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AT A LOOSE END THIS SUMMER? -  MICROMOSAICS AT THE V&A

AT A LOOSE END THIS SUMMER? - MICROMOSAICS AT THE V&A

If you are looking for something cultural to do over the summer months why not visit the V&A museum which is free and easy to access? Not only can you take in the new exhibition Plywood:Material of the Modern World featuring Alvar Aalto, Marcel Breuer and Charles and Ray Eames; but go and look around the fantastic permanent exhibitions displaying traditional period furniture in The Dr Susan Weber Gallery and Europe 1600-1815. If you only have a small window of time but want an intense visual hit view The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Galleries which houses a beautiful array of objects encompassing gold, silver, gold boxes, painted enamels, pietre dure and micromosaics amassed by the late art collector Sir Arthur Gilbert (1913-2001).

Talking of micromosaics I recently had the pleasure of attending a fascinating conference at the V&A Museum on the rarely discussed subject of Micro and Other Mosaics. Chaired by Dr Tessa Murdoch, the Deputy Keeper of Sculpture, Metalwork, Ceramics & Glass the day brought together international speakers from the Institute de France, The Bavarian Department of Museums, The State Hermitage Museum, The Corning Museum of Glass and the Vatican Workshop alongside contributions from King’s College, London and the University of Sussex.

Starting with the early Roman period of mosaic making and moving to the glorious vibrancy of the Byzantine period I was drawn to mosaics from Renaissance Venice produced by Francesco Zuccato, the Biannchini family and Bartolomeo Bozza. Later in the morning the method of production known as the filament technique was discussed in detail by Paolo di Buono of the Vatican Workshop. First mentioned in 1744 and perfected by Giacomo Rafaeilli (1743-1836) in the latter part of the 18th century, this technique is still used today for creating and restoring works. A lecture on the wonderful collection of micromosaics which can be found in the Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg followed, which included works by the Rafaeilli family, Luigi Moglia (c.1813-1878) and Michaelangelo Barberi (1787-1867) who produced stunning table tops during the early part of the 19th century.

Inspired by the seminar I took a small personal tour of The Gilbert Collection, which following its departure from Somerset House is now located at the V&A, where micromosaic plaques, boxes, table tops and jewellery by many of these makers alongside pieces by Antonio Testa, Tommaso Calandrelli, Antonio Aguatti and Antonio Salviati can be permanently viewed www.vam.ac.uk/collections/gilbert-collection.

 

LOOKING AHEAD TO AUTUMN  2017

LOOKING AHEAD TO AUTUMN 2017

 

The Pedestal’s second auction of Fine Furniture & Objects was held at Moor Park Mansion on 14 March. We were delighted to see so many clients attending the view soaking up the Mansion’s incredible interiors as well as the lots being offered for auction. The auction saw some strong prices and competition for early furniture with the front cover lot, a handsome William and Mary kingwood oyster veneered cabinet on stand attributed to the London cabinet-maker Thomas Pistor (lot 27) being contested to £34,720 (including BP). This price was matched by the charming black japanned and gilt chinoiserie decorated bureau cabinet (lot 31) battled over by both UK and international bidders. From the later periods of furniture production interest was wide ranging, with smaller 19th century pieces performing well and a variety of different styles and sizes of mirrors proving to be in demand. We are already consigning for the 21 November Moor Park auction which once again will include a broad range of items from 17th-20th centuries. Please get in touch if you are interested in consigning to this auction which will close for entries at the end of September.

SPRING AUCTION HIGHLIGHTS 2017

SPRING AUCTION HIGHLIGHTS 2017

We are delighted that Moor Park Mansion will once again plays host to The Pedestal’s auction of Fine Furniture & Objects. Our first sale of 2017 takes place on 14 March and will make full use of Moor Park’s splendid interiors to showcase Fine English and European furniture by a number of important makers and representing various key styles from across the centuries. Highlights from the March sale include a splendid kingwood oyster veneered cabinet on chest attributed to Thomas Pistor (lot 27, estimate £20,000-30,000) which forms part of an identifiable group of cabinet furniture. Amongst the wide ranging objects included in the auction is a charming rare early 19th century jewel casket or table cabinet unusually in coquilla nut (lot 188, estimate £5000-7000). The European furniture also includes an 18th century North Italian commode from the collection of Sir Roger Fray Ormrod PC, originating from the Veneto region and veneered in the highly unusual carrubo or carob wood (lot 185 - estimate £3000-5000). Other European consignments include 18th and 19th century French, Swedish and Dutch pieces. Estimates range from £500 upwards and encompass items from the 17th-20th centuries.

 

 

ANTIQUE COLLECTING TALKS TO SALLY STRATTON

ANTIQUE COLLECTING TALKS TO SALLY STRATTON

Click below to see Sally Stratton of The Pedestal's article for Antique Collecting -Trade Talks

http://www.antique-collecting.co.uk/trade-talks-sally-stratton-of-the-pedestal/

APOLLO MAGAZINE TALKS TO GUY SAVILL

APOLLO MAGAZINE TALKS TO GUY SAVILL

Click below to see Guy Savill of The Pedestal in discussion with Apollo, The International Art Magazine

https://www.apollo-magazine.com/hipsters-save-antique-furniture-trade/

LOOKING AHEAD TO 2017

LOOKING AHEAD TO 2017

 

The Pedestal’s first sale of the year will be held at Moor Park Mansion in Hertfordshire on 14th March 2017. Consignments already include some interesting early pieces, furniture by Gillows as well as seating furniture by the now much sought-after Howard & Sons. Our valuers are now consigning for this sale which will close for entries at the end of January. If would like to discuss any potential consignments please do not hesitate to get in touch.

INTRIGUING OBJECTS

INTRIGUING OBJECTS

Amongst the unusual objects that have been consigned to The Pedestal’s inaugural auction are an unusual Gibraltar stone model of a lighthouse (lot 97) commemorating a visit to Gibraltar by the dowager Queen Adelaide in 1838. A very stylish addition to the sale is the beautiful bronze head of Kwa Nin (Chinese Lady of Peace) by the Estonian sculptor Dora Gordine (lot 153) dating to the early 1930s. Gordine was a very well known figure on the international sculpture scene during the middle years of the 20th century and her former studio, Dorich House, on the borders of Richmond Park is now a museum showcasing her sculpture. The sale also includes a variety of selected boxes, miniature furniture, clocks and European sculpture.

FURNITURE HIGHLIGHTS

FURNITURE HIGHLIGHTS

The inaugural sale of The Pedestal reflects an interesting and eclectic mix of furniture from the 17th - 20th centuries. The early period is particularly well represented with items decorated in a variety of different mediums, from  carefully selected figured walnut and oyster veneers to marquetry work and japanning. Highlights including a George I green japanned kneehole desk in the manner of John Belchier (lot 22) retaining an unusually high degree of its original decoration and an impressive walnut bureau cabinet  in the manner of Coxed and Woster with a sophisticated fitted interior (lot 19). The sale also features European pieces including high quality late 19th century cabinet work by or attributed to Francois Linke (lot 152) and Mercier Freres (lot 135) as well as a large and dramatic ‘Black Forest’ carved hall stand modelled as bears around a tree stump probably originating from the workshops of either Louis Meichtry, or Walter Linder in the town of  Brienz in Switzerland (lot 155).