No Man’s Land

No Man’s Land

A bronze plaque by Charles Sargeant Jagger entitled No Man’s Land that was discovered in a house clearance is expected to fetch £20,000-25,000. Jagger is one of the most celebrated sculptors of the 20th Century and following active service in World War One, he is best known for his war...

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Portrait of the ‘accidental inventor’ of bottled beer comes to light at Ewbanks

Portrait of the ‘accidental inventor’ of bottled beer comes to light at Ewbanks

He may look a rather severe figure but Alexander Nowell, Dean of St Paul’s for 42 years throughout Elizabeth I’s reign, had a lighter side to his nature, as the man credited with inventing bottled beer. A cryptic letter that comes with the portrait has led to the discovery of...

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Chinese ceramics and works of art

Chinese ceramics and works of art

Semley Auctioneers holds four sales annually of Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art, and one area of collecting that has seen a remarkable rise in value since the turn of the millennium is that most revered of hardstones, jade. Jade, which encompasses nephrite and jadeite varieties, comes in a large range...

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Winners announced for underwater photography competition

Winners announced for underwater photography competition

An image of seals swimming under an Antarctic iceberg won top international honors at the 2020 Underwater Photographer of the Year awards in Coventry on 22 February. The competition had a record 5,500 submissions from 70 different countries. The winning image in the Underwater Photographer of the Year competition was...

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Teiji Hayama, FAME at Unit London: 16 January – 15 February.

Teiji Hayama, FAME at Unit London: 16 January – 15 February.

This January, Unit London presents FAME, the first London solo exhibition by the Japanese artist Teiji Hayama. The exhibition introduces a new body of oil paintings that examine what it means to be famous in the age of digital celebrity. In his 1986 novel Answered Prayers, Truman Capote created the...

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Lucien Freud: The Self Portraits at the Royal Academy

Lucien Freud: The Self Portraits at the Royal Academy

Could this be the Year of the Selfy? Gauguin at the National, Rembrandt at Dulwich and van Gogh at Tate Britain. In the RA show there are over 50 examples of Lucian Freud’s self-portraits, many of which have never been on show before, and certainly not seen together. What constitutes...

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Gauguin Portraits at the National Gallery

Gauguin Portraits at the National Gallery

Surely an exhibition entitled ‘Gauguin Portraits’ should have been housed at their next-door neighbours in St Martin’s Place? However, the National Gallery have been busily borrowing over 50 works from all over the world, with half a dozen from private collections, never before seen in the UK. But why so...

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Avant-Garde: Inspired by Bauhaus at the Autumn 2019 Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair

Avant-Garde: Inspired by Bauhaus at the Autumn 2019 Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair

The Autumn Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair has returned to Battersea Park London for its third outing of the year, running until October 2019.  With over 160 exhibitors on two floors, the Autumn event is a sell-out.  The Decorative Fair is the interior trade’s favourite period design show, with a...

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William Blake at Tate Britain

William Blake at Tate Britain

  To some, William Blake is the eighteenth century artistic equivalent of Marmite. Personally, I have always had a mild aversion to ‘visionary’ works of art, either visual or verbal, peopled by floating figures in the form of gods, or even God, devils, demons, angels and characters from the Old...

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Reconnect with the World: Montblanc Presents ‘In Transit’ a Collaboration with Contemporary Artist Philip Colbert, 15 – 20 October

Reconnect with the World: Montblanc Presents ‘In Transit’ a Collaboration with Contemporary Artist Philip Colbert, 15 – 20 October

This October, Montblanc presents a travel-themed pop-up in collaboration with celebrated contemporary artist, Philip Colbert. Open between 15 – 20 October at 47 Brushfield Street, Spitalfields Market, the pop-up store will showcase Montblanc’s travel line, specially designed for luxury, business and lifestyle customers. To mark the occasion, Philip Colbert has...

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