VE always champions the very best – whether that’s in decorative antiques or highly fashionable Mid-century designs, and we certainly bring you an eclectic mix of them all in this issue.
Our 14-page section includes a selection of top-notch European design dealers to check out, along with four fabulous events to quench your thirst for homeware, taking place from March until April from the UK to Belgium, across to The Netherlands and back again.
The V&A will also keep you busy over the next few months, with two fabulous exhibitions. The rst explores the impact of the Ocean liner on art, architecture, design and film. This is followed by an exhibition on Nordic Design for Children, which is sure to bring out the big kid in you. Surely you remember watching the Moomins on TV?
Beginning with Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s steamship, the Great Eastern of 1859, the exhibition will trace ocean liner design, from the Beaux-Arts interiors of Kronprinz Wilhelm, Titanic and her sister ship, Olympic, to the floating Art Deco palaces of the Queen Mary and Normandie, and the streamlined Modernism of the SS United States and QE2.
So, have we all been dead busy here putting together a spectacular issue for your delight and delectation? Have we searched high and low for the top stories to keep the VE reader’s finger on the design pulse? We certainly have!
We give you the low-down on Ray Harryhausen – master of model stop-motion animation – and check out his incredible creations of movie monsters and artefacts going under the hammer in Surrey this month. But that’s just the beginning, because this issue is bursting with so many goodies.
Step through the small door at 135 All Saints Street, and you'll journey back in time to a forgotten and truly magical world.
Once, long ago in the depths of winter, when the sun had left the sky and the sea had ghosted into grey, threads of smoke began to rise from the dwellings huddled in Hastings’ old fishing quarter. Fires were being lit, bread was being baked and little lights began twinkling behind the tightly shuttered windows at 135 All Saints Street – a Christmas tale had begun.
Kerry Taylor Auctions first sale of 2018 is a bumper one with over 500 lots of antique costume, vintage fashion, accessories, textiles and lace. The sale includes highly wearable and luxury brands including Hermès, Chanel, McQueen, Louis Vuitton, Louboutin and others.
Following on the great success of the last auction, they are also pleased to include Part II of the fabulously glamorous and superbly tailored Jean-Louis Scherrer archive (lots 104-139).
They have a strong vintage section with the 1920s-50s well represented. Our antique dress dates from the 18th century, including a beautiful French blue and white striped open-robe, a silk stomacher and others.
Chorley’s forthcoming sale, Tuesday 20th and Wednesday 21st March, offers an important private collection of Republican-era porcelain. The highlight will be a set of four rectangular porcelain plaques by Bi Botao (1885-1961) representing the four seasons. Bi Botao was a member of the well-known group ‘The Eight Friends of Zhushan’. The group comprised the best porcelain artists of the period and revitalised the Chinese porcelain industry after the political unrest in 19th Century China and the subsequent fall of the Qing dynasty. The plaques, which are delicately painted with frogs, a spider, turtles and a snake respectively, ask £18,000-22,000 and were acquired from Peter Wain’s ‘Millenium List’ 1999.