London celebrates Asian Art

Panoramic view of the landscape and poem on a brushpot China, Jiangxi province, Jingdezhen kilns, Qing dynasty, Yongzheng (1723–35) or early Qianlong (1736–95) period, commissioned by Tang Ying (1682–1756) Porcelain with famille-rose (fencai) decoration, height 13.5 cm Private collection

Panoramic view of the landscape and poem on a brushpot
China, Jiangxi province, Jingdezhen kilns, Qing dynasty, Yongzheng (1723–35)
or early Qianlong (1736–95) period, commissioned by Tang Ying (1682–1756)
Porcelain with famille-rose (fencai) decoration, height 13.5 cm
Private collection

The 19th Asian Art in London runs from 3rd-12th of November and promises once again to bring a wide mixture of art and antiques from all periods. I would especially like to draw your attention to the special exhibition that the Oriental Ceramics Society is holding at Sotheby’s in Bond Street. Entitled ‘China without Dragons’ (3rd-9thNovember 2016) it features some two hundred ceramic pieces with the majority coming from either Japan or China.

Moonflask with carnations and asters China, Jiangxi province, Jingdezhen kilns, Ming dynasty, Yongle period (1403–1424) Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue decoration, height 28 cm Private collection

Moonflask with carnations and asters
China, Jiangxi province, Jingdezhen kilns, Ming dynasty, Yongle period (1403–1424)
Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue decoration, height 28 cm
Private collection

As the curator Regina Krahl (a former Society president) says: “This exhibition aims to celebrate the rich store of Chinese ceramics collected within the Oriental Ceramic Society. The fascination of an exhibition such as this lies in its phenomenal spectrum. It covers the full range from the rarest masterpieces that we might see in a major museum show to minor items that would otherwise rarely be exhibited but which display some unusual or noteworthy aspect, are particularly well made, or are simply beautiful. It is hoped that this selection will be enjoyed by specialists as well as by amateurs.”

Zodiac figure of the horse China, Henan province, Gongxian region, Tang dynasty, 7th or 8th century Earthenware with sancai glazes, height 22.2 cm Private collection

Zodiac figure of the horse
China, Henan province, Gongxian region, Tang dynasty, 7th or 8th century
Earthenware with sancai glazes, height 22.2 cm
Private collection

The Oriental Ceramics Society (OCS) was founded in Craven Hill Gardens in London in 1921 and has a long-established reputation as being the leading international society for those interested in studying and appreciating Asian Art and has over seven hundred members worldwide.

Porcelain vase decorated with yangcai overglaze enamels China, Jiangxi province, Jingdezhen kilns, Qing dynasty, Qianlong mark and period (1736-1795) Height 47 cm Private collection

Porcelain vase decorated with yangcai overglaze enamels
China, Jiangxi province, Jingdezhen kilns, Qing dynasty, Qianlong mark and period (1736-1795)
Height 47 cm
Private collection

 

Archaic Jade Notched Disc Late Neolithic period – Shang period, 2000 - 1500 BC Diameter: 33.0cm Courtesy of Eskenazi

Archaic Jade Notched Disc
Late Neolithic period – Shang period, 2000 – 1500 BC
Diameter: 33.0cm
Courtesy of Eskenazi

One cannot write about Asian Art in London without mentioning the renowned firm Eskenazi and what a corker of an exhibition (Early Chinese Art from Private Collections, 3rd – 25th November 2016) they offer us this year.  It consists of twenty-four early examples of Chinese art (early jades, bone carvings, archaic bronzes and inlaid metalwork) dating from the Neolithic period to the Han Dynasty (206 BC – 220 AD).  They all come from private collections and many have illustrious provenances having been previously owned by well-known collectors, including Luo Zhenyu, Pan Zuyin, Alexandre J. Argyropoulos, Edward T. Chow and Adolphe Stoclet.  Many of the items have a common theme in that they feature animal decoration or animal motifs. Alongside this they are showing works by the well-known contemporary Chinese ink painter Zeng Xiaojun (b.1954) in what is his first European show.

Archaic Bronze Wine Vessel and Cover (You) Shang or Early Western Zhou period, 11th century BC Height (to top of knop): 27.4cm Weight (without handle): 3.80kg Courtesy of Eskenazi

Archaic Bronze Wine Vessel and Cover (You)
Shang or Early Western Zhou period, 11th century BC
Height (to top of knop): 27.4cm
Weight (without handle): 3.80kg
Courtesy of Eskenazi

 

Gilt-bronze, Agate and Turquoise Bear Han period, 206 BC - 220 AD Height: 10.6cm Courtesy of Eskenazi

Gilt-bronze, Agate and Turquoise Bear
Han period, 206 BC – 220 AD
Height: 10.6cm
Courtesy of Eskenazi

 

Bonsai I Ink and colour on paper Dimensions: 180cm by 138cm Signed: Zeng Xiaojun Artist’s seal: Painted by Zeng Xiaojun Courtesy of Eskenazi

Bonsai I
Ink and colour on paper
Dimensions: 180cm by 138cm
Signed: Zeng Xiaojun
Artist’s seal: Painted by Zeng Xiaojun
Courtesy of Eskenazi

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Woolley & Wallis in London

Woolley & Wallis, Mayfair Office, Second Floor, 17 Clifford Street, London, W1S 3RQ

Woolley & Wallis - In Mayfair

Woolley & Wallis – In Mayfair

The noted Salisbury firm of auctioneers are opening an office in Mayfair to deal with enquiries from international and London-based clients. They will have special viewings and exhibitions, including one for this year’s Asian Art in London.

Please note it is open by appointment only for which you need to contact the relevant department.

http://www.woolleyandwallis.co.uk

A Celebration of Tea Drinking

LAPADA Art & Antiques Fair 2016, Berkeley Square, Mayfair, London W1, 13th – 18th September 2016

Famille Verte Teapot China, Kangxi period, ca.1690

Famille Verte Teapot
China, Kangxi period, ca.1690

Now in its eighth year this popular fair is the place to find fine pieces from across all disciplines. It is therefore appropriate that this year there is a select group of highlights from the Chitra Collection which celebrates tea over the centuries through the vessels and other paraphernalia involved in its drinking and preparation.

Tea Caddy, boîte à thé Sèvres, Louis-Jean Thévenet (painter) France, c. 1765

Tea Caddy, boîte à thé
Sèvres, Louis-Jean Thévenet (painter)
France, c. 1765

This is the first time pieces from the collection have been shown in the UK and its curator Olivia Fryman has selected items that reflect the long history of this beverage. Starting with the beginnings of the tea story in China and Japan, we then pass on to the growing interest and consumption of it in Europe (Catherine of Braganza, Charles II’s wife, introduced tea to this country) in the 17th and 18th centuries and then go on to see how it played an important role in the story of the British Empire. The last piece of this story looks at the global interest, especially in Russia and America, and how tea became a part of everyday life for many.

Copper Gilt Mounted Chinese Porcelain Teapot China and Germany, Kangxi period (1654 - 1722), mounts ca.1680

Copper Gilt Mounted Chinese Porcelain Teapot
China and Germany, Kangxi period (1654 – 1722), mounts ca.1680

The collection has been put together by the London-based businessman Nirmal Kumar Sethia, who says “The Chitra Collection will continue to inspire generations of tea lovers long after I’m gone. It is my wish that, for centuries to come, the world will be able to appreciate and experience the beauty and significance of tea, art and culture”. His interest has continued since he first started working as an apprentice tea buyer in London, aged 14. He started the luxury tea company Newby Teas in 2000.

Cup and saucer Meissen, J. G. Höroldt (painter) Germany, c. 1722-3

Cup and saucer
Meissen, J. G. Höroldt (painter)
Germany, c. 1722-3

There are in excess of 1700 tea-related objects in the collection which was named in memory of his late wife and I think you may agree from the selection illustrated here that it is a fascinating subject.

Teapot Royal Worcester, George Owen and Samuel Ranford England, 1878

Teapot
Royal Worcester, George Owen and Samuel Ranford
England, 1878

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Silver kettle and stand Paul de Lamerie England, 1751

Silver kettle and stand
Paul de Lamerie
England, 1751

Mise en scène by Emilio Terry

AN EXCEPTIONAL COLLECTION – Mise en scène by Emilio Terry, Christie’s Paris, 9, avenue Matignon, 75008 Paris, 15th September 2016

Salon des Laques, showing the Louis XV ormolu-mounted lacquer commode stamped by Jean-Baptiste Fromageau, circa 1755 © CHRISTIE’S IMAGES LIMITED 2016

Salon des Laques, showing the Louis XV ormolu-mounted lacquer commode stamped by Jean-Baptiste Fromageau, circa 1755
© CHRISTIE’S IMAGES LIMITED 2016

I feel quite sure that many of the visitors to this year’s Biennale des Antiquaires in Paris will take the time to pop-in to Christie’s to at least view, if not bid, on some of the lots in this remarkable sale.

Vue d'extérieur © CHRISTIE’S IMAGES LIMITED 2016

Vue d’extérieur
© CHRISTIE’S IMAGES LIMITED 2016

It is of a collection assembled by three generations of collectors which was brilliantly and harmoniously brought together, in an hotel particulier, by the renowned architect and decorator Emilio Terry (1890-1969). This was one of his last projects and as many of you will know he also worked on the Hotel de Chanaleilles and the Chateau de Groussay and other projects.

An important pair of Famille Rose, iron-red and gilt-decorated armorial vases and covers, China, Qing Dynasty, €100.000-200.000 © CHRISTIE’S IMAGES LIMITED 2016

An important pair of Famille Rose, iron-red and gilt-decorated armorial vases and covers, China, Qing Dynasty, €100.000-200.000
© CHRISTIE’S IMAGES LIMITED 2016

As these pictures reveal it is a marvellous combination of museum-quality period pieces and later examples, unified by Terry’s skilful handling of them in a neo-classical style setting of his own making which he referred to as ‘Louis XVII’. As Christie’s France’s, Head of the Furniture and Works of Art department, Simon de Monicault commented: “Collections that were laid out by Emilio Terry, major decorator of the 20th century, rarely come to the market. This beautiful hotel particulier has remained intact since Terry’s work in the 1960’s, and grandly brings together 17th and 18th century masterpieces and the neoclassic décor, so characteristic of his work. Pieces have continually been selected by the collectors to fit Terry’s setting, as shown by the works of Christian Bérard and Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux, acquired directly from the artists”

The Hall, showing "Le Génie de la danse" by Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux © CHRISTIE’S IMAGES LIMITED 2016

The Hall, showing “Le Génie de la danse” by Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux
© CHRISTIE’S IMAGES LIMITED 2016

Visitors immediately became aware of Terry’s sensitive skill when they entered the hall and were greeted by Carpeaux’s Le Génie de la Danse seen against the background Terry created for it. Bought from the sculptor’s daughter in 1927 it is expected to reach between €600,000-1,000,000.  Only one other version is known of this figure which was designed for the façade of Garnier’s Paris Opera.

Grand salon, showing the Ebony bureau plat stamped by Philippe-Claude Montigny © CHRISTIE’S IMAGES LIMITED 2016

Grand salon, showing the Ebony bureau plat stamped by Philippe-Claude Montigny
© CHRISTIE’S IMAGES LIMITED 2016

In the salon is an elegantly simple Louis XVI bureau plat by Philippe-Claude Montigny (€400,000-€600,000), drawings by Christian Bérard (1909-1942) and a set of eight cabriolet armchairs by Georges Jacob (€200,000-300,000) which were formerly in the Paris home of Sir Richard Wallace (of Wallace Collection fame). In the dining room are a pair of Qing Dynasty large china vases and covers and a Louis XIV armoire while in the ‘salons des laques’ is a Louis XV black and gilt Chinese lacquer commode stamped by Jean-Baptiste Fromageau (€100,000-200,000), and an extremely rare pair of 18th century Sèvres porcelain and ormolu-mounted vases-cloches, known as “Vases Dulac”. Their covers can be turned upside down to reveal three-arm candelabras.

Paire de Sèvres vases-cloche dits ''Vases Dulac'' - €300.000-500.000 © CHRISTIE’S IMAGES LIMITED 2016

Paire de Sèvres vases-cloche dits ”Vases Dulac” – €300.000-500.000
© CHRISTIE’S IMAGES LIMITED 2016

 

 Paire de Sèvres vases-cloche dits ''Vases Dulac'' - €300.000-500.000 © CHRISTIE’S IMAGES LIMITED 2016

Paire de Sèvres vases-cloche dits ”Vases Dulac” – €300.000-500.000
© CHRISTIE’S IMAGES LIMITED 2016

 

Salle à manger © CHRISTIE’S IMAGES LIMITED 2016

Salle à manger
© CHRISTIE’S IMAGES LIMITED 2016

 

 

 

Among the many pictures are a pastel by Vigée Lebrun, an oil by Jean-Louis Demarne, landscapes by Stanislas Lépine and portraits by Sir Thomas Lawrence and Raeburn.

Élisabeth Louise Vigée Lebrun A young girl with a red dress: a presumed portrait of Caroline Rivière, €120.000-180.000 © CHRISTIE’S IMAGES LIMITED 2016

Élisabeth Louise Vigée Lebrun
A young girl with a red dress: a presumed portrait of Caroline Rivière, €120.000-180.000
© CHRISTIE’S IMAGES LIMITED 2016

 

Christian Bérard, Élégante au bal - €1.200-1.800 © CHRISTIE’S IMAGES LIMITED 2016

Christian Bérard,
Élégante au bal – €1.200-1.800
© CHRISTIE’S IMAGES LIMITED 2016

 

Sir Henry Raeburn, R.A. Portrait du Révérend Stair Dalrymple, jeune, €20.000-30.000 © CHRISTIE’S IMAGES LIMITED 2016

Sir Henry Raeburn, R.A.
Portrait du Révérend Stair Dalrymple, jeune, €20.000-30.000
© CHRISTIE’S IMAGES LIMITED 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

While it is marvellous that a new generation will have the chance to acquire such treasures there is also perhaps a tinge of regret that these seductive rooms will no longer be extant but who knows what good future homes await them.

Chambre sur jardin © CHRISTIE’S IMAGES LIMITED 2016

Chambre sur jardin
© CHRISTIE’S IMAGES LIMITED 2016

 

Suite de huit fauteuils att. à Georges Jacob © CHRISTIE’S IMAGES LIMITED 2016

Suite de huit fauteuils att. à Georges Jacob
© CHRISTIE’S IMAGES LIMITED 2016

 

Salon des Laques © CHRISTIE’S IMAGES LIMITED 2016

Salon des Laques
© CHRISTIE’S IMAGES LIMITED 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sale: Thursday 15 September 2016 at 2:30pm.

Public viewing: Thursday 8, Friday 9, Saturday 10 (10am.-6pm.), Sunday 11 (2pm.-6pm.), Monday 12, Tuesday 13, Wednesday 14 (10am – 6pm.) and Thursday 15 September (10 am.-12pm.)

Jean-Louis Demarne La foire aux bestiaux, €70.000-100.000 © CHRISTIE’S IMAGES LIMITED 2016

Jean-Louis Demarne
La foire aux bestiaux, €70.000-100.000
© CHRISTIE’S IMAGES LIMITED 2016

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Sir Edward Heath – at home

Sir Edward Heath – at home in Salisbury

Arundells - Entrance Front

Arundells – Entrance Front

Standing in the wonderful environs of Salisbury’s Cathedral Close is Arundells a beautiful house of Georgian appearance which in part dates back to the mid-thirteenth century.  It was from 1985 to 2005 the home of the former politician and Prime Minister Sir Edward Heath and although he had a long political career the house is very much a personal home which reflects all facets of his life. It is important to remember as you go round it that it remains very much as it was when he lived there.

The Entrance Hall

The Entrance Hall

Immediately on arrival at the entrance hall you get the welcoming flavour of the house and an idea of how the strands of his interests are skilfully woven together. This he achieved with the help of the designer Derek Frost. Many of the paintings in the hall reflect his love of sailing through depictions and models of the five Morning Cloud yachts he sailed and interspersed among them are Napoleonic prisoner-of-war ship models made from bone and rigged with fine strands of hair.  The maritime-inspired combined clock and barometer was a gift from President Nixon.  There are also drawings by Sickert and Augustus and Gwen John.

Sir Edward seated at the piano in the Drawing Room

Sir Edward seated at the piano in the Drawing Room

A photograph of a young Sir Edward with Augustus John and Dorelia can be seen in the adjoining drawing room which is dominated by a Steinway grand piano which Sir Edward played and upon which are photographs of politicians and world leaders.  Among the many artworks in the room are paintings by L S Lowry, Ken Howard RA, Derek Hill and a painting of Heath’s home town ‘Broadstairs’ by Sir Robert Ponsonby-Staples which was a gift from Sir John Betjeman, given as Sir Edward had so often admired it when visiting Betjeman. Two pieces of sculpture one of Sir Winston and Lady Churchill by Oscar Nemon and a bust of Sir Edward by Martin Jennings are worthy of inspection as are the carved Chinese pieces on the mantelpiece and to its right the display of blue and white porcelain including a large pair of bottle vases which were a gift from Chairman Mao.

Portocarrero ‘Girl in a Fantastic Costume Cuba’

Portocarrero
‘Girl in a Fantastic Costume Cuba’

Pictures in the corridor towards the dining room and library include two paintings by Sir Winston Churchill which he gave to Heath.  There is also a fine group of etchings by William Wyllie, two Singer Sargent’s and a painting by the Cuban artist Portocarrero which was a gift from Fidel Castro.

The Dining Room

The Dining Room

The dining room is hung with pictures by John Piper, including two Sir Edward commissioned himself.  The table is set for lunch which was one of his favourite ways of entertaining – roast lamb followed by Stilton cheese, halibut and lemon pudding were among his favourites as were Brussels sprouts – and from the place cards on view when I was there one gets an idea of the wide range of people he invited which included Princess Margaret, Sting and Sir Harold Wilson.  Dame Maggie Smith, Terry Wogan and Yehudi Menuhin are among other well-known guests. There is also a large group of ceramic pieces on display including Tang pottery, Sevres, Chelsea and Worcester porcelain as well as some Copenhagen Flora Danica.

A view of some of the ceramics in the Dining Room

A view of some of the ceramics in the Dining Room

The Library overlooking the garden contains the high wing-back chair Sir Edward favoured and it was where he would entertain and chat to colleagues and friends from all political parties and walks of life. The walls are adorned with 18th and 19th century Japanese prints which perfectly suit the room. One of the major achievements of his political life was a growing rapport between the UK and China which is also reflected throughout the house but he also obviously had an interest in their arts and culture which is particularly apparent in the panels of specially commissioned wallpaper on the staircase which relates the popular Chinese legend of the Monkey King. They were a house-warming present from two of his former Private Secretaries.

The Library

The Library

Upstairs is Sir Edward’s study which was his private sanctum and where he worked at a Georgian writing desk which had previously belonged to David Lloyd-George. Heath’s army career is also recalled in another room with uniforms and other memorabilia on show from when he was with the Royal Artillery during the War and later on with the Honourable Artillery Company. His Garter Banner hangs on an upstairs corridor wall.

The Study

The Study

Downstairs just beyond the stair hall is a short corridor which is hung with political cartoons by leading cartoonists such as Giles, Jak, Low and Trog, many of which feature Sir Edward.  He enjoyed sharing them with his visitors although sometimes I imagine it may have been a wry chuckle.

Emmwood ©The Daily Mail

Emmwood
©The Daily Mail

Outside the beautiful garden, an intriguing combination of open spaces and secluded areas, is very much as created for Sir Edward.  It stretches down to the confluence of the Rivers Nadder and Avon and reveals a wonderful view across to the meadows. In one corner is the restored bow of Morning Cloud III which was sunk by a freak wave in September 1974, and whose two crew members Nigel Cummings and Christopher Chadd (Sir Edward’s godson) tragically lost their lives.

The view from the end of the garden

The view from the end of the garden

At the front of the house with its view into the Close and of the Cathedral is an exhibition space in a building which used to house Sir Edward’s archive.  At present (until mid-August) there is a display focusing on ‘World Leaders of the 1970s: A Decade of Turmoil’ which features President Nixon, Leonard Brezhnev, Chairman Mao Zedong, Willy Brandt, Indira Gandhi, President Pompidou, Kakuei Tanaka, Pierre Trudeau and Henry Kissinger.  Interestingly enough the latter will be giving a lecture in London in October as part of a series of celebrations organised by the Sir Edward Heath Charitable Foundation to celebrate the centenary of Sir Edward’s birth (9th July, 2016). The following exhibition which runs until May 2017 is ‘Heath at 100: A Political Life in Cartoons’ which promises to be a fascinating way of remembering the major events of his time in politics.

Tang Dynasty Horse

Tang Dynasty Horse

My visit made a lasting impression and I would readily accept an offer to live there just as it is, because it’s a happy house of taste, comfort and history.  I can quite understand why Sir Edward fell in love with it at first sight and for us visitors today it is extremely fortunate that he was able to acquire the lease in 1992 and that he formed a charitable trust which allows us to share in the delights of Arundells and to remember Sir Edward, the man.

Sir Edward in the garden. The spire of Salisbury Cathedral can be seen in the background.

Sir Edward in the garden. The spire of Salisbury Cathedral can be seen in the background.

http://www.arundells.org

Hiroshi Yoshida The Inland Sea Series

Hiroshi Yoshida
The Inland Sea Series

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 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

The 2016 Art Antiques London

Art Antiques London, Albert Memorial West Lawn, Kensington Gardens, London SW7 (opposite the Royal Albert Hall), 24th June – 30th June 2016

View of pavilion

View of pavilion

It is hard to believe that this is the seventh edition of the fair founded by Anna and Brian Haughton in 2010.  There are some sixty exhibitors drawn from Belgium, France, Israel, The Netherlands, the UK, of course, and the USA.

Interior view 2015

Interior view 2015

There is a wide array of objects to delight the eye and one can quite easily understand why serious collectors, museums and interior decorators return year after year.  One well-loved feature of this fair is the lecture series which includes ‘Face to Face: Dame Rosalind Savill in conversation with Richard, 10th Duke of Buccleuch and 12th Duke of Queensberry’ on 27th June.

VANESSA CLEWES SALMON MODERN & CONTEMPORARY ART Shani Joel, born 1991 Buddha, 2014, mixed media eg ceramic embellished with shells, jewellery, butterflies, fabric etc 60cms h x 50cms w

VANESSA CLEWES SALMON MODERN & CONTEMPORARY ART
Shani Joel, born 1991
Buddha, 2014, mixed media eg ceramic embellished with shells, jewellery, butterflies, fabric etc
60cms h x 50cms w

 

E & H MANNERS A Pair of Alcora Faience Plaques, 1752-64 Height: 52.7 cm, Width: 35.2 cm

E & H MANNERS
A Pair of Alcora Faience Plaques, 1752-64
Height: 52.7 cm, Width: 35.2 cm

 

LONDON GLASSBLOWING David Reekie, Marionette V 2013, 52 x 43 x 20 cm,

LONDON GLASSBLOWING
David Reekie,
Marionette V 2013,
52 x 43 x 20 cm,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HALL-BAKKER A pair of flower vases with silvered metal frames and original liners by the German factory WMF. c 1905.

HALL-BAKKER
A pair of flower vases with silvered metal frames and original liners by the German factory WMF. c 1905.

 

ILLUSTRATION CUPBOARD Oakley 1 - A Better Idea, Gouache, Watercolour & black ink on paper by Graham Oakley

ILLUSTRATION CUPBOARD
Oakley 1 – A Better Idea, Gouache, Watercolour & black ink on paper
by Graham Oakley

 

ROELL FINE ART An important Namban sawasa reliquary crucifix, Japan, late 16th/early 17th century Alloy of red copper, gold, silver and arsenic with black lacquer and gold H 19.5 cm, W 14 cm, Thickness 2.6 cm

ROELL FINE ART
An important Namban sawasa reliquary crucifix, Japan, late 16th/early 17th century
Alloy of red copper, gold, silver and arsenic with black lacquer and gold
H 19.5 cm, W 14 cm, Thickness 2.6 cm

 

ALTEA GALLERY A collapsible globe, John Betts, Terrestrial globe, printed waxed cotton and metal spindle, c1925, globe circumference: 1,260mm extended 770 m long including spindle

ALTEA GALLERY
A collapsible globe, John Betts,
Terrestrial globe, printed waxed cotton and metal spindle, c1925,
globe circumference: 1,260mm extended 770 m long including spindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FAIRHEAD FINE ART LTD 1984 Silver USA Olympics Medal by Salvador Dali Weight: 1.05 oz - containing 46.65 grams of .999 silver

FAIRHEAD FINE ART LTD
1984 Silver USA Olympics Medal by Salvador Dali
Weight: 1.05 oz – containing 46.65 grams of .999 silver

 

BABBINGTON FINE ART Alan Sorrell (1904-1974), Study for the mural at the Head Office of Bovril, 1961

BABBINGTON FINE ART
Alan Sorrell (1904-1974),
Study for the mural at the Head Office of Bovril, 1961

 

SAMINA INC Spittoon, Mughal or Deccan, India, 17th century

SAMINA INC
Spittoon, Mughal or Deccan, India, 17th century

 

LUCAS RARITIES An enamel, opal, emerald, and ruby serpent pendant by Gustave-Roger Sandoz. 9.5cm X 6.5cm. Circa 1901

LUCAS RARITIES
An enamel, opal, emerald, and ruby serpent pendant by Gustave-Roger Sandoz.
9.5cm X 6.5cm. Circa 1901

 

LOVE WOOD GALLERY h.ollary.b. Dreaming the Future Generations, Cherrywood, 2.3m x 0.5m

LOVE WOOD GALLERY
h.ollary.b.
Dreaming the Future Generations,
Cherrywood, 2.3m x 0.5m

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BRIAN HAUGHTON GALLERY White porcelain cylinders hand thrown by Gunilla Maria Akesson, leading contemporary Swedish ceramic artist. Range in size from 7 ins (18 cm) through to 18 ins.

BRIAN HAUGHTON GALLERY
White porcelain cylinders hand thrown by Gunilla Maria Akesson, leading contemporary Swedish ceramic artist. Range in size from 7 ins (18 cm) through to 18 ins.

 

 

 

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Advance Warning – Ceramics, 25th June 2016

Prestige Ceramic Fairs – London Fair, Kensington Town Hall, Conference Events Centre, Hornton Street, Kensington, London W8, 25th June 2016

Juno Antiques Early London decorated small Chinese teapot and cover, enamelled with white flower heads on a green seeded ground, surrounded by red and gilt tramline cartouches, c.1740.

Juno Antiques
Early London decorated small Chinese teapot and cover, enamelled with white flower heads on a green seeded ground, surrounded by red and gilt tramline cartouches, c.1740.

This twice yearly fair is a must do for those who collect ceramics whether 18th and 19th century British porcelain and pottery or their oriental equivalent.  It is nice that such a fair with its twenty plus specialist dealers still exists in the capital.

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