Issue 20

Christmas is coming, the geese are getting fat
Chanukah approaches with all that goes with that
Gift-giving is in the air, it is that time of year
It is also when we like to be full of real good cheer!
We may not be award-winning poets but we do care and to show you how much, we have made sure that we are stocked with some really good stuff to help you through this time of the year. We have some wonderful ideas for gifts for those special people in your life. We have made more of our stock accessible by setting aside a room, especially so that you can rummage through the small things. Called our ‘room of small things’, it is full of all sorts of goodies, any one of which could be the answer to that perennial question……what do you want for Christmas/ Chanukah/birthday (delete as applicable)?

But we don’t just have the room of small things. We have a splendid array of larger paintings, pastels, watercolours and prints for your delectation. For example, we are very excited because we have just brought in one of the original studies for the Tottenham Court Road tube station mosaics. Designed and painted by the iconic pop artist Eduardo Paolozzi, this oil on melamine panel with screen-printed outline was considered a ‘tour de force’ by eminent art critic, Richard Cork.

Eduardo Paolozzi, Untitled, Oil on Melamine, £19,750
Eduardo Paolozzi, Untitled, Oil on Melamine, £19,750

We are also loving our Dali etchings on parchment from his portfolio Roi, je t’attend à Babylone; we have some beautiful new pieces in by Dora Holzhandler, oils, water-colours and pastels; and we would tell you about our beautiful new Pasmore etchings but most of them have sold, already….so the few that we have left may not last much longer!

We are delighted to bring, for the first time, a couple of superb works on paper by Polish émigré, Jankel Adler. Adler was an extraordinary artist who came to this country in 1941 and had a profound impact on the work of, amongst others, two leading Scottish artists, Robert Colquhoun and Robert MacBryde. His life was relatively short and certainly full of drama and complexity and his art is astonishing.

Jankel Adler, Blue Interior, Signed Gouache, £12,000
Jankel Adler, Blue Interior, Signed Gouache, £12,000
Jankel Adler, Nude Girl, Unsigned Watercolour, £12,000
Jankel Adler, Nude Girl, Unsigned Watercolour, £12,000

Pots for presents…

We have also made an effort to increase the variety of pots that we have on offer which fall under the £250 mark. We have a bevy of bowls; bowls in all shapes and sizes by almost all of our potters, the majority of which fall below that price point. We also have some lovely pieces for larger budgets, including some brand new pieces in by Clive Bowen, as well as Jim Malone, Phil Rogers and Anne Mette Hjortshøj. We have also brought in some great new examples of Lisa Hammond’s work for you to inspect. In fact, as always, we have something for almost everyone lurking within our walls.

The 'Room of Small Things'
The ‘Room of Small Things’
Clive Bowen, Pedestal bowl; cream with green rim & brown slip trailing, 13.0cm x 24.0cm, £175
Clive Bowen, Pedestal bowl; cream with green rim & brown slip trailing, 13.0cm x 24.0cm, £175

Important Date for the Diary

7 January 2015Maîtres de l’Affiche and French Art Deco Pochoir. Some of the most enduring images of fin de siècle Paris are the colourful posters emblazoned on boulevard hoardings, café walls and colonnes Morris, the ubiquitous advertising rotundas. Consumer art had never before been so appealing, as posters for cabarets, alcohol, music halls, perfumes and operas turned Paris streets into a riotous art gallery. Although many leading artists quickly recognised the attractions the poster medium offered for their work – one only has to think of Lautrec and Mucha – it was one man who pioneered the movement.

Christmas/New Year opening dates

We will be open on Christmas Eve as expected (because it is a Wednesday) but just in case you need an extra opportunity to get those last minute gifts, we shall also open on Tuesday 23 December. Normal hours apply. We will then be closed throughout Christmas and will not open our doors again until Friday 2 January.

We therefore wish you all a very festive season and an optimistic new year.