Masterpiece London 2017 – Introduction

Masterpiece London 2017, South Grounds, The Royal Hospital, Chelsea, London SW3, 29th June – 5th July 2017

MASTERPIECE PRESENTS
Iván Navarro
Impenetrable Room
2017
Courtesy Paul Kasmin Gallery

Since its inception this fair has grown into one of the most must-visit events of the art and antiques year. Some thirty-seven thousand visitors last year! It attracts museum directors and private collectors from all over the world to see the artworks shown by a hundred and fifty international dealers. The artworks range from antiquity to the present time. The Royal Bank of Canada is once again the principal sponsor

This year the new MASTERPIECE PRESENTS will reveal a large-scale dedicated exhibition space at the entrance which has been transformed by a special artwork – Impenetrable Room, 2017. Created by the Chilean artist Iván Navarro it has been commissioned by the New York-based Paul Kasmin Gallery who are new exhibitors.

Over the coming days I look forward to sharing blogs on some of the leading dealers taking part.

www.masterpiecefair.com

A great celebration of Art!

MAYFAIR ART WEEKEND, Mayfair & St James’s, London (various locations), 30th June – 2nd July 2017

 

I am grateful to John Kirkwood for attending the press conference and writing about this:

 

Max Mara
Ludovica Gioscia – Infinite Present, 2017. C-print on archival fuji matt paper
Courtesy Ludovica Gioscia

Now in its fourth year this celebration of Art in Mayfair features over 60 galleries, auction houses, fashion houses and restaurants who will all in their own way have something to offer the visitor.

Mayor Gallery
Tadaaki Kuwayama – Untitled (Yellow)1969, acrylic on canvas, 90x90cm.
Courtesy of Mayor Gallery

 

Moretti Gallery
Guido Reni, Bologna – Two Bacchantes 1639-1640.
Courtesy of Moretti Gallery

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Royal Academy of Arts will be the hub of this celebration and its courtyard will offer a place in which to relax and recover your strength to carry on through the many events planned.

Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac
Gilbert & George
Courtesy Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Photo Nikolai Saoulski

There will be temporary, site-specific artworks from up and coming artists and workshops led by groups such as the Bedroom Artists’ Collective as well as informal conversations with artists, gallerists and local Mayfair figures.

Burlington Arcade
Mathilde Nivet – Birds

The Burlington Arcade has commissioned an installation by Mathilde Nivet of 300 paper birds in-flight motion in two positions – wings fully stretched or slightly bent.  Not unsurprisingly the installation is called Birds!

GAFRA
Nelson Makamo – Cool Moments 2017
Courtesy of the Gallery of African Art (GAFRA)

 

Hignell Gallery
Ben Russell – Cactus House, Alabaster 2017
Photograph courtesy of Tanya Dolver

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Sunday there will be a workshop for kids to create their own Gallery.

Bowman Sculpture
Le Baiser (The Kiss), 2nd Reduction – Auguste Rodin.
Courtesy of Bowman Sculpture

 

David Zwirner
Lisa Yuskavage – Stoned 2016
Courtesy David Zwirner New York-London

 

Victoria Miro
Milton Avery – Young Couple (Husband and Wife), 1963. Oil on canvas. 50 x 60 in
© Milton AveryTrust

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

White Cube
Wayne Thiebaud – Green Dress 1966 – 2017
© Wayne Thiebaud DACS, London, VAGA, New York 2017

 

Simon Dickinson Gallery
Domenico Conti – Portrait of Antonio Canova in his studio completing the La Touche ‘Amorino, 1792.
Courtesy of Simon Dickenson Gallery

 

Partners & Mucciaccia_
Cristiano Pintaldi – Untitled,2016, acrylic on canvas, 101x105cm.
Courtesy of Partners & Mucciaccia

 

Pace
Nathalie du Pasquier
© 2017 Nathalie du Pasquier. Photo by Bruno Lopes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Halcyon Gallery
Dale Chihuly – Maize Persian Set with Obsidian Lip Wraps
Courtesy of Halcyon Gallery

 

Marlborough Fine Art
Victor Pasmore – The Cloud in the West,1987
Courtesy of Marlborough Fine Art

 

Stoppenbach & Delestre
Andre Derain – Collioure
Courtesy of Stoppenbach & Delestre

 

Mount Street Gardens
Benjamin McMahon (2014)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.mayfairartweekend.com

 

The London Original Print Fair 2017

The London Original Print Fair 2017, Main Galleries, Royal Academy of Arts, London W1 4th –  7th  May 2017

General shot of the London Original Print Fair
Photographer credit: Benedict Johnson

This Fair always fascinates as it seamlessly combines prints from across the centuries, including newly published works by artists such as Brian Eno, Gillian Ayres, Tess J and Christopher Le Brun PRA. The talks programme includes the Annual Printmaking Talk by Cornelia Parker OBE RA and Gordon Samuel on the Grosvenor School.  Definitely a place to go whether looking for works to hang on your walls or to start a collection.

Brian Eno,
Grapefruit, 2016.
Courtesy Paul Stolper, London

 

Claude Lorrain
Coast scene with an artist – Le dessinateur
Etching, circa 1638-41
Courtesy Christopher Mendez

 

Anish Kapoor
Blue Shadow 2013
Courtesy Lyndsey Ingram

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eric Ravilious,
Commander Looking Through the Periscope, 1941
Courtesy The Fine Art Society

 

Bridget Riley
Untitled 1962
Courtesy Karsten Schubert

 

 

http://www.londonprintfair.com

2017 – Works on Paper Fair

The Works on Paper Fair, The Royal Geographical Society, Exhibition Road, South Kensington, London SW7, 9th – 12th February 2017

Lady Emily Dundas (d.1900) The Ladies of Llangollen at Plas Newydd Watercolour over traces of pencil, inscribed verso. 9.3 x 9.4 cm Karen Taylor Fine Art

Lady Emily Dundas (d.1900)
The Ladies of Llangollen at Plas Newydd
Watercolour over traces of pencil, inscribed verso.
9.3 x 9.4 cm
Karen Taylor Fine Art

The Fair covers the spectrum of works on paper from early to contemporary and sees many collectors and new enthusiasts come through its doors.  There is a good programme of talks, including Anne Desmet, RA – “A Life in Print” and Henry Little on “Landmark Exhibitions of the Past 100 Years”

Jess Shepherd (Living) Indian Bean Tree (Catalpa bignonioides). Belicena, Granada, Spain. Watercolour on 100% cotton rag paper 2016 76 x 56cm Abbott and Holder

Jess Shepherd (Living)
Indian Bean Tree (Catalpa bignonioides). Belicena, Granada, Spain.
Watercolour on 100% cotton rag paper
2016
76 x 56cm
Abbott and Holder

This year there is a rare opportunity to see some thirty-eight watercolours and drawings from the important collection of works held by Eton College.  Artists featured include Alexander and John Robert Cozens, Thomas Gainsborough, Francis Towne, Thomas Girtin and J.M.W. Turner. Philippa Martin the collection’s keeper will be giving a talk on the College’s holdings.

Alexander Cozens (1717 - 1786) Landscape with Buildings Drawing. 160 x 198 mm To be exhibited as part of the Loan Exhibition from Eton College Collections Reproduced by permission of the Provost and Fellows of Eton College

Alexander Cozens (1717 – 1786)
Landscape with Buildings
Drawing. 160 x 198 mm
To be exhibited as part of the Loan Exhibition from Eton College Collections
Reproduced by permission of the Provost and Fellows of Eton College

 

Paul Maze (1887-1979) The Lancer's Uniform Pastel 57 x 77 cm Panter & Hall

Paul Maze (1887-1979)
The Lancer’s Uniform
Pastel
57 x 77 cm
Panter & Hall

 

J.W Edy after George Bulteel Fisher (1764-1834) The Niagara Falls. 1800 Aquatint with added colour 48.9 x 69.2 cm Charles Nugent

J.W Edy after George Bulteel Fisher
(1764-1834)
The Niagara Falls. 1800
Aquatint with added colour
48.9 x 69.2 cm
Charles Nugent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Abraham Bosse (Tours 1602 – 1676 Paris) Taste Original etching, for the series of The Five Senses. 25.2 x 31.9 cm Elizabeth Harvey-Lee

Abraham Bosse (Tours 1602 – 1676 Paris)
Taste
Original etching, for the series of The Five Senses.
25.2 x 31.9 cm
Elizabeth Harvey-Lee

 

Joan Mirò (1893-1983) Constellation III Lithograph. 1975 78 x 57.5 cm Catalogue Joan Mirò. Les Livres Illustrés, Patrick Cramer Editeur 1989, n.195 Wallector

Joan Mirò (1893-1983)
Constellation III
Lithograph. 1975
78 x 57.5 cm
Catalogue Joan Mirò. Les Livres Illustrés, Patrick Cramer Editeur 1989, n.195
Wallector

http://www.worksonpaperfair.com

A celebration of early drawings

Old Master Drawings 1465 to 1670, Les Enluminures, 23 East 73rd Street, 7th Floor Penthouse, New York, NY 10021, USA, 20th – 28th January 2017

GERMAN SCHOOL Adoration of the Magi (200 x 282 mm.) Germany, Swabia or Franconia, c. 1465-70

GERMAN SCHOOL
Adoration of the Magi (200 x 282 mm.)
Germany, Swabia or Franconia, c. 1465-70

Les Enluminures has been selling important early drawings to both collectors and museums since 1991. These early works are becoming scarcer to source and so this is a very special exhibition of thirteen remarkable drawings which include sketches for compositions and fully worked drawings.

GERMAN SCHOOL St. John the Evangelist (189 x 100 mm.) Upper Rhine, c. 1480-90

GERMAN SCHOOL
St. John the Evangelist (189 x 100 mm.)
Upper Rhine, c. 1480-90

The gallery’s Dr Sandra Hindman sums it up: “There remains much to be learned from early drawings, and because of their increasing rarity, as well as intrinsic artistic interest, every example merits close attention and further study. Here is an uncommon opportunity for private collectors and institutions alike to acquire an Old Master drawing that documents an early moment in the history of drawing.”

FLEMISH SCHOOL A Study of Monsters and Grotesques (267 x 416 mm.) Belgium, Antwerp (?), c. 1625-1650

FLEMISH SCHOOL
A Study of Monsters and Grotesques (267 x 416 mm.)
Belgium, Antwerp (?), c. 1625-1650

http://www.lesenluminures.com

My Object of the Year 2016

Collector’s Cabinet by Theodor Commer (1773-1853) with 48 Wax Reliefs by Caspar Bernhard Hardy (1726-1819) for Canon Johann Wilhelm Neel (1744-1819) Cologne, ca 1795 Cherry wood, brass marquetery, wax reliefs Height 225 cm, width 145 cm, depth 62 cm Photo credit: Kunstkammer Georg Laue, Munich

Collector’s Cabinet by Theodor Commer (1773-1853)
with 48 Wax Reliefs by Caspar Bernhard Hardy (1726-1819)
for Canon Johann Wilhelm Neel (1744-1819)
Cologne, ca 1795
Cherry wood, brass marquetery, wax reliefs
Height 225 cm, width 145 cm, depth 62 cm
Photo credit: Kunstkammer Georg Laue, Munich

I am fortunate, if not a little spoilt, in that I get to see objects from all periods and in most media during the year and have the opportunity to share them with you through my blog.  I am sharing this with you and considering that I saw it at Frieze Masters in October you may well be right in thinking that perhaps this is something I would like to keep for myself.  But it is in my view far too good an item to be selfish about. Sadly, no I don’t own it.

Collector’s Cabinet by Theodor Commer (1773-1853) with 48 Wax Reliefs by Caspar Bernhard Hardy (1726-1819) for Canon Johann Wilhelm Neel (1744-1819) Cologne, ca 1795 Cherry wood, brass marquetery, wax reliefs Height 225 cm, width 145 cm, depth 62 cm Photo credit: Kunstkammer Georg Laue, Munich

Collector’s Cabinet by Theodor Commer (1773-1853)
with 48 Wax Reliefs by Caspar Bernhard Hardy (1726-1819)
for Canon Johann Wilhelm Neel (1744-1819)
Cologne, ca 1795
Cherry wood, brass marquetery, wax reliefs
Height 225 cm, width 145 cm, depth 62 cm
Photo credit: Kunstkammer Georg Laue, Munich

Many of you will recognise that this sécrétaire has the hallmarks of the Roentgen workshops at Neuwied and you would be correct as its maker Theodor Commer (1773-1853) trained there.  The sécrétaire was commissioned specially by Johann William Neel (1744-1819) – you can see his entwined inlaid initials on the roll-top front – to contain his collection of forty-eight wax reliefs by Caspar Bernhard Hardy (1726-1819).  Hardy was a cleric at Cologne Cathedral and so knew Neel.

Collector’s Cabinet by Theodor Commer (1773-1853) with 48 Wax Reliefs by Caspar Bernhard Hardy (1726-1819) for Canon Johann Wilhelm Neel (1744-1819) Cologne, ca 1795 Cherry wood, brass marquetery, wax reliefs Height 225 cm, width 145 cm, depth 62 cm Photo credit: Kunstkammer Georg Laue, Munich

Collector’s Cabinet by Theodor Commer (1773-1853)
with 48 Wax Reliefs by Caspar Bernhard Hardy (1726-1819)
for Canon Johann Wilhelm Neel (1744-1819)
Cologne, ca 1795
Cherry wood, brass marquetery, wax reliefs
Height 225 cm, width 145 cm, depth 62 cm
Photo credit: Kunstkammer Georg Laue, Munich

Hardy’s great forte was producing these framed allegorical wax portraits, often sourced from contemporary genre paintings and prints and also from porcelain figures. His works were extremely popular and sought after. Goethe collected them too and wrote of his collection “they deserve to be shown in a museum in Cologne for they clearly demonstrate that we are here in the city of Rubens, in the Lower Rhine, where colour has always dominated and exalted works of art”.

Collector’s Cabinet by Theodor Commer (1773-1853) with 48 Wax Reliefs by Caspar Bernhard Hardy (1726-1819) for Canon Johann Wilhelm Neel (1744-1819) Cologne, ca 1795 Cherry wood, brass marquetery, wax reliefs Height 225 cm, width 145 cm, depth 62 cm Photo credit: Kunstkammer Georg Laue, Munich

Collector’s Cabinet by Theodor Commer (1773-1853)
with 48 Wax Reliefs by Caspar Bernhard Hardy (1726-1819)
for Canon Johann Wilhelm Neel (1744-1819)
Cologne, ca 1795
Cherry wood, brass marquetery, wax reliefs
Height 225 cm, width 145 cm, depth 62 cm
Photo credit: Kunstkammer Georg Laue, Munich

To me this sécrétaire is a perfectly formed small museum and it is no surprise that it is being sold by the Munich based firm Kunstkammer Georg Laue who specialise in 16th – 18th century museum-quality objects that were collected for Kunst- and Wunderkammer.  This sécrétaire certainly fits that brief wonderfully well.

 

Kunstkammer Georg Laue, Schellingstraße 56, 80799 München

www.kunstkammer.com

BOOK REVIEW: Empire Style

Empire Style: The Hôtel de Beauharnais in Paris

Written by Jörg Ebeling and Ulrich Leben, Photographed by Francis Hammond

 Flammarion
ISBN: 978-2-08-020272-7
£95

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It does not come as a surprise to me that over ten years research has been undertaken to bring about this splendid monograph on the Hôtel de Beauharnais.

Built in 1713-15 by the architect Germain Boffrand it was when Josephine Bonaparte bought it for her son Eugène de Beauharnais that the real story of this “hotel particulier” begins. He had the building decorated and renovated at great cost and the results preserved to this day are the remarkable Consulate and Empire interiors which make it such a jewel among Parisian interiors. The costs were so high that his step-father the Emperor Napoleon was angry and took over the use of the building as a place for important visitors.

The wall facing the windows in the Four Seasons Drawing Room boasts unique furnishings of draped mirrors above a sofa flanked by chairs and armchairs. © Francis Hammond, from Empire Style: The Hôtel de Beauharnais in Paris (Flammarion, 2016).

The wall facing the windows in the Four Seasons Drawing Room boasts unique furnishings of draped mirrors above a sofa flanked by chairs and armchairs.
© Francis Hammond, from Empire Style: The Hôtel de Beauharnais in Paris (Flammarion, 2016).

Following Napoleon’s fall the building was bought by the King of Prussia and the building became the Prussian Legation and eventually the German embassy and today it serves as the Ambassador’s residence.

While the history of this building is of great interest and expertly recalled it is the interiors and furnishings that make this such a special book.  As well as a detailed tour of the main rooms there are special essays looking at the decorative paintings, Empire furniture, fabrics and trimmings and at the ideals behind the Empire Style.

The ceremonial bed in the Hôtel de Beauharnais, dated 1804–05, is probably the only one of its kind still in situ. According to legend, the hole in the mirror in the back was made by a stray bullet fired during the uprising of the Commune in 1871. © Francis Hammond, from Empire Style: The Hôtel de Beauharnais in Paris (Flammarion, 2016).

The ceremonial bed in the Hôtel de Beauharnais, dated 1804–05, is probably the only one of its kind still in situ. According to legend, the hole in the mirror in the back was made by a stray bullet fired during the uprising of the Commune in 1871.
© Francis Hammond, from Empire Style: The Hôtel de Beauharnais in Paris (Flammarion, 2016).

This beautifully illustrated book is a great celebration of a historic building and its spectacular interiors. A must for all interested in history and interior decoration.

 

http://editions.flammarion.com/