RONALD PHILLIPS AT THE INTERNATIONAL FINE ART AND ANTIQUE DEALERS SHOW
Ronald Phillips will be exhibiting at The International Fine Art and Antique Dealers Show from 25-31 October, renowned for its spectacular, elegant furnishings and remarkable array of museum-quality works of art for sale. Anyone interested in art and design should consider attending the show. It hones your eye, educates you about the marketplace and helps put things in perspective across the board; with furniture, paintings, sculpture, textiles, ceramics, glass, clocks, watches, arms and armour, books, jewellery, silver, antiquities and ethnographic art, indicative of some of the finest artefacts to be discovered on the market today. The exceptional and charming are commonplace, but not necessarily high-priced, priced from a few hundred dollars into millions. Significantly, the fair held the record for the highest priced item sold at a fair when a painting by Bernardo Bellotto sold for around $14m in the early 1990’s.
The Gala Preview Party supporting The Society of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center on Thursday evening on October 19th is the sparkling charity event not to be missed. Last year’s Gala raised nearly $1 million dollars for the Society; a volunteer organization that develops and funds programmes to enhance patient care, support cancer research, and provide public education on the prevention, early detection, and treatment of cancer. Approximately 1200 guests attend the high-profile event which inaugurates the social season in New York.
This will be the 25th anniversary of the famed ‘International’ show at the Park Avenue Armory and London organisers Brian and Anna Haughton will pull out all the stops to make it a fair to remember.
We illustrate below several pieces that are destined for the Ronald Phillips booth in New York
A GEORGE II SABICU COMMODE ATTRIBUTED TO JOHN COBB, circa 1755
THE GLEMHAM HALL GAINSBOROUGH ARMCHAIRS, English circa 1755
A GEORGE III ITALIAN EXPORT WHITE STATUARY MARBLE
CHIMNEYPIECE WITH ROSSO ANTICO RELIEF PLAQUES AND MICRO MOSAIC PANELS
ATTRIBUTED TO LORENZO CARDELLI AND CESARE AGUATTI, Italian circa 1790
Commenting on the forthcoming fair Simon Phillips remarks: “These pieces were made by the very best English craftsmen of their generation, from the finest English materials for the grandest families in England. They are the best examples of their kind and this really will be a unique opportunity to see these beautiful objects.”
October 25th -31st 2013
The Park Avenue Armory, Park Avenue at 67th Street, New York, NY 10065, USA.
DOWNTON ABBEY RETURNS
Downton Abbey, one of the most widely watched televisions shows in the world has returned to our screens this season. The programme is a historical drama about a fictional Yorkshire house named Downton Abbey and the lives of the family and their servants in the post-Edwardian era—with the great events in history having an effect on their lives and on the British social hierarchy.
Everything from the theatrical clothes of the actors to their characteristics and most significantly the antique furniture inherently depicts and echoes 20th century England. The antique furniture in all of the sets mostly belongs to Highclere Castle where the filming takes place. Each room of Highclere Castle holds extremely rare and charming antique furniture.
Parallels and similarities can be drawn to the styles and
makers in the inventory of Ronald Phillips.
The kingwood bureau in the Morning Room in Downton Abbey was
made by the French cabinet maker Pierre Langlois. Ronald Phillips also holds an
important and rare pair of mid 18th century Chippendale period rosewood and
padouk ormolu mounted bombe commodes also attributed to Pierre Langlois.
A PAIR OF GEORGE III
ROSEWOOD AND PADOUK COMMODES ATTRIBUTED TO PIERRE LANGLOIS
The attribution to Pierre Langlois is firmly based on strong
similarities to well-documented commodes by Langlois which share the same
veneer patterns, overall shaped and distinctive ormolu mounts. This metalwork
is attributed to Dominique Jean, who married Pierre Langlois' daughter.
Not many of the antiques in Downton Abbey are English in
style as the prosperous at this era imported much of their furniture from eminent
European makers. The dining room however undoubtedly evokes and alludes to 19th
century England with the shield back dining chairs, pedestal dining table and
carved serving tables.
If you explore the dining room furniture category
site you will find an array of pieces that will allow you to simulate the
dining room in Downton Abbey.
A REGENCY CARVED
MAHOGANY SIDE TABLE
THE CHATSWORTH CANDELABRUM
A GEORGE III MAHOGANY
TWO PILLAR DINING TABLE
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Dining Room Furniture
RONALD PHILLIPS PUBLISH 2013 CATALOGUE
For those who appreciate the finest antiques, provenance is paramount. Nothing underscores the importance of a piece more than having both an important maker and an exceptional provenance. This year’s collection encompasses many pieces that enjoy both.
Highlights from our 2013 catalogue include a very rare and historically important George III satinwood writing table by James Baillie, retaining the original pierced diamond trellis curved brass gallery and superior Bramah locks. Simon Phillips states, “Baillie was a Scotsman and during restoration we found under the dustboard an inscription signed and dated by him which says, James Baillie July 18-1798 I have heard this day that the Rules (possible Royals) have surrounded Dublin-my success brave Boys- JB is a Scotsman.” The poignant note concealed within the writing table refers to the Irish uprising in 1798.
The Stoneleigh Abbey Panels are Simon Phillips states, “extremely rare and important, depicting chinoiserie landscapes with courtly figures surmounted in parcel gilt frames retaining their original decoration.”
A bill by Bromwich and Leigh dated 1764 survives in the Shakespeare Centre Library and Archive. Lord Leigh commissioned them for Stoneleigh Abbey.
William Pocock’s reclining patent chair is the only known realisation of Pocock’s innovative design. It has a scrolled back joined to the arms by means of an ingenious ratchet mechanism released by pulleys hidden within the rosewood sides. His speciality was mechanical furniture which was very much in vogue in the Regency period and his ingenuity developing new ideas led to a thriving business. It is fascinating that Pocock managed to combine current fashion with his cutting edge design.
RONALD PHILLIPS AT MASTERPIECE LONDON
Our selection of furniture this year will be of particular interest to the discerning collectors who value quality and rarity in their choice of English 18th century furniture. Many items we are offering are masterpieces of design and craftsmanship and a number have not been on the market for decades. Many of the exhibits are either documented with full provenance or are illustrated.
Stand attractions include, The Nostell Priory Overmantel Mirror which is both highly important and extremely rare. It retains most of the original white painted surface and is attributed to Thomas Chippendale. Whilst James Paine was responsible for many of the earlier pieces of furniture at Nostell Priory it was Thomas Chippendale and his collaboration with Robert Adam that produced many of the greatest pieces in the house.
An extremely rare and important pair of early 19th century ormolu mounted cut glass candelabra by John Blades will also be showcased. These outstanding candelabra are impressive for their scale as well as their quality, surviving in remarkable condition. Blades would have produced them as a special commission. As a result, only very few comparable candelabra exist today.
A new East-West collaboration highlights this year’s fair, with the opening of a Hong Kong pavilion arranged in partnership with the Chinese Heritage and Arts Festival. Works by Fang Zhaoling and Chen Guangwu feature among the exceptional oriental contemporary art and antiques to be showcased.
Exhibitors reach 150 this year implementing what Chairman Philip Hewat-Jaboor describes, “ cross-collecting at the highest level”. The solid foundation of respect for the authenticity of the exhibits pays homage and draws inspiration from art around the world across an assortment of disciplines; from the fine and decorative arts to important collectors’ pieces including rare maps, watches, jewellery, fine wines, important furniture and contemporary design.
Dine in style
Ronald Phillips were delighted to join forces with world famous chef Michel Roux Jr, at one of London’s top restaurants, Roux at the Landau.
The exclusive dinner, which was held in aid of London charity the Dispossessed Fund to help London’s poor and needy, saw guests transported back to another era. The Postillion, the restaurant’s private dining room, was transformed with an array of Ronald Phillips’ dining room furniture.
Michel Roux devised a four course menu especially for the evening, using dishes sourced from Langham’s archives, which appeared on the hotel menus in the 1800s; evoking the decadent dinners of the 19th century.
Simon Phillips remarked, “It was wonderful to see these beautiful pieces of furniture displayed in all their glory- in fitting surroundings- and enjoyed by people hundreds of years after they were made.”pasting
National Antiques Week 2013 - APRIL 20-28
To celebrate National Antiques Week this year, Simon Phillips highlights the importance of supreme quality design, condition, patination and authenticity that prevails the success of the antiques market today.
“Some of our historical pieces have never left English soil before. They were made by the very best
English craftsmen of their generation, from the finest English materials for the grandest families in England. They are the very best examples of their kind.
There’s no doubt that in today’s market serious buyers continue to seek the best....with provenance....and high quality.
This Georgian secrétaire bookcase is one of my all-time favourite pieces. I am enchanted not only by its strong Sutton Hall provenance but also the way in which it encompasses some of the most important aspects of 18th century furniture design and manufacture.
It undoubtedly came from one of the leading workshops in 18th century England. It has features in common with pieces by Chippendale (in particular the superior quality of the carving and style of the paterae, relating to paterae on a linen press at Harewood House in Yorkshire), while the execution of the pediment, the use of husk swags and the shape of the bracket feet relate to drawings by Mayhew and Ince. The Yorkshire cabinet-makers Wright and Elwick were also capable of producing a piece of this quality, leaving a firm attribution open.”
Time passes - but the market remains buoyant
Antique clocks have been one of the strongest classic collectibles in the antiques market since mechanical timepieces were invented.
A good antique clock is considered a serious and safe investment, and most are proud display pieces due to their aesthetic beauty.
The market for smaller 18th century clocks has never been more buoyant, their size and expediency alluring beyond the horology continuum.
A recent source stimulating appeal is from mainland China. The Chinese admire and appreciate English clocks.
Whether it is an immensely rare example of a white marble porcelain and ormolu mantelpiece, numbered 758 by the royal clockmaker Vulliamy or a Georgian bracket clock with a signed ornate engraved backplate by one of the last ‘Golden Age’ names Daniel Delander; Ronald Phillips holds a large collection of interesting and rare antique clocks for sale at our Bruton Street gallery.
Barometers are also a specialisation of the business, the range encompassing some of the most unusual and rare examples of their type. Makers who include Watkins and Smith of London, Batty Storr of York, A.J Adie and Bruner and Co are all of particular note.
Each scientific time piece and instrument typifies the best that the English 18th century furniture designers and manufacturers had to offer and each is carefully selected to best represent the style or example in the best condition.
He’s one of the masterminds behind the London art fair Masterpiece and owner of antique-furniture specialist Ronald Phillips. All-round art aficionado Simon Phillips lets Vanity Fair in on a few trade secrets.
RARE GLADSTONE MIRROR
A rare mirror which hung in a North Wales castle for generations is now on display in the Ronald Phillips gallery. This exquisite and possibly unique George II giltwood mirror was hung in Hawarden Castle, Flintshire which was the estate of the Victorian statesman, four-time Prime Minister Sir William Gladstone- where it had been since new.
Having been in the same family since it's commission in 1750 this beautiful and utterly unique artefact survives in an unbelievable state of preservation. Retaining the original oil gilding and wonderful original plate.
Today reputedly Ronald Phillips hold the largest and most comprehensive collection of mirrors, which date between 1660 and 1820 including, some of the finest Chinese reverse mirror paintings made for the English market.
Simon Phillips remarks:
"The Gladstone mirror was an exciting purchase because it is in such great condition. There is very little that has been added to it, which- when considering it was made in the middle of the 18th century- is quite amazing.
Mirrors are something that I've always particularly liked, and like paintings you can always find room for them. I feel they can add sophistication and glamour to both traditional and modern interiors.
Through The Looking Glass With Simon Phillips:
1. Choose original glass
Original glass has to come top of the list if you are looking to buy an antique mirror. In the 17th and 18th centuries glass was the most valuable part of a mirror, and it continues to be important when dealing in antique mirrors today. If an original mirror plate has been lost, so much of the history has gone with it, since much of the appeal of antique mirrors is the fact that they have been used as looking glasses for hundreds of years.
2. Find mirrors with original gilding
Original gilding is another quality to look out for. As fashions have changed over the years, many mirrors were regilded or painted, but it is best for investment purposes to have mirrors restored to their original state. In essence, always look for a mirror that has had as little repair done to it as possible.
3. Choose a mirror with a provenance
It is always great if you can find a mirror with a bit of history or a story attached to it; proof of previous owners, maker's labels or sale receipts give a piece that extra appeal.
4. Choose quality
Buy the very best!
5. Choose the best designs
Quality of design is also important. Look out for intricate carvings on the frame and beautiful bevelling in the glass.
THE V&A OPEN A NEW FURNITURE GALLERY
The Victoria and Albert Museum have recently opened a new furniture gallery, providing a permanent home for an internationally notorious collection.
The V&A has always displayed furniture across its galleries, but this will be the first dedicated exclusively to furniture and, they say, the only gallery internationally devoted to a wide-ranging display of furniture, telling the story of its production across six centuries. Some of the objects, more than 200 pieces of British and European furniture, from the Middle Ages to the present day, as well as pieces from the Americas and Asia, have not been on display for 30 years. Comparable pieces from Ronald Phillips are often drawn to the V&A collection.
This pair of Irish George III sycamore satinwood and marquetry side tables attributed to William Moore of Dublin have a frieze design that corresponds in great detail to the frieze of a commode also attributed to Moore, which is now in The Victoria and Albert Museum.
This extraordinary chimneypiece that was at one time housed in Stedcombe House Devon, corresponds in almost every detail to a design by Matthias Lock, published in 1752 and which is now in the Victoria and Albert Museum, and is to date the only known realisation of the drawing.