Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair

Autumn 2014 Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair, at Battersea Evolution, Battersea Park, London SW11, until 5th October

1930/40s carousel ride train, approx. 5ft long and 2.6ft tall. North Country, original condition train. Peter Bunting

1930/40s carousel ride train, approx. 5ft long and 2.6ft tall.
North Country, original condition train.
Peter Bunting

Roll up! Roll Up! All the fun of the Fairground and Circus await you in the Foyer of the autumn edition of this popular Fair. Rides, gallopers, painted panels all evoke the thrills and spills many of us will remember from our childhoods.  It has been dazzlingly arranged by Vivienne Roberts, who works for the picture dealer Julian Hartnoll.

As ever the Fair itself offers a tempting array of furniture, pictures, lights, rugs and objects to make a perfect home. One really cannot ask for much more.

A 1950s Italian sofa upholstered in violet velvet  Monique Relander

A 1950s Italian sofa upholstered in violet velvet
Monique Relander

Winnie the Pooh, 2013 By Banksy . ( British born 1975 ) Haynes Fine Art

Winnie the Pooh, 2013
By Banksy . ( British born 1975 )
Haynes Fine Art

A pair of Arts & Crafts Abingwood Chairs 1897, designed by George Walton and Charles Rennie Mackintosh for the billiard room at Miss Cranston's Buchanan Street Tearooms in Glasgow.  Nadin & Macintosh

A pair of Arts & Crafts Abingwood Chairs 1897, designed by George Walton and Charles Rennie Mackintosh for the billiard room at Miss Cranston’s Buchanan Street Tearooms in Glasgow.
Nadin & Macintosh

 

 

A large Lucite owl by the Brazilian artist Abraham Palatnik c.1960  L & V Art and Design

A large Lucite owl by the Brazilian artist Abraham Palatnik c.1960
L & V Art and Design

 

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The Wallace Collection

The Great Gallery Reopened!

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Do you know that feeling you can get when you see something that so impresses you that you actually have to go back to see it again? Well that is what happened with me and the re-opening of the Great Gallery at the Wallace Collection and believe me it is looking fantastic.

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The new ceiling which once again allows natural light in is a huge bonus, evoking Sir Richard Wallace’s days. He had the original gallery added between 1872-5 to house his collection which he was bringing over from Paris.

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The famous art historian Sir Kenneth Clark described it as “the greatest picture gallery in Europe” and it certainly deserves that appellation. The new hang emphasizes the creative dialogue between the major 17th century centres of artistic endeavor; Italy, Spain, the Netherlands and France. Among the familiar treasures on show are the widely known and loved works – Hals’ The Laughing Cavalier, Rubens’ The Rainbow Landscape, Poussin’s A Dance to the Music of Time and Velázquez’ The Lady with a Fan.

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The striking new crimson silk damask on the walls reflects the way 19th century collectors displayed their paintings while the new decorative wainscot panelling captures the spirit of the 18th century as arranged against it is some of the Collection’s superb Boulle furniture. Indeed the noted collector the Marquis de Marigny (Madame de Pompadour’s brother) said that the best way to display Boulle furniture was against white and gold panelling and he is certainly proved right in this gallery. By the 1770s it had become fashionable in France to place Boulle pieces in the same rooms as Old Masters.

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So following the two year refurbishment, thanks to the generous support of the Monuments Trust who made it possible, the 18th, 19th and 21st centuries have come together in a glorious symphony of art. I did wonder looking at the portrait of George IV what he would think were he able to visit the gallery and I could imagine that on leaving he would call his architects and ask them to create as great a room for him at Buckingham Palace!

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The Osborne Studio Gallery

JONATHAN WYLDER, The Osborne Studio Gallery, 2 Motcomb Street, London SW1, until 11th October

Esprit, mixed media, life size, height 185 cms / 73 ins Photo: Steven Russell

Esprit, mixed media, life size, height 185 cms / 73 ins
Photo: Steven Russell

Much of the work of the well-known Salisbury-born sculptor Jonathan Wylder is inspired by dancers and models. The centrepiece in this new exhibition of his work is the life-size ‘Esprit’ shown here, which can be seen alongside other studies of female and male forms as well as other works.

Esprit, mixed media, life size, height 185 cms / 73 ins Photo: Steven Russell

Esprit, mixed media, life size, height 185 cms / 73 ins
Photo: Steven Russell

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elizabeth gage® & kallos gallery

elizabeth gage® & kallos gallery – Exhibition of jewellery and antiquities, Kallos Gallery, 14-16 Davies Street, London W1, until 26th September

Kallos Gallery: A bronze horse votive of the geometric era (750-730BC). Price on application An 18ct yellow gold necklace with 9 oval cabochon peridots, with an ancient bronze Zeus.  Price on application Credit: 'Ka​llos Gallery and Alex Brenner'

Kallos Gallery: A bronze horse votive of the geometric era (750-730BC). Price on application
An 18ct yellow gold necklace with 9 oval cabochon peridots, with an ancient bronze Zeus. Price on application
Credit: ‘Ka​llos Gallery and Alex Brenner’

Combine the jewellery of the highly regarded jewellery designer Elizabeth Gage with the remarkable ancient Greek antiquities in Baron Lorne Thyssen-Bornemisza’s recently opened Kallos Gallery and you have what can only be described as truly classic elegance.

Kallos Gallery - Elizabeth Gage's talk on 23rd September Credit: 'Ka​llos Gallery and Alex Brenner'.

Kallos Gallery – Elizabeth Gage’s talk on 23rd September
Credit: ‘Ka​llos Gallery and Alex Brenner’.

In her book The Unconventional Gage Miss Gage writes ‘Coins have always had a fascination for me because of their historical association. I became fascinated by Alexander the Great after using coins bearing his head many times in my jewellery. When I pick up an ancient coin I am aware that I am touching a piece that has been handled by people many hundreds of years ago,’

It is particularly appropriate that some pieces are being shown with ancient Greek coins in this exhibition which so succinctly combines ancient and modern in such an engaging way.

Kallos Gallery: A bronze horse votive of the geometric era (750-730BC). Price on application A 'regardant beast' motif on a disc brooch found in East Anglia, on a necklace with bronzites.  Price on application​ Credit: 'Ka​llos Gallery and Alex Brenner'

Kallos Gallery: A bronze horse votive of the geometric era (750-730BC). Price on application
A ‘regardant beast’ motif on a disc brooch found in East Anglia, on a necklace with bronzites. Price on application​
Credit: ‘Ka​llos Gallery and Alex Brenner’

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Osborne Samuel Gallery

CRW Nevinson: A Printmaker in War & Peace, Osborne Samuel Gallery, 23a Bruton Street, London W1, until 18th October 2014

 (From) A Paris Window / Etching & drypoint / 20.2 x 15.2 cm

(From) A Paris Window / Etching & drypoint / 20.2 x 15.2 cm

This comprehensive show of his prints comes alongside the launching of a new book CRW Nevinson –The Complete Prints compiled by and with essays by Dr Jonathan Black (Lund Humphries Publishing, London and Osborne Samuel Gallery).

That Cursed Wood, 1918 / Drypoint / 25 x 34.7 cm

That Cursed Wood, 1918 / Drypoint / 25 x 34.7 cm

Although perhaps best known for his evocative and moving images of the First World War he in fact created one hundred and forty eight prints between 1916 and 1933 and so New York, Paris and, of course, London provide the inspiration for other works in this enjoyable celebration of Nevinson’s printmaking.

The Temples of New York, 1919 / Drypoint / 19.7 x 15.5 cm

The Temples of New York, 1919 / Drypoint / 19.7 x 15.5 cm

 

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Any London Street, 1922 / Etching / 13.8 x 17.4 cm

Any London Street, 1922 / Etching / 13.8 x 17.4 cm

Beetles+Huxley

BOB WILLOUGHBY, Beetles+Huxley, 3-5 Swallow Street, London W1, until 4th October 2014

 BIG JAY MCNEELY, 1951 WILLOUGHBY, BOB (1927-2009) © Bob Willoughby/Beetles+Huxley


BIG JAY MCNEELY, 1951
WILLOUGHBY, BOB (1927-2009)
© Bob Willoughby/Beetles+Huxley

Bob Willoughby, as this exhibition shows first became known for his photographs of jazz musicians but in 1954 he was asked by Warner Brothers to photograph Judy Garland on the set of A Star Is Born, for Life Magazine and a new career beckoned giving him unprecedented access to the film sets.

AUDREY HEPBURN, 1953 WILLOUGHBY, BOB (1927-2009) © Bob Willoughby/Beetles+Huxley

AUDREY HEPBURN, 1953
WILLOUGHBY, BOB (1927-2009)
© Bob Willoughby/Beetles+Huxley

Over the next twenty years he photographed the making of films, including The Graduate, My Fair Lady and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf and as the photographs show he was skilful in capturing the essence of the films he was working on. An innovative photographer he created many memorable images of stars such as Rock Hudson, Anne Bancroft and Dustin Hoffman, Frank Sinatra, Audrey Hepburn, Elvis Presley and Chet Baker which still beguile us today. His son Christopher said that he formed friendships with many of the stars, especially Audrey Hepburn and her family.

DUSTIN HOFFMAN, 1967 WILLOUGHBY, BOB (1927-2009) © Bob Willoughby/Beetles+Huxley

DUSTIN HOFFMAN, 1967
WILLOUGHBY, BOB (1927-2009)
© Bob Willoughby/Beetles+Huxley

VINCENT PRICE, 1958 WILLOUGHBY, BOB (1927-2009) © Bob Willoughby/Beetles+Huxley

VINCENT PRICE, 1958
WILLOUGHBY, BOB (1927-2009)
© Bob Willoughby/Beetles+Huxley

 

 

ELVIS PRESLEY AND SOPHIA LOREN, 1958 WILLOUGHBY, BOB (1927-2009) © Bob Willoughby/Beetles+Huxley

ELVIS PRESLEY AND SOPHIA LOREN, 1958
WILLOUGHBY, BOB (1927-2009)
© Bob Willoughby/Beetles+Huxley

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Goldsmiths’ Fair 2014

Goldsmiths’ Fair, Goldsmiths’ Hall, Foster Lane, London EC2, 22nd September to 5th October

 

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This very exciting Fair is spread over two weeks and will feature the works of one hundred and seventy designer-makers. They are selected to exhibit by a panel of experts brought together by the Goldsmiths’ Company so you really are seeing the very best. This year the Fair has a new look which will greater enhance the experience of visiting. Prices range from £150 upwards.

Sarah Herriot – Splash Ring (Week Two, Stand 56)

Sarah Herriot – Splash Ring
(Week Two, Stand 56)

For the first time this year they are having a “guest curator” and it is the celebrated architect Zaha Hadid. She has chosen a selection of twenty-one pieces that she regards as highlights of the Fair and I share some of them with you here:

Heather McDermott – Short Fankle Necklace (Week Two, Stand 1)

Heather McDermott – Short Fankle Necklace
(Week Two, Stand 1)

Details:

Week One — 22 to 28 Sept 2014

Week Two — 30 Sept to 5 Oct 2014

Tina Engell – Slice Bracelet (Week Two, Stand 61)

Tina Engell – Slice Bracelet
(Week Two, Stand 61)

Opening Times 11am — 6.30pm

Thursdays open late until 8.30pm

Last entry 30 minutes before closing

Kathryn Hinton – Faceted Double Bowl (Week Two, Stand 50)

Kathryn Hinton – Faceted Double Bowl
(Week Two, Stand 50)

Admission with catalogue: £10 one week, £15 two weeks.

Advance tickets available at http://www.goldsmithsfair.co.uk

Beth Gilmour – Dichroma Earrings (Week One, Stand 72)

Beth Gilmour – Dichroma Earrings
(Week One, Stand 72)

Juliette Bigley – Gilded Salt & Pepper Split Bowls (Week Two, Stand 47)

Juliette Bigley – Gilded Salt & Pepper Split Bowls
(Week Two, Stand 47)

Tom Rucker – Ring GEO. AEGEANA (Week One, Stand 78)

Tom Rucker – Ring GEO. AEGEANA
(Week One, Stand 78)

Craig Stuart – White Gold & Silver Mokume Gane Halo Discus Brooch with Diamonds (Week One, Stand 55)

Craig Stuart – White Gold & Silver Mokume Gane Halo Discus Brooch with
Diamonds
(Week One, Stand 55)