Butchoff Antiques’ 50th!

 Butchoff Antiques’ 50th!

 

A Highly Important & Rare Royal Writing Table made by Morel & Seddon for the Windsor Castle Commission, commanded by George IV Dimensions: H: 30.5 in / 77 cm W: 43 in / 108 cm D: 22.5 in / 57 cm

A Highly Important & Rare Royal Writing Table made by Morel & Seddon for the Windsor Castle Commission, commanded by George IV
Dimensions: H: 30.5 in / 77 cm W: 43 in / 108 cm D: 22.5 in / 57 cm

Having just joined my niece in celebrating her 50th birthday at the beginning of this week I am even more aware of just how great an achievement it is for a company to reach such a milestone.  In this case it is the very well-known family antiques firm of Butchoff Antiques who deal from Kensington Church Street, one of London’s finest and most varied hubs for the decorative and fine arts.

A Whimsical Statuette of a Piccolo Player By Bretby Art Pottery Dimensions: H: 31 in / 79 cm   W: 15 in / 38 cm   D: 18 in / 46 cm

A Whimsical Statuette of a Piccolo Player
By Bretby Art Pottery
Dimensions: H: 31 in / 79 cm W: 15 in / 38 cm D: 18 in / 46 cm

This weekend the firm starts marking it’s jubilee by making its USA debut at the Palm Beach Jewellery, Art and Antiques Show, Florida,(14-18th February) with a selection of some of their best pieces.

A Highly Important Landscape of Stratford-upon-Avon, By Lucien Pissarro (1863-1944) Oil on canvas, signed lower left with Pissarro’s monogram, and dated 1906. Sight Size: H: 22 in / 55 cm   W: 25 in / 64 cm Provenance: John Bensusan-Butt (1911-1977), thence, family descent.

A Highly Important Landscape of Stratford-upon-Avon,
By Lucien Pissarro (1863-1944)
Oil on canvas, signed lower left with Pissarro’s monogram, and dated 1906.
Sight Size: H: 22 in / 55 cm W: 25 in / 64 cm
Provenance: John Bensusan-Butt (1911-1977), thence, family descent.

The firm’s owner, Ian Butchoff, who incidentally was one of the founding members of LAPADA, says: “We are very excited to exhibit at Palm Beach for our 50th. Through being there in person we aim to offer our US based clients a more attentive service and hope our selection of French and English furniture find new homes”.  As well as LAPADA they are also members of British Antique Dealers Association (BADA), Kensington Church Street Dealer Association (KCSADA) and CINOA and so one can buy in total confidence.

A Rare Pair of French Display Cabinets in the Chinoiserie Manner Dimensions: H: 85 in / 217 cm   W: 35 in / 89 cm   D: 17 in / 43 cm Circa 1870

A Rare Pair of French Display Cabinets in the Chinoiserie Manner
Dimensions: H: 85 in / 217 cm W: 35 in / 89 cm D: 17 in / 43 cm
Circa 1870

They sell, as their website shows, a wide range of 18th and 19th century English and Continental antiques, including exhibition-quality furniture, lighting, sculpture objects and paintings.  They offer interior design advice and help clients build up collections and also find special pieces for them too.

‘Blonde Dancer’ by Sir Claude Francis Barry (1883-1970) Oil on canvas, signed lower left. Sight Size: H: 23.5 in / 60 cm   W: 18.5 in / 47 cm

‘Blonde Dancer’ by Sir Claude Francis Barry (1883-1970)
Oil on canvas, signed lower left.
Sight Size: H: 23.5 in / 60 cm W: 18.5 in / 47 cm

Here’s to their 60th Anniversary!

A Good Chinoiserie Commode In the Louis XV Manner by Maison Jansen Dimensions: H: 39 in / 99 cm W: 65.5 in / 167 cm D: 22.5 in / 57 cm  French, Circa 1890

A Good Chinoiserie Commode In the Louis XV Manner by Maison Jansen
Dimensions: H: 39 in / 99 cm W: 65.5 in / 167 cm D: 22.5 in / 57 cm
French, Circa 1890

www.butchoff.com

GALLERY ROUND-UP 2 – February 2014

GALLERY ROUND-UP 2 – February 2014

STEPHEN HANNOCK: Moving Water, Fleeting Light, until 1st March, Marlborough Fine Art,  6 Albemarle Street, London, W1S 4BY London W1

 Northern city renaissance, mauve Stephen Hannock Courtesy of Marlborough Fine Art

Northern city renaissance, mauve
Stephen Hannock
Courtesy of Marlborough Fine Art

The American painter Stephen Hancock marks his London debut with a show of thirteen new works, which includes a luminous view from above of Newcastle-upon-Tyne which celebrates the rich tapestry of  its history. This is created by his very original approach to his work, using a combination of acrylics, resin, handwriting, pasted papers and photographs, special brushes and even power sanders to achieve the wonderful light effects that transcend his work to another plane.

 

Perhaps particularly appropriate to our present weather pattern are the smaller works featuring flooded rivers and soaring rockets which unlike reality have a magic quality, especially in their Turneresque skies.

 

www.marlboroughfineart.com

 

 

Brian Rice: Early Works 1959-1970, until 22nd February, The Redfern Gallery, 20 Cork Street, London, W1S 3HL

Brian Rice Circle Square x 20, 1963 Oil on twenty canvases 88.9 x 114.3 cm Copyright Brian Rice, courtesy of The Redfern Gallery

Brian Rice
Circle Square x 20, 1963
Oil on twenty canvases
88.9 x 114.3 cm
Copyright Brian Rice, courtesy of The Redfern Gallery

This colourful show is a great joy to behold. The paintings and prints come from the formative years of his career and are a celebration of the abstract. One can easily understand why they were received with such great acclaim. Their luminosity and freshness remains undimmed to this day and they are so evocative of the time they were created that visitors will be immediately taken back to the 60s.

redfern-gallery.com

 

MANUEL ESPINOSA, until 8th March, Stephen Friedman Gallery, 11 & 25-28 Old Burlington Street, London W1S 3AN

 Manuel  Espinosa  ‘Rosebud’ 1970 Oil on canvas 150 x 150cm (59 x 59in) Framed: 155.5 x 155.5cm (61 1/4 x 61 1/4in) ESPIN 7 Copyright the Estate of Manuel Espinosa. Courtesy Stephen Friedman Gallery, London, and Sicardi Gallery, Houston. Photography Stephen White.


Manuel Espinosa
‘Rosebud’ 1970
Oil on canvas
150 x 150cm
(59 x 59in)
Framed: 155.5 x 155.5cm
(61 1/4 x 61 1/4in)

Copyright the Estate of Manuel Espinosa. Courtesy Stephen Friedman Gallery, London, and Sicardi Gallery, Houston. Photography Stephen White.

The Argentinean artist Manuel Espinosa (1914-2006) was a leading exponent of Concrete Art and this new exhibition is the first solo show of his work in Europe.  He was a founder member of the ‘Asociación Arte Concreto-Invencion’, a group who moved away from the figurative towards geometric elements and colour.  Following a visit to Europe in the 1950s and after meeting artists from the Italian Concrete Art groups, Espinosa concentrated on geometric abstraction with the repetitious use of squares and circles to create the required image.

 www.stephenfriedman.com

 LUIS TOMASELLO – SIX DECADES OF REFLECTION, until 28th March, The Mayor Gallery,21 Cork Street, First Floor, London W1S 3NA

Atmosphère Chromoplastique No. 990 2011 Acrylic on wood 43 x 43 x 6 cm Courtesy of The Mayor Gallery

Atmosphère Chromoplastique No. 990
2011
Acrylic on wood
43 x 43 x 6 cm
Courtesy of The Mayor Gallery

This is the first exhibition in the Mayor Gallery’s exciting new space and it marks the six decades of the Kinetic Op artist Luis Tomasello. Although born in Argentina in 1915, he has lived and  worked in Paris since 1957.  In the three-dimensional geometric shapes one can clearly see the influence of Mondrian. The formations are used to reflect light and colour allowing the viewer to experience the kinetic energy created.

Alongside the works is a small display of jewellery created by the Spanish designer Chus Burés from designs by Tomasello.  Very attractive and very wearable they are too.

 

http://www.mayorgallery.com

 

GALLERY ROUND-UP I – February 2014

GALLERY ROUND-UP I – February 2014

 JESSICA JACKSON HUTCHINS, until 8th March, Timothy Taylor Gallery, 15 Carlos Place, London W1

TT Gallery 6

This is the artist’s second London solo exhibition.  Her works are a hybrid of everyday ‘stuff in the room’ that show signs of wear and use and which she reinterprets into sculptural forms layered with different meanings.  There are also paintings where she uses re-stretched canvases to create works on the unprimed surface using paints, inks and collage to achieve the effect she desires.

http://www.timothytaylorgallery.com

 

 

Wael Shawky: Dictum, until 8th March, Lisson Gallery, 27 Bell Street, London NW1

Wael Shawky, Dictums. Installation view Lisson Gallery, London 2014. © the artist; courtesy Lisson Gallery, London

Wael Shawky,
Dictums.
Installation view Lisson Gallery, London 2014.
© the artist; courtesy Lisson Gallery, London

The Egyptian-born artist Wael Shawky is a strong and compelling artistic voice who uses modern media to look at beliefs, faith, history and myths whether it be a herd of the highly prized black camels being driven across the desert or a sound piece recalling holy text.  There is also a group of new drawings and wall vitrines of metal plaques, of the type found adorning trucks and food carts in Pakistan.

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Christian Jankowski: Heavy Weight History, until 8th March, Lisson Gallery, 52 Bell Street, London NW1

Christian Jankowski, Heavy Weight History (Brotherhood of Arms, B&W photograph on baryt paper, 140x186.8cm © Christian Jankowski courtesy Lisson Gallery

Christian Jankowski, Heavy Weight History (Brotherhood of Arms, B&W photograph on baryt paper, 140×186.8cm © Christian Jankowski courtesy Lisson Gallery

There is certainly an element of humour in the German artist Christian Jankowski’s new show that is the result of his visit to Warsaw last year.  He asked a group of weightlifters to try and lift up a number of the city’s massive public sculptures.  The ensuing results are seen through a 25 minute film, an installation and photographs.

At one level it is a look at the whole idea of public sculpture and where it is displayed but it also a reflection of Poland’s past history – Nazi occupation and the Communist  era.  Thought provoking and a stimulant for debate.

www.lissongallery.com

The Works on Paper Fair, The Science Museum, 6th – 9th February.

The Works on Paper Fair, The Science Museum, 6th – 9th February.

This very enjoyable Fair, which is now in its fifth year at the Science Museum, brings a wide variety of works on paper together. The Fair’s director Lucy Russell sums it up saying

 “We aim to present a stimulating and diverse range of Early, Modern and Contemporary watercolours, drawings, prints, original posters and photographs from the late 15th Century to the present day”.

Edward Duncan (1803-1882) An Oyster Dredge and a Fisherman's boots, Whitstable Watercolour over pencil heightened with touches of white on buff paper. Signed l.r., with artist's studio stamp l.r. And inscribed Whitstable/oyster dredge 25.9 x 20.3 cm £1,100 Guy Peppiatt Fine Art

Edward Duncan (1803-1882)
An Oyster Dredge and a Fisherman’s boots, Whitstable
Watercolour over pencil heightened with touches of white on buff paper. Signed l.r., with
artist’s studio stamp l.r. And inscribed Whitstable/oyster dredge
25.9 x 20.3 cm
£1,100
Guy Peppiatt Fine Art

Some fifty dealers are participating in the show and among them is Guy Peppiatt Fine Art who is showing watercolours and drawings by the 19th century British artist Edward Duncan while Harry Moore-Gwyn is exhibiting a series of studies for the Briar Rose series by Sir Edward Burne-Jones as well as a study for Stanley Spencer’s unfinished The Apotheosis of Hilda.

Sir Edward Burne-Jones, Bt. ARA, RWS (1833-1898) Study of Reclining Knights Pencil 17 x 27 cm A study for the Briar Rose series Harry Moore-Gwyn

Sir Edward Burne-Jones, Bt. ARA, RWS (1833-1898)
Study of Reclining Knights
Pencil
17 x 27 cm
A study for the Briar Rose series
Harry Moore-Gwyn

There are a larger number of galleries selling 20th Century and contemporary works this year, including the Lilford Gallery, who display works by Billy Childish and Banksy, and ArtDog London.  There is also a good showing of Japanese works from Mary Deeming Fine Art and the Tolman Collection.

Billy Childish (b. 1959) With Scout Woodcut edition of 31 56 x 76 cm £695 Lilford Gallery

Billy Childish (b. 1959)
With Scout
Woodcut edition of 31
56 x 76 cm
£695
Lilford Gallery

All the works are vetted by experts and prices range from £250 to as much as £75,000.  The majority of works are in the £500-10,000 region.

www.worksonpaperfair.com

HARRY BENSON: 50 YEARS BEHIND THE LENS, 4th – 15th February.

HARRY BENSON: 50 YEARS BEHIND THE LENS, Mallett, Ely House, 37 Dover Street, London W1, 4th – 15th February.

 

 

Berlin Wall Goes Up USE@Harry Benson 1961

Berlin Wall Goes Up USE@Harry Benson 1961

This is a great celebration of the noted photojournalist Harry Benson CBE and his career. A man who has photographed every American President from Dwight D Eisenhower to the present incumbent, who caught on film both the building and coming down of the Berlin Wall and documented ‘Beatlemania’.

Berlin Wall Comes Down @Benson 1989

Berlin Wall Comes Down @Benson 1989

Among subjects he has caught on camera are Martin Luther King, Amy Winehouse and Michael Jackson as well as capturing The Watts Riots in Los Angeles, the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans and events in many of the world’s conflict zones.

Liz Taylor USE@Benson1997

Elizabeth Taylor USE@Benson1997

This selling exhibition concentrates on three categories – Beatlemania, Celebrity Icons and Reportage. Benson has written special memoir excerpts to accompany each image in the show.

Jack Nicholson Contact@Harry Benson

Jack Nicholson Contact@Harry Benson

Perhaps the best summing up of his talent should be left to Truman Capote:

“Harry, don’t tell Cartier-Bresson, or Penn, or Avedon, or Scavullo, or the sweet departed spirit of Sir Cecil Beaton, but YOU are my favourite photographer.”

http://www.mallettantiques.com

Georgians Revealed: Life, Style and the Making of Modern Britain – British Library

Georgians Revealed: Life, Style and the Making of Modern Britain, British Library, until 11th March

There is still just over a month to go and see this exhibition which takes us spiritedly through the reigns of the first four King Georges and introduces us to the life and style of the Georgian era.

Van Aken, An English family at tea on loan from Tate Britain, image © Tate Britain

Van Aken, An English family at tea on loan from Tate Britain, image © Tate Britain

In many ways it is similar to our own times but different by the fact that here you see the first British fashion magazine and learn about the first celebrity scandal to hit the press.  Through the exhibits we learn about the different strata of society, their likes and dislikes, their pastimes, their homes, travels, shopping, their charity and see that much of this still has some relevance in our own age.

Masquerade mask. 1780s © Museum of London

Masquerade mask. 1780s © Museum of London

Alongside the books, objects and ephemera from the British Library are pictures, furniture, ceramics, statues, Georgian shoes and the violin belonging to the great philosopher and social reformer, Jeremy Bentham which are loaned by various other museums and galleries.

Georgian fan leaf. ‘La Menuet’. 1790-1811 (c) Courtesy of the British Museum

Georgian fan leaf. ‘La Menuet’. 1790-1811 (c) Courtesy of the British Museum

Outside in the piazza, thanks to the The Sackler Trust, is a Georgian style garden installation the Georgeobelisk designed by the celebrated landscape architect and historian Todd Longstaffe-Gowan together with Cityscapes.

Statue. Boy from Farringdon Ward School. 1705-1800 © Museum of London

Statue. Boy from Farringdon Ward School. 1705-1800 © Museum of London

All in all a good way to celebrate the three hundredth anniversary of the accession of George I to the throne in 1714!

George Cruikshank. La belle assemblee. London, 1817. Image © British Library Board

George Cruikshank. La belle assemblee. London, 1817. Image © British Library Board

http://www.bl.uk

Spectators at a Print shop in St Paul’s churchyard (c) British Museum

Spectators at a Print shop in St Paul’s churchyard (c) British Museum