Sir John Soane – an exhibition

Death and Memory: Soane and the Architecture of Legacy, Sir John Soane’s Museum, 13 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London, WC2, until 26th March 2016

Soane Office, Three alternative designs for the tomb of Philippe Jacques de Loutherbourg RA

Soane Office,
Three alternative designs for the tomb of Philippe Jacques de Loutherbourg RA

This two-part exhibition looks at the theme of mortality in both Soane’s personal and professional lives.

William or Nathaniel Dance, Portrait miniature of Mrs Eliza Soane

William or Nathaniel Dance,
Portrait miniature of Mrs Eliza Soane

Death and Memory looks at the death of his wife Eliza in November 1815 and the profound effect that it had on Soane for the remaining twenty-two years of his life.  There is the design for his family tomb in the churchyard at St Pancras Old Church – and yes you would be correct in assuming this was an inspiration for the red telephone boxes still in use.  There are also ‘sealed receptacles’ on show which are somewhat like time capsules.  They were sealed up before Soane’s death with the instructions that there were to be opened on the 50th, 70th and 80th anniversaries of Eliza’s death.  I shall leave you to discover for yourselves what they contained.  Also there is the text – Crude hints towards a history of my house in Lincoln’s Inn Fields (1812) in which he imagines his house as a ruin to which visitors come and try and work out its original purpose.

John Soane, Early design for the Soane Family Tomb

John Soane,
Early design for the Soane Family Tomb

The second part the Architecture of Legacy considers Soane’s professional role as an architect, including some of his own designs and those by architects such as William Chambers, John Flaxman, Piranesi and George Dance.  The drawing by Soane for a proposed monument for the Duke of Wellington was executed just a month before the architect’s own death.

Soane Office, Design for a monument to the Duke of Wellington

Soane Office,
Design for a monument to the Duke of Wellington

http://www.soane.org.uk

James Adams, Preliminary design for the Museum

James Adams,
Preliminary design for the Museum

A Gallery Selection

THE PAGEANT OF VENICE, Gladwell and Patterson, 5 Beauchamp Place, Knightsbridge, SW3, until 11th February 2016

PAUL CZAINSKI Pageant Paddlers (23.5" x 18" / 46cm x 60cm)

PAUL CZAINSKI
Pageant Paddlers
(23.5″ x 18″ / 46cm x 60cm)

I am delighted to report that the gallery is holding an exhibition celebrating Venice and thus renewing their long-standing partnership with Venice in Peril and Kirker Holidays.

The works, depicting many aspects of this fascinating city, are by 19th and 20th century artists combined with contemporary works. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Venice in Peril Fund and Kirker Holidays have donated a 5 star weekend for two in Venice to the lucky purchaser of one of the show’s works.

 

http://www.gladwellpatterson.com

 

Exhibition of Scottish Artists, Stafford Gallery In association with Wimbledon Fine Art, London SW19, until 7th February 2016

Angela Hunter Snail on Elm Burr Edition 12 Bronze

Angela Hunter
Snail on Elm Burr Edition 12
Bronze

This show provides an interesting mixture of contemporary Scottish artists, including Morag Muir, Lachlan Goudie, Saul Robertson and Euan McGregor.

 

http://www.staffordgallery.co.uk

 

You Are Here, Store Street Gallery, 32 Store Street, London WC1, until 13th February 2016

Passport Map Europe by Yanko Tihov digital print, gold leaf 84 x 90 cm (courtesy of TAG Fine Arts)

Passport Map Europe by Yanko Tihov
digital print, gold leaf
84 x 90 cm
(courtesy of TAG Fine Arts)

This exhibition sits well with my December book review of Map: Exploring the World since through paintings, prints and sculptures it looks at maps and what they can depict in a quirky way. Numbered among the artists whose work is on display are Yanko Tihov, Ewan David Eason, Gemma Harwood, Emma Levine, Rachel Johnston and Hedy Parry Davies.

http://www.storestreetgallery.com

 

Vista, presented by Coates and Scarry, Gallery 8, 8 Duke Street, St James’s, London SW1, until 3rd February 2016

Water Inside the Room 70x100cm 2013 Simone Fontana Reis

Water Inside the Room
70x100cm 2013
Simone Fontana Reis

In this group exhibition five artists Tamsin Relly, Nick Bright, Marcus Jeffries, Bronwen Sleigh, and Simone Fontana Reis variously, through photography, paint, sculpture, drawing and print offer us a different approach to perspective and landscape.

 http://www.coatesandscarry.com

Arthur Atherley

A New Portrait, The Holburne Museum, Great Pulteney Street, Bath BA2

Arthur Atherley (1772-1844) Sir Thomas Lawrence (1769-1830) Oil on canvas, 1791 © Lowell Libson Ltd

Arthur Atherley (1772-1844)
Sir Thomas Lawrence (1769-1830)
Oil on canvas, 1791
© Lowell Libson Ltd

It is particularly right and fitting that the Holburne Museum should have been able to raise the funds (£450,000) for this preparatory oil sketch of Arthur Atherley by Thomas Lawrence since the painter lived and worked in Bath between 1780-87.  Some five years later he exhibited a three-quarter length portrait of Atherley, for which this is the sketch, at the Royal Academy.  The sitter was nineteen and the artist twenty-two.  From January 28th the picture will hang in the Museum’s Brownsword Picture Gallery which is devoted to great 18th century British portrait painters, especially those connected with Bath.

The Museum’s Director Jennifer Scott aptly sums it up: ‘This is a fantastic achievement for the Holburne. We are immensely grateful to the Art Fund, the Heritage Lottery Fund and to Arts Council England/Victoria & Albert Museum Purchase Grant Fund for their crucial grants and invaluable support for this campaign. The response from our visitors, Friends, patrons and supporters at all levels has been overwhelming, enabling us to raise this large amount in a short time period. It is a reflection of both the quality of the painting itself, and the relevance of an outstanding early Lawrence portrait coming to the South West. We are also very grateful to Lowell Libson Ltd for giving us the opportunity to acquire this painting on a favourable basis. We can now implement an exciting l earning, interpretation and community engagement programme inspired by this compelling portrait – a fresh face for the Museum’s 2016 celebrations marking 100 Years Here.

http://www.holburne.org

FRENCH PORCELAIN AT THE FRICK COLLECTION

FROM SÈVRES TO FIFTH AVENUE: FRENCH PORCELAIN AT THE FRICK COLLECTION, The Frick Collection, 1 East 70th Street, near Fifth Avenue, until 24th April 2016

Factory: Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory Model by: Jean-Claude Duplessis (c.1695- 1774) Pot-Pourri Myrte with Flemish Scenes and Landscapes, c.1762 soft-paste porcelain on gilt bronze plinth 14 3/16 x 7 1/8 in. (36 x 18.1 cm) Henry Clay Frick Bequest Accession number: 1918.9.10

Factory: Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory
Model by: Jean-Claude Duplessis (c.1695- 1774)
Pot-Pourri Myrte with Flemish Scenes and Landscapes, c.1762
soft-paste porcelain on gilt bronze plinth
14 3/16 x 7 1/8 in. (36 x 18.1 cm)
Henry Clay Frick Bequest
Accession number: 1918.9.10

Now a museum, the building was originally built by Henry Clay Frick as a home and in it he wanted to emulate the great houses of the grandest European collectors by combining Old Masters with the best of the decorative arts. He achieved this with the help of the celebrated art dealer Sir Joseph Duveen.

Tea Service (milk jug, tea pot, sugar bowl) Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory French, 1767 Soft-paste porcelain Teapot: 51/2 x 7 3/16 x 4 1/8 in. (14 x 18.3 x 10.5 cm) Sugar bowl: h. 4 3/4 in. (12.1 cm), diam. 3 7/8 in. (9.8 cm) Milk jug: 4 5/8 x 5 x 3 1/2 in. (11.7 x 12.7 x 8.9 cm) Henry Clay Frick Bequest (1918.9.21−31)

Tea Service (milk jug, tea pot, sugar bowl)
Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory
French, 1767
Soft-paste porcelain
Teapot: 51/2 x 7 3/16 x 4 1/8 in. (14 x 18.3 x 10.5 cm)
Sugar bowl: h. 4 3/4 in. (12.1 cm), diam. 3 7/8 in. (9.8 cm)
Milk jug: 4 5/8 x 5 x 3 1/2 in. (11.7 x 12.7 x 8.9 cm)
Henry Clay Frick Bequest (1918.9.21−31)

Among the treasures on show is a wonderful group of Sèvres Porcelain which is being celebrated in this special exhibition organized by Charlotte Vignon, the Collection’s Curator of Decorative Arts and made possible by Sidney R. Knafel and Londa Weisman.

Tea Service (saucer, cup, cup and saucer) Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory French, 1767 Soft-paste porcelain Cups: 2 3/8 x 3 11/16 x 2 7/8 in. (6 x 9.4 x 7.3 cm) Saucers: h. 1 13/8 in. (3.5 cm), diam. 5 3/8 in. (13.7 cm) Henry Clay Frick Bequest (1918.9.21−31)

Tea Service (saucer, cup, cup and saucer)
Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory
French, 1767
Soft-paste porcelain
Cups: 2 3/8 x 3 11/16 x 2 7/8 in. (6 x 9.4 x 7.3 cm)
Saucers: h. 1 13/8 in. (3.5 cm), diam. 5 3/8 in. (13.7 cm)
Henry Clay Frick Bequest (1918.9.21−31)

The Portico Gallery exhibition examines both the use of Sèvres in the ancien régime and its appeal in America’s Gilded Age and for this items normally on display and others usually in storage have been brought together.

Factory: Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory Painted by: Jean-Baptiste Tandart  (active 1754- 1803) Plate: Part of a Dessert Service with Flowers and Turquoise Blue Ribbons, 1782 Soft-paste porcelain 1 x 9 3/8 in. (2.5 x 23.8 cm) Henry Clay Frick Bequest Accession number: 1918.9.36

Factory: Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory
Painted by: Jean-Baptiste Tandart  (active 1754- 1803)
Plate: Part of a Dessert Service with Flowers and Turquoise Blue Ribbons, 1782
Soft-paste porcelain
1 x 9 3/8 in. (2.5 x 23.8 cm)
Henry Clay Frick Bequest
Accession number: 1918.9.36

Among the pieces Frick acquired is the wonderful Potpourri Vase “à Vaisseau” and a pair of side vases (Vases “à Oreilles,”) usually in the Fragonard Room.  Two years later in 1918 a boudoir was created on the second floor for Mrs Frick (it was later moved to the main floor) and Duveen supplied a garniture of three potpourri vase feuilles de mirte for the mantelpiece and in a cabinet in the room there were pieces with a turquoise blue (bleu céleste) ground colour. Further acquisitions included a pair of Vincennes Vases Duplessis “à Enfants” and a 1767 turquoise ground tea service decorated with birds.

Factory: Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory Painted by: Jean-Louis Morin (active 1754- 1787) Gilded by: Henri-Martin Prévost aîné (active 1757- 1797) Water Jug with Marine Scenes, Turquoise Blue Ground, 1781 soft-paste porcelain 8 1/4 x 5 5/8 x 5 1/8 in. (21 x 14.3 x 13 cm) Gift of Miss Helen Clay Frick, 1934 Accession number: 1934.9.44

Factory: Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory
Painted by: Jean-Louis Morin (active 1754- 1787)
Gilded by: Henri-Martin Prévost aîné (active 1757- 1797)
Water Jug with Marine Scenes, Turquoise Blue Ground, 1781
soft-paste porcelain
8 1/4 x 5 5/8 x 5 1/8 in. (21 x 14.3 x 13 cm)
Gift of Miss Helen Clay Frick, 1934
Accession number: 1934.9.44

The collection has been added to over the years with gifts from other family members and generous donors.  The Vase Japon, for example, was bought by the Trustees to mark the retirement of Anne L. Poulet, the Museum’s Director, in 2011.

Factory: Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory Gilded by: Jean-Armand Fallot active between: 1764 - 1790 Vase Japon, 1774 Hard paste porcelain with overglaze and gilt painted decoration, and gilt silver hardware 20.3 cm (8 in.) Height: 10 1/2 in. (26.7 cm) Purchase in honor of Anne L. Poulet, 2011 Accession number: 2011.9.01

Factory: Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory
Gilded by: Jean-Armand Fallot active between: 1764 – 1790
Vase Japon, 1774
Hard paste porcelain with overglaze and gilt painted decoration, and gilt silver hardware
20.3 cm (8 in.) Height: 10 1/2 in. (26.7 cm)
Purchase in honor of Anne L. Poulet, 2011
Accession number: 2011.9.01

To me this is a show which underlines the beauty and enduring appeal of Sèvres Porcelain to successive generations of collectors and admirers.

Martin Carlin (attributed to) (c. 1730 - 1785) Painted by: Edmé-François Bouillat (active 1785-1793) Gilded by: Michel-Barnabé Chauvaux l'aîné (1752 - 1788) Directed Production: Dominique Daguerre Gilt-Bronze Tripod Table with Sèvres Porcelain Plaques, c.1783 gilt-bronze, oak, and Sèvres soft-paste porcelain 29 1/2 x 14 5/8 in. (74.9 x 37.1 cm) Henry Clay Frick Bequest Accession number: 1918.5.61

Martin Carlin (attributed to) (c. 1730 – 1785)
Painted by: Edmé-François Bouillat (active 1785-1793)
Gilded by: Michel-Barnabé Chauvaux l’aîné (1752 – 1788)
Directed Production: Dominique Daguerre
Gilt-Bronze Tripod Table with Sèvres Porcelain Plaques, c.1783
gilt-bronze, oak, and Sèvres soft-paste porcelain
29 1/2 x 14 5/8 in. (74.9 x 37.1 cm)
Henry Clay Frick Bequest
Accession number: 1918.5.61

 

 

Footnote:

Frick Collection Dec ArtsThis image of the cover of The Frick Collection Decorative Arts Handbook, which was published last year, depicts the Potpourri Vase “à Vaisseau” mentioned above.  I gather that they are selling out quite quickly so do get in touch with the Museum should you require one.

 

http://www.frick.org

A Cornucopia of Art

London Art Fair 2016, Business Design Centre, Islington, N1, 20th – 24th January 2016

 

JOHN HOYLAND (1934 - 2011) Hidin' Signed, titled & dated 1983 on reverse Acrylic on canvas 34 x 28 in / 86 x 71 cm Waterhouse and Dodd

JOHN HOYLAND (1934 – 2011)
Hidin’
Signed, titled & dated 1983 on reverse
Acrylic on canvas
34 x 28 in / 86 x 71 cm
Waterhouse and Dodd

For this the 28th edition of the Fair the museum partner is Hasting’s Jerwood Gallery who will be showing works by artists from both their collection and some of those who are featured in their 2016 exhibition programme.

Michel Ajerstejn Desordre Mixed Media Photography 80 x 150 cm, edition of 8 + AP Fiumano Projects

Michel Ajerstejn
Desordre
Mixed Media Photography
80 x 150 cm, edition of 8 + AP
Fiumano Projects

The combination of established and up-and-coming galleries is what gives this Fair its wide appeal, especially with the Arts Projects and Photo50 sections.  A great way to start 2016.

1000 Candles William Mackrell 2010 C-type Print (Dry mounted, UV glass, Framed) 63 cm x 55 cm The Ryder Projects

1000 Candles
William Mackrell
2010
C-type Print (Dry mounted, UV glass, Framed)
63 cm x 55 cm
The Ryder Projects

 

Paul Kenny, Moon over a Mayo Beach, 2015, Beetles+Huxley

Paul Kenny,
Moon over a Mayo Beach, 2015,
Beetles+Huxley

 

Alicia Dubnyckyj London Enamel on board 100x120cm Mark Jason Gallery

Alicia Dubnyckyj
London
Enamel on board
100x120cm
Mark Jason Gallery

 

Paul Wright 'Wildfire' oil on linen 110cm x 100cm, 2015 Thompson's Galleries

Paul Wright
‘Wildfire’
oil on linen 110cm x 100cm, 2015
Thompson’s Galleries

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.londonartfair.co.uk

Butterflies at Battersea

The Winter Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair, Battersea Evolution, Battersea Park, London SW11, until 24th January 2016

Once again a wide-ranging selection awaits you whether you are planning a major redecoration of your home or just looking to add a particular piece to a room.

In Limbo Nadine Kalachnikoff 24" x 48" x 3"

In Limbo
Nadine Kalachnikoff
24″ x 48″ x 3″

Newcomers to this Fair are the well-known Swedish interior designer Lars Bolander and his wife the Russian artist Nadine Kalachnikoff who opened their first antique showroom in East Hampton in 1995 but for the last twenty years have been based in Palm Beach. The highlight of their stand is an exhibition of Nadine’s three-dimensional butterfly pictures which strikingly combine texture, colour and movement. The butterflies are created using feathers. It is the first time they have exhibited in the UK.

 

 

 

 

http://www.decorativefair.com

Art in The Churchill

‘Into the Woods’, Hyatt Regency London – The Churchill
30 Portman Square, London, W1

Into the Woods - Lobby area

Into the Woods – Lobby area

This is the hotel’s fifth collaboration with the Saatchi Gallery and once again a successful mixture of works adorn the Lobby, The Promenade and Montagu areas of the hotel.  The eight artists whose works are on show include Jonny Briggs, Grant Foster, Aly Helyer, Tom Howse, Nicholas Johnson, Emily Morey, Juliette Losq and Tom Shedden.

Into the Woods Saatchi Gallery Exhibition Promenade Display

Into the Woods Saatchi Gallery Exhibition Promenade Display

The hotel’s Saatchi suite has specially selected furniture from Vitra to complement the artworks of Dominic Beattie.

The Saatchi suite furnished by Vitra

The Saatchi suite furnished by Vitra

All in all it provides visitors not only with the opportunity to enjoy the works on show but also to purchase them.

Jonny Briggs - Wanting without knowing why

Jonny Briggs – Wanting without knowing why

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