The Stephen Hanscombe Porcelain Collection: James Giles and his Contemporary Decorators at Stockspring Antiques, 114 Kensington Church St, London W8, 10th – 21st June 2014
I was very privileged to know Stephen Hanscombe, who was one of the nicest people I have ever met and whose friendship I miss greatly.
It is totally fitting that this selling exhibition of his well-known collection should be held at Stockspring Antiques as Stephen was heavily involved in three loan exhibitions there – James Giles, China and Glass Painter in 2005, The Early James Giles and his Contemporary London Decorators in 2008 and Jefferyes Hamett O’Neale in 2010.
His ceramics formed the basis for each of them and he wrote the three scholarly catalogues. Readers of my blog will also recall that he was the organiser of the loan exhibition of James Giles last autumn at the Holburne Museum in Bath.
Now you have the opportunity to acquire pieces of Chelsea, Worcester, Liverpool, Derby and Chinese porcelain decorated by James Giles, J. H. O’Neale and other decorators that he owned and which some of you will remember from the various exhibitions. There are over a hundred items and they exquisitely reflect the connoisseurship, style and taste of Stephen and will enhance any collection that becomes their new home.
There is a fully illustrated complimentary catalogue available on request and it will also be viewable on line at www.antique-porcelain.co.uk
Opening times: Tuesday 10th June: 12am-8pm, Weekdays: 10am-5.30pm,
Saturday 14th: 10am -4pm, Saturday 21st: 10am-12.30pm,
Closed on Sundays.
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