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The Royal Collection Trust SILVER, BELLS AND NAUTILUS SHELLS: ROYAL CABINETS OF CURIOSITY AND ANTIQUARIAN COLLECTING – An English Wunderkammer Nautilus cup, Nikolaus Schmidt, c.1600
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Art Antiques London Announces 6th Annual Edition in Kensington Gardens, London,  12-18 June 2015  --  Face to Face: Dame Rosalind Savill in Conversation with The Duke of Wellington on the Bicentenary of the Battle of Waterloo Will Highlight Lecture Programme

Anna and Brian Haughton, the London-based international art and antiques Fair organizers have announced plans for Art Antiques London, which will run from 12th-18th June 2015 in Kensington Gardens, London. It will be the 6th edition of this acclaimed Fair which takes place in a purpose-built pavilion in Kensington Gardens. Set in the beautiful parkland of Kensington Gardens, the Fair’s Pavilion is positioned next to the Albert Memorial and opposite the Royal College of Art and The Royal Albert Hall. Art Antiques London is the first fair to take place on the historic site of the Great Exhibition of 1851. Art Antiques London brings together more than 60 exciting international art and antiques dealers offering exceptional works of art, among them many of museum quality. Furniture, paintings, drawings, sculpture, textiles, ceramics, glass, clocks, watches, jewellery, objets de vertu, silver, antiquities and Asian art are among the many different categories included and for sale.

The superb lecture programme is a particular feature of the Fair, underpinning its academic credentials and always receives acclaim from collectors and museum curators. The Fair has been most successful in furthering the tradition of collecting, connoisseurship and academia, setting the fair apart from other events in the Capital. The Fair presents a serious platform, that, according to Anna Somers Cocks in The Art Newspaper (20 June 2013) “like the Old Master drawings fair in Paris, but unlike most other fairs today,… is an encounter between people who really want to talk art and handle objects knowledgeably.”  

Monday, 15 June 2015

The centerpiece of this year’s lecture programme is FACE TO FACE:  DAME ROSALIND SAVILL IN CONVERSATION WITH THE DUKE OF WELLINGTON. For Charles, 9th Duke of Wellington, 18 June 2015 is a stupendous day, celebrating the Bicentenary of the 1st Duke’s defeat of Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo.   In his conversation with Dame Rosalind at AAL, the Duke will consider the Battle of Waterloo and the bicentenary celebrations at Apsley House, its collections and the artistic legacy of the 1st Duke of Wellington. The 1st Duke bought Apsley House at Hyde Park Corner in 1817 as a showpiece for the extraordinary paintings and works of art bestowed on him by the grateful nations of Europe, and today it is the home of the present Duke and his family.  The Duke takes a keen curatorial interest in its intimate magnificence, and his passion for the works of art includes the desire to add to its already illustrious collection.  FACE TO FACE will discuss how these collections still represent a remarkable era in our national history and how vital the family’s interest is in the continuing success of Apsley House.   Apsley House interior above - Waterloo Gallery

Preceding the FACE TO FACE lecture, Dame Rosalind Savill introduces the Historian and Author, Count Adam Zamoyski, the award-winning British historian, author and specialist in Napoleonic history will present the lecture, “NAPOLEON -- THE MAN AND THE PHENOMENON.”  Count Zamoyski will consider Napoleon’s Egyptian campaign, which laid the foundations of Egyptology, his looting of works of art from all over Europe, his foundation of the Louvre, his promotion of the Empire style in manufacturing, his patronage of the Sèvres porcelain works and his monumental building projects were all part of this grand vision.
About Dame Rosalind Savill
Dame Rosalind Savill DBE, FBA, FSA, Curator Emeritus, the Wallace Collection, London, became a Museum Assistant in the Ceramics Department of the Victoria and Albert Museum in 1973, moving to the Wallace Collection in 1974. There she worked for thirty-seven years, becoming an Assistant Director in 1979 and Director in 1992, and retired in 2011.  Her major publication is The Wallace Collection: Catalogue of Sèvres Porcelain, 3 vols, 1988, which won her the National Art-Collection Fund prize for Scholarship in 1990, and she has written numerous articles and papers, chiefly on Sèvres porcelain. In 1990 she became a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, in 2000 she was awarded a CBE for Services to the Study of Ceramics, in 2006 she became a Fellow of the British Academy, and in 2009 she was awarded a DBE for Services to the Arts.  She has Visiting Professorships from the University of Buckingham and the University of the Arts, London, won the European Woman of Achievement Award (Arts and Media) 2005, and was a Member of the Conseil d’Administration at Sèvres Cité de la Céramique.  Currently her Trusteeships include the Royal Collection Trust, the Samuel Courtauld Trust, the Buccleuch Living Heritage Trust and the Hertford House Trust.  She is also President of the French Porcelain Society, and on the Arts Panel of the National Trust, and of the Academic Committee at Waddesdon Manor.
About Count Adam Zamoyski
Although born in New York, in 1949, Adam Zamoyski was brought up in England and spent much of his youth in other European countries.  He was educated at Downside and read History and Modern Languages at Queen’s College Oxford.  Zamoyski’s family originates in Poland.  His parents left the country when it was invaded by Germany and Russia in 1939, and were stranded in exile when the Soviets took it over at the end of World War II.  Zamoyski was drawn to Poland by both the historical processes at work there as well as family ties, and began to visit in the late 1960s.  He is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, of the Royal Society of Arts, and of the Royal Society of Literature.   Adam Zamoyski is married to the painter Emma Sergeant and lives in London.
Academic Programmes at Art Antiques London 2015:
The Fair will host Study Days for The Silver Society, The English Ceramics Circle and The Jewellery Historians together with a number of other important lectures.
Among the highlights of the Lecture Programme:

Kathryn Jones, Curator of Decorative Arts,
The Royal Collection Trust

The great treasuries of Henry VIII and Elizabeth I list curiosities from around the world – unicorn horns, works of amber, pelican bones and wrought pieces of silver and gold. This tradition of collecting was widespread in the courts of Europe but less well known in England and does not appear to have been widely pursued by later monarchs. Yet historic inventories and other archival documents do offer occasional glimpses of an English Wunderkammer containing humming birds, whale's ribs and bezoar stones, as well as exquisitely carved Roman gemstones and works of art by Holbein. It was the greatest royal collector, however, who revived the tradition of his forebears in his collections of the early nineteenth century. George IV's great collection included items of silver gilt, ivory, amber, mother of pearl, jewelled cups and nautilus shells. Kathryn Jones will look at the history of these royal cabinets of curiosities and some of the surviving wonders in the Royal Collection.

Other lectures include Jeffrey Munger, Porcelain Highlights at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Prof Dr. Ulrich Pietsch, Director of Public Art Collections, Dresden: “Fantastical Worlds – Painting on Meissen Porcelain and German faïence by Adam Friedrich von Löwenfinck 1714-1754”, and Dr. Alfred Ziffer on The Ansbach Residence Collection.

‘Party in the Park’ Charity Opening
in Aid of JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) 10 June 2015@Art Antiques London

This year’s glittering charity opening ‘Party in the Park’ at Art Antiques London is in aid of JDRF, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.  For a glimpse of last year’s ‘Party in the Park’ for “Children in Crisis” please click:

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Art Antiques London New Exhibitors:

Joining Art Antiques London this year is Röbbig Munich, one of the world’s leading specialists of outstanding Meissen porcelain. Their objects fulfil the highest demands in terms of quality, condition, originality and rarity and are accordingly restricted to wares stemming from the days of the manufactory’s prime between circa 1710 and 1750.  Their very rare porcelain wares range from the Viennese manufactory set up by Claudius Innocentius Du Paquier to carefully selected objects from Germany’s Frankenthal, Fürstenberg, Höchst, Ludwigsburg, Nymphenburg and KPM Berlin manufactories.   In addition to porcelain, Röbbig Munich is also known for high-quality 18th century furniture, appointments, paintings, bronzes and clocks of French and German origin.


New exhibitor Altea Maps offer a wide selection of superb antique maps, sea charts and atlases covering all parts of the world.  Their stock ranges from the early printed maps of 1477 to about 1900; from miniature maps to large scale / wall maps, atlas produced maps and separately published broadsheets. Massimo De Martini started trading as Altea Maps in 1992 and over the years he has earned a reputation for supplying high quality maps and atlases, at fair prices, to first-time buyers, experienced collectors and institutions all over the world. His gallery is in the heart of London’s Mayfair, opposite the Sotheby’s.

Among the returning exhibitors to the 2015 Fair are Marchant, Röell Fine Art, Samina, Inc., Adrian Sassoon,  Strachan Fine Art. ( List in formation)

“Both the exhibitors and the public love this Fair,” commented exhibitor John Howard, who continued to say that Art Antiques London is “accessible and fresh, and exceedingly comfortable for my clients who are known to have high standards.”  That Art Antiques London attracted a discerning, knowledgeable audience is one of the most frequently heard comments among the exhibiting dealers.
Fair Essentials: 
Art Antiques London

Fair Address:
Albert Memorial West Lawn,
Kensington Gardens,
London, SW7, UK 
(Opposite the Royal Albert Hall)     Tel: + 44 (0)20 7389 6555 
Public Opening Hours:
12th June - 18th, June, 2015
11.00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
except for Sunday and the last day when fair closes at 6:00 p.m. 
Private View:   11 June 
Art Antiques London
Press Contact:
Magda Grigorian
Haughton International Fairs
Tel: New York:  (212) 877-0202
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Haughton International Fairs
15 Duke Street
St. James's
London, United Kingdom
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About Haughton International Fairs

Husband and wife team Brian and Anna Haughton, from London, have been a strong force in the art market for nearly 30 years as the organisers of four international fairs in New York and a fifth in London. They were the first to give a substantial body of top European and subsequently Far Eastern dealers the opportunity to exhibit in the United States. Throughout, the Haughtons’ aim has been to create “an international community of interest in art, antiques and design – one in which commerce and academia live harmoniously.” They boldly entered the American fairs arena in 1989 with The International Fine Art & Antique Dealers Show and a line-up of exhibitors drawn from among the world’s most prestigious art dealers, including many of the top names in New York itself and, with them, a fabulous selection of high-end art and antiques. Taking place at New York’s Park Avenue Armory (Park Avenue at 67th Street) it quickly became one of the most important fairs in the world. Prior to this the Haughtons had already initiated their idea of creating an international forum with The International Ceramics Fair & Seminar, held annually in London every June since 1982. Art Antiques London will now incorporate The Ceramics Fair and bring in new and exciting collecting areas.

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