Wednesday, 29 May 2013

POWER - Russian Medal Mystery

This recent purchase is a Soviet CCCP period Russian bronze medal dating to the 1960's ?? I have named this as POWER - both for the strength of design and pure speed of the subjects. As a piece of design it is striking -- simple and easy to understand -- every last gram of effort used -- a must win medal.

However, as you would expect, it is not signed. All work for Mother Russia, no individual personal glory allowed and to me it leaves it a bit souless almost lacking history. I wonder whether any reader can fill in the history. Do you know who designed this ??

Friday, 24 May 2013

Daisy & Bluebells

Just a little bit fun............ A flower related posting ???

Here are the Bluebells.....

This carpet of Bluebells can be found in Staffhurst Wood, Merle Common ... not quite at their best, that was a few days later, but still a breath taking sight. The woodblock connection relates to the artist Mary Macrae White and my earlier posting, in which I mentioned a painting by her titled "Water Daisies, Staffhurst Wood".

Well..... these are the woods but not the daisies.

Here is the Daisy

.... a 6 month old Poodle/Cocker Spanial cross -- very cute but very dirty. I tried to photographer her amongst the bluebells, but she was just having too much fun to stand still long enough. She is owned by my friend and business partner and we are now trying to train her to bark once for Rosenthal and twice for a Woodcut.

Follow UP....

My original plan for this posting was to create an opportunity to display Bluebell related woodblock prints - However, other than small blurred version of  a Hall-Thorpe woodcut, I could not find any suitable images.

Here is a better version of the Hall- Thorpe kindly supplied by Gerrie the Linosaurus (LINK)
The challenge is to find more....

Robert Lesley Howey (1900-1981)
Thank you Klaus.

Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Eric Slater - The Full Story

"Slater's Sussex. The Colour Woodcuts of Eric Slater"

The long awaited monograph book on the popular Sussex watercolour and wood cut artist Eric Slater (1896-1963) has now been published. Congratulations must go to James Trollope, the author, for his efforts in researching the life and works of Slater.

I posted on this subject (LINK) back in Feb 2011 detailing what information was easily available to the book/internet based researcher (me) and that was not much. James has researched Slater's life following many leads to piece together full picture of the artist behind these attractive pictures.

The book cleverly places Slater within the context of art scene in the 1920's and 30's with connections to other noted printmakers such as Arthur Rigden Read, Allen W Seaby, Urushibara and John Edgar Platt through the Society of Graver-Printmakers in colour.

the cover image in full

Most useful to collectors (and dealers) is the catalogue raisonne of known works, both watercolours and prints. There are many more compositions than I expected and I am sure that in the future this volume will become the reference work for Slaters. No doubt as other images are discovered dealers will boast of their new "un-recorded" discoveries as "not in the book".

Well done James, before reading this, I really thought of Slater as an independent printmaker, almost working in isolation in rural Sussex with little or no connection to the art establishment --- perhaps I should have done more research. This volume adds weight to Slater as an artist rediscovering his worth, the story of his life makes his prints some how more complete.

If you have more information about his life or have discovered the "un-recorded" picture then please email me and I will pass the information on.

Buy it now !!! 
available via the Towner Gallery, Eastbourne.
and at Amazon

Other websites dedicated to Eric Slater, include;

Monday, 13 May 2013

Hall Thorpe - Modern Homes Magazine Prints

I recently came across these colour prints of painting by John Hall Thorpe. They are not my normal type of print as they are not "original" works of art but reproductions of paintings - I prefer the woodcuts by Hall-Thorpe.

Never the less - they are of interest and fill a gap in any collection of pictures by this artist and best of all they are affordable !! You will find relatively common original pencil signed woodcuts with prices up to and some times more than £395.00 - of course they will be perfect - clean, spotless and beautifully framed.

This decorative pair are a fraction of that price and fill a gap in any Hall Thorpe collection - they are part of his story. They date to 1933 and were given away with the Modern Homes Magazine, see Gerrie's articles on the subject on his wonderful bog The Linosaurus - LINK


Each image is 19.5cm by 17.5cm and the frames are 29cm by 23.5cm. These two are in average condition, some fading, slightly wrinkly, one has a scratch and both frames, whilst original are worn. I am asking £65.00 plus postage for the pair, so email me if these are of interest to you.

Update -- 24th July 2013

You are too late !! NOW sold and hanging in a new home.

Friday, 10 May 2013

Raymond Delamarre (1890-1986) - Medals

Raymond Delamarre (1890–1986) another talented French artist, sculptor, medallist specialising in the "Art Deco" although he was clearly influence by the ancient world. Some designs are modern interpretations of classical Greek or Egyptian motifs, lots of maidens in flowing robes.

Delamarre studied at the École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris under the talented sculptor and tutor, Jules-Felix Coutan (1848-1939) before completing his study at the Villa Medici after WW1.

His early career was interrupted by service in WW1, during which he was awarded the Croix de Guerre, an award to those soldiers who distinguish themselves by acts of heroism involving combat with the enemy.

I always wonder how the experience of war effects artists work, sometimes their creations seem to be more "brutal" all force and power. Perhaps not with Delamarre, his design have softer interpretation of art deco - the figures have more benign expression on the faces with a more flowing sinuous look to the stylisation. Especially evident in his bronze "Perseus and Andromeda" from 1928, shown below.

Raymond seems to have had success from an early age winning the Prix de Rome in 1919 before going to to collaborate with leading designers and architect designing and creating monumental works for such projects as the memorial to the "Defenders of the Suez Canal", with architect Michel Roux-Spitz, the decorative relief in the 1st class dining room on the luxury liner the SS Normandie and the The Trocadéro on the site of the Palais de Chaillot for the 1937 World Fair.

Many small works, in the form commemorative and award medals, are out there waiting to be found. Most have figural elements, all tend to the art deco and a few are fine portraits of prominent people. So get searching and fine more .....

Mowgli - from "The Jungle Book"

As a general observation - his medals are signed in full "Raymond Delamarre" with fewer simple signed "R Delamarre" often but not always with a date.

Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Richard Fath (1900-52) - Medals

If you like dogs, then you will love the work of Richard Fath.

Richard Fath was an artist of extraordinary talent who, when his peers were working in the accepted, stylized mode of the art deco, chose to depict his dogs as real animals with their own unique character. Whilst many artists were limited to one main product, however talent they were - eg painter in oil or sculptor, Richard was able to apply his skill equally to painting, sculpture (plaster, pottery or bronze) and miniature medals in bronze.

Greyhounds in bronze - all power and grace !!

The vast majority of his work was of pedigree breeds of dogs. He knew the prominent breeders of his day, as well as the officials and staff of the Société Centrale Canine, the French equivalent of the Kennel Club, creating some of the finest models of pedigree dogs from the age.

 He studied at the studio schools of Saint-Maur-des-Fosséés and at the studio of Falguièère-Merciéé-Boucher. He won numerous awards during his lifetime including an Honorary mention for his stone sculpture of Charlie van den Ruhmeshall, a Great Dane, at the Salon des Artistes Franççais.

For a good selection of items by the artist; visit -

....and to prove that he was limited to one subject...

Monday, 6 May 2013

DeQuery - Boudoir Art Mystery

Today I pose a challenge
HELP !!  assistance required to identify this artist.

A lovely pair of art deco boudoir etchings c1925 of sweet girls. Possibly part of a series of seasons ? May be Autumn and Summer. Everything you want from the genre !! except who created them?

These two boudoir etchings recently came up for sale on eBay France with a typical French listing along the lines of  "here are 2 art deco etchings of girls similar to Icart, signed in pencil" no more information and no biographical information on the artist. As you can see from the signature, I'm not surprised. This is almost unreadable, with many possible interpretations. DiQueey, Dequery, Diquery and many more. Can you read it ? and do you know anything about the artist ?

All help welcome

Saturday, 4 May 2013

Andre Lavrillier (1885-1958) - Medals

All Power and Aggression - Classical Greece meets French Art Deco.
The work of Andre Lavrillier (1885-1958)

These are the work of the French artist/medallist Andre Lavrillier and not surprisingly date from the 1920's30's, the style almost date itself. Clearly these designs must have been inspired by the art and stories of the classical world with Leda and the Swan a good example. Not quite the flat two dimensional depictions as seen on ancient fragments but not fully 3D either.

Lavrillier, is sometimes recorded as André Henri Lavrillier (1885-1958) but who is he ?? little is recorded about his life. What is known, is that he was a pupil of his father Gaston Lavrillier before studying under Jules-Clément Chaplain (1839 – 1909) and Antoine Bourdelle (1861–1929). Becoming Bourdelle's assistant as an engraver of medals.

A talented and skilful artist he won the Grand Prize of Rome in 1914 (as a medallist) and awarded a Diploma at the 1937 Paris International Exposition. He engraved many dies for the French Coins at the Paris Mint during the thirties, including the 5 Franc coin that was in circulation from 1933 until 1952.  He was a Jury Member at the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux Arts in Paris and in Rome. He was also a Knight of the Legion d'Honneur, the French national award for Excellent civil or military conduct, similar to our MBE.

His designs were being used a long time after his death and now the best examples sell for remarkably high prices.  Recently an example of the Leda and the Swan medal dated 1975 was sold on eBay for $549 and another is for sale with a price of £975 (Link

In addition to his art deco designs, he was a talented portriat artist creating many medallions of prominent citizens.