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

BOOK REVIEW: European Art at the Huntington

Blue Boy & Co

European Art at the Huntington

Catherine Hess, Melinda McCurdy
ISBN: 978-3-7913-5468-2
£24.99

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The Huntington (San Marino, California) is a veritable treasure house of European Art and one can easily understand why it is such an important centre of research, education and culture.

The “Blue Boy”, of course, refers to Gainsborough’s celebrated painting which hangs with other great examples of 18th century English portraits and paintings.  Add to those an important collections of French 18th century and other decorative arts, sculpture, paintings from other schools and works on paper and you have a fascinating range of objects.

This well-illustrated book provides a perfect introduction to this remarkable place and is a helpful aide memoire of the treasures therein.

 

http://www.prestel.com

Art16

Art16, Olympia, Hammersmith Road, London W14, 19th – 22nd May 2016

 

Photograph of the fair Courtesy ART16

Photograph of the fair
Courtesy ART16

This is a truly international event with some thirty countries represented through a hundred galleries and with more than a thousand artworks on display. A third of those galleries exhibiting come from the Asia Pacific region.

Yang-Tsung Fan Swimming Pool Series – Black swimming pool Acrylic on canvas 30 x 20 cm 2016 Courtesy AKI Gallery

Yang-Tsung Fan
Swimming Pool Series – Black swimming pool
Acrylic on canvas
30 x 20 cm
2016
Courtesy AKI Gallery

Jonathan Watkins (Director Ikon Gallery, Birmingham) is curating the Emerge section which highlights young galleries while the London First section brings together galleries that have never exhibited in a London art fair before. Visitors will also get a chance to “preview” a group of commissioned artworks by Tom Ellis which will be part of an exhibition at the Wallace Collection later this year.

Gresham Tapiwa Nyaude my ying is your yang 2015 Oil on canvas 82 x 133 cm Courtesy and © First Floor Gallery Harare

Gresham Tapiwa Nyaude
my ying is your yang
2015
Oil on canvas
82 x 133 cm
Courtesy and © First Floor Gallery Harare

 

Polly Morgan Mouthing the Words Taxidermy Rainbow Boa Granite, marble, copper, palmwood, perspex and lemonwood 420 x 220 mm Base 180 x 180mm Courtesy Other Criteria © Polly Morgan

Polly Morgan
Mouthing the Words
Taxidermy Rainbow Boa
Granite, marble, copper, palmwood, perspex and lemonwood
420 x 220 mm
Base 180 x 180mm
Courtesy Other Criteria
© Polly Morgan

 

RETNA Times of blue 2014 Acrylic ink on water colour paper 30 x 22 in Courtesy Coburn Projects © RETNA

RETNA
Times of blue
2014
Acrylic ink on water colour paper
30 x 22 in
Courtesy Coburn Projects
© RETNA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vincent Namatjira The Queen and Me 2016 Oil on linen 91 x 122 cm Courtesy THIS IS NO FANTASY + dianne tanzer gallery © The Artist

Vincent Namatjira
The Queen and Me
2016
Oil on linen
91 x 122 cm
Courtesy THIS IS NO FANTASY + dianne tanzer gallery © The Artist

 

Lauren McLaughlin We Don’t Want Emotional Complications 2016 Collage and pen on paper 35 x 25 cm Courtesy Arusha Gallery

Lauren McLaughlin
We Don’t Want Emotional Complications
2016
Collage and pen on paper
35 x 25 cm
Courtesy Arusha Gallery

 

Patrick Altes The Hanging Gardens of Babylon 2 2014 Mixed media on canvas 150 x 130 cm Courtesy Lahd Gallery © Lahd Gallery

Patrick Altes
The Hanging Gardens of Babylon 2
2014
Mixed media on canvas
150 x 130 cm
Courtesy Lahd Gallery
© Lahd Gallery

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Penny Byrne “Felled” Fehily Contemporary © The Artist

Penny Byrne
“Felled”
Fehily Contemporary
© The Artist

 

http://www.artfairslondon.com

Kokusai

Kokusai the Geniusstag-antler carving in Japan, Sydney L. Moss: 12 Queen St, London W1, until 7th June 2016

A stag-antler obi-hasami netsuke of a tall standing, screaming monkey Kokusai Mid to late 19th century, circa 1860s - 1880s. Height: 11.2 cm. (4 7/16 in.) Ex collection: June Schuerch, Santa Barbara CA Copyright, Sydney L Moss Ltd

A stag-antler obi-hasami netsuke of a tall standing, screaming monkey
Kokusai
Mid to late 19th century, circa 1860s – 1880s.
Height: 11.2 cm. (4 7/16 in.)
Ex collection: June Schuerch, Santa Barbara CA
Copyright, Sydney L Moss Ltd

One can totally appreciate why Kokusai’s immense skill has captivated three generations of the Moss family and I assure you it really is a matter of seeing it to believe it.

Kokusai (1835-1894) is the central player in this exhibition which has been garnered from collectors in Japan, the United States and Europe (and yes that does include us in the UK). His creativity is remarkable with some pieces way ahead of their time, heralding art nouveau and the 20th century.  There are pipe cases, hair pins, combs, sceptres and, of course, netsuke to delight the eye in wonderment.

A stag-antler netsuke of saru ningyō, or sarubobo, a stuffed cloth monkey doll Kokusai Mid to late 19th century, circa 1860s - 1880s. 3.3 x 4.2 cm. (1 5/16 x 1 11/16 in.) Published: “In A Nutshell: Japanese Netsuke from European collections”, 2013, no. 184. Collection: Paul Moss, London Copyright, Sydney L Moss Ltd

A stag-antler netsuke of saru ningyō, or sarubobo, a stuffed cloth monkey doll
Kokusai
Mid to late 19th century, circa 1860s – 1880s.
3.3 x 4.2 cm. (1 5/16 x 1 11/16 in.)
Published: “In A Nutshell: Japanese Netsuke from European collections”, 2013, no. 184.
Collection: Paul Moss, London
Copyright, Sydney L Moss Ltd

The exhibition is accompanied by a three-volume catalogue, of which the middle volume of which is available now, and the other two will be completed by early July of this year.

An unusually large stag-antler pipecase of almost demilune curved form Kokusai Mid to late 19th century, circa 1860s - 1880s. Length: 21.6 cm. (8 ½ in.) Published: Moss, “Eccentrics in Netsuke”, 1982, no. 95. Ex collection: Richard Silverman, Los Angeles. Copyright, Sydney L Moss Ltd

An unusually large stag-antler pipecase of almost demilune curved form
Kokusai
Mid to late 19th century, circa 1860s – 1880s.
Length: 21.6 cm. (8 ½ in.)
Published: Moss, “Eccentrics in Netsuke”, 1982, no. 95.
Ex collection: Richard Silverman, Los Angeles.
Copyright, Sydney L Moss Ltd

http://www.slmoss.com

The 2016 BADA Fair

The BADA Fair, The Duke of York Square, Chelsea, London SW3, until 15th March 2016

GRAY M.C.A Henry Moore “Insect Wings & Ovals” Orange & Grey 9.5” x 14.5” , Rayon Crepe, Provenance: The Ascher Collection

GRAY M.C.A
Henry Moore “Insect Wings & Ovals” Orange & Grey
9.5” x 14.5” , Rayon Crepe,
Provenance: The Ascher Collection

This is the 24th Fair and one can certainly understand why it is such a popular event with all ages. BADA’s CEO Marco Forgione aptly sums it up saying: “we look forward to welcoming 100 leading dealers, including 11 new exhibitors, and over 18,000 visitors from around the world. BADA Fair is a brilliant opportunity for a wide range of antique buyers, collectors and interior designers to draw on the expertise of our members and select from a wide range of pieces of outstanding quality.”

TIMOTHY MILLET London Haymarket, King’s Theatre, Prince Regent’s Box, No. 1, silver gilt pass. British c. 1815, 8.3 x 4.2 cm

TIMOTHY MILLET
London Haymarket, King’s Theatre, Prince Regent’s Box, No. 1, silver gilt pass. British c. 1815,
8.3 x 4.2 cm

This year’s charity partner is Marie Curie.

HOWARDS JEWELLERS Sapphire and diamond suite, circa 1970 Total estimated sapphire weight: 34 carats Total estimated diamond weight: 30 carats

HOWARDS JEWELLERS
Sapphire and diamond suite, circa 1970
Total estimated sapphire weight: 34 carats
Total estimated diamond weight: 30 carats

 

JONATHAN COOPER, PARK WALK GALLERY Tulip 'Rococo' Study Fiona Strickland Watercolour on vellum 9.06 x 7.09ins (23 x 18cm)

JONATHAN COOPER, PARK WALK GALLERY
Tulip ‘Rococo’ Study Fiona Strickland Watercolour on vellum
9.06 x 7.09ins (23 x 18cm)

 

THOMAS COULBORN & SONS Carved Giltwood Console Table by John Linnell (1729-1796), England, circa 1750 W: 125.5 cm; H: 96.5 cm; D: 58.5 cm Provenance: The late Margaret Feilding, Beckley Park, Oxfordshire

THOMAS COULBORN & SONS
Carved Giltwood Console Table by John Linnell (1729-1796), England, circa 1750
W: 125.5 cm; H: 96.5 cm; D: 58.5 cm
Provenance: The late Margaret Feilding, Beckley Park, Oxfordshire

 

SYLVIA POWELL DECORATIVE ARTS Tete d’Oiseau by Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) Incised ceramic, inscribed and dated underneath “Vallauris juillet 50” Length 9cm Provenance Marina Picasso

SYLVIA POWELL DECORATIVE ARTS
Tete d’Oiseau by Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) Incised ceramic, inscribed and dated underneath “Vallauris juillet 50”
Length 9cm
Provenance Marina Picasso

 

 

 

http://www.badafair.com

Deborah, Duchess of Devonshire, Sotheby’s London, 2nd March 2016

Deborah, Duchess of Devonshire: The Last of the Mitford Sisters, Sotheby’s London, 34-35 New Bond Street, London W1, 2ndMarch 2016

Lot 111 - David Dawson DEBORAH, DOWAGER DUCHESS OF DEVONSHIRE AND 'SKEWBALD MARE', 2004 Estimate 400 — 600 Chromogenic print. Signed, dated and titled ‘Lucian’s Studio’ in black felt tip pen on the reverse. Mounted and framed. sheet: 20.3 x 25.3 cm, 8 x 10 in.; image: 19 x 21.5 cm, 7 ½ x 8 ½ in

Lot 111 – David Dawson
DEBORAH, DOWAGER DUCHESS OF DEVONSHIRE AND ‘SKEWBALD MARE’, 2004
Estimate 400 — 600
Chromogenic print. Signed, dated and titled ‘Lucian’s Studio’ in black felt tip pen on the reverse. Mounted and framed.
sheet: 20.3 x 25.3 cm, 8 x 10 in.; image: 19 x 21.5 cm, 7 ½ x 8 ½ in

A lady of great, presence, elegance and taste and very much to my mind an archetypal Duchess.  One can, through her writings, understand why she was so respected and admired.  Now following her death in 2014 some of her personal belongings come to what I am sure will be a memorable and nostalgic auction.

The Old Vicarage, Edensor (c) Sotheby's

The Old Vicarage, Edensor
(c) Sotheby’s

Her family have said:  “Our mother was very clear about how things should be organised following her death. She left precise instructions for a large number of personal legacies and specific bequests to the Chatsworth House Trust, and the remainder of her possessions she left to us. Given the kind of person she was, and the rich and varied life she led, there are more belongings than we can together accommodate. We are keeping items that are particularly precious to us, but we have made the decision to consign the remainder to Sotheby’s. Our mother was always fascinated by the auction process, so we feel sure she would be delighted at the prospect of this sale and would be very happy to know that some of her possessions were to go to new homes where they will be cherished and enjoyed.”

The Old Vicarage, Edensor (c) Sotheby's

The Old Vicarage, Edensor
(c) Sotheby’s

In the words of David MacDonald, the specialist in charge of the sale, “This auction paints a vivid picture of Deborah, Duchess of Devonshire, featuring mementoes, objects and pictures that tell the story of her remarkable life. A friend to many of the people who shaped her generation, she herself was a writer, an entrepreneur, a patron of the arts, and a much-admired beauty who also had the knack of absorbing the influences of other designers and decorators to develop her own style. The objects with which she chose to surround herself in her final home, the Old Vicarage at Edensor, were often moving, funny, or both, and usually had marvellous stories attached. The items in this sale capture the very essence of this endlessly captivating woman.”

The Old Vicarage, Edensor (c) Sotheby's

The Old Vicarage, Edensor
(c) Sotheby’s

Henry Wyndham, Chairman of Sotheby’s Europe commented: “What is particularly wonderful about the sale is not only the sense one gets of the personal taste of Deborah, Duchess of Devonshire, but also of the value she placed on these objects that she chose to take with her from Chatsworth to the ‘Old Vic’. Together they form a rich collage that tells a remarkable story. I am sure the Duchess would have been quietly amused by this auction, and would undoubtedly have enjoyed correcting our cataloguers on the breed or species of animal which feature in many of her pictures. She would also have enjoyed telling the stories her possessions carry with them, as many of the lots have been ‘touched’ by the great and the good of the 20th century, among whose number Deborah, Duchess of Devonshire must certainly be counted.”

The Old Vicarage, Edensor (c) Sotheby's

The Old Vicarage, Edensor
(c) Sotheby’s

Even without the above comments the picture one gets from the lots in the catalogue is of a person of style, wit and character – and I respectfully suggest one of the last of her kind.

Lot 433 - Gem set and diamond brooch, late 19th century Estimate 1,000 — 1,500 Designed as a bumblebee, set with circular-cut diamonds, the body and head accented with a cabochon ruby and a circular-cut emerald, with sapphire eyes.

Lot 433 – Gem set and diamond brooch, late 19th century
Estimate 1,000 — 1,500
Designed as a bumblebee, set with circular-cut diamonds, the body and head accented with a cabochon ruby and a circular-cut emerald, with sapphire eyes.

http://www.sothebys.com

The Old Vicarage, Edensor (c) Sotheby's

The Old Vicarage, Edensor
(c) Sotheby’s

 

The Old Vicarage, Edensor (c) Sotheby's

The Old Vicarage, Edensor
(c) Sotheby’s

 

The Old Vicarage, Edensor (c) Sotheby's

The Old Vicarage, Edensor
(c) Sotheby’s

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lot 47 - Her Grace's Collection of Elvis Presley Ephemera Estimate 500 — 1,000 comprising: An E.P.E. Official Product Telemania limited edition novelty 'Singing and Dancing Telephone' (C) 1996, cased Two key-rings A small printed circular box Two plastic bags from Graceland An 'Easy Come Easy Go' record, published Camden Records, 1972, now moulded into a bowl A simulated 'Elvis' 1 dollar note Five Elvis fridge magnets A 'Tiny Tomes / Elvis The Legend' miniature book Two Elvis button fridge magnets Two small tins of breath mints A printed fabric hanging 'Graceland' from the Andy Warhol Collection produced by Andrew Martin Elvis Presley's Graceland, The Ultimate Graceland Tour DVD, Elvis Presley Foundation 2007 'The King' printed porcelain mug A Franklin Mint wristwatch hung with charms, cased A tin of Elvis Presley playing cards Two further packs of playing cards Two RCA cassettes 'Amazing Grace - His Greatest Sacred Performance' A portable 'Legends' ashtray A 'Legends' lady's compact mirror Two German magazines with accompanying DVD free gift A tin sign printed 'He Dared to Rock July, 5, 1954, That's All Right' Five Christmas Tree Elvis inspired decorations A polychrome resin Elvis and surfboard ornament A 'Bradford Exchange' King of Rock and Roll ornament A painted ceramic wall plaque by Janice Raynor, A Ms Understood Prod. 2007, titled That's Alright Mama, exhibited Elvis's Teddy Has Left The Building, Newtown NSW, Australia A Zadig & Voltaire printed navy long sleeve t-shirt 'Love Forever Elvis', size large A knitted British new wool Elvis Presley scarf by Jean Birch-Leonard A Wrebbit 350 piece 3-D jigsaw puzzle of Graceland A modern The King birthday card and plain Born to Rock postcard A 'Grow The King' expandable toy Alf Burnell, three quarter length portrait of Elvis Presley, acrylic on canvas A pair of Mexican Elvis bottle top pendant evening earrings An E.P.E. cardboard cut-out, (almost life-size) of 'The King' Mann, May, Special Collector's Edition, Elvis and the Colonel, Drake Pub. Ltd. New York, 1977 Keogh, Pamela Clarke, Elvis Presley, The Man. The Life. The Legend., Simon & Schuster, London, 2004 Presley, Lisa Marie (fwd), Elvis Presley's Graceland, Official Guidebook, E.P.E. Graceland, rev. ed. 2009 An E.P.E. 2011 Official Elvis Calendar BMG records presentation disc set, framed and glazed, Presented to The Duchess of Devonshire / In recognition for her continued support of Elvis Presley from BMG records and The Day Team at Chatsworth Five Elvis Presley records Two Boxed sets of CD compilations, one with commemorative 'Collectable Stamps' A vintage Elvis Presley pocket knife printed 'Elvis Presley King of Rock n' Roll 1935-1977' Three modern photographic prints of Elvis Presley (two the same image) An RCA 7" of The Wonder of You and Mama Liked the Roses, 1974 An Elvis / Summer Festival / Las Vegas Hilton / Complimentary Menu Hand, A (ed.) Elvis Monthly, no. 5, 5th Year, 1964 Four modern photographic prints by Alfred Wertheimer; Going Home; Elvis Sings to the Hound Dog; A-Frame; Grilled Cheese 20 Cents, published by the New York Times, each signed l/l in ink by A. Wertheimer

Lot 47 – Her Grace’s Collection of Elvis Presley Ephemera
Estimate 500 — 1,000
comprising:
An E.P.E. Official Product Telemania limited edition novelty ‘Singing and Dancing Telephone’ (C) 1996, cased
Two key-rings
A small printed circular box
Two plastic bags from Graceland
An ‘Easy Come Easy Go’ record, published Camden Records, 1972, now moulded into a bowl
A simulated ‘Elvis’ 1 dollar note
Five Elvis fridge magnets
A ‘Tiny Tomes / Elvis The Legend’ miniature book
Two Elvis button fridge magnets
Two small tins of breath mints
A printed fabric hanging ‘Graceland’ from the Andy Warhol Collection produced by Andrew Martin
Elvis Presley’s Graceland, The Ultimate Graceland Tour DVD, Elvis Presley Foundation 2007
‘The King’ printed porcelain mug
A Franklin Mint wristwatch hung with charms, cased
A tin of Elvis Presley playing cards
Two further packs of playing cards
Two RCA cassettes ‘Amazing Grace – His Greatest Sacred Performance’
A portable ‘Legends’ ashtray
A ‘Legends’ lady’s compact mirror
Two German magazines with accompanying DVD free gift
A tin sign printed ‘He Dared to Rock July, 5, 1954, That’s All Right’
Five Christmas Tree Elvis inspired decorations
A polychrome resin Elvis and surfboard ornament
A ‘Bradford Exchange’ King of Rock and Roll ornament
A painted ceramic wall plaque by Janice Raynor, A Ms Understood Prod. 2007, titled That’s Alright Mama, exhibited Elvis’s Teddy Has Left The Building, Newtown NSW, Australia
A Zadig & Voltaire printed navy long sleeve t-shirt ‘Love Forever Elvis’, size large
A knitted British new wool Elvis Presley scarf by Jean Birch-Leonard
A Wrebbit 350 piece 3-D jigsaw puzzle of Graceland
A modern The King birthday card and plain Born to Rock postcard
A ‘Grow The King’ expandable toy
Alf Burnell, three quarter length portrait of Elvis Presley, acrylic on canvas
A pair of Mexican Elvis bottle top pendant evening earrings
An E.P.E. cardboard cut-out, (almost life-size) of ‘The King’
Mann, May, Special Collector’s Edition, Elvis and the Colonel, Drake Pub. Ltd. New York, 1977
Keogh, Pamela Clarke, Elvis Presley, The Man. The Life. The Legend., Simon & Schuster, London, 2004
Presley, Lisa Marie (fwd), Elvis Presley’s Graceland, Official Guidebook, E.P.E. Graceland, rev. ed. 2009
An E.P.E. 2011 Official Elvis Calendar
BMG records presentation disc set, framed and glazed, Presented to The Duchess of Devonshire / In recognition for her continued support of Elvis Presley from BMG records and The Day Team at Chatsworth
Five Elvis Presley records
Two Boxed sets of CD compilations, one with commemorative ‘Collectable Stamps’
A vintage Elvis Presley pocket knife printed ‘Elvis Presley King of Rock n’ Roll 1935-1977′
Three modern photographic prints of Elvis Presley (two the same image)
An RCA 7″ of The Wonder of You and Mama Liked the Roses, 1974
An Elvis / Summer Festival / Las Vegas Hilton / Complimentary Menu
Hand, A (ed.) Elvis Monthly, no. 5, 5th Year, 1964
Four modern photographic prints by Alfred Wertheimer; Going Home; Elvis Sings to the Hound Dog; A-Frame; Grilled Cheese 20 Cents, published by the New York Times, each signed l/l in ink by A. Wertheimer

Javanese Dance at the Horniman Museum

Project Tobong, Horniman Museum and Gardens, 100 London Road, Forest Hill, London, SE23, until 10th April 2016

Project Tobong, THE AIRPORT, Helen Marshall & Risang Yuwono, MEDIA / INNOVA Semi-Matt Giclée (1200 x 800mm), 2012

Project Tobong,
THE AIRPORT, Helen Marshall & Risang Yuwono,
MEDIA / INNOVA Semi-Matt Giclée (1200 x 800mm), 2012

The Horniman Museum is a wonderful place which celebrates natural history, anthropology and musical instruments in an approachable way that appeals to all generations. The Project Tobong exhibition consists of specially set-up photographs that brings a traditional Javanese dancing troupe into a modern setting.

Photographer Helen Marshall explains the reason for her images saying ‘With the spread of modern media, interest in traditional storytelling has been eroded and audiences for Ketoprak are dwindling. Project Tobong explores the players’ predicament by presenting a series of living pictures which use the language of Ketoprak (the costumes and postures of performance) to reference its own threatened status. This project brings a unique view of a vanishing art form and traditional community to a new audience.’

 

http://www.horniman.ac.uk

Dialogues of Space

Dialogues of Space: Heeseung Chung and Onejoon Che, Korean Cultural Centre UK, Grand Buildings, 1 – 3 Strand, London WC2 (Main Entrance on Northumberland Avenue), until 6th February 2016

Onejoon Che, Eunpyeong-gu newtown#1, Gupabal, 2007. C-Print, 152x102cm. Courtesy the Artist.

Onejoon Che,
Eunpyeong-gu newtown#1, Gupabal, 2007.
C-Print, 152x102cm.
Courtesy the Artist.

This is a show of contrasts, on the one hand in his powerful outdoor photographs Onejoon Che reveals buildings, urban sites and architecture while Heeseung Chung’s images are of interiors which she reveals in large-scale works.  The combined result is a mixture of urban and social spaces which starts a dialogue on contemporary Korean art and culture.

Heeseung Chung, Curves (Triptych), 2010. C-Print, Triptych, each panel 180x135cm. Courtesy the Artist.

Heeseung Chung,
Curves (Triptych), 2010. C-Print,
Triptych, each panel 180x135cm.
Courtesy the Artist.

http://www.kccuk.org.uk

BOOK REVIEW: The Children’s Interactive Story of Art

The Children’s Interactive Story of Art

Susie Hodge

Carlton Kids, £14.99

 

AR interactive story of artThis is an ideal book for any child (and possibly adults) who wants to know a bit more about art as it looks at paintings from prehistoric times to the present day.  Many of the paintings featured can be found in London’s National Gallery.  Not only is there the book but also you can download a free app and create your own virtual gallery using paintings from the National Gallery and, of course, you can add your own too.  Sounds fun!

http://www.carltonkids.com

The Prince Regent’s Christmas

A Regency Christmas, Windsor Castle, Windsor, Berkshire SL4, until 5th January 2016.

This year the Castle’s State Apartments have been decorated in a manner that evokes how the Prince Regent (later George IV) would have celebrated his Christmas there in the early-19th century.

The Crimson Drawing Room Royal Collection Trust/ © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2015

The Crimson Drawing Room
Royal Collection Trust/ © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2015

While there are impressive Nordmann Fir Christmas trees in the Crimson Drawing Room and St George’s Hall – do look closely at the latter as its decorations reflect that this is the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo – it is the State Dining Room which has the major wow factor.  The table is set with pieces from the silver-gilt Grand Service which is still used today at State banquets.  It was made for the Prince Regent by the royal goldsmiths Rundell, Bridge & Rundell and there are some four-thousand pieces in all.

The Octagon Dining Room Royal Collection Trust/ © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2015

The Octagon Dining Room
Royal Collection Trust/ © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2015

The Prince Regent’s mother Queen Charlotte (wife of George III) is recalled in the Octagon Dining Room which is decorated with yew.  The yew tree was the first tree to be used as a Christmas tree in England and an 1819 memoir of the Queen tells us that ‘in the middle of the room stood an immense tub with a yew-tree placed in it, from the branches of which hung bunches of sweetmeats, almonds, and raisins, fruits and toys, most tastefully arranged, and the whole illuminated by small wax candles’. There is also a small display of gifts exchanged by Queen Charlotte and her family.

Table display in the State Dining Room Royal Collection Trust/ © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2015

Table display in the State Dining Room
Royal Collection Trust/ © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2015

http://www.royalcollection.org.uk