The British Museum

“Indigenous Australia: enduring civilisation”, supported by BP, The British Museum, Great Russell Street, London WC1, until 2nd August 2015

Pearl shell pendant with dancing figures.  Kimberley region, Western Australia, before 1926.   Pearl shell, charcoal  © The Trustees of the British Museum.

Pearl shell pendant with dancing figures.
Kimberley region, Western Australia, before 1926.
Pearl shell, charcoal
© The Trustees of the British Museum.

This is a fascinating, if somewhat uncomfortable exhibition that looks at the indigenous peoples of Australia and the Torres Strait Islands and their relationship with the land and sea in a history that stretches back over sixty thousand years. A relationship which changes forever in 1770 when Captain Cook landed on Australia’s East Coast.

Shield believed  to have been collected  during Captain Cook's visit to Botany Bay, 1770.  Mangrove bark   © The Trustees of the British Museum

Shield believed to have been collected
during Captain Cook’s visit to Botany Bay, 1770.
Mangrove bark
© The Trustees of the British Museum

The complex story of the years from 1770 to the present is told through objects from the Museum and other notable collections such as the Pitt Rivers Museum, the Cambridge Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology and the National Museum of Australia. Some items were also specially created to reflect the fact that the culture of the many groups that make up Australia’s Indigenous population continues today.

Land rights placard frm the aboriginal Tent embassy, erected, as a site of protest, in 1972.  Paint on Masonite board,  Old Parliament House, Canberra, Australia, 1972.   National Museum of Australia

Land rights placard frm the aboriginal Tent embassy, erected, as a site of protest, in 1972.
Paint on Masonite board,
Old Parliament House, Canberra, Australia, 1972.
National Museum of Australia

It is a glimpse into both British and Australian history that should be seen and reflected on.

Britishmuseum.org

'Yumari' Uta Uta Tjangala (c. 1926–1990), Pintupi people, Papunya, Northern Territory, 1981,  Acrylic on canvas.  National Museum of Australia

‘Yumari’
Uta Uta Tjangala
(c. 1926–1990),
Pintupi people, Papunya, Northern Territory, 1981,
Acrylic on canvas.
National Museum of Australia

Bonhams London: Highlights From The Estate of Lauren Bacall

INTERNATIONAL TOUR: Highlights From The Estate of Lauren Bacall, Bonhams, 101 New Bond Street, London W1, 15th – 19th February 2015

 

The immense living room was primarily a room for entertaining. In the far left corner is Humphrey Bogart’s wrought-iron and steel-inlaid slate games table, and to the left is the Mason & Hamlin ebonized grand piano where Bacall rehearsed for Broadway musicals. Guests, including Leonard Bernstein, would play at the piano during lively cocktail parties.

The immense living room was primarily a room for entertaining. In the far left corner is Humphrey Bogart’s wrought-iron and steel-inlaid slate games table, and to the left is the Mason & Hamlin ebonized grand piano where Bacall rehearsed for Broadway musicals. Guests, including Leonard Bernstein, would play at the piano during lively cocktail parties.

Bonhams’s Vice President and Director of Business Development Jon King said: ‘Bonhams is delighted to share with the public a rare insight into the world of Lauren Bacall, the accomplished collector. Her collection is a truly a reflection of her extraordinary taste and remarkable life.’

Marcel Vertès (Hungarian, 1895-1961) ‘Marcel Vertès Painting a Portrait of Lauren Bacall’ signed, inscribed and dated Madame Humphrey Bogart quand elle était Betty Bacall / Avec ma fidèle amitié Vertès / 1953 (lower left) blue pen and ink on paper 12 3/8 x 19 1/4in (31.4 x 48.8cm) US$1,000-1,500

Marcel Vertès (Hungarian, 1895-1961)
‘Marcel Vertès Painting a Portrait of Lauren Bacall’
signed, inscribed and dated Madame Humphrey Bogart quand elle était Betty Bacall / Avec ma fidèle amitié Vertès / 1953 (lower left)
blue pen and ink on paper
12 3/8 x 19 1/4in (31.4 x 48.8cm)
US$1,000-1,500

Now it is our turn here in London to see some of the highlights of the art, antiques and other works that have graced her three homes, especially her last one in New York’s famous Dakota building.

ROBERT GRAHAM (American, 1938-2008) Elisa, circa 1994 bronze with light brown patina on brass base height overall 58 5/8in (149cm) US$20,000-30,000

ROBERT GRAHAM (American, 1938-2008)
Elisa, circa 1994
bronze with light brown patina on brass base
height overall 58 5/8in (149cm)
US$20,000-30,000

Among the highlights are bronze maquettes by Henry Moore and bronzes by the famous American sculptor Robert Graham. Her art collection included prints and paintings by artists, including David Hockney, Jim Dine, Richard Avedon, Henry Moore and John James Audubon, Sir Noel Coward, Aaron Shikler, and Georges Wakhevitch.

An amethyst, turquoise and diamond ring Jean Schlumberger, French Centering an oval-cut amethyst measuring approximately 14.75 x 13.90 x 10.00mm, within a pavé-set foliate surround, extending turquoise beads, enhanced by circular-cut diamonds; signed Schlumberger, with French assay marks, maker's mark and signed box. amethyst weighs approximately 11 carats; estimated total diamond weight 1.55 carats; mounted in 18k gold and platinum; size 7 1/4 US$8,000-12,000

An amethyst, turquoise and diamond ring
Jean Schlumberger, French
Centering an oval-cut amethyst measuring approximately 14.75 x 13.90 x 10.00mm, within a pavé-set foliate surround, extending turquoise beads, enhanced by circular-cut diamonds; signed Schlumberger, with French assay marks, maker’s mark and signed box.
amethyst weighs approximately 11 carats; estimated total diamond weight 1.55 carats; mounted in 18k gold and platinum; size 7 1/4
US$8,000-12,000

On a more personal level are pieces of her jewellery, some of which was designed by the legendary Jean Schlumberger and a specially commissioned camel brooch by the celebrated English jeweller Elizabeth Gage.

DAVID HOCKNEY (British, born 1937) Two Pembroke Studio Chairs, from Moving Focus (MCA Tokyo 276; T. 264), 1984 Lithograph in colors on HMP handmade paper, signed in pencil, dated, and numbered 46/98 (there were also 10 artist's proofs), with the blindstamp of the publisher, Tyler Graphics, Ltd., Mount Kisco, New York, with full margins. 16 x 19in (40.6 x 48.2cm) sheet 18 7/8 x 22in (47.7 x 55.9cm) US$5,000-7,000

DAVID HOCKNEY (British, born 1937)
Two Pembroke Studio Chairs, from Moving Focus (MCA Tokyo 276; T. 264), 1984
Lithograph in colors on HMP handmade paper, signed in pencil, dated, and numbered 46/98 (there were also 10 artist’s proofs), with the blindstamp of the publisher, Tyler Graphics, Ltd., Mount Kisco, New York, with full margins.
16 x 19in (40.6 x 48.2cm)
sheet 18 7/8 x 22in (47.7 x 55.9cm)
US$5,000-7,000

Miss Bacall wrote of her meeting with Henry Moore at his studio in 1975 ‘It was and will be ever a high point of my life … [it was the] realization of a dream.’ I must admit to feeling something similar when I briefly met her a few years ago here in London.

HENRY MOORE O.M., C.H. (British, 1898-1986) Standing Man and Woman signed and numbered Moore 7/9 (on the reverse of the base) bronze with gold patina, cast in an edition of 9+1 in 1981 height 7 1/4in (18.5cm) US$40,000-60,000

HENRY MOORE O.M., C.H. (British, 1898-1986)
Standing Man and Woman
signed and numbered Moore 7/9 (on the reverse of the base)
bronze with gold patina, cast in an edition of 9+1 in 1981
height 7 1/4in (18.5cm)
US$40,000-60,000

 

Opening hours are 9am – 4.30pm, and admission is free.

 

The auction is at Bonhams New York on 31st March and 1st April.

 

http://www.bonhams.com

PAD LONDON

Pavilion of Art + Design London, Berkeley Square, Mayfair, W1, 15th-19th October 2014

Tloupas Philolaos Ensemble of six objects, bouteilles, boîte, entonnoir et saleron, en inox (stainless-steel) ciselé. C 1960. © Mathieu Ferrier Courtesy of ALB Antiquities – Antoine Broccardo

Tloupas Philolaos
Ensemble of six objects, bouteilles, boîte, entonnoir et saleron, en inox (stainless-steel) ciselé. C 1960.
© Mathieu Ferrier
Courtesy of ALB Antiquities – Antoine Broccardo

PAD London returns for its eighth year and still flies the flag as a destination for the best in 20th Century and contemporary arts and design. The sixty-two exhibitors include some who sell antiquities and ethnographical art and this year Finch & Co show a veritable cabinet of curiosities with items from around the world.

Ethnic group : SONGYE Country : Congo Period : Early 20th century Material : Wood and polychromy Height : 20 in. Origin : Formerly in a French collection Photo © Hughes Dubois Courtesy of Lucas Ratton

Ethnic group : SONGYE
Country : Congo
Period : Early 20th century
Material : Wood and polychromy
Height : 20 in.
Origin : Formerly in a French collection
Photo © Hughes Dubois
Courtesy of Lucas Ratton

An exciting newcomer to the show is the famous French porcelain factory and museum Sèvres – Cité de la céramique. Although established in 1740 it still flourishes today and will be showing commissioned modern and contemporary pieces by leading designers. Don’t miss the life-size ceramic dress by the Brazilian fashion designer Gustavo Lins.

Gustavo Lins Robe 2013 Unique piece Soft-paste porcelain biscuit, petit-feu grey glaze, gold, bronze structure and LEDs. This work was presented in January 2013 during Gustavo Lins’ spring/summer haute couture show. Copyright: Gérard Jonca for Sèvres-Cité de la céramique

Gustavo Lins
Robe
2013
Unique piece
Soft-paste porcelain biscuit, petit-feu grey glaze, gold, bronze structure and LEDs.
This work was presented in January 2013 during Gustavo Lins’ spring/summer haute couture show.
Copyright: Gérard Jonca for Sèvres-Cité de la céramique

http://www.pad-fairs.com/london/en

PAUL EVANS Faceted Cabinet Usa 1970 Paul Evans for Studio Diectional Cabinet features two bi-fold doors concealing four adjustable shelves Chrome-plated steel Laminate wood Dimension 84w x 25d x 32.25 inches, 213 w x 63.5 d x 82 cm Courtesy of Galleria Rosella Colombari

PAUL EVANS
Faceted Cabinet
Usa 1970
Paul Evans for Studio Diectional
Cabinet features two bi-fold doors concealing four adjustable shelves
Chrome-plated steel
Laminate wood
Dimension 84w x 25d x 32.25 inches, 213 w x 63.5 d x 82 cm
Courtesy of Galleria Rosella Colombari

Agostino Bonalumi (Vimercate 1935 – 2013 Milan) Rosso 1965 Shaped canvas and vinyl tempera, 110.5 x 100cm/43.3x 39.4in Signed and dated on the back Authentication number: 65-072 Courtesy of Robilant + Voena

Agostino Bonalumi (Vimercate 1935 – 2013 Milan)
Rosso
1965
Shaped canvas and vinyl tempera,
110.5 x 100cm/43.3x 39.4in
Signed and dated on the back
Authentication number: 65-072
Courtesy of Robilant + Voena

Atelier Van Lieshout | Caretaker Lamp 2014 Patinated Bronze H72 D38 Cm / H28.3 D15 In Limited Edition Of 8 + 4 Ap Courtesy of Carpenters Workshop Gallery

Atelier Van Lieshout | Caretaker Lamp
2014
Patinated Bronze
H72 D38 Cm / H28.3 D15 In
Limited Edition Of 8 + 4 Ap
Courtesy of Carpenters Workshop Gallery

Carlos Cruz Diez Chromointerférence, 2013                  18 kt yellow gold in black rhodium, impresac acrylic with UV pigment. 6 cm diameter Edition of 10 Signed and numbered Courtesy of Elisabetta Cipriani

Carlos Cruz Diez
Chromointerférence, 2013
18 kt yellow gold in black rhodium, impresac acrylic with UV pigment.
6 cm diameter
Edition of 10
Signed and numbered
Courtesy of Elisabetta Cipriani

Tribal Art London

Tribal Art London, The Mall Galleries, London SW1 from 10th-13th September 2014.

The UK’s only specialist top-flight tribal art event re-launches this year as the Tribal Art London fair with a new home at The Mall Galleries, London SW1.

Yoruba Egungun Mask from Nigeria.  £12,000. Michael Backman Gallery

Yoruba Egungun Mask from Nigeria.
£12,000.
Michael Backman Gallery

Known previously as Tribal Perspectives this leading event re-launches itself as Tribal Art London at a new Central London venue. The larger size of the new home means that a wider variety of art and artefacts can be shown, including for the first time ethnographic photography and contemporary art.

Carved ivory figure, 19th Century,  Loango people, Congo. £4,500 Adam Prout

Carved ivory figure, 19th Century,
Loango people, Congo.
£4,500
Adam Prout

Ceremonial shield. Kikuyu tribe, Kenya.  £17,000 Provenance: Collection of Rolf de Mare (Sweden). Clive Loveless and Bryan Reeves/Tribal Gathering

Ceremonial shield. Kikuyu tribe, Kenya.
£17,000
Provenance: Collection of Rolf de Mare (Sweden).
Clive Loveless and Bryan Reeves/Tribal Gathering

The exhibitors, drawn from the UK, Europe and Australia, are leading experts in their field. As organiser Bryan Reeves says: “The early works exhibited by dealers at Tribal Art London are all original period items made for intentional use, many of them museum-quality. There is a great deal of later work on the market today, made not for use in the tribe but to serve the consumer demands of a tourist trade. Our exhibitors source historic items, often with provenance, collected in the late 19th and first half of the 20th centuries by explorers, scientists and missionaries who would have lived alongside or known the peoples for whom these objects held great significance.”

Artist: Kiboko Title: In all the wrong places Medium: Mixed media on canvas, 2012 76x51cm £6700.00 Kamba Fine Art

Artist: Kiboko
Title: In all the wrong places
Medium: Mixed media on canvas, 2012
76x51cm
£6700.00
Kamba Fine Art

Opening Times:
Weds 10 September 6.30pm-9.30pm
Thurs 11 Sept 10am- 7pm
Friday 12 Sept 10am-7pm
Saturday 13 Sept 10am-6pm

BIOMA ANCESTOR FIGURE c. 1900 Papuan Gulf, Papua New Guinea Ochre and kaolin on carved wood 53.6 cm height  £5,750  Kapil Jariwala

BIOMA ANCESTOR FIGURE
c. 1900
Papuan Gulf, Papua New Guinea
Ochre and kaolin on carved wood
53.6 cm height
£5,750
Kapil Jariwala

http://www.tribalartlondon.com

The Decorative Antiques & Textiles Winter Fair, 21-26 January 2014 at Battersea Evolution

The Decorative Antiques & Textiles Winter Fair, 21-26 January 2014 at Battersea Evolution, Battersea Park, London SW11

One can understand the continuing popularity of this fair with its combination of 20th century and period design.  If you were inspired by my recent blog on the interior designer Michael Inchbald then this is the place to go in order to create a similar look for yourself.

Classic Aubusson rug using an 18th Century style design (although this example was woven in the 19th Century). The size is 4.86 x 4.06 metres - 16' x 13' 4 feet. £15,000 Gallery Yacou

Classic Aubusson rug using an 18th Century style design (although this example was woven in the 19th Century). The size is 4.86 x 4.06 metres – 16′ x 13′ 4 feet.
£15,000
Gallery Yacou

The forthcoming Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics is the focus of a special selling exhibition of Russian winter sports paintings garnered over the last two decades from artists’ studios in St Petersburg by Fair exhibitor John Barkes, who deals in Soviet realist paintings here in London.  They can be seen in the brasserie.

 Vitali Tyulenyev 1937-1997 ‘’Climbing in the High Caucasus ‘’, 1968 oil on canvas 95 x 115 cm Priced about £12,500


Vitali Tyulenyev 1937-1997
‘’Climbing in the High Caucasus ‘’, 1968
oil on canvas 95 x 115 cm
Priced about £12,500

Miss Austen at Home: from Mansfield Park to Chawton is an exhibition to mark the bi-centenary of Mansfield Park with a display of interiors that would have a resonance with Jane Austen.  It has been curated by Helen Linfield, a period furniture specialist.  The items used come from Fair exhibitors and are for sale.

Late C18th and early C19th Blue & White English pottery:  Rectangular plate (cut border) Rogers Zebra pattern c1815, £220; Loving cup, Italian pattern, £235; Jug, Rathbone, c1825, £275; Cachepot/flowerpot, Adams ‘Cattle Scenery’ c1900, £275; Potted meat tub, c1790, £185 Exhibitor: Sue Norman

Late C18th and early C19th Blue & White English pottery: Rectangular plate (cut border) Rogers Zebra pattern c1815, £220; Loving cup, Italian pattern, £235; Jug, Rathbone, c1825, £275; Cachepot/flowerpot, Adams ‘Cattle Scenery’ c1900, £275; Potted meat tub, c1790, £185
Exhibitor: Sue Norman

Among newcomers to this Fair are picture dealer William Thuillier, Clive Loveless who is showing tribal art and furniture dealers Christopher Buck and Horneman Antiques Ltd.

The Marlborough Family Mezzotint engraving by Charles Turner from a painting by Sir Joshua Reynolds Published 24th October, 1815 by C.Turner, No 50 Warren Street, Fitzroy Square Image size: 29 3/4 x 26 1/4 in / 75.5 x 67 cm Price £2,350 Dealer: Nicholas Price

The Marlborough Family
Mezzotint engraving by Charles Turner
from a painting by Sir Joshua Reynolds
Published 24th October, 1815 by C.Turner,
No 50 Warren Street, Fitzroy Square
Image size: 29 3/4 x 26 1/4 in / 75.5 x 67 cm
Price £2,350
Dealer: Nicholas Price

The rare chest below may make the perfect gift for Burns Night on the 25th.

A very rare Regency bow front chest of drawers decorated in the Victorian period in tartan ware with added highland vignettes.  This type of work is normally attributed to the town of Mauchline in Ayrshire, however it is unusual if not completely unprecedented to see a piece on this scale. The town is mostly associated with tartan trinket boxes and book covers. Both the National Museum of Scotland, and the National Trust Scotland, have been shown pictures and neither has ever seen a tartan ware piece on such a scale. The largest item known to (and in fact owned by) the Museum is an occasional table/ chessboard. 101cm h x 103cm w 51cm deep For sale at £7200, Drennan Edinburgh

A very rare Regency bow front chest of drawers decorated in the Victorian period in tartan ware with added highland vignettes. This type of work is normally attributed to the town of Mauchline in Ayrshire, however it is unusual if not completely unprecedented to see a piece on this scale. The town is mostly associated with tartan trinket boxes and book covers.
Both the National Museum of Scotland, and the National Trust Scotland, have been shown pictures and neither has ever seen a tartan ware piece on such a scale. The largest item known to (and in fact owned by) the Museum is an occasional table/ chessboard.
101cm h x 103cm w 51cm deep
For sale at £7200, Drennan Edinburgh

Free shuttles from Sloane Square – visitor info at www.decorativefair.com

Tribal Perspectives, Gallery 28, 2-5 October 2013

Tribal Perspectives

Gallery 28, Cork Street, Mayfair, London, 2-5 October 2013

This pop-up show is the only one of its type in the UK and brings together a group of international dealers specialising in tribal and ethnographic art, including African and Aboriginal.

Chris Boylan Maori Fish Hook, New Zealand 19th Century Collected 1875. ex-private museum South Australia PRICE: 18,000 POUNDS

Chris Boylan
Maori Fish Hook, New Zealand
19th Century
Collected 1875. ex-private museum South Australia
PRICE: 18,000 POUNDS

There is a wide variety of textiles, tribal masks and many other objects to see.  Many of these were specially made for ceremonial or ritual use.  Jewellery, arms and armour and headpieces are also featured.  It is an interesting fact that some of the larger pieces are also highly regarded by some collectors for their significant decorative qualities alongside their important historic and cultural values.

Adam Prout Tahitian Bark cloth 19th Century 60cm x 60cm £3,500

Adam Prout
Tahitian Bark cloth 19th Century 60cm x 60cm £3,500

This is an important exhibition with talks and lectures also taking place.

www.tribalperspectives.com

 

Tribal Gathering (Bryan Reeves) Altar or fetish piece. Used by a tribal chief. Early missionary contact and influence. Luba culture  - DRC. Circa - Early 1900's. £1800

Tribal Gathering (Bryan Reeves)
Altar or fetish piece. Used by a tribal chief. Early missionary contact and influence.
Luba culture – DRC.
Circa – Early 1900’s.
£1800

Opening Times Wednesday 2nd October 6.30pm – 9pm

Thursday 3rd October 11am – 9pm

Friday 4th October 11am-7pm

Saturday 5th October 11am-5.30pm

Admission is free.

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