MASTERPIECE LONDON 2014 – Philip Mould

Philip Mould

 GEORGE_ROMNEY_(1734-1802)_Portrait_of_Emma_Hamilton_as_ ‘Absence’_Philip_Mould

GEORGE ROMNEY (1734-1802)

Portrait of Emma Hamilton as ‘Absence’

Oil on Canvas, 49 3/16 x 39 inches, 125 cm x 99 cm

This is a full-sized study for the c 1787 oil painting in the National Maritime Museum. It has been brought back to its full glory thanks to the removal of later over-paint and discoloured varnish.

 

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BROWN’S LONDON ART WEEKEND: 5th July & 6th July

BROWN’S LONDON ART WEEKEND: 5th July & 6th July

Browse and Darby Gallery HENRY MOORE (1898-1986) Reclining Figure No.3, 1952 Conceived in 1952 and cast in an edition of 9 bronze width: 8 inches   Provenance Private Collection, Devon, England A gift from the above, circa 1958, to a Private Collection, USA

Browse and Darby Gallery
HENRY MOORE (1898-1986)
Reclining Figure No.3, 1952
Conceived in 1952 and cast in an edition of 9
bronze
width: 8 inches
Provenance
Private Collection, Devon, England
A gift from the above, circa 1958, to a Private Collection, USA

I am delighted to say that the idea of Saturday morning tours followed by lunch (see my blog BROWN’S HOTEL, SATURDAY MAYFAIR ART TOURS, 17/01/2014) has proved so successful that the first Brown’s London Art Weekend is taking place on Saturday 5th July (10am – 5pm) and Sunday 6th July (12pm – 5pm). It forms part of London Art Week (4th – 11th July) in which London’s major auction houses and 80 Mayfair and St James’s galleries will present open exhibitions focusing on everything from antiquities to the latest contemporary art.

 

Victoria Miro Exterior Shot

Victoria Miro
Exterior Shot

Local dealers John Martin and Johnny Messum, have spearheaded the weekend to show the depth of expertise and diversity that the art trade in Mayfair and St James’s offers. The event will feature almost 100 free walks, talks and exhibitions. It serves as an apt reminder of the cultural, educational and economic benefits that the trade brings to the area, especially when many of Mayfair’s art galleries are faced with unprecedented pressures from steeply rising rents.

Waterhouse & Dodd Gallery view -  L'Abstraction exhibition

Waterhouse & Dodd
Gallery view – L’Abstraction exhibition

MALLET  Interior Shot

MALLET
Interior Shot

There will also be a chance to attend the Art Brunch in HIX Mayfair, Brown’s Hotel on both days (£60 per head). To book a place at the brunch, please email info@londonartweekend. co.uk. They begin at 11am, and guests are to be seated by 11.30am. The brunch will be hosted by Jan Dalley, Arts Editor of The Financial Times, who will be in conversation with leaders of the art world over the course of the meal. Reservations are required.

HIX Mayfair Adrian Houston

HIX Mayfair
Adrian Houston

Further details and information can be found on the website.

 

 

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MASTERPIECE LONDON 2014 – Anthony Outred

ANTHONY OUTRED

14944 black basalt stele

A CARVED BLACK BASALT STELE OF VISHNU

North Eastern India, Pala Period, 11th or 12th Century

 Measurements: 30 ¼” (77 cm) High; 35 ½” (90 cm) High with Base; 14”(36 cm) Wide; 5” (13 cm) Deep

 

The black basalt stele has a carved figure of Vishnu standing in samapadasana, holding a lotus, mace chakra and conch. The figure is dressed in a short striated dhoti and adorned with various necklaces, and bracelets. His face has a bow-shaped mouth and elongated eyes, and he wears a tall conical headdress.

The Pala dynasty ruled Bihar and Bengal between the 8th and 12th centuries.

 

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MASTERPIECE LONDON 2014 – John Mitchell Fine Paintings

John Mitchell Fine Paintings

 Willem the Elder, 'penschilderij', April 2014

 Willem van de Velde the Elder (1611-1693)
An English two-decker lying-to at sea in a moderate breeze, with boats pulling towards her
oil, pen and ink, and wash en grisaille, canvas, 22 x 25 in. (56.2 x 63.5 cm.)
signed and indistinctly dated 169(?)

 

From the quality of this very rare and re-discovered penschilderij (‘pen painting’) you can see why works by this seventeenth-century Dutch artist are eagerly sought after. It is not surprising that it was named Painting of the Year at the Fair.

 

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MASTERPIECE LONDON 2014 – Blain|Southern

Blain|Southern

 Tim Noble & Sue Webster 'The Masterpiece' 2014

 The Masterpiece, Tim Noble & Sue Webster, 2014

Sterling silver, metal stand, light projector

 

This new shadow work is being especially unveiled at the fair and is a unique work made up of mummified animals, which have been cast in solid silver. It won the prize for Object of the Year.

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Cecil Beaton at Wilton

Cecil Beaton at Wilton, until 14th September, 2014

East Front of Wilton House  ©Wilton House Trust

East Front of Wilton House
©Wilton House Trust

This exhibition is a celebration of Cecil Beaton’s friendship with the Pembroke family whose ancestral home is Wilton House. From attending his first ball there in 1927 (he was thrown in the river) to a birthday lunch in January, 1980, just three days before his death, he photographed and recorded the lives of three generations of the family. Beaton lived nearby firstly at Ashcombe and then at Reddish.

Cecil Beaton in “All the Vogue”, Cambridge, 1925 © The Cecil Beaton Studio Archive

Cecil Beaton in “All the Vogue”, Cambridge, 1925
© The Cecil Beaton Studio Archive

The photographs from Sotheby’s Cecil Beaton Studio Archive reveal a world of pageants, costume balls and country house parties and show Beaton’s flair for creating fancy dress and mis-en-scène. So it is no wonder that as well as being a celebrated photographer for Vogue and Vanity Fair, he would win Oscars in the cinema and Tony awards in theatre for his designs.

Alice von Hofmannsthal, Ashcombe,1937, in her Costume for "The Gardener's Daughter" for "The Anti Dud Ball" at the Dorchester Hotel, 13 July 1937 © The Cecil Beaton Studio Archive

Alice von Hofmannsthal, Ashcombe,1937, in her Costume for “The Gardener’s Daughter” for “The Anti Dud Ball” at the Dorchester Hotel, 13 July 1937
© The Cecil Beaton Studio Archive

He was fortunate in that he was able to combine his personal life with his artistic pursuits and so we in our turn can enjoy it in this new exhibition space at Wilton. The stylish show is designed and curated by Jasper Conran.

Wilton House Cecil Beaton © The Cecil Beaton Studio Archive

Wilton House Cecil Beaton
© The Cecil Beaton Studio Archive

The Countess of Pembroke in her Robes for the Coronation of George VI, 1937 © The Cecil Beaton Studio Archive

The Countess of Pembroke in her Robes for the Coronation of George VI, 1937
© The Cecil Beaton Studio Archive

Lord Pembroke says: “There is a strong family connection with Cecil Beaton and although I was too young to remember him, my mother and older sisters certainly have very fond memories of him here at Wilton.

The images that have been chosen are fascinating both as social history and also for their technical brilliance. Beaton was a genius when it came to studio photography, but he also excelled at capturing spontaneous shots of pure joy.

Lady Plunket (Dorothé) and Mr Maurice, 1937 © The Cecil Beaton Studio Archive

Lady Plunket (Dorothé) and Mr Maurice, 1937
© The Cecil Beaton Studio Archive

I hope that the exhibition gives as much pleasure and inspiration to visitors as it has to us.”

Rex Whistler, 1927 © The Cecil Beaton Studio Archive

Rex Whistler, 1927
© The Cecil Beaton Studio Archive

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Palladian Bridge at Wilton House ©Wilton House Trust

Palladian Bridge at Wilton House
©Wilton House Trust