From Sierra Leone to Japan, from Benin to Sri Lanka, from Kongo to Goa, ivory sculpture has had a relevant role in the cross cultural fertilization in the Portuguese Empire and finally a first bilingual monograph on the subject comes out from the pens of Gauvin Bailey, Jean Michel Massing and Nuno Vassallo e Silva. Published by Scribe.
After having studied and written about the commissions by Dom Joao V from London, it was a privilege to see in London for sale one of the discussed bureaux made by James Moore, certainly for Portugal and most likely for the Portuguese monarch. One of the highlights of the notable sale by Sotheby’s – A Connoisseur’s Collection, the bureau was next to an also fantastic group of anglo-indian ivory furniture made for Warren Hastings.
For those who are passionate about the Georgian period – and furniture – this exhibition on William Kent is quite a treat. On view now in New York at the Bard Center, it will travel next year to the Victoria & Albert.
The catalogue is quite a brick, but a good brick, full of new research, well illustrated and with several essays about the different facets of this all-round artist.
Sorry for the poor service – change of continent, country, house and job. Back in Europe, hopefully there will be a lot more to see and talk about.
Frederick Litchfield – Illustrated History Of Furniture: From the Earliest to the Present Time, 1893.