White Ceramics Win!

An Exhibition and Sale: Inspired by Blanc de Chine – The Anthony Collection of White Porcelain, Stockspring Antiques, 114 Kensington Church St, London W8, 7th – 14th June 2017

Mennecy pot-pourri and cover, c. 1750-55

There is something alluring about white porcelain where the only decoration is moulded or applied giving the pieces a sculptural quality and one can quite understand why collectors such as Thelma Chrysler Foy and Mrs Charles Allen Jnr were drawn to it.

St Cloud cups and saucers, left c. 1720-40; right c. 1730-50

Now this exciting collection of more than one hundred and ten pieces of porcelain – Chinese, French, Italian, English and Meissen – dating from c1640 – c1795 gives collectors a great chance to acquire fine examples of this genre.

Meissen coffee pot and cover, c. 1725-30

Garnered over a period of around twenty years the Anthony Collection reveals the influence of Chinese blanc de Chine on European porcelain factories and how these factories then created shapes that were European in origin. It is a fascinating visual feast.

Bow sucriers, c. 1752-54

http://www.antique-porcelain.co.uk

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

A Ceramic Feast

Selling Exhibition: Private Collections and Noteworthy Acquisitions, Stockspring Antiques, 114 Kensington Church St, London W8, 16th – 21st November 2015

A Pair of Vauxhall Vases decorated by James Giles c. 1764-68

A Pair of Vauxhall Vases decorated by James Giles
c. 1764-68

One can understand why collectors eagerly await this annual selling exhibition of English, Continental and Oriental porcelain for there is always much to tempt them. This year delivers some great pieces of which I show a few.

A Mennecy Owl c. 1750-55

A Mennecy Owl
c. 1750-55

The opening words of the catalogue’s foreword offer a useful reminder as to why some of us collect: Collecting ceramics gives us intriguing windows into the past with each piece resonating with the life, times, hopes and aspirations of its original owner.

A Lefebvre Paris Portrait Plaque of Princess Charlotte c. 1818

A Lefebvre Paris Portrait Plaque of Princess Charlotte
c. 1818

 

A Chinese Ko-sometsuke Dish for the Japanese Market Tianqui, c. 1621-7

A Chinese Ko-sometsuke Dish for the Japanese Market
Tianqui, c. 1621-7

 

A Liverpool Delftware Charger after a Chinese Kangxi design c. 1760

A Liverpool Delftware Charger after a Chinese Kangxi design
c. 1760

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Derby Figure of Andromache Weeping over the Ashes of Hector c. 1780-85

A Derby Figure of Andromache Weeping over the Ashes of Hector
c. 1780-85

http://www.antique-porcelain.co.uk

MASTERPIECE LONDON 2015 OPENS TOMORROW

MASTERPIECE LONDON 2015, South Grounds, The Royal Hospital Chelsea, London SW3, 25th June – 1st July 2015

 

Outside On the Red Carpet Masterpiece 2014.  Photo credit Rory Lindsay

Outside On the Red Carpet Masterpiece 2014.
Photo credit Rory Lindsay

There is little doubt that Masterpiece London is a very special fair with objects spanning over 4, 000 years being shown by some 150 galleries. It is a magnet for both collectors and museums round the world and a place to see some outstanding treasures.

As its Chief Executive Nazy Vassegh explains, “The 8 days when Masterpiece takes place is the epicentre of the art season in London. After just five years Masterpiece is now firmly regarded as both a leading international art fair and a welcome addition to the summer season in London. We are particularly delighted by the exhibitors and partners that will join us for the 2015 edition.”

I do hope that many of you will be able to visit this exciting Fair and over the coming days I shall share some of the objects you may find there.

Interior shot of Masterpiece 2014

Interior shot of Masterpiece 2014

 

 Open to the public:

Thursday 25 June & Friday 26 June, 11.00–21.00

Saturday 27 June & Sunday 28 June, 11.00–19.00

Monday 29 June 11.00–21.00

Tuesday 30 June 11.00–18.00 (Followed by The Art Gala at Masterpiece in aid of the NSPCC from 19.00)

Wednesday 1 July, 11.00–21.00

 

2015 Ticket Prices:

 

General Admission Full Access: £42 per person (unlimited entry into the Fair on all Public Days between 25 June and 1 July)

General Admission: £25 per person (single day access)

Student Concession Ticket: £18 per person (with valid student ID)

Under 18s: Free

Phillip King sculpture at Masterpiece 2014.  Photo credit Rory Lindsay photography

Phillip King sculpture at Masterpiece 2014.
Photo credit Rory Lindsay photography

 

http://www.masterpiecefair.com.

Art Antiques London 2015

Art Antiques London, Albert Memorial West Lawn, Kensington Gardens, London SW7, (Opposite the Royal Albert Hall), 12th June – 18th, June, 2015

The queue outside Art Antiques London, 2014

The queue outside Art Antiques London, 2014

This is now the sixth edition of a deservedly popular fair which offers a wide range of art and antiques, including many of museum quality and which draws collectors from around the world.

'Landscape with trees’  Alfred Wallis 1855 – 1942 Oil on board with nails Anthony Hepworth

‘Landscape with trees’
Alfred Wallis 1855 – 1942
Oil on board with nails
Anthony Hepworth

The Fair has a well-established academic programme which as well as important lectures includes this year Study Days for The Silver Society, The English Ceramics Circle and The Jewellery Historians.

James W. Buel and Verdi Giuseppe, 10 Vols. The Great Operas with numerous illustrations. Exquisitely bound in full morocco, folios, with original boxes, each volume comes with an extra suite of plates (3 hand-coloured). Limited to 50 sets. 1899  Imperial Fine Books

James W. Buel and Verdi Giuseppe, 10 Vols. The Great Operas with numerous illustrations. Exquisitely bound in full morocco, folios, with original boxes, each volume comes with an extra suite of plates (3 hand-coloured). Limited to 50 sets. 1899
Imperial Fine Books

Many will agree with what Anna Somers Cocks said in The Art Newspaper (20 June 2013) “like the Old Master drawings fair in Paris, but unlike most other fairs today,… is an encounter between people who really want to talk art and handle objects knowledgeably.”

A good rummer, the bucket bowl engraved with a mail coach and four horses, the reverse with initials GB Height 16.2 cms c.1820-30, English Glass Delomosne & Son Ltd.

A good rummer, the bucket bowl engraved with a mail coach and four horses, the reverse with initials GB
Height 16.2 cms
c.1820-30, English
Glass
Delomosne & Son Ltd.

 

White porcelain animal figures from Vincennes, Saint-Cloud and Vienna, 18th century Christophe Perles

White porcelain animal figures from Vincennes, Saint-Cloud and Vienna, 18th century
Christophe Perles

Japanese silver kodansu decorated with ho-o birds among paulownia trees,  signed Ginsei Hattori, Meiji Period.  The mythical phoenix in Japan is a symbol of justice and fidelity. Laura Bordignon

Japanese silver kodansu decorated with ho-o birds among paulownia trees,
signed Ginsei Hattori, Meiji Period.
The mythical phoenix in Japan is a symbol of justice and fidelity.
Laura Bordignon

 

 

Set of six chairs,  Sri Lanka, Colombo, second half 18th century. Coromandel wood and later upholstery.  Height: 101 cm, width: 52.5 cm, depth: 46.5 cm.  Provenance: Dutch private collection.  Roell Fine Art

Set of six chairs,
Sri Lanka, Colombo, second half 18th century. Coromandel wood and later upholstery.
Height: 101 cm, width: 52.5 cm, depth: 46.5 cm.
Provenance: Dutch private collection.
Roell Fine Art

 

Famille rose figural group of a dancing couple, modelled after the Meissen original, the gentleman wearing a yellow hat, white-ruff collar, blue waist jacket incised with scrolls and red breeches, the lady with a red waist coat similarly incised and long flowing skirt with purple flowers, all on a shaped naturalistic form base, modelled and moulded with relief flowers. 5 ⅝ ins, 14.3 cm high Qianlong, circa 1752. Marchant

Famille rose figural group of a dancing couple, modelled after the Meissen original, the gentleman wearing a yellow hat, white-ruff collar, blue waist jacket incised with scrolls and red breeches, the lady with a red waist coat similarly incised and long flowing skirt with purple flowers, all on a shaped naturalistic form base, modelled and moulded with relief flowers.
5 ⅝ ins, 14.3 cm high
Qianlong, circa 1752.
Marchant

 

A batik sarung from the studio of Catherina Van Oosterom in Banyumas, Java. During the mid 19th century a new type of batik was invented by a small group of Indo-European women, working traditionally with natural dyes and molten wax applied to cotton by means of a pen (canting). This genre is known as the Indische school and combines both Asian and Western design elements.  Jonathan Hope

A batik sarung from the studio of Catherina Van Oosterom in Banyumas, Java. During the mid 19th century a new type of batik was invented by a small group of Indo-European women, working traditionally with natural dyes and molten wax applied to cotton by means of a pen (canting). This genre is known as the Indische school and combines both Asian and Western design elements.
Jonathan Hope

 

 

 

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French and other porcelains of the 18th century

The Lady Cynthia Postan Collection of French and other porcelains of the 18th century, E & H Manners, 66C Kensington Church Street, W8, 21st – 29th May 2015

Catalogue no. 43 A VINCENNES TEAPOT AND  A COVER (théière ronde), circa 1750-52

Catalogue no. 43
A VINCENNES TEAPOT AND A COVER (théière ronde), circa 1750-52

This is a great opportunity to acquire pieces from a gifted and true collector who not only bought the best from leading dealers such as Winifred Williams, Pierre de Regaini and Lévy-Lacaze, but was also equally keen to acquire slightly less perfect pieces that were both attractive and helpful in increasing her knowledge of the subject.

Catalogue no. 21 A CHANTILLY KAKIEMON FEEDING VESSEL (biberon), circa 1740

Catalogue no. 21
A CHANTILLY KAKIEMON FEEDING VESSEL (biberon), circa 1740

She first started buying in Paris in the 1950s when her husband Sir Michael Postan, professor of Economic History at Cambridge was at the Sorbonne. He was a collector of Chinese ceramics, especially Song monochrome wares, and no doubt this influenced Lady Cynthia’s interest in the Japanese-inspired decoration found on Chantilly porcelain. She was also interested in Vincennes and early Sèvres.

Catalogue no.16 A CHANTILLY KAKIEMON MUSTARD POT and associated cover, circa 1745

Catalogue no.16
A CHANTILLY KAKIEMON MUSTARD POT and associated cover, circa 1745

It is an exquisite exhibition which is complemented by the finely produced catalogue that accompanies it.

Catalogue no. 47 A VINCENNES OR EARLY SÈVRES COOLER (seau à topette), 1756

Catalogue no. 47
A VINCENNES OR EARLY SÈVRES COOLER (seau à topette), 1756

 

http://www.europeanporcelain.com