Alfies at the Autumn Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair

The Autumn Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair, Battersea Evolution, Battersea Park, London SW11, 27th September-2nd October 2016

1930s Art Deco occasional table offered by Travers Antiques

1930s Art Deco occasional table offered by Travers Antiques

Those fans of the series Poldark and Victoria on television will no doubt find antiques and furnishings to achieve a similar period look at home while those who favour Scandinavian style will find inspiration in the special exhibition Scandi Days & Nordic Nights.

Brass drinks cart offered by Matt Mitchell

Brass drinks cart offered by Matt Mitchell

Special visitors to this edition of the Fair are a group of dealer’s from the well-known Alfies Antique Market in Church Street, London NW8.  Alfies are celebrating a well-deserved fortieth anniversary this year and this special Alfies Marylebone Stand on the Fair’s mezzanine floor is part of the celebrations.  I sincerely hope that they will become a regular feature.

Brass lamp offered by Travers Antiques

Brass lamp offered by Travers Antiques

 

 

 

 

 

Among the Alfies dealers taking part are:
The Moderns
Tin Tin Collectables Luggage
Thirteen Interiors
Duncan Clarke
Steven Lazarus
Diplomat Treasures International
Mark Eaton
Louise Verber
Travers Antiques
Matt Mitchell London

 

www.decorativefair.com

http://www.alfiesantiques.com

Glass end table offered by Louise Verber

Glass end table offered by Louise Verber

Fifties Britain

Britain in the Fifties: Design and Aspiration, Compton Verney, Warwickshire, CV35 9HZ, until 2nd October 2016

Festival of Britain Colour Lithograph Poster © Estate of Abram Games

Festival of Britain Colour Lithograph Poster
© Estate of Abram Games

What a decade it was! Opening with the Festival of Britain in 1951 which played an important role in the fashioning of a new Britain which was recovering and rebuilding itself after the Second World War. The exhibition views the decade through the eyes of a fictional young couple who were setting out in life together and aptly starts with the Festival of Britain itself and goes on to look at various aspects of daily life.

The Experimental House Allesley Village designed in 1958 by Geoffrey Salmon for JM Austin Smith Photographer unknown

The Experimental House Allesley Village designed in 1958 by Geoffrey Salmon for JM Austin Smith
Photographer unknown

Focusing on housing it considers both exterior and interior design. Famous design names such as Lucienne Day, Robert Welch and Terence Conran, as well as Sanderson, Ercol and Whiteleaf whose distinctive designs were finding customers at home and overseas are included. Home technology grew too with labour-saving electrical devices for the kitchen such as washing machines and food mixers.  By 1954 Rationing had ended and by relaxing Hire Purchase controls consumers were able to buy such “luxuries” as a television and indeed by 1956 over half the TV sets were being bought on HP. The British Film Industry flourished with home-grown stars such as Diana Dors and Dirk Bogarde and with films like Bridge on the River Kwai and The Dam Busters attracting audiences both at home and abroad. The decade saw the final flourish of Britain as a place to spend a holiday although this declined in the 1960s as package holidays really took off.

1956, Campden Toastrack, box & Design Centre kitemark label © Robert Welch Designs Ltd

1956, Campden Toastrack, box & Design Centre kitemark label
© Robert Welch Designs Ltd

Southend Beach 1950s © Southend Museums Service

Southend Beach 1950s
© Southend Museums Service

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The late 50s were a time of economic prosperity and 1959 was both its apogee and also the herald of the 60s.  It is an era best summed up the words of Prime Minister Harold Macmillan who said “Go around the country, go to the industrial towns, go to the farms and you will see a state of prosperity such as we have never had in my lifetime …most of our people have never had it so good.”

Wallpaper design 'Wrappings' kingfisher red Image courtesy of Sanderson

Wallpaper design ‘Wrappings’ kingfisher red Image courtesy of Sanderson

This exhibition, set against colours of the period, will be both nostalgic to those who lived through it while also being informative and intriguing to newer generations and it is one that I heartily recommend.  It depicts a very different, dare I say, friendlier world and one where the new designs of that time still have appeal to a modern day audience.

1965 ercol catalogue, showing a 1950s 308 ercol Folding occasional table Reproduced by kind permission of ercol

1965 ercol catalogue, showing a 1950s 308 ercol Folding occasional table
Reproduced by kind permission of ercol

http://www.comptonverney.org.uk

Image of Mobiles fabric ref. 220035 Image courtesy of Sanderson, www.sanderson-uk.com

Image of Mobiles fabric ref. 220035
Image courtesy of Sanderson, http://www.sanderson-uk.com

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

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

Prints Galore!

The London Original Print Fair 2016, Main Galleries, Royal Academy of Arts, London W1, 5th May – 8th May 2016

Bill Jacklin Stars and Sea at Night XVII, 2016, 75 x 100.5 cm Marlborough Graphics

Bill Jacklin
Stars and Sea at Night XVII, 2016,
75 x 100.5 cm
Marlborough Graphics

It is hard to believe that this Fair, which is the largest in Europe dedicated to prints, is entering its fourth decade and this year’s welcomes some fifty of the world’s top print dealers and publishers.  So whether your taste is for contemporary of old masters this is the place to come.

David Spiller With Love (Mickey), 2016 25 Colour Silkscreen print on hand torn Somerset smooth 400 gsm paper Signed and editioned by the artist Edition of 95 Image size 76 x 76 cm, Paper size 88 x 89 cm TAG Fine Arts

David Spiller
With Love (Mickey), 2016
25 Colour Silkscreen print on hand torn Somerset smooth 400 gsm paper
Signed and editioned by the artist
Edition of 95
Image size 76 x 76 cm, Paper size 88 x 89 cm
TAG Fine Arts

 

Robert Motherwell, Automatism Elegy (State II Buff), 1980, Lithograph, Edition of 50, 40.3 x 50.8 cms (15 7/8 x 20 ins) Image courtesy of Bernard Jacobson Gallery

Robert Motherwell, Automatism Elegy (State II Buff), 1980,
Lithograph, Edition of 50, 40.3 x 50.8 cms (15 7/8 x 20 ins)
Image courtesy of Bernard Jacobson Gallery

 

Michael Craig-Martin Headphones From: Fragments, 2015 Screenprint with protective glaze on Somerset Tub Sized Satin 410 gsm Paper and image 90.0 x 90.0 cm Edition of 35 Courtesy Michael Craig-Martin and Alan Cristea Gallery, London

Michael Craig-Martin
Headphones From: Fragments, 2015
Screenprint with protective glaze on Somerset Tub Sized Satin 410 gsm
Paper and image 90.0 x 90.0 cm
Edition of 35
Courtesy Michael Craig-Martin and Alan Cristea Gallery, London

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Peter Lanyon, Cornish Landscape, 1958, Lithograph, 48.5 x 36.2, Courtesy Osborne Samuel

Peter Lanyon,
Cornish Landscape, 1958,
Lithograph, 48.5 x 36.2,
Courtesy Osborne Samuel

 

 

www.londonprintfair.com

Andy Warhol, Lucy Jones and Italian Pop

Warhol Icons, Halcyon Gallery, 144-146 New Bond Street, London W1, until 26th June 2016

Andy Warhol Blackglama (Judy Garland) 1985

Andy Warhol
Blackglama (Judy Garland) 1985

This is the gallery’s first exhibition solely focusing on the works of Andy Warhol.  It is wide-ranging with over a hundred works on display, including iconic figures, early works and the Anatom (Rado Watches) which was one of his last works.

Andy Warhol Paramount 1985

Andy Warhol
Paramount 1985

http://www.halcyongallery.com

 

Lucy Jones, The Cycle Of Life, Flowers, 21 Cork Street, London W1, until 21st May 2016

Lucy Jones, Sitting, 2015, Oil on canvas 120 x 100 cm (c) Lucy Jones, Courtesy of Flowers Gallery London and New York

Lucy Jones,
Sitting, 2015,
Oil on canvas 120 x 100 cm
(c) Lucy Jones, Courtesy of Flowers Gallery London and New York

This exhibition of new portraits and landscape paintings is well worth seeing.  Her portraits are frank and also revealing of the sitter’s inner persona but handled with great understanding. Her landscapes are a personal interpretation of the countryside along the border between England and Wales and like her portraits there is a personal resonance in them.  The artist describes her process as “grabbing hold” and “pinning down” the essence and colour of the place.

Lucy Jones, Tree, 2015, Oil on canvas, 91 x 122 cm (c) Lucy Jones, Courtesy of Flowers Gallery London and New York

Lucy Jones,
Tree, 2015,
Oil on canvas, 91 x 122 cm
(c) Lucy Jones, Courtesy of Flowers Gallery London and New York

www.flowersgallery.com

 

Italian Pop, Tornabuoni Art, 46 Albemarle Street W1, until 18th June 2016

Mimmo Rotella Italia e Corona , 1962 Decollage on canvas 22.4 x 22.4 in / 57 x 57 cm Courtesy Tornabuoni Art

Mimmo Rotella
Italia e Corona , 1962
Decollage on canvas
22.4 x 22.4 in / 57 x 57 cm
Courtesy Tornabuoni Art

This is a heady celebration of the Italian Pop Art movement which came to the fore in the early 1960s.  The gallery’s director, Ursula Casamonti, sums it up saying “We wanted to provide a counterpoint to Italian post-war abstraction and the Milanese avant-garde that we typically show at Tornabuoni Art and present a different side to the Italian 1960s, one driven by Rome and by the people’s relationship to Italian culture and the ‘Dolce Vita’.”

The artists included in this striking show are: Valerio Adami, Franco Angeli, Mario Ceroli, Tano Festa, Giosetta Fioroni, Mimmo Rotella, Mario Schifano and Cesare Tacchi

Cesare Tacchi, I guardiani della primavera Pop, 2006 paint on printed fabric and relief (triptych) 210 x 300 cm / 82.7 x 118 Courtesy Tornabuoni Art

Cesare Tacchi,
I guardiani della primavera Pop, 2006
paint on printed fabric and relief (triptych)
210 x 300 cm / 82.7 x 118
Courtesy Tornabuoni Art

www.tornabuoniart.com