This year’s Art Antiques London, one of the capital’s most exciting and glamorous antiques fairs, takes place against the stunning backdrop of The Albert Memorial and Kensington Gardens from Friday 12th to Thursday 18th June.
Held in a beautiful bespoke pavilion, opposite the Royal Albert Hall and close to the site of the Great Exhibition of 1851, Art Antiques London brings together leading international dealers and discernible visitors from across the world. Visitors can buy with confidence at this strictly vetted summer showcase for the arts.
The event is also complemented with a full lecture programme and study days.
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In our last issue we published a Brown Furniture Bulletin from Edd Thomas, a Young Gun dealer of considerable accomplishment who deals with Mid Century this month. In March he asked the cogent question ‘is it time to say goodbye to brown furniture?’ Avoiding, for a moment, the offended reactions of those who like good mahogany furniture, it was an interesting page of opinion because Edd pointed out that interior designers are now very much more influential than they used to be when considering fashion in antique furniture. There are two distinct bodies of people involved in the purchase of antiques and it is useful to remember how different they are. The first, the interior designers, see furniture as part of an overall scheme of things within the style and décor they produce. The second, the collectors, take an individual… View the full post
Tomasso Brothers Fine Art, based at Bardon Hall in Leeds, received praise from the TEFAF Maastricht Vetting Committee for one of the highlights on their stand: the exquisite pair of portrait miniatures by Jean-Etienne Liotard (1702-1789) which depicted Princes Charles Edward Stuart “Bonnie Prince Charlie” (1720-1788), and Henry Benedict Stuart later Cardinal Duke of York (1725-1807), last in the lineage of Stuart Kings in Scotland and England.
The first ever exhibition in the UK of works of Jean-Etienne Liotard will open this summer at the National Gallery of Scotland, then at the Royal Academy, London in October 2015.
Tomasso Brothers reported strong interest in another major piece on the stand, an exceptional Roman portrait bust of a young man, dated to the late 2nd century AD which the gallery unveiled at the fair. It attracted much attention from curators and… View the full post
The work of Alphonse Mucha, one of the most celebrated artists in fin-de-siècle Paris, goes on show this April at the Russell-Cotts Art Gallery and Museum in Bournemouth . From adverts to Slavic masterpieces, we consider the contribution of one of art nouveau’s leading exponents
Alphonse Maria Mucha was born on 24 July 1860 in Ivančice, a small Moravian town in the then Kingdom of Bohemia, which was part of the Habsburg Empire. From his earliest years, Mucha’s artistic talent was evident. He could draw before he could walk – indeed his mother used to tie a pencil round his neck so that he could draw while crawling about on the floor.
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The price of film posters may have soared, with the best examples selling for thousands, but it is still an affordable art form.
While the most expensive movie poster ever sold, Metropolis realised a staggering $1.2 million (£767,000) in 2012, Surrey-based auctioneers Ewbank’s movie poster sale this month sees many posters go under the hammer with low estimates of just £40. But for the new collector, how do you separate the Oscar contenders from the box office flops?
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An antique leather writing box, which belonged to railway engineer Robert Stephenson and was ‘rescued’ from an auction by Viz co-founder Chris Donald, is going under the hammer in Newcastle.
The brown leather box, which features Northumberland-born Stephenson’s name and London address in tooled gilt lettering on the top, is one of the treasures on sale at the three-day Anderson & Garland Spring Fine Art and Antiques auction from March 24-26.
The case would have been used by the engineer when he was travelling on the railways that he played a fundamental part in creating. The only son of ‘father of the railways’ George Stephenson, Robert developed the world-famous Rocket locomotive, designed Newcastle’s High Level Bridge and the Royal Borders Bridge in Berwick, and worked on the fledgling railway systems across Britain, Europe and Egypt.
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Suffolk auction house Clarke and Simpson is extending its remit of specialist sales including art deco, antiques and fine art.
While the auctioneers will maintain its busy rural bygones programme – with a series of classic motorbikes going under the hammer on April 11 – two days later the genre changes to a 500-lot sale of studio pottery, 20th-century design and art deco.
Clarke and Simpson’s Hayden Foster said: “We have teamed up with the-saleroom.com to enable clients to bid from the comfort of their home or office via the internet.”
Clarke and Simpson regularly sells to buyers from as many as 25 different countries, he added. Clarke and Simpson bought the auction centre, which had traded as the Wickham Market sale yard from 1922, in 2013.
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A notebook used by the Enigma code cracker Alan Turing is expected to fetch £600,000 at Bonhams, New York, on April 13th.
The book – which has never before been seen in public – dates back to 1942 when Turing was working at Bletchley Park to crack the Nazi code.
The spring issue of Bonhams Magazine features two articles relating to the Alan Bonhams’ senior specialist, Cassandra Hatton, revealed her reaction on seeing the manuscript for the first time. She said: “…my heart raced and I felt a little light-headed”.
The notebook contains some 56 pages of handwritten workings, scrawls and calculations revealing a deep insight into the thinking of British genius.
In one of his entries, Turing writes: “The Leibniz notation I find extremely difficult to understand in spite of it having been the one I understood the best… View the full post