PUBLISHED: 16:09 26 November 2009 | UPDATED: 16:22 20 February 2013
A round up of the latest art and antiques news, exhibitions and events in Kent this month
Antique of the month
With Tony Pratt of The Canterbury Auction Galleries
Shes called The Chained Dancer and this bronze and ivory Art Deco beauty modelled by the great French Art Deco sculptor Demetre Chiparus (1886-1947) has held her erotic, arms-outstretched pose balanced on the tip toes of one foot for nigh on six decades.
Chiparus was born in Romania but adopted French citizenship. He was schooled in Italy and then Paris just before the outbreak of the First World War, where he was a pupil of the sculptors Antonin Mercier and Jean Boucher.
His first exhibition was at the Salon of the Socit des Artistes Franais in 1914, where he showed a number of small sculptures cast in bronze. They received an honourable mention, an accolade that was much coveted among the artistic fraternity.
Chiparus went on to experiment with the process of combining painted bronze with ivory, a technique known as chryselephantine. The use of ivory for faces, hands and bare flesh made the figures more natural, lifelike and tactile, adding greatly to their exotic appeal.
His inspiration were the dancers in Diaghilevs Ballets Russes, who entertained the cafe society in Paris, Leon Baksts stage designs and subsequently the discovery of Tutankhamen's tomb in 1922 which heavily influenced his designs and subject matter.
The dancing figure caused a buzz of excitement in our fine art sale, particularly among Internet bidders, one of whom was an Irish gallery owner who emerged the winner with a bid of 7,800 against an estimate of 4,500-6,000.
What lies beneath
For the first time gardeners will be able to peek inside a rosebud and to see peas growing in their pods in a series of stunning X-ray photographs by a Kent artist commissioned for Millbrook Garden Companys 2010 calendar.
Nick Veasey, whose North Kent studio is inside a concrete Cold War bunker, uses X-rays to look at the beauty beneath the surface of a variety of subjects. His previous work has included the worlds largest X-ray image, a Boeing 777 inside an airplane hangar, and his prints have been recently selected for the British Collection of Photography at the Victoria and Albert Museum.
The limited edition Millbrook Garden Company calendars are now available free to loyal customers at their garden centres at Station Road, Southfleet, Gravesend and at Crowborough, near Tunbridge Wells.
Box of Delights
A range of unique gifts and exquisite pieces of art for sale and commission on show at a special exhibition by the Tenterden Makers this month should make your Christmas shopping a breeze. And with prices from 5 to 500, there is something for every budget.
Box of Delights showcase the talents of seven local artists and features everything from ceramics, jewellery and paintings to hats and textiles. The group includes Susan Fields, who makes thrown and hand-painted tableware in vivid colours, drawing inspiration from the Wealden countryside and Kate Schuricht, who designs and makes elegant studio ceramics in a subtle range of raku and stoneware glazes.
Gill Bridgestock produces sterling and fine silver designs made using an intricate process of weaving while Cathy Hills lively, whimsical pictures are inspired by land and seascapes as seen through the eyes of the imagination.
Helen Ayres passion for colour and texture transforms itself into a range of sumptuous textiles and jewellery, milliner Catherine Delaney has created headwear for Shakespeares Globe and many West End productions, including Les Misrables, Joseph and Cats and Holly Perris-Bridgestocks observations as a veterinary nurse have inspired her to create powerful ceramic animal forms.
The exhibition is open from 11am to 5pm on 5 and 6 December and on 4 December from 4pm to 9pm, at 3, Station Road, near The Vine and High Street. Tel symbol: Gill Bridgestock on 01580 765 347.
Kent Life readers bringing a copy of the December magazine will receive a 10 per cent discount on purchases from the exhibition (excluding commissions).
Arts & Crafts
Original and printed artwork, silver, glass and beaded jewellery, glassware, ceramics, cards and handicrafts will be on sale at a Fine Arts and Craft Fair in Sevenoaks that celebrates the work of local artists and artisans.
Taking place in the Plaza Suite at the rear of the Stag Theatre on London Road, entry is free and refreshments will be available. Tel symbol: 018892 825157.
Under the hammer
Artwork by two Turner Prize winners joined affordable art from more than 30 artists at an auction in aid of Demelza Hospice Care for children.
Four illustrated Damien Hirst postcards sold for 5,500 altogether, alongside work by 2007 Turner Prize winner Mark Wallinger at the Art&Soul event in Tunbridge Wells.
A total of 20,000 was raised for Demelza.