We had a lovely time this week visiting Art Antiques London 2015 fair in the stunning surroundings of Kensington Gardens. The fair sits near the site of the Great Exhibition of 1851 so the location is steeped in creative history! On display were some spectacular pieces from artworks, ceramics and jewelry to rare books, textiles and furniture. We loved the variety and eclecticism of the exhibits as well as the insightful lecture programme with experts travelling to share their knowledge.
As always though, we were drawn to some very specific pieces – here’s a selection of our favourite pieces from the fair.
We were really struck by this unique piece on display at Christopher Buck Antiques. This French walnut shell-shaped stool (c.1860) most likely served as a stool for a harp of cello. The piece is highly unusual and features a beautifully carved shell shaped seat on a triple leg cariole stand.
We are always looking out for artworks that can be incorporated into our clients interiors. The Canon Gallery had a delightful display of modern British, European and Victorian paintings and we loved this red chalk and pencil drawing by Sir Edward Burne-Jones. The drawing stood out for us as it is a study for Andromeda, a popular female subject for Burne-Jones, which features in many of his sketches in the Tate’s collection.
Another art dealer that we are always keen to follow is Anthony Hepworth Fine Art, so we headed straight for their display. They always have a fantastic display of British artworks that can really contribute and help enliven a colour scheme. We often like some of their more abstract pieces that evoke space and light with their harmonious use of colour. This piece by Colin Bishop (below left) for example could really play into an interior with blue, grey and green hues. This work by renowned British artist Graham Sutherland (below right) takes a more figurative approach and could beautifully contribute to both a subdued interior and modern collection. They also had some beautiful works by Ivon Hitchens, a personal favourite of ours for his subtle tonality and colours.
Brian Haughton Gallery always has some fine 18th and 19th English and continental ceramics, so we instantly spotted this dessert plate at their display. Unsurprisingly this Hans Sloane Botanical dessert plate is extremely rare. It is of the Red Anchor period and is charmingly painted with a fruiting fig, branches, leaves, butterflies and insects. This characterful piece would add a real charm if displayed in a classic interior.