STUART LOCHHEAD SCULPTURE & HAZLITT
TEFAF Maastricht 2023
Photo: Jaron James
We are pleased to announce the success of our third collaboration with Stuart Lochhead Sculptures and Hazlitt. The new stand design was unveiled to the public in March 2023, which marked the first event after the Corona restrictions were completely lifted.
Once again, our latest creation has been developed from past designs which drew inspiration from the traditional Kyoto shopfront, featuring a beautiful latticework facade that created a unique interplay of light and shadow, evoking a sense of timeless elegance. The lattice facade evolved for the third time from a very simple window to a large window with a curvature to the corner, adding an elegant feel to the sculpture room. The corner of the lattice window created a moment where one could see a portion of the sculpture while simultaneously hiding the rest of the space, creating an extremely selective yet sophisticated ambience. Furthermore, the stand design explored the interplay of inside and outside space, where the semi-separated space captured the attention of the public, igniting their curiosity to walk inside and discover the captivating art collections that lay beyond the beautiful facade. Inside the stand, visitors had the opportunity to explore our carefully curated collections, including a special display of great "femme artistes" from the 19th century, an Old Master sculpture room, and a "picture room" showcasing important works from the 16th to the 18th century. We firmly believe that art has the power to connect and inspire people from all walks of life, and our stand was designed to create a welcoming and engaging space for art enthusiasts of all ages.
Theme of Sculptures
There are three major features in the selection of sculptures, each with its own unique story.
The first sculpture is a monumental bust of Eugène Delacroix, created by Albert-Ernest Carrier-Belleuse to celebrate the life and work of the father of Romanticism and the greatest French painter of his generation. The bust was the centrepiece of ceremonies held on the first anniversary of Delacroix's death in 1864 and was admired by many famous artists.
The second sculpture is Félicie de Fauveau’s Bust of Henri d’Artois, a work that reflects on the contributions of women artists overlooked by art history. Fauveau was one of only a few recognised female sculptors in her time, and her work anticipated the pre-Raphaelite aesthetic. Her Bust of Henri V is a testament to her skills as a portrait artist and her interest in the Middle Ages.
The third sculpture is Charlotte Besnard’s Germaine, which also reflects on the role of women in art history. Besnard was a talented sculptor who received international acclaim for her work. Germaine, which depicts the artist's daughter, is an example of her ability to capture the liveliness and details of her subjects.
Overall, these sculptures offer a glimpse into the world of art and the stories of the artists behind them. They also provide a perspective on the challenges faced by women artists in a male-dominated field and their contributions to the canon of art history.
We were deeply grateful for the opportunity to share our love of art with visitors, particularly after a prolonged period of lockdowns and restrictions. Our stand provided a much-needed respite for visitors, and we were thrilled to see such an enthusiastic response, making it the most successful year for the sale of artefacts. Additionally, we encourage visitors to come and visit their galleries in London.
Thank you for your continued support, and we look forward to seeing you at our next event.