FIT FOR ROYALTY: KCSADA LAUNCHES SUMMER SHOWCASE
A series of special gallery presentations and exhibitions by Kensington Church Street
Art & Antique Dealers Association members
Friday 19 to Tuesday 30 June 2020
For the first time, fine art and antiques dealers in Kensington Church Street are hosting concurrent exhibitions in a KCSADA Summer Showcase from Friday 19 to Sunday 30 June 2020 on the theme of Fit for Royalty, reflecting the high calibre of works to be displayed, in many cases with regal connections, and the proximity to some of the royal borough’s inhabitants. At a time when many collectors and visitors are gathering in the capital, London’s premier street for antiques and fine art – Kensington Church Street – is putting on an impressive show with individual exhibitions spanning the ancient to the contemporary in some 20 galleries and shops.
Rich in history and offering many differing disciplines, highlights on the theme of Fit for Royalty include a gothic revival oak centre table designed by A.W.N Pugin for Morel & Seddon, commissioned by King George IV for Windsor Castle, to be found at Butchoff, 154 Kensington Church Street for the exhibition: English Royal Furniture: A Curated Collection. An important palace quality George III period mahogany table clock, with a brass mount bearing the Royal Coat of Arms is for sale at Howard Walwyn Fine Antique Clocks, 123 Kensington Church Street. It is possible this clock was a royal gift to a member of the Swedish aristocracy where the clock resided for many generations.
A number of the exhibitions cover the Georgian and Regency eras. Patrick Sandberg Antiques, 150-152 Kensington Church Street presents the Glitz and Glamour in Regency England with Regency period furniture, many made of figured rosewood decorated with elaborate brass inlay and other exotic woods including a fine side cabinet in figured rosewood and intricate pierced brass motifs by the celebrated cabinet maker, John McLean. To whet the appetite further, there will be fine ormolu and bronze objects epitomising the extravagant styles and taste of this stimulating period in British design history. Denton Antiques, 156 Kensington Church Street, stages Revival of the Regency, a detailed study of chandeliers and lighting from the Regency period.
A few exhibitions mark this year being the 200th anniversary of the death of King George III. Isaac and Ede and Reindeer Antiques, 81 Kensington Church Street, are holding a joint exhibition comprising 60 mezzotint portraits from the period (representing royalty, aristocracy, politicians, naval, military and theatrical figures etc) with one from each year of the reign. Accompanying this will be furniture from the period alongside letters and ephemera. Howard Walwyn Fine Antique Clocks, 123 Kensington Church Street is presenting a selection of fine clocks made during King George III’s reign from 1760.
With numerous Asian art specialists in the street, Marchant, 120 Kensington Church Street, is concentrating on five objects from five Qing reigns encompassing the Georgian period in Britain – Kangxi (1662-1722), Yongzheng (1723-1735), Qianlong (1736-1795), Jianqing (1796-1820) and Daoguang (1821-1850). David Brower Antiques, 113 Kensington Church Street, stages Meiji Masters with works by Kajima Ikkoku II, Suzuki Chokichi, Unno Bisei, and other coveted artists. Fleurdelys Antiquités, based at Patrick Sandberg Antiques, 150-152 Kensington Church Street offers The Art of Display, a unique selection of antique Chinese stands, carved in different exotic woods, as well as some Chinese ceramics, works of art and scholars’ items. J.A.N Fine Art, 132-134 Kensington Church Street, spans the centuries with Wonders of the Orient, a collection of Chinese, Japanese, Korean ceramics, paintings and works of art from as early as the 11th century B.C. to the 21st century. Gregg Baker Asian Art, 142 Kensington Church Street presents a solo exhibition honouring one of Japan’s most important post-war artists, Suda Kokuta (1906-1990), at the height of his artistic expression between 1949 and 1970. Suda Kokuta: A Lifetime of Mandala – 30 Years Later is the only show in Europe dedicated to the artist at a time when two retrospective museum exhibitions are being held in Japan observing 30 years since his death.
Sphinx Fine Art, 125 Kensington Church Street, celebrates Dutch & Flemish Life: 1500-1700 with paintings such as ‘An Allegory of Summer’, an oil on panel, by Abel Grimmer (Antwerp 1570-1618). Jorge Welsh Works of Art, 116 Kensington Church Street, is organising Chinese Armorial Porcelain for the West. Highlights include a Qing dynasty porcelain meat dish from an armorial dinner service comprising Chinese enamelled copper and porcelain pieces made for Dom Gaspar de Saldanha e Albuquerque (born ca. 1720). A number of items from this service are in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.
There is a wealth of experience along the Kensington Church Street thoroughfare filled with the finest collection of specialist antiques and art dealers in London. Other disciplines in the KCSADA Summer Showcase include: walking canes, arms and armour, English and European porcelain, Islamic and Indian Art, jewellery, antique frames, silver and objets d’art. Some of the galleries boast a history spanning four generations.
At approx. 888 metres (971 yards) in length, Kensington Church Street stretches from Kensington High Street in the south to Notting Hill Gate at the northern end, just south of Portobello Road. A wander up one side and down the other should fulfil any collector or interior designer’s desires. Wonderful restaurants and cafés along the route can satisfy the need for sustenance and provide time to consider potential purchases.
Some individual exhibitions may continue beyond the Summer Showcase dates.
The majority of KCSADA’s dealers are also members of the two main British associations for professional art and antiques dealers: the British Antique Dealers Association (www.bada.org) and LAPADA The Association of Art & Antiques Dealers (www.lapada.org), both of which are part of CINOA (www.cinoa.org).
Nearest London Underground Stations: Notting Hill Gate (zone 1: Central line, District and Circle lines)
High Street Kensington (zone 1: District line, Circle line)