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POT ON Ever wished you’d started collecting Lucie Rie’s pottery when it was still affordable? This month’s York Ceramics Fair will showcase the country’s leading potters at a price achievable to many collectors.
The event on November 23-24 is a chance to see some of the leading lights of this ancient craft. For more details visit www. yorkceramicsfair.com Above The potter Doug Fitch at work, image Kim Ayres
Below Two pieces by the ceramicist Lara Scobie
Strike a chord An 18th-century English harpsichord has gone on show at Thomas Gainsborough’s childhood home in Suffolk.
The 1738 double-manual harpsichord by Joseph Mahoon (fl. 1729-1771) is the only one of its type known to exist and dates from a time when London was at the centre of instrument making in Europe.
Gainsborough’s House in Sudbury paid £91,000 to save it for the nation, with help from the National Heritage Memorial Fund, Art Fund and the V&A.
Mahoon was well known for luxurious harpsichords. William Hogarth’s The Rake’s Progress, depicts Handel playing one of his instruments.
CHRISTMAS FARE Antique lovers in need of Christmas inspiration should head to Kent next month for The Edenbridge Galleries’ open weekend on December 7-8.
Husband and wife team, Lennox and Susan Cato, opened the galleries, near Royal Tunbridge Wells in 2007 to bring together a collective of BADA dealers under one roof to provide a “one stop shop” for antique collectors.
Left Joseph Mahoon’s harpsichord can be seen at Gainsborough’s House
Right Mince pies and mulled wine will be served at the weekend
LOAN RANGER For the first time in its 119-year history, the Wallace Collection is to loan works within the UK and internationally.
When Lady Wallace left the collection to the nation in 1897 it was on the understanding it should never be loaned.
The collection includes paintings such as Frans Hals’ The Laughing Cavalier, Diego Velázquez’s The Lady with a Fan and Nicolas Poussin’s A Dance to the Music of Time – none of which has been able to be seen elsewhere. Wallace Collection director, Dr Xavier Bray, said: “This is not a decision that has been taken lightly by the Board, mindful as we are that the Wallace Collection is loved by the public for being an intimate house museum.”
Other institutions based around single owner collections, such as The Burrell Collection in Glasgow, have had similar loan restrictions.
Left Trustee chairman António Horta-Osório and Xavier Bray, photo Tom Mannion
Below Oval drawing room © The Wallace Collection
KERB APPEAL A Hampshire town is set to get a cultural shot in the arm thanks to a government scheme to revamp run down and deserted town centres.
A £95m grant from Historic England’s High Streets Heritage Action Zones (HSHAZ) will see Gosport’s old grammar school transformed into a museum and art
Gosport’s old grammar school will be at the heart of the regeneration project gallery.
The aim of the scheme is to regenerate high streets across the country transforming disused buildings into cultural hubs.
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On tour Bradley Wiggins’ bicycle handlebars, William Morris-designed wallpaper, and Japanese ceramics by Yukie Osumi are destined for UK museums and galleries next year – courtesy of the V&A.
40 iconic objects from the London museum will head off to towns and cities, including Doncaster, Ipswich and Blackpool as part of its DesignLab Nation project.
Six prints by British textile designer William Morris are now on display at Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery, while a set of Bradley Wiggins’ 3D-printed black titanium bicycle handlebars, will go on show at Coventry Transport Museum.
Sheffield’s Millennium Gallery will showcase silver by female contemporary designers, while the Sunderland’s National Glass Centre will display lights ranging from a 14th-century Egyptian mosque lamp to a 20th-century Memphis Group piece.