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London Art Week - 29 November - 7 December 2018

HIT LIST: What Not to Miss at London Art Week Winter 2018
Thursday 29 November to Friday 7 December
At 32 galleries and auction houses in St. James’s and Mayfair

Portrait Stars (highlight paintings)

There is a flowering of interest in Old Master portraiture, and LAW Winter 2018 provides plenty of inspiration.  Cesare Lampronti of Lampronti Gallery, says: “Man’s desire to celebrate his appearance through portraiture in order to present individuality and uniqueness remains a relevant theme that continues to define our time.”

• Works by Annibale Carracci, a youthful Anthony Van Dyck, and Giovanni Battista Moroni, are stars of the show at Lampronti Gallery presenting 17th and 18th Century Portraits as an exhibition theme.

Bagshawe Fine Art has recently re-discovered a quietly sympathetic portrait by Sir Thomas Lawrence P.R.A. (1769-1830) of his friend, the lawyer Samuel Rose (1767-1804) who successfully defended the poet William Blake against a charge of high treason in 1804. Rose had a number of literary connections, among them the poet William Cowper and the novelist Fanny Burney.  Rose's sister married Burney's brother Charles and this picture descended in their family. 

• At Ben Elwes Fine Art is Queen Charlotte, consort to King George III, by Benjamin West, PRA (1738-1820).  Painted in 1776, the year her 11th child, Princess Mary, Duchess of Gloucester and Edinburgh was born, it shows the Queen seated, looking pensive yet serene, dressed in lustrous grey satin and organza, bows and ruffles, and with needlework in her lap.

• Portraits by current artistic heroine Artemesia Gentileschi, her circle, including her daughter Prudenzia, and later artists influenced by her power, feature at The Gentileschi Effect, Robilant + Voena: a talk on the subject is being hosted at the gallery as part of LAW.

• The auction houses – Bonhams, Christie’s and Sotheby’s – all have fine examples in their Old Master Sales, including royal portraits by Sir Antony van Dyck.

Antiques News & Fairs - HIT LIST - London Art Week - opens Thurs 29 November

 Ben Elwes Fine Art - Benjamin West (1738-1820), Queen Charlotte, c1776, oil on canvas.


Woman Artist Earns Way Around the World With Brush (exhibition and talk)

Thus ran the headline of the New York Evening Post of 13 March 1928, as Hilda May Gordon (1874-1972) neared the end of a remarkable journey; six and half years touring the globe, paid for by sales of her vivid, expressive little paintings at exhibitions along the way.  Martyn Gregory reveals the art and the story - how she sketched everyday life, religious festivals, devastating volcanoes and the cremation of a King.  Hilda travelled on ponies, yaks and elephants; lived in native huts, tents, palaces and on houseboats, and was entertained by monks and Maharajahs alike.  A special talk takes place on Wednesday, 5 December, 6pm at Martin Gregory (34 Bury Street, St. James’s SW1)


Masterworks in Marble (highlight sculpture)

Lullo Pampoulides is showing a recent rediscovery: the beautiful Helen Huth (1837-1924) by eminent Scottish sculptor Alexander Munro (1825-1871), a talented associate of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, with its pendant of her husband Louis Huth (1821-1905). The busts, exhibited at the RA in 1860, were thought to be lost.  Helen and Louis Huth were major art collectors and significant patrons of contemporary artists; Helen was portrayed by Whistler (Arrangement in Black, No. 2, Portrait of Mrs. Louis Huth) and G. F. Watts on more than one occasion. 

• Completed for Florence’s powerful Gerini family only months prior to the artist’s death in 1762, Faun with a Kid (after the antique) by Giovanni Battista Piamontini (1690-1762) is with Trinity Fine Art.  The marble sculpture was commissioned as a pendant to Milo (after the antique) by Giovanni Battista’s father Guiseppe Piamontini (1663-1744).

Antiques News & Fairs - HIT LIST - London Art Week - opens Thurs 29 November

Lullo Pampoulides - Alexander Munro (1825-1871), Helen Huth, marble, 1860.


Mary Shelley & Frankenstein (unique sculptural highlight, and talk)

Marking the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley's masterpiece, Frankenstein, Callisto Fine Arts presents a unique marble portrait bust of the author by Camillo Pistrucci (1811-1854) that forms part of his LAW exhibition.  Callisto teams up on Tuesday, 4 December, 6.30pm to 8pm with Sammy Jay, a specialist in the printed works of Mary Shelley, to discuss the author, share the exciting discovery of a rare first edition of Frankenstein, and show an extraordinary collection of her autograph letters (at Peter Harrington Rare Books, Dover Street, Mayfair, W1)


Splendours of the High Renaissance (exhibition)

Both debuting at LAW Winter 2018, Galerie Neuse of Germany, specialists in fine antique European silver and works of art, joins forces with London’s leading textile dealer, S.Franses. Together they present Splendours of the Haute Époque: important works of art in silver and silver-gilt, displayed with Renaissance furniture and sculpture, and textiles from the extensive collection of S. Franses.  Highlights include an extremely rare group of south German Renaissance silver and silver-gilt works of art (Galerie Neuse) of a calibre not seen today outside of museums, and two exceptional tapestries from the History of Venus narrative cycle, reunited by S. Franses for the first time in 40 years.  Both tapestries were acquired by J Pierpoint Morgan Sr. and his sister Mrs. Burns from a north Italian palazzo in the early 20th century. They were brought to England and installed along with numerous others at North Mymms Park, Hertfordshire, one of the country’s finest Jacobean homes.  One tapestry was sold when the property changed hands in 1979: but with knowledge of its whereabouts, S. Franses can now display the ‘Venus’ tapestries, examples of Brussels weaving at its 16th century height, since the contents of North Mymms Park were auctioned earlier this year.

Antiques News & Fairs - HIT LIST - London Art Week - opens Thurs 29 November

Galerie Neuse  - Christoph I. Ritter, Buttenmann silver gilt 1547.


Italian Masters (highlight works of art)

From Baroque to Expressionist, Italian art blazes a trail through LAW Winter 2018: 

• Renaissance reality takes rapturous form in Madonna and Child by Caesare Magni, an artist documented in Milan from 1511 to around 1534, offered by Benappi.

• The bold allegorical work of enigmatic Pseudo Caroselli, active in Rome during the first half of the 17th century, is a highlight of The Art of The Beast, at Brun Fine Art.

The Weiss Gallery offers a dramatic subject in The Sacrifice of Isaac by Guiseppe Vermiglio (c1587-post 1635), a mysterious yet highly gifted painter working in Rome during the first two decades of the 17th century who was profoundly influenced by Caravaggio and Carracci. 

• Avant-garde Post-Impressionist paintings by Elisabeth Chaplin (Fontainebleau 1890-Florence 1982) rarely make it on to the market, despite her prolific output over 60 years; a large collection of her works is held by the Pitti Palace Gallery of Modern Art.  Antonacci Lapicirella Fine Art of Rome and Florence present one of her masterpieces, Two Nudes or Double Self-Portrait, painted in 1918.

Antiques News & Fairs - HIT LIST - London Art Week - opens Thurs 29 November

The Weiss Gallery - Guiseppe Vermiglio (c1587-post 1635), The sacrificeof Isaac, oil on canvas.


Rarities and Rituals (specialist exhibitions)

Demonstrating the broad variety of fine and historic art for sale at London Art Week:

• The artistic revelations of the current RA Oceania exhibition are reflected in microcosm at Oliver Forge & Brendan Lynch Ltd, as the gallery is presenting important and rare Oceanic art along with a selection of African ceremonial objects.  Several pieces were formerly in the collection of the great anthropologist General Pitt Rivers.  A ritual kava bowl from Fiji is one of the highlights.

• The art of love - an astonishing survival of medieval artistry and design is a French boxwood comb late 1400s. Intricately carved with a central panel of openwork quatrefoils, the comb was a wedding gift from a husband to his new wife.  The exhibition also presents a delightful bismuth-painted trinket box c1490, decorated with a pair of young lovers overlooked by a fool in striped costume.  Medieval coffrets and caskets of this type are known by the German descriptor minnekästchen, ‘gifts of love’, or more literally ‘boxes of love’. Shown by Sam Fogg in Seven Objects, Seven Days: Art of the Middle Ages.

Antiques News & Fairs - HIT LIST - London Art Week - opens Thurs 29 November

Sam Fogg - Boxwood comb, France, C15th.


London Art Week Winter 2018 Salons, held from Thursday, 29 November to Friday, 7 December, combine special selling exhibitions and auctions with one-off events exploring 5,000 years of fine art. Talks and discussions cover a wide range of subjects, from The Fashionable Gentleman to The Gentileschi Effect, presenting stimulating opportunities for new audiences to connect with pre-contemporary art. London Art Week also provides a platform for eminent UK and international art dealers and auction houses to engage with curators, connoisseurs and collectors.

Exhibitions and talks take place at venues throughout Mayfair and St. James's, the celebrated heartland of London's gallery scene for over 200 years and home to many of the world's greatest art dealerships. In addition to Opening Day 12pm-8pm, there is a late night on Monday, 3 December, and the majority of galleries are open during the weekend of 1 and 2 December with special themed tours that art lovers can sign up for.



HIGHLIGHT EVENTS


The National Gallery & the London Art Trade: Past, Present & Future: Discover the long-standing synergies between museums and dealers. Dr Susanna Avery-Quash, Senior Research Curator (History of Collecting) at the National Gallery will hold a panel discussion with Jorge Coll (Colnaghi), Stephen Ongpin (Stephen Ongpin Fine Art), Emanuela Tarizzo (Tomasso Brothers Fine Art) and Florence Evans (The Weiss Gallery).


National Gallery, Sainsbury Wing lecture theatre - Thursday, 6 December, 1pm to 1.45pm

Francesco Solimena (1657-1747) e le Arti a Napoli: Trinity Fine Art hosts a conversation between Letizia Treves of the National Gallery and Cristiana Romalli, Senior Director of Sotheby's London, who wrote the section on drawings for this new book about the Neapolitan artist and some of his long lost works (editor: Nicola Spinosa). Please note that the discussion will be mainly in Italian. Trinity Fine Art - Sunday, 2 December, 5.30pm

Stephen Ongpin and Guy Peppiatt in conversation, Part II: after a hugely successful first panel discussion during LAW Summer 2018, Frances Allitt of the Antiques Trade Gazette returns to moderate another conversation between two of London's best-known drawings specialists about their chosen field of expertise, and a life dealing in art. Stephen Ongpin Fine Art – Thursday, 6 December, 6pm

Antiques News & Fairs - HIT LIST - London Art Week - opens Thurs 29 November

Stephen Ongpin Fine Art - De Feure (1868-1943), Two Elegant Women, Design for the Cover of Les Modes, Christmas 1919.


TOURS
Each lunch time, London Art Week visits a different gallery and offers a short talk on one work followed by an optional tour of a couple more galleries. Longer tours will be held on the weekend and on the Monday Late Night, 3 December. These will include subjects such as jewellery, fashion and Christmas- related art – please visit website for more details. Prior booking is advised.

EXHIBITIONS & HIGHLIGHT WORKS
Providing temptations for every taste, from medieval objects and art nouveau ceramics to early advertising imagery, among exhibition highlights are:

Burzio presents an exciting rediscovery: a bronze statuette by Francesco Righetti (1738-1819) of the famous Gladiator, sculpted when the original was still at the Villa Borghese - this is the artist’s first iteration, signed and dated 1787.

Colnaghi - Julio Romero de Torres and the Female Form
Known for his sensual and enigmatic compositions, Julio Romero de Torres (1874-1930) was one of the most important Spanish artists of the early 20th century. He found household fame when his paintings were used in popular calendars published by MAXAM and distributed throughout Spain. Soon after his death in 1930, a museum was opened in Cordoba dedicated to his work; it remains a popular attraction for visitors to the Andalusian city. While he was a key artist during his lifetime, Romero de Torres was largely forgotten in the second half of the 20th century. His work was subject to a critical review when a major retrospective was held at the Bilbao Fine Arts Museum (2002-2003).

Stephen Ongpin Fine Art - The Influencing Image: a Century of Commercial Illustration & Design
Works dating from around 1880 to 1980 demonstrate the rise of commercial illustration and the genesis of advertising including works by Erté and Grau. Prices will range from £800 to £80,000.

Antiques News & Fairs - HIT LIST - London Art Week - opens Thurs 29 November

Guy Peppiatt - Fingal’s Cave, Staffa, Scotland by the Irish artist Andrew Nicholl.


Guy Peppiatt - 100 Drawings and Watercolours (with Stephen Ongpin) Highlights from among works offered by Guy Peppiatt in this broad display presented jointly with Stephen Ongpin Fine Art, include a dramatic depiction of Fingal’s Cave, Staffa, Scotland by the Irish artist Andrew Nicholl, R.H.A. (Belfast 1804-1886 London). Of a good size (614 x 473 mm), in excellent condition, and a rare subject for a watercolour, the work [shown left] is priced at £9,500.

Also in the exhibition is a charming ink sketch by Edward Lear (1812-1888) of Girga on the Nile, signed lower right: Edwd Lear del./Oct 14 1857, which is priced at £2,400.

Raccanello Leprince - Lustrous Iridescence: the experimental glazes of Ulisse Cantagalli
This exhibition celebrates the most famous and collectable of a number of Italian ceramic factories of the Belle Epoque, and the inspiring artistic relationship between Ulisse Cantagalli and British exponents of the Art Nouveau including William De Morgan.

For the full list of participants, vists LAW Winter 2018


Antiques News & Fairs - HIT LIST - London Art Week - opens Thurs 29 November

S. Franses - Venus Disclosing to Diomedes the Conduct of his Wife Aegialia (detail), from the tapestry series: History of Venus, Brussels, C16th, woven with coloured wools and silks.


AUCTION HOUSES

There will be two evening auctions during London Art Week – at Sotheby's on Wednesday, 5 December and at Christie's on Thursday, 6 December. Christie’s has two late night viewings on Monday and Tuesday.

Sotheby's has a Friday Late event on 30 November. The Old Masters Sale will be on view as well as Sculpture & Ancient Sculpture, Musical Manuscripts and Continental Books. This is a ticketed event and pre-booking will be available online.

Bonhams is holding a charity event in aid of the Friends of Buxton International Festival on Monday, 3 December from 6pm to 8pm. A first glimpse of a new pasticcio opera, Georgina, A Secret History of our
Time, will include arias, duets and trios performed against the backdrop of Old Master paintings from the 5 December auction. Tickets must be booked in advance.

Christie’s is holding an exclusive private view for London Art Week of its Old Master sale; this will be followed by a tour of LAW galleries. Sunday, 2 December, 10am.


LAW opening times, information on talks and events, and full gallery details can be found at London Art Week



News & Fairs Previews

London Art Week - 29 November - 7 December 2018

HIT LIST: What Not to Miss at London Art Week Winter 2018
Thursday 29 November to Friday 7 December
At 32 galleries and auction houses in St. James’s and Mayfair

Portrait Stars (highlight paintings)

There is a flowering of interest in Old Master portraiture, and LAW Winter 2018 provides plenty of inspiration.  Cesare Lampronti of Lampronti Gallery, says: “Man’s desire to celebrate his appearance through portraiture in order to present individuality and uniqueness remains a relevant theme that continues to define our time.”

• Works by Annibale Carracci, a youthful Anthony Van Dyck, and Giovanni Battista Moroni, are stars of the show at Lampronti Gallery presenting 17th and 18th Century Portraits as an exhibition theme.

Bagshawe Fine Art has recently re-discovered a quietly sympathetic portrait by Sir Thomas Lawrence P.R.A. (1769-1830) of his friend, the lawyer Samuel Rose (1767-1804) who successfully defended the poet William Blake against a charge of high treason in 1804. Rose had a number of literary connections, among them the poet William Cowper and the novelist Fanny Burney.  Rose's sister married Burney's brother Charles and this picture descended in their family. 

• At Ben Elwes Fine Art is Queen Charlotte, consort to King George III, by Benjamin West, PRA (1738-1820).  Painted in 1776, the year her 11th child, Princess Mary, Duchess of Gloucester and Edinburgh was born, it shows the Queen seated, looking pensive yet serene, dressed in lustrous grey satin and organza, bows and ruffles, and with needlework in her lap.

• Portraits by current artistic heroine Artemesia Gentileschi, her circle, including her daughter Prudenzia, and later artists influenced by her power, feature at The Gentileschi Effect, Robilant + Voena: a talk on the subject is being hosted at the gallery as part of LAW.

• The auction houses – Bonhams, Christie’s and Sotheby’s – all have fine examples in their Old Master Sales, including royal portraits by Sir Antony van Dyck.

Antiques News & Fairs - HIT LIST - London Art Week - opens Thurs 29 November

 Ben Elwes Fine Art - Benjamin West (1738-1820), Queen Charlotte, c1776, oil on canvas.


Woman Artist Earns Way Around the World With Brush (exhibition and talk)

Thus ran the headline of the New York Evening Post of 13 March 1928, as Hilda May Gordon (1874-1972) neared the end of a remarkable journey; six and half years touring the globe, paid for by sales of her vivid, expressive little paintings at exhibitions along the way.  Martyn Gregory reveals the art and the story - how she sketched everyday life, religious festivals, devastating volcanoes and the cremation of a King.  Hilda travelled on ponies, yaks and elephants; lived in native huts, tents, palaces and on houseboats, and was entertained by monks and Maharajahs alike.  A special talk takes place on Wednesday, 5 December, 6pm at Martin Gregory (34 Bury Street, St. James’s SW1)


Masterworks in Marble (highlight sculpture)

Lullo Pampoulides is showing a recent rediscovery: the beautiful Helen Huth (1837-1924) by eminent Scottish sculptor Alexander Munro (1825-1871), a talented associate of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, with its pendant of her husband Louis Huth (1821-1905). The busts, exhibited at the RA in 1860, were thought to be lost.  Helen and Louis Huth were major art collectors and significant patrons of contemporary artists; Helen was portrayed by Whistler (Arrangement in Black, No. 2, Portrait of Mrs. Louis Huth) and G. F. Watts on more than one occasion. 

• Completed for Florence’s powerful Gerini family only months prior to the artist’s death in 1762, Faun with a Kid (after the antique) by Giovanni Battista Piamontini (1690-1762) is with Trinity Fine Art.  The marble sculpture was commissioned as a pendant to Milo (after the antique) by Giovanni Battista’s father Guiseppe Piamontini (1663-1744).

Antiques News & Fairs - HIT LIST - London Art Week - opens Thurs 29 November

Lullo Pampoulides - Alexander Munro (1825-1871), Helen Huth, marble, 1860.


Mary Shelley & Frankenstein (unique sculptural highlight, and talk)

Marking the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley's masterpiece, Frankenstein, Callisto Fine Arts presents a unique marble portrait bust of the author by Camillo Pistrucci (1811-1854) that forms part of his LAW exhibition.  Callisto teams up on Tuesday, 4 December, 6.30pm to 8pm with Sammy Jay, a specialist in the printed works of Mary Shelley, to discuss the author, share the exciting discovery of a rare first edition of Frankenstein, and show an extraordinary collection of her autograph letters (at Peter Harrington Rare Books, Dover Street, Mayfair, W1)


Splendours of the High Renaissance (exhibition)

Both debuting at LAW Winter 2018, Galerie Neuse of Germany, specialists in fine antique European silver and works of art, joins forces with London’s leading textile dealer, S.Franses. Together they present Splendours of the Haute Époque: important works of art in silver and silver-gilt, displayed with Renaissance furniture and sculpture, and textiles from the extensive collection of S. Franses.  Highlights include an extremely rare group of south German Renaissance silver and silver-gilt works of art (Galerie Neuse) of a calibre not seen today outside of museums, and two exceptional tapestries from the History of Venus narrative cycle, reunited by S. Franses for the first time in 40 years.  Both tapestries were acquired by J Pierpoint Morgan Sr. and his sister Mrs. Burns from a north Italian palazzo in the early 20th century. They were brought to England and installed along with numerous others at North Mymms Park, Hertfordshire, one of the country’s finest Jacobean homes.  One tapestry was sold when the property changed hands in 1979: but with knowledge of its whereabouts, S. Franses can now display the ‘Venus’ tapestries, examples of Brussels weaving at its 16th century height, since the contents of North Mymms Park were auctioned earlier this year.

Antiques News & Fairs - HIT LIST - London Art Week - opens Thurs 29 November

Galerie Neuse  - Christoph I. Ritter, Buttenmann silver gilt 1547.


Italian Masters (highlight works of art)

From Baroque to Expressionist, Italian art blazes a trail through LAW Winter 2018: 

• Renaissance reality takes rapturous form in Madonna and Child by Caesare Magni, an artist documented in Milan from 1511 to around 1534, offered by Benappi.

• The bold allegorical work of enigmatic Pseudo Caroselli, active in Rome during the first half of the 17th century, is a highlight of The Art of The Beast, at Brun Fine Art.

The Weiss Gallery offers a dramatic subject in The Sacrifice of Isaac by Guiseppe Vermiglio (c1587-post 1635), a mysterious yet highly gifted painter working in Rome during the first two decades of the 17th century who was profoundly influenced by Caravaggio and Carracci. 

• Avant-garde Post-Impressionist paintings by Elisabeth Chaplin (Fontainebleau 1890-Florence 1982) rarely make it on to the market, despite her prolific output over 60 years; a large collection of her works is held by the Pitti Palace Gallery of Modern Art.  Antonacci Lapicirella Fine Art of Rome and Florence present one of her masterpieces, Two Nudes or Double Self-Portrait, painted in 1918.

Antiques News & Fairs - HIT LIST - London Art Week - opens Thurs 29 November

The Weiss Gallery - Guiseppe Vermiglio (c1587-post 1635), The sacrificeof Isaac, oil on canvas.


Rarities and Rituals (specialist exhibitions)

Demonstrating the broad variety of fine and historic art for sale at London Art Week:

• The artistic revelations of the current RA Oceania exhibition are reflected in microcosm at Oliver Forge & Brendan Lynch Ltd, as the gallery is presenting important and rare Oceanic art along with a selection of African ceremonial objects.  Several pieces were formerly in the collection of the great anthropologist General Pitt Rivers.  A ritual kava bowl from Fiji is one of the highlights.

• The art of love - an astonishing survival of medieval artistry and design is a French boxwood comb late 1400s. Intricately carved with a central panel of openwork quatrefoils, the comb was a wedding gift from a husband to his new wife.  The exhibition also presents a delightful bismuth-painted trinket box c1490, decorated with a pair of young lovers overlooked by a fool in striped costume.  Medieval coffrets and caskets of this type are known by the German descriptor minnekästchen, ‘gifts of love’, or more literally ‘boxes of love’. Shown by Sam Fogg in Seven Objects, Seven Days: Art of the Middle Ages.

Antiques News & Fairs - HIT LIST - London Art Week - opens Thurs 29 November

Sam Fogg - Boxwood comb, France, C15th.


London Art Week Winter 2018 Salons, held from Thursday, 29 November to Friday, 7 December, combine special selling exhibitions and auctions with one-off events exploring 5,000 years of fine art. Talks and discussions cover a wide range of subjects, from The Fashionable Gentleman to The Gentileschi Effect, presenting stimulating opportunities for new audiences to connect with pre-contemporary art. London Art Week also provides a platform for eminent UK and international art dealers and auction houses to engage with curators, connoisseurs and collectors.

Exhibitions and talks take place at venues throughout Mayfair and St. James's, the celebrated heartland of London's gallery scene for over 200 years and home to many of the world's greatest art dealerships. In addition to Opening Day 12pm-8pm, there is a late night on Monday, 3 December, and the majority of galleries are open during the weekend of 1 and 2 December with special themed tours that art lovers can sign up for.



HIGHLIGHT EVENTS


The National Gallery & the London Art Trade: Past, Present & Future: Discover the long-standing synergies between museums and dealers. Dr Susanna Avery-Quash, Senior Research Curator (History of Collecting) at the National Gallery will hold a panel discussion with Jorge Coll (Colnaghi), Stephen Ongpin (Stephen Ongpin Fine Art), Emanuela Tarizzo (Tomasso Brothers Fine Art) and Florence Evans (The Weiss Gallery).


National Gallery, Sainsbury Wing lecture theatre - Thursday, 6 December, 1pm to 1.45pm

Francesco Solimena (1657-1747) e le Arti a Napoli: Trinity Fine Art hosts a conversation between Letizia Treves of the National Gallery and Cristiana Romalli, Senior Director of Sotheby's London, who wrote the section on drawings for this new book about the Neapolitan artist and some of his long lost works (editor: Nicola Spinosa). Please note that the discussion will be mainly in Italian. Trinity Fine Art - Sunday, 2 December, 5.30pm

Stephen Ongpin and Guy Peppiatt in conversation, Part II: after a hugely successful first panel discussion during LAW Summer 2018, Frances Allitt of the Antiques Trade Gazette returns to moderate another conversation between two of London's best-known drawings specialists about their chosen field of expertise, and a life dealing in art. Stephen Ongpin Fine Art – Thursday, 6 December, 6pm

Antiques News & Fairs - HIT LIST - London Art Week - opens Thurs 29 November

Stephen Ongpin Fine Art - De Feure (1868-1943), Two Elegant Women, Design for the Cover of Les Modes, Christmas 1919.


TOURS
Each lunch time, London Art Week visits a different gallery and offers a short talk on one work followed by an optional tour of a couple more galleries. Longer tours will be held on the weekend and on the Monday Late Night, 3 December. These will include subjects such as jewellery, fashion and Christmas- related art – please visit website for more details. Prior booking is advised.

EXHIBITIONS & HIGHLIGHT WORKS
Providing temptations for every taste, from medieval objects and art nouveau ceramics to early advertising imagery, among exhibition highlights are:

Burzio presents an exciting rediscovery: a bronze statuette by Francesco Righetti (1738-1819) of the famous Gladiator, sculpted when the original was still at the Villa Borghese - this is the artist’s first iteration, signed and dated 1787.

Colnaghi - Julio Romero de Torres and the Female Form
Known for his sensual and enigmatic compositions, Julio Romero de Torres (1874-1930) was one of the most important Spanish artists of the early 20th century. He found household fame when his paintings were used in popular calendars published by MAXAM and distributed throughout Spain. Soon after his death in 1930, a museum was opened in Cordoba dedicated to his work; it remains a popular attraction for visitors to the Andalusian city. While he was a key artist during his lifetime, Romero de Torres was largely forgotten in the second half of the 20th century. His work was subject to a critical review when a major retrospective was held at the Bilbao Fine Arts Museum (2002-2003).

Stephen Ongpin Fine Art - The Influencing Image: a Century of Commercial Illustration & Design
Works dating from around 1880 to 1980 demonstrate the rise of commercial illustration and the genesis of advertising including works by Erté and Grau. Prices will range from £800 to £80,000.

Antiques News & Fairs - HIT LIST - London Art Week - opens Thurs 29 November

Guy Peppiatt - Fingal’s Cave, Staffa, Scotland by the Irish artist Andrew Nicholl.


Guy Peppiatt - 100 Drawings and Watercolours (with Stephen Ongpin) Highlights from among works offered by Guy Peppiatt in this broad display presented jointly with Stephen Ongpin Fine Art, include a dramatic depiction of Fingal’s Cave, Staffa, Scotland by the Irish artist Andrew Nicholl, R.H.A. (Belfast 1804-1886 London). Of a good size (614 x 473 mm), in excellent condition, and a rare subject for a watercolour, the work [shown left] is priced at £9,500.

Also in the exhibition is a charming ink sketch by Edward Lear (1812-1888) of Girga on the Nile, signed lower right: Edwd Lear del./Oct 14 1857, which is priced at £2,400.

Raccanello Leprince - Lustrous Iridescence: the experimental glazes of Ulisse Cantagalli
This exhibition celebrates the most famous and collectable of a number of Italian ceramic factories of the Belle Epoque, and the inspiring artistic relationship between Ulisse Cantagalli and British exponents of the Art Nouveau including William De Morgan.

For the full list of participants, vists LAW Winter 2018


Antiques News & Fairs - HIT LIST - London Art Week - opens Thurs 29 November

S. Franses - Venus Disclosing to Diomedes the Conduct of his Wife Aegialia (detail), from the tapestry series: History of Venus, Brussels, C16th, woven with coloured wools and silks.


AUCTION HOUSES

There will be two evening auctions during London Art Week – at Sotheby's on Wednesday, 5 December and at Christie's on Thursday, 6 December. Christie’s has two late night viewings on Monday and Tuesday.

Sotheby's has a Friday Late event on 30 November. The Old Masters Sale will be on view as well as Sculpture & Ancient Sculpture, Musical Manuscripts and Continental Books. This is a ticketed event and pre-booking will be available online.

Bonhams is holding a charity event in aid of the Friends of Buxton International Festival on Monday, 3 December from 6pm to 8pm. A first glimpse of a new pasticcio opera, Georgina, A Secret History of our
Time, will include arias, duets and trios performed against the backdrop of Old Master paintings from the 5 December auction. Tickets must be booked in advance.

Christie’s is holding an exclusive private view for London Art Week of its Old Master sale; this will be followed by a tour of LAW galleries. Sunday, 2 December, 10am.


LAW opening times, information on talks and events, and full gallery details can be found at London Art Week