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6 days ago

Charles II must have looked magnificent at his 1661 Westminster Abbey coronation when the monarchy was restored after a decade of austere republic. He stood out with his height of 1.88m added to with high heels! Love his boots with red heels and soles, a fashion started by his cousin Louis XIV. Details from portrait by John Michael Wright. #queensgallery ... See MoreSee Less

Charles II must have looked magnificent at his 1661 Westminster Abbey coronation when the monarchy was restored after a decade of austere republic. He stood out with his height of 1.88m added to with high heels! Love his boots with red heels and soles, a fashion started by his cousin Louis XIV. Details from portrait by John Michael Wright. #queensgallery

1 week ago

I am so pleased with my gift certificate, Christmas card and goodie bag designed by @clda2004 and photographed by @bossebjelvenstedt ... See MoreSee Less

I am so pleased with my gift certificate, Christmas card and goodie bag designed by @clda2004 and photographed by @bossebjelvenstedt

2 weeks ago

Preparing for a private Medieval & Renaissance Tour this week. This is an exquisite, early 12C tabernacle made in Cologne. I love the distinctive, multi-coloured champlevé enamel designs. What makes this object so exciting is the hidden letter discovered during conservation in 2005. It changed both the original provenance and function! ... See MoreSee Less

Preparing for a private Medieval & Renaissance Tour this week. This is an exquisite, early 12C tabernacle made in Cologne. I love the distinctive, multi-coloured champlevé enamel designs. What makes this object so exciting is the hidden letter discovered during conservation in 2005. It changed both the original provenance and function!

3 weeks ago

Discovered a new, tiny gallery called Kupfer in Homerton. The first exhibit there is by Brazilian artist Sérgio Sister best known for wooden beams he arranges into sculptural paintings. He started this method in 1990s using fruit crates. He uses exquisite colour combinations and is very influenced by the 1960s revolutionary colour ideas of Joseph Albers, professor at Bauhaus and teacher at Yale. I wish I could afford one of his beautiful pieces! ... See MoreSee Less

Discovered a new, tiny gallery called Kupfer in Homerton. The first exhibit there is by Brazilian artist Sérgio Sister best known for wooden beams he arranges into sculptural paintings. He started this method in 1990s using fruit crates. He uses exquisite colour combinations and is very influenced by the 1960s revolutionary colour ideas of Joseph Albers, professor at Bauhaus and teacher at Yale. I wish I could afford one of his beautiful pieces!

3 weeks ago

Tate Modern’s Modigliani exhibition is really interesting. He had an intense and short life. He comes after Cezanne, but has contact with Picasso and Brancusi, friend of Soutine. They seem to have influence on his work. Like Matisse (first) and Picasso, he is inspired by African masques. He uses elongation of body and face. In contrast to Matisse and Picasso, he doesn’t deconstruct the female form, instead he depicts highly sensual nudes that were shocking in 1917. This is a 1919 oil painting of his fiancée Jeanne Hébuterne. ... See MoreSee Less

Tate Modern’s Modigliani exhibition is really interesting. He had an intense and short life. He comes after Cezanne, but has contact with Picasso and Brancusi, friend of Soutine. They seem to have influence on his work. Like Matisse (first) and Picasso, he is inspired by African masques. He uses elongation of body and face. In contrast to Matisse and Picasso, he doesn’t deconstruct the female form, instead he depicts highly sensual nudes that were shocking in 1917. This is a 1919 oil painting of his fiancée Jeanne Hébuterne.

1 month ago

Pop art-inspired typewriter “Valentine” designed 1959 by Ettore Sottsass and Perry King for Olivetti expressed mood of the time, a reconstruction of the idea of work as a “stylish” activity - Olivetti really put an “Italian Flair” on their products. Enjoying my research for next week’s tour of the Design Museum! ... See MoreSee Less

Pop art-inspired typewriter “Valentine” designed 1959 by Ettore Sottsass and Perry King for Olivetti expressed mood of the time, a reconstruction of the idea of work as a “stylish” activity - Olivetti really put an “Italian Flair” on their products. Enjoying my research for next week’s tour of the Design Museum!

1 month ago

Just sent the invitation to a tour of the Design Museum. Please advise if you didn’t receive it. ... See MoreSee Less

Just sent the invitation to a tour of the Design Museum. Please advise if you didn’t receive it.

1 month ago

If you want to see the most beautiful flower arrangements head to the Corinthia Hotel! ... See MoreSee Less

If you want to see the most beautiful flower arrangements head to the Corinthia Hotel!

1 month ago

So happy to have @myvintagecorner for lunch and to have her on board for a spring workshop using her creative talents. Really looking forward to this collaboration 👍 Watch this space, details will follow! ... See MoreSee Less

So happy to have @myvintagecorner  for lunch and to have her on board for a spring workshop using her creative talents. Really looking forward to this collaboration 👍 Watch this space, details will follow!

1 month ago

Today V&A looked amazing in the autumn light. The ‘Liquid Amber’ trees in the garden covered in leaves with the same colours as the 1860s ‘North Italian Renaissance’ style facade by military engineer Captain Francis Fowke. On top of this - all reflected in the pond. Wow! ... See MoreSee Less

Today V&A looked amazing in the autumn light. The ‘Liquid Amber’ trees in the garden covered in leaves with the same colours as the 1860s ‘North Italian Renaissance’ style facade by military engineer Captain Francis Fowke. On top of this - all reflected in the pond. Wow!

1 month ago

Autumn is my favourite season in London. All so cosy and a good time for walks around town, maybe including a visit to a small pub like The Nag’s Head tucked away in a mews 3 min from all the crowds in Knightsbridge. ... See MoreSee Less

Autumn is my favourite season in London. All so cosy and a good time for walks around town, maybe including a visit to a small pub like The Nag’s Head tucked away in a mews 3 min from all the crowds in Knightsbridge.

1 month ago

Just discovered French Art Deco glass designer Maurice Marinot, trained as a painter, friend of Matisse. Taught himself how to make glass and achieved perfection and delighted in the unique quality of glass as a medium. Here a flask and stopper of 1934 cased with coloured inclusions, acid etched and polished.#v&a ... See MoreSee Less

Just discovered French Art Deco glass designer Maurice Marinot, trained as a painter, friend of Matisse. Taught himself how to make glass and achieved perfection and delighted in the unique quality of glass as a medium. Here a flask and stopper of 1934 cased with coloured inclusions, acid etched and polished.#v&a

1 month ago

Hard to believe that this is a make up box for travelling! Made in Japan early 17C covered in a decoration of long tailed birds and camellias done in black lacquer with red and gold hiramaki-e. The design is probably made freehand. Wow! #V&A ... See MoreSee Less

Hard to believe that this is a make up box for travelling! Made in Japan early 17C covered in a decoration of long tailed birds and camellias done in black lacquer with red and gold hiramaki-e. The design is probably made freehand. Wow! #V&A

2 months ago

Did a private tour in East End’s Limehouse area and discovered this 18C warehouse. Turner and Whistler used to come here and paint. From the 17C the Limehouse Hole was full of shipping related businesses. Now all about luxury - a three bedroom flat costs some £1.6mm, unbelievable! Further down Narrow Street is my favourite pub - The Grapes - luckily enough it has not become “posh”. It dates from 16C, overlooks the Thames, has Dickens connections and serves a traditional Sunday Roast! Gordon Ramsey has a gourmet pub nearby. ... See MoreSee Less

Did a private tour in East End’s Limehouse area and discovered this 18C warehouse. Turner and Whistler used to come here and paint. From the 17C the Limehouse Hole was full of shipping related businesses. Now all about luxury - a three bedroom flat costs some £1.6mm, unbelievable! Further down Narrow Street is my favourite pub - The Grapes - luckily enough it has not become “posh”.  It dates from 16C, overlooks the Thames, has Dickens connections and serves a traditional Sunday Roast! Gordon Ramsey has a gourmet pub nearby.

2 months ago

An autumn afternoon walk along Launceston Place, a very pretty corner of Kensington. Always a good place to spot beautiful houses and - if you feel rich - have a delicious meal at the charming restaurant with the same name. Apparently it was a favourite of Princess Diana’s. ... See MoreSee Less

An autumn afternoon walk along Launceston Place, a very pretty corner of Kensington. Always a good place to spot beautiful houses and - if you feel rich - have a delicious meal at the charming restaurant with the same name. Apparently it was a favourite of Princess Diana’s.

2 months ago

For the best expresso try the new members room at the V&A! Glamorously decorated by Carmody Groarke, floors raised in order to get a better view of Amanda Levete’s beautiful new entrance. ... See MoreSee Less

For the best expresso try the new members room at the V&A! Glamorously decorated by Carmody Groarke, floors raised in order to get a better view of Amanda Levete’s beautiful new entrance.

2 months ago

Having fun preparing a family tour of the V&A. Definitely have to include Tippoo’s Tiger, an 18C music instrument/organ discovered in Sultan Tippoo’s palace in Seringapatam in southern India. When played the soldier’s arm lifts up and down and the organ makes noises imitating the wails of the dying man. Very gruesome. Don’t think Tippoo liked the Duke of Wellington’s men! ... See MoreSee Less

Having fun preparing a family tour of the V&A. Definitely have to include Tippoo’s Tiger, an 18C music instrument/organ discovered in Sultan Tippoo’s palace in Seringapatam in southern India. When played the soldier’s arm lifts up and down and the organ makes noises imitating the wails of the dying man. Very gruesome. Don’t think Tippoo liked the Duke of Wellington’s men!

2 months ago

Just in case you thought that 16C Iznik ceramics was a boring topic! #V&A ... See MoreSee Less

Just in case you thought that 16C Iznik ceramics was a boring topic! #V&A

2 months ago

Rachel Whiteread's beautiful 1995 installation called 'Untitled/One Hundred Empty Spaces' in coloured resin, formed from empty spaces under chairs. Whiteread's most famous work 'House' a concrete cast of the inside of an East End Victorian terraced house to be demolished. It was made 1993, the same year she was the first woman to win the Turner Prize. #tatebritain ... See MoreSee Less

Rachel Whitereads beautiful 1995  installation called Untitled/One Hundred Empty Spaces in coloured resin, formed from empty spaces under chairs. Whitereads most famous work House a concrete cast of the inside of an East End Victorian terraced house to be demolished. It was  made 1993, the same year she was the first woman to win the Turner Prize. #tatebritain

2 months ago

Another BM favourite - The Lewis Chessmen, made in Norway in 12C, discovered in a sand dune on the Scottish island of Lewis in the 1830s. Made of walrus ivory and whale teeth, with bulging eyes and glum looks. Absolutely charming group of characters not to be missed! #britishmuseum ... See MoreSee Less

Another BM favourite - The Lewis Chessmen, made in Norway in 12C, discovered in a sand dune on the Scottish island of Lewis in the 1830s. Made of walrus ivory and whale teeth, with bulging eyes and glum looks. Absolutely charming group of characters not to be missed!  #britishmuseum