Journal

21 May 2012

MASTERPIECE LONDON 2012, COMING SOON.....

Now that our Folk Art Exhibition is over and much of it has already been taken away, our minds are turning towards the spectacular Masterpiece London, 2012.

When we first set out in the Art and Antiques business in the mid 1970’s,  we talked and dreamt of showing great individual examples of vernacular and country furniture, engaging sculptural objects and naive art in a bright stylish contemporary context and alongside great works of both modern and ancient art.

The leading events at that time were generally traditional in content and presentation and antiques were kept in a somewhat exclusive world of their own and generally exhibited well away from anything “modern” or innovative.

Masterpiece sprung up from nowhere in 2010, the brainchild of a group of courageous and imaginative Ex-Grosvenor House Exhibitors and created a magnificent space and unique forum. In our opinion it is the most inviting and exciting venue of all the leading International Fine Art and Antique Shows. A magical temporary place, created on the South Grounds of the Chelsea Royal Hospital to showcase a mesmerising collection of contemporary, modern, vintage, antique and ancient art and artefacts, impeccably displayed by some of the world’s leading specialists. It is a sort of fantasy world, apart from the beguiling variety and quality of the exhibits, there is some very good tuck, well stocked and professionally tended bars, open space, a comfortable climate, wonderful historic location and a quiet feeling of luxury and elegance. It is a place that somehow naturally enhances ones appreciation of and sensitivity to art in its widest sense, somewhere we enjoy being and an experience we are proud to be part of.

We have been sourcing and putting together some choice works to show at Masterpiece 2012,  amongst which are a quite remarkable group of documentary hand painted Sporting Panels, which were commissioned from Copeland Spode by the prominent industrialist, philanthropist and politician Thomas Russell, for the billiard room of his newly built Glasgow home and signed by the artists Robert John Abraham (1850-1925) and Lucien Besche (d.1901). Following nearly six months of diligent professional research we are putting together a detailed file: cataloguing, describing, and contextualising these recently discovered significant ceramic masterpieces from the height of the Victorian era, especially for their unveiling at Masterpiece.

We have also managed to find some fine examples of rare and exceptional pieces of country furniture, and some engaging and unusual sculptural works of folk art, which we will be showing for the first time.

We have long enjoyed and championed the aesthetic values that naive and primitive works often share with ancient  and contemporary art, sometimes by juxtaposition and sometimes by compatibility, and for this reason Masterpiece is the event where we most enjoy sharing our pieces . 

There will be some complimentary tickets available for Masterpiece London, if you are interested in coming to visit us, please contact us, and we will endeavour to send you a ticket, subject to availability.


 

17 May 2012

FOLK ART EXHIBITION COMING TO AN END......

It has rained so much in London, it is hard to remember that we are now at the beginning of Summer. Thankfully the rain held off for the Preview of our 13th Annual Folk Art Exhibition, so as usual we were able to host a good crowd of guests on the pavement, as well as in the shop, with Don Grant running a busy and popular bar. The Preview was a lovely occasion where we met and shared chat with old and new friends and many of the Exhibits found new homes. As it becomes more difficult to source pieces for these Exhibitions, somehow the demand seems to grow!  It is also really exciting to see everything put together for the show, once Josyane has spent the best part of a week installing and styling it and wonderfully rewarding when it meets with such enthusiasm and interest.

As we have now changed our old policy of not selling prior to the opening and now offering pieces for sale immediately on receipt of the Catalogue, many pieces had already been sold prior to the Preview. However the attendance has been excellent and although a few pieces have already been collected, the Exhibition will remain open until 4.00pm this Saturday 19th, so we look forward to seeing anyone who has not been able to make it before now. However, shortly after the Exhibition closes my two sons and I will be excitedly  taking our seats in the Allianz Arena in Munich, hoping  that Chelsea FC will beat Bayern Munich to win the European Champions League for the first time in their history, just to round off a great week.
In the meantime, we would like to thank all of you who have called in or visited the show, for your support, interest and enthusiasm and hope that we will see you again soon and for those of you who found something at the Exhibition, we assure you that we are currently making  delivery arrangements and your new pieces will be with you soon.

Gallery Tour