We are delighted to announce a very special collaboration between Mallett and the world-renowned Old Masters dealer, Colnaghi.
This unique exhibition will show the importance of the 18th-century town house as
a site of display for the finest paintings and furniture. Set in the London showrooms
of Mallett, the magnificent former palace of the Bishop of Ely built in 1770 to
the designs of Sir Robert Taylor, this special event will show a series of rooms
hung and decorated to recreate the splendours of a bygone era.
In the 18th century, the first in the hierarchy of rooms would have been the Saloon,
containing the finest gilt furniture and hung with what Lord Chesterfield termed
“capital pictures”. Among the works which will be displayed in the Saloon of Ely
House are Giovanni Antonio Pellegrini’s Sophinsba and Susannah and the Elders, which relate
to an important series painted for nearby Burlington House. Still lifes will be
featured in the dining room, while the Cabinet will be hung with smaller-scale pictures
from the Northern Schools. The entrance hall will be dominated by a monumental 18th-century equestrian portrait by Louis Rolland
Trinquesse, painted for presentation by the sitter Charles Grant to his
kinsman Sir James Grant.
Mallett will present a number of important pieces, including a pair of magnificent
commodes, made by Mayhew and Ince for the home of Robert Birch in Donabate, Co.
Dublin, and impaled with his coat of arms. Amongst other highlights will be a magnificent
pair of giltwood settees in the manner of Thomas Chippendale, a set of twelve armchairs
made by François Hervé and supplied to George John 2nd Earl Spencer in 1791, and
a giltwood wall trophy attributed to Sefferin Nelson (1739-97) after designs by
Henry Holland. This trophy was one of a series made for Carlton House, the former
residence of George IV when Prince of Wales. Carlton House will also be the subject
of a special lecture given to accompany the exhibition by Desmond Shawe-Taylor,
Surveyor of the Queen’s Pictures, on Sunday 30th June (please contact us for more
details on this).
To see the brochure online please click here.
18th June – 20th July 2013