Waterhouse & Dodd

Dorothy Mead, Waterhouse & Dodd, 47 Albemarle Street, London W1, until 13th December 2014

Blue nude, circa 1968 Oil on canvas 23.5 x 39.5 in / 60 x 100 cm

Blue nude, circa 1968
Oil on canvas
23.5 x 39.5 in / 60 x 100 cm

In many ways it really is strange that Dorothy Mead (1928-1975) never had a ‘one-man’ show in her lifetime. As these paintings and drawings from the artist’s estate show she was an accomplished and skilled artist. She had studied under David Bomberg and was a founder member of the Borough Group but even though periodically working as an art teacher struggled financially. Among the casual jobs she undertook she was as a Kentish hop picker, a theatrical costume designer, a cartoon animator and a Lyons waitress.

Looking into the distance, 1947-48 Oil on canvas 25 x 30 in / 64 x 76 cm

Looking into the distance, 1947-48
Oil on canvas
25 x 30 in / 64 x 76 cm

In this exhibition twenty-five of her works are shown alongside ones by her mentor David Bomberg and fellow pupils including Frank Auerbach, Dennis Creffield, Miles Richmond as well as members of the Borough Group.

Arcade, 1967 Dated ‘67 Oil on canvas 25 x 30 in / 64 x 76 cm

Arcade, 1967
Dated ‘67
Oil on canvas
25 x 30 in / 64 x 76 cm

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MALL GALLERIES

New English Art Club Annual Open Exhibition 2014, Mall Galleries, The Mall, London SW, 28 November to 7 December 2014

Michael Harrison  Christmas at Recipease

Michael Harrison
Christmas at Recipease

This annual exhibition is always eagerly awaited by collectors and understandably so. With over four hundred works – paintings, prints and drawings – for sale there should be something for everyone. Don’t miss it.

Open: 10am to 5pm (closes 1pm on final day)

Michael Fairclough Dusk IX

Michael Fairclough
Dusk IX

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UN MOMENT DE PERFECTION

UN MOMENT DE PERFECTION, Christie’s King Street, London, 3rd December, 2014

The Hallway, showing to the left of the mirrored doors: Lot 53 Christina Robertson (1796-1854) Portrait of Empress Alexandra Feodorovna of Russia, née Princess Charlotte of Prussia, three-quarter length, in an ermine-lined red mantle, in a park landscape signed 'C. Robertson Pinxit' (lower right) oil on canvas 50 7/8 x 38 7/8 in. (129 x 98 cm.) Estimate £30,000 - 50,000 CHRISTIE'S IMAGES LTD. 2014

The Hallway, showing to the left of the mirrored doors:
Lot 53
Christina Robertson (1796-1854)
Portrait of Empress Alexandra Feodorovna of Russia, née Princess Charlotte of Prussia, three-quarter length, in an ermine-lined red mantle, in a park landscape
signed ‘C. Robertson Pinxit’ (lower right)
oil on canvas
50 7/8 x 38 7/8 in. (129 x 98 cm.)
Estimate £30,000 – 50,000
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There is really no other way in my mind to describe an interior by Maison Jansen, especially where it’s legendary director Stéphane Boudin and his successor Pierre Delbée were involved. The interiors from which this collection comes are a fine example of the firm’s work.

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Interior View
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Jansen’s clients included the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, the Wrightsmans, the Agnellis, C Z Guest and President and Mrs Kennedy. I was fortunate enough early in my writing career to write about Boudin and the work he did for Lady Baillie at Leeds Castle and her London house and it was a fascinating exercise. I totally understood why she chose him to create the background for her life.

Lot 20 ONE OF A PAIR OF LATE LOUIS XVI ORMOLU SIX-LIGHT CANDELABRA ATTRIBUTED TO PIERRE GOUTHIERE CIRCA 1785-1790, POSSIBLY RETAILED BY DOMINIQUE DAGUERRE Each surmounted by a bouquet of rose stems from a flower and fruit-filled basket on a sphere-capped baluster issuing six scrolling horn-shaped branches on a circular plinth with palmette-cast frieze, the three supports headed by satyr masks and enclosing a suspended amphora to the centre, the base with griffin supports on a concave-sided tripartite base centred by Medusa masks to each side on fluted toupie feet, the rose stems late 18th century and possibly later embellishments 46 ½ in. (118 cm.) high; 16 in. (40.5 cm.) deep Estimate £350,000 - 500,000  CHRISTIE'S IMAGES LTD. 2014

Lot 20
ONE OF A PAIR OF LATE LOUIS XVI ORMOLU SIX-LIGHT CANDELABRA
ATTRIBUTED TO PIERRE GOUTHIERE CIRCA 1785-1790, POSSIBLY RETAILED BY DOMINIQUE DAGUERRE
Each surmounted by a bouquet of rose stems from a flower and fruit-filled basket on a sphere-capped baluster issuing six scrolling horn-shaped branches on a circular plinth with palmette-cast frieze, the three supports headed by satyr masks and enclosing a suspended amphora to the centre, the base with griffin supports on a concave-sided tripartite base centred by Medusa masks to each side on fluted toupie feet, the rose stems late 18th century and possibly later embellishments
46 ½ in. (118 cm.) high; 16 in. (40.5 cm.) deep
Estimate £350,000 – 500,000
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Whatever the mise-en-scene Jansen were superb at incorporating their clients’ collections and advising them on suitable acquisitions. This sale contains some superb pieces of fine and decorative art, including two beautiful capricci of Rome by Hubert Robert, Italian commodes designed by Luigi Valadier and a superb pair of ormolu candelabra attributed to celebrated French ciseleur-doreur Pierre Gouthière.

Lot 30 ONE OF A PAIR OF ITALIAN NEOCLASSICAL ORMOLU-MOUNTED PADOUK, ROSEWOOD AND MARQUETRY COMMODES, ROME, CIRCA 1784-75, THE DESIGN AND MOUNTS BY LUIGI VALADIER Each with a green, grey and white striated marble top above an ormolu stiff-leaf moulded edge, above two drawers centred by classical mask handles within laurel wreaths within a guilloche border, the sides similarly inlaid and centred by a handle, on turned tapering fluted columnar legs and stiff-leaf sabots 37 ¼ in. (94.5 cm.) high; 52 ¾ in. (134 cm.) wide; 26 ¼ in. (66.5 cm.) deep, overall 36 in. (91 cm.) high; 52 in. (132 cm.) wide; 26 in. (66 cm.) deep. without marble Estimate £600,000 - 1,000,000  CHRISTIE'S IMAGES LTD. 2014

Lot 30
ONE OF A PAIR OF ITALIAN NEOCLASSICAL ORMOLU-MOUNTED PADOUK, ROSEWOOD AND MARQUETRY COMMODES, ROME, CIRCA 1784-75, THE DESIGN AND MOUNTS BY LUIGI VALADIER
Each with a green, grey and white striated marble top above an ormolu stiff-leaf moulded edge, above two drawers centred by classical mask handles within laurel wreaths within a guilloche border, the sides similarly inlaid and centred by a handle, on turned tapering fluted columnar legs and stiff-leaf sabots
37 ¼ in. (94.5 cm.) high; 52 ¾ in. (134 cm.) wide; 26 ¼ in. (66.5 cm.) deep, overall
36 in. (91 cm.) high; 52 in. (132 cm.) wide; 26 in. (66 cm.) deep. without marble
Estimate £600,000 – 1,000,000
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There are many other beautiful things too that will inspire purchasers to buy a little piece of this superb lifestyle that Jansen created with their clients.

The Dining Room showing on the far wall: Lot 36 Hubert Robert (Paris 1733-1808) The Forum, Rome, with the Temple of Antoninus and Faustina and figures resting in the foreground; and the Forum, Rome, with the Temple of Saturn and figures conversing and resting by a sculpted vase oil on canvas 25¼ x 31 in. (64.2 x 78.5 cm.) (2) a pair Estimate £200,000 - 400,000 CHRISTIE'S IMAGES LTD. 2014

The Dining Room showing on the far wall:
Lot 36
Hubert Robert (Paris 1733-1808)
The Forum, Rome, with the Temple of Antoninus and Faustina and figures resting in the foreground; and the Forum, Rome, with the Temple of Saturn and figures conversing and resting by a sculpted vase
oil on canvas
25¼ x 31 in. (64.2 x 78.5 cm.)
(2) a pair
Estimate £200,000 – 400,000
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See: Un Moment de Perfection: An Important Private Collection of French 18th Century Furniture and Old Master Paintings at http://www.christies.com

BRUCE MUNRO AT WADDESDON AND SALISBURY

Winter Light at Waddesdon: Bruce Munro

North Front, Waddesdon Manor ©National Trust, Waddesdon Manor Photo : Mike Fear

North Front, Waddesdon Manor ©National Trust, Waddesdon Manor Photo : Mike Fear

It has become a custom to celebrate Christmas at Waddesdon in a very special way both indoors and outdoors and this year is certainly no exception. Following on from Waddesdon’s interest in the artistic effect of light it is totally appropriate that in the rooms of the East and the Bachelors’ Wings there are enchanting displays of myths, rituals and stories from around the globe. Entitled Lights and Legends, the displays encompass Yuletide, Chinese New Year, Babushka, St Lucy and more.

Billiard Room, Waddesdon Manor ©National Trust, Waddesdon Manor Photo : Mike Fear

Billiard Room, Waddesdon Manor ©National Trust, Waddesdon Manor Photo : Mike Fear

Now in the second year of his residency the noted international artist Bruce Munro has again installed special light pieces in the garden but this time also indoors in the White Room. As befits the room’s name the installation is called Snow Code and consists of messages in Morse code which are conveyed in pulses of light falling like snow. It is a very sensual experience as the mirrors of the room also reflect the messages.

©Bruce Munro, Snow Code, Waddesdon Manor 2014 photograph by Mark Pickthall

©Bruce Munro, Snow Code, Waddesdon Manor 2014 photograph by Mark Pickthall

The trail of light through the gardens is quite special and as you progress along it you will come across light works that immediately capture your attention and interest. Among them is Beacon (2013) a geodesic dome of coloured light, which he created originally for the benefit of the charity ‘Cancerkin’ and it certainly is a perfect “beacon” of hope. Eden Blooms (2013) relates to Munro’s recent works in botanical gardens in the USA and his Field of Light (2004 -2014) which he considers as his “personal symbol for the good things in life” is this year his way of marking the First World War

©Bruce Munro, Eden Blooms, Waddesdon Manor 2014 photograph by Mark Pickthall’

©Bruce Munro, Eden Blooms, Waddesdon Manor 2014 photograph by Mark Pickthall’

 

Until: 4th January 2015

©Bruce Munro, Field of Light, Waddesdon Manor 2014 photograph by Mark Pickthall

©Bruce Munro, Field of Light, Waddesdon Manor 2014 photograph by Mark Pickthall

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‘Star’ to Shine at Salisbury Cathedral

Aerial view of Star of Bethelehem by Bruce Munro at Salisbury  Cathedral - photo by Ash Mills

Aerial view of Star of Bethelehem by Bruce Munro at Salisbury Cathedral – photo by Ash Mills

The Star of Bethlehem is projected from above onto the still water of the font below and continues spilling over the sides. Once again using the dots and dashes of Morse code Munro tells the story of the wise men following the star to find the infant Christ and is based on Matthew 2: 1-12 from the New Testament.

Star of Bethelehem by Bruce Munro at Salisbury Cathedral - photo by  Ash Mills

Star of Bethelehem by Bruce Munro at Salisbury Cathedral – photo by Ash Mills

It takes 2minutes 20 seconds for it reach to its maximum extent and remains like that for 70minutes with the text scrolling to each point of the star. A very spiritual experience to behold.

 

Until: 4th February 2015

 

http://www.salisburycathedral.org.uk

 

 

www.brucemunro.co.uk

 

EAT, DRINK & BE MERRY

EAT, DRINK & BE MERRY, Reindeer Antiques, 81 Kensington Church Street, London W8, 26th November – 17th December 2014

 “Eat Drink and Be Merry: Furniture by Reindeer Antiques, Silver by Jason Sanderberg, Print by Isaac and Ede”

“Eat Drink and Be Merry: Furniture by Reindeer Antiques, Silver by Jason Sanderberg, Print by Isaac and Ede”

Three leading London dealers have joined forces to give us a glimpse of Georgian hospitality. Among the pieces on offer is a pair of George II Rococo sauce boats with dolphin handles made by Thomas Gilpin which would grace any table. A pair of Regency amboyna and rosewood card tables reminds us of the love of card playing and gambling in the period which was caricatured by artists such as Hogarth, Cruikshank and Rowlandson.

“Gosselin Wine Drinking print by Isaac and Ede”

“Gosselin Wine Drinking print by Isaac and Ede”

The dealers taking part are Reindeer Antiques who are one of the capital’s leading Georgian furniture dealers, silver expert Jason Sandeberg and David Isaac of the St James’s print specialists Isaac & Ede.

http://www.isaacandede.com
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Philip Mould & Company

John Smart – A Genius Magnified, Philip Mould & Company, 29 Dover Street, London W1, 25th November – 9th December 2014

 

This exhibition provides a great opportunity to buy a portrait by an artist considered to be the greatest miniature painter of his era.

A Portrait of Richard Twining (1749-1824) by John Smart.  Watercolour, silver-gilt bracelet clasp frame with diamond border. Signed with initials and dated ‘J.S/1771’. Oval, 39mm (1 . in.) high.  © Philip Mould & Company.

A Portrait of Richard Twining (1749-1824) by John Smart.
Watercolour, silver-gilt bracelet clasp frame with diamond border. Signed with initials and dated ‘J.S/1771’. Oval, 39mm (1 . in.) high.
© Philip Mould & Company.

Thanks to diligent research by the gallery’s Emma Rutherford and researcher Lawrence Hendra we now know more about the life of John Smart (1741-1811). Although thought to have come from Norfolk they have discovered that he was a Londoner, from Soho.

 A Lady, previously identified as ‘Lady Cockburn’, wearing a gold dress with lace trim decorated with pearls and sapphire, her hair worn curled and powdered and decorated with white ostrich feathers, by John Smart.  Watercolour, original gold frame (Colonial), signed with initials and dated ‘J.S/1785/I’, Oval, 50mm (2 in.) high.  © Philip Mould & Company.

A Lady, previously identified as ‘Lady Cockburn’, wearing a gold dress with lace trim
decorated with pearls and sapphire, her hair worn curled and powdered and decorated
with white ostrich feathers, by John Smart.
Watercolour, original gold frame (Colonial), signed with
initials and dated ‘J.S/1785/I’, Oval, 50mm (2 in.) high.
© Philip Mould & Company.

His sitters were mainly drawn from the wealthy merchant classes and this in 1785 led to him to India where he remained for the next ten years. Sitters from this time can be easily identified by the fact that he added the letter I to his signature and also the faces of the Caucasian sitters portrayed show signs of sunburn or are flushed from the heat. He also did some sketches of Indian subjects while he was in Madras.

A Young Hindu, probably called ‘Venkataramman’, wearing a jamaand turban by John Smart.  Pencil and watercolour on paper, inscribed on the reverse:‘VencatarammanBramin’. Gilded wood frame, Rectangular, 71 x 61mm (2 . x 2 ⅜ in.) © Philip Mould& Company.

A Young Hindu, probably called ‘Venkataramman’, wearing a jamaand turban by John Smart.
Pencil and watercolour on paper, inscribed on the reverse:‘VencatarammanBramin’. Gilded wood frame, Rectangular, 71 x 61mm (2 . x 2 ⅜ in.)
© Philip Mould& Company.

He returned to London in December 1795 and moved into 20 Grafton Street (just a stone’s throw from the gallery) where he again flourished. Patrons paid 25 guineas for a miniature which is a similar amount to that paid to rent a London town house for a year.

A Young Girl, possibly Miss E. Lambert, wearing a décolleté white dress with thin gold waistband, her hair worn short by John Smart.  Watercolour, gold metal frame, the reverse with central aperture glazed to reveal brown plaited hair, red leather travelling case. Signed with initials and dated ‘J.S/1804’. Oval, 80mm (3 ⅛ in.) high.  © Philip Mould & Company.

A Young Girl, possibly Miss E. Lambert, wearing a décolleté white dress with thin gold waistband, her hair worn short by John Smart.
Watercolour, gold metal frame, the reverse with central aperture glazed to reveal brown plaited hair, red leather travelling case. Signed with initials and dated ‘J.S/1804’. Oval, 80mm (3 ⅛ in.) high.
© Philip Mould & Company.

The collection comprises of forty-five works and has been accrued over a period of nearly three decades by a European collector who loves the skill and precision of Smart’s painting. It is the first time that the collection has been publicly exhibited.

A Lady, identified as ‘Miss Byron’ by John Smart.  Watercolour, diamond-edged gold frame, inscribed on the reverse ‘Portrait of/Miss Byron/by John Smart/signed J.S.1770’ in shagreen travelling case, oval,38mm(1.in.) high. ©PhilipMould&Company.

A Lady, identified as ‘Miss Byron’ by John Smart.
Watercolour, diamond-edged gold frame, inscribed on the reverse ‘Portrait of/Miss Byron/by John Smart/signed J.S.1770’ in shagreen travelling case, oval,38mm(1.in.) high.
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A rare opportunity to admire and to acquire a work by this man of whom Philip Mould says “Smart’s peers were Gainsborough and Reynolds and although his works are diminutive in size, in his own medium he was their artistic equal. This is the chance we have been waiting for to give this often eclipsed virtuoso the stage he magnificently deserves. This body of work spans his career, two continents, and incorporates the full range of Smart’s artistry. As a feat of collecting from the late 1980s through to the mid 2000s it is remarkable. The opportunity to do the same with Smart’s equals on the scale of life such as Gainsborough, Lawrence or Reynolds passed long ago.”

John Dalrymple, 6th Earl of Stair (1749-1821) by John Smart.  Watercolour and pencil on paper. Inscribed on reverse in ink: ‘Lord Dalrymple’, and in a later hand: ‘Viscount Earl/of Stair’. Gilded wood frame, Rectangular, 60 x 50mm (2 ⅜ x 2 in.)  © Philip Mould & Company.

John Dalrymple, 6th Earl of Stair (1749-1821) by John Smart.
Watercolour and pencil on paper. Inscribed on reverse in ink: ‘Lord Dalrymple’, and in a later hand: ‘Viscount Earl/of Stair’. Gilded wood frame, Rectangular, 60 x 50mm (2 ⅜ x 2 in.)
© Philip Mould & Company.

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Christie’s King Street, London, 4th December 2014

A Townhouse off Grosvenor Square: The Collection of Dr Peter D. Sommer, Christie’s King Street, London, 4th December 2014.

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The Berlin-born Dr Peter D. Sommer (1940-2013) was a successful financier and a lover of French and German Fine and Decorative Arts, particularly from the 18th century. However as the catalogue reveals he did not limit his collecting to those areas only as there is good English furniture, silver, jewellery, Impressionist pictures and some rather fine Hermès luggage too.

Interior view showing a magnificent Louis XV regulateur, circa 1745, formerly in the collection of the Viennese Rothschilds (estimate: £200,000-300,000, illustrated left) and one of a set of six grand Viennese giltwood armchairs with seats and backs of Beauvais tapestry depicting La Fontaine’s Fables (offered over three lots each with estimates of £100,000-150,000) CHRISTIE'S IMAGES LTD. 2014

Interior view showing a magnificent Louis XV regulateur, circa 1745, formerly in the collection of the Viennese Rothschilds (estimate: £200,000-300,000, illustrated left) and one of a set of six grand Viennese giltwood armchairs with seats and backs of Beauvais tapestry depicting La Fontaine’s Fables (offered over three lots each with estimates of £100,000-150,000)
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Frederick the Great’s patronage of the arts has been a great influence in Dr Sommer’s collecting, especially in pictures which feature many ‘fêtes galantes’ and mythological subjects. As well as an interesting group of four tables en chiffonnière by Bernard II van Risen Burgh – known as ‘BVRB’ – the master ébéniste of the French mid-18th century there are a pair of German chairs similar to those ordered by Frederick for his various palaces.  It is a remarkable ensemble and achievement.

Interior view showing a Louis XV Gobelins tapestry, dated 1758, depicting the Ball of Barcelona from the Don Quixote series (estimate: £100,000-150,000) CHRISTIE'S IMAGES LTD. 2014

Interior view showing a Louis XV Gobelins tapestry, dated 1758, depicting the Ball of Barcelona from the Don Quixote series (estimate: £100,000-150,000)
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One special feature of this sale is that you can actually view it in situ (admission by catalogue only) at Dr Sommer’s home, 47 Upper Grosvenor Street, from 22 November to 3 December. Selected highlights will be on view at Christie’s King Street between 28 November to 3 December.

Interior View showing one of a pair of English Giltwood Side Tables CHRISTIE'S IMAGES LTD. 2014

Interior View showing one of a pair of English Giltwood Side Tables
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Venus and Cupid by François Boucher (1703-1770) (estimate: £350,000-500,000) CHRISTIE'S IMAGES LTD. 2014

Venus and Cupid by François Boucher (1703-1770) (estimate: £350,000-500,000)
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