Ancient Dong Son bronze currency rings with lovely patinas and incised decoration.
The Dong Son culture (1000 B.C to 1 B.C.) was so named due to the discovery of a huge number of bronze and other artifacts at the site of Dong Son on the banks of the Ma River in northern Vietnam. Archaeologists believe that the bronze age culture originated in Vietnam and the discoveries made at excavations of further sites across South East Asia and the Indo-Malaysian archipelago show that as the culture spread it incorporated local Neolithic stylistic elements. .
Wonderful Edouard Martinet #sculpture of a dragon fly made from found objects; each of the elements has been careully selected to best portray the character and attitude of the creature resulting in an astonishingly lifelike unique sculpture.
With a wingspan of 1.25 metres and yet appearing weightless his abdomen is made from a bicycle pump, thorax from motorbike lights and his mouth contains typewriter parts - ingenious effective and beautiful! .
Before the invention of pockets this 16th c. finely stitched soft leather purse would have hung from a gentleman's belt. Individual draw- strings secure the 3 small and 1 large central compartment which is adorned and supported by a finely wrought iron frame. The reverse is of course flat to lie against the heavy fabrics covering the body.
Made in Flanders or France it can be seen in the Bargello in Florence. .
5th to 6th c. Ivory carving labelled as from the Orient in the Bargello. The figure to the right looks Phrygian ?
The future of such superb works of art and part of the cultural heritage of us all is under threat from the government if it pushes through the proposed ban on the sale of ivory. If objects in private hands have no monetary value and their ownership carries with it a certain shame how many generations will it take for them to be discarded embarrassments?
Final two days at PAD - what better way to spend a damp Saturday than to come and see us all in Berkeley Square and maybe also include a trip to Frieze?
The fleur de lis shaped object is actually a yari - saya, a Japanese samurai spear cover.
The central panel of Stephen Lawlor's triptych - 'Dissolution'. This panel is entitled 'If in Some Way ' and is an exploration of the Portinari alterpiece by van der Goes in the Uffizi. Lawlor has captured the atmosphere of the painting as our eyes move around and across, coming to focus on the stillness at the centre where in the original are the Virgin and child.
A pair of original tubular steel PK12 armchairs by Paul Kjaerholm designed in 1964. The apparent simplicity of the design relies on precise engineering and was extremely expensive to make- fewer than 60 were ordered and the neutral fabric covered seat of these is very rare to find.
This design bridges the chasm between 19th century aesthetics and 20th century industrial design to create a chair which transcends time. Kjaerholm harks back to a Danish tradition where craftsmanlike integrity and love of the material take centre stage - the material is stretched to its utmost, creating beauty in its proportions and renouncing the superfluous.
Kjaerholm was a graduate of the Copenhagen School of Arts and Crafts, lecturer at the Royal Danish Academy and later Professor at the Institute for Design.
We will probably exhibit these @padparislondon this October
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The original clay study photographed in the artist's studio for the sculptures in bronze and marble of the young emperor Flavius Honorius by Waldo Story. This American artist was born in Italy, educated at Eton and Oxford and counted the Marlboroughs at Blenheim Palace and Lord Rothschild as patrons. His work was exhibited at the Royal Academy and Grosvenor Gallery and is held in the National Portrait Gallery in London and the Ashmolean Museum Oxford.
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This large striking Egyptian carved wood cat is now standing proudly at the Museum of Fine Art in Boston. It was bought from us by a benefactor specifically looking to donate an Egyptian cat! Catalogued in a saleroom as probably 19th c. as its large size was unprecedented - almost life sized, such wood models were only known as hollow coffins containing mummified cats and this is a solid sculpture of Bastet.
Carbon dating soon proved the age of the wood and a CT scan showed that the surface was ancient. This feline was probably sculpted to stand on the lid of a box containing a number of mummies.
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This gentle sensitive hand of Buddha from a very large Tibetan statue was beaten from copper and gilded rather than cast. Looking inside the hand it could clearly be seen that the fingers were made individually and joined to the palm. Dating to the 17th century and yet again from the archives, I recall that this was exhibited at the Grosvenor House Fine Art and Antiques Fair over 10 years ago.
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Thomas Ona's carvings of colonial people are not satirical as has often been thought but are carved in the traditiona Yorubal manner as comparison with the #ibeji figure to the right clearly shows. The head is the most important part of the person and so is always exaggerated in proportion and the eye is portrayed as this very large oval. Accoutrements showing status are included. The snake vertebrae waist ornament, beads and bangle of the #ibeji and the spectacles, chair, hats and beads adorning the British couple. The figures are all carved with an adze in the traditional manner in one piece with the base, the difference being that Ona carved many of the status objects, which he was fascinated by, separately. His figures, carved in the first half of the 20th century, portray a life long past and his work is now found in many museums internationally including the British Museum
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Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem was modelled in miniature by artisans working in The Holy Land making intricate memories in Olive wood inlaid with mother of pearl and camel bone in the 17th century. These exquisite models were made for such distinguished antiquaries as Sir Hans Sloane who founded the British Museum and included one such model in his original founding bequest. Now in the collections of the Museum of Fine Art Boston
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