MASTERPIECE 2016: SELECTION 1

Masterpiece London 2016, The Bull Ring Gate Entrance, South Grounds, The Royal Hospital Chelsea, London SW3, 30thJune – 6th July 2016

 

Hancocks The world’s largest cushion cut diamond crossover ring 2016 Courtesy Hancocks

Hancocks
The world’s largest cushion cut diamond crossover ring
2016
Courtesy Hancocks

 

Peter Petrou A Fine Japanese Daimyo Suit of Armour Mid Edo Period Circa 1750 Courtesy Peter Petrou

Peter Petrou
A Fine Japanese Daimyo Suit of Armour
Mid Edo Period Circa 1750
Courtesy Peter Petrou

 

Christopher Kingzett Graham Sutherland Study of Sir Winston Churchill 1954 Black chalk and pencil 4½ x 11½ in (37 x 29.5 cm) Courtesy Christopher Kingzett

Christopher Kingzett
Graham Sutherland
Study of Sir Winston Churchill
1954
Black chalk and pencil
4½ x 11½ in (37 x 29.5 cm)
Courtesy Christopher Kingzett

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

W W WARNER ANTIQUES An exceptional pair of Worcester vases and covers Circa 1765-8 29.2cm (11 1/2in) (4)

W W WARNER ANTIQUES
An exceptional pair of Worcester vases and covers
Circa 1765-8
29.2cm (11 1/2in) (4)

 

Richard Green Gallery John Constable Landscape with Horses 1810 Courtesy Richard Green

Richard Green Gallery
John Constable
Landscape with Horses
1810
Courtesy Richard Green

 

Linley The Girih Treasure Chest 2016 specially dyed deep blue ripple sycamore, sycamore and satinwood, gold and white gold leaf Courtesy Linley London

Linley
The Girih Treasure Chest 2016
specially dyed deep blue ripple sycamore, sycamore and satinwood, gold and white gold leaf
Courtesy Linley London

 

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Masterpiece London 2016 – Preview

Masterpiece London 2016, The Bull Ring Gate Entrance, South Grounds, The Royal Hospital Chelsea, London SW3, 30thJune – 6th July 2016

Nazy Vassegh, CEO of Masterpiece with J.F. Courville, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at the RBC Wealth Management 2015 Courtesy Masterpiece London

Nazy Vassegh, CEO of Masterpiece with J.F. Courville, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at the RBC Wealth Management
2015
Courtesy Masterpiece London

Now in its 7th edition one can easily understand why Masterpiece has become a magnet for collectors and museum curators from around the world.  There is a great emphasis on quality and connoisseurship and the pieces on show reflect more than five thousand years of art history – and yes they are for sale.

Vetting during Masterpiece London 2015 Courtesy Masterpiece London

Vetting during Masterpiece London 2015
Courtesy Masterpiece London

Masterpiece’s chief executive Nazy Vassegh says: ‘I am delighted to announce so many exciting additions to this year’s fair. Masterpiece 2016 will have unrivalled depth and quality, and I am pleased that Masterpiece continues to strengthen every edition. We are looking forward to another great year.’

It truly is a must visit fair and allow yourself plenty of time because there are so many exciting things to see and tempt. Like me you may well want visit more than once.

Vetting during Masterpiece London 2015 Courtesy Masterpiece London

Vetting during Masterpiece London 2015
Courtesy Masterpiece London

Over the coming days I will post varied selections of what is on show.

 

http://www.masterpiecefair.com

Brown’s London Art Weekend

Brown’s London Art Weekend, Mayfair and St James’s, London, 1st– 3rd July 2016

Anne Samat ‘Tribal Chief’ sculpture Mehta Bell Projects at Vanessa Gounden, 55A Conduit Street, London WI Image courtesy of Mehta Bell Projects

Anne Samat
‘Tribal Chief’ sculpture
Mehta Bell Projects at Vanessa Gounden, 55A Conduit Street, London WI
Image courtesy of Mehta Bell Projects

Now in its third year this exciting weekend lets art lovers see the huge variety that is available to collectors from around the world. One popular feature is the series of talks by gallery owners and artists and there are also especially themed walks too.

Eternal Spring, 3rd Reduction Auguste Rodin (French, 1840-1917) Signed Rodin Inscribed F Barbedienne Fondeur Bronze with rich brown patina Height: 15.7 inches (40cm) Conceived circa 1884, cast during the artists lifetime. Bowman Sculpture

Eternal Spring, 3rd Reduction
Auguste Rodin (French, 1840-1917)
Signed Rodin
Inscribed F Barbedienne Fondeur
Bronze with rich brown patina
Height: 15.7 inches (40cm)
Conceived circa 1884, cast during the artists lifetime.
Bowman Sculpture

Brown’s Hotel on Albemarle Street is the base for this weekend and the perfect place to go for a moment or two of respite and refreshment.

Peter Lowe Triangles in a dodecagon, 2001-04 Acrylic on canvas 112 x 112 cm Waterhouse & Dodd

Peter Lowe
Triangles in a dodecagon, 2001-04
Acrylic on canvas 112 x 112 cm
Waterhouse & Dodd

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London Art Week starts in four days time

London Art Week, Mayfair and St James’s, London, 1st – 8th July 2016

MAURIZIO NOBILE Jacopo Amigoni (1682-1752) Jupiter and Callisto

MAURIZIO NOBILE
Jacopo Amigoni (1682-1752)
Jupiter and Callisto

This is a really special gallery-led festival of art dating from antiquity to the 20th century.  There is a combination of nearly fifty dealers and three major auction houses who are bringing a tempting mix of subjects ranging from Greek coins, arms and armour, stained glass, sculpture and fine art in all its disciplines.

Specialist exhibitions include:

Vanitas / Memento Mori and The Crucifixion by Paolo Uccello at Agnew’s

Art & Adornment: Treasures of Combat at Ariadne Galleries

Early European Sculpture at Arcadia Cerri Fine Art

ARCADIA CERRI Exhibition: Early European Sculpture Head of a man frowning Champagne, Reims Second third 13th century fossiliferous limestone 13 x 13 x 13 cm

ARCADIA CERRI
Exhibition: Early European Sculpture
Head of a man frowning
Champagne, Reims
Second third 13th century
fossiliferous limestone
13 x 13 x 13 cm

Inter-War Paris: Works on Paper at Aktis Gallery

AKTIS GALLERY Exhibition: Inter-War Paris: Works on Paper Leonard Tsuguharu Foujita (1886-1968) Tulips, 1920 Watercolour and ink on paper Signed and dated lower left Countersigned in Japanese lower left

AKTIS GALLERY
Exhibition: Inter-War Paris: Works on Paper
Leonard Tsuguharu Foujita (1886-1968)
Tulips, 1920
Watercolour and ink on paper
Signed and dated lower left
Countersigned in Japanese lower left

European Master Drawings (1545-2015) at Didier Aaron Ltd.

Deities & Daily Life at Charles Ede

Gilded Light; 16th-century stained glass roundels from the collection of Sir Thomas Neave and other private collections at Sam Fogg

SAM FOGG Exhibition: Gilded Light: 16th Century Stained Glass Roundels from the collection of Sir Thomas Neave and other private collections Circle of Lambert Van Noort (c.1520-1571) Nebuchadnezzar dreams of a tree that must be felled

SAM FOGG
Exhibition: Gilded Light: 16th Century Stained Glass Roundels from the collection of Sir Thomas Neave and other private collections
Circle of Lambert Van Noort (c.1520-1571)
Nebuchadnezzar dreams of a tree that must be felled

Flint Marble Bronze from the Mediterranean and Beyond at Oliver Forge & Brendan Lynch Ltd.

Dutch Flower Pieces 1607-1814 and Aspects of British Impressionism at Richard Green Fine Paintings

RICHARD GREEN GALLERY Exhibition: Aspects of British Impressionism Sir Alfred Munnings (1878-1959) September Afternoon Oil on canvas Signed lower left: AJ. Munnings

RICHARD GREEN GALLERY
Exhibition: Aspects of British Impressionism
Sir Alfred Munnings (1878-1959)
September Afternoon
Oil on canvas
Signed lower left: AJ. Munnings

17th Century Still Life and Song Yu at Johnny Van Haeften Ltd.

Horses, Rulers, and Victory in the Art of Ancient Greek Coinage at Kallos Gallery

KALLOS GALLERY Exhibition: Horses, Rulers and Victory in the Art of Ancient Greek Coinage Gold Drachm of Syracuse (Sicily), c.317-310BC Minted under Agathocles (317-289BC)

KALLOS GALLERY
Exhibition: Horses, Rulers and Victory in the Art of Ancient Greek Coinage
Gold Drachm of Syracuse (Sicily), c.317-310BC
Minted under Agathocles (317-289BC)

Of Gods and Men at Daniel Katz Gallery

Antonio Joli (1700 – 1777): Views of Italy at Lampronti Gallery

Classicism Reimagined: Master Paintings and Sculpture 1700-1900 at Lullo•Pampoulides

LULLO∙PAMPOULIDES Exhibition: Classicism Reimagined: Master paintings & sculpture 1700-1900 Camille Claudel (1864 –1943) Torso of a Crouching Woman,1887 Bronze, 35 cm. high

LULLO∙PAMPOULIDES
Exhibition: Classicism Reimagined: Master paintings & sculpture 1700-1900
Camille Claudel (1864 –1943)
Torso of a Crouching Woman,1887
Bronze, 35 cm. high

Material X at M&L Fine Art

Traveller-artists in the Far East: Views in India, China and Indonesia at Martyn Gregory

Bronze Animal Sculptures by Rembrandt Bugatti at The Sladmore Gallery

Drawing Inspiration: Sketches and Sketchbook Pages from the 19th and 20th Century at Stephen Ongpin Fine Art

STEPHEN ONGPIN FINE ART Exhibition: Drawing Inspiration: Sketches and Sketchbooks from the 19th and 20th Centuries Eugene Delacroix (1798-1863) A Standing Moroccan Man Watercolour and pencil

STEPHEN ONGPIN FINE ART
Exhibition: Drawing Inspiration: Sketches and Sketchbooks from the 19th and 20th Centuries
Eugene Delacroix (1798-1863)
A Standing Moroccan Man
Watercolour and pencil

Antique Inspiration at Tomasso Brothers Fine Art

From Wax to Bronze – Themes and Materials in Sculpture at Trinity Fine Art Ltd.

TRINITY FINE ART Exhibition: From Wax to Bronze – Themes and Materials of Sculpture Attributed to the Master of the Unruly Children (16th century Florence) Bacchus Terracotta 95/8 x 111/4 x 8 ¼ in. (24.5 x28.5 x 21cm)

TRINITY FINE ART
Exhibition: From Wax to Bronze – Themes and Materials of Sculpture
Attributed to the Master of the Unruly Children (16th century Florence)
Bacchus
Terracotta
95/8 x 111/4 x 8 ¼ in. (24.5 x28.5 x 21cm)

Object in Focus: An Archaic Greek Bronze Griffin Protome at Rupert Wace Ancient Art

Cornelius Johnson: Painter to King and Country at The Weiss Gallery

THE WEISS GALLERY Exhibition: Cornelius Johnson Cornelius Johnson (1593 – 1661) Sir William Campion of Combwell (1585–1640) Oil on panel Indistinctly signed, centre right: ‘C.J….’

THE WEISS GALLERY
Exhibition: Cornelius Johnson
Cornelius Johnson (1593 – 1661)
Sir William Campion of Combwell (1585–1640)
Oil on panel
Indistinctly signed, centre right: ‘C.J….’

 

OPENING TIMES:

Galleries:

Preview -Thursday: 3pm to 8pm
Friday 1st July – Friday 8th July: 10am to 6pm
Weekends: 12 noon to 5pm

STOPPENBACH & DELESTRE Henry Moret (1856-1913) La baie de Lampaul, Île de Ouessant Oil on canvas

STOPPENBACH & DELESTRE
Henry Moret (1856-1913)
La baie de Lampaul, Île de Ouessant
Oil on canvas

Auction houses:

Friday 1st July – Friday 8th July: 9am to 5pm
Saturday 2nd July: 12 noon to 5pm
Sunday 3rd July: 11 noon to 5pm

 

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Olympia Summer Fair 2016

The Art & Antiques Fair, Olympia London, Hammersmith Road, London W14, 27th June – 3rd July 2016

Opening Day, June 2015

Opening Day, June 2015

This Fair certainly has staying power as it is in its 44th year and continues to draw visitors in from home and abroad to see what the hundred and sixty participating dealers have to offer for their collections and homes.

Wakelin & Linfield An unusually large late 19th century two plank Spanish table in walnut with carved decoration to the legs and original ironwork supports to the base. L144” x W39” x H30.25” In the region of £25000 Provenance: Orson Welles

Wakelin & Linfield
An unusually large late 19th century two plank Spanish table in walnut with carved decoration to the legs and original ironwork supports to the base.
L144” x W39” x H30.25”
In the region of £25000
Provenance: Orson Welles

The Fair’s Director, Mary Claire Boyd sums it up: “The Art & Antiques Fair, Olympia is London’s original, quintessential art and antiques fair. Over four decades since the event was founded, we continue to pride ourselves on offering a wider choice of high quality, vetted art, antiques, furniture and collectibles than any other event in the capital.”

Art Ancient Large piece of Roman glass work, reflecting the heights achieved in glassblowing in the 1st-2nd Centuries AD

Art Ancient
Large piece of Roman glass work, reflecting the heights achieved in glassblowing in the 1st-2nd Centuries AD

Among new “features” is Showcase which highlights five specially chosen galleries and dealers – Simon Pirzada (ceramics), The Parker Gallery (Fine Art), Adam Gahlin Fine Art (Modern paintings, drawings and prints), Adam Bentley (Contemporary Art) and Store Street Gallery ((Contemporary Art).

Albermarle Gallery. SOFA LONDON Rado Kirov Monolith mirrored stainless steel 227 x 30 x 110 cm (89 x 12 x 43 in)

Albermarle Gallery. SOFA LONDON
Rado Kirov
Monolith
mirrored stainless steel
227 x 30 x 110 cm (89 x 12 x 43 in)

The well-known SOFA CHICAGO – a Sculpture Objects Functional Art and Design Fair (SOFA) will have a European version at this Fair as Mary Claire Boyd, explains“We are very excited to introduce SOFA LONDON as part of The Art & Antiques Fair, Olympia for the very first time this June. SOFA is widely known in the US for its international dealers selling one-of- a-kind masterpieces. Here in London we have an elite selection of dealers who will be showcasing original works from different artists and makers using a variety of mediums. For sale will be works of art including ceramics, metal work, photography, glass works, textiles, furniture and sculptures that appear more contemporary and cutting edge than other pieces in the fair, but yet will also stand the test of time. SOFA CHICAGO attracts over 35,000 people but for those who aren’t able to cross the pond to attend we’re delighted to offer this opportunity within the UK.”

Opening Day, June 2015

Opening Day, June 2015

According to recent research there is a resurgence in the demand for antiques and again I will share Mary Claire Boyd’s observations on this: “The world of antiques can be intimidating at first glance but this research shows that there is a real thirst for antiques. They are appreciated for the qualities they can bring to people’s homes– particularly amongst the younger generation who are frustrated with spending money on furnishings that only last a few years. 

Galerie Arabesque Three-legged ottoman inlaid table. Provenance: estate of Eduard Starke-Pascha, Berlin-Constantinople

Galerie Arabesque
Three-legged ottoman inlaid table.
Provenance: estate of Eduard Starke-Pascha, Berlin-Constantinople

“While people see great benefits of purchasing antiques often they don’t realise the options and scope available to them – and the affordability.  Antiques are unique, often come with a fascinating story – and add individuality to your home.  They can also be combined very effectively with contemporary art and furniture.”

Gilden’s Art Gallery JOAN MIRÓ 1893-1983 Sun Eater | Mangeur de Soleil, 1955 Original Hand Signed and Numbered Lithograph in Colours on Arches Paper Paper size: 76.2 x 56.5 cm. / 30 x 22.3 in.

Gilden’s Art Gallery
JOAN MIRÓ 1893-1983
Sun Eater | Mangeur de Soleil, 1955
Original Hand Signed and Numbered Lithograph in Colours on Arches Paper
Paper size: 76.2 x 56.5 cm. / 30 x 22.3 in.

Very true indeed as many leading interior decorators would no doubt concur.

Tribal Gathering London Mende helmet mask ' Sowei'. Sande society. Sierra Leone

Tribal Gathering London
Mende helmet mask ‘ Sowei’. Sande society. Sierra Leone

 

Manning Fine Art “Keep Calm and Carry On” poster, printed in 1939

Manning Fine Art
“Keep Calm and Carry On” poster, printed in 1939

 

Kate Thurlow Louis XIV upholstered oak armchair, circa 1700 Provenance: Formerly in the collection of Yves St Laurent.

Kate Thurlow
Louis XIV upholstered oak armchair, circa 1700
Provenance: Formerly in the collection of Yves St Laurent.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Don Kelly Books, June 2015

Don Kelly Books, June 2015

 

 

http://www.olympia-art-antiques.com

AUCTION ALERT: Audrey Hepburn

AUCTION ALERT: Entertainment Memorabilia, Bonhams Knightsbridge, 29th June 2016

 Among the Audrey Hepburn related lots is this really rather special one which I thought may be of interest:

 

‘Lot 13

Hepburn Letters

 

AUDREY HEPBURN: A COLLECTION OF HANDWRITTEN LETTERS AND NOTES FROM AUDREY HEPBURN TO ACCLAIMED ACTOR SIR FELIX AYLMER,

1951-1960,

£3,000 – 4,000
€3,900 – 5,200

 

Lot Details

FILM AND TELEVISION

Audrey Hepburn: a collection of handwritten letters and notes from Audrey Hepburn to acclaimed actor Sir Felix Aylmer,

1951-1960,
providing a rare insight into a young Audrey Hepburn’s life both public and private, comprising: a handwritten autographed postcard dated 1951, from Monte Carlo sent while filming Monte Carlo Baby, she writes Would you believe it I’m in Monte Carlo working on the French and English version of a French Picture…this place is heavenly the best thing that’s happened to me.; a handwritten letter on The Whitehall, Chicago, headed stationary announcing her broken engagement to James Hanson from the start It is with a heavy heart I am writing to tell you James Hanson and I are no longer engaged, I know there is little I need explain to you, a gentleman of this profession. For a year I thought it possible to make our combined lives and careers work out…It is all very unhappy making but I am sure it is the only sensible dicision [sic]. with dated envelope November 14, 1952; a lighthearted note dated 9th August 1953 This is to say good bye and god bless you, until the happy day I see you again…; a letter from 20th May 1954 referencing her first play with Mel Ferrer, Ondine, Mel and I are still working on supernatural but are getting steadily naturally tirder[sic]…, a note inviting Aylmer to Hepburn and Ferrer’s ‘secret’ wedding, dated 14th September 1954, she writes …how dearly we would love you to be with us on our wedding day, 25 Sept., and how very much it matters to me. Please come we will have the car take you up to our mountain peak, Friday, for a gathering in our chalet of our nearest and dearest!…Saturday will be the wedding…We want to keep it a dark secret in order to have it without the ‘press’. Lots of love also from Mummy, Audrey, with a corresponding handwritten letter from Mel Ferrer and a follow up postcard handwritten by Hepburn We were so so sorry you could not come to our wedding, we wanted you there very badly…; two autographed typed letters relating to the premier of War and Peace signed by Hepburn and Ferrer dated 11th October and 12th November an extract states We long to hear from you soonest, as we can then confirm the seats for you. We also expect you to help us celebrate after the showing. Much love Audrey and Mel, the final correspondence is a short typescript autographed letter dated 17th August, 1960, a proud Audrey writes Dearest Felix,…Sean is truly a dream and I find it hard to believe he is really ours to keep. I long to show him to you. We all three send all our love signed in her distinctive turquoise blue ink and kisses Audrey; additionally there is a handwritten letter from James Hanson written prior to his broken engagement to Audrey; and two hand written letters from Audrey’s mother Ella van Heemstra, written during the run of Ondine and showing some disdain for Mel Ferrer That frog faced delinquent with the spindly legs has caused sufficient havoc to last a long time and I believe that Audrey is getting rather sick of the neurotic side to him!

FOOTNOTES

  • This collection of letters has remained within the extended family of Sir Felix Aylmer. Aylmer was Audrey Hepburn’s acting and elocution coach at the start of her career. The correspondence shows the affection that Audrey had for her mentor. She shares her career highs as well as her personal ups and downs which is a sign of the close relationship they shared. Through her letters she writes to him as a father figure and he was obviously a strong influence in her life at this time.’

 

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