Monthly Archives: January 2009

Travel

Tomorrow morning I head off to Washington DC on one of my twice-yearly visits. Whilst staying with close friends, as well as feasting on lump crab cake and juicy prime rib steak’s, I always check out the antique stores in Georgetown DC, Alexandria in Virginia and a huge antique warehouse in Maryland and have been known to dismantle chandeliers and bring them to the UK wrapped in socks and pyjamas !

Whilst I am away, I leave the shop in the capable hands of Gwen Pilard, so please contact her directly +44 (0) 207 8810881 if you have any queries. I return on Wednesday the 4th.

Mark

New In – c.1958 Two Arne Jacobson ‘Swan’ Chairs

New In today are a matching pair of original Arne Emil Jacobson (1902-1971) ‘Swan’ chairs. They date to c.1958. Consisting of chrome swivelling bases with a swan shaped seat covered in cream wool.

Arne Jacobson was a Danish Architect and designer and exemplar of the ‘Danish Modern’ style. He received several international awards, medals and distinctions.

They Measure: 80cm high x 73cm wide x 66cm deep

More details will follow soon on the website

New In – c.1970’s Signed Paul Evan’s Cityscape Bar

New In is this incredibly stylish bar by the famous American mid 20th Century designer ‘Paul Evans’. It is signed.

The design consists of wrapped around patchwork chrome in various finishes. The interior is black lacquer and the bar has a flip top lid and is on castor’s.

It measures: 89cm high (lid closed) x 46cm deep x 92cm wide

More details will be available on the website soon . . . .

Friend Of The Month, January – William Thuillier

This month I would like to introduce my friend William Thuillier (a *distinguished* Bond Street art dealer!) . .

William has had a gallery in Bond Street since 1992, and specialises mainly in 17th.century and 18th.century works from private collections.  These have included portraits by Wright of Derby, Reynolds and Nattier.  In addition he has purchased, researched and re-attributed works by English and Italian masters such as William Kent, Sir Godfrey Kneller, John Wootton and Jacopo Amigoni.  His clients have included institutions and museums such as the National Portrait Gallery, Tate Britain, and the National Maritime Museum, and he has advised clients on the formation of their collections both in Britain and the United States.  Over the last twenty years he has participated in fairs in New York, Tokyo, Brussels and Monaco, as well as being a regular exhibitor at the Olympia Fine Art and Antiques Fair.

During Old Master Week London, he will be exhibiting  eighteenth century classical landscapes, views of Venice and historical portraits, including recently discovered works by Sir Peter Lely, Claude Lefebvre and Sir Godfrey Kneller.  The opening of this exhibition will be on Sunday 5th.July 6-9pm., and their will be further cocktails in the evenings of the following week, so ask me for further details.

You can see William’s current inventory and contact details by visiting his website:

http://www.thuillart.com/

Here are details of William’s latest exciting acquisition:

APOLLONIO DOMENICHINI

Alternatively known as

MASTER OF THE LANGMATT FOUNDATION VIEWS

(Venice 1715-1770)

A Capriccio landscape of classical architecture beside a river, with figures on a path, and mountains in the distance, probably inspired by the Veneto

Oil on canvass: 64.75 x 90.5cm

The attribution has been suggested in a certificate by Professor Dario Succi and been confirmed by Dr Charles Beddington

Provenance: Alain Truong

The elusive personality of the painter who executed the thirteen vedute in the Langmatt Foundation at Baden has been pinned down by Professor Succi to Apollonio Domenichini, who registered in the Fraglia, or Guild, of Venetian painters in 1757. Over a period of twenty years his paintings were dispatched through the merchant Giuseppe Maria Sasso, his middleman, to the English collector John Strange, resident in the Serenissima since 1774.  Clearly Strange requested a broad selection of Venetian views from a painter who was still active at the time of  Canaletto’s demise, and before Francesco Guardi entered the ranks. From external references it has been  possible to date the Langmatt series to the early 1740’s, and the present picture would probably have been executed in the same decade. Other vedute specialists at the time included Michele Marieschi, Francesco Tironi and Francesco Albotto, and it is with their work that Domenichini’s has often been confused. While he shares their interest in precise architectural definition and the pale, blond tones of Venetian stonework, Domenichini’s raking light and sinewy, elongated figures give his work a special character. In his entry on The Grand Canal and Rialto Bridge by Domenichini in the Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection (oil on canvas: 54 x 79.4 cm.), Roberto Contini has commented on the “calligraphic description of the physical aspect of the buildings, conveying in detail their decadence and even reproducing the deterioration of the plastered facades….the palette of …acid and cold tones…the characteristic blue sky with creamy and white clouds.”   The buildings in the present painting, their crumbling stonework etched in blondish tones against a raking evening light, illuminating the distant Dolomites, certainly evoke the classical spirit of Palladio and his architectural heritage throughout the Veneto

I Am Buying, So Can You !

It’s always a bit risky talking about the ‘R’ word but I thought it might be helpful and quite healthy to discuss it out in the open. I am determined not to be like those antique dealers who basque in doom and gloom! Having had a busy December and with many enquiries from Interior Decorator’s and private customers, I have learned to adapt to the current climate affecting us all in order to remain appealing. January has traditionally always been a quiet month, as people re-adjust after the Christmas period, return from holiday’s, send children back to school and Uni etc, so I have used this month to look for new stock (a lot of which will arrive next week and will be posted here). The local antiques and decorative fair held in Battersea last week, everyone predicted would be a failure, but not so! – I was there on the first day and it was a busy as it always has been, with many ‘red dots’ scattered around. I myself purchased three items that day. I learned however, after checking out every one’s stands, that in order to survive this recession and keep buying and selling the things that make Ebury Trading so interesting, I have to be very flexible with my prices. For this reason, I encourage you to ask me about my pricing, because I want to continue introducing new pieces to the store and to do this I need to make room! – This week alone I have surprised two new customers with my very reasonable and affordable prices. Those traders who adhere to the types of service offered on this sign below will find this year very difficult, I hope I continue to offer all three: GOOD (Quality Pieces) – CHEAP (Honest Pricing) – FAST (Efficient Service) !

Mark

January’s Offer: 1960’s Danish Rosewood Cabinet @ Cost Price !

For January, in order to make space for new stock in the store, I am offering to sell this beautifully made Danish rosewood cabinet at the price that I paid for it. It is perfect for an office or for use in a living room. It is elm lined with drawers in one side and shelves in the other and is finished to a high standard. It also has the Danish makers mark at the back. It dates to around c.1960’s

Please contact me if you would like further details.

Mark

Battersea Decorative & Antiques Winter Fair

It is time again for the winter decorative fair! As usual it takes place in the exhibition hall in Battersea Park. Parking is available there and a shuttle bus and taxi service is running from Sloane Square.

It starts on Tuesday the 20th January and ends on Sunday the 25th of January. For opening times and a full list of exhibitors, you can check out the decorative fairs website here:

http://www.decorativefair.com/index.html

There are over 130 exhibitors this year and it promises to be a very exciting fair. Once again our friends Quindry will be exhibiting their mid 20thc style icons! so do mention our name to Gwenola Pilard if you are going, Gwen runs Ebury Trading when I’m not around and she now has a space within the store exhibiting her 20th Century pieces. If you would like a complimentary ticket courtesy of Gwen, then please let me know . . . . . Oh, and don’t forget to call in to us on the Ebury Bridge Road en route! . . . . Mark

New In – c.1940-45 Italian Day Bed By Paolo Buffa

New In today is an important Italian, mid 20th Century piece of furniture by the famous Milanese architect and designer Paolo Buffa (1903-1970).

This small and elegant day bed is constructed of rosewood, with tapering legs and ormolu mounts. It is very much in the ‘Hollywood Regency’ style. It has been newly upholstered in violet velvet and silk, mirroring exactly the original early 40’s fabric and design. c.1940-45

I also have a rosewood desk by Paolo Buffa

It can be found here

http://eburytrading.com/F77detail.php