Notwithstanding the unseasonably high temperatures, autumn has most definitely arrived. We have seen off the ‘trick or treaters’ and stand prepared for the visual and aural onslaught that is firework’s night. The leaves are finally turning on the trees, the nights are drawing in and your thoughts are probably starting to turn to Christmas……where did that year go to?
Our magnificent Henry Moore prints are currently still up on the walls and include his first ever etching, which was executed to illustrate a poem by Herbert Read as well as one of only two wood engravings that Moore ever made which also happens to be his first ever recorded print from 1931; number 1 in the catalogue raisonné of his graphic work!
Moore made more than 700 prints during his lifetime, which is impressive by any standard so if you enjoy his sculpture, you will love his prints and really should own one.
Of course, as you might expect, we don’t stay still for long and continue to bring new and exciting things for your delight. Once the Moore show is down we will be undertaking another of our mixed hangs which will include two beautiful pieces by Allen Jones, Improvisation and Tree, along with new prints by Patrick Caulfield and some wonderful etchings by Anthony Gross which show his work as a 20 year old, alongside Gross as an older, more mature artist.
We also have some lovely examples of Picasso’s LinoGravure as well as Hockney etchings and lithographs by Miro, Matisse, Chagall and Dali. Don’t forget some of those smaller pieces which make ideal gifts by artists such as Tenniel, Gill, Nash and Grosz……frankly we could keep this name-dropping up all day but then you wouldn’t have time to come in and have a look for yourselves.
We try to show as much variety as possible but with our limited space, there is always more to find below stairs and we are happy to open the stock room for you to have a good rummage. Furthermore, as an increasing number of people will attest, if you can’t see it on our walls or in our stock room, we are happy to bring things in from our sister gallery for you to view, no strings attached.
Every week we are adding new things to our stock so don’t miss out on the opportunity to find that perfect addition to your walls.
Pots, pots, pots
We are gradually refreshing our stock of pots and in the spirit of always wanting to try new things we have just taken delivery of some work by world-renowned Japanese/British potter Takeshi Yasuda. Yasuda works in porcelain so it is markedly different to the usual fare of studio pottery that normally lines our shelves, both upstairs and down.
Although his early work consisted of ash-glazed stoneware, after which he explored Sancai and Creamware, his most recent work uses celadon-glazed porcelain and his sculptural forms are certainly worthy of inspection. Yasuda now lives and works in China and his work is held in major collections around the world.
Prices start from £60 for a press moulded cream jug and £65 for an espresso cup and saucer and go up to £5,000 for a medium bowl with gold.
7 January 2015 – Maîtres de l’Affiche and French Art Deco Pochoir