Wonderful Russian Art and vintage jewellery Collections in the Sotheby's exhibition rooms
When choosing to spend the weekend in London one must make the most of what it has to offer and that should mean a stroll up and down New and Old Bond St. That is exactly how we spent our last Saturday in town.
It is always a joy to gaze at the creative window displays and see which entices first. As ever, Hermes was on point! Inspiration comes in many forms and I love, in my minds eye, to match up the stunning silks, leathers and cashmere from the famous House of 24 Faubourg St. Honore, with the delightful Hermes interiors fabrics we stock and that I use in many of my clients schemes. If all Hermes gave the world was a Birkin bag I would be happy. However, as we know there is so much more to this esteemed house. It is as much of a joy for me to clothe my clients homes in Hermes than it is to wear and sport their keep sakes.
Anyway, time to move on. After a wonderfully joyous Friday evening, captivated by a magnificent production of Swan Lake at The Royal Albert Hall, we headed for dinner. One too many bottles of bubbly led to some sore heads and our group were in need of rest, recuperation and above all caffeine. And so it was that we resolved to head to the delightful little cafe at Sotheby's for some much needed re-energising concoctions.
Our collective disappointment at having arrived a smidgen too late for refreshment was soon overtaken by the exhilaration of spending the next hour or so taking in the the wonderful Russian Art and vintage jewellery Collections in the Sotheby's exhibition rooms. Where do I begin, diamonds and intimate belongings of Wallis Simpson or the magnificent works of Arkhipov, Shukhaev and others?
Like a rejuvenated magpie I head at full speed for the sparkling gallery. The collections of solitaires, fresh water pearl necklaces and array of Cartier broaches get my creative juices flowing. I am now torn between wanting to plan my bidding in the upcoming auction and designing deserving receptacles for these gorgeous pieces of 20th century jewellery. What suitably exquisite jewellery cases do we carry that can house these wonders? I decide to start penning ideas for a new range of mahogany jewellery boxes and safes.
Firstly, however, my curiosity takes me downstairs to view the magnificent, "Ivan Susanin" by Konstantin Egorovich Makivsky. I cannot profess to be an expert on Russian art but this particular work seems to encapsulate everything I would expect to see. A snowy landscape with hardened souls gathered around a fire, the flames beautifully light the scene. In fact, the painting has deep meaning for the Russian people, a story that merits far greater telling than in this short review. Oh to be let loose on a Russian interiors project, with the scope to place this work. It would look equally at home in a dacha on the outskirts of Moscow or in a stately home or castle in rustic Europe.
My favourite however is Ivan Ivanovich Shishkin's, "At the edge of the pine forest." Rarely have I been so captivated by a painting. There is a truly magical, etherial feel to this work. It draws you in completely. You feel yourself staring into the forest, feeling the breeze in your face as it rides gently over the wheat fields. I really must add to the RBI botanical candle range and develop a scent that takes you to the centre of this masterpiece.