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Around the galleries: historic rings make a fine exhibition in London and the Carre Rive Gauche fair opens in Paris.

A gem of an exhibition awaits collectors of jewellery this May. Wartski, London, and Les Enluminures, Paris, are teaming up for a selling exhibition at Wartski of a private collection of 35 rings collected over 20 years ago by the owner of Les Enluminures, Sandra Hindman (Fig. 1). Dating from 300 to 1600, the rings include Byzantine, medieval and renaissance examples, among them an early-Chtistian Roman gold marriage ring, c. 500, engraved with a male and female bust beneath a small cross. Other highlights include a mid-6th century Merovingian architectural gold ring set with a garnet, from Gaul, and a seductively simple gold and sapphire stirrup ring, c. 1200, from England or France. Accompanying the exhibition is a lecture programme and a catalogue with an introduction by the jewellery historian and APOLLO contributor Diana Scarisbrick. 'Roman to Renaissance: A Private Collection of Rings' runs from 12 until 22 May' at Wartski (14 Grafton Street, London; +44 (0)20 7493 1141, or visit www.



The Portland Gallery (8 Bennet Street, London; +44 (0)20 7943 1888), is staging an exhibition of work by the British painter Michad Tyzack, who died in 2007 (Fig. 3). The artist's first solo show in Britain for 38 years (he moved to America in 1971), it includes around 20 geometrically abstract paintings from throughout his career (27 May-12 June).

Not to be missed is a selling exhibition of 72 works by 19th- and 20th-century French masters at Galerie Schmit (396 rue Saint-Honore, Paris; +33 1 42 60 36 36). Picking the highlights from 'Maitres Francais xixeme--xxeme siecles' is not easy, as a stellar range of artists, from Corot to Vlaminck, is on offer, providing a superb overview of around 200 years of French art (until 9 July).


Elsewhere in Paris, 100 exhibitors converge for the Carre Rive Gauche fair (5-7 June). Spread across eight streets nestled in 7th arrondissement, it offers an eclectic mix of antiquities, silverware, furniture, jewellery, paintings and drawings, ceramics and textiles. Galerie Spadafora (21 rue du Bac) offers an intriguing Venetian jewel-case from the first half of the 18th century It has 10 interior compartments within its sumptuously embroidered silk exterior (Fig. 2). Equally appealing is an imposing 200-cm walnut candelabra from the late 16th century with Galerie Saint-Martin (5 and 11 rue des Saints-Peres), carved with acanthus foliage, gadroons, grotesques and fruit. For further details of participants and locations, visit www. June also sees Brussels bursting at the seams with a host of art fairs--for a full preview see pages 19-20.

A notable treat for collectors of Meissen is the latest catalogue, absolutely boroldt, from the Viennese gallery Antiques & Porcelain (Naglergasse 27; +43 (0) 1 5811062). The gallery's core holdings are from the period (1720-65) when the painter Johann Gregor Horoldt was employed by Meissen, but there are also superb examples of Meissen and Viennese porcelain from 1800-1830, and a group of pieces by the Viennese ceramicist Michael Powolny (1871-1954). Especially memorable is a magnificent Meissen 10-piece tea and coffee service, made in about 1740-45, decorated with battle scenes (highly popular in the mid-18th century) in purple with gold floral borders. Sure to raise a smile is a pagod (a Chinese deity) with a nodding head by Johann Joachim Kandler, around 1760; and a spherical 30.5cm-high teapot called the 'ostrich-egg' by Meissen, dated 1723-24.
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Title Annotation:London, England; Paris, France
Author:Andrews, Isabel
Article Type:Calendar
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Date:May 1, 2009
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