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WHAT’S GOING ON IN MAY
A round up of recent events, including dealers’ and auction houses’ support for Ukraine Show me the Monet A rare painting by French Impressionist Claude Monet painted on his only trip to Venice, and not seen in public in 25 years, is expected to fetch $50m (£38m).
Le Grand Canal et Santa Maria della Salute, was one of 37 paintings Monet created during a three-month trip to the island in 1908, which are now some of the artist’s most sought-after works. The sale, at Sotheby’s New York on May 17, follows a worldwide tour of the painting which started in Taipei in March before going to Hong Kong, Venice and London in April.
Right Cornel Frankel’s recent exhibition was inspired by the war in Ukraine
Below Le Grand Canal et Santa Maria della Salute goes under the hammer in May
Below right The armchair made £1,150
Bottom right The Vyne Tapestry Room ©National Trust, image Rah Petherbridge Photography
Giving it the needle 18th-century chinoiserie tapestries, cut up as part of a 19th-century ‘makeover’, are back on show at a Hampshire country house following conservation.
Believed to have been commissioned for The Vyne, near Basingstoke, the tapestries were made by the London workshop of John Vanderbank, one of the first makers to embrace chinoiserie in tapestries.
They reflect Vanderbank’s romanticised view of Asian art and culture, depicting pagodas and groups of figures in flowing robes, as well as monkeys, wild cats, enormous insects and birds.
In the 19th century, The Vyne’s then owner, Wiggett Chute, cut up the tapestries to line the walls of his new billiard room.
The textiles were removed eight years ago for safekeeping by the National Trust and, in 2018, a £382,000 conservation project began.
6 ANTIQUE COLLECTING
STANDING WITH UKRAINE A Petersham armchair by the Pimlico-based designer Rose Uniacke was one of the star lots at a London auction raising money for the British Red Cross in Ukraine Crisis when it sold for £1,150.
It was one of 58 lots put together by Pimlico Road retailers and residents, part of an online sale at Roseberys which raised £37,000 in total.
Meanwhile, the flying cap and scarf once worn by WWII RAF hero Sir Douglas Bader was one of the pieces at the recent Connect Art Fair raising money for the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC). While the owner wished to remain anonymous, he felt the flying ace’s courage (Bader lost both legs before the war) reflected the heroism and determination of the Ukrainian people.
In Dublin, 20 percent of sales from Cork artist Cornel Frankel’s third solo exhibition War Paint, on at the Olivier Gallery until May 1, will be donated to the Irish Red Cross’ aid for the Ukraine relief effort.