Burrell at Bonhams

‘Burrell at Bonhams – An exhibition of masterpieces from the Burrell Collection, Glasgow’, Bonhams, 101 New Bond Street, London W1, 15th December 2014 – 9th January, 2015.

Ceremonial Oak Bedhead made for the marriage of King Henry VIII and Anne of Cleeves (1539)

Ceremonial Oak Bedhead made for the marriage of King Henry VIII and Anne of Cleeves (1539)

It comes as a surprise to think that it was in 1983 that the Burrell Collection opened in its specially designed building in Pollok Country Park and now is in need of a major refurbishment and redisplay.

Stained glass panel Prophet Jeremiah  - France (place of manufacture)  - 13th century coloured glass

Stained glass panel Prophet Jeremiah – France (place of manufacture) – 13th century coloured glass

The collection, which took Sir William Burrell some eighty years to create, has over nine thousand objects (antiquities, objects, tapestries and paintings) in it and ranks highly among the world’s great personal collections. When Sir William and his wife gave the collection to the City of Glasgow in 1944 he specified that items were not to be loaned for exhibition overseas, since as a shipping magnate he was aware of the possibility of damage in transit. It therefore took a bill approved by the Scottish Parliament in January of this year to allow for the first international tour, of which this exhibition is the prelude.

Wine ewer China; Jingdezhen (place of manufacture) Ming Dynasty – 15th Century

Wine ewer China; Jingdezhen (place of manufacture)
Ming Dynasty – 15th Century

There are forty-five star items on show, including a 1632 Rembrandt self-portrait, Cezanne’s Chateau of Medan, and the bed head of Henry VIII and Anne of Cleves, dated 1539, whose decoration includes erotic scenes. Other outstanding pieces are the falconry set of James IV and a Korean Celadon tea bowl. I can only recommend this show to you and suggest that you make an effort to see these wonderful items.

The Beach at Trouville; the Empress Eugenie Boudin, Eugène Louis (1824 - 1898; French)

The Beach at Trouville; the Empress Eugenie
Boudin, Eugène Louis (1824 – 1898; French)

Opening times:
15 December 2014 to 9 January 2015, 9.00am-5.30pm
(Closed weekends and from 24 December – 4 January)
Admission is free.
#BurrellatBonhams

Fluted plate armour Germany; South Germany; Nuremberg; possibly (place of manufacture) circa 1515

Fluted plate armour Germany; South Germany; Nuremberg; possibly (place of manufacture) circa 1515

http://www.bonhams.com
http://www.museumsgalleriesscotland.org.uk/…/burrell-collection

Enamelled copper dish. Made in Venice; Italy; 15th century

Enamelled copper dish. Made in Venice; Italy; 15th century

Four London Exhibitions

Tony Bevan – Trees and Archives, Ben Brown Fine Arts, 12 Brook’s Mews, London W1, until 3rd January 2015

 

courtesy of Ben Brown Fine Arts

courtesy of Ben Brown Fine Arts

This exhibition features some twelve new large-scale works by this exciting British artist. He uses a combination of charcoal and his own pure acrylic pigments to create these striking works, which also include his self-portraits which are inspired by the characterful, contorted sculptures of heads by Franz Xaver Messerschmidt.

www.benbrownfinearts.com

 

What I Thought I Saw’ – Works by Suzy Murphy, Mead Carney Fine Art, 45 Dover Street, Mayfair, London W1, 3rd January 2015

 

Suzy Murphy The Radiance Of The Fire, 2014 Signed and dated on verso Oil on Canvas 60 x 48 in 152.4 x 121.9 cm  Courtesy of the Gallery

Suzy Murphy
The Radiance Of The Fire, 2014
Signed and dated on verso
Oil on Canvas
60 x 48 in
152.4 x 121.9 cm
Courtesy of the Gallery

This show of Murphy’s new paintings, curated by Roberta Moore, is based on her diaries and the various things that she remembers from her life which has taken her from London’s East End to the wide-open spaces of Alberta, Canada and to life now. She says of her work “it is all these memories and places that present themselves in my paintings”.

WWW.MEADCARNEY.COM

 

Max Gimblett – Love Conquers All, Kashya Hildebrand Gallery, 22 Eastcastle Street London W1, until 24th January 2015

 

FOUR WHITE MONKS, 2014 GESSO, ACRYLIC & VINYL POLYMERS, EPOXY, OIL SIZE, LEMON GOLD LEAF, CLEAR ACRYLIC OVERCOAT / WOOD 64 x 64 x 5 cm Courtesy of the Gallery

FOUR WHITE MONKS, 2014
GESSO, ACRYLIC & VINYL POLYMERS, EPOXY, OIL SIZE, LEMON GOLD LEAF, CLEAR ACRYLIC OVERCOAT / WOOD
64 x 64 x 5 cm
Courtesy of the Gallery

This is the first UK showing of this artist’s work. New Zealand born and New York based Gimblett’s pictures have an instant appeal with their melded materials swirling with an almost primordial energy into an engaging mix of Zen painting and the traditions of the New York School.

www.kashyahildebrand.org

 

Howard Hodgkin – Indian Waves, Gagosian Gallery, 17-19 Davies Street, London W1, until 31st January, 2015

 

Sea Fog 1990 - 1991 Hand-painted gouache on intaglio impressed Khadi paper 28 3/4 x 36 3/8 inches / 73 x 92.4 cm (unframed) Courtesy of the Gallery

Sea Fog
1990 – 1991
Hand-painted gouache on intaglio impressed Khadi paper
28 3/4 x 36 3/8 inches / 73 x 92.4 cm (unframed)
Courtesy of the Gallery

India provided the inspiration for this group of thirty or so gouaches that he painted in 1990-91. They were forgotten about for over twenty years and have only recently seen the light of day again. They have great impact and to create them Hodgkin used the carborundum printing technique which helps provide texture ready for painting by hand.

 

www.gagosian.com

 

BOOK REVIEW – Versailles

A Day at Versailles

Yves Carlier, photography by Francis Hammond

Flammarion; Box edition

ISBN-10: 2080301438

ISBN-13: 978-2080301437

£22.50

Day%20at%20Versailles%20cover

This elegantly slip-covered book reveals some of the elegant interiors and ravishing objects found within this legendary, must-see palace of the French kings. It also shows the glories of the gardens, the Petit Trianon and the dairy farm created as an escape from court life by Marie Antoinette. It’s a delight of a book that you will dip into time and again.

The Grand Perspective viewed from the central window of the Hall of Mirrors. p.43:  © Francis Hammond

The Grand Perspective viewed from the central window of the Hall of Mirrors.
p.43:
© Francis Hammond

ROSSI & ROSSI

FAIZA BUTT –  SYMMETRICAL, ROSSI & ROSSI, 27 DOVER STREET, LONDON W1, until 17th JANUARY 2015

Erosion 3 2014 Ink-jet print and ink drawing on archival cotton paper 29.7 x 21 cm (11 ¾ x 8 ¼ in)

Erosion 3
2014
Ink-jet print and ink drawing on archival cotton paper
29.7 x 21 cm (11 ¾ x 8 ¼ in)

Now in its smart new premises in Dover Street Rossi & Rossi hosts the Symmetrical featuring new works by the contemporary Pakistani artist Faiza Butt

Re-Vision 1 2014 Ink on polyester film 49 x 28 cm (19 ¼ x 11 in)

Re-Vision 1
2014
Ink on polyester film
49 x 28 cm (19 ¼ x 11 in)

They are complex works and portraits that examine our sense of mortality and even more importantly our strong will to survive. The artist’s inspiration for these works is the violence and brutality of this year’s Israel-Gaza conflict.

Double 2014 Ink on polyester film 49 x 28 cm (19 ¼ x 11 in)

Double
2014
Ink on polyester film
49 x 28 cm (19 ¼ x 11 in)

Butt uses news media facial images, often of children, as the starting point for her drawings, building them up to act as a chart to relate the story she seeks to convey be it trauma, a cultural reference, or the ridiculousness of such senseless destruction.

Erosion 7 2014 Ink-jet print and ink drawing on archival cotton paper 42 x 29.7 cm (16 ½ x 11 ¾ in)

Erosion 7
2014
Ink-jet print and ink drawing on archival cotton paper
42 x 29.7 cm (16 ½ x 11 ¾ in)

It is a remarkable and thought-provoking body of work.

http://www.rossirossi.com

A Christmas Cornucopia

 A Christmas Cornucopia – some ideas for Christmas

Reindeer with a gold nose by Christopher Perry  www.thegoldsmithsdirectory.co.uk

Reindeer with a gold nose by Christopher Perry
http://www.thegoldsmithsdirectory.co.uk

I thought that it would be fun to share the following with you as the Festive Season approaches:

 'Fine Cell Work's Handmade Turkey Decoration' www.finecellwork.co.uk

‘Fine Cell Work’s Handmade Turkey Decoration’
http://www.finecellwork.co.uk

I am sure that many of you have fond memories of helping to decorate the Christmas Tree at home each year, unwrapping the familiar decorations for their annual outing and perhaps tracing the history of some of them – my parents had some vintage tree decorations which had survived their many moves and reflected a part of their story. Here is a small selection of decorations that may appeal, either to be bought and treasured or given as gifts.

Holly ornament Noel 2014 in clear crystal, it is also available in red crystal www.lalique.com

Holly ornament Noel 2014 in clear crystal, it is also available in red crystal
http://www.lalique.com

Some galleries mark this period with exhibitions of stock with an emphasis on the idea of them being appropriate as gifts, a fact reflected in their price range, and indeed such an item may well set the recipient off into the exciting world of collecting. Antiquities specialist Rupert Wace for example has a range of finds, including bronze Roman animal brooches while Sladmore Contemporary has suitable works by their gallery artists.

Enamelled bronze rabbit brooch Gallo-Roman. c. 2nd century AD Length: 2.3 cm Provenance: UK collection www.rupertwace.co.uk

Enamelled bronze rabbit brooch
Gallo-Roman. c. 2nd century AD
Length: 2.3 cm
Provenance: UK collection
http://www.rupertwace.co.uk

 

That must visit bookshop for books on art, antiques and interiors Potterton Books are having an exhibition of prints by five British based artists, Angela Harding, Paul Catherall, Gail Brodholt, Beatrice Forshall and Alice Pattullo entitled The New Generation Printmakers. The Serpentine Gallery also offers a large range of ideas, including books and prints.

Gail Brodholt ‘ Snow in Suburbs’   (framed linocut) www.pottertonbookslondon.com

Gail Brodholt
‘ Snow in Suburbs’
(framed linocut)
http://www.pottertonbookslondon.com

 

Michael Craig-Martin Map 2013 Courtesy Serpentine Galleries  serpentinegalleries.org

Michael Craig-Martin
Map 2013
Courtesy Serpentine Galleries
serpentinegalleries.org

To encourage the artistic endeavours of the younger generation you may want to acquire one of these My Little Davinci frames in which you can store up to fifty artworks or photographs. Alternatively Cass Art London do a variety of painting and drawing sets ideal for the young artists in your family.

FABER-CASTELL CONNECTOR PENS SET OF 60 for children http://www.cassart.co.uk/christmas_gifts/gifts_for_kids/gifts_for_7-12_years

FABER-CASTELL CONNECTOR PENS SET OF 60 for children
http://www.cassart.co.uk/christmas_gifts/gifts_for_kids/gifts_for_7-12_years

 

DynamicFrames Davinci Art Gallery www.mylittledavinci.co.uk

DynamicFrames Davinci Art Gallery
http://www.mylittledavinci.co.uk

Da Vinci is a rather good link to tell you about Christmas at Windsor Castle where the State Rooms have been beautifully decorated for Christmas as this picture showing the State Dining Room proves. I am sure you need no further prompting from me to go and enjoy the wonderful artistic treasures housed within the Castle.

Windsor Castle State Dining Room, the table set with silver-gilt, including items from the Grand Service commissioned by George IV and still used by The Queen and her guests at State Banquets today.  Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2014 www.royalcollection.org.uk

Windsor Castle
State Dining Room, the table set with silver-gilt, including items from the Grand Service commissioned by George IV and still used by The Queen and her guests at State Banquets today.
Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2014
http://www.royalcollection.org.uk

A trip to Kew Gardens is always a great delight and you may find their special Christmas at Kew evening openings fun. You are guided along the mile-long route by snowflakes and as you progress along you will encounter botanically inspired, large scale light installations that look like fireworks frozen in time, including luminous lilies of the valley and imposing thistles. They are the work of the French design studio TILT. It is a magical experience for young and old and you will also get to meet Father Christmas!

Echinodermus (TILT)  RBG Kew www.kew.org

Echinodermus (TILT)
RBG Kew
http://www.kew.org

What more can you ask for?

Windsor Castle State Dining Room, the table set with silver-gilt, including items from the Grand Service commissioned by George IV and still used by The Queen and her guests at State Banquets today.  Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2014 www.royalcollection.org.uk

Windsor Castle
State Dining Room, the table set with silver-gilt, including items from the Grand Service commissioned by George IV and still used by The Queen and her guests at State Banquets today.
Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2014
http://www.royalcollection.org.uk

 

“Snowflake”  by award-winning British silversmith Shona Marsh ©Richard Valencia  www.shonamarsh.com

“Snowflake” by award-winning British silversmith Shona Marsh
©Richard Valencia
http://www.shonamarsh.com

 

Ming: 50 years that changed China

Ming: 50 years that changed China, The Sainsbury Exhibitions Gallery, British Museum, Great Russell Street, London WC1, until 4th January 2014

ortrait of Yang Hong (1381-1451). Ming dynasty, Jingtai reign, ca. 1451. Ink and color on silk. H x W (painting): 220.8 x 127.5 cm (86 15/16 x 50 3/16 in) Credit line: Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.: Purchase-- Smithsonian Collections Acquisition Program, and partial gift of Richard G. Pritzlaff, S1991.77

Portrait of Yang Hong (1381-1451). Ming dynasty, Jingtai reign, ca. 1451. Ink and
color on silk. H x W (painting): 220.8 x 127.5 cm (86 15/16 x 50 3/16 in)
Credit line: Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.: Purchase–
Smithsonian Collections Acquisition Program, and partial gift of Richard G. Pritzlaff, S1991.77

This exhibition tells the story of the fifty years (1400-1450) when China became a global super power. Admiral Zheng was responsible for sending treasure ships to South East Asia, Africa and the Middle East which resulted in trade and growing diplomatic ties. At home things changed politically with power becoming centralised rather than devolved as bureaucrats took over from military leaders. Even the Emperor’s role changed from that of an autocrat to one of iconic status. China’s borders became established and Beijing became the Imperial capital, with the Emperor building the Forbidden City.

Head ornament. Gold. About 1400–50. Nanjing or Beijing. © Trustees of the British Museum

Head ornament. Gold. About 1400–50. Nanjing or Beijing. © Trustees of the British Museum

The emphasis of this exhibition is on the cultural and social changes happening at this time concentrating not only on the Imperial Courts of the four Emperors who reigned during this period but also on three regional princely tombs East (Sichuan), Southwest (Shandong) and Central China (Hubei) and the objects found within. This really is a superb exhibition on all levels and you should visit before it closes.

Porcelain bottle with underglaze cobalt blue decoration. Yongle era, 1403- 1424. Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province. Height 33.50 cm; diameter 18.60 cm. Sir Percival David Collection. © The Trustees of the British Museum

Porcelain bottle with underglaze cobalt blue decoration. Yongle era, 1403-
1424. Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province. Height 33.50 cm; diameter 18.60 cm. Sir Percival David
Collection. © The Trustees of the British Museum

A last thought and that is the late 1490s painting of the Adoration of the Three Magi by Andrea Mantegna which is included in this show. Why you may ask? Well the oldest of the Magi who offers gold coins to the Infant Christ, holds a tiny blue-and-white porcelain bowl or cup. A reminder that a small number of Chinese ceramics are known to have been in Europe in the 15th century and slightly earlier although it would be the 16th century before they became more common.

Sword and scabbard with inscription. Iron, gold, silver, wood and leather. Yongle era about 1420, Beijing. © Royal Armouries

Sword and scabbard with inscription. Iron, gold, silver, wood and leather.
Yongle era about 1420, Beijing. © Royal Armouries

http://www.britishmuseum.org

Anonymous, ‘Tribute giraffe with attendant’. Hanging scroll, ink and colours on silk. Dated 1414. Philadelphia Museum of Art, donated by John T. Dorrance. Image courtesy of the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Anonymous, ‘Tribute giraffe with attendant’. Hanging scroll, ink and
colours on silk. Dated 1414. Philadelphia Museum of Art, donated by John T. Dorrance. Image
courtesy of the Philadelphia Museum of Art

 

Many thanks to Errol Manners FSA for his advice

Gazelli Art House

DOM, Gazelli Art House, 39 Dover Street, London W1, until 17thJanuary 2015

 DOM Do Ho Suh Specimen Series at Gazelli Art House Courtesy Gazelli Art House Photography Peter Mallet

DOM Do Ho Suh Specimen Series at Gazelli Art House
Courtesy Gazelli Art House
Photography Peter Mallet

The title of this group exhibition comes from the Latin word dominus which means master or owner and the exhibitions theme is the idea of personal space. Aaron Koblin and Ben Tricklebank explore the idea of travel and digital influences and their effect on the idea of home through their drone shot photographic series.

 DOM Aaron Koblin & Ben Tricklebank, Light Echoes Series, 2014 at Gazelli Art House Courtesy Gazelli Art House Photography Peter Mallet

DOM Aaron Koblin & Ben Tricklebank, Light Echoes Series, 2014 at Gazelli Art House
Courtesy Gazelli Art House
Photography Peter Mallet

Some of you will have already seen the images displayed on the outside of the old In & Out Club in Piccadilly which are by Charlotte Colbert and you now have the chance to see the originals in the gallery. The series is called In and Out of Space and depict an astronaut visiting the past, in this case the abandoned spaces of the club itself.

Charlotte Colbert, Odyssey series, 2014 ©Charlotte Colbert 2014.   Courtesy Gazelli Art House,  Photography : Peter Mallet

Charlotte Colbert, Odyssey series, 2014
©Charlotte Colbert 2014.
Courtesy Gazelli Art House,
Photography : Peter Mallet

The translucent polyester sculptures of Do Ho Suh’s Specimen Series are a playful reference to household appliances and to me a reminder of their transience in our lives. Finally Elena Rendina’s mono-patterned room filled with furniture and memorabilia is an open invitation to the curious to make it their own.

 DOM Elena Rendina at Gazelli Art House Courtesy Gazelli Art House Photography Peter Mallet

DOM Elena Rendina at Gazelli Art House
Courtesy Gazelli Art House
Photography Peter Mallet

 

www.gazelliarthouse.com

Asprey London

ROSE CORCORAN, Bold & Beautiful, Asprey London, 167 New Bond Street, London W1, until 21st December 2014

Sleeping Jae Jae, 103cm x 66cm, Charcoal on paper

Sleeping Jae Jae, 103cm x 66cm, Charcoal on paper

This is the first time that Asprey London has ever asked a contemporary artist to exhibit their work and they could not have chosen a better “first” than the drawings of Rose Corcoran.

Large African Wild dog I, 55cm x 140cm, Charcoal and pastel on paper

Large African Wild dog I, 55cm x 140cm, Charcoal and pastel on paper

Well-known as a wildlife artist Rose works in pastel and charcoal to great effect. Her travels in India – living in Dharamsala for a year – drew her towards tigers which she studied in the wild in Ranthambore National Park with Valmik Thapar, a leading tiger conservationist. She has returned there many times in the succeeding fifteen years and has assisted Thapar in his conservation work.

 Caracal, 60cm x 88cm, Charcoal on paper

Caracal, 60cm x 88cm, Charcoal on paper

But her pictures are not confined to tigers alone for in this show she also exhibits studies of African wild dogs, a caracal, a lioness, butterflies and elephants. All serve as a timely reminder to the threat these animals face in the wild and in fact this exhibition will help raise money for the charity the Wildlife Protection Society of India.

Butterfly I , 94cm x 121cm, Charcoal on paper

Butterfly I , 94cm x 121cm, Charcoal on paper

I shall let Valmik Thapar have the last word on this impressive exhibition: Rose Corcoran’s work is breathtaking…it captures the very essence of wild animals from their immense strength and power to their elegance and fluidity

www.rosecorcoran.com

http://www.asprey.com

Madame Helleu à son bureau

19th Century European & Orientalist Art, Christie’s London, King Street, 9 December 2014
This elegant interior is by the celebrated French artist Paul-César Helleu (1859-1927) and depicts his wife Alice Guérin, who was his favourite model and when I saw it the other day thought that I should share it with you.

LOT 15 PROPERTY OF AN ENGLISH PRIVATE COLLECTOR  Paul-César Helleu (French, 1859-1927)  Madame Helleu à son bureau  oil on canvas  30¾ x 22¾ in. (78.1 x 57.8 cm.)  estimate:£200,000 – 300,000 CHRISTIE'S IMAGES LTD. 2014

LOT 15
PROPERTY OF AN ENGLISH PRIVATE COLLECTOR
Paul-César Helleu (French, 1859-1927)
Madame Helleu à son bureau
oil on canvas
30¾ x 22¾ in. (78.1 x 57.8 cm.)
estimate:£200,000 – 300,000
CHRISTIE’S IMAGES LTD. 2014

As in some of his works the sitter is seen from behind, here seated at a secrétaire, which incidentally is still in the artist’s family. This elegant room was their drawing room and the walls were hung with a mixture of 18th century drawings and works by his contemporaries, such as the Leda and the Swan by Giovanni Boldini which hangs above the secrétaire. Although the furniture was either 18th century or Empire there is also a nod to the fashion for Japonisme at that time in the porcelain Koi carp, hanging to the left.

It is an exceptionally elegant room with an appeal that still resonates today.

http://www.christies.com

Portland Gallery

David Williams-Ellis – Elemental, Portland Gallery, 8 Bennet Street (off Arlington Street), London SW1, until 23rd December 2014

SUNRISE

SUNRISE

This is this popular sculptor’s first solo exhibition for twelve years but I think you will agree it was worth the wait.

SOLEIL I

SOLEIL I

Living in the north of England and overlooking the Pennines he is fascinated by how the ever-changing weather affects the human figure. His new “Umbrella Girls” are an expression of that interest as are bronzes entitled Squall, Windswept and Eclipse.

FLAME GROUP

FLAME GROUP

His bronzes, some of which are redolent of earlier periods, have great fluidity and sense of movement which is very engaging on the eye as is his masterful use of coloured patination in some cases.

 

http://www.portlandgallery.com 

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