Gallery DIFFERENT

ARTPOP – Keith Haynes, Gallery DIFFERENT, 14 Percy Street, Fitzrovia, LondonW1, until 30th May 2015

ALL YOU NEED

ALL YOU NEED

Keith Haynes first splashed into the art scene in 2011 after working with the BBC for three decades. He had studied graphic design while at art school as he wanted to design album covers similar to those of his teenage years. Now he creates striking, appealing artworks using original vinyl records whether portraits, maps, lyrics or abstract shapes.

HITSVILLE UK 3

HITSVILLE UK 3

http://www.gallerydifferent.co.uk

DYLAN

DYLAN

UPDATE: A Mansion – A Private Collection – a worldwide record price

For those of you who enjoyed my recent blog “Taste & Style” (23rd April) I though you would be interested to know that the pair of Brûle Parfums once owned by Louis XVI achieved a world record price of £1,985,000 (Estimate: £150,000 – 250,000).  Provenance definitely rules!

The Duc D’Aumont and Louis XVI’s Brûle Parfums: A pair of gilt-bronze-mounted Japanese Kakiemon porcelain and Egyptian porphyry Brûle Parfums – the porcelain 18th century, the gilt bronze mounts Louis XVI, circa 1770-1775 Estimate: 150,000 – 250,000 GPB (209,789 - 349,649 EUR; 228,555 - 380,925 USD) Sold for: 1,985,000 GBP Copyright Sotheby’s

The Duc D’Aumont and Louis XVI’s Brûle Parfums: A pair of gilt-bronze-mounted Japanese Kakiemon porcelain and Egyptian porphyry Brûle Parfums – the porcelain 18th century, the gilt bronze mounts Louis XVI, circa 1770-1775
Estimate: 150,000 – 250,000 GPB (209,789 – 349,649 EUR; 228,555 – 380,925 USD)
Sold for: 1,985,000 GBP
Copyright Sotheby’s

A Disappointment at Kedleston Hall

Reflections on a Derby porcelain exhibition at Kedleston Hall

Kedleston Hall  National Trust Images/Arnhel de Serra.

Kedleston Hall
National Trust Images/Arnhel de Serra.

The idea of having an exhibition of Derby porcelain at Kedleston Hall, just outside Derby, is an appealing one. The original aim was to combine Derby porcelain from Kedleston with fine examples of the factory held by other National Trust properties. Sadly, things have appeared not to go to plan as at least ten National Trust houses with relevant pieces failed to respond adequately or at all.

It was therefore fortunate that this show had the support of Royal Crown Derby, who have generously loaned the Kedleston Vase (c 1790) back to the house it was made for, and the Derby Porcelain International Society, for two members of the latter have loaned pieces from their own collections to make up for the shortfall of National Trust items.

The Kedleston Vase on display in the exhibition National Trust Images/Maggie Tillson

The Kedleston Vase on display in the exhibition
National Trust Images/Maggie Tillson

There is no doubt that what is there on show is of some interest and appeal but it is sad to think that more of the Trust’s own Derby treasures were not forthcoming and I think that serious questions need to be asked within the organisation as to why.

The press release I received said “Kedleston plates up Derby porcelain exhibition”, and some wag may now possibly be tempted to ask “has the National Trust gone to pot?” I must add that having been a keen National Trust visitor over the years and having the pleasure of writing about them that I feel somewhat disappointed and let down.

http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/kedleston

http://www.royalcrownderby.co.uk/visiting

http://www.derbyporcelain.org.uk

The Courtauld Gallery

GOYA: THE WITCHES AND OLD WOMEN ALBUM, The Courtauld Gallery, Somerset House, Strand, London, WC2, until 25 May 2015

Francisco Goya (1746-1828) Pesadilla (Nightmare) 'Black Border' Album (E), page 20 c. 1816-20 Brush, black ink with wash and scraping 364 x 181 mm New York, The Morgan Library & Museum, 1959.13

Francisco Goya (1746-1828)
Pesadilla (Nightmare)
‘Black Border’ Album (E), page 20
c. 1816-20
Brush, black ink with wash and scraping
364 x 181 mm
New York, The Morgan Library & Museum, 1959.13

This is a very special exhibition as it brings together all the known surviving drawings from one of Francisco Goya’s (1746 – 1828) private albums. It allows us to see his interpretations and thoughts on human nature, madness, mortality, superstitions and nightmares whether they be humorous or grotesque.

Francisco de Goya (1746- 1828) Bajan riñendo, (They descend quarrelling) 'Witches and Old Women' Album (D), page 1 c. 1819-23 Brush, black and grey ink 235 x 143 mm Private Collection

Francisco de Goya (1746- 1828)
Bajan riñendo, (They descend quarrelling)
‘Witches and Old Women’ Album (D), page 1
c. 1819-23
Brush, black and grey ink
235 x 143 mm
Private Collection

These albums, there were eight in all, were created after a near-fatal illness at the age of fifty which left him deaf.  Even though he continued as the Spanish court painter his life and work changed after this.  The albums were never meant to be seen outside a small group of friends and so as one might expect they have a greater freedom of expression.

Francisco Goya, (1746- 1828) El sueno de la razon produce monstruos (The sleep of reason produces monsters) 'Los Caprichos' 43, in the Cean Bermudez trial (first edition) set, 1799 c. 1797-98 Etching, aquatint, drypoint and burin 217 x 153 mm London, The British Museum, 1975,1025.420.48

Francisco Goya, (1746- 1828)
El sueno de la razon produce monstruos (The sleep of reason produces monsters)
‘Los Caprichos’ 43, in the Cean Bermudez trial (first edition) set, 1799
c. 1797-98
Etching, aquatint, drypoint and burin
217 x 153 mm
London, The British Museum, 1975,1025.420.48

Dr. Ernst Vegelin van Claerbergen, Head of The Courtauld Gallery says: “I am sure that visitors will be enthralled by this view of a very private and personal Goya.” I couldn’t agree more, it is an exquisite show.

Francisco de Goya (1746- 1828)  Hasta la muerte. (Until death.) c. 1797 - 98  'Los Caprichos' 55, trial  (first edition) set, 1799 Etching, burnished aquatint and drypoint, 215 x 151 mm London, The British Museum

Francisco de Goya (1746- 1828)
Hasta la muerte. (Until death.) c. 1797 – 98
‘Los Caprichos’ 55, trial (first edition) set, 1799
Etching, burnished aquatint and drypoint, 215 x 151 mm
London, The British Museum

www.courtauld.ac.uk/gallery

Mead Carney

Artpusher “I love MANGAHATTAN”, Mead Carney, 45 Dover St, London W1, until 2nd May 2015

Artpusher Don't Worry I'm Famous, 2015 Oil on Canvas 57 x 116 1/8 in 145 x 295 cm

Artpusher
Don’t Worry I’m Famous, 2015
Oil on Canvas
57 x 116 1/8 in
145 x 295 cm

The Danish artist Artpusher shares his fascination with the commercial popular culture of New York in these almost photo-realistic paintings. The architecture in them gives way to the endless advertisement signs that fight for our attention and reflect the fact that this advertising encouraging consumer consumption seems to have become our main focus too. A thought-provoking concept!

http://www.meadcarney.com

Taste & Style

A Mansion – Overlooking A Royal Park, Sotheby’s, 34-35 New Bond Street, London W1, 28th April 2015

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This very special sale sees the dispersal of a fine collection of decorative and fine art built up over the last forty years with many of the lots having distinguished provenances from collections, including Alfred de Rothschild, Stowe and Houghton Hall.

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The French Louis XV and XVI furniture is complimented with pieces of English furniture, porcelains from Meissen and Sevres as well as English and Irish silver. On the walls are French, British and Dutch and Flemish paintings by artists such as Romney, Reynolds, Pater, Lancret, Casteels and Hondecoeter. All has been harmoniously brought together with a discerning eye to create elegant, timeless interiors.

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One important lot is the Duc D’Aumont and Louis XVI’s  brûle parfums (lot 112).  They consist of 18th century Japanese kakiemon bowls and covers, which the Duc d’Aumont had mounted in gilt bronze by Pierre Gouthière, one of the best known ciseleur-doreurs of the Louis XVI period. They were acquired by the king at the Duc d’Aumont sale in 1782 and were intended for the Louvre. (Estimate: 150,000-250,000 GBP; 204,975 – 341,626 EUR).

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In 1870 Baron Ch. Davillier said “These two cassolettes, of perfect quality, are precious jewels of curiosity, with their style of design, the discerning taste and quality of their embellishments”. A statement that rings true to this day.

Lot 112

http://www.sothebys.com

GX Gallery

Charlie Waite, Graeme Chisholm, Iona Rowland, GX Gallery, 43 Denmark Hill, London SE5, 22nd April – 9th May 2015

This is an interesting group exhibition.

Charlie Waite,  Cappadocia,Turkey,  Pigment Ink on Archival Paper, 38x50cm

Charlie Waite,
Cappadocia,Turkey,
Pigment Ink on Archival Paper, 38x50cm

I am sure many of you will know the striking work of the photographer Charlie Waite, who incidentally is the founder of The Landscape Photographer of the Year Award.  He says about this show:“There is a universal response to beauty that is therapeutic and brings great joy. It is ‘wealth’- giving for each of us, each time we access it. In this exhibition I am sharing my personal response to those moments of beauty that I have discovered as I travelled around the world – be they man-made or natural”.

Graeme Chisholm,  Sunrise,  Oil on Board, Mounted Canvas, 40.5 x 51 cm

Graeme Chisholm,
Sunrise,
Oil on Board, Mounted Canvas, 40.5 x 51 cm

Graeme Chisholm colourful paintings reflect our frenetic world whether in the city or countryside.  He comments: ‘When I sit down to paint I often set rules that I willfully transgress and so give nature its say. I sometimes, for example, allow the line to walk, turn, walk a little more, then turn once again before wandering off the picture plane.’

Iona Rowland,  Not That Kind of Girl, 2015,  Oil and Screen, 75 x 60 cm

Iona Rowland,
Not That Kind of Girl, 2015,
Oil and Screen, 75 x 60 cm

 

In her pictures Iona Rowland captures both the “marriage” between fashion and sex and how a love of excess can make fashion itself become over-the-top.  She describes her approach saying “I deconstruct, reconstruct and abstract these surfaces; turning commerce into critique, realism into revelation.”

 

www.gxgallery.com