Philip Mould is a global expert on Old Master and British portraiture and has become renowned as a sleuth for uncovering sleepers and lost artworks from the depths of art history. [...]
Strong sales and record attendance position Masterpiece London at the heart of the London art season Since Masterpiece’s launch in 2010 it has established itself as an annual event in […]
Objective: During London Collections: Men, the bespoke tailors of Savile Row and luxury menswear retailers of Burlington Arcade (including Crockett & Jones, Harrys of London, Jimmy Choo Men, Church’s, Thomas […]
Cultivating relationships with existing customers through events. HSBC is known for being the world’s local high street bank however, their HSBC Premier Wealth services are less well-known. [...]
My love affair with Chelsea FC started over 25 years ago when I was a mere youth and the only cash injection came from the slightly surly Ken Bates (the current Chelski ownership was not even a pipe dream).
The first game I went to was Chelsea v. Liverpool – when the reds were at their height with John Barnes leading the charge and we were distinctly average. My boyfriend of the time, Otto took me to the shed end – and so my love affair with the blues began. With the odds stacked heavily against Chelsea, we won the game 4:3. It was exhilarating and nail biting stuff, beating Liverpool goal for goal.
There were plenty of reasons that this would be my team. I grew up in South West London. My Mum’s employer was one of the sponsors plastered on the pitch side hoardings. And of course because of Otto who had pitched his allegiance to Chelsea at an early age, encouraged by his uncle David Bathurst, an Impressionist specialist at Christie’s. And here it is that 2 of my passions were united. This rarefied auction house chose to ditch the boardroom in favour of doing much of their corporate entertainment amongst the dulcet chants of ‘One Man went to Mow’ and ‘Celery’. I am not sure when Christie’s first became regular devotees at Stamford Bridge, but suffice to say that before auction houses legally had to declare lots unsold, Christie’s would shout out names of the Chelsea team as the fantasy bidders of unsold lots.
Christie’s was where I started my career and serendipitously my passion for Chelsea meant I could happily banter with those on the top table (auctioneers and directors), even though I was fresh from uni and low in the pecking order. It was a great education and fast tracked my knowledge for the market, preparing the auctioneer’s book with the likes of Ed Dolman, who went on to be CEO of Christie’s and is now at Phillips new state of the art venue in Berkeley Square.
Chelsea continued to influence my choices. Indecisive of what my next career move should be post Christie’s and pre Bonh [...]
This year was the 300th anniversary of the Coronation of King George I, Britain’s first Hanoverian King who gave his name to a period of British history now eponymous with […]
After having the privilege of working with numerous major television channels at last summer’s Masterpiece London art fair, I was curious to learn more about the broadcast world. Several months […]
This time last week, hordes of watch enthusiasts were flocking through the doors of SalonQP 2014. In the rooms of London’s majestic Saatchi Gallery, the finest watch brands from around the […]
In July, London sales were dominated by news of Sotheby’s spectacular results – £68.3 million was realised from a pre-sale £39 million estimate, with records broken for lesser known Italian masters, such as Luca Giordano and Giovanni da Rimini. Following this, and the art-centric frenzy of earlier October, the mid season Old Masters sales at the Big Three auction houses produced some interesting results.
At Christie’s, 142 lots sold for £2,244,250, with several achieving sensationally high prices. A wooded landscape with two monkeys eating grapes by French painter Philippe Jacques de Loutherbourg (1740–1812) took £116,500, seven times its £15,000 high estimate. Head of a Bearded Old Man, by Sir Joshua Reynolds (1723–92) achieved £92,500 -15 times the £6,000 high estimate. An oil on panel The Garden of Love, from the circle of Rubens (1577–1640) sold for £128,500, its high estimate was £30,000. Three charming Irish School full length portraits sold (each) for approximately 10 times their estimates.
The rain might have been coming down in irregular gusts, making street-side queuing a less than glamourous affair, but it certainly did not dampen the spirits of those out on the art trail in the run up to Frieze week… And I was one of those water-logged specimens hot on the trail of creativity.
Last Tuesday was a full soirée that occupied a postage-stamp sized square of Shoreditch, from a photography exhibition in Redhurch Street via Pizza East and to a screening at Shoreditch House. The exhibition was a fantastic array of rock images of the ’70s and ’80s by Bob Gruen – some familiar – all fuelled with a hazy atmosphere of sex, drugs, high-heeled boots and very tight pants! Particularly captivating photographs included Joan Jett staring straight down the lens, eyes black kohl rimmed and legs just apart, Joe Strummer disappearing down a hazy, rain slicked street or the Ramones from the New York subway in Queens.
The juxtaposition of these renowned anarchists yelling from the walls set among the conservatively-suited guests straight from their desks was a little offbeat, but was helpfully aided by a number of old time rockers revealing their tell-tale struts across the room. My partner-in-crime for the evening was Ben Gooder who had done his own time living it up in New York in a band and even supporting the Rockats – represented on Tuesday by none other than stand-up bass player Smutty Smith who was full of tales of Andy Warhol and the Factory as well as Robert Mapplethorpe, that had my antennae stretched to the max. Also full of tales of the era – albeit tinged with a little squalor – was guitarist and singer Walter Lure of Johnny Thunders and the Heartbreakers, who told of his heroine-fuelled initiation into the band. Thankfully years later he managed to beat the habit and went on to Wall Street! Ben, Walter, Smutty and Bob exchanged memories from gigs to hair products and I could do little but listen attentively.
Last Wednesday evening Daniel Crouch Rare Books hosted the preview of ‘Mapping London’ at the gallery@oxo on the South Bank of London’s pride and joy: the River Thames. The launch […]