News & Events

  • Autumn Newsletter

    Dear All.

    Firstly a big plug for THE BELGARVIA CHRISTAMS WEEKEND which takes place on the 3RD & 4TH OF DECEMBER . The Pimlico Road event will be held on the Saturday with added Christmas treats in our regular Farmers Market. Many of the shops and galleries will be decked out in festive cheer to welcome you to view all their wonderful stock, much suitable for Christmas gifts. They cater for those on a modest budget, such as tree decorations and gifts at Joanna Wood, or for deeper pockets, a spectacular bespoke piece of furniture from Linley.

    There will be a trio of trumpeters, a quintet of brass players, a choral group of singers, delicious roasted chestnuts, a superb juggler and his partner, who is a balloon artist. Added to this of course there will be a Father Christmas guest appearance. There will also be a small competition for our younger clients to solve. So do please come along and join in all the fun.

    It gave me great pleasure to see so many of our members appearing in lots of magazines over the past few months. At the end of September I saw an excellent article in the Telegraph Magazine on David Linley and the new direction which his eponymous business is taking. In the same issue was a wonderful article on Lulu Lytle, of Soane, and her valiant efforts in supporting the British rattan weaving industry. There was also an image of Soane’s joyous Paisley Parrot fabric.

    In October’s issue of “Country & Town House” magazine “All about Interiors ” issue were images of Paulo Moschino’s , Giacometti inspired , lamp bases and a small article on his ideas for “Effortless family living”. In the November issue images of Paulo’s wonderful and extremely comfortable Belgian Shoes appeared. It was good to see a lovely photograph of the ever gorgeous Lady Dundas better known to Pimlico Road habitués as Ruth Kennedy , a founding Director of the Linley business. She is sadly missed as we do not see as much of her as we used to. Mark Ransom‘s name appeared hosting a glorious exhibition of Terry O’Neill photographs of David Bowie. A charming Q&A article appeared interviewing Christopher Howe. It was lovely to see his much loved and sadly missed dog , Dot , star in a photograph along side one of Howe’s wonderful sofa’s.

    November’s Vanity Fair “On Art” issue sported photographs of Rose Uniacke‘s elegantly restrained ,Scandinavian, spindle back chairs, and Linley’s chic dinning table, chairs and crystal accessories . It was pleasing to see an article on Anthony Outred‘s son, Francis, now Chairmen and Head of Post War and Contemporary Art at Christie’s. He had been inspired, at the age of 16, by a catalogue of the Francis Bacon 1989 retrospective exhibition in Washington, D.C.

    Soane graced the cover of November’s “House & Garden” with their splendid , sumptuous four poster bed upholstered in one of their wonderful Paisley Fabrics. Bennison Fabrics “Great Cactus” appeared in Gabby Deeming’s Notebook as did Soane’s charming wall paper “Dianthus Chintz” , though I am sure they got the price wrong. Linley again with an advertisement for their Savile Furniture Collection designed by Mathew Hilton. Ruth Sleightholme’s “Decorating” article highlighted, amongst others, Howe’s “Little F” wallpaper and “Knurl” wallpaper. In Celina Fox’s article on the ravishingly beautiful Somerset country house a Lewis and Wood fabric appeared in the dinning room and Jamb‘s ” Large Original Lantern” hung in an anteroom. In another article by Gabby Deeming, “Opposites attract” , Soane’s “Tulips and Butterflies” very jolly silk fabric featured alongside a stunning and luxurious bottle green, mohair velvet, “Serpentine” sofa from Rose Uniacke. Soane’s beech framed, bespoke canopy bed reappears. A charmingly quirky cast iron and cane 19th century stool from Rose Uniacke, ideal for a dressing table, appeared next to a stunning polished brass and leather floor lamp, “Cavesson”, with a “Seaweed Lace” linen shade both from Soane. On the following pages I noted an elegantly restrained Late 19th century, ash, linen press from Howe.

    Finally in November’s issue of “The World Of Interiors” more goodies from the Pimlico Road appeared. Under “Antennae roundup”, which I always find most informative , I found “Salon” Cabinet by Bernardt for Paulo Moshino for Nicholas Haslam and the delicious “Tarnished steel cupboard” from Ochre. Howe’s beautifully crafted painted “Curvy” cupboard stood next to a photograph of Arthur Brett’s very handsome “break front wardrobe”. Linley again with their Savile Furniture Collection. Some charming , small scale woven fabrics appeared under “Swatch”; Chestnut “Celestial Square ” from Soane, also in “old rose”.

    Surely all of this is enough to tempt you to pay us a visit. I look forward to seeing many of our old clients, and lots of new ones, at our Christmas event on the 3rd of December. Do come along and be inspired by the flair and originality that is The Pimlico Road.

    Regards and best wishes, dare I say, “Happy Christmas“. Mark Boyce.

  • John Adams Fine Art Space & Form Exhibition

    Thursday 3rd – Saturday 19th November 2016

    This exhibition brings together four modern masters who manifest a sympathy of style and design that unites space and form creatively in order to achieve an elegant harmony of colour and movement.

    Frédéric de Luca (b. 1949)
    Frédéric de Luca has had a long and successful career in many aspects of design, from fashion to interiors and furniture. In 1983 he founded the Parisian design gallery En Attendent les Barbares, and with this exhibition he has returned to his first passion – painting in gouache.

    Edouard Hervé (b. 1958)
    Self-taught, Hervé is a sculptor who lives and works in Brittany. He has refined his creativity to produce lyrical and organic shapes in bronze, and by the judicious use of asymmetric lines and sinuous curves he suggests movement and an illusion of weightlessness in his sculptures.

    Othello Radou (1910 – 2006)
    Born in Monte Carlo, Radou forged his artistic career in Paris in a vein of Geometric Abstraction he made his own. The meticulous hard work and discipline he applied to creating his paintings produced dynamic, rhythmical images in a palette at once audacious and restrained.

    René Roche (1932 – 1992)
    Roche was born in Vienne, France and throughout his career he followed an independent path as a self-taught artist and sculptor. Shape and colour were his greatest inspiration, saying “One of my dreams is to throw colour at the sky and make it stay there.

  • Summer Newsletter

    What a joy it was to be back in the Pimlico Road for the week of the 27th of June. So much going on and so much to catch up with.

    On the Monday I rushed round to gather as much information as possible. So many changes and lots of interesting stock to view. I quickly looked at all of Luke Irwin’s wonderful new collection of rugs based on the Roman mosaics he so fortuitously discovered in the grounds of his house in the country. Herculaneum being a particular favourite.

    I nipped in to Joanna Wood‘s to compliment the team on their wonderful floral display out side the shop which was still looking marvellous having been put in for The Chelsea Flower Show back in May. If anything it was looking even better. Just down the road I had a quick catch up with the Outred‘s as they were about to open any minute at Masterpiece nearby in the grounds of the Royal Hospital, Chelsea. Lots of their fine stock was thus out of the show room but I spotted a wonderful brass door knocker amongst their door furniture fittings collection and a delightful lacquer cabinet.

    Tuesday the 28th was of course the glorious Pimlico Road Private View. This Invitation Only event has re-established itself as the premier local business event in London. Many shops made a huge effort, some putting on special exhibitions for the week. The biggest effort made the biggest gains. Jamb had another superb exhibition of contemporary taxidermy with splendid hospitality. Ransom, again, another stunning exhibition of photographs and a glorious party. Rose Uniacke had an elegant display of wonderful stock, a delicious spread of food on a large banqueting table and a superb leg of Spanish Ham beautifully presented and served by a highly skilled chef. She was also exhibiting at Mastrepiece.

    Promemoria, as elegant and as sophisticated as ever, welcomed a host of glamorous guests. Their show room was a triumph in understated display, again superbly generous hosts. FBC London just across the road, were in full swing when I noticed our new comers, Sybil Colefax and John Fowler, had created a welcoming drinks table of dust sheet covered trestle tables in their showrooms which were in mid construction. A very brave and generous gesture I thought.

    Haynes Fine Art, another welcome arrival, had their opening party on the night and what a transformation they have made of the Gallery. All the rooms were looking beautiful with a new show room down stairs and a pretty court yard garden out the back where they were serving cocktails. Amongst their many pictures I admired a small Lowry drawing. Not depressing for a change. There was also an idyllic little Dorothea Sharp as well as some very serious paintings by other notable artists, including a Wharhol drawing.

    And on we went. Patrick Jefferson, Coote & Bernardi, and Ochre, though only just a pop up shop for now, hosted a delightful party which I only just caught. We do hope they can stay longer. Humphrey Carrasco held a charming party in their beleaguered shop which we are fighting to save from threatened re-development. Perhaps one of the most stylish and romantic shop interiors on the Pimlico Road.

    Across the Square I had a cool and refreshing glass of champagne with John Adams and his wife. They were about to open at the Olympia Fair. It is always a joy to step into their gallery full of the colours of the South of France and the Mediterranean. Exhausted I retired with my guest, Mrs Paulene Stone, to her house for supper before returning to my dear hostess, Mrs Roberta Thomson’s house in Battersea.

    Wednsesday dawned and yet more parties. Masterpiece Preview. I was lucky enough to go in the early evening before the big rush that occurs at around 7.30pm. Anthony Outred had a superb pair of paintings, Victorian panoramas of the city of London. Truly magnificent, and an elegant pair of French Empire busts, a man and a woman as yet unidentified. Rose Uniacke had an elegantly pared back stand mixing antique and 20th century furniture in her inimitable way. Guy Tobin, who manages her gallery, was in deep conversation with a potential client. Fiona Barratt and Sol Campbell, FBC London, had created a fabulous stand displaying their remarkable range of furniture, lighting , works of art and accessories. They were both on hand being their usual charming and affable selves. Their lovely show room in the Pimlico Road was here out shone by this dramatic display. It was good to see a broad cross section of our members exhibiting at this prestigious event. Of course there were some fabulous museum pieces on display from around the world with remarkable collections from America, Europe and further afield. Decadent jewels, rare antique furniture, fine paintings, racing cars and speed boats and some of the finest floral displays I had seen in ages. Indeed a Fair for Masterpiece’s.

    I bumped into a dear colleague from the museum world at Masterpiece, Jane Rick, whom I had not seen for a very long time, so we retired to The Sloane Club for a delicious supper. I do like eating in their lounge bar, so much less formal than the elegant Restaurant, which by the way was designed by Linley. Tony Murkett, their wonderful manager and always the perfect host, greeted us as we entered. A gentleman of great charm and wit.

    Thursday and Friday seemed tame by comparison but I took great pleasure in looking up old friends in the area. I made some purchases at Potterton Books. Had a perfect light lunch at Daylesford with a colleague. A pint later in the day at The Orange, and of course popped into the ever useful Peter Jones just round the corner on Sloane Square. Where would we be without them.

    Before long I had to return to Wales, via Somerset to visit family and friends. How quiet life will seem after all this excitement. The only consolation is that I know I can always return to be re-inspired by this fabulous collection of designers, dealers, decorators and true perfectionists. So can you.

    Regards and best wishes
    Mark Boyce