Albemarle Gallery

Winter Collective, Albemarle Gallery, 49 Albemarle Street, London W1, until 24th January 2015

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I have had much enjoyment in writing about the Albemarle Gallery for many years now and have admired their shows by established and emerging artists with their obvious bias towards the unique and original.

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It therefore gives me pleasure to draw your attention to this exciting show which features not only their regular artists such as Pablo Atchugarry, Luciano Ventrone and Stuart Luke Gatherer but includes newcomers such as Anita Arbidane, Fletcher Sibthorp, Brad Faine and David Wightman.

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Try not to miss it!

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http://www.albemarlegallery.com

MAGGI HAMBLING

MAGGI HAMBLING: WALLS OF WATER at the National Gallery & Marlborough Fine Art

Maggi Hambling Wall of water, Amy Winehouse 2011 Oil on canvas 36 x 48 in © Maggi Hambling, photograph by Douglas Atfield

Maggi Hambling
Wall of water, Amy Winehouse
2011
Oil on canvas
36 x 48 in
© Maggi Hambling, photograph by Douglas Atfield

The gigantic waves depicted in this new body of work are inspired by the waves the artist has seen crashing against the sea wall at Southwold in her native Suffolk. In her large paintings at the National Gallery the exuberant colours bring the immediacy of the life and death cycle of the waves to the viewer forcefully as do the starker black and white monotypes to be seen at Marlborough Fine Art. Closer inspection of the works reveals the shadowy ghosts of people and animals as well and indeed there is one smaller painting that was created in response to Amy Winehouse’s death in 2011.

Wall of Water 3, 2011, 75.3 x 106.5 cm Courtesy of Marlborough Fine Art

Wall of Water 3, 2011, 75.3 x 106.5 cm
Courtesy of Marlborough Fine Art

Hambling says of them “The one crucial thing that only painting can do is to make you feel as if you’re there while it’s being created – as if it’s happening in front you.”

 

http://www.nationalgallery.org.uk

http://www.marlboroughfineart.com

NEWS UPDATE: CARTIER II – MARJORIE MERRIWEATHER POST

NEWS UPDATE: CARTIER II – MARJORIE MERRIWEATHER POST’S DAZZLING GEMS, Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, Washington DC

Marjorie Post and Daughter Nedenia Hutton, 1929 Giulio de Blaas, Italy In this portrait, Post wears the Cartier emerald and diamond pendant brooch. Courtesy Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens.

Marjorie Post and Daughter Nedenia Hutton, 1929
Giulio de Blaas, Italy
In this portrait, Post wears the Cartier emerald and diamond pendant brooch.
Courtesy Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens.

Further to my blog of December 22nd- it has  been announced that the exhibition will now close on January 11, 2015, rather than on December 31st 2014. So still time to visit it!

 

http://www.HillwoodMuseum.org

A CHRISTMAS MESSAGE

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Xmas 2014

Many thanks to you all for your interest in my blog and for the many likes, comments and endorsements in 2014
Warm good wishes

Tim Forrest

PS: Will be posting again next week

 

(IMAGE: Churchill Arms, Kensington Church Street, London W8. Kensington Church Street offers one of the largest selections of Art and Antiques in London  – http://www.antiques-london.com)

The Art of Speed

The Art of Speed, The Gallery, 54 Shepherd Market, London, W1, 22nd December 2013 – 5th January 2014

1964 British Grand Prix

1964 British Grand Prix

Some of you may recall the exciting exhibition held at the same time last year and I am delighted to tell you that William Lansbury has returned this year with an eclectic mixture of works, including paintings, posters and photos. The posters are particularly striking with their nostalgic appeal of times past.

Stirling Moss Mercedes 1955 British GP.

Stirling Moss Mercedes 1955 British GP.

Opening times:

Opening times:

22nd December 10am – 5pm

23rd December 10am – 10pm

24th – 26th December closed.

27th December 11am – 4pm

28th December 11am – 4pm        

29th December 11am – 4pm

30th December 11am – 4pm

 31st December closed (or by appointment)

 2nd – 4th January 2015 11am – 5pm.

 

 

www.theartofspeed.co.uk

Cartier II – MARJORIE MERRIWEATHER POST

CARTIER: MARJORIE MERRIWEATHER POST’S DAZZLING GEMS, Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, Washington DC, until December 31, 2014

Portrait of Marjorie Merriweather Post, 1946 Frank O. Salisbury England Post wears Cartier diamond and sapphire Art Deco necklace  Courtesy Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens

Portrait of Marjorie Merriweather Post, 1946
Frank O. Salisbury
England
Post wears Cartier diamond and sapphire Art Deco necklace
Courtesy Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens

Although there are two factors that suggest that I should not write about this – one the distance from London and two the fact that it is nearly over – I will still mention it in association with my Cartier book review.

Necklace, 1936/1937 Centerpiece by Cartier, New York Sapphires, diamonds, platinum Courtesy Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens

Necklace, 1936/1937
Centerpiece by Cartier, New York
Sapphires, diamonds, platinum
Courtesy Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens

While many of you will know of Mrs Post’s collections of French and Russian decorative arts (the latter is considered the best outside of Russia) she was also a serious collector of jewellery of the highest quality and ranks among the great American Cartier patrons. This exhibition which combines Hillwood’s own holdings of her jewellery and some of the jewellery she donated to the Smithsonian in 1964 reflects her taste and style. Among the loans is the Maximilian Emerald ring, named after the ill-fated Mexican Emperor, which she wore when presented at the English Royal court in 1929. She also had a French carpet that belonged to the Emperor in her Hillwood dining room.

Photograph of Marjorie Post taken at the time of her presentation of the Court of St. James’s in 1929. Courtesy Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens

Photograph of Marjorie Post taken at the time of her presentation of the Court of St. James’s in 1929.
Courtesy Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens

Nor were her Cartier purchases and commissions restricted to jewellery as she ordered frames in enamel, agate and onyx, sometimes adorned with semi-precious stones which were specially designed to complement the intended image they were to contain. Gem-set gold vanity cases and an extensive silver and enamel dressing table set were among her other purchases.

Compact and Lipstick Case, ca. 1920 Cartier, New York Gold, enamel, lapis lazuli, diamonds This Cartier piece serves both practical and decorative purposes. The lipstick case and compact are both enameled in black and white with lapis lazuli and diamond accents. Each component suspends from enameled chains that attach to a gold ring. The interior of the compact is fitted with a mirror and also has a small compartment for coins. The ring to which the compact and lipstick case are attached can be slipped onto a finger so that the items can also be worn as an accessory. Courtesy Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens

Compact and Lipstick Case, ca. 1920
Cartier, New York
Gold, enamel, lapis lazuli, diamonds
This Cartier piece serves both practical and decorative purposes. The lipstick case and compact are both enameled in black and white with lapis lazuli and diamond accents. Each component suspends from enameled chains that attach to a gold ring. The interior of the compact is fitted with a mirror and also has a small compartment for coins. The ring to which the compact and lipstick case are attached can be slipped onto a finger so that the items can also be worn as an accessory.
Courtesy Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens

Although the exhibition ends soon some of her jewellery is displayed in Hillwood; a house that perfectly reflects her interests and style and should be a must see place for any visitor to Washington DC.

Frames with Grand Duchess Olga Nikolaevna and Grand Duchess Tatiana Nikolaevna, ca. 1910 Cartier frame Gold, silver, enamel, ivory Courtesy Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens

Frames with Grand Duchess Olga Nikolaevna and Grand Duchess Tatiana Nikolaevna, ca. 1910
Cartier frame
Gold, silver, enamel, ivory
Courtesy Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens

http://www.HillwoodMuseum.org

Cartier I – Book Review

Cartier Royal: High Jewelry and Precious Objects
By Francois Chaille
ISBN: 9782080201942
ISBN-10: 2080201948
Publisher: Flammarion-Pere Castor

£80 / 95 Euros

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Few of us can fail to know quite how luminous some gemstones can be, especially when of great clarity and quality and this is certainly true of the jewels shown in this book celebrating the legendary jewellers Cartier.

Stages of production of the REINE MAKEDA necklace. Gérard Uféras © Cartier

Stages of production of the REINE MAKEDA necklace.
Gérard Uféras © Cartier

What a roll call of customers they have had and continue to have. Royalty, film stars and the wealthy adorn these pages but the real stars throughout are the gemstones and jewellery whether it be exceptional diamonds, sapphires, rubies, emeralds or pearls. Their design and settings reflect the genius and enduring quality of Cartier’s workshops. Long may they go on!

Flower brooch made for Queen Elizabeth II in 1953; resembling an edelweiss, it features the pink Williamson diamond in its centre. Archives Cartier © Cartier

Flower brooch made for Queen Elizabeth II in 1953; resembling an edelweiss, it features the pink Williamson diamond in its centre.
Archives Cartier © Cartier