Looking Ahead….

30/12/2012

Having failed completely to get my act together sufficiently during the past few weeks to post my Christmas list, here it is in all its acquisitive glory… fingers crossed for 2013…!

TAKASHI MURAKAMI  Not yet titled, 2012  Acrylic on canvas mounted on board 74 13/16 x 60 1/4 inches  (190 x 153 cm)  © Takashi Murakami/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved.

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A print by Takashi Murakami.  A one-man show is currently showing at the Hong Kong outpost of mega-gallery Gagosian.

Jonathan Adler Tray 2.

Lacquer Trays from Jonathan Adler  (£225)

Rene Lalique Soudan Vase 1928

3.

A 1920’s Lalique vase (Soudan vase pictured, £800-£1000). Bonham’s is the place to find it.

Chris Levine Lightness of Being

4.

Queen Elizabeth II The Lightness of Being by Chris Levine. 2007 is one of my favourite contemporary works of art and I would love a print of my own – the one they have in the collection at the Groucho Club is the perfect size.

Portobello Road Gin

5.

Copious amounts of Portobello Road Gin. They even do classes (£100) where you learn about gin, and get to make your own blend. I daren’t, as it shall lead me to ruin…

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Oooh Lalique…

31/10/2012

I have a quiet yearning to own a piece of 1920’s Lalique, perhaps because the objects his studio created epitomise the Deco era so completely, and in such luminous fashion.

I have been fortunate to see Lalique on a rather grand scale in a private residence. The master bathroom was, astonishingly, almost completely made of Lalique glass panels which had been bought in an auction in the 1970s and stored in crates for some 30 years. Brought together into this discreet room, with some contemporary glass mirrors and sublime modern lighting, the luminosity and milky translucence of the glass was simply enchanting. One panel, comprising nine smaller panels making up the image of swimming Japanese Koi was simply a masterpiece of this art form and will for me remain one of the loveliest things I have had the pleasure of seeing.

Such rare finds as this are too dreamy to even imagine, so instead I can hope to acquire something from Christie’s upcoming sale of Lalique in London on 13th November. Top of my list is this gorgeous Gui Vase, designed in the 1920, estimate £700-£900.

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Another beautiful lot is the Bammako vase, 1934, estimate £500-£700.

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