Stories Unfold!

Every Object Tells a Story, 5 Cromwell Place, London SW7, until 5th July 2017

Installation view
(photo credit: Exhibition Design and Photograph by Charles Marsden-Smedley)

In May 2015 I shared with you the eponymous exhibition Oliver Hoare held at 33 Fitzroy Square, London W1 (Curiosities, 12 May 2015).  This new edition in the former studio of Sir John Lavery RA is even larger, beautifully displayed and crammed with some four hundred intriguing objects which you just do want to learn more about. There is a wonderful catalogue to help achieve that.

Installation view
(photo credit: Exhibition Design and Photograph by Charles Marsden-Smedley)

I shall let Oliver Hoare sum it up: “What is assembled here might look like a modern ‘Cabinet of Curiosities’, an assemblage of the exotic and curious from the four quarters of the world. There is an intention behind it, however, that goes beyond presenting a wide variety of curiosities. We are today linked up to all those four quarters, and while a huge amount of information is available to us, unlike to those who awaited the ships in the ports of Amsterdam, Genoa, Lisbon, London, Marseille, Seville or Venice, the horizon of what interests us seems to have shrunk. The art market is an interesting barometer of this shrinkage. The point is, therefore, that we can connect with the whole world on a more profound level than can be gained from package touring, through the possession of, and study of even the most modest objects of different cultures. The purpose of collecting, as Molière might have put it, should not be limited to becoming rich through the investment in one’s purchases, but to become enriched through the intelligent possession of what one has acquired.”

 

Installation view
(photo credit: Exhibition Design and Photograph by Charles Marsden-Smedley)

Opening hours:
Tuesday to Sunday, 11am to 6pm
(Closed on Mondays (except by appointment))

www.everyobjecttellsastory.com

Tribal Art and Ceramics in London’s New Bond Street

I take pleasure in sharing these two shows with you. They are at The Fine Art Society 148 New Bond Street, London W1.

 

Gordon Reece – The Art of Collecting, until 16th June 2017 

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30 Zula People, Democratic Republic of Congo
Female caryatid stool
First half of the 20th century
Wood
Height 18 1/2 in (47 cm)
Provenance: Private collection, Rwanda

This collaboration with Gordon Reece the esteemed dealer in Asian and African artefacts is a veritable treat.  His love of the objects is reflected in what he buys and they are eminently liveable with as this show which sees them displayed among the Fine Art Society’s furniture and artworks skilfully proves. A great celebration of Tribal Art.

‘Installation view, including two Lega masks and a Suku standing figure’

 

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41 Bembe People, Democratic Republic of Congo
A rare standing reliquary figure (Muzidi)
First half of the 20th century
Cane, fibre, cloth and buttons
Height 41 in (104.1 cm)
Provenance: Private collection, USA; purchased by Gordon Reece Gallery in New York in 2008

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hylton Nel – For Use and Display, until 16th June 2017

Hylton Nel
Cat with Pope’s shoes

The South African ceramicist Hylton Nel shows his flair for creating both useful and decorative objects. You will discern influences from Chinese, Staffordshire and European ceramics in them and he uses many ideas in their decoration whether sexual, whimsical or written prose.  A delight and one understands why his works are eagerly snapped up.

Hylton Nel
Green Tree and Figures

 

Hylton Nel
A Game of Notes

 

 

www.thefineartsociety.com/

BOOK REVIEW: Going Once

Going Once: 250 Years of Culture, Taste and Collecting at Christie’s

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ISBN: 978 0 7148 7202 5

Phaidon

£39.95

 

What better way to celebrate two hundred and fifty years as a leading art business than through the two hundred and fifty objects selected for this book.  It is a wonderful survey of these remarkable sales and the high prices achieved whether for a 3,000-year-old Assyrian frieze or Dorothy’s ruby slippers from The Wizard of Oz. Paintings, furniture, gold and silver, sculpture, wine, even a London Routemaster bus are included.  One feature I like is that as well as giving the original sale price they also give today’s equivalent value.

 

This is a great book to dip into time and time again as there is much to learn and enjoy from it.

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The 2016 Tribal Art London

Tribal Art London, Mall Galleries, The Mall, London SW1, 1st– 4th September 2016

Jeremy Sabine A 19th century Zulu wooden vessel carved from a single block of wood with no joins, half a metre tall

Jeremy Sabine
A 19th century Zulu wooden vessel carved from a single block of wood with no joins, half a metre tall

Here is a selection of items for sale at this year’s Tribal Art London fair which features twenty two international dealers and is the only specialist fair of its kind in the UK.

Arjmand Aziz A contemporary work interpreting the Songlines traced by women making their way to the important Western Desert Ancestral site of Munni Munni, by Marlene Young Nungurrayi, born 1971

Arjmand Aziz
A contemporary work interpreting the Songlines traced by women making their way to the important Western Desert Ancestral site of Munni Munni, by Marlene Young Nungurrayi, born 1971

 

David Malik A powerfully abstract mbulu ngulu reliquary figure of the Kota people, Gabon, West Africa

David Malik
A powerfully abstract mbulu ngulu reliquary figure of the Kota people, Gabon, West Africa

 

Kapil Jariwala A remarkable Peruvian tapestry surviving from the middle centuries of the first millennia, woven from alpaca wool and cotton, made by the people of the Chimu culture of Lambayeque, on the Northern coast of Peru

Kapil Jariwala
A remarkable Peruvian tapestry surviving from the middle centuries of the first millennia, woven from alpaca wool and cotton, made by the people of the Chimu culture of Lambayeque, on the Northern coast of Peru

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bryan Reeves An early hyena mask from Bambara, Mali

Bryan Reeves
An early hyena mask from Bambara, Mali

 

Marcuson & Hall A rare sleeping mat depicting trains, carriages and people woven by the Yombe, Democratic Republic of Congo

Marcuson & Hall
A rare sleeping mat depicting trains, carriages and people woven by the Yombe, Democratic Republic of Congo

tribalartlondon.com

Eileen Gray

Eileen Gray: The Private Painter, Osborne Samuel, 23A Bruton St, London W1, until 7th November 2015

 Eileen Gray, Still Life with Kpan Mask, 1920s Vintage silver gelatin print 11.2 × 11.3 cm (43 /8 × 41 /2 in)

Eileen Gray,
Still Life with Kpan Mask, 1920s
Vintage silver gelatin print 11.2 × 11.3 cm (43 /8 × 41 /2 in)

It is a surprise that this is the first UK exhibition of paintings by the notable Irish designer and architect Eileen Gray (1878 – 1976) and thankfully the publication of an eponymous book allows us to experience this great treat.  Although she was first an exponent of Art Deco by the mid-1920s she was one of the leading pioneering figures of Modernism.  Painting was a pastime to relax from the stresses of everyday life, although some served as inspirations for her carpets. As well as her pictures there are some of her letters and other ephemera as well as objects from her studio.

 Eileen Gray L’Art Noir (Study for Rug), 1920s, Gouache on paper, 27.2 × 27.2 cm (105/8 in × 105/8 in)

Eileen Gray
L’Art Noir (Study for Rug), 1920s,
Gouache on paper, 27.2 × 27.2 cm (105/8 in × 105/8 in)

One can easily appreciate why Yves St Laurent’s interest in her works in the early 1970s deservedly revived interest in her work.

Table with blue glass vase, beach pebble on stand, African sculpture on lacquered base, Greek torso on marble base, two ceramic bowls and one small wooden easel

Table with blue glass vase, beach pebble on stand, African sculpture on lacquered base, Greek torso on marble base, two ceramic bowls and one small wooden easel

Book Details: Eileen Gray: The Private Painter by Peter Adam and Andrew Lambirth Published by Lund Humphries and Osborne Samuel gallery. UK Publication October 2015, US Publication November 2015 60 colour and 10 b&w illustrations; 104pp, 265 x 228mm. Hardback: 978-1-84822-183-3 R.R.P. £30.00 / $60.

Eileen Gray, Untitled, 1920, Gouache, pencil & collage on paper, 17.3 x 17 cms (63⁄4 x 63⁄4 in)

Eileen Gray,
Untitled, 1920,
Gouache, pencil & collage on paper, 17.3 x 17 cms (63⁄4 x 63⁄4 in)

http://www.osbornesamuel.com

PAD LONDON 2015

Pavilion of Art + Design London, Berkeley Square, Mayfair, London W1, 14th-18th October 2015

Tuomas Markunpoika Engineering Temporality Console, The Netherlands, 2015 83.5 x 140 x 45.5 cm Steel Courtesy of Gallery Fumi, PAD London 2015

Tuomas Markunpoika
Engineering Temporality Console, The Netherlands, 2015
83.5 x 140 x 45.5 cm
Steel
Courtesy of Gallery Fumi, PAD London 2015

This is the 9th edition of this Fair which, through its sixty three international exhibitors, displays some fine examples of art and design.  Here you will find Art Deco, Arts & Crafts, Twentieth century painting and design as well as Chinese and Islamic Art from many periods.  It is a place of inspiration for both serious collectors and those who wish to have stylish pieces in their homes.

Ulli figure New Ireland in Papua New Guinea Courtesy of Alain de Monbrison, PAD London 2015

Ulli figure
New Ireland in Papua New Guinea
Courtesy of Alain de Monbrison, PAD London 2015

 

Alberto Burri Nero Rosso Combustione, 1964 Plastic, acrylic, wood, vinavil and combustion on cellotex 28 x 29.5 cm Courtesy of Mazzoleni Art, PAD London 2015

Alberto Burri
Nero Rosso Combustione, 1964
Plastic, acrylic, wood, vinavil and combustion on cellotex
28 x 29.5 cm
Courtesy of Mazzoleni Art, PAD London 2015

 

William Arthur Smith Benson Oil lamp, ca. 1890 Copper and brass, vaseline glass shade 65.5 cm high Courtesy Oscar Graf, PAD London 2015

William Arthur Smith Benson
Oil lamp, ca. 1890
Copper and brass, vaseline glass shade
65.5 cm high
Courtesy Oscar Graf, PAD London 2015

Florence, c. 1500 Marsyas Bronze, rich, brown patina with traces of lacquer 30.5 cm Courtesy of Tomasso Brothers Fine Art, PAD London 2015

Florence, c. 1500
Marsyas
Bronze, rich, brown patina with traces of lacquer
30.5 cm
Courtesy of Tomasso Brothers Fine Art, PAD London 2015

 

Gavin Turk Ceremonial Biscuit, Large, 2014 18k gold 6.5 cm x 0.5 cm Courtesy of Louisa Guinness Gallery, PAD London 2015

Gavin Turk
Ceremonial Biscuit, Large, 2014
18k gold
6.5 cm x 0.5 cm
Courtesy of Louisa Guinness Gallery, PAD London 2015

 

 

http://www.pad-fairs.com

TRIBAL ART FAIR

Tribal Art London, Mall Galleries, The Mall, London SW1, 2nd– 5thSeptember 2015

Kenn Mackay Rare pair of Yoruba Ibeji figures Oyo Llorin region early 20th century 29 cm Provenance: ex US collection

Kenn Mackay
Rare pair of Yoruba Ibeji figures
Oyo Llorin region
early 20th century
29 cm
Provenance: ex US collection

Tribal Art London offers a wide range and mixture of items from around the world as these images show.  It appeals to both the serious collector and to those seeking something unusual for their home.

Gallery Lemaire (Amsterdam) New Guinea, Abelam - Yam mask 16 cm

Gallery Lemaire (Amsterdam)
New Guinea, Abelam – Yam mask
16 cm

Bryan Reeves, the Fair’s founder and co-organiser says of this year’s event: “It’s exciting we can now host so many more exhibitors in our Mall Galleries venue. We’ve also planned a series of talks and lectures: visitors are keen to acquire a more in-depth knowledge and understanding of the cultures that created many of the works offered for sale, and our exhibitors love to share their knowledge.”

 

 

Kapil Jariwala A MENTAWAI KURABIT SHIELD Early 20TH century Mentawai people, Mentawai Island, West Sumatra, Indonesia Pigment on carved wood 105 cm height

Kapil Jariwala
A MENTAWAI KURABIT SHIELD
Early 20th century
Mentawai people, Mentawai Island, West Sumatra, Indonesia
Pigment on carved wood
105 cm height

 

http://www.tribalartlondon.com

Wayne Heathcote Maori teko-teko gable figure. Ancestor figure atop carved plaque with small ancestor face at the bottom. 96 cm. 19th century, New Zealand.

Wayne Heathcote
Maori teko-teko gable figure.
Ancestor figure atop carved plaque with small ancestor face at the bottom.
96 cm.
19th century, New Zealand.

 

Charles Vernon-Hunt Frobenius, Leo : DIE MASKEN UND GEHEIMBUNDE AFRIKAS Halle: NOVA ACTA. Abh. der Kaiserl. Leop.-Carol. Deutschen Akademie der Naturforscher Band LXXIV. Nr. 1, 1898 320x240mm 278pp with 14 plates, 4 in colour with tissue guards, and 33 figure illustrations. In later blue cloth with gilt titles to spine. German text.

Charles Vernon-Hunt
Frobenius, Leo : DIE MASKEN UND GEHEIMBUNDE AFRIKAS Halle: NOVA ACTA. Abh. der Kaiserl. Leop.-Carol. Deutschen Akademie der Naturforscher Band LXXIV. Nr. 1, 1898 320x240mm 278pp with 14 plates, 4 in colour with tissue guards, and 33 figure illustrations. In later blue cloth with gilt titles to spine. German text.