April Newsletter from Mallett

Welcome to the April newsletter from Mallett.

It was wonderful to see so many new and familiar faces at The European Fine Art Fair in Maastricht at the end of March. Now Spring is upon us, we are turning our attention to Masterpiece and three exciting exhibitions we will be hosting at Ely House in the coming months.

This week we will be showing an exhibition of works by Fiona McAlpine, and in May we will be holding an extremely exciting exhibition for collectors of English Furniture, with pieces that have been in private collections for generations. More details on both of these exhibitions are below.

We will also be collaborating with the renowned Old Master dealer, Colnaghi, in June. More details on this will be available on our website soon, and in the May newsletter.

Please do not hesitate to contact us for more information regarding any of our recent acquisitions below, or any of the pieces on our website.

Giles Hutchinson Smith
Chief Executive

A Japanese Etagere

A highly unusual Japanese Meiji period lacquer cabinet etagere decorated with an ascending avian landscape in low relief.  Mount Fuji is depicted in the background of the bottom panel and flying cranes and phoenix on the upper tier. The doors and supporting elements are decorated to simulate wood, the shaped door panels have further lacquer of Mount Fuji and exotic birds. The whole rests on scroll feet decorated with waves.

The growth of international trade and interest in Japan was engendered by the borders opening following Commodore Perry's triumph of gunboat diplomacy in 1853. By the end of the century the 'gout japonais' was influencing fashion and design throughout Europe and America, and Japanese lacquer was in huge demand.


Japan, c. 1860



A Pair of Gueridons, designed by Jean-Michel Frank and made by Comté

Jean-Michel Frank was perhaps the most influential designer and decorator of the Parisian haute-monde of the 1930s and 40s. These Gueridons are of painted and patinated iron, executed by Comté. Argentina.

With a certificate of authenticity from the Comite Jean-Michel Frank.

c. 1938




A Pair of Mid-19th Century Elephants

A pair of mid 19th century carved ornamental elephants. Their bodies are painted with faux pearls, flowers and beads, and their heads with floral comparisons. On their backs are stylised rugs adorned with bells, and their feet and husks are decorated with gold bangles. Each elephant holds forest fruits in their trunks.

Their Mahouts are equally dressed in enriched silk-stylised gowns.

Anglo-Indian, c.1860


A George III Blue John Urn

A fine George III blue john vase of neo-classical shape.  The ring-turned body has particularly intense veins of purple colour and the waisted socle stands on a blue john and white marble pedestal resting on a slate plinth. The finial has been replaced.

Blue John Stone, a form of flourite, is a rare, semiprecious mineral which can only be found in the Derbyshire Peak District National Park in England. It has been fashioned in to jewellery and ornaments from about 1750.

England, c. 1790

Blue John
21st May - 1st June 2013
Cocus Wood Cabinet
A major exhibition of English furniture which has been in two important American private collections for many years is to be held at Ely House.

Great English Furniture will celebrate the skills of some of the best furniture makers in history and also provide an opportunity for collectors to buy pieces which have not been on the market for at least a quarter of a century.
Highlights of the exhibition will include a magnificent Master’s Chair, made for an anti-French society in the 18th century and one of only two known examples, an exceptional giltwood trophy attributed to Sefferin Nelson and thought to have been made for the Prince Regent’s opulent home at Carlton House in London, a rare William and Mary cocus wood cabinet (pictured right) and an elaborately carved Chippendale period carved giltwood mirror. 

More details can be found on our website.

24th – 27th April 2013

Mallett will be holding an exhibition of works by Fiona McAlpine, at Ely House.

With an instinctive passion for colour and pattern, Fiona McAlpine paints vibrant and decorative oils depicting flowers from her garden and the general chaos of her kitchen table set against the distinctive landscape of North Wales.

Her expressive brush marks and eye for detail celebrate a personal vision of the life she loves on the Welsh-Cheshire borders.

Tyn Rhos by Fiona McAlpine
Veranda by Fiona McAlpine

V&A Members' Event at Ely House
Ely House
10th July 2013
Mallett are very pleased to be hosting a Member's Event for the Victoria and Albert Museum at Ely House, which will include a tour of the showrooms and history of the company, with a wine reception.

Places are limited so if you are a member at the V&A and interested in attending, please visit the V&A website for more details.
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Annual Report
As a PLC, Mallett have released last year's figures. Read a summary of this on the MasterArt website.


A Desk by Jean Michel Frank

An iron, sycamore and leather writing desk designed by Jean-Michel Frank and made by Comté.

This writing table was commissioned by Argentine architect Alejandro Bustillo and by descent to his grand-daughter Lucretia Cane. Numbered 6841.

Published in M.A. Teitelbaum ' The Stylemakers', Philip Wilson Publishers, 2010, page 235.

A desk of the same model is illustrated in L.D.Sanchez 'Jean-Michel Frank' Editions du Regard, 1997 page 88.
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