Kent art and antiques round up
PUBLISHED: 21:56 14 November 2010 | UPDATED: 18:09 20 February 2013
From Liberty & Co to the Dragon's Den
Kent art and antiques round up
Antique of the month
With Tony Pratt of The Canterbury Auction Galleries
Archibald Knox (1864-1933) was one of the leading designers of Liberty & Co retailers in Londons Regent Street, an association that brought him fortune, if not fame. His distinctive blend of Celtic design with Modernist utility established Liberty as probably the single most important design house in Britain, if not Europe.
As the arbiter and trend-setter of English Art Nouveau style, Knox was master, producing pewter and silverwork, jewellery, carpets, textiles, book illustrations, memorial stonework, illuminated lettering and ceramics.
Knox was also a highly accomplished watercolourist, but he never sold and rarely parted with his work, except as an occasional gift. As a result, it was only after his death that this side of his artistic ability became known.
However, his Cymric silverware and Tudric pewter designs are world famous and collected widely, which is why this Liberty & Co pewter-cased mantel clock was so well received in our last sale. Decorated in Knoxs unmistakable style and signature blue enamel dial, it sold for 3,100, a multiple of its pre-sale estimate.
Dragons Den winner and Kent sculptor, Guy Portelli, helped raise funds for Hospice in the Weald at the first-ever Tonbridge Arts Festival.
Guy was part of the judging panel at the Open Arts Event exhibition and presented the best piece of work with the Blue Rock Award, a piece he created in memory of his friend Jenny Brunger who was cared for by hospice staff. The award will now be used every year by the Hospice to honour special art creations
The renowned Tonbridge artist, who appeared on BBCs Dragons Den and won investment to display his Pop Icons sculpture exhibition, presented the award to Anne Kelly for her intricate textile piece.
Anne said that she was so delighted to win it not only because she loves her art but because it was helping support a charity very close to her heart.
Guy added: The award is something very important to me and I want it to be able to be used by the Hospice in the Weald to help raise funds for the vital caring work they do and honour people for artwork that changes our perception of the world around us.
Wild at art
An exhibition of the wildlife watercolours, sketches and prints of artist Ian Bowles will take place at Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve from 26 November to 5 December (10am-5pm).
Ians limited edition bronzes of birds will also on display at his 24th annual exhibition at the Reserve. Entrance and parking are free.
For further information, tel: 01732 456407. Satnav: TN13 3DH.
If youre looking for a truly Kentish Christmas present this year, then The Kent County Agricultural Societys publication Let The Show Begin makes an ideal choice for anyone interested in farming and the countryside.
The glossy hard back, launched at the 2010 County Show, is a history of the Society since its formation in 1923, covering the first Show in Gravesend, the War Years, the Shows time at Mote Park in Maidstone and finally its move to a permanent site at Detling in 1964.
Destined to become a piece of Kents history, as only 1,000 copies were printed, the few remaining books are being offered exclusively to Kent Life readers at two for just 20 (normal retail price 15 each).
Contact the Kent Showground on tel 01622 630975 to order your copy (p&p for one book is 2.50, two books 4.50) or feel free to collect them in person from the Kent County Showground, Detling, Maidstone ME14 3JF.
Offer runs until 17 December.