28-10-14

Bonhams to sell Royal Worcester porcelain

On November 12, 2014, British auction house Bonhams will sell a superb Royal Worcester vase and cover at its sale of Fine British Pottery and Porcelain in New Bond Street, London. 

Valued at £60,000-80,000 ($96,000-130,000), the vase (dated 1899) represents a unique collaboration by two of Royal Worcester's finest craftsmen, George Owen and Edward Salter. 

George Owen created the spectacular large pierced body of the vase, which features his distinctive honeycomb pattern and a unique 'Arabesque' band around the middle. Placed proudly on the front is a Chinese pheasant, modelled in clay and highlighted with tooled and shaded goldwork by Edward Salter.

Further Royal Worcester items include a beautifully painted plaque by Harry Davis (dated 1908), depicting a roaring stag in a wooded Highland landscape, and is expected to fetch £20,000-25,000 ($32,000-40,000). 



Fine British Pottery and Porcelain
12 Nov 2014, starting at 14:00 GMT.
London, New Bond Street

21-10-14

Nadja Auermann for Vogue Germany

Vogue Germany / November 2014 Issue
Photographer: Luigi + Iango
Stylist: Patti Wilson

17-10-14

Etihad Airways Butlers Finish Savoy Training

An elite group of Etihad Airways cabin crew are set to become the aviation world's first flying butlers, having completed a specially tailored three week training course in London.

The handpicked team of 13 men and women – all based in the airline's home of Abu Dhabi – demonstrated their outstanding hospitality skills during training at the world-renowned Savoy Hotel.

A series of master classes given by the hotel's Head Butler, Sean Davoren, focused on etiquette and protocol, valet skills and concierge services, to boost the cabin crew's existing high level customer service experience.

The role of the world's first flying butler is to look after VIP guests booked in Etihad Airways' ground-breaking three room cabin, The Residence by Etihad, which features a living room, private shower room and double bedroom. The Residence will take to the air in December on board the airline's first Airbus A380 aircraft. The A380 will be deployed on Etihad Airways' premium Abu Dhabi to London Heathrow route.


14-10-14

Newfound images of JFK wedding up for auction

A collection of 13 original negatives from JFK and Jackie's 1953 wedding is available for sale in an online auction.

The never-before-seen photos, auctioned by Boston-based auction house RR Auction, include four of the newlywed couple, two of the entire wedding party and shots of the cake, reception, and wedding attendees.

JFK and Jackie leaving the St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church in Newport, Rhode Island

"It's quite a significant find," said Bobby Livingston, executive vice president of RR Auction. "As you know of Camelot, this is the closest thing to an American Royal family and a royal wedding."

Guests were served a luncheon of fruit cup, creamed chicken, and ice cream. The Meyer Davis Society Band played at the reception.

The wedding cake, 4 feet tall, was ordered by Joseph P. Kennedy

The images were taken by freelance photographer Frank Ataman of Fall River, who was assigned to be a "back-up" photographer at the wedding.

The Kennedy wedding was considered the social event of the season and was attended by about 700 guests at the ceremony and more than 1,000 at the reception.

The online auction runs through October 15

11-10-14

Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs | MoMA


Matisse at the Hôtel Régina, Nice, c. 1952

This Sunday New York's Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) will open its blockbuster exhibition Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs, showing how the artist turned paper cut-outs into masterpieces.

The show includes approximately 100 cut-outs from private and public collections, drawings, textiles and stained glass from the final years of the renowned artist, who died in 1954 aged 84.

"It is the most extensive exhibition of this period of Matisse's work ever mounted," said Jodi Hauptman, a curator of the show, which was organized in collaborations with the Tate Modern in London.

Henri Matisse (French, 1869–1954). "The Nightmare of the White Elephant (Le Cauchemar de l’éléphant blanc)". 1943. Maquette for plate IV from the illustrated book Jazz (1947). Gouache on paper, cut and pasted, mounted on canvas. 17 5/16 x 26 1/4" (43.9 x 66.7 cm). Musée national d’art moderne/Centre de création industrielle, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris. Dation, 1985

A brilliant final chapter in Matisse's long career, the cut-outs reflect both a renewed commitment to form and color and an inventiveness directed to the status of the work of art, whether as a unique object, environment, ornament, or a hybrid of all of these.

The centerpiece of the exhibition will be "The Swimming Pool", a remarkable room-size cut-out Matisse created for his dining room in Nice in 1952, and which MoMA owns. According to the Times, MoMA acquired the piece from Matisse's family in 1975 and it has not been shown in nearly 20 years, partially because of its size, but also because of the "delicate nature of the composition." Below you can explore the process of conserving Matisse's The Swimming Pool.



When the exhibition was shown in London earlier this year it drew more than 560,000 people during its five-month run at the Tate Modern, making it the museum's most popular show ever.

- October 12, 2014 - February 8, 2015. Timed tickets required -