Art specialist Nicholas Bagshawe Fine Art will display British and European paintings and sculpture, and in particular, one of only a handful of bronze sculptures that John Singer Sargent (1856-1925) ever produced. 'How They Met Themselves' was inspired by D.G.Rossetti’s work of the same title, and depicts a pair of medieval lovers meeting their spirits or doppelgangers in a wood.
They will also display a portrait with a mysterious history. Painted by the artist Thomas Cantrell Dugdale R.A. R.P. (1880-1952) and titled 'Homage to Velasquez', it shows a luxuriously attired pretty young lady holding flowers.
Nicholas Bagshawe explains: "After the initial clean it became clear that the picture had once been very crudely restored to cover up how the canvas was viciously slashed with a knife, particularly aimed at the girl’s throat. Someone held a very serious grudge against the girl!... Now it would be most interesting to know if anyone can shed light on the mysterious story of the girl and the painting. She is clearly someone who was notable to have been painted by such a well highly regarded portrait painter." The mysterious portrait will be for sale for £18,500.
Barclay-Samson from Brittany will display a range of original vintage posters, dating back to the early C20th, including several early posters by Harry Beck, the artist famous for creating the first map of the London Underground, recently designated a London Design Icon. An example from the first run of 500 printed in 1932 will be for sale.
London dealer Mary Wise, a veteran exhibitor at Chelsea Fair for more than thirty years will display a collection of porcelain, enamels, Oriental art and sculpture. Among their pieces will be a Chamberlains Worcester porcelain basket with a handle, circa 1830, and a mid-C19th finely painted Bohemian porcelain plaque by Christian Fisher, depicting a lady in C17th dress, seated in a landscape garden.
Glass specialists M.& D. Moir from London will be showing Art Nouveau and Art Deco pieces by Rene Lalique, Daum, Legras, Moser and Tiffany, to name just a few.
The fair will also feature respected names from the worlds of furniture, jewellery, fine art, silver, porcelain and pottery, such as Wayne Long Interiors, Shapiro, Baron Fine Art, Eastdale Antiques, Carolyn Stoddart Scott and Roger De Ville.
Showing for the first time will be Gemma Redmond Vintage, with C20th designer jewellery, and Hickmet Fine Art with Art Nouveau and Art Deco bronze sculpture.