative arts in the sale will appeal to private collectors as well as interior designers

looking for eye-catching items.  However do not be too tempted to slump down quickly onto this inviting Chesterfield suite

(£4,000-£6,000) as it is made of fibreglass re-inforced cast concrete!

9935_142_Concrete sofa           9935_142_Cast concrete arm chairs

A full catalogue can be viewed online by following the link: : http://www.christies.com/sales/out-of-the-ordinary-london-september-2013/

All images courtesy of Christie’s.

Art, Food, Drink!

image001 (1)   The Truscott Arms is a new gastro-pub at 55 Shirland Road, Maida Vale, London W9 2JD (thetruscottarms.com‎) which also provides great succour for the visual senses with its display of art in the public and private dining rooms.

The artist on show at present is the talented Nina Fowler. By concentrating on idolatry, fame and icons using images from the 1920s, 30s and 40s she explores the darker side of fame.  Some of her drawings almost transcend into sculpture.  Her frames, which she makes, evoke cinema facades and stage sets.

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Illustrated here is the silent Hollywood film star Bessie Love, who did go on to make “talkies” too, many in Britain from the Fifties onwards.  She lived in a flat overlooking Clapham Common and died in London in 1986.

For further information on artists contact art@thetruscottarms.com

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