Paul Sandby, Windsor Castle from the Thames with figures in the foreground, estimate £40,000 – 60,000
A charming and important early nineteenth century view of Windsor Castle by the master of the genre, Paul Sandby, is one of the major lots at Bonhams sale of selected contents of Hooton Pagnell Hall in London on 1 December.  It is estimated at £40,000 – 60,000.
Windsor Castle from the Thames with figures in the foreground was painted in 1802 and bears a striking resemblance to Sandby’s picture in the collection of Her Majesty the Queen, Windsor Castle from the Eton Shore.  The view from the Thames, however, has some wonderful enlivening human touches; a group of working horses, the young family with their scampering dog, the laden barge and the horse-drawn cart that has been driven into the river to receive its cargo. Sandby provides a snapshot of Georgian life against the backdrop of the awe-inspiring castle with all the historic connotations it would have held for 18th century antiquarians.
In a long, fruitful career, Sandby (1730 – 1809) travelled the length and breadth of England and Wales achieving great success for his watercolour depictions of the architectural heritage of the land.
Bonhams Director of Old Master Paintings, Andrew McKenzie said: “Windsor Castle was a favourite theme for Paul Sandby and his Windsor views were in much demand – the famous botanist and antiquarian, Joseph Banks, owned at least 70 of them. It is entirely in keeping with the importance of Hooton Pagnell Hall that its owners should have acquired such a serene and elegant example of Sandby’s work.”
Hooton Pagnell Hall
Hooton Pagnell Hall, parts of which date from the 13th century, has been home to the Warde family for more than 300 years. Successive generations have added to the contents and the house is a fascinating reflection of changing taste and fashion over the centuries. The current owner, Mark Warde-Norbury, has now decided to sell a selection of objects. As he explained to the arts journalist Philippa Stockley writing in Bonhams Magazine, “We have five grand pianos and six grandfather clocks.  We have to clear some things out in order to move forward.”



A dozen veteran cars head to Bonhams 101 New Bond Street headquarters, ready for the annual London to Brighton Run Sale. Now entering its 12th year, the auction offers an incredible selection of veteran motor cars, this year starring the 1903 Clement Model AC4R Four-Cylinder Rear-Entrance Tonneau, estimated at £400,000-500,000.

Tim Schofield, Bonhams UK Head of Motor Cars, said: “We’ve got a wonderful selection of exciting veteran cars at this year’s auction, including two vehicles – an 1899 Panhard-Levassor Type M2E 4hp Two-Seater, estimated at £300,000-350,000, and an 1899 Star Benz 3½hp Vis-à-Vis, estimated at £60,000-70,000 – that are over 115-years old. It’s an incredible and unusual sale, transporting visitors back to the golden age of motoring.”
One of the most advanced cars of its day, the Clement has a long known British history, now returning to the UK from American ownership. Its very earliest days were recorded in the programme for the London to Brighton Run in 1934.
The auction also boasts a magnificent 1904 Napier Model D45 12HP Side-Entrance Four-Cylinder Tourer, one of the few Napier models that were assembled in period in America. It has been part of three major international car collections, has four cylinders, a four speed gearbox, carries five passengers, is exceptionally rare and comes with an enviable record of completed Brighton Runs. It is now offered at an estimate of £350,000-400,000.
Further automotive masterpieces from across the century and beyond include a 1904 Columbia Mark XLIII Two-Cylinder Rear-entrance Tonneau, estimated at £90,000-110,000, and what was commonly regarded as America’s premier make of petrol motor car, a 1904 Winton 4¼-Litre 20hp Two-Cylinder Detachable Rear-Entrance Tonneau, estimated at £130,000-160,000.
Held on 30th October at Bonhams flagship showroom on 101 New Bond Street, the annual London to Brighton Run Sale will offer over 100 lots of both veteran motor cars and automobilia.
The Bonhams London to Brighton Sale celebrates the longest-running motoring event in the world; the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run. The sale exclusively features pre-1905 cars, each eligible for the Run.
Bonhams sale takes place during ‘London Motor Week’ – a series of events hosted by the world famous Royal Automobile Club which also includes the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run, a Literary Festival, Motoring Forum and the Regent Street Motor Show. The first Run took place in 1896, and since then it has taken place almost every year since its 1927 revival.

More information on the Run can be found at

All the details of the upcoming Frieze Masters Art Fair

Art Fairs

Frieze Masters 2015 will offer an unparalleled opportunity to discover a world history of art, showcasing 130 leading modern and historical galleries including sections curated by Clara M Kim, Sir Norman Rosenthal and Clare Lilley (Director of Programme, Yorkshire Sculpture Park). An expanded programme of Talks will include Lawrence Weiner (artist), J. Tomilson Hill (collector), Annabelle Selldorf (architect),Wim Pijbes (General Director, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam) and Ali Smith (writer), among many others.

Taking place in London’s The Regent’s Park from 14–18 October 2015, in a bespoke structure designed by Selldorf Architects, Frieze Masters is supported by Main Sponsor Deutsche Bank for the fourth consecutive year, with Gucci as Associate Sponsor and sponsor of Frieze Masters Talks.

Several Thousand Years of Art
For the fourth edition of the fair, the world’s leading galleries will present an unrivalled quality, breadth and depth of work, from highly collectible objects to significant masterpieces.

In the main section of Frieze Masters, galleries continue the fair’s tradition of ambitious curated presentations, including solo exhibitions by modern mas- ters Frank Auerbach (Marlborough Fine Art, London), Sam Gilliam (David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles), Richard Hamilton (Alan Cristea Gallery, London), Carmen Herrera (Lisson Gallery, London), Roy Lichtenstein (Castelli Gallery, London), Michelangelo Pistoletto (Galleria Continua, San Gimignano) and Kwon Young Woo (Tina Kim Gallery, New York & Kukje Gallery, Seoul), among others.

Andrew Edmunds (London) will present a monograph of works by 18th-century caricaturist James Gillray; whilst Les Enluminures (New York), taking part in the fair for the first time, will showcase Medieval and Renaissance manuscripts and finger rings, including one of the last richly illuminated manuscripts of Guillaume de Lorris & Jean de Meun’s Roman de la Rose remaining in private hands. Richard Nagy Ltd (London), also new to the fair, and Richard L. Feigen & Co. (New York), will transform their stands into atmospheric interiors, richly curated to invoke historical periods or specific places. Once again, Helly Nahmad is working with a set designer on a spectacular presentation.

Richard Green’s (London) booth, inspired by the Cornish coastline, will feature paintings by Ben Nicholson and LS Lowry, as well as bronze sculptures by Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore; whilst Rupert Wace (London) will present a Greek Bronze Votive Horse (750-730 BC), an exceptional example of symbolic art from the Geometric period. More standout works include a pair of Japanese six-panel screens from the early 17th century (Sebastian Izzard LLC, New York) and a rare, recently restored portrait painting by Cornelis de Vos (1584-1651), presented by Salomon Lilian (Amsterdam).

A recent phenomenon, which encapsulates the spirit of Frieze Masters to juxtapose and embrace art of all periods, is a growing culture of shared stands. Hauser & Wirth and Moretti Fine Art (both London) will collaborate on ‘an ideal collection’ of works spanning the centuries, placing 14th-century Italian panels alongside the likes of Hans Arp and Louise Bourgeois; whilst Karsten Schubert and Tomasso Brothers Fine Art (both London) will juxtapose modern masterpieces by Bridget Riley with Old Master drawings and ancient portrait sculpture.

The new feature section Collections, curated by Sir Norman Rosenthal, will introduce various types of work to the fair, from an impressive selection of Japanese netsuke (Sydney Moss, London); to a 40-piece display of Ital- ian maiolica from the 15th to 17th centuries (Bazaart, London). It will also include a collection of rare wooden Egyptian sculpture, including an exceptional large statue from the Fifth Dynasty (2500-2400 BC) (Sycomore Ancient Art, London).

The Spotlight section, curated for the first time by Clara M Kim and dedicated to solo presentations of 20th-century art, will reveal foundational moments in art through pioneering figures. These include Pop artists from Brazil and Japan – Wanda Pimentel with Anita Schwartz Galeria de Arte (Rio de Janeiro) and Keiichi Tanaami with Nanzuka (Tokyo). Visitors can also discover Global conceptualists of the American West Coast, such as Jess (Anglim Gilbert Gallery, San Francisco), and of Eastern Europe with Ana Lupas (P420, Bologna).

Sculpture Park
The Frieze Sculpture Park 2015 comprises 16 new and historical works, set in the English Gardens between Frieze Masters and Frieze London. Selected by Clare Lilley (Director of Programme, Yorkshire Sculpture Park) and with free public access, the Frieze Sculpture Park gives visitors to The Regent’s Park a rare opportunity to encounter exceptional sculpture and installation art by international artists in the open air.

Works for 2015 include: Lock (1976-7), a major installation by Richard Serra, which Peter Freeman (New York) will be shown for the first time publicly since it was exhibited at the Whitney Museum in 1976; Anri Sala’s Holey Wall (Should I Stay or Should I Go) (2014-15), remade for Frieze together with live performances originally commissioned for the 12th Havana Biennial (Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris & Marian Goodman Gallery, London); a new solar-powered sound and light work by Haroon Mirza (Lisson Gallery, London); Earth Play (1979), Seung-Taek Lee’s monumental balloon model of the earth (Gallery Hyundai, Seoul); Open Screen (2014) by Carol Bove (David Zwirner, London) and an impressive 11th-14th Century AD pre-Ekoi monolith from Western Africa (Didier Claes, Brussels).

For the third year the Art Fund, the national fundraising charity for art, will develop a dedicated app for the Sculpture Park with detailed information on each of the sculptures and an audio guide by curator Clare Lilley.

Frieze Masters Talks
In 2015 Frieze Masters Talks expands to feature nine conversations, co-programmed for the first time by Jennifer Higgie (Co-editor frieze and Editor, Frieze Masters magazine) who joins Jasper Sharp (Adjunct Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna). Frieze Masters Talks is supported by Gucci, Associate Sponsor of the fair.

Jasper Sharp said, ‘The programme planned for this year is the most comprehensive to date, with contributions from an international line-up of artists, curators, museum directors, dealers, critics and writers, all exploring the vital relationship between the art of the past and the present, its acquisition, creation and display.’

2015 participants include artists Michaël Borremans, Abraham Cruzvillegas, Ellen Gallagher and Lawrence Weiner, in conversation with museum curators Wim Pijbes (General Director, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam), Frederick Ilchman (Chair, Art of Europe at Museum of Fine Arts, Boston), Dr. Minna Moore Ede (Assistant Curator of Renaissance Paintings, National Gallery, London) and Colin Wiggins (Special Projects Curator, National Gallery, London). Five new panels exploring specialist sections of the fair and wider themes of collecting, curating and writing will feature Tomilson Hill (collector), Ali Smith (writer), Mark Godfrey (Senior Curator, International Art, Tate Modern, London), Melvin Edwards (artist), Pamela Joyner (collector) and Sjarel Ex (Director, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam), among many others.

Restaurants at Frieze Masters
At Frieze Masters, visitors will find some of London’s favourite bars and res- taurants. The Arts Club joins the fair for the first time, expanding from May- fair with a pop-up bar offering cocktails, wine and Champagne. Michelin- starred Locanda Locatelli will return to the fair for a fourth consecutive year, alongside Umu which has just received its second Michelin star. For more informal dining, GAIL’s Artisan Bakery will offer fresh, seasonal options.

Further Information
Opening alongside the contemporary fair Frieze London, Frieze Masters will take place 14–18 October 2015 in The Regent’s Park, London. Together the two fairs offer an unmissable opportunity to view, experience and acquire art. Frieze Masters is sponsored by Deutsche Bank for the fourth consecutive year, continuing a shared commitment to discovery.

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Talks programme released for ArtBahrain

Art Fairs

As the momentum builds for the inaugural ArtBahrain – the international art fair in Manama, Bahrain – has announced ArtBahrain Talks, its in-depth education forum and a VIP programme.

ArtBahrain Talks and the VIP programme will be headed up by Janet Rady and Renaud Siegmann respectively, bringing their wealth of experience to the Middle Eastern art market.

Rady’s ArtBahrain Talks will include daily guest speaking slots delivered from some of the participating international and Bahraini artists at ArtBahrain, consisting of three sessions of talks, discussions and presentations per day from 13 – 15 October 2015.

Designed for a small group of VIP participants, the sessions will highlight topics including collecting art, the preservation of art and sharing/patronage of the arts. These workshops will be followed by individual MENASA artists’ presentations who will showcase their practice. The speakers will be drawn from a range of international and regional specialists and each will give an opportunity to engage with the other and to enrich their knowledge base in the context of a Bahraini forum.

Artists participating at the ArtBahrain Talks panel discussions include artists Elisabeth de Bolza, Zoulikha Bouabdellah and Bassam Kyrillos. Workshops will be held by speakers such as Francesca Polo, Executive Director of Vastari, Pierre- Olivier Baudot of Baudot Patrimony, an investment fine art and collectables company, and Priya Khanna, an Indian art restorer.

Meanwhile, Siegmann’s tailored VIP programme will aim to give visitors an expansive insight into the artistic history and culture of Bahrain, with a guided tour throughout the entirety of the fair. This includes visits to the Bahrain National Museum, the Bahrain Arts Society, the House of Qur’an and the Bahrain Fort.

There will also be a VIP preview of ArtBahrain on 12 October 2015, one day prior to the public opening.

Both programmes exemplify the CEO Kaneka Subberwal’s aim to promote ArtBahrain to the emerging creative industries in Bahrain and the Middle East. “I feel the inclusion of ArtBahrain Talks and our VIP Programme will create an immersive experience for those coming to Bahrain for the first time. Being interactive and engaging our audience will be key if we want to show the full potential of Bahrain.”

ArtBahrain is preparing to host up to 200 international art collectors, 2,000 VIP clients and approximately 10,000 visitors. The event is set to be a culminating point for artists, art collectors and art lovers.

ArtBahrain will take place from 13 to 16 October 2015.

ArtBahrain Talks Full Programme

Tuesday 13 October 2015

11:30 am – WORKSHOP


Loaning your work to Museums – Francesca Polo, Co-founder, Vastari, UK Art Restorer – Priya Khanna, India
Your collection in the digital age – PCF Director Andrew Ellis, UK


Satish Gupta, India



Désiré Feuerle, Owner, Private Museum, Berlin, Germany Marie Muracciole, Director Beirut Art Center, Lebanon
Ali Al Mahmeed, Director Bahrain Arts Society, Bahrain (TBC) Maya Allison, Chief Curator of the NYUAD Art Gallery, Abu Dhabi

Wednesday 14 October 2015

11:30 am – WORKSHOP


Art as an asset class – Pierre-Olivier Baudot, UK
Legal issues surrounding your collection – Sandrine Giroud, LALIVE, Switzerland Forming a Corporate Collection – Jens Jennsen, former leader of Statoil art programme, Norway


Rachid Koraïchi, Tunisia



Christoph Noe, Larry’s List, Hong Kong Hala Khayat, Christie’s Dubai Participating gallerist at the fair Basel Dalloul, Private collector, Egypt Tariq Al Jaidah, Private Collector, Qatar Chong Zhou, Private Collector, China

Thursday 15 October 2015

11:30 am – WORKSHOP


Paul-Gordon Chandler, President, CARAVAN – the role of art in peacebuilding, USA & Egypt
Alaa Shuwayer Ghalayini, Head of Art and Diplomacy, BMG Foundation, Saudi Arabia
Sumi Ghose, Deputy Director of Cultural Diplomacy Projects, Office of Strategic Cultural Relations, QMA, Qatar


Nja Mahdaoui, Tunisia



Elisabeth de Bolza, Artist, Spain
Zoulikha Bouabdellah, Artist, Morocco
Bassam Kyrillos, Artist, Lebanon
Abed Al Kadiri, Artists and independent curator, Lebanon

Rembrandt in strong demand at @bonhams print sale

Old Master, Prints, Renoir
Etchings by Rembrandt made more than £350,000 at Bonhams Prints and Multiples sale in London last week (14 July).  All 31 prints by the artist in the sale found buyers.
Sixteen works from a distinguished Irish collection were sold for £250,250.  They included The Three Trees, regarded as Rembrandt’s most consummate and acclaimed etching, which was bought for £65,000 and Self Portrait Leaning on a Stone Sill, one of the most splendid of the artist’s thirty-two self-portraits, which sold for £32,500.
Self Portrait Leaning on a Stone Sill, sold for £32,500
Abraham’s Sacrifice from the collection of Liuiba and Ernesto Wolf was sold for £13,750 and, from a different collection, a fine impression of Christ Healing the Sick known as ‘The Hundred Guilder Print’ made £22,500.  The most ambitious and celebrated of Rembrandt’s religious compositions, depicting four episodes from St Matthew’s Gospel, this print was particularly sought after during the artist’s lifetime when impressions changed hands for 100 guilders, earning the work its nickname.
Bonhams Head of Prints, Rupert Worrall said, “Rembrandt’s etchings were enormously popular during his lifetime.  They offered an opportunity to own a work by a famous artist at an affordable price and, of course, they still do.”

Bronze statue worth £40,000 stolen in brazen daytime raid in Mayfair – Crime – UK – The Independent


A bronze statue worth £40,000 has been stolen in a brazen daytime raid on an art gallery in London’s exclusive Mayfair district.

Detectives in Westminster have appealed for information and released a CCTV image of a man they want to trace in connection with the incident.

via Bronze statue worth £40,000 stolen in brazen daytime raid in Mayfair – Crime – UK – The Independent.