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London Art Week 28 June - 5 July 2019

Specialists in the Haute Epoque, Modern Masters and rare textiles join a growing roster of new participants at London Art Week Summer 2019.

Several important new local and international participants are joining the LAW Summer 2019 series of exhibitions and art events taking place at galleries around St. James’s and Mayfair, from 28 June to 5 July (Preview 27 June). With 50 exhibitors, 13 of which are attending from Europe and the US, this is the biggest London Art Week so far with galleries and auction houses staging exhibitions spanning 5,000 years of art.

Antiques News & Fairs - LAW - record participants & exhibitions announced incl. Renaissance casket by Master of Perspective

José Antonio Suárez Londoño (b.1955), 014, 1999, watercolour, inks and pencil on paper, Ordovas

New dealers this Summer include Mullany Haute Epoque Fine Art, S. Franses (textiles), Karen Taylor Fine Art (British art), Olivier Malingue (modern masters), Ambrose Naumann Fine Art of New York (19th & 20th century art), Paolo Antonacci Roma (18th & 19th century European art), and from Paris, F. Baulme Fine Arts (16th to 19th century paintings and drawings), Galerie Ary Jan (late 19th/early 20th century French and European art), Galerie Michel Descours (renaissance to 20th century art) and Galerie Alexis Bordes with 18th and 19th century French art.

Returning to LAW 2019 are John Mitchell Fine Paintings, and Andrew Clayton-Payne who will be offering newly-discovered drawings by Johan Zoffany.

Important exhibitions include the first UK show in 35 years of drawings by the great German draughtsman and honorary RA, Adolph Menzel, at Stephen Ongpin Fine Art; a display at S. Franses of The Lost Tapestries of Charles I; at Sam Fogg, Medieval art in England from the 6th to 16th centuries when the country was a thriving hotbed for artists, while the focal point at John Mitchell Fine Paintings is Northern European and Scandinavian landscapes.


NEW PARTICIPANTS

Among the new London and UK dealers is Mullany Haute Epoque Fine Art, now in Bury Street, specialists in Haute Epoque fine art with an emphasis on European sculpture, works of art, furniture and complementary old master paintings from 1200 to 1700; S. Franses, leading dealers in rare tapestries, rugs and textile art; Olivier Malingue, recently moved to New Bond Street, with works by important modern masters in Impressionist, Modern, Surrealist, Post-war and Contemporary art; Ordovas on Savile Row, exhibiting a Colombian contemporary artist influenced by the Old Masters in Always Drawing, Jose Antonio Suarez Londoño - Works on Paper 1997-20 and Karen Taylor Fine Art, showing British Watercolours, Drawings and Oil Sketches, with an illustrated catalogue.

 

Antiques News & Fairs - LAW - record participants & exhibitions announced incl. Renaissance casket by Master of Perspective

Mullany Haute Epoque Fine Art - Adoration of the Magi, alabaster relief, England, Nottingham, 15th century.


First-time exhibitors from overseas include Ambrose Naumann Fine Art of New York, dealing in late 19th and early 20th century European paintings and works on paper, with a rich offering of Belgian artists of the fin-de-siècle. Ambrose Naumann began dealing in fine art alongside his father Otto Naumann in 2016, and has co-exhibited as Naumann Fine Art at TEFAF. Paolo Antonacci Roma will bring a selection of 19th century paintings to London including a romantic view of Tintern Abbey. F. Baulme Fine Arts (Paris) specialises in 16th to 19th century works of art, mainly by French, Italian, Flemish and Dutch artists. Also from Paris is Galerie Michel Descours, exhibiting at Lampronti Gallery and bringing Heroines and Muses in European Paintings, 1600-1900; Gallery Ary Jan, specialist in French and European painting of the late 19th and early 20th century, particularly the Orientalist school and the Belle Epoque, and Galerie Alexis Bordes with 18th and 19th century French art.

Antiques News & Fairs - LAW - record participants & exhibitions announced incl. Renaissance casket by Master of Perspective

Paolo Antonacci Roma - English School, first quarter 19th century, Elegant Figures admiring the Ruins of Tintern Abbey, oil on canvas.

Teaming up with local dealer Trinity Fine Art this Summer is new participant Georg Laue, Kunstkammer Ltd (Munich/London) to show a highly important Renaissance Court Casket from the famed Lothian collection of Newbattle Abbey, near Edinburgh. The Casket is by the Nuremberg Master of Perspective, one of the earliest Northern European cabinetmakers to use perspective in marquetry.

 

Antiques News & Fairs - LAW - record participants & exhibitions announced incl. Renaissance casket by Master of Perspective

Georg Laue, Kunstkammer Ltd. & Trinity Fine Art - Court Casket from Newbattle Abbey, Master of the Perspective, Nuremberg, 1565.

 

Early Art

At Ariadne Galleries Taking Shape – Form and Function in Ancient Sculpture will include a Mesopotamian weight in the form of a duck from the second millennium BC. Oliver Forge and Brendan Lynch Ltd. Presents Works of Art from the Ancient World - around 35 Greek, Roman and Egyptian works of art dating from 400 BC to 400 AD, some of which come from famous collections. At Sam Fogg, Medieval Art in England is a major new exhibition devoted to English art from a period spanning the 6th to the 16th centuries, when England was a key player on the cultural stage and a thriving hotbed for artists whose surviving works together tell the story of immigration, trade and cross-cultural exchange. S Franses will show The Lost Tapestries of Charles I , owned or commissioned by him, some when he was Prince of Wales, and other smaller textiles of the period, including a newly discovered tapestry of "Dido and Aeneas" from a major lost series of Mortlake from circa 1640's. Many of them have been in private hands and not seen for decades.

Antiques News & Fairs - LAW - record participants & exhibitions announced incl. Renaissance casket by Master of Perspective

S. Franses - Mortlake Tapestry Works, Dido and Aeneas, c1640’s, coloured wools and silks.


Sculptures

Centrepiece at Ben Elwes Fine Art is a beautiful sculpted white marble portrait relief roundel of Jenny Lind c1866 (the Swedish Nightingale, featured in The Greatest Showman) by American artist Margaret Foley (c1827-1877). Sculpture highlights will also be found at dealers including Tomasso Brothers Fine Art, Brun Fine Art and Galleria Carlo Virgilio & C. which will feature works by well-known and well-regarded Italian artists of the 20th century, including Lucio Fontana, Fausto Melotti and Leoncillo, with a small selection of 21st century works.

Antiques News & Fairs - LAW - record participants & exhibitions announced incl. Renaissance casket by Master of Perspective

Tomasso Brothers Fine Art - Jan Claudius de Cock (1667-1735) (attrib.), A Pair of Dwarfs, white Carrara marble.

Drawings

Among exhibitions of drawings, dealers James Mackinnon, Guy Peppiatt Fine Art and Karen Taylor Fine Art will show an exceptional range of works. Mackinnon will have European drawings from Henry Fuseli in the 18th century to Henry Moore in the 20th, while Peppiatt’s British drawings and watercolours include Landseer Drawings from the Collection of the artist F.R. Lee R.A. (1798-1879). Karen Taylor has works by Gainsborough, Rowlandson and Lear, many of which reflect the influence of European art and travel on British artists.

German Artists

German artists come under the spotlight at several galleries. Stephen Ongpin Fine Art presents 'A World Caught with the Eye and Held by the Pencil': Drawings by Adolph Menzel, an important exhibition featuring one of the greatest draughtsmen of the 19th century, Adolph Menzel (Breslau 1815-1905 Berlin), and the first solo show in the UK for Menzel since 1984 at The Fitzwilliam Museum. Andrew Clayton-Payne is devoting an exhibition to a re-discovered group of drawings by Johan Zoffany (Frankfurt 1733-1810 London), one of the founders of the RA. Originally from Germany, Zoffany became one of the most original and celebrated artists of the Enlightenment, and worked in both England and India at the end of the 18th century. Hitherto, there were only around 30 known drawings by the artist, the majority being in museums.  This exhibition will double that number, and give a fascinating insight in to the artist’s working methods and his close relationship with his patron in Lucknow, Claude Martin (1735-1800), an interesting figure in 18th century colonial India.

Landscapes & Portraits

Fashion is the focus in Silk and Finery: Dress in Art 1700-1900 at Didier Aaron, while The Weiss Gallery is exhibiting their favourite Elizabethan portraits and hosting a celebration of Sir Roy Strong's latest publication “The Elizabethan Image”.

Antiques News & Fairs - LAW - record participants & exhibitions announced incl. Renaissance casket by Master of Perspective

Didier Aaron - Conte Pietro Rotari (1707-1762), La Dormeuse, pastel, c1752-6.

Benappi Fine Art will show important Italian paintings and sculpture of the 15th to 19th centuries, a
highlight of which is Lorenzo Batolini's Ideal Portrait of Beatrice, a portrait of Juliette Récamier as Dante's Beatrice from circa 1823.  

Other fine portraits include Philip Stanhope by Batoni at Lowell Libson & Jonny Yarker Ltd., and of the barrister Samuel Rose, who famously and successfully defended poet William Blake against the charge of high treason in January 1804, at Bagshawe Fine Art.

Charles Beddington will be featuring two major, recently-rediscovered works by Belloto at their summer exhibition, Canaletto, Belloto and their Circle. Martyn Gregory is publishing the gallery's 99th catalogue, on 18th and 19th century paintings and drawings by Western and South East Asian artists, including early views of Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam, Burma, and Thailand. Baroque Sculptures and Paintings will be on view at Callisto Fine Arts. At John Mitchell Fine Paintings, landscapes by 19th century Swiss, German and Norwegian painters are the subject of From Fjord to Forest, depicting fjords and lakes, forests and woodland, glaciers and valleys. The exhibition will include plein air oil studies and formal studio paintings; several will be sold to benefit the Asbjorn Lunde Foundation in New York.

Antiques News & Fairs - LAW - record participants & exhibitions announced incl. Renaissance casket by Master of Perspective

Charles Beddington Fine Art - Giovanni Antonio Canal, called Canaletto (1697-1768), Westminster Bridge from the North with the Lord Mayor’s Procession, 25 May 1750, oil on canvas.

Modern Masters

Exhibitions with modern masterworks include  Expressive Souls at Daniel Katz Gallery, which encompasses an Algardi bronze of Saint Michael vanquishing Lucifer (17th century), a late 19th century oil of The Lovers by Gaston La Touche, and a 20th century abstract watercolour by Cuthbert Hamilton. The highlight at Galleria del Laocoonte & Galleria W. Apolloni is a collection of works by Leoncillo Leonardi (1915-1968), renowned for his large abstract works in ceramics and glazed terracotta. This exhibition aims to revive interest in his early works, beginning in the 1930s with figurative ceramic sculptures. New York gallery Ambrose Naumann Fine Art will show Lines of Time focusing on 20th century art while Olivier Malingue’s exhibition ponders Abstract or Not?


Antiques News & Fairs - LAW - record participants & exhibitions announced incl. Renaissance casket by Master of Perspective

Oliver Malingue - Willem De Kooning (1904-1997), Untitled, c1975, oil on paper laid on canvas.

EVENTS

There will be a variety of talks including discussions between dealers and museum curators, with a range of themes, such as The Grand Tour (at Colnaghi), The Renaissance Casket from Newbattle Abbey (at Trinity Fine Art), Last Supper in Pompeii (with the curator of the Ashmolean), Lumière Mystérieuse: Soane and the Architecture of Light (with the curator of the Sir John Soane Museum). Other museums participating will be the National Gallery, the Wallace Collection, and The Fitzwilliam Museum. There will be book launches, tours focusing on jewellery and fashion and dealers' podium discussions. All three auction houses will have special events and contemporary artists Rob and Nick Carter will host a breakfast and private view. Details will be published and updated regularly at www.londonartweek.co.uk.

The Renaissance Court Casket of Newbattle Abbey by the Master of Perspective, Nuremberg, dated 1565, goes on public view for the first time since 1883

At London Art Week Summer 2019, Georg Laue, Kunstkammer Ltd and Trinity Fine Art will unveil a major Renaissance artwork: a magnificent Court Casket with trompe l’oeil marquetry and engraving made in Nuremberg in 1565 by The Master of Perspective. For centuries the Casket was in the famed collection of the marquesses of Lothian at Newbattle Abbey, and has not been seen in public since 1883. The cabinet will be exhibited at Trinity Fine Art, 15 Old Bond Street, from 25th June until 25th July 2019.

Research on this Casket by Georg Laue, Kunstkammer Ltd has established it as one of the earliest examples of Kunstkammer (cabinet of curiosities) furniture. More importantly, it connects Wenzel Jamnitzer's newly-invented perspective machine and eleven important works of South German marquetry, including the present Casket, that feature polyhedra in a three-dimensional manner, firmly establishing that they were all made by the same Nuremberg artist.

Antiques News & Fairs - LAW - record participants & exhibitions announced incl. Renaissance casket by Master of Perspective

The Lothian Provenance

A prestigious provenance makes the Renaissance Court Casket from Newbattle Abbey, near Edinburgh, an outstanding masterpiece in British collecting history. When in 1735 the 4th Marquess of Lothian married the granddaughter of the 3rd Duke of Schomberg 1st Duke of Leinster, the casket most probably came into the possession of this important Scottish family. The 3rd Duke of Schomberg had moved to the British Isles in the late 17th century and was married to the daughter of Karl I Ludwig, Elector Palatine (whose mother was the sister of Charles I of England). The casket seems to have been passed on through the female line as a wedding gift from its first traceable owner, Karl I Ludwig, until it entered the Lothian collection.

The Casket (35 x 53 x 36 cm) sits on a fine stand, commissioned in England around 1720, most probably from James Moore, indicating that it was definitely in Britain by then and held in high esteem, almost 200 years after it had been made. The Casket was once displayed at Newbattle Abbey next to other Renaissance treasures such as The Madonna with the Siskin by Albrecht Dürer (now in the Painting Gallery of Berlin), and The Coronation of the Virgin by Filippino Lippi (today at the National Gallery, Washington DC). Henry Schomberg Kerr, 9th Marquess of Lothian (1833-1900) was instrumental in building the famous collection with a strong Renaissance focus. The Casket was listed in inventories of the house compiled in 1901 and 1930, and King Edward VII summed up the importance of Newbattle Abbey after a visit in 1907: “there are more literary and artistic treasures in Newbattle than probably in any other house in Scotland.”


The Master of Perspective and Wenzel Jamnitzer

The fact that the casket is dated was a pivotal aid to identify the Master of Perspective as a Nuremberg kistler (cabinet maker). Although his name is unknown, research by Dr Virginie Spenlé has identified eleven surviving pieces of furniture in public and private collections which are clearly made by the same artist, all
featuring unusual trompe-l’oeil marquetry of stereometric solids, combined with engravings of allegorical content, and made around 1560 to 1570.

Its cultural importance has a European dimension as well, as the casket testifies to the interaction between art and science that was discussed in 16th century Italy, the Holy Roman Empire, as well as in England. Marquetry featuring polyhedra in a three-dimensional manner appears for the first time in Florence in the 15th century along with the first treatise dealing with mathematical rules for drawing them. It is not entirely a coincidence that the casket from Newbattle Abbey has long been regarded as Italian artwork and that the 9th Marquess lent it to the Italian Art Loan Exhibition in Glasgow in 1882.

Since then, art historians have stressed the importance of South German artists like Albrecht Dürer or Wenzel Jamnitzer who absorbed and adapted Italian precepts, leading to new artistic creations. The Renaissance casket is an especially significant example of this intertwining of art and science. Nuremberg, well-known for its scientific and aesthetic achievements, was the only place at the time where the preliminary sketches for such complex polyhedral figurations, like those featured in the present Casket, could be machine-generated. A newly-invented perspective machine, mentioned in Wenzel Jamnitzer's Perspectiva corporum regularium (published 1568) certifies this. And a 1564 drawing by Lorenz Stoer, a painter and cabinet maker who published Geometria et perspectiva (1567) to be ‘useful to carpenters in inlaid work’, has striking similarities to the figurations that unites this group of furniture. The Casket from Newbattle Abbey is on a level with artworks like Hans Holbein’s The Ambassadors (1533) that discusses mathematical achievements with pictorial means.


The creation of Kunstkammer furniture

Cabinets of Curiosities, often known as Wunder- or Kunstkammer, emerged during the 16th century. Dated 1565, this makes the casket one of the earliest known pieces of Kunstkammer furniture and can, in view of its cultural importance, be compared to the so-called Wrangelschrank, the famous Augsburg cabinet, dated 1566, that is on display at the Wesphalian State Museum in Münster. The Renaissance Court Casket from Newbattle Abbey can therefore be labelled as one of the most important pieces of South German furniture.

Research & Publication

Dr. Virginie Spenlé says: “It was fascinating to research the Casket in such detail. It stands out with its unusual iconography: the polyhedra represented as three-dimensional solids are symbols of the universe, while the engravings show allegories and scenes referring to the four human temperaments and thus also to the place of mankind in God’s creation. Made of precious materials with the most refined techniques of cabinet-making, marquetry and engraving, there is no doubt that the Renaissance Casket from Newbattle Abbey was regarded as an artwork of highest aesthetic value in the 16th century - worthy of a king, a distinguished collector who would place it at the centre of his Kunstkammer, his cabinet of curiosities.”

A richly illustrated book dedicated to the Renaissance Casket from Newbattle Abbey retraces the history and importance of this unique artwork coming from one of the most important British private collections. Published by Georg Laue, Kunstkammer Ltd and Trinity Fine Art, this book contains essays by Dr. Virginie Spenlé and Mariell F. Mettmann dealing with the artistic context in which the Renaissance Casket was made in 16th-century Nuremberg and about its later history in connection to the Lothian collections. On June 27 & 28, visitors will have the opportunity to meet one of the book’s authors, Dr. Virginie Spenlé. Dr. Spenlé will give an introduction into the exhibition at Trinity Fine Art, explain the original Casket and present the newly-published book.


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London Art Week 28 June - 5 July 2019

Specialists in the Haute Epoque, Modern Masters and rare textiles join a growing roster of new participants at London Art Week Summer 2019.

Several important new local and international participants are joining the LAW Summer 2019 series of exhibitions and art events taking place at galleries around St. James’s and Mayfair, from 28 June to 5 July (Preview 27 June). With 50 exhibitors, 13 of which are attending from Europe and the US, this is the biggest London Art Week so far with galleries and auction houses staging exhibitions spanning 5,000 years of art.

Antiques News & Fairs - LAW - record participants & exhibitions announced incl. Renaissance casket by Master of Perspective

José Antonio Suárez Londoño (b.1955), 014, 1999, watercolour, inks and pencil on paper, Ordovas

New dealers this Summer include Mullany Haute Epoque Fine Art, S. Franses (textiles), Karen Taylor Fine Art (British art), Olivier Malingue (modern masters), Ambrose Naumann Fine Art of New York (19th & 20th century art), Paolo Antonacci Roma (18th & 19th century European art), and from Paris, F. Baulme Fine Arts (16th to 19th century paintings and drawings), Galerie Ary Jan (late 19th/early 20th century French and European art), Galerie Michel Descours (renaissance to 20th century art) and Galerie Alexis Bordes with 18th and 19th century French art.

Returning to LAW 2019 are John Mitchell Fine Paintings, and Andrew Clayton-Payne who will be offering newly-discovered drawings by Johan Zoffany.

Important exhibitions include the first UK show in 35 years of drawings by the great German draughtsman and honorary RA, Adolph Menzel, at Stephen Ongpin Fine Art; a display at S. Franses of The Lost Tapestries of Charles I; at Sam Fogg, Medieval art in England from the 6th to 16th centuries when the country was a thriving hotbed for artists, while the focal point at John Mitchell Fine Paintings is Northern European and Scandinavian landscapes.


NEW PARTICIPANTS

Among the new London and UK dealers is Mullany Haute Epoque Fine Art, now in Bury Street, specialists in Haute Epoque fine art with an emphasis on European sculpture, works of art, furniture and complementary old master paintings from 1200 to 1700; S. Franses, leading dealers in rare tapestries, rugs and textile art; Olivier Malingue, recently moved to New Bond Street, with works by important modern masters in Impressionist, Modern, Surrealist, Post-war and Contemporary art; Ordovas on Savile Row, exhibiting a Colombian contemporary artist influenced by the Old Masters in Always Drawing, Jose Antonio Suarez Londoño - Works on Paper 1997-20 and Karen Taylor Fine Art, showing British Watercolours, Drawings and Oil Sketches, with an illustrated catalogue.

 

Antiques News & Fairs - LAW - record participants & exhibitions announced incl. Renaissance casket by Master of Perspective

Mullany Haute Epoque Fine Art - Adoration of the Magi, alabaster relief, England, Nottingham, 15th century.


First-time exhibitors from overseas include Ambrose Naumann Fine Art of New York, dealing in late 19th and early 20th century European paintings and works on paper, with a rich offering of Belgian artists of the fin-de-siècle. Ambrose Naumann began dealing in fine art alongside his father Otto Naumann in 2016, and has co-exhibited as Naumann Fine Art at TEFAF. Paolo Antonacci Roma will bring a selection of 19th century paintings to London including a romantic view of Tintern Abbey. F. Baulme Fine Arts (Paris) specialises in 16th to 19th century works of art, mainly by French, Italian, Flemish and Dutch artists. Also from Paris is Galerie Michel Descours, exhibiting at Lampronti Gallery and bringing Heroines and Muses in European Paintings, 1600-1900; Gallery Ary Jan, specialist in French and European painting of the late 19th and early 20th century, particularly the Orientalist school and the Belle Epoque, and Galerie Alexis Bordes with 18th and 19th century French art.

Antiques News & Fairs - LAW - record participants & exhibitions announced incl. Renaissance casket by Master of Perspective

Paolo Antonacci Roma - English School, first quarter 19th century, Elegant Figures admiring the Ruins of Tintern Abbey, oil on canvas.

Teaming up with local dealer Trinity Fine Art this Summer is new participant Georg Laue, Kunstkammer Ltd (Munich/London) to show a highly important Renaissance Court Casket from the famed Lothian collection of Newbattle Abbey, near Edinburgh. The Casket is by the Nuremberg Master of Perspective, one of the earliest Northern European cabinetmakers to use perspective in marquetry.

 

Antiques News & Fairs - LAW - record participants & exhibitions announced incl. Renaissance casket by Master of Perspective

Georg Laue, Kunstkammer Ltd. & Trinity Fine Art - Court Casket from Newbattle Abbey, Master of the Perspective, Nuremberg, 1565.

 

Early Art

At Ariadne Galleries Taking Shape – Form and Function in Ancient Sculpture will include a Mesopotamian weight in the form of a duck from the second millennium BC. Oliver Forge and Brendan Lynch Ltd. Presents Works of Art from the Ancient World - around 35 Greek, Roman and Egyptian works of art dating from 400 BC to 400 AD, some of which come from famous collections. At Sam Fogg, Medieval Art in England is a major new exhibition devoted to English art from a period spanning the 6th to the 16th centuries, when England was a key player on the cultural stage and a thriving hotbed for artists whose surviving works together tell the story of immigration, trade and cross-cultural exchange. S Franses will show The Lost Tapestries of Charles I , owned or commissioned by him, some when he was Prince of Wales, and other smaller textiles of the period, including a newly discovered tapestry of "Dido and Aeneas" from a major lost series of Mortlake from circa 1640's. Many of them have been in private hands and not seen for decades.

Antiques News & Fairs - LAW - record participants & exhibitions announced incl. Renaissance casket by Master of Perspective

S. Franses - Mortlake Tapestry Works, Dido and Aeneas, c1640’s, coloured wools and silks.


Sculptures

Centrepiece at Ben Elwes Fine Art is a beautiful sculpted white marble portrait relief roundel of Jenny Lind c1866 (the Swedish Nightingale, featured in The Greatest Showman) by American artist Margaret Foley (c1827-1877). Sculpture highlights will also be found at dealers including Tomasso Brothers Fine Art, Brun Fine Art and Galleria Carlo Virgilio & C. which will feature works by well-known and well-regarded Italian artists of the 20th century, including Lucio Fontana, Fausto Melotti and Leoncillo, with a small selection of 21st century works.

Antiques News & Fairs - LAW - record participants & exhibitions announced incl. Renaissance casket by Master of Perspective

Tomasso Brothers Fine Art - Jan Claudius de Cock (1667-1735) (attrib.), A Pair of Dwarfs, white Carrara marble.

Drawings

Among exhibitions of drawings, dealers James Mackinnon, Guy Peppiatt Fine Art and Karen Taylor Fine Art will show an exceptional range of works. Mackinnon will have European drawings from Henry Fuseli in the 18th century to Henry Moore in the 20th, while Peppiatt’s British drawings and watercolours include Landseer Drawings from the Collection of the artist F.R. Lee R.A. (1798-1879). Karen Taylor has works by Gainsborough, Rowlandson and Lear, many of which reflect the influence of European art and travel on British artists.

German Artists

German artists come under the spotlight at several galleries. Stephen Ongpin Fine Art presents 'A World Caught with the Eye and Held by the Pencil': Drawings by Adolph Menzel, an important exhibition featuring one of the greatest draughtsmen of the 19th century, Adolph Menzel (Breslau 1815-1905 Berlin), and the first solo show in the UK for Menzel since 1984 at The Fitzwilliam Museum. Andrew Clayton-Payne is devoting an exhibition to a re-discovered group of drawings by Johan Zoffany (Frankfurt 1733-1810 London), one of the founders of the RA. Originally from Germany, Zoffany became one of the most original and celebrated artists of the Enlightenment, and worked in both England and India at the end of the 18th century. Hitherto, there were only around 30 known drawings by the artist, the majority being in museums.  This exhibition will double that number, and give a fascinating insight in to the artist’s working methods and his close relationship with his patron in Lucknow, Claude Martin (1735-1800), an interesting figure in 18th century colonial India.

Landscapes & Portraits

Fashion is the focus in Silk and Finery: Dress in Art 1700-1900 at Didier Aaron, while The Weiss Gallery is exhibiting their favourite Elizabethan portraits and hosting a celebration of Sir Roy Strong's latest publication “The Elizabethan Image”.

Antiques News & Fairs - LAW - record participants & exhibitions announced incl. Renaissance casket by Master of Perspective

Didier Aaron - Conte Pietro Rotari (1707-1762), La Dormeuse, pastel, c1752-6.

Benappi Fine Art will show important Italian paintings and sculpture of the 15th to 19th centuries, a
highlight of which is Lorenzo Batolini's Ideal Portrait of Beatrice, a portrait of Juliette Récamier as Dante's Beatrice from circa 1823.  

Other fine portraits include Philip Stanhope by Batoni at Lowell Libson & Jonny Yarker Ltd., and of the barrister Samuel Rose, who famously and successfully defended poet William Blake against the charge of high treason in January 1804, at Bagshawe Fine Art.

Charles Beddington will be featuring two major, recently-rediscovered works by Belloto at their summer exhibition, Canaletto, Belloto and their Circle. Martyn Gregory is publishing the gallery's 99th catalogue, on 18th and 19th century paintings and drawings by Western and South East Asian artists, including early views of Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam, Burma, and Thailand. Baroque Sculptures and Paintings will be on view at Callisto Fine Arts. At John Mitchell Fine Paintings, landscapes by 19th century Swiss, German and Norwegian painters are the subject of From Fjord to Forest, depicting fjords and lakes, forests and woodland, glaciers and valleys. The exhibition will include plein air oil studies and formal studio paintings; several will be sold to benefit the Asbjorn Lunde Foundation in New York.

Antiques News & Fairs - LAW - record participants & exhibitions announced incl. Renaissance casket by Master of Perspective

Charles Beddington Fine Art - Giovanni Antonio Canal, called Canaletto (1697-1768), Westminster Bridge from the North with the Lord Mayor’s Procession, 25 May 1750, oil on canvas.

Modern Masters

Exhibitions with modern masterworks include  Expressive Souls at Daniel Katz Gallery, which encompasses an Algardi bronze of Saint Michael vanquishing Lucifer (17th century), a late 19th century oil of The Lovers by Gaston La Touche, and a 20th century abstract watercolour by Cuthbert Hamilton. The highlight at Galleria del Laocoonte & Galleria W. Apolloni is a collection of works by Leoncillo Leonardi (1915-1968), renowned for his large abstract works in ceramics and glazed terracotta. This exhibition aims to revive interest in his early works, beginning in the 1930s with figurative ceramic sculptures. New York gallery Ambrose Naumann Fine Art will show Lines of Time focusing on 20th century art while Olivier Malingue’s exhibition ponders Abstract or Not?


Antiques News & Fairs - LAW - record participants & exhibitions announced incl. Renaissance casket by Master of Perspective

Oliver Malingue - Willem De Kooning (1904-1997), Untitled, c1975, oil on paper laid on canvas.

EVENTS

There will be a variety of talks including discussions between dealers and museum curators, with a range of themes, such as The Grand Tour (at Colnaghi), The Renaissance Casket from Newbattle Abbey (at Trinity Fine Art), Last Supper in Pompeii (with the curator of the Ashmolean), Lumière Mystérieuse: Soane and the Architecture of Light (with the curator of the Sir John Soane Museum). Other museums participating will be the National Gallery, the Wallace Collection, and The Fitzwilliam Museum. There will be book launches, tours focusing on jewellery and fashion and dealers' podium discussions. All three auction houses will have special events and contemporary artists Rob and Nick Carter will host a breakfast and private view. Details will be published and updated regularly at www.londonartweek.co.uk.

The Renaissance Court Casket of Newbattle Abbey by the Master of Perspective, Nuremberg, dated 1565, goes on public view for the first time since 1883

At London Art Week Summer 2019, Georg Laue, Kunstkammer Ltd and Trinity Fine Art will unveil a major Renaissance artwork: a magnificent Court Casket with trompe l’oeil marquetry and engraving made in Nuremberg in 1565 by The Master of Perspective. For centuries the Casket was in the famed collection of the marquesses of Lothian at Newbattle Abbey, and has not been seen in public since 1883. The cabinet will be exhibited at Trinity Fine Art, 15 Old Bond Street, from 25th June until 25th July 2019.

Research on this Casket by Georg Laue, Kunstkammer Ltd has established it as one of the earliest examples of Kunstkammer (cabinet of curiosities) furniture. More importantly, it connects Wenzel Jamnitzer's newly-invented perspective machine and eleven important works of South German marquetry, including the present Casket, that feature polyhedra in a three-dimensional manner, firmly establishing that they were all made by the same Nuremberg artist.

Antiques News & Fairs - LAW - record participants & exhibitions announced incl. Renaissance casket by Master of Perspective

The Lothian Provenance

A prestigious provenance makes the Renaissance Court Casket from Newbattle Abbey, near Edinburgh, an outstanding masterpiece in British collecting history. When in 1735 the 4th Marquess of Lothian married the granddaughter of the 3rd Duke of Schomberg 1st Duke of Leinster, the casket most probably came into the possession of this important Scottish family. The 3rd Duke of Schomberg had moved to the British Isles in the late 17th century and was married to the daughter of Karl I Ludwig, Elector Palatine (whose mother was the sister of Charles I of England). The casket seems to have been passed on through the female line as a wedding gift from its first traceable owner, Karl I Ludwig, until it entered the Lothian collection.

The Casket (35 x 53 x 36 cm) sits on a fine stand, commissioned in England around 1720, most probably from James Moore, indicating that it was definitely in Britain by then and held in high esteem, almost 200 years after it had been made. The Casket was once displayed at Newbattle Abbey next to other Renaissance treasures such as The Madonna with the Siskin by Albrecht Dürer (now in the Painting Gallery of Berlin), and The Coronation of the Virgin by Filippino Lippi (today at the National Gallery, Washington DC). Henry Schomberg Kerr, 9th Marquess of Lothian (1833-1900) was instrumental in building the famous collection with a strong Renaissance focus. The Casket was listed in inventories of the house compiled in 1901 and 1930, and King Edward VII summed up the importance of Newbattle Abbey after a visit in 1907: “there are more literary and artistic treasures in Newbattle than probably in any other house in Scotland.”


The Master of Perspective and Wenzel Jamnitzer

The fact that the casket is dated was a pivotal aid to identify the Master of Perspective as a Nuremberg kistler (cabinet maker). Although his name is unknown, research by Dr Virginie Spenlé has identified eleven surviving pieces of furniture in public and private collections which are clearly made by the same artist, all
featuring unusual trompe-l’oeil marquetry of stereometric solids, combined with engravings of allegorical content, and made around 1560 to 1570.

Its cultural importance has a European dimension as well, as the casket testifies to the interaction between art and science that was discussed in 16th century Italy, the Holy Roman Empire, as well as in England. Marquetry featuring polyhedra in a three-dimensional manner appears for the first time in Florence in the 15th century along with the first treatise dealing with mathematical rules for drawing them. It is not entirely a coincidence that the casket from Newbattle Abbey has long been regarded as Italian artwork and that the 9th Marquess lent it to the Italian Art Loan Exhibition in Glasgow in 1882.

Since then, art historians have stressed the importance of South German artists like Albrecht Dürer or Wenzel Jamnitzer who absorbed and adapted Italian precepts, leading to new artistic creations. The Renaissance casket is an especially significant example of this intertwining of art and science. Nuremberg, well-known for its scientific and aesthetic achievements, was the only place at the time where the preliminary sketches for such complex polyhedral figurations, like those featured in the present Casket, could be machine-generated. A newly-invented perspective machine, mentioned in Wenzel Jamnitzer's Perspectiva corporum regularium (published 1568) certifies this. And a 1564 drawing by Lorenz Stoer, a painter and cabinet maker who published Geometria et perspectiva (1567) to be ‘useful to carpenters in inlaid work’, has striking similarities to the figurations that unites this group of furniture. The Casket from Newbattle Abbey is on a level with artworks like Hans Holbein’s The Ambassadors (1533) that discusses mathematical achievements with pictorial means.


The creation of Kunstkammer furniture

Cabinets of Curiosities, often known as Wunder- or Kunstkammer, emerged during the 16th century. Dated 1565, this makes the casket one of the earliest known pieces of Kunstkammer furniture and can, in view of its cultural importance, be compared to the so-called Wrangelschrank, the famous Augsburg cabinet, dated 1566, that is on display at the Wesphalian State Museum in Münster. The Renaissance Court Casket from Newbattle Abbey can therefore be labelled as one of the most important pieces of South German furniture.

Research & Publication

Dr. Virginie Spenlé says: “It was fascinating to research the Casket in such detail. It stands out with its unusual iconography: the polyhedra represented as three-dimensional solids are symbols of the universe, while the engravings show allegories and scenes referring to the four human temperaments and thus also to the place of mankind in God’s creation. Made of precious materials with the most refined techniques of cabinet-making, marquetry and engraving, there is no doubt that the Renaissance Casket from Newbattle Abbey was regarded as an artwork of highest aesthetic value in the 16th century - worthy of a king, a distinguished collector who would place it at the centre of his Kunstkammer, his cabinet of curiosities.”

A richly illustrated book dedicated to the Renaissance Casket from Newbattle Abbey retraces the history and importance of this unique artwork coming from one of the most important British private collections. Published by Georg Laue, Kunstkammer Ltd and Trinity Fine Art, this book contains essays by Dr. Virginie Spenlé and Mariell F. Mettmann dealing with the artistic context in which the Renaissance Casket was made in 16th-century Nuremberg and about its later history in connection to the Lothian collections. On June 27 & 28, visitors will have the opportunity to meet one of the book’s authors, Dr. Virginie Spenlé. Dr. Spenlé will give an introduction into the exhibition at Trinity Fine Art, explain the original Casket and present the newly-published book.


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