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Ryuson Chuso Matsuyama: A Japanese artist in England

We have been fortunate to acquire a collection of works by the Japanese artist Ryuson Chuzo Matsuyama (1880-1954). He was a member of a small but intriguing group of Japanese artists working in England during the first decades of the

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An exotic chocolate box for A J Caley of Norwich

The firm of A J Caley of Norwich were manufacturers of jolly things in the 19th and 20th centuries – making mineral waters, Christmas crackers and chocolates. Still going strong, they reintroduced their classic chocolate ranges in the 1990s, moving

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Halima Nalecz (1917-2008)

Halima Nalecz brought a mid-European glamour to a rather dowdy post-war London art market. In establishing the New Vision gallery in Marble Arch in 1956, and her own Drian Gallery in 1957, she created a vehicle for the active promotion

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Antoine Guillemet (1843-1918)

It isn’t often that we have a chance to offer a work by an artist at the very heart of the French art and literary world in the 19th century, whose work encompassed both Salon and Impressionist rebellion. A pupil

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Seeing double with William Reid Dick

Recently, we sold a bronze version of one of Reid Dick’s beautiful, sensitive sculptures of young children, perhaps one of his own baby daughters. Imagine our surprise when we came across a plaster version of what looks to be the

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Anthony Colbert (1934-2007) Vietnam War Series, 1967

We have acquired three amazing paintings by the British artist Anthony Colbert (1934-2007). Although he is now known as one of the most successful illustrators of the later 20th century, in the mid-sixties Colbert was working for The Observer newspaper.

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Discovering the Utagawa!

My first encounter with Japanese prints was as Keeper of Art at Blackburn Museum & Art Gallery, where I was lucky enough to curate the wonderful T B Lewis collection. Lewis was a textile mill owner, and a compulsive collector.

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