Photography by Antony Crolla for The World of Interiors magazine; Philip Mould & Co.'s stand at Masterpiece Fair 2017.
In late June we exhibited at Masterpiece Fair in the south grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea, selling a number of works to private and public collections, including a rare signed portrait by Pieter Cornelisz van Slingelandt (1640-91) to the Cleveland Museum of Art. We were also pleased to see our flirtatious portrait of an unknown lady by Mary Beale (1633-99) find a new home at the National Gallery of Victoria.
Over the summer, Fake or Fortune? returned for its sixth series. This year the team authenticated works by John Constable RA (1776-1837), Paul Gauguin (1848-1903), and even went to Australia to investigate a painting by Tom Roberts (1856-1931).
In the latter half of the year, Philip Mould & Co. staged a major exhibition focusing on the work of society portrait painter Sir Oswald Birley MC (1880-1952). The exhibition was the largest show dedicated to Birley’s work since his retrospective in 1951 and was a huge success, attracting the attention of the national press and over 1,200 visitors.
Installation shots from Power & Beauty: The Art of Sir Oswald Birley at Philip Mould & Cop. this autumn; press cuttings from The Mayfair Times, Homes & Antiques magazine, and Apollo magazine.
In November we unveiled a recently discovered portrait of Vice-Admiral Horatio Nelson, 1st Viscount Nelson KB (1758-1805). The portrait was painted shortly after the Battle of Nile and is a startlingly honest portrayal of the British hero. The work was displayed in the gallery as part of a pop-up exhibition and was displayed alongside a new replica of Nelson’s spectacular diamond Chelengk, which Nelson wears on his bicorne hat in our portrait.
With a number of ambitious projects already underway, 2018 is set to be another exciting year here at Philip Mould & Company, and we look forward to sharing these with you in the New Year. Merry Christmas!
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