Michael Inchbald: A Legacy of Design, 22 January 2014, Christie’s London

Michael Inchbald: A Legacy of Design, 22 January, Christie’s, King Street, London
Michael Inchbald at home, Stanley House
Michael Inchbald at home, Stanley House
This sale is of the contents of the London home of the exemplarary interior designer Michael Inchbald who was so very talented in combining modern design with that of neo-classical. 
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His drawing room which was created between 1957 and 1959 has survived into the 21st century relatively unchanged.  Indeed I remember seeing it in magazines over the years and it is a mark of Inchbald’s talents as a designer that I recall it so well. He was innovative in that he was not afraid to use modern materials such as lino or bleached cork for floors and walls.  
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Inchbald did a lot of work in the commercial sector for companies and hotels, including the Savoy’s River Room and the Ballroom at the Berkeley Hotel.  Noted for his design for the first-class saloon on the QE2, he also created interiors for the Carpathia, Franconia and the Windsor Castle.  He also refurbished the head office of the Crown Estate Commissioners in Carlton House Terrace in 1972.
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His private clients included Dukes and Earls, the banker Henry Tiarks and the film director John Schlesinger.
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The lots in this sale are an exciting mixture of silver, paintings, furniture, sculpture and antiquities.  There is arms and armour, a mixture of oriental and western ceramics, books and drawings too. Some of the clocks in the sale came from his uncle Courtenay Ilbert’s renowned horological collection – The Ilbert Collection.  Regarded as the finest clock collection ever it is now in the British Museum.
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All of this, as the accompanying images show, was arranged to create a timeless and elegant home which really is a visual representation of Inchbald’s philosophy which he summed up as follows;

“I believe the more you design for the future, the more you should know about the past. You’ve got to have a feeling for the great heritage of civilisation.
Surrounding yourself with beautiful things gives you a standard.”
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I couldn’t agree more!


 Pre-Sale Exhibition Viewing Times:

Thursday 16 January 9.00 am – 4.30 pm

Friday 17 January 9.00 am – 4.30 pm

Saturday 18 January 2.00 pm – 5.00 pm

Sunday 19 January 2.00 pm – 5.00 pm

Monday 20 January 9.00 am – 4.30 pm

Tuesday 21 January 9.00 am – 8.00 pm

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London Art Fair: The Hepworth Wakefield and International Dialogues in Art Projects, 15–19 January

London Art Fair: The Hepworth Wakefield and International Dialogues in Art Projects, 15–19 January, Business Design Centre, Islington, N1

KLARI REIS, Hypochondria, 2013, Petri Dishes, Tee Nuts and Steel Rods, Photo credit Cynthia Corbett Gallery

KLARI REIS, Hypochondria, 2013, Petri Dishes, Tee Nuts and Steel Rods, Photo credit Cynthia Corbett Gallery

It is hard to believe that the very popular London Art Fair which celebrates Modern British and Contemporary Art marks its 26th edition this year.   For the first time the Fair has a Museum partnership; this year with The Hepworth Wakefield who will present a special exhibition focusing on “Barbara Hepworth and the Development of British Modernism”.  This year sees the 10th edition of the acclaimed Art Projects section and there is new series of international ‘Dialogues’, curated by Adam Carr of MOSTYN, to mark this.  This year the theme of the annual contemporary photography section Photo50, is ‘Immaterial Matter’ and its curators are Charlie Fellowes and Jeremy Epstein, Directors of Edel Assanti.

Barbara Hepworth - Kneeling Figure 1932 - Wakefield Permanent Art Collection ©Bowness, Hepworth Estate

Barbara Hepworth – Kneeling Figure 1932 – Wakefield Permanent Art Collection ©Bowness, Hepworth Estate

 The Fair really does cater for all levels of collecting with its heady mixture of established and up-and-coming new galleries from the UK and elsewhere.  Among new galleries at the Fair are Goodman Fine Art, Jenna Burlingham Fine Art and the Tokyo-based Whitestone Gallery.  The latter is showing examples of Gutai, Japan’s leading avant-garde artist movement of the 1950s, with an emphasis on the work of the artist Chiyu Uemae.

 Chiyu Uemae - Yellow. Courtesy of Whitestone Gallery Japan

Chiyu Uemae – Yellow. Courtesy of Whitestone Gallery Japan

The Art Projects section will also host the launch of the fifth edition of The Catlin Guide which not only acts as a show case for the forty most talented new graduate and postgraduate artists from the most recent round of BA, MA and PG Dip final shows but also gives an idea of the trends and future paths in contemporary art. Among this year’s crop are painters Charlie Billingham (Royal Academy Schools) and Neil Raitt (Royal College of Art), multi-media artists Ophelia Finke (Central Saint Martins) and Saejin Choi (Glasgow School of Art), photographer Chloe Rosser (Falmouth University), sculptor Sungfeel Yun (Slade School of Fine Art) and the enigmatic Mr. & Mrs. Philip Cath (Goldsmiths).

 The Catlin Guide 2014 Tabriz Blue (1)

The above can only give a hint of what an exciting and vibrant fair it is.  It really is a place to visit and experience for yourself.

 Brian Crouch, Discs 1964. Oil on canvas 102x76cm. Courtesy of the artist and Waterhouse & Dodd

Brian Crouch, Discs 1964. Oil on canvas 102x76cm. Courtesy of the artist and Waterhouse & Dodd

London Art Fair 2012 at Business Design Centre, Islington, credit James Champion

London Art Fair 2012 at Business Design Centre, Islington, credit James Champion

A CELEBRATION OF CORPORATE ART PROGRAMMES WORLDWIDE at Bonhams HQ, London W1

A CELEBRATION OF CORPORATE ART PROGRAMMES WORLDWIDE, Bonhams HQ, 101 New Bond Street, January 13th– January 24th.

 

In their new book, A CELEBRATION OF CORPORATE ART PROGRAMMES WORLDWIDE (£75, Wapping Arts Trust, supported by Bonhams) authors Peter Harris and Shirley Reiff Howarth’s give us a fascinating insight into the world of corporate collecting.  The first such collection is thought to be that of the Sienese Monte dei Paschi Bank which was formed in 1472 and it still thrives today.

Benvenuto di Giovanni, Madonna della Misericordia (Madonna of Mercy) fresco, 1472, Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena headquarters

Benvenuto di Giovanni, Madonna della Misericordia (Madonna of Mercy) fresco, 1472, Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena headquarters

Some two thousand companies and half of the Fortune 500 were seriously collecting by the second half of the 1990s. Organisations such as airports, retailers, hotels, hospitals (my local hospital, for example, has a good collection, including wall paintings by Bridget Riley), legal firms and blue-chip corporations.  In most cases these collections are used to show the companies philanthropic interests and their core beliefs to their employees and the wider world.  Sponsorship of art programmes and loans to major exhibitions also brings the company’s name to a wider audience.

Gold Muisca boat Museo del Oro, Inv. M.O.11.373 Photograph: Juan Mayr/Museo del Oro

Gold Muisca boat
Museo del Oro, Inv. M.O.11.373
Photograph: Juan Mayr/Museo del Oro

There is an emphasis on the modern and contemporary in this exhibition which features up to four works from companies, including ABN AMRO Neuflize Vie (France), Canary Wharf, Clifford Chance, Fleming Wyfold Art Foundation (UK), EON (Germany),Fundacion Telefonica, Fundacion Mapfre (Spain), Hiscox, HSBC (France), Simmons and Simmons, Statoil (Norway).

Michael Elmgreen & Ingar Dragset
Short Cut, 2003 
Mixed media, Fiat Uno, camper trailer
250cm x 850cm x 300cm 
Installation view
 Ottagono, Vittorio Emanuele Gallery, Milan 
Photograph: Jens Ziehe
 commissioned and produced by Fondazione Nicola Trussardi.
Courtesy Michael Elmgreen & Ingar Dragset. Massimo De Carlo Gallery, Milan

Michael Elmgreen & Ingar Dragset
Short Cut, 2003 
Mixed media, Fiat Uno, camper trailer
250cm x 850cm x 300cm 
Installation view
 Ottagono, Vittorio Emanuele Gallery, Milan 
Photograph: Jens Ziehe
 commissioned and produced by Fondazione Nicola Trussardi.
Courtesy Michael Elmgreen & Ingar Dragset. Massimo De Carlo Gallery, Milan

Paintings, prints, sculpture, photography and video art are on loan with works by Cadell, Tracey Emin, George Grosz, Otto Dix, Roberto Matta, Antoine Tapies, Richard Hamilton, Ellis O’Connell and Cornelia Parker as well as a Delvaux and a Magritte.  Some of which have not been widely seen before.

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Jameel Prize 3, the V&A

Jameel Prize 3, the V&A, until 21 April

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The £25,000 Jameel Prize is awarded every two years for contemporary artists and designers whose work is inspired by Islamic traditions in art, craft and design.

There were originally nearly 270 entrants from a wide range of countries, including Algeria, Brazil, Kosovo, Norway and Russia. The judge’s panel, chaired by V&A Director, Martin Roth, then chose the ten lucky people to make it to the short list.

Each artist or designer in that list was allowed to show two works.  The selected artists including the winners, whose work you will see are as follows:

    Pixelate Tradition     2010, (Wool warp, weft and pile)     Faig Ahmed     Courtesy of YAY! Gallery, Photo: Fakhriyya Mammedova

Pixelate Tradition
2010, (Wool warp, weft and pile)
Faig Ahmed
Courtesy of YAY! Gallery, Photo: Fakhriyya Mammedova

Faig Ahmed works were inspired by Azerbaijan’s ancient craft of carpet-making.

     Guide us Upon the Straight Path     2013, (Ink on paper)     Nasser Al Salem     Courtesy of the artist and Athr Gallery, Photo: Khalid Bin Afif


Guide us Upon the Straight Path
2013, (Ink on paper)
Nasser Al Salem
Courtesy of the artist and Athr Gallery, Photo: Khalid Bin Afif

Saudi calligrapher Nasser Al Salem works both with ink on paper and mixed media.

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     Concrete Carpet     2010, (Concrete, mother-of-pearl, stainless steel)     Nada Debs     Courtesy of Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Photo: Marino Solokhov


Concrete Carpet
2010, (Concrete, mother-of-pearl, stainless steel)
Nada Debs
Courtesy of Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Photo: Marino Solokhov

Japanese –born Nada Debs now works in Lebanon producing furniture and allied products.

     Technologia     2010, (Video projection)     Mounir Fatmi     Courtesy of the artist and Paradise Row


Technologia
2010, (Video projection)
Mounir Fatmi
Courtesy of the artist and Paradise Row

Mounir Fatmi’s produces multi-media installations which often re-interpret Arabic calligraphy.

     The Snow Leopard     2007, (Silk, silver and gilded silver thread)     Rahul Jain     Courtesy of Lekha and Anupam Poddar Collection, Photo: Ashok Dilwal


The Snow Leopard
2007, (Silk, silver and gilded silver thread)
Rahul Jain
Courtesy of Lekha and Anupam Poddar Collection, Photo: Ashok Dilwal

Rahul Jain from India re-creates 17th and 18th century Mughal silks.

Dice Kayek (c) Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Dice Kayek
(c) Victoria and Albert Museum, London

The Turkish fashion label Dice Kayek is the creation of two sisters Ece and Ayse Ege.

     Forming Spaces III     2012, (Ink on paper)     Waqas Khan     Collection of Hicham Ghandour


Forming Spaces III
2012, (Ink on paper)
Waqas Khan
Collection of Hicham Ghandour

Waqas Khan comes from Pakistan and creates drawings using a precise process to build up the image.

     Laurent Mareschal, Installation shot     (c) Victoria and Albert Museum, London


Laurent Mareschal, Installation shot
(c) Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Frenchman Laurent Mareschal creates large site-specific works reflecting the impermanence of life, particularly drawing on Palestinian sources.

     Plastic Gold     2010–13, (Recycled plastic, gold paint)     Florie Salnot     Courtesy of the designer, Photo: Dominic Tschudin


Plastic Gold
2010–13, (Recycled plastic, gold paint)
Florie Salnot
Courtesy of the designer, Photo: Dominic Tschudin

Florie Salnot takes her inspiration from the traditional jewellery worn by the women of Western Sahara.

     The Arabic letter ha’, from 29LT Fonts Collection     2012, (Digital print)     Pascal Zoghbi     Courtesy of the designer


The Arabic letter ha’, from 29LT Fonts Collection
2012, (Digital print)
Pascal Zoghbi
Courtesy of the designer

Lebanese designer Pascal Zoghbi designs fonts in Arabic typography, producing fonts that have a modern edge while respecting Arabic script.

The winners, announced in December 2013, were Dice Kayek for their Istanbul Contrast garment collection.  Judge panel Chairman Martin Roth said “The selection of the winner was as difficult as ever, given the very high standard of the shortlisted work. We were struck by the way that Dice Kayek’s work uses Islamic inspiration in a completelysecular context, taking it into a new world, that of contemporary fashion. Their interpretation ofIslamic traditions in the three garments displayed makes them truly deserving winners of theJameel Prize 3.

http://www.vam.ac.uk

THE MAYFAIR ANTIQUES & FINE ART FAIR, in association with Wetherell, 9th – 12th January

THE MAYFAIR ANTIQUES & FINE ART FAIR, in association with Wetherell, London Marriott Hotel Grosvenor Square, London W1, 9th – 12th January

 

Doulton Lambeth lidded jar, c1890, £1,550 from AD Antiques

Doulton Lambeth lidded jar, c1890, £1,550 from AD Antiques

This fair is now in its second year and as Ingrid Nilson, Director of The Antiques Fair Limited, explains, “Visitors travelled from various parts of the world and from around the UK to attend our first London fair. We were proud when they remarked that is was a totally unique event, full of interesting works, informal with a lovely relaxed atmosphere. We aim to build on this reputation and feel we have a great mix of dealers, who can help us achieve an even better offering for visitors in January.”

16th century Portuguese or Spanish parcel gilt footed silver salver, £35,000 from Mayflower Antiques

16th century Portuguese or Spanish parcel gilt footed silver salver, £35,000 from Mayflower Antiques

This year there are forty-four specialist dealers exhibiting a wide range of art and antiques.  All taking part are member of either the British Antique Dealers’ Association or  LAPADA The Association of Art & Antiques Dealers.

Art Deco signed La Verre Français butterfly cameo vase, 35cm high, French, c1925, £4,450 from Hickmet Fine Arts

Art Deco signed La Verre Français butterfly cameo vase, 35cm high, French, c1925, £4,450 from Hickmet Fine Arts

While most who exhibited last year make a welcome return there are newcomers, including the Mayfair Gallery, Wimpole Antiques, The Blackbrook Gallery and ceramics expert Philip Carrol.  There is a really wide range of antiques, books, silver, jewellery and prints, watercolours and paintings from all periods, including Asian art.

‘Street scene with clock tower’ by LS Lowry & Harold Riley, pencil and crayon, £47,500 from Haynes Fine Art of Broadway

‘Street scene with clock tower’ by LS Lowry & Harold Riley, pencil and crayon, £47,500 from Haynes Fine Art of Broadway

All in all a great start to the New Year.

H Moser & Cie 18ct gold hunting cased pocket watch in enamelled case with the Russian Imperial crest, c1890, £34,000 from Anthony Green Antiques

H Moser & Cie 18ct gold hunting cased pocket watch in enamelled case with the Russian Imperial crest, c1890, £34,000 from Anthony Green Antiques

Opening times: Thursday 12noon – 9pm Friday 11am – 6pm Saturday 11am – 6pm Sunday 11am – 5pm

Tickets & enquiries: £10, including catalogue (and re-admission)

The Antiques Dealers Fair Ltd

+44 (0)1797 252030 or info@adfl.co.uk

A pair of early 18th century carved wood pillars, Portuguese, c1700, £7,800 the pair from Galerie Arabesque

A pair of early 18th century carved wood pillars, Portuguese, c1700, £7,800 the pair from Galerie Arabesque

Daumier (1808-1879): Visions of Paris, Royal Academy of Arts, until 26th January

Daumier (1808-1879): Visions of Paris The Sackler Wing of Galleries, Royal Academy of Arts, until 26th January.

This is the first British exhibition focusing on this prolific artist for fifty years.  He was certainly a social commentator on the political and social changes, including revolutions, that eventually led to the establishment of a republic.

Honore Daumier The Defence, c. 1865 Pen and ink and watercolour 22.5 x 30 cm The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London Photo The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London

Honore Daumier
The Defence, c. 1865
Pen and ink and watercolour
22.5 x 30 cm
The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London
Photo The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London

Some one hundred and thirty works, including paintings, drawings, watercolours and sculptures are on display and many of them are making their UK debut.  Daumier had a prodigious visual memory that allowed him to portray everyday life both sympathetically and critically.  An anti-monarchist he was particularly adept at caricatures of the pretensions and manners of the wealthier classes.  Indeed in 1832 he was imprisoned for his satirical lithographs of King Louis-Philippe and his ministers.

Honore Daumier Salon de 1857 ... Triste Contenance de la Sculpture, 22 July 1857 Lithograph, second state, album impression, hand-coloured 33 x 24.5 cm Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Bequest of William Perkins Babcock

Honore Daumier
Salon de 1857 … Triste Contenance de la Sculpture, 22 July 1857
Lithograph, second state, album impression, hand-coloured
33 x 24.5 cm
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Bequest of William Perkins Babcock

This show clearly shows why Daumier was praised by his contemporaries such as Delacroix and Corot as well as successive generations of artists such as Cézanne and Van Gogh, Picasso, Francis Bacon, Paula Rego and Quentin Blake Hon RA. Truly a lasting legacy.

Honoré Daumier The Third Class Railway Carriage, 1862-64 Oil on canvas 65.4 x 90.2 cm The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York Photo © The Metropolitan Museum of Art/Art Resource/Scala, Florence

Honoré Daumier
The Third Class Railway Carriage, 1862-64
Oil on canvas
65.4 x 90.2 cm
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Photo © The Metropolitan Museum of Art/Art Resource/Scala, Florence

www.royalacademy.org.uk

Alan Sorrell: A Life Reconstructed, until 25th January

Alan Sorrell: A Life Reconstructed, until 25th January, Sir John Soane’s Museum: 13 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London WC2A 3BP

 

It is surprising that the artistic output of Alan Sorrell (1904 – 1974) has not been celebrated before this exhibition in which many of the works on show come from the collection held by Sorrell’s son.

 The exhibition traces his artistic career, including his two-year scholarship at the British School in Rome (1928-1930).  He was a member of the Neo-Romantic school between the wars and went on to create scenes of RAF life while serving during the Second World War. Also on view are three panels from his mural Working Boats from Around the British Coast which was commissioned for the Festival of Britain in 1951.  It decorated the Nelson Bar of the HMS Campania, an aircraft carrier used as an exhibition space during the Festival.

AlanSorrell - Working Boats from Around the British Coast, HMS Campania, 1951, detail Image is copyright

AlanSorrell – Working Boats from Around the British Coast, HMS Campania, 1951, detail
Image is copyright

A great lover of archaeology, particularly Roman Britain, he is well-known for his reconstructions of historical monuments and sites and tableaux of ancient life and examples on view will bring back memories to those of us who remember seeing them at Ministry of Works run ancient monuments.  Jerzy Kierkuc-Bielinski, Curator of Sir John Soane’s Museum, says: “Sorrell did so much through his work to bring life to the lost archaeological sites of Roman and Norman Britain. I hope that this exhibition will bring to life the important legacy of Sorrell’s work”.

 

Alan Sorrell - Roman Silchester copyright Sir John Soane's Museum

Alan Sorrell – Roman Silchester
copyright Sir John Soane’s Museum

There is also a book: Alan Sorrell: The Life and Works of an English Neo-Romantic Artist is sponsored by Liss Fine Arts and is published by Sansom & Company Ltd in September 2013. It has 208 pages and over 150 illustrations. The book is priced £25 soft back. SBN: 978-1-908326-37-9

 

 

http://www.soane.org