IN one of the most crowded week’s in London’s arts and antiques calendar, the Grosvenor House and Olympia fairs are still in full swing. Some may ask if we need more in the way of dealers’ selling exhibitions but they would get a dusty reply from the trade.
Some fair organisers - I think the Grosvenor and Olympia are
probably above such concerns - resent dealers cashing in on
visitors whom fairs bring to an area, but it's often a more
symbiotic relationship. Indeed there are dealers who both stand at
fairs and have their own on-premises exhibitions.
Certainly, participating dealers in London Sculpture Week, such as
Bond Street antiquities dealer Rupert Wace whose contribution to
the event I highlighted a couple of weeks ago, could argue that
their customers are as likely to visit fairs as are fairgoers to
visit their shops.
Some of the shows will last longer than the stipulated week, as is
the case at Daniel Katz, one of the world's top sculpture dealers,
who has been specialising in this field since 1968 and counts the
great museums of the world among his clients.
He has put together a stunning show at his gallery at 13 Old Bond
Street, an exhibition which was shown at his New York gallery from
May 3 to 14 and will run in Mayfair until July 23.
Sculptures for sale include an English Romanesque bronze Corpus
Christi; a painted terracotta Florentine Renaissance bust of the
infant St. John; a Grand Tour marble bust of Caracalla; a Louis XIV
bronze group of Hercules Freeing Prometheus and a Philippe-Laurent
Roland (1764-1816) terracotta bust.
Among the other participants, Robert Bowman at 8 Duke Street, St.
James's, mounts Craft and Creation, showing the work of Rodin and
his contemporaries, while animalier bronze specialists The Sladmore
Gallery at 32 Bruton Place, W1, present Maquette to Monumental, 100
Years of Animal Sculpture.
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