Monthly Archives: November 2010

Friend Of The Month, November – Iain Henderson Russell

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It has been a while since I introduced a ‘Friend Of The Month’, this is not through lack of friends! but simply that I forget.

I’d like to kick start this again by introducing a very well known face to interior decorators and private clients all over the world, Iain Henderson-Russell.

Iain has been trading Antiques since he was 12 years old – on winning a £1,000 Premium bond he bought a piece of furniture with his prize, restored it and sold it via an advert in the Eastern Daily Press  – an antiques dealer was born!

A few years later Iain represented Christie’s Auction House in East Anglia during the 1980’s before establishing HRW ANTIQUES in London, which has been operating successfully from its 6,000 sq ft showroom in Fulham for over 20 years.  Since its opening, HRW  has established itself as one of largest Antiques business’s in London selling stylish and decorative 18th and 19th century English and Continental furniture – At sensible prices for the discerning buyer.

Iain has an impressive client list including interior designers, hotels and private collectors and he works personally with clients – whatever their budget – to help them find and choose furniture to best compliment their home.  He combines an in-depth knowledge of 18th and 19th century furniture with a flair for interior design, and has excellent relationships with international  designers such as Colefax & Fowler, Joanna Trading, Nina Campbell, Paul Smith, Spencer Churchill Designs, and William Yeoward, regularly supplying antique furniture to compliment their design projects.

The showroom in Fulham is quickly becoming a destination for private clients and interior decorators alike. Also incorporated into the showroom are the Houghton Furniture Company and Restall Brown & Clennell bespoke furniture.

In October 2010 saw the opening of the HRW showroom in Iain’s home county of Norfolk . Known for his love of the ‘English Country House’ style, the new showroom, situated in the grounds of his elegant Queen Anne house ‘Burfield Hall’, is the perfect environment in which to view his extensive and varied collection of antiques for sale.

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Iain has become a good friend and colleague and I have been deeply impressed not only by his knowledge and good ‘eye’ but by his friendly, professional,  un-flustered approach.

You can contact HRW Antiques here:

www.hrw-antiques.com

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An Exhibition Entitled ‘Devotion’ By Guy Reid

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I would like to introduce a recent exhibition of works by Guy Reid. The exhibition was at the Coningsby Gallery in Tottenham Street W1 until last week, but the incredible selection of carved lime-wood works are still available for viewing through Guys agent: Jenny Hewitt on 07789051144. . . .

DEVOTION. . .
‘Devotion’ is a new exhibition of Guy Reid’s figurative sculptures and relief studies in lime wood. . .

‘The title of the show, Devotion, brings together a number of aspects of my recent work,’ explains Reid. ‘On one level, it is about devotion to the process of making the work. At another level, my partner Andrew is the subject of the majority of the pieces, and so many of the sculptures are about a life shared together. Some of the work also features portraits of friends, and documents another kind of relationship over time.’

The title also alludes to the theme of spiritual devotion focused on saints and religious figures. For example, Reid’s arrangement of the portraits echoes the way devotional images were placed in front of a triptych or series of painted panels. The juxtaposition of the central sculpture, surrounded by the relief studies, creates a sense of intriguing motion around a still figure. The show also includes a life size Christus Rex.

The originality of Reid’s work lies partly in the marriage of two elements, traditional sculpting techniques as found in European gothic and early Renaissance art, and working from photographs of his subjects. The result is works that perplex and go beyond more familiar three dimensional realism.

‘The work takes time and concentration to produce,’ continues Reid. ‘My workshop is located in a fairly remote part of southern France, and this gives me the space I need for the effort and attention required. It’s a way of life that could be described as even monastic.’

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