Ronald Phillips At The International Fine Art and Antique Dealers Show
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RONALD PHILLIPS LTD REVEALS FIRST OF THEIR SHOWSTOPPERS DESTINED FOR THE INTERNATIONAL FINE ART AND ANTIQUE DEALERS SHOW
At The Park Avenue Armory, Park Avenue at 67th Street, New York, NY 10065, USA.
25 - 31 October 2013
“For those who appreciate the finest antiques, provenance is absolutely key. Nothing underscores the importance of a piece more than having both an important maker and an exceptional provenance. This year’s exhibiton in New York will encompass many pieces that enjoy both. We tend to focus on the very special items that are unique. This is where I believe the market is: in really high-end antiques and works of art.” Simon Phillips
Ronald Phillips Ltd, one of the world’s finest dealers specialising in English antique furniture, has provided a sneak preview of some of the stunning statement pieces that are destined for the company’s stand at this year’s International Fine Art and Antique Dealers Show in New York.
Simon Phillips, who took over the Mayfair firm from his father Ronald over fifteen years ago states: “While estate agents cite location, location, location as being a key factor in measuring a property’s value, antique dealers say it is provenance, provenance, provenance.
Our exhibition in New York will be unmatched in terms of supreme quality, design, condition, patination and authenticity; featuring antiques from some of the greatest British houses including Glemham Hall, Hampden House, Holme Lacey, Stonor Park and Waldershare Park. Premier designers and makers will feature heavily with work credited to them either unequivocally or by attribution. Their names are a roll call of supreme craftsmanship and skill from Cesare Aguatti, Gillows of Lancaster and London, Holland and Sons, John Blades, John Cobb, John Gumley, Johnston Brookes & Co, Lorenzo Cardelli, Thomas Chippendale, William Hallett and William Pocock.”
A GEORGE III ITALIAN EXPORT WHITE STATUARY MARBLE CHIMNEYPIECE WITH ROSSO ANTICO RELIEF PLAQUES AND MICRO MOSAIC PANELS ATTRIBUTED TO LORENZO CARDELLI AND CESARE AGUATTI. Italian, circa 1790
Citing several recent acquisitions as examples, Simon Phillips mentions “A George III Italian white statuary marble chimneypiece.” Micro-mosaic panels and rosso antico relief plaques adorn this outstanding Italian export white marble George III chimneypiece of circa 1790. It is thought to have been commissioned by the Earl Bishop of Derry while he was visiting Rome in the late eighteenth century, but when the French invaded Italy all his treasures were confiscated. The Earl Bishop of Derry ordered a group of chimneypieces from some of the best craftsmen of their time in Italy, which ultimately made their way to Ireland after the Earl Bishop's death. His nephew Sir Henry Aston Bruce was subsequently responsible for the dispersal of some of the chimneypieces. One was installed at Ickworth, one in St. James' Square in London, and at least two remained in the family at Downhill.
The micro-mosaic panels, attributed to Cesare Aguatti, relate to those on a group of chimneypieces that relate, in turn, to a group of carved marble pilasters from the Cloisters of the Convent Aracali near the Capitol in Rome. The rosso antico frieze medallions depicting “The Cupid Sellers” are attributed to Lorenzo Cardelli. Inspired by excavations at Herculaneum and Pompeii and hugely popular during the mid- and late eighteenth century, the subject relates directly to a fresco found at the Villa D'Arianna at Stabiae. Similar oval panels by the same hand are found on matching chimneypieces, including one documented to Cardelli at Penrice Castle in Wales and illustrated in Country Life magazine. It also shares some of the same carved elements as well as micro-mosaic decoration.
A MAGNIFICENT PAIR OF REGENCY ORMOLU MOUNTED CUT GLASS SIX LIGHT CANDELABRA BY JOHN BLADES. English circa 1815
Connoisseurs in New York will also recognize the importance of a pair of Regency ormolu mounted cut glass six light candelabra by John Blades. These outstanding candelabra are impressive for their scale of 82 cm high and 58.5 cm wide as well as their quality and undoubtedly would have been produced by John Blades as a special commission. As a result, only very few comparable candelabra exist today. One example is a pair of very similar design by Blades which was commissioned by the King of Persia and another set of four candelabra are in the collection of the Sultan of Brunei.
A REGENCY PARCEL GILT ROSEWOOD AND BRONZE PAINTED RECLINING CHAIR DESIGNED BY WILLIAM POCOCK. English circa 1815
Ronald Phillips will also be offering a Regency parcel gilt rosewood and bronze painted reclining chair designed by William Pocock, having a scrolled back, joined to the arms by means of an ingenious ratchet mechanism released by pulleys hidden within the rosewood sides. Pocock operated his business from a large showroom in Southampton Street, London. His speciality, mechanical inventions, was very much the vogue in the Regency period. His mechanical furniture included mattresses, tables and chairs, which were favoured by the War Office for campaigns abroad. Simon Phillips states, “This amazing chair is an example of his ability to combine current fashion with his cutting edge design.”
A MAGNIFICENT QUEEN ANNE BLACK JAPANNED BUREAU CABINET. English circa 1710
Another monumental exhibit that will be on display in New York is an exceptional and highly important Queen Anne black japanned bureau cabinet. Simon Phillips states, “This amazing cabinet of circa 1710 has survived in remarkably untouched condition.” Constructed in three sections, decorated in the finest English japanning in raised gold and red hues on a black background, depicting chinoiserie scenes of idyllic islands with exotic buildings, trees, flowers, birds and groups of chinoserie figures in their daily life. A red japanned cabinet of virtually identical design, and very probably from the same workshop, is in the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, whilst a further example also from the same workshop was formerly in the royal collection.
About Ronald Phillips Ltd
-Ronald Phillips is one of the world’s finest antique dealers specialising in English furniture ranging from Queen Anne, George I, George II, George III, George IV and the Victorian period.
-The company was founded in 1952 by Ronald Phillips and is now owned and run by his son, Simon Phillips.
-Its constantly changing stock covers styles from Rococo, Neo-Classicism to Regency and has included pieces attributed to and/ or by famous 18th century craftsmen such as John Blades, Matthew Boulton and J.W. Cary the globe makers to Thomas Chippendale, Benjamin Goodison, Giles Grendey, Pierre Langlois, John Linnell, Mayhew and Ince, James Moore, Parker and Perry, William Vile, Vulliamy the clockmaker and Wright and Elwick.
-Mirrors are one of the company’s specialities and are reputed to hold the largest collection of the finest mirrors from between 1660 and 1820. This is when Venetians’s secret method of making mirrors was brought to London. The company also exhibits a collection of 18th century glass including chandeliers, wall lights and decanters.
-Ronald Phillips is the only remaining dealer to have their workshops on site, a rare commodity, with men trained in the traditional methods, as the careful and correct conservation and restoration of a piece is paramount to its beauty and value.
-Ronald Phillips produces a hard bound annual catalogue of well over 100 items of stock which is distributed to their worldwide clients including museums, royalty, interior decorators and private collectors.
-www.ronaldphillipsantiques.com features a large cross-section of the Ronald Phillips stock. When you are mobile Ronald Phillips provides different options to view their collection of English antique furniture, mirrors and lighting. You can select to download the Ronald Phillips iPhone, iPad or Android free applications to meet your personal needs.
Commenting on his forthcoming trip, Simon Phillips states: “Some of these historical pieces have never left English soil before. They were made by the very best English craftsmen of their generation, from the finest English materials for the grandest families in England. They are the best examples of their kind and this really will be a unique opportunity to see these beautiful objects.”
For media enquiries and publication quality images please contact: Alexandra Neill at Ronald Phillips on 0207 493 2341 or email Alexandra@ronaldphillips.co.uk