From Freud to Van Dyck

Painters’ Paintings – From Feud to Van Dyck, Sainsbury Wing, National Gallery, London,  until 4th September 2016

Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot Italian Woman, or Woman with Yellow Sleeve (L'Italienne) about 1870 Oil on canvas 73 x 59 cm © The National Gallery, London

Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot
Italian Woman, or Woman with Yellow Sleeve (L’Italienne)
about 1870
Oil on canvas
73 x 59 cm
© The National Gallery, London

It really should not come as a surprise that painters may actually collect paintings to both live with and be inspired by whether they are contemporary or not.  The lynch-pin painting in this show is the strong depiction of an Italian Woman by Corot which belonged to the late, great Lucian Freud and which he left to the Nation on his death in 2011.  One can certainly understand why this powerful work would have appealed to Freud.

This exciting and informative exhibition also looks at works that were owned by Matisse, Degas, Frederic, Lord Leighton, Watts, Sir Thomas Lawrence, Sir Joshua Reynolds and Sir Anthony van Dyck and they in many ways expand our knowledge of the owners.

Titian The Vendramin Family, venerating a Relic of the True Cross Begun about 1540-3, completed about 1550-60 Oil on canvas 206.1 x 288.5 cm © The National Gallery, London

Titian
The Vendramin Family, venerating a Relic of the True Cross
Begun about 1540-3, completed about 1550-60
Oil on canvas
206.1 x 288.5 cm
© The National Gallery, London

 

George Frederic Watts Self Portrait in a Red Robe, about 1853 Oil on canvas 154.9 × 74.9 cm Frame: 179 × 100.5 × 9.5 cm © Watts Gallery (COMWG2014.10)

George Frederic Watts
Self Portrait in a Red Robe, about 1853
Oil on canvas
154.9 × 74.9 cm
Frame: 179 × 100.5 × 9.5 cm
© Watts Gallery (COMWG2014.10)

 

 

Jacopo Tinteretto Jupiter and Semele about 1545 Oil on spruce 22.7 x 65.4 cm © The National Gallery, London

Jacopo Tinteretto
Jupiter and Semele
about 1545
Oil on spruce
22.7 x 65.4 cm
© The National Gallery, London

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The more than eighty works on show combine examples of the artists’ own work with the ones they acquired whether purchased by the artists themselves, received as gifts or bought as investments or status symbols. This is perhaps best summed up by Sir Joshua Reynolds who said“Works of art are models you are to imitate, and at the same time rivals you are to combat”

This is an enlightening show of the painter as collector and one that really has to be seen for its message to be fully appreciated.

Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres Angelica saved by Ruggiero 1819-39 Oil on canvas 47.6 x 39.4 cm © The National Gallery, London

Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres
Angelica saved by Ruggiero
1819-39
Oil on canvas
47.6 x 39.4 cm
© The National Gallery, London

 

Raphael An Allegory (‘Vision of a Knight’) about 1504 Oil on poplar 17.1 x 17.3 cm © The National Gallery, London

Raphael
An Allegory (‘Vision of a Knight’)
about 1504
Oil on poplar
17.1 x 17.3 cm
© The National Gallery, London

 

Paul Gauguin Young Man with a Flower behind his Ear, 1891 Oil on canvas 45.7 × 33.3 cm Property from a distinguished Private Collection, courtesy of Christie's Photo © Christie's Images / Bridgeman Images

Paul Gauguin
Young Man with a Flower behind his Ear, 1891
Oil on canvas
45.7 × 33.3 cm
Property from a distinguished Private Collection, courtesy of Christie’s
Photo © Christie’s Images / Bridgeman Images

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.nationalgallery.org.uk

Rembrandt Lamentation over the Dead Christ, about 1634-1635 Pen and brown ink and brown wash, with red and perhaps some black chalk, reworked in oils ‘en grisaille’; framing lines in thin black oil paint; on paper 21.6 × 25.4 cm © The British Museum, London (Oo,9.103)

Rembrandt
Lamentation over the Dead Christ, about 1634-1635
Pen and brown ink and brown wash, with red and perhaps some black chalk, reworked in oils ‘en grisaille’; framing lines in thin black oil paint; on paper
21.6 × 25.4 cm
© The British Museum, London (Oo,9.103)

BOOK REVIEW: From Chanel to Reves

From Chanel to Reves

La Pausa and Its Collections at the Dallas Museum of Art

Olivier Meslay and Martha MacLeod

Published by GILES in association with the Dallas Museum of Art
PRICE — UK£9.95 / US$15.00
ISBN — 978-1-90780-72-4

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I always find books that tell the story of a house fascinating and such is certainly the case with this appealing book which relates the story of the house that Chanel had built for herself and which she furnished with some help from Bendor Grosvenor, the Duke of Westminster.  It provides a real glimpse into Chanel’s taste and way of life.

In 1953 she sold the Villa La Pausa to Wendy and Emery Reves and included many of the Villa’s furnishings and books and so these were combined with the wide-ranging art collection of the Reves which has an emphasis on Impressionist and Post-Impressionist works.  One figure which crosses into both halves of the story is Sir Winston Churchill who knew the Duke and had met Coco Chanel but was also a regular guest of the Reves at La Pausa and indeed there are four works by him as well as other souvenirs.

Even if you cannot get to Dallas to see this collection I heartily recommend this elegant tome that tells the story so well and so enticingly.

 

http://www.gilesltd.com

http://www.dma.org

MASTERPIECE 2016: SELECTION 4

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

 

Patrick & Ondine Mestdagh Wasekaseka necklace Fiji Islands 18th century Whaletooth Courtesy Patrick & Ondine Mestdagh

Patrick & Ondine Mestdagh
Wasekaseka necklace
Fiji Islands
18th century
Whaletooth
Courtesy Patrick & Ondine Mestdagh

 

Gladwell & Patterson Alfred Sisley. French (1839-1899) Le Loing à Moret signed and dated 'Sisley.85' (lower right) Oil on canvas, 18” x 21½”, 46 x 55.5 cms

Gladwell & Patterson
Alfred Sisley. French (1839-1899)
Le Loing à Moret
signed and dated ‘Sisley.85’ (lower right)
Oil on canvas, 18” x 21½”, 46 x 55.5 cms

 

Koopman Rare Art A Magnificent Pair of Victorian Marine Table Centre Dessert Bowls Silver, wood & ivory London, 1838-1848 Maker's mark of Paul Storr and John Samuel Hunt for Storr & Mortimer, Width: 35.5cm., 14in. Each engraved with the crest of Tollemache for John Jervis Tollemache, 1st Baron Tollemache

Koopman Rare Art
A Magnificent Pair of Victorian Marine Table Centre Dessert Bowls
Silver, wood & ivory
London, 1838-1848
Maker’s mark of Paul Storr and John Samuel Hunt for Storr & Mortimer,
Width: 35.5cm., 14in.
Each engraved with the crest of Tollemache for John Jervis Tollemache, 1st Baron Tollemache

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mallett Antiques An Important George III Ormulu-Mounted Marquetry Commode Attributed to Mayhew and Ince, England, circa 1765 Courtesy of Mallett Antiques

Mallett Antiques
An Important George III Ormulu-Mounted Marquetry Commode Attributed to Mayhew and Ince, England, circa 1765
Courtesy of Mallett Antiques

 

Whitford Fine Art Clive Barker Torso of Marianne Faithfull 1975 Chrome plated brass and bronze 61 cm high Unique Courtesy Whitford Fine Art

Whitford Fine Art
Clive Barker
Torso of Marianne Faithfull
1975
Chrome plated brass and bronze
61 cm high
Unique
Courtesy Whitford Fine Art

 

William Agnew & Co Joseph Nollekens The Eyebrow and the Courtesan c.1796 Courtesy William Agnew & Co

William Agnew & Co
Joseph Nollekens
The Eyebrow and the Courtesan
c.1796
Courtesy William Agnew & Co

 

Ben Wright A group of rare vintage Heuers from 1965-1975 Courtesy Ben Wright

Ben Wright
A group of rare vintage Heuers from 1965-1975
Courtesy Ben Wright

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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

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

 

http://www.londonartweek.co.uk.

Three Days

Crossing the Bridge, Willow Gallery, 40-41 Duke Street, St James’s, London SW1, 17th – 19th June 2016

Montague Dawson FRSA, RSMA 1895 - 1973 “Cleaving along, the Gilchrist” Canvas size: 20” by 30” Frame size: 28” by 38” Oil on canvas, signed

Montague Dawson FRSA, RSMA 1895 – 1973
“Cleaving along, the Gilchrist”
Canvas size: 20” by 30”
Frame size: 28” by 38”
Oil on canvas, signed

Although they are exhibiting at this year’s Olympia they are also holding this short show of European and British paintings from the 19th and 20th centuries which shows how painting evolved from the more academic traditions to Impressionism and onwards.  A nice hors d’oeuvres.

http://www.willowgallery.com

Fit for a Queen

The Private Collection of Joan Rivers, Christie’s New York, 22nd June 2016; Online Auction 16th – 23rd June 2016

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Joan’s apartment was a reflection of the true Joan: warm, elegant and truly inviting’ is how the celebrity event designer Preston Bailey described this private world of a much-loved entertainer.

Lot 15 PRIVATE & ICONIC New York, Rockefeller Plaza Jun 22, 2016 A FRENCH TERRACOTTA BUST OF A WOMAN Price Estimate: 2,000 - 3,000 U.S. dollars

Lot 15
PRIVATE & ICONIC
New York, Rockefeller Plaza
Jun 22, 2016
A FRENCH TERRACOTTA BUST OF A WOMAN
Price Estimate: 2,000 – 3,000 U.S. dollars

Now the contents are being auctioned off with a portion of the proceeds going to the HIV/Aids charity God’s Love We Deliver and to Guide Dogs For The Blind. The latter reflecting her great love of dogs.  Some two hundred lots will be in the June 22nd auction with many items from her home eloquently reflecting her connoisseurship, wit and elegance.  The latter being especially obvious in her costumes – some by Bob Mackie – and in her jewellery by celebrated makers including Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels and Harry Winston, some of which are being sold in the online auction 16th – 23rd June.

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She was, as many of you may know, a collector of Fabergé and in the words of Geoffrey Munn, Wartski’s director and author of the recent volume on the firm’s history ‘Joan’s connoisseurship was informed and intuitive’. ‘She was conscious of the importance of provenance.’

 Lot 156 PRIVATE & ICONIC New York, Rockefeller Plaza Jun 22, 2016 A SET OF ELEVEN ITALIAN PORCELAIN DINNER PLATES AND A SET OF TWELVE DRESDEN PORCELAIN PLATES Price Estimate: 600 - 800 U.S. dollars


Lot 156
PRIVATE & ICONIC
New York, Rockefeller Plaza
Jun 22, 2016
A SET OF ELEVEN ITALIAN PORCELAIN DINNER PLATES AND A SET OF TWELVE DRESDEN PORCELAIN PLATES
Price Estimate: 600 – 800 U.S. dollars

I will leave the last word on her home to the great lady herself who once said that it was ‘where Marie Antoinette would have lived if she had money’.

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 I think she got that right!

 

Lot 134 PRIVATE & ICONIC New York, Rockefeller Plaza Jun 22, 2016 AN ASSORTED GROUP OF JOAN RIVERS' TABLE LINENS Price Estimate: 500 - 800 U.S. dollars

Lot 134
PRIVATE & ICONIC
New York, Rockefeller Plaza
Jun 22, 2016
AN ASSORTED GROUP OF JOAN RIVERS’ TABLE LINENS
Price Estimate: 500 – 800 U.S. dollars

 

http://www.christies.com/joanrivers