BOOK REVIEW: Brigitte Bardot: My Life in Fashion

I have asked John Kirkwood to review this book:

Brigitte Bardot: My Life in Fashion  

Henry-Jean Servat, Brigitte Bardot

Publisher: Flammarion
ISBN: 978-2080202697
£29.95

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It may seem slightly odd to bring out a book about fashions worn by an actress who was well known for wearing no clothes at all on screen.

 

Bardot says that le style Bardot is her style which is to say that there is no style at all as she wears what she feels like at the moment. However, it was impossible in the late fifties and early sixties not to see girls who were clearly influenced by her on almost every high street. The gingham dress or Breton sweaters and jeans crowned by the disarranged ‘choucroute’ hairstyle piled on top.

Bardot never really followed fashion, she was a complete individualist and in so being created a look which became her style. For some of her films she was dressed by Givenchy, Dior, Chanel, Balmain and Cardin but in her private life wore designs by the House of Real and Jacques Esterel who made the famous pink gingham dress which was copied everywhere. In the seventies she was very enamoured of the gypsy cum hippie look of Jean Bouquin.  At one time she went to Coco Chanel because she so admired the Chanel dress worn by Delphine Seyrig in Last Year In Marienbad and wanted one like it. In one of her best roles in La Verité she wore clothes which she herself had bought from Monoprix, the French version of Woolworths and in other films would quite often wear clothes from her own wardrobe.

As a long term practioner of ‘Bardolatry’ I found this to be a very well-constructed book which takes us through the evolution of Bardot’s non-style with many wonderful images which still remain fresh today.

Now in her eighties and devoted to her Foundation which benefits animals Bardot when asked about her style today says ‘I don’t dress up anymore!’

 

http://editions.flammarion.com/

Crafts Council – COLLECT

Collect, Saatchi Gallery, Duke of York’s HQ, King’s Road, London SW3, 2nd-6th February 2017

David Reekie, 'Something to Cherish', London Glassblowing

David Reekie,
‘Something to Cherish’,
London Glassblowing

The Crafts Council’s 5 day event is now in its 13th edition and this year has a new, fresh look and feel to it.  A definite must visit place for all interested in modern design and craftsmanship.  There are some thirty galleries, drawn from round the world, showing various disciplines such as ceramics, glass, art jewellery, silversmithing and metal, textiles, bookbinding, wood and furniture.

Chloe Peytermann 'Papouasie HD 1' Collection Ateliers D'Art De France

Chloe Peytermann
‘Papouasie HD 1’
Collection Ateliers D’Art De France

The Collect Open section of the Fair is best summed up by Rosy Greenlees, Executive Director, Crafts Council, who said “Collect Open has been an important part of Collect since 2011. It is an opportunity for artists to be brave and challenge themselves to create new experimental work. We have seen some extraordinary installations over the years resulting in career-changing moments for the exhibitors. For visitors it presents an opportunity to gain real insight into the concept and process and talk directly to the artists who are with their work for the duration of the fair.”

Valeria Nascimento Porcelain wall installation 120 x 300 cm approximately jaggedart

Valeria Nascimento
Porcelain wall installation
120 x 300 cm approximately
jaggedart

 

Giuseppe Ducrot, 'Anfora', glazed earthenware, MADEINBRITALY

Giuseppe Ducrot,
‘Anfora’,
glazed earthenware,
MADEINBRITALY

 

 Hervé Wahlen, 'Coelome' , copperware , Galerie Michel Giraud

Hervé Wahlen,
‘Coelome’ ,
copperware ,
Galerie Michel Giraud

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hugh Miller- An Absense of Noise Collection 2016 Collect Open

Hugh Miller- An Absense of Noise Collection 2016
Collect Open

 

Zoë Hillyard Celadon Vase H: 63cm D: 43cm Contemporary Applied Arts (Image credit: Zoë Hillyard)

Zoë Hillyard
Celadon Vase
H: 63cm D: 43cm
Contemporary Applied Arts
(Image credit: Zoë Hillyard)

 

Soonjin Kang - Falling 2016 Collect Open

Soonjin Kang – Falling 2016
Collect Open

 

 

collect17.org.uk

This January two fairs, one venue:

The Winter Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair, Battersea Evolution, Battersea Park, London SW11, 24th-29th January 2017  

Pair of Louis XV Painted Bergere Armchairs - Adam Calvert Bentley

Pair of Louis XV Painted Bergere Armchairs – Adam Calvert Bentley

While I am sure that many of you will already know about this exciting regular event I always feel that it is worth reminding you that it is on.  It is a magnet for homemakers, antique collectors and, of course, interior decorators. It is the sort of fair where you find the absolutely perfect thing – which you didn’t realise you wanted until you see it.  Happy purchasing!

 

Wax Seal Tea Caddy - Adam Calvert Bentley

Wax Seal Tea Caddy – Adam Calvert Bentley

http://www.decorativefair.com

 

London Antique Rug & Textile Art Fair, Battersea Evolution, Battersea Park, London SW11, 24th -29th January 2017 

19th Century Kurdish rug from Sauj Bolaq, Kurdistan Brian Macdonald

19th Century Kurdish rug from Sauj Bolaq, Kurdistan
Brian Macdonald

In this welcome move the LARTA Fair moves to the mezzanine floor at Battersea Evolution and makes the perfect combination with the Decorative Fair downstairs.  Visitors will find a good range of collectable decorative rugs, carpets, tapestries, suzanis and embroideries and other textiles. Now that it will be a bigger event than usual there will also be some contemporary designs and a variety of tribal, Islamic and Asian artefacts, including jewellery as well. Don’t forget that the best pieces can be seen online in a ‘virtual fair’ which becomes live when the fair opens.

An early 1800’s Epigonation (in Greek meaning “over the knee”) vestment, worked in silver gilt on a red velvet ground. Marilyn Garrow

An early 1800’s Epigonation (in Greek meaning “over the knee”) vestment, worked in silver gilt on a red velvet ground.
Marilyn Garrow

http://www.larta.net

 

A Cautionary Tale

Emma Hamilton: Seduction and Celebrity, National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London SE 10, until 17th April 2017

'Emma as La Penserosa', 1791-92 by Sir Thomas Lawrence ® The Abercorn Heirloom Settlement Trustees; Bryan F. Rutledge B.A.

‘Emma as La Penserosa’, 1791-92 by Sir Thomas Lawrence
® The Abercorn Heirloom Settlement Trustees; Bryan F. Rutledge B.A.

This is an exhibition that has exceeded my expectations and one I had been looking forward to since I learnt of it.

It is I think very much a story of a beautiful young woman that has resonance today – a tale of humble beginnings, of becoming a “celebrity” but ending in disillusionment and obscurity.

Berlin service: Teapot depicting Emma Hamilton ® National Maritime Museum, London. From the Clive Richards Collection

Berlin service: Teapot depicting Emma Hamilton
® National Maritime Museum, London. From the Clive Richards Collection

Born in Cheshire in 1765, daughter of a struggling blacksmith Emma came to London in her thirteenth year and became part of the Covent Garden world which mixed high society with the sexual underworld. Aged sixteen she became the mistress of Sir Harry Fetherstonhaugh and as readers of my blog ‘Unravelling Uppark’ (06/06/14) will know Emma danced naked on the dining room table there to entertain his friends. However when she fell pregnant Fetherstonhaugh chucked her out and she returned to Cheshire and gave birth to a daughter.

'Emma dancing the tarantella' c.1791 by William Lock ® The Jean Kislak Collection

‘Emma dancing the tarantella’ c.1791 by William Lock
® The Jean Kislak Collection

Fortunately she had made the acquaintance of Charles Greville, a son of the Earl of Warwick, and he took her under his wing, installing her in his house just off the Edgware Road in London, an area more rural then than it is today. It was there that Greville introduced her to the painter George Romney.  She was, as the wonderful paintings shown in the exhibition amply prove, a perfect Muse for the artist.

Emma as Circe, 1782, by George Romney ® The National Trust, Waddesdon Manor

Emma as Circe, 1782, by George Romney
® The National Trust, Waddesdon Manor

She also met Greville’s uncle Sir William Hamilton and it was on to him that Greville passed Emma when he tired of her by sending her to Naples where Hamilton was British envoy. Naples was a major stopping-off place on the Grand Tour and thanks to Hamilton’s patient teaching and her own talent she created her famous “Attitudes” which brought scenes from paintings and sculpture to life. She achieved even more of a celebrity status which was crowned when Hamilton married her in 1791.

Gold and micro-mosaic necklace belonging to Emma ® National Maritime Museum, London

Gold and micro-mosaic necklace belonging to Emma
® National Maritime Museum, London

Her new position as an envoy’s wife meant that she had to play a political role too and in this Emma was fortunate that the Neapolitan King’s wife Maria Carolina, a sister of Marie Antoinette, liked her and made a confidante of her.

Horatio Nelson, 1758 -1805, Vice Admiral of the White by Johann Heinrich Schmidt ® National Maritime Museum, London

Horatio Nelson, 1758 -1805, Vice Admiral of the White by Johann Heinrich Schmidt
® National Maritime Museum, London

However in 1798 the arrival of Admiral Nelson, following his victory at the Battle of the Nile, was the beginning of what would be one of the great love affairs of history.  It was one fraught with dangers as her infidelity rocked society and it was not helped by Emma’s giving birth to Nelson’s child whom they named Horatia.

Emma, Lady Hamilton, 1761 - 1815 by Johann Heinrich Schmidt ® National Maritime Museum, London

Emma, Lady Hamilton, 1761 – 1815 by Johann Heinrich Schmidt
® National Maritime Museum, London

They acquired a house at Merton in Surrey and set up home their but because of Nelson’s naval duties he was frequently away.  His death at the Battle of Trafalgar 21st October 1805 brought it all crashing down. Life became difficult in every way and her attempts to maintain her lifestyle and position led to her being imprisoned for debt in 1813 in the King’s Bench Prison.  Thanks to funds being provided she was released but had to flee to Calais to escape her creditors and it was there in January 1815 she died after months of illness in the same poverty as she had been born.

Gold 'fede' or betrothal ring, one of a pair exchanged by Vice-Admiral Horatio Nelson and Emma ® National Maritime Museum, London

Gold ‘fede’ or betrothal ring, one of a pair exchanged by Vice-Admiral Horatio Nelson and Emma
® National Maritime Museum, London

This somewhat salutary tale is beautifully told through pictures, objects, jewellery, furniture, prints, costumes and personal letters.  It really does give a wonderful insight into her life and times and explains why she remains so beguiling a figure. She is one of those people from history you would really want to meet!

'View of Merton House showing Lady Hamilton and Horatia in the grounds' ® National Maritime Museum, London

‘View of Merton House showing Lady Hamilton and Horatia in the grounds’
® National Maritime Museum, London

 

http://www.rmg.co.uk/emmahamilton

The 2017 Mayfair Antiques & Fine Art Fair

The Mayfair Antiques & Fine Art Fair, supported by Wetherell and NFU Mutual Godalming, Westminster Ballroom, London Marriott Hotel, Grosvenor Square, London W1, 5th – 8thJanuary 2017

Rare French Empire ormolu mantle timepiece of chariot form with white enamel dial forming the wheel, surmounted by Amour being pulled by two dogs, c1810, from Richard Price.

Rare French Empire ormolu mantle timepiece of chariot form with white enamel dial forming the wheel, surmounted by Amour being pulled by two dogs, c1810,
from Richard Price.

I always enjoy both writing about and visiting this fair as it makes a great way of starting a new year.  There is a tempting mixture of paintings, watercolours, silver, jewellery, sculpture, clocks and watches, glass, ceramics, rugs and 20th century design to be seen and purchased.

Allium flower hand-forged galvanised steel with blown glass, 2.5m or 3.2m, from QEST scholar Jenny Pickford,

Allium flower
hand-forged galvanised steel with blown glass, 2.5m or 3.2m,
from QEST scholar Jenny Pickford,

This year the fair will also be showing the skills and works of craft scholars from QEST (The Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust). So you may well be digging deep into your pockets!

Egyptian Amulet of Bes, 2cm long x 1.9cm wide, Ptolemaic period, 332–30 BC, from Ancient & Oriental

Egyptian Amulet of Bes,
2cm long x 1.9cm wide, Ptolemaic period, 332–30 BC,
from Ancient & Oriental

 

Spanish, Andalusian School, early 19th century Spanish Guerilla Encampment, Peninsular War oil on panel 23½" x 31½" Original Spanish, early 19th century, carved and indistinctly signed G.... ? on a rock lower centre. Indistinctly inscribed in Spanish on an envelope lower centre, the last word possibly being "Linares". Original Spanish, early 19th century, carved and gilded frame, from Atelier

Spanish, Andalusian School, early 19th century
Spanish Guerilla Encampment, Peninsular War
oil on panel
23½” x 31½”
Original Spanish, early 19th century, carved and indistinctly signed G…. ? on a rock lower centre.
Indistinctly inscribed in Spanish on an envelope lower centre, the last word possibly being “Linares”.
Original Spanish, early 19th century, carved and gilded frame,
from Atelier

 

Gilt decorated amethyst decanter with matching stopper, Russian, c1790, from Fileman Antiques

Gilt decorated amethyst decanter with matching stopper,
Russian, c1790,
from Fileman Antiques

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Harcourt Tiara, 18ct yellow gold and platinum tiara entirely set with fine white diamonds, c1900, from The Gilded Lily

The Harcourt Tiara,
18ct yellow gold and platinum tiara entirely set with fine white diamonds, c1900,
from The Gilded Lily

 

Mid 19th century walnut stool with tapestry top on raised cabriole legs, c1860, from S&S Timms Antiques

Mid 19th century walnut stool with tapestry top on raised cabriole legs, c1860,
from S&S Timms Antiques

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lincs sycamore and acrylic colours, 7'' high x4''x4'' from QEST scholar Joey Richardson

Lincs
sycamore and acrylic colours, 7” high x4”x4”
from QEST scholar Joey Richardson

 

View from the Dining Room by Susan Ryder RP NEAC oil on canvas signed 30" x 36" from Manya Igel Fine Arts

View from the Dining Room by Susan Ryder RP NEAC
oil on canvas
signed
30″ x 36″
from Manya Igel Fine Arts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Temple Guardians, signed E Bouret bronze and ebonised wood, 39cm high, dated 1871 from Hickmet Fine Arts

Temple Guardians, signed E Bouret
bronze and ebonised wood, 39cm high, dated 1871 from Hickmet Fine Arts

 

A rare George III silver drum tea caddy by Andrew Fogelberg, made in London in 1773, 4.5" x 4" diameter (base), 13oz, from Mary Cooke Antiques

A rare George III silver drum tea caddy by Andrew Fogelberg, made in London in 1773,
4.5″ x 4″ diameter (base), 13oz,
from Mary Cooke Antiques

 

 

http://www.mayfairfair.com

A Dagenham Designer

HARDY AMIES: A DAGENHAM DESIGNER, Valence House Museum, Becontree Avenue, Dagenham, RM8 3HT, until 25th February 2017

Queen Elizabeth (b.1926), photo Cecil Beaton (1904-80). Photograph. England, 1969. © Cecil Beaton/Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Queen Elizabeth (b.1926), photo Cecil Beaton (1904-80).
Photograph. England, 1969.
© Cecil Beaton/Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Although the renowned couturier and royal dressmaker  Sir (Edwin) Hardy Amies (1909-2003) was born just up the road from me in Maida Vale his story is being told, rightly so, in Dagenham where his father was the land agent acquiring land for the Becontree Estate in the 1920s and 30s. It was the largest public housing project of its time and was part of the Homes fit for Heroes national housing programme. Amies grew up there firstly at Gale Street Farm and then later at White House. The latter is being used to host some of the events related to the exhibition.

Hardy Amies with his father and sister outside Gale Street Farm, Dagenham, 1920. Image © LBBD Archive at Valence House

Hardy Amies with his father and sister outside Gale Street Farm, Dagenham, 1920.
Image © LBBD Archive at Valence House

It is being held in Valence House Museum, a place which merits a visit on its own accord as it tells the long and interesting history of the area. Amies skill is revealed through his work whether for Her Majesty the Queen, the high street store chain Hepworths or his designs for the film 2001: A Space Odyssey. He was also involved in the designs for the clothing of the 1966 English World Cup Team both off and on the pitch.

Barbara Goalen (1921-2002) and Hardy Amies (1909-2003), photo John French (1906-66). Photograph. London, UK, 1952. © John French / Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Barbara Goalen (1921-2002) and Hardy Amies (1909-2003), photo John French (1906-66).
Photograph. London, UK, 1952.
© John French / Victoria and Albert Museum, London

He was an astute business man and as he himself wrote in his book ‘Still Here’ My forte was tailored clothes”.  The exhibition has various examples of his designs on show including two that were worn by the Queen as well as clothes worn by Amies himself. While not a large-scale show it is one that I am very pleased to have seen.

Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee outfit Hardy Amies, 1977 Image © Royal Collection Trust/All Rights Reserved

Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee outfit
Hardy Amies, 1977
Image © Royal Collection Trust/All Rights Reserved

The exhibition has been co-curated by Create London and Valence House Museum, with dress historian and curator Amy de la Haye.

The White House Image © LBBD Archive at Valence House

The White House
Image © LBBD Archive at Valence House

Opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 4pm (except public holidays)

 

www.lbbd.gov.uk/…/valence-house

http://createlondon.org/event/hardy-amies

Label from Hardy Amies’ own suit jacket, 1967 Image © LBBD Archive at Valence House

Label from Hardy Amies’ own suit jacket, 1967
Image © LBBD Archive at Valence House

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.ocs-london.com

http://www.sothebys.com

http://www.eskenazi.co.uk

Michelangelo Pistoletto at Blenheim Palace

Michelangelo Pistoletto at Blenheim Palace, Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxfordshire OX20 1PP, until 31st December 2016.

Great Hall Terzo Paradiso/Third Paradise(2003-­‐2016) 1200 x 480 x 50 cm, aluminium,foam,rags Photo:Tom Lindboe Courtesy: Blenheim Art Foundation

Great Hall
Terzo Paradiso/Third Paradise(2003-­‐2016)
1200 x 480 x 50 cm,
aluminium,foam,rags
Photo:Tom Lindboe
Courtesy: Blenheim Art Foundation

The setting for this great exhibition is the wonderful Blenheim Palace the family home of the Dukes of Marlborough and birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill.  It can come as no surprise that this masterpiece of English Baroque architecture set in over two thousand acres of ‘Capability’ Brown-designed gardens and parkland is a World Heritage Site.

Red Drawing Room LeTrombe del Giudizio/The Trumpets of Judgment (1968-­‐1986) 200 x 100 cm each, aluminium Photo: Tom Lindboe Courtesy: Blenheim Art Foundation

Red Drawing Room
LeTrombe del Giudizio/The Trumpets of Judgment (1968-­‐1986)
200 x 100 cm each,
aluminium
Photo: Tom Lindboe
Courtesy: Blenheim Art Foundation

This solo exhibition celebrating Pistoletto’s fifty-year career is presented by the Blenheim Art Foundation.  Site-specific installations, sculpture and paintings can be found both within the palace and in the surrounding spaces.

First State Room Il fascio della tella/The bundle of canvas (1980) 214 x 70 cm canvas, cord Courtesy of Tim Forrest

First State Room
Il fascio della tella/The bundle of canvas (1980)
214 x 70 cm
canvas, cord
Courtesy of Tim Forrest

The artist’s work has a playful element to it and includes the Venus of the Rags in the Chapel which has a central classical figure leaning against waste textile fabrics and is a fine example of his Arte Povera works.  Much of his work has a philosophical message reflecting his own beliefs and hopes for unity and collaboration.

Long Library From Self-­‐Portraits (Il Presente/The Present) to Quadri Specchiantii/Mirror Paintings (1961-­‐ 2016) Dimensions variable, canvas acrylic and plastic paint, aluminium, silkscreen print, mirror Photo: Tom Lindboe Courtesy: Blenheim Art Foundation

Long Library
From Self-­‐Portraits (Il Presente/The Present) to Quadri Specchiantii/Mirror Paintings (1961-­‐ 2016)
Dimensions variable,
canvas acrylic and plastic paint, aluminium, silkscreen print, mirror
Photo: Tom Lindboe
Courtesy: Blenheim Art Foundation

Many works, including his Mica Paintings – which look as if they were part of the Palace’s own picture collection – are found in the various State Rooms and perhaps culminate in the Long Library where over thirty of his well-known Mirror Paintings are encountered.  The polished steel surfaces with their photo-silkscreened images also reflect the viewer and makes them part of the piece. Among pieces outside is a new work Mirage, a partially submerged gold-painted car, whose colour reflects the golden balls on the Palace’s roof.

Upper Water Terraces Portrait of Michelangelo Pistoletto at Blenheim Palace with new commission Miraggio/Mirage (2016) 230 x 140 x 140 cm, car roof, gold paint Photo: Tom Lindboe Courtesy: Blenheim Art Foundation

Upper Water Terraces
Portrait of Michelangelo Pistoletto at Blenheim Palace with new commission Miraggio/Mirage (2016)
230 x 140 x 140 cm,
car roof, gold paint
Photo: Tom Lindboe
Courtesy: Blenheim Art Foundation

I think that this exhibition is a ‘perfect marriage’ with its setting.  It engages and delights and is a thought-provoking experience which will long live with you in a good way.

 

I shall leave it to the Blenheim Art Foundation’s Director Michael Frahm to sum up “With over fifty individual works exhibited at Blenheim Palace, we are extremely honoured to present the first major survey show of Michelangelo Pistoletto in Britain. With consideration to the social and political challenges the world faces today, Michelangelo’s practice continues to feel much needed. We are proud to support his beliefs and vision, and celebrate his extraordinary body of work. This exhibition portrays an artist who, since the 1960s, has continually pushed boundaries, challenged the status quo, and produced work which has enchanted and surprised audiences around the world.”

 

 

http://www.blenheimartfoundation.org.uk

http://www.blenheimpalace.com

Blenheim Palace Courtesy of Tim Forrest

Blenheim Palace
Courtesy of Tim Forrest

The 2016 PAD LONDON

PAD LONDON, Berkeley Square, London W1, 3rd-9th October 2016

 

Matrice, Patrice, 2015 Fabrice Hyber, Vase d'Igny Pièces uniques, porcelaine Hight: 40 cm, diamètre: 11 cm Courtesy of Sevres

Matrice, Patrice, 2015
Fabrice Hyber, Vase d’Igny
Pièces uniques, porcelaine
Hight: 40 cm, diamètre: 11 cm
Courtesy of Sevres

This is the tenth edition of this Fair which combines design and art in a special way that appeals to international collectors.  Some sixty-six international galleries are taking part, including fourteen newcomers.

Christopher Duffy Abyss Horizon, 2016 High grade wood from Forest Stewardship Council managed forests and other controlled sources, glass, Courtesy of Sarah Myerscough

Christopher Duffy
Abyss Horizon, 2016
High grade wood from Forest Stewardship Council managed forests and other controlled sources, glass,
Courtesy of Sarah Myerscough

Among the latter is Sarah Myerscough who brings an exciting group of sculptural pieces to the Fair.  The Opera Gallery, also a newcomer, is bringing a display of works by Picasso and Léger as well as examples of Pop Art.

Fernand Leger Les Quatre Acrobates, 1954 Courtesy of Opera Gallery

Fernand Leger
Les Quatre Acrobates, 1954
Courtesy of Opera Gallery

Whether you are looking for an artefact from the 1st Millennium BC or the latest contemporary design PAD is the place to come to.

Nic Fiddian Green Dawn, 2016 Pendant, Blue Chrysomenlanite and 18k gold Courtesy of Louisa Guinness Gallery

Nic Fiddian Green
Dawn, 2016
Pendant, Blue Chrysomenlanite and 18k gold
Courtesy of Louisa Guinness Gallery

 

Exceptional Large Fruit Tray in Stoneware. Unique Piece. Jane Levy - Sevres Manufacture France, Sevres, dated 1939 H tray : 9 cm / 3.5 in. L tray : 69 cm / 27.2 in. D tray : 52 cm / 20.5 in. H fruits max : cm / in. Courtesy of DIDIER LUTTENBACHER , Atelier DL

Exceptional Large Fruit Tray in Stoneware. Unique Piece.
Jane Levy – Sevres Manufacture
France, Sevres, dated 1939
H tray : 9 cm / 3.5 in.
L tray : 69 cm / 27.2 in.
D tray : 52 cm / 20.5 in.
H fruits max : cm / in.
Courtesy of DIDIER LUTTENBACHER , Atelier DL

 

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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

 

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Glass end table offered by Louise Verber

Glass end table offered by Louise Verber