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A Collector's Paradise - The Brian Haughton Gallery

A Collectors’ Paradise is returning for the third year running concurrently with London Art Week.

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A Collectors’ Paradise is one of the leading ceramics exhibitions providing an opportunity for specialist dealers to demonstrate their knowledge and skill and unveil their latest discoveries to a discerning audience of international collectors. The exhibition takes place in the intimate surroundings of the two-storey gallery situated in the heart of London’s art world. Exhibiting will be the Brian Haughton Gallery of St James’s, Christophe Perlés of Paris and Robyn Robb of Chelsea, all distinguished dealers in the porcelain and pottery world. Everything is for sale.

Robyn Robb is a London based specialist dealer in fine and rare 18 th century English porcelain with 35 years’ experience. She has been instrumental in forming many of the major private collections of early English porcelain throughout the world as well as advising many museums on their collections.

Among the pieces that Robyn is bringing to the exhibition is a very rare Chelsea mug finely painted with a great snow owl, c 1752-55. The image of the owl was copied from George Edwards ‘A Natural History of Uncommon Birds’ from 1747. Another eye-catching piece is a very rare and early Worcester plate painted in Chinese famille verte style with a bird perched on a flowering prunus tree, c 1752. Brian Haughton is one of the world’s leading authorities of porcelain and pottery and he established The Brian Haughton Gallery in 1964. He and his wife Anna founded and organized international fine art fairs in London, New York and Dubai including the legendary International Ceramics Fair and Seminar.

One of the highest value objects in the exhibition, with a 5-figure asking price, is an extremely important pair of French Faience figures, probably Strasbourg, modelled by Paul Hannong, of the celebrated ballerina, Marie Anne de Cupis de Camargo, known as Madame Camargo, c 1745-50, from The Brian Haughton Gallery. She popularized two innovations to ballet, changing from heeled shoes to slippers (now called ballet shoes) and was one of the first ballet dancers to shorten the skirt to what afterwards became the regulation length. She is in her most famous pose, as depicted by Nicholas Lancret, in the painting in the Wallace Collection. Other paintings of her are in the National Gallery of Art, Washington, and in The Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg. Another highlight is a pair of Faience models of cats by Emile Gallé seated on their haunches, c 1895-1900.