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Tag: Masterpiece

August 15, 2017

A Bargain Boat

by Edward Kay

Edward Kay reports on the sale of a truly striking 1-of-1 Aguti 20-metre wooden motor yacht that cost £6.4 million to build; it is offered for just £1.4 million   As most of Germany is relatively landlocked, with just the borders of the far northern cities meeting the Atlantic Ocean, it’s no surprise that some … Continue reading “A Bargain Boat”

January 19, 2016

Colditz comes to Shropshire

by Matthew Steeples

Shropshire cottage with a most unusual secret for sale for just shy of £200,000

November 17, 2015

Taking Aston to another level

by Matthew Steeples

Aston Martin to be sold in New York could fetch in excess of £10 million and become the highest priced British car ever to be hammered down at auction

June 25, 2015

Baroness Marie-Claire von Alvensleben

by General

Though convicted and sentenced to a six-week suspended jail sentence for a racist tirade in December 2013 in which she claimed “brown people are ruining London”, Baroness Marie-Claire von Alvensleben continues to parade around as if still acceptable in polite society.

January 4, 2015

Philip Mould OBE

by Matthew Steeples

This renowned art sleuth co-presents BBC1’s Fake or Fortune? with Fiona Bruce.

October 20, 2014

The Monica Factor: Monica Lewinsky joins Twitter

by Matthew Steeples

Monica Lewinsky takes to Twitter (but don’t expect any mention of Bill Clinton)   On Monday, Monica Lewinsky joined Twitter and within a couple of hours despite her having tweeted just twice, she had gained over 34,000 followers.

July 19, 2014

Romantic heroes: Ian Fleming and James Bond

by James Murphy

James Murphy examines his romantic heroes, Ian Fleming and James Bond   I was privileged to attend the recent Masterpiece art and antiques fair in Chelsea. For me, the undoubted highlight was coming face to face with the letters of Ian Fleming, the creator of James Bond, on Peter Harrington’s stand.

July 1, 2014

Mastering Moss

by Matthew Steeples

Painting of Sir Stirling Moss for sale at Masterpiece   As Masterpiece 2014 comes towards it conclusion on the 2nd July, we feature another fine work on display there – an oil on canvas painting of Sir Stirling Moss with an Aston Martin DBR1 and a CC100 concept car

June 27, 2014

Win tickets to Masterpiece

by Matthew Steeples

Reader offer: Galerie Dumonteil offers five pairs of tickets to Masterpiece 2014 to readers of The Steeple Times   Franck Laverdin of Galerie Dumonteil is one of the stalwarts of Masterpiece and a great friend of all at The Steeple Times. He has kindly provided five pairs of tickets to this art and antiques fair … Continue reading “Win tickets to Masterpiece”

American masters

by Matthew Steeples

Two works from American galleries on display at Masterpiece   Business on the opening day at Masterpiece 2014 was brisk with one dealership, Symbolic & Chase, selling a 1912 Cartier corsage for in excess of $20 million (£11.75 million). Our friends at Apter-Fredericks, equally, were delighted to sell an important mirror in the first hour … Continue reading “American masters”

A window on John Stoddart

by General

Photographer John Stoddart exhibits at Ransom   Dapper sniper turned photographer John Stoddart has been a busy man lately. Not only has he exhibited in the former Olympic Village in London’s East End this week, he’s also currently the star of the window of the renowned Pimlico Road gallery Ransom.

June 25, 2014

Masters of Masterpiece

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times chooses six of the best items on display at Masterpiece 2014   Thursday marks the official opening of the fifth annual Masterpiece art and antiques fair featuring over 150 leading galleries from across the world. To accompany today’s preview, The Steeple Times asked six of the exhibitors to choose their highlight from … Continue reading “Masters of Masterpiece”

December 23, 2013

Franck Laverdin

by Matthew Steeples

This personable art dealer is president of Galerie Dumonteil and a jetsetter who travels between galleries in Paris, New York and Shanghai. In London annually for Masterpiece, Laverdin is a host par excellence and one of the most connected gentlemen to be found on the international arts scene.

November 9, 2013

Splendor on the Riviera

by Matthew Steeples

Galerie Dumonteil’s ‘Splendor on the Riviera’ exhibition   The opening of Galerie Dumonteil’s latest exhibition, Splendor on the Riviera, in New York was very much an Anglo-American affair.

August 17, 2013

Oliver Newton

by Matthew Steeples

This London based antiques expert has a captivating enthusiasm for silver and fine craftmanship.

July 3, 2013

As safe as Stockinger

by Matthew Steeples

Stockinger’s safes represent the most secure of investments   Masterpiece 2013 closes today. This impressive showcase is something that has been crammed to the brim with some of the finest works of art, design and antiques currently on the market, but given that many of these items are of immense value, they need to be … Continue reading “As safe as Stockinger”

July 2, 2013

Chronicling a Masterpiece

by Matthew Steeples

A portrait of Albert Vickers by John Singer Sargent   Vickers is undoubtedly one of the best known names in British engineering and it is indeed sad that their final remaining plant will close at the end of this year following the company having been absorbed into BAE Systems.  

We’re back

by Matthew Steeples

Our period of absence turned out to be much shorter than expected… Look out for a lot of revelations and stories in the coming days.

June 2, 2013

A happy mansion

by Matthew Steeples

The sale of the £18 million Sir John Soane designed Tyringham Hall   Property developer Anton Bilton and his Brooklyn born wife Lisa Barbuscia-Bilton (better known as Lisa B.) bought the Sir John Soane designed Tyringham Hall in Buckinghamshire for £2.5 million in 2001. They’ve recently put it on the market at the staggering price … Continue reading “A happy mansion”

May 14, 2013

Five of the best: Deals for those visiting the 100th RHS Chelsea Flower Show

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times suggests five of the best deals to accompany the RHS Chelsea Flower Show   ‘The Season’ is nearly upon us and we at The Steeple Times especially look forward to a number of events. Our favourite has to be Masterpiece (26th June to 3rd July) but we also love the RHS Chelsea … Continue reading “Five of the best: Deals for those visiting the 100th RHS Chelsea Flower Show”

February 22, 2013

Reduced times

by Matthew Steeples

The tale of a pioneer landowner reduced to bankruptcy and a Baywatch babe fighting off her debtors   Former Baywatch babe turned animal rights campaigner Pamela Anderson purchased 23445 Malibu Colony Drive in Malibu, California in 2000 for $1,800,000 with her then husband and subsequent on-off lover Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee. She has just … Continue reading “Reduced times”

November 18, 2012

All work and no bunga bunga makes Versace a good boy

by Matthew Steeples

A Modernist masterpiece based upon simple rationalism   Two buildings were designed by architects Carlo di Carli and Antonio Carminati in 1953 – 1954 in Milan’s Via dei Giardini. Both are considered Modernist masterpieces and both stand proudly in this, the city’s only tree lined street.   Carlo di Carli (1910 – 1999) is considered … Continue reading “All work and no bunga bunga makes Versace a good boy”

November 6, 2012

For the love of Jobs

by Matthew Steeples

Edward Kay takes a look at a yacht that forms part of the legacy of Steve Jobs   In a bittersweet moment, Steve Jobs’s yacht was launched on 29th October from the Feadship’s de Vries yard in Aalsmeer, The Netherlands with his wife and three children aboard. The Jobs family gave the members of the … Continue reading “For the love of Jobs”

June 30, 2012

Win tickets to Masterpiece

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times prize draw for tickets to Masterpiece London 2012   Masterpiece London 2012 is a truly spectacular event. Held between the 28th June and 4th July in the grounds of The Royal Hospital in Chelsea, this fair features the very best antiques, art and luxury goods in the world.   We at The … Continue reading “Win tickets to Masterpiece”

Steeple Rock

by Matthew Steeples

An outstanding painting by Edward William Cooke   At Masterpiece yesterday, a painting immediately caught my eye on Martyn Gregory’s stand but what intrigued me further was the title attached to it.   Steeple Rock, signed and dated 1873, attracted my interest firstly because of its outstanding quality but equally, as I’d never heard of … Continue reading “Steeple Rock”

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