Monthly Archives: June 2010

‘Masterpiece 2010’ The Chelsea Barracks 23rd – 29th June



Today is the day! : The long awaited ‘Masterpiece’ fair, which in part takes over the old Grosvenor House Antiques fair but will become so much more. In their own words: . . .

‘Masterpiece London is set to be one of the most exciting international events to occur in the capital for years. Representing an inter-disciplinary fusion of traditional and modern, old and new, Masterpiece London will bring together not only the finest of the fine and decorative arts, but also the best of wines, classic cars, jewellery and contemporary design. . .

The fair will feature six world-class restaurants, numerous bars and state-of-the-art stand design to make a visit to Masterpiece an exceptional cultural, culinary and social experience for the discerning and distinguished clientele.

Offering the ultimate in elegance, quality, luxury and sophistication, Masterpiece London will be a truly exceptional experience. The world’s top collectors, institutions and connoisseurs will not miss this unique opportunity to purchase some of the finest pieces on the market from the world’s foremost galleries.’

This exciting new venue, which is the United Kingdoms version of the Maastricht fair, has a vibrant and varied theme with the added appeal of being very central with great transport links, long opening hours and amazing restaurant facilities, with an extension of The Caprice and Harry’s Bar!

Don’t forget to check out William Thuillier’s stand (A23) with his own selection of ‘masterpieces’!

Without waffling too much, I should rather direct you to their site for all the information:

As this exciting new fair is taking place on my doorstep, I will be open from 10 am till 7pm every day of the fair including Saturday and Sunday. Please call in for refreshment!



New In – A Large Pair Of Fer Forge Wall Applique By Raymond Subes c.1935


A large pair of French wall applique in fer forge of high quality by Raymond Subes. . .

c.1935. . .

Measure: 64cm high x 34cm wide

Raymond Subes c.1891-1970

Raymond Subes is one of the most renowned French metalworkers of the Art Deco period. His notoriety as an ironworker is practically equal to that of Edgar Brandt. Former student of the Boulle School and the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Arts Decortifs, he assisted in ushering the Art Deco style. His works included grills, staircases, and furniture. He started work in a little studio in 1916 that Robert Emile opened at Enghien-les-Bains. The ironworking studios of 131 rue de Damremont, count among the most important in all of France. The quality of execution was impeccable. The decor, typically Art Deco, marks the rising trend toward a pure style which includes stripped calligraphy, nervous with arabesques, interlacing, concentric circles, geometric motifs, and abstract motifs which are all particularly characteristic of the 1930’s. In 1919, Subes entered the establishment Borderel et Robert, a major architectural construction company for metalwork, and became the Directeur General des Etablissements. He later becomes the Chef du Bureau de Dessin and then Director of the ironworking studio. Overflowing with activities, Raymond Subes exhibited a quantity of his grills, staircases, balconies, furnishings and furniture (starting in 1919) at many salons and large artistic events. At the exhibition of Decorative Arts in 1925, he worked for many pavilions, notably for the Salon de l’Hotel du Collectionneur by Ruhlmann. Subes received much work through government commissions such as those for a large number of large ocean liners including L’Ile de France in1927, L ‘Atlantique in 1931, Le Normandie in 1962, Le Liberte in 1950, and Le France in 1962. He also fulfilled commissions for some banks, including the Banque de France and the National City Bank aux Champs-Elysees, the Institut Pasteur, the Caisse des Depots et Consignations, the Musee de la France d’Outre-mer (currently the Musee des Arts d’Afrique et d’Oceanie, porte Doree in Paris). Subes commercial work is usually unsigned and often incorporated into fixtures, making it most difficult to identify. Typically one has to use his naturalistic and fluid style as identification. Subes initial work was in wrought iron, occasionally bronze and copper. Later in his career, by the 1930s, Subes added aluminum and oxidized or lacquered steel to his materials.

Pimlico Road Summer Party – Tuesday 22nd June


It is time again for the Pimlico Road Association summer party! Once again, London’s most stylish street opens its doors after 6pm and welcomes everyone to come along and see what is current and as a thank you to customers old and new. Most of the shops take part and make a huge effort to spruce up their premises and provide a warm welcome over a glass of wine. Although I am part of the association, I will be closed but will be on the Pimlico Road should anyone want to come and see what is current in the Road’s poor little cousin! – Just let me know.


London International Fine Art & Antique Fair, Olympia From Today Friday 4th – Sunday 13th Of June



Today sees the start of the biggest and busiest gathering of Antique and Fine Art Dealers in the UK at the Olympia exhibition hall. June has traditionally always been the busiest month for us all and certainly this years summer fair at Olympia is showing no sign of slowing down. The fair has been slightly redesigned this year and alongside all the usual facilities for refreshment, there is a permanent exhibition of Modern British masters from the Bryan Ferry collection.

For full details of opening times, visit their website below:


New In – A Pair Of Italian Armchairs By Marco Zanuso, Milan c.1958


A pair of Italian armchairs by the Milanese architect and designer Marco Zanuso (c1916-2001). On brass splayed legs with coral enamel, the frames of these architectural chairs are fashioned out of metal and are of good heavy construction. They are currently in their original fabric and are ready for re-upholstery. . .

c.1958. . .

Measure: 79cm wide x 78cm deep x 38cm high (seat) x 74cm high (back)

En suite with a sofa


New In – An Italian Sofa By Marco Zanuso, Milan c.1958


An Italian sofa by the Milanese architect and designer Marco Zanuso (c1916-2001). On brass splayed legs with coral enamel, the frames of these architectural chairs are fashioned out of metal and are of good heavy construction. They are currently in their original fabric and are ready for re-upholstery. . .

c.1958. . .

Measure: 150cm wide x 78cm deep x 38cm high (seat) x 74cm high (back)

En suite with a pair of armchairs


Kensington Antiques Fair – Today 3rd June – Sun 6th June


Today (Thursday 3rd June) sees the opening of the annual West London Penman fine art and antique fair in Kensington Town Hall. . .

Like the fair held in Chelsea Town Hall, this smaller fair can easily be overlooked and overshadowed but is worth a visit. This year there are nearly 60 exhibitors with a wonderfully eclectic mix of dealers ranging from ‘Midwinter Antiques’ 17th Century pieces right through to ‘Le Style 25’s’ 20th Century decorative arts.

As this fair will coincide with the Olympia Fair, it is worth going along en route! The fair is open till 8pm each evening and 6pm on Sunday