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Lot 2304: Arabescatta (GB)  Tattersalls 250th Anniversary Year Ends With Record Turnover

The fourth and final day of the Tattersalls December Mare Sale bought to a close another record year at Tattersalls with turnover topping a record 265 million guineas, the third year in a row that it has surpassed 260 millon guineas.

The final session saw a total of 106 lots sell for 616,500 guineas, taking the four-day breeding stock turnover to 44,709,200 guineas, at an average of 65,652 guineas and a median of 27,000 guineas.

The star attraction on the final day was ARABESCATTA, the MONSUN sister to Group 1 Irish Derby runner-up MIDAS TOUCH and to the recent Listed Zetland Stakes winner CORONET who is second favourite for next year’s Oaks. Consigned by The Castlebridge Consignment, the eight-year-old mare out of the DARSHAAN mare APPROACH was knocked down to Federico Barberini for 38,000 guineas on behalf of Kildaragh Stud’s Peter Kavanagh.

“She is by Monsun with a huge page,” said Barberini of the mare whose pedigree includes Classic and Group 1 winners AUSSIE RULES, ALLEGRETTO, ALBANOVA and ALBORADA.
At the conclusion of the 2016 Tattersalls December Sale, Tattersalls Chairman Edmond Mahony commented;

“2016 has been an historic year for Tattersalls. It is 250 years since Richard Tattersall founded the world’s first company of bloodstock auctioneers and we are proud custodians of that legacy. We are equally proud that the company has marked this special year with record annual turnover in excess of 265 million guineas and that the Tattersalls December Sale has reinforced its reputation as probably the most international bloodstock sale in the world. It has been a privilege to have welcomed buyers this week from every continent in the world and they have all contributed to a uniquely diverse sale which has brought our anniversary year to a successful conclusion.

“The unprecedented annual turnover demonstrates the sustained appetite for quality European bloodstock in all sectors of the market and this has been clearly reemphasised throughout the December Sale. Record demand at the October Yearling Sale and the Autumn Horses in Training Sale has been followed by truly global participation this week. While the catalogue may not have been regarded as a vintage one, it has still inspired vibrant international competition, particularly at the top end of the market, with the outstanding mare HAZARIYA deservedly topping the sale at 2 million guineas, high class race fillies consistently commanding premium prices, and the annual major consignments from both Godolphin and Juddmonte Farms proving as ever to be hugely popular.

“Eight of the top ten highest priced foals in Britain and Ireland, 76 foals selling for 100,000 guineas or more and a further 110 breaking the six figure mark this week, are all clear indicators of a market in which quality has been well rewarded. The ten highest priced mares and fillies this week were sold to buyers from Britain, France, Ireland, Japan, South Africa and the USA, while buyers from Australia, China, and the Gulf region also made significant contributions at every level of the market. As ever, we must thank our vendors, British, Irish and from further afield, who make the Tattersalls December Sale the premier sale of its type in Europe. Every year we visit as many overseas markets as possible, but the consistent support from our vendors is equally crucial in annually attracting the major global players to the December Sale.

“Although we can reflect on a successful and historic year, we are also mindful that there are sectors of the market which are facing major challenges. This time last year we reflected on the significant rise in the number of horses catalogued and offered at Tattersalls and the inevitable impact at the lower end of the market. This year we have endeavoured to manage the numbers in both the October Yearling Sale and the December Foal Sale more carefully, and clearance rates held up remarkably well, but this only masks the reality that demand in the lower tiers of the market is well below the level of supply. This is an issue we must all face together, but in the meantime we would like to extend our sincere gratitude to each and every purchaser and vendor, all of whom have played a part in a memorable 250th year of selling thoroughbreds at Tattersalls.” With Thanks & Courtesy Tattersalls

The next sale at Tattersalls is the February Sale which takes place from February 2 – 3. Entries are now being taken.

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The second day of the Tattersalls December Mare Sale was, as ever, a truly international affair with buyers from four continents represented by the top ten lots. The headline act of the day was HAZARIYA, the dam of HARZAND, topping proceedings at 2 million guineas. A total of 186 lots sold for 25,512,500 guineas with an average of 137,164 guineas and median of 60,000 guineas.

The star of the show on Tuesday of the Tattersalls December Mare Sale was the dam of this year’s dual Derby winner HARZAND. A packed sales ring turned out to see HAZARIYA, in foal to INVINCIBLE SPIRIT, knocked down to MV Magnier, standing with Michael Jooste of South African-based Mayfair Speculators, for 2 million guineas.

The Newsells Park Stud offering was herself a good race filly winning the Group 3 Athasi Stakes at The Curragh before retiring to stud where she has produced five winners including Listed Finale Stakes winner HAZARAFA, Group 3 Silver Flash Stakes winner HARASIYA and of course Group 1 Epsom and Irish Derby winner Harzand.
Lot 1826: Hazariya (IRE)

The half-sister to American wonder mare ZENYATTA was another to top a million guineas on the second day of the Tattersalls December Mare Sale. US-bred EBLOUISSANTE in foal to DANSILI will be heading back to her country of birth having been bought by Jane Lyon of Kentucky-based Summer Wind Farm.

Consigned by The National Stud, the well-related seven-year-old mare is a half-sister to triple Grade 1 winner BALANCE in addition to ZENYATTA who won an incredible 19 out of 20 starts during her race career which included a tally of seven Grade 1s. Courtesy & with thanks Tattersalls

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An Art historian in Germany has finally recovered an impressive art work that had been commissioned by the STASI, the redoubtable East German Secret Police in 1979. before the Berlin wall came down. Richard Otfried Wilhelm was the artist who created this  3 ton, 65 foot wide, 10 foot high  glass mural. Lenin’s portrait is clearly identifiable. Mr. Wilhelm titled the work “Revolution: Frieden unserem Erdenrund” (Revolution: Peace to the Whole World), an incongruous title for a symbol of a repressive regime. In the centre is an image of Lenin, and there are two doves, symbolizing peace — both common iconographical elements in East German monuments, Mr. Melching said, an expert in German Cold War history at the University of Amsterdam.

The work will be shown in a pop up Galerie at NETZWERK during Art Basel Miami Beach Fair. It is for sale for over $21.million.

Erich Mielke, the Stasi Agent, who died in 2000, commissioned in 1979 the artist Richard Otfried Wilhelm, who was then the chief master of glass for public works in the German Democratic Republic, and one of the few East German artisans trained in Gothic stained glass techniques dating back to the 14th century.

 

The 10-foot-high  X 65 feet glass wall is pigmented with precious metals — including 55 pounds of gold — and has a hammer and sickle symbol, a slogan of the international communist movement and references to the French Revolution.

After the Berlin Wall fell, the Stasi headquarters were closed in 1990, and the agency’s assets were sold through the Deutsche Reichsbahn, the state railroad company. Eberhard Dümmen, the owner of an art logistics company and Mr. Holzmann’s uncle, learned about the work from one of his employees who had worked for the Reichsbahn. He bought it for an unknown sum — records of the sale have been destroyed, and Mr. Holzmann said Mr. Dümmen  does not recall what he paid — loaded it into a shipping container, and placed it in a storage lot in Berlin.

 

Mr. Holzmann said “I knew about it all these years, but for all these years, I, like everyone else, was forgetting what was forgotten,” Mr Holzmann asked about the fate of the glass work several years ago. When Mr. Dümmen said it was still probably where he left it, Mr. Holzmann tracked it down in the Berlin neighbourhood of WeissenSee.

He called Susanna Lilienthal, a conservator who played a central role in the restoration of the sixth century B.C. Ishtar Gate at the Pergamon Museum in Berlin. She saw the work in August 2015. “When the container opened, history came out,” she said.

Mr. Holzmann, who is representing his uncle in the sale, said the craftsmanship and the extraordinary story are what make the piece worth $21.4 million. He said he hoped to sell it to a museum or a private individual who will donate it to a public institution.

But Mr. Melching said he would be surprised if it brought anywhere near that price. “Maybe a couple of hundred thousand euros, but millions is a bit ridiculous,” he said.

Sjeng Scheijen, an associate researcher at Leiden University who curated an exhibition about Stalin-era propaganda art at the Drents Museum in Assen, the Netherlands, agreed. “The quality of this piece is certainly not exceptional from an artistic point of view,” he said. “If they will sell it for this price, you will see a storm of the same kind of art coming on the market, because many of these kinds of stained glass windows are very often in buildings from the ’70s and ’80s that aren’t used any more.”

With thanks, From the Iron Curtain to Miami by Nina Siegal

Article inspired by a feature in the New York Times International Edition. Culture. by Nina Siegal. Courtesy & with thanks.

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Our hotel is located right across the river from downtown, and only a short walk to shopping and fun.

The Hilton hotel is located right across the river from downtown, and only a short walk to shopping and fun.

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Robert Draper’s Travel article in today’s New York Times International Edition reads like an American novel. Set in the  city of Philadelphia  memories of wealthy travellers and rich Industrialists creep up on you in an article dedicated to some of Philadelphia’s best restaurants. Where it seems that not only the food is exciting but the clientele too.

Above we feature VEDGE specialises in VEGAN dishes. Below we feature VERNICK whose dishes sound so enticing we would take a plane over for dinner sometime soon.

 

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Thomas Burberry beautiful new store on Regent street, London

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Thomas the Burberry cafe also has an entrance round the corner in Vigo Street with a lovely Irish Rebecca so welcoming. The cafe has that hip New York feel to it. Lots of gorgeous cakes to finish lunch with……Sunday December 10th special Burberry event with a choir… In the store it should be possible to see the new Thomas Burberry film with Sienna Miller……

Thomas the Burberry cafe also has an entrance round the corner in Vigo Street with a lovely Irish Rebecca so welcoming. The buzzy cafe has that hip New York feel to it, laid back hip decor. Lots of gorgeous cakes to finish lunch with……Sunday December 10th special Burberry event in the main store with a choir… In the store it should be possible to see the new Thomas Burberry film with Sienna Miller……streamed on the large screen……We posted a story on Fashion & Celluloid 17th November featuring Asif Kapadia’s 3minute film The Tale Of Thomas Burberry, viewed over 6 million times on YouTube

 

 

 

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EI Editorial Intelligence held their Comment Awards at the RIBA on Wednesday 23 November. 7.30.a.m. A large crowd of smart young Media people sleek and shiny moved into the large light hall of the RIBA. As the Awards were given out it became evident that several of the Awards,8, were awarded to female journalists. It also seemed that the  commentators had had a thrillerama of a year. Listening to the summing up of the Year’s commentariat it seems to us that whatever side of the spectrum seemed to share  the leitmotiv of unease & uncertainty.

 

 

 

 

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Frankel Colt Tops Tattersalls December Yearling Sale

A colt by the all-conquering FRANKEL topped the one-day Tattersalls December Yearling Sale at 250,000 guineas on a day that saw a record average and median and robust trade throughout the day. 142 lots were sold for 4,377,500 guineas which was a rise of 7% on last year’s corresponding session, whilst the average and median rose 7% and 8% respectively to a record 30,827 guineas and 21,500 guineas. The clearance was an impressive 85%.

The star turn for the day was the FRANKEL colt out of the ANABAA mare DEBONNAIRE. The half-brother to the multiple Group 1 winner and recent Melbourne Cup and Cox Plate placed HARTNELL was knocked down to Charlie Gordon-Watson for 250,000 guineas after he saw off former Champion Australian trainer Peter Moody and Oliver St Lawrence.

“My client wanted to buy two horses today, but I suggested that we target one,” reported Gordon-Watson. “This is a very nice horse out of a very nice mare. There is an Arc winner on the page and he out of an Anabaa mare, which I particularly like. He is all two-year-old.”

The colt was sold by Highclere Stud, on behalf of Greg Goodman’s Mount Brilliant Farm, and Lady Carolyn Warren said: “He is a lovely horse. We foaled him at Highclere, he went to the US and failed to sell earlier in the year. He came back to us and has done really well.”Lot 166: Frankel (GB) / Debonnaire (GB) Courtesy and with thanks Tattersalls.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Grey Gatsby,  ridden by Ryan Moore, leading Trading  & Australia 1st day at Leopardstown. Courtesy and with thanks Sporting Life   It is said When in doubt choose a grey horse . At the last European Championships YR Millstreet: promising 19 year old Italian Equestrian , student in Economics at Bocconi  university, Robert BERNASCONI  was riding the grey German horse  LESTHAGO,  see their excellent performance on 
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Burberry Sheepskin jacket with floaty silk chiffon dress

Burberry Sheepskin jacket with floaty silk chiffon dress

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The New York Times International Edition,November 17 has a feature in Style: Adventures in Style and Celluloid.By Vanessa Friedman and Wesley Morris

An interesting piece discussing fashion and celluloid, the merits of short films commissioned by top Brands. Is this Sponsorship, advertising, TV, or Netflix ? A Prada commissioned David O Russell film “Past Forward” a surreal 15 minute story featuring Freida Pinto, Allison Williams Kuoth Wiel. The next day introduced “Brave”a musical short film by Spike Lee, commissioned by Moncler. A 3rd New York event,on the Monday, was Oscar winner Asif Kapadia’s 3 minute film on “the tale of Thomas Burberry”, which stars Sienna Miller, Domhnall Gleeson & Dominic West. It has been reported that by wednesday evening the Burberry film had been viewed on YouTube over 6million times since its posting earlier this month.

 

 

Paolo Coehlo born in Rio de Janeiro

Paolo Coehlo born in Rio de Janeiro

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Rio de Janeiro Teatro Municipal

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Paolo Coelho The inspirational Brazilian writer has written a new book, The Spy, based on Mata Hari’s life, as a spy in Europe. In 1986, Coelho walked the 500-plus mile Road of Santiago de Compostela in northwestern Spain, a turning point in his life. On the path, Coelho had a spiritual awakening, which he described autobiographically in The Pilgrimage.[12] In an interview, Coelho stated “In 1986, I was very happy in the things I was doing. I was doing something that gave me food and water – to use the metaphor in The Alchemist, I was working, I had a person whom I loved, I had money, but I was not fulfilling my dream. My dream was, and still is, to be a writer.” Coelho would leave his lucrative career as a songwriter and pursue writing full-time. Extract from Wikipedia with thanks.

 

 

 

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Gerhard Richter’s Düsenjäger dates from 1963, the most important juncture in his career, when he had begun to create the Photo Paintings that were to garner such recognition. This picture dates from the very inception of Pop Art, and reveals both the similarities and differences between its incarnations on each side of the Atlantic. With its muted tones and political undertones, this is the embodiment of ‘Capitalist Realism,’ the German Pop Art movement founded at precisely this time by Gerhard Richter, Sigmar Polke and Konrad Lueg (who later became known as the gallerist Konrad Fischer). Looking at the official list of Richter’s paintings, which he began only the previous year, the importance of Düsenjäger becomes all the more apparent: it is listed as number ’13-a,’ one of the earliest of his recognised works. In addition, Düsenjäger is part of a small and celebrated group of pictures of warplanes, created by Richter between 1963 and 1964. Of these, four are in museum collections, all of them in his native Germany. Düsenjäger and another painting, Bomber, were the only ones from this series created in 1963, the others all coming the following year, underscoring its seminal importance. Text & image with thanks courtesy Phillips New York. 20th Century & Contemporary Art Evening Sale
New York Auction 16 November 5 PM EST. Estimate $25.000.000.  – $35.000.000

 

 

 

 

 

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Miranda Kerr infront of an electric I-Pace Jaguar prototype. Photo Neilson Barnard Getty Images for Jaguar Land Rover

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Jaguar has confirmed that it will build an electric car, and has revealed a concept called the I-Pace that shows how it could look.

The I-Pace is making its debut at the LA motor show and will go on to be Jaguar’s first pure electric vehicle. It will take the form of an SUV to rival the recently launched Tesla Model X, albeit with a sleeker profile if this concept is anything to go by (and rumours suggest that it is).

It is claimed that the new car will have a range from a single charge of 310 miles, and will be able to accelerate from 0-62mph in about four seconds, meaning it will rival all but the very quickest of sports cars. Launch 2018.  Telegraph Feature Courtesy Chris Knapman. Courtesy and with thanks The Telegraph. Lifestyle.

 

 

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Dr Alexander Kotouc will take to the stage at next week’s Global Superyacht Forum in a keynote presentation entitled ‘Smart, Sustainable Mobility’. Kotouc currently oversees the current and future product portfolio of the BMW i brand, including the BMW i8 hybrid sports car and the all-electric BMW i3. Having been chosen as the Dow Jones Sustainability index automotive leader for eight years, it is no surprise that these vehicles are leaders in their field, pushing the boundaries of what is to be expected of an electric car.
With more technology now focused on sustainability and ‘green’ options, the luxury industry – yachting included – has at times been resistant to these changes. Kotouc believes, however, that BMW i are turning this impression around. “We strongly consider sustainability as a factor becoming more and more decisive for premium buyers,’ he notes, with buying patterns changing considerably in this luxury sector, “Around 85% of all BMW i3 customers are new to the BMW brand, meaning they hadn’t taken a traditional BMW into account.”

To Kotouc, there is no question of the future of sustainable technologies within the automotive industry, “We will see electric propulsion systems overtaking the traditional petrol and diesel engine within the next 25 to 30 years.” Indeed, BMW i’s latest concept is the iNext, is an “all-connected iconic vehicle with autonomous driving capabilities and an even higher level of sustainability throughout.”
For Kotouc, the future for ‘green’ transport shouldn’t be restricted to adaptions on original cars to curtail pollution, but re-evaluating the entire process of designing, engineering and using transport, “Sustainability for us means more than just cars without an exhaust pipe. Our target is to avoid emissions even in the production process and supply chain. We call this “Holistic Sustainability.”
BMW i are spearheading sustainable automotive development and the key to their success? Looking at the emotional side of driving, “Sustainability has traditionally lacked emotional appeal. Therefore, we put a strong focus at BMW i as progressive, an aspirational design and driving pleasure.” It is here where the automotive and yachting markets have strong ties, with many owners citing their pure love of the yachting world as their commitment to the industry. Perhaps it is in this vein that yachting must drive forward sustainability, or as Kotouc notes, “Sustainability sells when it appeals to your heart, not just your brain…”
Therefore, what can attendees expect from Kotouc’s session next week? “Inspiration for our world of tomorrow, and that sustainability does not mean sacrifice.”

Images courtesy of BMW i and TEDXTaiPei & Global Superyacht Forum to be held in Amsterdam November 2016

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THE CITY
MOBILITY CONCEPT.
BMW i.
BMW i is an all-encompassing, groundbreaking concept for sustainable mobility. It represents visionary electric vehicles and mobility services, inspiring design and a new understanding of premium that is defined by sustainability. And it thrills with its innovative cars: the fully electric BMW i3 – an emission-free* car for urban motoring that is sustainably designed throughout, and the BMW i8 Concept – the future of the sports car.
*excluding the use of energy to charge the vehicle
BMW i in a nutshell.

Courtesy & with thanks BMW

 

 

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Prada Spring Summer 2017 patent leather sandals with alluring colourful  petals & coloured stiletto heels.

Photo with thanks & courtesy Prada.

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Agence France-Presse
11 NOVEMBER 2016 • 5:44AM
David Bowie’s art collection went under the hammer on Thursday with one item reaching more than £7 million at auction, as buyers’ enthusiasm for the late musician’s collection exceeded expectations in London.

The highest-selling item in Bowie’s collection, the graffiti-inspired “Air Power” canvas by Basquiat, sold for £7.09 million at Sotheby’s auction house.

The piece had been expected to fetch between £2.5 and £3.5 million.

Bowie bought “Air Power” and another painting by the artist, who died from an overdose in 1988 aged 27, shortly before the 1996 biopic “Basquiat,” in which the rocker played his early idol Andy Warhol.

with thanks Agence France Presse, Courtesy & with thanks Daily Telegraph. Arts & Culture

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The Fondation Louis Vuitton presents the exhibition “Icons of Modern Art – The Shchukin Collection” from October 22, 2016
From October 22, 2016 to February 20, 2017, the Fondation Louis Vuitton features an exhibition that pays tribute to one of the greatest art patrons of the early 20th century, Sergei Shchukin, the visionary Russian collector of French modern art, whose collection “remains little known to the general western public even today” states Anne Baldassari, curator of the exhibition. “In fact, since it was broken up in 1948 it has never been gathered as a singular and coherent artistic entity”, continues Baldassari.

Thanks to the generous contribution of the Hermitage Museum and the Pushkin Museum, the exhibition presents a significant ensemble of 130 major pieces of French modern art in dialogue with 30 works of Russian avant-garde art. Throughout his life Shchukin collected works by impressionists, post-impressionists and modern masters including Monet, Cézanne, Gauguin, Rousseau, Derain, Matisse, Picasso, Degas, Renoir, Toulouse-Lautrec and Van Gogh.

Fondation Louis Vuitton
Icons of Modern Art. The Shchukin Collection
8, avenue du Mahatma Gandhi, Paris XVI
From October 22nd 2016 to February 20th 2017.

Courtesy & with thanks Fondation Louis Vuitton

 

 

 

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Nottideleon 3Jolie Milanais restaurant for the casual uber chic.   A fun place to go suggested by Mariano Delorenzo Italian Food Industry superstar.

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Disco club in Milan, Italy Glamorous gourmet restaurant & nightclub of fashion designer, with a terrace & observation tower. Located in: Torre Branca Address: Torre Branca, Via Luigi Camoens, 20121 Milano, Italy

Disco club in Milan, Italy
Glamorous gourmet restaurant & nightclub of fashion designer, with a terrace & observation tower.
Located in: Torre Branca
Address: Torre Branca, Via Luigi Camoens, 20121 Milano, Italy

Popular disco & restaurant suggested by Mariano Delorenzo, Italian food industry Super star.

Just Cavalli Nite Club party for News Year Eve

Just Cavalli Nite Club party for News Year Eve

 

Pelledoca

Pelledoca,Viale Enrico Forlanini 121,Milan. Popular Restaurant and discotheque suggested to us  by Italian food super star  Mariano DeLorenzo

 

 

Kwame Anthony Appiah Philosopher, cultural theorist and novelist This year’s BBC Reith Lecturer is Kwame Anthony Appiah, a British-born, Ghanaian-American philosopher, cultural theorist and novelist. Appiah specialises in moral and political philosophy, as well as issues of personal and political identity, cosmopolitanism and nationalism. Not everyone accepts that you have to be a man or a woman; or that you can’t be both an Englishman and a Scot. You can claim to be of no religion or gender or race or nation. Perhaps, in each case, someone will believe you. And that is one reason why the way we often talk about these identities can be misleading. His four lectures under the banner "Mistaken Identities" will focus on four themes: Colour, Country, Creed and Culture. They will be recorded in London, Glasgow, Accra, in Appiah’s adopted hometown of New York, and will be broadcast on Radio 4 in October and November. Kwame Anthony Appiah says: “We live in a world where the language of identity pervades both our public and our private lives. We are Muslim and Christian, so we have religious identities. We are English and Scottish, so we have national identities. We are men and women, and so we have gender identities. And we are black and white, so we have racial identities. There is much contention about the boundaries of all of these identities. Not everyone accepts that you have to be a man or a woman; or that you can’t be both an Englishman and a Scot. You can claim to be of no religion or gender or race or nation. Perhaps, in each case, someone will believe you. And that is one reason why the way we often talk about these identities can be misleading.” Background Kwame Anthony Appiah was born in London but moved as an infant to Ghana, where he grew up. His father, Joseph Emmanuel Appiah, was a Ghanaian lawyer and politician, as well as a Member of Parliament, an Ambassador and a President of the Ghana Bar Association. His mother was English: Peggy Appiah, besides being a novelist and children’s writer, was active in the social, philanthropic and cultural life of Kumasi. Their marriage, in 1953, was widely covered in the international press as one of the first “inter-racial society weddings” in Britain. As a child, Appiah spent a good deal of time in England, living with his grandmother, Dame Isobel Cripps, widow of the English statesman and Labour Chancellor, Sir Stafford Cripps. After studying at Cambridge, Appiah taught at some of the world’s top universities including Yale, Cornell, Duke, and Harvard, and lectured at many other institutions across the world. In 2014 he became Professor of Philosophy and Law at New York University, where he teaches both in New York and in Abu Dhabi. He has published widely in African and African-American literary and cultural studies. His award-winning “In My Father’s House” explores the role of African and African-American intellectuals in shaping contemporary African cultural life, which has been a life-long passion of Appiah’s. Why Identity? Appiah believes there are profound sources of confusion in our thinking about identities. Indeed, almost every identity grows out of conflict and contradiction, and their borders can be drawn in blood. And yet they can also seen to fade in the blink of an historical eye. The demands of identity can seem irresistible at one moment, absurd at the next. Most of us swim easily in the swirling waters of our multiple affiliations most of the time, but we can be brought up short in moments when the currents of identity tug us excruciatingly in opposite directions. He adds: “In these Reith lectures I want to explore some of these confusions through an examination of four central kinds of identity: creed, country, colour and culture. Through the lives of particular people in particular places and times, we’ll see how the confusions play out, but also how they can be cleared up. We’ll learn how those identities play both positive and negative roles in their lives and in ours, and how we might escape some of the negatives if we understood some of the many mistakes we make about identity.”

Kwame Anthony Appiah
Philosopher, cultural theorist and novelist 
This year’s BBC Reith Lecturer is Kwame Anthony Appiah, a British-born, Ghanaian-American philosopher, cultural theorist and novelist. Appiah specialises in moral and political philosophy, as well as issues of personal and political identity, cosmopolitanism and nationalism.
Not everyone accepts that you have to be a man or a woman; or that you can’t be both an Englishman and a Scot. You can claim to be of no religion or gender or race or nation. Perhaps, in each case, someone will believe you. And that is one reason why the way we often talk about these identities can be misleading.
His four lectures under the banner “Mistaken Identities” will focus on four themes: Colour, Country, Creed and Culture. They will be recorded in London, Glasgow, Accra, in Appiah’s adopted hometown of New York, and will be broadcast on Radio 4 in October and November.
Kwame Anthony Appiah says: “We live in a world where the language of identity pervades both our public and our private lives. We are Muslim and Christian, so we have religious identities. We are English and Scottish, so we have national identities. We are men and women, and so we have gender identities. And we are black and white, so we have racial identities. There is much contention about the boundaries of all of these identities. Not everyone accepts that you have to be a man or a woman; or that you can’t be both an Englishman and a Scot. You can claim to be of no religion or gender or race or nation. Perhaps, in each case, someone will believe you. And that is one reason why the way we often talk about these identities can be misleading.”
Background
Kwame Anthony Appiah was born in London but moved as an infant to Ghana, where he grew up. His father, Joseph Emmanuel Appiah, was a Ghanaian lawyer and politician, as well as a Member of Parliament, an Ambassador and a President of the Ghana Bar Association. His mother was English: Peggy Appiah, besides being a novelist and children’s writer, was active in the social, philanthropic and cultural life of Kumasi. Their marriage, in 1953, was widely covered in the international press as one of the first “inter-racial society weddings” in Britain. As a child, Appiah spent a good deal of time in England, living with his grandmother, Dame Isobel Cripps, widow of the English statesman and Labour Chancellor, Sir Stafford Cripps.
After studying at Cambridge, Appiah taught at some of the world’s top universities including Yale, Cornell, Duke, and Harvard, and lectured at many other institutions across the world. In 2014 he became Professor of Philosophy and Law at New York University, where he teaches both in New York and in Abu Dhabi.
He has published widely in African and African-American literary and cultural studies. His award-winning “In My Father’s House” explores the role of African and African-American intellectuals in shaping contemporary African cultural life, which has been a life-long passion of Appiah’s.
Why Identity?
Appiah believes there are profound sources of confusion in our thinking about identities. Indeed, almost every identity grows out of conflict and contradiction, and their borders can be drawn in blood. And yet they can also seen to fade in the blink of an historical eye. The demands of identity can seem irresistible at one moment, absurd at the next. Most of us swim easily in the swirling waters of our multiple affiliations most of the time, but we can be brought up short in moments when the currents of identity tug us excruciatingly in opposite directions.
He adds: “In these Reith lectures I want to explore some of these confusions through an examination of four central kinds of identity: creed, country, colour and culture. Through the lives of particular people in particular places and times, we’ll see how the confusions play out, but also how they can be cleared up. We’ll learn how those identities play both positive and negative roles in their lives and in ours, and how we might escape some of the negatives if we understood some of the many mistakes we make about identity.”

With thanks courtesy BBC

 

 

Palau de la Musica Orfeo CatalaIndustria de Diseño Textil, S.A. (“Textile Design Industries”) or more commonly known as Inditex, is a large Spanish corporation and world’s largest fashion group. The founder and current chairman of Inditex is Amancio Ortega, Spain’s richest man and the world’s 7th richest man. Inditex runs more than 5,000 stores worldwide and owns brands like Zara, Massimo Dutti, Bershka, Oysho, Pull and Bear, Stradivarius, Zara Home, Tempe and Uterqüe. Since September 6th all Inditex

Barcelona. Outstanding success. Over 430.000 hits in 3 days on their Facebook page to view  streamed Massimo Dutti’s Fashion spectacular show casing the Spring/Summer 2017 collection. One of the High Street’s best kept secrets Spanish Fashion Brand, Massimo Dutti.  Massimo Dutti celebrated the re-opening of a spanking new Flagship store in Barcelona with a slick fast paced fashion show on thursday 27th October 2016. Uber chic pared down, low key sexy,  ” cutting edge cool” city looks glided over the shiny black marble floors. Easy to wear, yet very glamourous,  as simple style should be. Yet Ultra commercial. Lots of white crepe with touches of desert sand and sea blue and ocean  pale  green, & city black.  Massimo Dutti is owned by Industria de Diseño Textil, S.A. (“Textile Design Industries”) or more commonly known as Inditex,  a large Spanish corporation and world’s largest fashion group. The founder and current chairman of Inditex is Amancio Ortega, Spain’s richest man and one of the world’s  richest men. Inditex runs more than 5,000 stores worldwide and owns brands like Zara, Massimo Dutti, Bershka, Oysho, Pull and Bear, Stradivarius, Zara Home, Tempe and Uterqüe.

Barcelona :We feature above photo of  Barcelona’s  impressive  Palau de la Musica Orfeo Catala

 

 

Fonterenza

Fonterenza

 

Courtesy and with thanks The New York Times International Edition. Friday October 28th.2016. Travel Feature by Danielle Pergament.

Courtesy and with thanks The New York Times International Edition. Friday October 28th.2016. Travel Feature by Danielle Pergament.

A lyrical article in today’s edition of the New York Times International edition Danielle Pergament features Tuscany wines that “Follow the Moon and Stars”

The story mentions several vineyards and bucolic Trattoria, pici al rago, fiori di rucca & insalata caprese, Fontarenza Rosso di Montalcino, a 400 year old Palazzo in the hills of Montalcino.

Danielle Pergament’s feature paints a hidden Tuscany far from the clamour of the tourists.

 

 

 

Palazzo Reale Turin. Italy

Palazzo Reale Turin. Italy   www.Visitatorino courtesy and with thanks.

Begun in 1646 by the royal madam Christine of France to substitute the old palazzo del Vescovo, it keeps intact the façade by Carlo Morello (1658). The building made in a square plan, with internal courtyard, was residence of the kings of Sardinia until 1859 and of Vittorio Emanuele II, king of Italy, until 1865.

The decorations and interior furniture testify the passing of numerous artists that worked there from the 17th to the 19th century.
Going up the monumental staircase by Domenico Ferri (1864-1865) decorated by paintings and 18th century statues, with the only exception of the monument to Vittorio Amedeo I, you reach the first floor, where the tour begins.

 

 

Milan's Art museum MUDEC displays Basquiat.

Milan’s Art museum MUDEC displays Basquiat. 28th October 2016 – 26 February 2017

 

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Edited by Jeffrey Deitch and Gianni Mercurio.
With nearly 100 works from private collections, the exhibition runs through the short but intense career of Basquiat, which ended with the premature death at the age of only twenty-seven.

Directly and seemingly childish Basquiat and ‘was able to bring to the attention of the general public with basic issues about human identity and painful issue and open the race.

It was a key figure in contemporary American history because it is able to weave, unique for its time, the urban energy damned New York with its roots marked by slavery and the diaspora.

Twenty years after his first exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art (1992-1993) and ten years after the retrospective at the Brooklyn Museum of Art (2005), this exhibition will show the central role of Basquiat in the generation of his peers artists and function of his art as a bridge between different cultures.

 

 

PANAMA IN LIVERPOOOL The visit from the Panamanian Delegation to the city of Ports, Liverpool started off with great success. The high ranking delegation led by Minister Roberto Roy of the Ministry for Canal Affairs was received by the authorities of the city of Liverpool, Liverpool City Region, Superports, Peel Ports and Liverpool John Moores University. As a direct result of the visit, the Panama Canal Authority signed a MoU with Peel Ports who are developing the new port terminal for Post Panamax vessels. On that same note, the Dean for the Technological University of Panama signed an MoU with John Moores University. On the second day, a Conference was held in which the Minister for the Panama Canal, Roberto Roy participated as a panellist alongside the President of Panama's Chamber of Commerce and others. The audience was composed from Representatives of Companies in Liverpool and from the North of the UK who showed great interest in Panama's offer in sectors such as a Logistics, Maritime Industry and Infrastructure. Panama's Maritime University also signed an MoU with Liverpool's John Moores University. See translation Panama Embassy in U.K.'s photo.

PANAMA IN LIVERPOOOL
The visit from the Panamanian Delegation to the city of Ports, Liverpool started off with great success.
The high ranking delegation led by Minister Roberto Roy of the Ministry for Canal Affairs was received by the authorities of the city of Liverpool, Liverpool City Region, Superports, Peel Ports and Liverpool John Moores University.
As a direct result of the visit, the Panama Canal Authority signed a MoU with Peel Ports who are developing the new port terminal for Post Panamax vessels. On that same note, the Dean for the Technological University of Panama signed an MoU with John Moores University.
On the second day, a Conference was held in which the Minister for the Panama Canal, Roberto Roy participated as a panellist alongside the President of Panama’s Chamber of Commerce and others.
The audience was composed from Representatives of Companies in Liverpool and from the North of the UK who showed great interest in Panama’s offer in sectors such as a Logistics, Maritime Industry and Infrastructure.
Panama’s Maritime University also signed an MoU with Liverpool’s John Moores University.
See translation
Panama Embassy in U.K.’s photo.

Image Panama Canal. With Courtesy & Thanks

Image Panama Canal. With Courtesy & Thanks

Image with thanks and courtesy Panama Canal

Image with thanks and courtesy Panama Canal

 

 

 HOTEL PALAZZO VENART On Grand Canal SANTA Croce Opposite Venice Casino  Calle Tron VENICE Permanent exhibition outside in the garden leading to the Grand Canal,  new & imaginative Venice Art concepts devised by Anna Paola Cibin, Venetian born Artist.

Anna Paola Cibin with her art work inspired by the celebrated Venetian Lion, and the metal cutout work derived from old Venetian embroidery designs. Set in the romantic gardens of the newly opened Palazzo Venart Hotel, in Venice.
HOTEL PALAZZO VENART
On Grand Canal
SANTA Croce
Opposite Venice Casino
Calle Tron
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Permanent exhibition outside in the garden leading to the Grand Canal, new & imaginative Venice Art concepts devised by Anna Paola Cibin, Venetian born Artist.

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King Salman meets president of Venezuela 24 OCTOBER, 2016 BY SARMAD KHAN The monarch met President Maduro in Riyadh and discussed ways to stabilise global oil markets

King Salman meets president of Venezuela

The monarch met President Maduro in Riyadh and discussed ways to stabilise global oil markets

24 OCTOBER, 2016 BY SARMAD KHAN. Courtesy & with thanks MEED

Below is an extract from  ARABIAN BUSINESS

The king of Saudi Arabia, the world’s largest oil exporter, met Venezuela’s president on Sunday 23rd October 2016 in Riyadh and discussed ways to stabilise global oil prices, state news SPA reported.
King Salman and President Maduro “reviewed areas of bilateral cooperation… and the latest developments including cooperation for the stability of oil markets,” SPA said.
Saudi Arabian Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih said earlier on Sunday that the views of the kingdom and Russia, the world’s top oil producer, on the need to stabilise the market “are getting closer”.
“We have managed today… through a common meeting to reach a common notion to what we can reach in November,” Falih said, referring to an OPEC meeting in Vienna on Nov. 30, when the exporting group is set to finalise a production cut agreement.
Novak, who is in Saudi Arabia on his first official visit as minister, earlier met the energy ministers of the GCC which included key Gulf OPEC producers Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, UAE and Qatar.
President Maduro was quoted on Saturday as saying that OPEC and non-OPEC nations were “very close” to an agreement on oil production curbs, Azerbaijan’s state news agency Azertag reported.
The Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) agreed in Algiers on Sept. 28 to reduce production to a range of 32.5 million to 33.0 million barrels per day, which would be its first output cut since 2008.

 

Russian President Vladimir Putin gives a speech during the 23rd World Energy Congress on October 10, 2016 in Istanbul. Putin visits Turkey on October 10 for talks with counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan, pushing forward ambitious joint energy projects as the two sides try to overcome a crisis in ties. (Ozan Kose/AFP/Getty Images) Thursday, 13 Oct 2016 12:39 PM Read Comments | Add Your Comment Tools: Email   Join the Discussion Disclaimer:The view expressed here by our readers are not necessarily shared by Arabian Business, its employees, sponsors or its advertisers.

Russian President Vladimir Putin gives a speech during the 23rd World Energy Congress on October 10, 2016 in Istanbul. Putin visits Turkey on October 10 for talks with counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan, pushing forward ambitious joint energy projects as the two sides try to overcome a crisis in ties. (Ozan Kose/AFP/Getty Images)Courtesy & with thanks Arabian Business.

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Peter and Rebecca Harris: mid-forties denizens of Manhattan’s SoHo, nearing the apogee of committed careers in the arts—he a dealer, she an editor. With a spacious loft, a college-age daughter in Boston, and lively friends, they are admirable, enviable contemporary urbanites with every reason, it seems, to be happy. Then Rebecca’s much younger look-alike brother, Ethan (known in thefamily as Mizzy, “the mistake”), shows up for a visit. A beautiful, beguiling twenty-three-year-old with a history of drug problems, Mizzy is wayward, at loose ends, looking for direction. And in his presence, Peter finds himself questioning his artists, their work, his career—the entire world he has so carefully constructed.

Like his legendary, Pulitzer Prize–winning novel, The Hours, Michael Cunningham’s masterly new novel is a heartbreaking look at the way we live now. Full of shocks and aftershocks, it makes us think and feel deeply about the uses and meaning of beauty and the place of love in our lives.< (less) Courtesy With thanks ReadMore

 

 

Montblanc

Montblanc Tourbillon Cylindrique Geospheres NightSky. Photo courtesy  & with thanks www.Monochrome-watches

Already introduced at the SIHH 2015 in a warm red gold case with a bright dial, the Montblanc Tourbillon Cylindrique Geospheres NightSky now comes in a new ( limited) edition, with a white gold case and a dial partially covered with aventurine.

 

The Montblanc Tourbillon Cylindrique Geospheres NightSky is part of the Villeret collection of Montblanc, meaning the pieces produced by hand, by highly skilled watchmakers and with a superb level of execution. It’s actually interesting to see that the brand can play on both sides, with complicated pieces priced way bellow the average level of the industry, like for instance the Meisterstück Heritage Perpetual Calendar, so-to-say the cheapest perpetual calendar available on the market (under 10.000 Euros in steel) or on the other side of the range, with highly complicated chronographs (based on Minerva movements and with automatons, like this Montblanc Metamorphosis II) or with tourbillons (like this Exotouqbillon Rattrapante). The Montblanc Tourbillon Cylindrique Geospheres NightSky plays in the second category and this watch, whatever the edition, is a stunning piece.

The Montblanc Tourbillon Cylindrique Geospheres NightSky is part of the Villeret collection of Montblanc, meaning the pieces produced by hand, by highly skilled watchmakers and with a superb level of execution.  The Montblanc Tourbillon Cylindrique Geospheres NightSky  is a stunning limited edition piece. Mont Blanc will be present at the forthcoming SalonQP 4/7th November. Duke of York’s Square,  Chelsea, London. Photo courtesy & with thanks Montblanc.

 

 

 

 

Andras Kollman photo

Andras Kollman photo Courtesy and with thanks

International Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image Competition.

SailingWorld.com   invites your vote in the competition Vote for the Best Yacht Race Image of the Year………

The world’s best yacht racing photographers have entered this year’s international Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image contest and voting is open to the public !

Photos: Best of the Extreme Sailing Series
As the Extreme Sailing Series heads to Russia next week, take a look back on the highlights from an exciting season of new boats, new competitors, and fast foiling.

 

 

Dolce & Gabbana Sicilian Fairytale collection for Summer 2017. Photos courtesy & with thanks Vogue

Dolce & Gabbana Sicilian Fairytale collection for Summer 2017. Photos courtesy & with thanks Vogue

Dolce & Gabbana summer 2017. Courtesy & with thanks Vogue.

Dolce & Gabbana summer 2017. Photo Courtesy & with thanks Vogue.

Dolce & Gabbana Summer 2017. Photo courtesy & with thanks Vogue

Dolce & Gabbana Summer 2017. Photo courtesy & with thanks Vogue

 

Dole & Gabbana Summer 2017. Photo courtesy & with thanks Vogue

Dolce & Gabbana Summer 2017. Photo courtesy & with thanks Vogue

 

Dolce & Gabbana Summer 2017. Photo courtesy & with thanks Vogue

Dolce & Gabbana Summer 2017. Photo courtesy & with thanks Vogue

 

Dolce & Gabbana Summer 2017. Photo courtesy & with thanks Vogue

Dolce & Gabbana Summer 2017. Photo courtesy & with thanks Vogue

 

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Dolce & Gabbana Summer 2017. Photo Courtesy & with thanks Vogue

Dolce & Gabbana Summer 2017. Photo courtesy & with thanks Vogue.

Dolce & Gabbana Summer 2017. Photo courtesy & with thanks Vogue.

 

Dolce & Gabbana Summer 2017. Photo with thanks courtesy Vogue.

Dolce & Gabbana Summer 2017. Photo with thanks courtesy Vogue.

 

Dolce & Gabbana Summer 2017. Photo courtesy & with thanks Vogue.

Dolce & Gabbana Summer 2017. Photo courtesy & with thanks Vogue.

 

Dolce & Gabbana Summer 2017. Photo courtesy & with thanks Vogue

Dolce & Gabbana Summer 2017. Photo courtesy & with thanks Vogue

 

 

 

Villa F, Italy Situated in an historic building on the island of Guidecca, Villa F offers a taste of 17th-century Venetian noble life with unsurpassed luxury. The hidden oasis is perfect for those looking to live like a royal in Venice and offers 11 residences with hotel service including a private concierge and butler privileges. Each residence is decorated to maintain the villa’s tradition and character, with original wall frescos and Italian wood floors. The Private Concierge provides VIP amenities, access to exclusive events and venues, and unrivalled expertise for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in the city. Prices start from €1,200 per night.

Villa F, Italy
Situated in an historic building on the island of Guidecca, Villa F offers a taste of 17th-century Venetian noble life with unsurpassed luxury. The hidden oasis is perfect for those looking to live like a royal in Venice and offers 11 residences with hotel service including a private concierge and butler privileges. Each residence is decorated to maintain the villa’s tradition and character, with original wall frescos and Italian wood floors. The Private Concierge provides VIP amenities, access to exclusive events and venues, and unrivalled expertise for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in the city. Prices start from €1,200 per night. Image & info Courtesy and with thanks.

 

 

SalonQP

SalonQP. International Luxury Watch Fair. Duke of York’s square London Chelsea. Weekend of 4th November.

Photo & info courtesy SALONQP

WATCHMAKING MASTERCLASS

Become a watchmaker for yourself as Objectif Horlogerie teach you to assemble a watch movement.

FIND OUT MORE SALONQP

LEATHERCRAFT WORKSHOPS

Specialist British leather worker Mia Sabel will teach the various techniques to create a personalised SalonQP keyring.  FIND OUT MORE SALONQP

SalonQP Duke of Yorks Square week end of November 4th. London's Watch salon.

SalonQP Duke of Yorks Square week end of November 4th. London’s International Luxury Watch Fair. PHOTO & Info courtesy SALONQP.

 

Salon QP Duke of Yorks Square London. London's Watch Fair. Week end of 4th November 2016

Salon QP Duke of Yorks Square London. London’s International Luxury Watch Fair. Week end of 4th November 2016. Photo & Info courtesy and with thanks SalonQP.

 

 

 

PAD

PAD. Berkeley Square London.4-9 October 2016. A selection of sophisticated Continental Design furniture, paintings and jewellery.We saw this Pompeiiean style bronze table.

 

 

The Surrealists

The Surrealists. Dickinson’s Gallery 58 Jermyn Street, Mayfair maintained their consistently well themed shows (Remember Delaunay at Masterpiece) & presented a stunning selection of the Surrealists. This unusual oil painting,above,  “L’Empire des Lumieres”, 1949, by Rene Magritte became a cult image, and was initially bought by Industrialist Philanthropist Rockefeller to give to his secretary, Louise Boyer , as a Christmas present. Further versions of this theme went on to be painted & are now in Museum collections. such as the Guggenheim, MOMA  in N.Y.,and the Musees Royaux des Beaux Arts de Belgique in Brussels. The latter museum has a fascinating selection of Magritte’s work and letters, beautifully handwritten, to his friends and colleagues.  Amongst the other works on show  at Dickinsons Frieze Masters stand is the fantastic “corset” by the luminous Frida Kahloo. This period of Continental art was so sophisticated, and unusual. Frieze Masterpiece, Regents Park, London.

 

 

Willem Kalf

Willem Kalf.  Rotterdam -1619 —- Amsterdam – 1693    Salomon Lilian Galerie from Amsterdam presented at Frieze Masters one of the most fascinating  & significant paintings of the Fair. As they did in 2015, which we featured. On each occasion the paintings sold on the first day.£1.000.000 wouldn’t be far of the mark I believe. Frieze Masters Regents Park had a great variety of Art to offer.

Still Life with Shells & Coral. by Willem Kalf. Oil on canvas.  48 X 42 cms. A painter whose works are rare, and whose works feature in major museums. (Zurich. Heino) The provenance for the painting is given as Germany Private Collection.

 

 

 

 

 

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LSE 7/10/16. Fast moving conversation over 2 hours with Italian Government Under Secretary of State of European Affairs. Organised by the dynamic Italian Societies of King’s College &  LSE  students. Chaired by  Prof. Andrea Biondi. My impression was of a very attentive student audience. An extremely interesting conversation in view of BREXIT and  £sterling out of control on the markets. The Minister evoked the Defence of Europe, the leit-motive of recent interesting lectures at the LSE by prestigious European invited Speakers, including Italian President Sergio Mattarella, a subject so little spoken of during the pre Referendum discussions. The Minister’s allusion to Pirandello was witty & intriguing.

Extract from WIKIPEDIA with thanks

Luigi Pirandello (Italian:Agrigento 28 June 1867 – Rome 10 December 1936) was an Italian dramatist, novelist, poet and short story writer whose greatest contributions were his plays.[1] He was awarded the 1934 Nobel Prize in Literature for “his almost magical power to turn psychological analysis into good theatre.”Pirandello’s tragic farces are often seen as forerunners of the Theatre of the Absurd.

 

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Wesley Ward

Wesley Ward, American Trainer of Royal Ascot star Lady Aurelia, greets Racing Post colleague Scott Burton at Deauville Touques race course today.

Wesley seemed relaxed & confident & is apparently very satisfied that Lady Aurelia has settled in at Deauville after  the long trip across the Atlantic.The filly, daughter of Scat Daddy worked out on the grass on thursday which she really took to. There will be 4 horses, including “Tis Marvellous “,  racing against the winner of the Royal Ascot Queen Mary Stakes . Italian jockey Rispoli has been riding out on Lady Aurelia in the mornings after her arrival from USA, a second journey across the Atlantic in 2 months, quite a feat. Wesley Ward is pleased with the filly’s progress. The ground get softer as the weather  in Deauville showery. Jockey Frankie Dettori will be riding again  for the big Gr.1 race. Anyone who was at Royal Ascot June 15th will remember the roar of the crowd and the stunning 7 furlong advance of Lady Aurelia.

Horse Racing in Deauville organised by France Galop.

 

Frankie Dettori up on Lady Aurelia at Queen Mary Stakes Royal Ascot 15th June 2016

Frankie Dettori up on Lady Aurelia at Queen Mary Stakes Royal Ascot 15th June 2016. Photo by Irish racing photographer  Pete Mooney .C.

Tis Marvellous Trainer Clive Cox .

Peace Envoy Trainer Aidan O’Brien

Alramah Trainer Freddy Head,  & Al Johrah Trainer Freddie Head..

The other eagerly awaited race in Deauville this afternoon  is the Gr.1 Darley Prix Romanet, with 10 runners.

German trainer Peter Schiergen’s  horse Royal Solitaire looks good.As does Fanshawe’s Speedy Boarding. Bocca Baciata & recent winner here Steip Aniach not favourites.

Andre Fabre only has the 1 horse, Ame Bleue,  in this race.

Sayana The Prince Aga Khan’ horse will be running mounted by French crack jockey C.Soumillon, & trained by M.Royer Depre.

 

 

 

 

 

 

French actress Brigitte Bardot with a flower in her hair on the set of 'Shalako', directed by Edward Dmytryk, 1968. (Photo by Terry O'Neill/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

French actress Brigitte Bardot with a flower in her hair on the set of ‘Shalako’, directed by Edward Dmytryk, 1968. (Photo by Terry O’Neill/Hulton Archive/Getty Images) Limited Edition signed prints from the Ransome Gallery Pimlico London. Courtesy and with thanks

Brigitte Bardot Deauville 1968 during filming of Shalako

 

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Brigitte BARDOT

Bardot

Bardot

Andy Warhol Portrait commissioned directly from the artist by Gunther Sachs, the German Industrialist,  former husband of Brigitte Bardot, five years after their divorce in 1974. Gunther Sachs famously quipping that 1 years marriage to Brigitte Bardot was like 10 years to someone else……

 

 

Cristian Demuro wins with La Cressonniere during the Prix de Diane Longines on June 19, 2016 in Chantilly, France. (Photo by Scoop Dyga/Icon Sport)

Cristian Demuro wins with La Cressonniere during the Prix de Diane Longines on June 19, 2016 in Chantilly, France. (Photo by Scoop Dyga/Icon Sport) Getty Images Courtesy & with thanks

Deauville

Deauville Touques

La Cressoniere.

Scheduled to Race at Deauville on Tuesday 23rd August the very impressive J-C Rouget trained horse, Gr.1 winner, La Cressoniere. in the Prix de la Nonette.

Winner of the Prix de Diane Longines at Chantilly France. Ridden by Cristian Demuro. Left Hand taking second place, and Volta taking 3rd place.

La Cressoniere is considered a serious contender for the next edition of the Prix de L’Arc de Triumphe in October 2016.

France Galop the organisation that organises the racing in France has pulled out all the stops this year with a series of great racing days with some of Europe’s champion race horses.

American race horse Lady Aurelia, Royal Ascot winner,  has arrived in Deauville and is planned to run in the Prix Morny Sunday 21st August, at the Deauville race course,  Hippodrome de Touques.

 

Courtesy & with thanks Arqana photo LOT 336 August Yearling sales Deauville.

Courtesy & with thanks Arqana photo LOT 336 Acclamation. Ecuries Monceaux. August Yearling sales Deauville.

 

Arqana August Yearling sales in Deauville have just finished. Glorious blue skies, sun, exceptional horse racing provided an exceptional backdrop for a few days in the busy lives of the international horse elite,  Breeders, Investors and Courtiers as they descended on Deauville. The Arqana well organised facilities for the stabling of the yearlings are excellent, with plenty of space to pace the animals so that they can be viewed by the prospective buyers..

The Arqana cumulative sales for the 3 days 2016 amount to 40.148.000. euros 6% less than 2015.

Average price 105.000. + 10.52% over 2015. 339 horses presented over 333 over 2015.

320.000. Euros were bid by Nicolas de Watrigant for Acclamation,presented by the Ecuries Monceaux, out of Wadjet. The horse was bought for an eminent Chinese client and will be trained by Jean Claude Rouget in France, and it is planned for the horse to race in France.

There has been a generation of international investors in the breeding of race horses and the increased prize money in  the  races & the investment in splendid race course facilities around the World.

The Arab investment in the race horse industry has been pivotal, so has the dedication of the late Magnate Jean Luc Lagardere, and His Highness the Prince Aga Khan.

At the death of Jean Luc Lagerdere his stud farms and race horses were bought by the Prince Aga Khan, whose Manager in France is the well known figure of M.Georges  Rimaud.

The French breeding industry have invested in stallions to develop the breeding lines, including  Intello, Dabirsim Penny’s Picnic. & Style Vendome.  Recently the Aga Khan’s stud brought over  a famous stallion from Australia for 2 seasons.  Mares come to France from all over Europe to have their foals in France. Fiscal advantages are important in the European breeding industry with a difference between charges in Italy/France/England/Ireland. The mares that have yearlings this year include Siyouni, Kendargent, Le Havre  which launches a new dynamic for the breeding of good race horses in France and for racing in Europe.  France Galop that organises a lot of the horse racing in France is very supportive of the horse breeding industry. Madame Christiane Head-Maarek famous French Trainer & owner of the famous Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe Champion Treve, is President of the Association of Entaineurs de Galop.

The French racing industry has clutch of World renowned Trainers, including the legendary Monsieur Andre Fabre, M.Jean-Claude Rouget, M. de Royer Dupre. One of the late Queen Mother’s trainers was Frenchman M. Francois Doumen.

France Galop that is responsible for the organisation of horse racing in France has a new, dynamic  Director General who worked for 10 years at Aqana, Olivier Delloye. An important objective on his agenda will be the successful opening of the new Longchamps Grandstand in time for the Prix de l’Arc de Triumphe in October 2017.

 

Deauville

Deauville

 

Deauville race course. Deauville is a glamorous seaside town 2 hours from Paris which boasts 5 star hotels, a snazzy Casino and 2 beautiful race courses. Touques and Clairefontaine. The Hippodrome de Touques organised a series of top class Gr1 Listed races through August, with Europe’s most successful  race Horses, Trainers, and the international Owners who invest considerably in their passion. The racing at the Deauville race courses have been exceptionally exciting this year.

The races are organised by France Galop.

Recently appointed France Galop Director General is Olivier Delloye. After 10 years working at Arqana the Yearling Sales Agency, that the Prince Aga Khan invests in, Monsieur  Delloye was appointed to the organisation that owns several race courses & that organises the horse racing in France.  Keenly awaited is the re-opening of Longchamp in October 2017, in time for the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. Longchamp is owned by the city of Paris, but is leased to France Galop. More than 6500 races are organised each year. France Galop operates Auteil, Saint Cloud,Chantilly,Maisons-Lafitte, as well as the Deauville race courses.

France Galop controls the voting rights of of the PMU, (pari-mutuel-urbain) who manage track & off-track betting operations on their behalf.

France Galop is keen to develop French race horse breeding.

 

 

Fastnet winning at Melbourne ridden by Glenn Boss

Fastnet winning at Melbourne ridden by Glenn Boss. Courtesy & with thanks 

Eugenio, out of stallion Fastnet Rock, trained by Richard Hannon, owned by Assoc. Saleh Al Homaizi/Imad al Sagar is ridden by French jockey today in the Prix Francois Boutin, Deauville horse racing organised by France Galop. The British contingent will probably turn out in force for the races today in Deauville before the Arqana Deauville Yearling auctions. Richard Hannon’s Amiralty Arch runs in the Prix de l’Augeron.

Shalakar

Shalakar. Courtesy and with thanks Aga Khan studs

 

The Prince Aga Khan has another horse running in the races at Deauville today. Shalakar will be ridden by  crack French jockey Soumillion. Prix Michel Houyet, racing organised by France Galop. K. Abdullah’s horse Fixed Rate will be racing, as will Baron E,de Rothschild’s Cleonte.

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Frankel ascot 2012

One of Champion Frankel’s daughters, TOULIFAUT will b racing today in the 1st race Prix Augeron  at Hippodrome of Dauville.Richard Hannon’s Admiralty Arch is the one to beat. France Galop has organised an exciting card for the racegoers in Deauville for the Arqana  Yearling sales which start after the races this sunny August day in the glamourous seaside town of Deauville.

 

Treve Terry Jarnet Longchamp

Treve  with Terry Jarnet up  Longchamp. Courtesy with thanks

Treve, mythical double winner of the Arc de Triomphe’s full sister, Terre, who trainer Christiane Head-Maarek hoped would be ready to race in Deauville at the end of August, looks more likely to be ready to race a Chantilly in September. Time will tell if she will become a champion like her sister. Madame Head says she likes the Filly, who seems stronger than Treve was at the same age.

 

 

Win & Each Way
Deauville

Galileo Gold

Galileo Gold in the Al Shaqab colours,ridden by Frankie Dettori  winning St James Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot 2016 photo by Irish racing photographer Pete Mooney for eluxetv.com Royal Ascot 14th June 2016.  Galileo Gold dam sire Galileo.

Galileo Gold wins St James’s Palace under brilliant Frankie Dettori

Galileo Gold (above) is in great shape, says Hugo Palmer
Ahead of the big race at Deauville on Sunday,

Sunday 14th August 2016 – Prix Jacques Le Marois, Hippodrome de Deauville, races organised by France Galop.
Galileo Gold, ridden by Frankie Dettori,  will be racing against Royal Ascot Jersey stakes 2016  winner, Ribchester,  the Prince Aga Khans’ horse Ervedya, & 2 horses trained by Andre Fabre, last year’s winner Esoterique and Vadomos. In a strong field we can watch for outsiders Arod, Dicton, Stormy Antarctic, Spectre & Grand Vintage.

Galileo Gold

Galileo Gold winning at Royal Ascot exclusive photo for eluxetv.com  by Irish racing photographer Pete Mooney. Royal Ascot June 14th 2016

 

ARQANA Deauville August Yearling sales open 5pm Sunday 14th August 2016.

Almost 400 future race horse for sale over three days. Gleaming issues of recent crack Champions. including Galileo, Frankel, Sea the Stars, Chiquita, Scat Daddy, No Nay Never.

Europe’s top breeders, Courtiers, and owners quietly walk around the beautifully kept  Arqana stables making their choices as they visit  Haras des Capucines, with its floral displays, the Haras de Montaigu, Ecurie des Monceaux, Haras d.Etreham, Voute Sales ltd, Coulonces, Haras du Quesnay, to name but a few. Haras des Capucines seemed quietly confident with his choice of Yearlings, including the Sea the Stars progeny that was foaled quite late in the season, but who is developing well.  Progeny awaited with interest from Camelot, Intello, Penny’s Picnic, Dawn Approach. Amongst the professionals there is talk too of Farhh & Siyouni.

 

Frenkel

Frenkel Brothers in Arms. Painting by Jacqueline Stanhope offered by Tattersalls. Courtesy with thanks

Criquette Head-Maarek is hoping to race the 2 year old colt by Frenkel in the Autumn. Top Deck , out of Dam, First Fleet, is according to Madame Head, a strong horse who moves lightly when he gallops over the ground, &  has been training over grass recently.

Frenkel’s progeny  are performing well led by Group race winner Fair Eva. There are several Frenkel offspring being trained in France, Madame Head has just one Frenkel colt she is training. Others are being trained by Andre Fabre.

TATTERSALLS offered a painting at auction featuring Frankel, Noble Mission and Bullet Train to raise money for Friends of the Newmarket Day Centre on Monday, November 30 2015.

Called ‘Brothers in Arms’, the painting is by renowned equestrian artist Jacqueline Stanhope. Frankel takes centre stage in the piece, flanked by his three-parts brother Bullet Train – who frequently filled the role of pacemaker to the dual world champion – and his brother Noble Mission, winner of the Qipco Champion Stakes two years after Frankel signed off his glittering career in the Ascot contest. Courtesy Tattersalls and with thanks .Friends of the Newmarket Day Centre.

 

 

 

Japanese Champion Deep Impact

Japanese Champion Deep Impact

Courtesy CHANEL. with thanks

Courtesy CHANEL. with thanks

Prix

Prix de Qatar L’Arc de Triomphe

 

Deep Impact Japanese Phenomenon.

By the time the Europeans realised it the Japanese horse racing  phenomenon  Deep Impact was already well established in Japanese horse breeding.

Akihiro won tuesday at Deauville, Prix de Crevecoeur. Owned and bred by the Freres Wertheimer (owners of Chanel). Trained by Andre Fabre. Hippodrome de Deauville racing organised by France Galop.

French breeders are working hard to improve the bloodlines of their race horses.

Akihiro is a son of Deep Impact, a top Japanese stallion, as was his father Sunday Silence. The Wertheimer invest strongly in their horse breeding venture, to establish new promising blood lines, the Japanese enterprise may prove very fruitful. The Prince Aga Khan also invests in developing new blood lines at his various studs, including bringing over Australian stallions & investing in the Lagardere string..  The Wertheimer  have  established an impressive pool of mares including the champion, Goldikova.

Also issue of this  Deep Impact bloodline, 5 year old A Shin Hikari ran in May 2016 at Chantilly in the Gr.1  Prix d’Ispahan, winning impressively against a strong field of French race horses.

This 5 year old horse, A Shin Hikari, actually rated 123, is considered to be the best in her age group in the World at the moment !

9 horses issue of Deep Impact have run in France. 7 of these horse have won so far:-2 have won Group1 races Beauty Parlour  (headlining the Goffs Wildenstein dispersal) & A Shin Hikari. Another of these horses won a Group2, Kizuna. Another won a Group3 Aquamarine. Finally Barocci won a Listed race

Deep Impacts products are particularly successful so far.

The Japanese would love to win one of the World’s most prestigious races, the mythical Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.

This year  8  Japanese horses signed up to race in the Prix de l’Arc,   are issue of Deep Impact including Japanese Derby winner, Makahiki.

Prix Romanet

Prix Jean  Romanet. Photo Steip Amach.

 

Just before leaving in his gleaming black Bentley, a relaxed Monsieur Andre Fabre, the immensely successful trainer,  when asked for a comment, today, as he left the Deauville Hippodrome,  about the Goffs dispersal of the prestigious Wildenstein string of race horses, reminded us that there was some consolation with the Diane Wildenstein horses.

A Director of Ballymore Thoroughbred limited is in fact Diane Wildenstein.Ballymore’s are not part of the Goffs dispersal arrangement of the very important  Wildenstein string of top race horses. Diane Wildenstein is the daughter of the late Alec Wildenstein, the former  art dealer. The Wildenstein Art Empire’s complex financial affairs are under investigation, it has been reported. Links below to 2 articles from www.bloomberg.com courtesy and with thanks

The Ugly Battle Over the Wildenstein Art Empire – Bloomberg
www.bloomberg.com/…/the-ugly-battle-over-the-wildenstein-art-empire
11 Jul 2016 – The Ugly Battle Over the Wildenstein Art Empire. Once the world’s richest and most influential dealers, the family is trying to fight off a half-billion …

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French Judges Allow Wildenstein Double Jeopardy … – Bloomberg
www.bloomberg.com/…/french-judges-allow-wildenstein-double-jeopar…
30 Mar 2016 – Members of the wealthy Wildenstein art-dealing family may still derail a trial into allegations of fiscal fraud after judges at France’s Supreme …

 

Ame Bleu registered under Ballymore Thoroughbred ltd has been entered by the Trainer Andre Fabre in the Prix Jean Romanet due to run 21st August, the same day as the Prix Morny. Ame Bleue 4yr old chestnut filly. Breeding Dubawi (IRE) Aquarelliste (FR) Danehill (USA)
Trainer Andre Fabre has also entered Sheikh Abdullah’s racehorse Contribution. The  Prince Aga Khan’s horse Sayana has been entered by  the trainer M Andre Royer du Pre. Game Theory has been entered by Mr. Clement.  Steip Amach has been entered by Trainer Smaga,  Owner Haras d’Etreham. The races organised by France Galop at the Hippodrome de Deauville on the 21st August should be exceptional as we will have the cream of Europe’s race horses, breeders & trainers  competing.

 

Caravaggio

Caravaggio winning the Coventry Stakes at Ascot. Exclusive  Photo by Irish race horse specialist  Pete Mooney. C.  eluxetv.com

Caravaggio may be racing against Lady Aurelia  & Mehmas for the Prix Morny in Deauville 21st August 2016.  A very exciting prospect.

Trainer Aidan O’Brien is currently reflecting after Carravagios’ brilliant race in the Group 1 race, Keeneland Phoenix Stakes at the Curragh,  in Ireland on Sunday 7th August 2016.

Lady Aurelia, like Caravaggio by Coolmore stallion Scat Daddy.

Caravaggio, son of Scat Daddy, unbeaten in 3 races was a top Favourite in the betting.
According to reports Aidan O’Brien said that Caravaggio was racing at 45MPH  top speed, during his recent work out.
I’d not be in a rush to go over seven furlongs. He could always go for the Middle Park after the Morny.” Prix Morny August 21st 2016 Hippodrome de Deauville organised by France Galop.

15 June 2016; ADY AURELIA, Frankie Dettori up, comes home alone in The Queen Mary Stakes at Ascot. © Peter Mooney, 6, Cumberland Street, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, Ireland. Tel: 00 353 (0)86 2589298

15 June 2016; ADY AURELIA, Frankie Dettori up, comes home alone in The Queen Mary Stakes at Ascot. © Peter Mooney, 6, Cumberland Street, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, Ireland.

Beauty Parlour (Christophe Soumillon) beats Up (Joseph O'Brien) to win the Poule D'Essai des Pouliches Longchamp 13.5.12 Pic:Edward Whitaker

Beauty Parlour (Christophe Soumillon) beats Up (Joseph O’Brien) to win the Poule D’Essai des Pouliches
Longchamp 13.5.12 Pic:Edward Whitaker courtesy & with thanks Goffs.

Goffs Secure The Wildenstein Stables Ltd Dispersal…The news has been officially confirmed. Extract enclosed from the Goffs Press Release, courtesy & with thanks Goffs

Goffs has been appointed as the exclusive Auction House to handle The Wildenstein Stables Ltd Dispersal. The world class draft of 110 horses features mares (27), foals (20), yearlings (19), and horses in training (44). The dispersal will be handled by The Castlebridge Consignment and takes place during the Goffs Orby and November Sales, with the yearlings and horses in training being offered at the end of the second day of the Orby Sale in an exclusive stand-alone section, whilst the mares and foals will be offered at the November Foal and Breeding Stock Sale.

This is a rare opportunity to tap into the bloodlines belonging to one of Europe’s most successful breeders. French 1000 Guineas winner and Oaks runner up Beauty Parlour (pictured) headlines a spectacular group of broodmares. Beauty Parlour will be sold in foal to Kingman whilst her 2015 colt by Dubawi is surely one of the standout yearlings in Europe this year with her Dansili filly foal another obvious highlight in November. Beauty Parlour’s half-sister, the winning Invincible Spirit filly Blue Kimono will also be offered for sale at Goffs and is in foal to Australia.

The Group 2 winning Sadler’s Wells sister to Peintre Celebre, Peinture Rare, in foal to Dansili is another high class mare bound for Goffs while her yearling colt by Oasis Dream is also among the dispersal. The Peintre Celebre mare Andromeda Galaxy, a Listed-winning granddaughter of Albertine, would fit nicely in any broodmare band, as would her Listed-placed sister Altamira, whose daughter Akatea ran second in last year’s Prix du Moulin.

Other breeding stock highlights include the Stakes placed Galateia out of the Classic placed Gagnoa who is a three-parts to Derby winner Pour Moi, while the Stakes placed Galileo mare Amerique, in foal to Pivotal, is out of the Group 1 winner and Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe runner up Aquarelliste. Listed winner and Group 1 performer Adventure Seeker from the family of the great All Along, in foal to Siyouni, is another with huge international appeal, while the Group 2 winner mare Pacific Rim will be offered in foal to Zoffany.

The Wildenstein Stables Ltd Dispersal features blue blooded yearlings and foals with a sire profile that includes Dansili, Dark Angel, Dubawi, Giant’s Causeway, Invincible Spirit, Le Havre, Lope De Vega, Oasis Dream, Pivotal, Shamardal, Teofilo and many others.

The draft of 44 horses in training includes the Listed winner and Group 2 placed Smart Strike filly Lady Of Kyushi, the winner and Group placed Dalakhani filly Asterina, and the winning Giant’s Causeway colt Andrea Mantegna as well as several other winning three and four year olds and a quality draft of 26 juveniles.

Announcing the details of The Wildenstein Stables Ltd Dispersal, Goffs Group Chief Executive Henry Beeby said:

“The Wildenstein Stables Ltd Dispersal represents the most exciting collection of horses to be offered anywhere in the world this year and it is a real privilege for Goffs to be appointed the auction house of choice to handle the sale that looks set to draw every major international bloodstock buyer to Goffs in 2016. In my 34 years in the business there are a handful of names that you associate with the very best – Robert Sangster, HH The Aga Khan, Khalid Abdulla, the Maktoums, Coolmore, the Niarchos family for example, and the Wildenstein name is certainly amongst their number.

Key dates for The Wildenstein Stables Ltd Dispersal:
Yearlings – Orby Sale (End of second day, Wednesday 28 September)

Horses In Training – Orby Sale (End of second day, Wednesday 28 September, immediately following the yearlings) Extract plus photo from the official Press Release courtesy & with thanks Goffs.

 

Al-Johrah

Al Johrah

Prix Morny Deauville . The provisional list of 18 runners has been announced for the Prix Morny to be run 21st August 2016.

With a strong field of Foreign owned horses well known French Trainer Freddy Head stands out, & has 2 runners Al Johrah & Alrahma with serious chances.  Alrahma has just won the Prix Cabourg. (Gr.3)

Richard Hannon has put down Al Shaqab’s Mehmas to run in the Prix Morny, Mehmas having  run so well in two Group 2, at Newmarket and Glorious Goodwood. The Goodwood race ridden by Frankie Dettori, who rode Lady Aurelia at Ascot ! in the Al Shaqab silks

Lady Aurelia arrives in Deauville  from Kentucky August 13th, racing in the Prix Morny.

 

 

Lady Aurelia

Lady Aurelia at workout Jockey Julio Garcia in red cap.  July 27th 2016.Image & texts courtesy Keeneland Communications with thanks.

Lady Aurelia Works Thursday in Preparation for trip to France.

LEXINGTON KENTUCKY (4th August 2016)

Trainer Wesley Ward was pleased Thursday morning after Stonestreet Stables, George Bolton & Peter Leidel’s undefeated Queen Mary (G2) winner Lady Aurelia,scheduled to make her next race outing in the August 21st Prix Morny (G1) at Deauville.worked 4 furlongs in 49:20 on Keeneland’s turf course.

“Lady Aurelia was brilliant. I  am really excited,” Ward said. “We’ll see what happens here in a couple of weeks. ( a video exists of the interview  see Keeneland.com)

With jockey Julio Garcia in red cap aboard, Lady Aurelia worked in company with the winning 2year old filly Create a Dream. She started a length or so behind her rival to her inside & surged to the front several yards from the finish. (a video exists of the workout on keeneland.com)

The move marked the 3rd work here for Lady Aurelia since her 7 length victory in the Queen Mary Stakes at Royal Ascot on June 15th. Ward said he would like to work Lady Aurelia another time here on August 11th or 12th, before she ships to Chicago for a direct flight to Paris on the evening of August 13th.

In 2013 Ward won the Prix Morny with another Keeneland-based runner, No Nay Never, who had won the Norfolk Stakes (G2) at Royal Ascot. He said Lady Aurelia is following a similar schedule.

The 1st time, it was a little bit of unchartered waters, “Ward said about the experience three years ago. “I know how to do it now, and I know it can be done”.

Lady Aurelia, who was bred by Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings LLP was consigned by James M. Herbener Jr. agent to Keeneland’s 2013 Yearling Sale & purchased by Bolton & Leidel for $350.000. The Scat Daddy filly commenced her career April 21 at Keeneland and won a 4 & half furlong maiden race by 7 & half lengths in track-record time.

Image and text courtesy and with thanks to Trainer Wesley Ward and Keeneland Communications  Team.

 

Photo courtesy Keenland?Coady Photography' Career Debut Lady Aurelia April 21st 2016

Photo courtesy Keeneland/Coady Photography.  Career Debut Lady Aurelia April 21st 2016

 

Photo Keeneland/Coady Photography. Career Debut Lady Aurelia Keeneland April 21st 2016

Photo Keeneland/Coady Photography. Career Debut Lady Aurelia Keeneland April 21st 2016

 

 

 

 

15 June 2016; ADY AURELIA, Frankie Dettori up, comes home alone in The Queen Mary Stakes at Ascot. © Peter Mooney, 6, Cumberland Street, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, Ireland. Tel: 00 353 (0)86 2589298

15 June 2016; LADY AURELIA, Frankie Dettori up, comes home alone in The Queen Mary Stakes at Ascot. © Peter Mooney,

 

Lady Aurelia ridden to a stunning win at Ascot, Queen Mary Stakes 2016 exclusive photo taken by Irish Photographer Pete Mooney for eluxetv.com with thanks

After running on Keeneland’s grass in the States, Wesley Ward Lady Aurelia’s trainer plans to bring her back to Europe before the end of the summer. Prix Morny at Deauville race course 21st August, 2016 is an objective. Frankie Dettori was the winning jockey in 2015 on Shalaa, & up on Wow Signal for his 2014 win. Will Frankie be on 2 year old  Lady Aurelia in the prestigious  Prix Morny, which is 6 furlongs…. ?

 

Andre Fabre

Andre Fabre at Deauville  Hippodrome races Sunday 31st August 2016.

Deauville hippodrome, set in the middle of this charming French  seaside town, enjoyed a perfect summer’s day. Top notch horse racing, with some of Europe’s most impressive horses, Trainers & jockeys.

The Prix de Cabourg had a very exciting finish with H. Al Maktoum’s Alrahma, trained by  Freddy Head, jockey A. Lemaitre,  beating off Fixette, and the Andre Fabre trained horse North Thunder into 3rd place,  jockey G,Benoist.

Qemah trained by J.C. Rouget & ridden by C.Soumillon,  beat off a strong field for the Prix de Rothschild. Total prize money for this race is 300.000 euro. Esoterique coming in 4th for Andre Fabre.

In the Prix de la Huderie, Andre Fabre’s horse Qassem arrived in second place for a very thrilling race finish  for owner Al Shaqab Racing. Deauville Hippodrom racing organised by France Galop.

 

Deauville 31st july 2016

Qemah: beat Alice Springs in the Coronation Stakes  ASCOT PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)

Courtesy & with thanks. Scott Burton’s sharp report for RACING POST

Qemah and Alice Springs renew rivalry in France
BY SCOTT BURTON 6:15PM 30 JUL 2016

Preview: Deauville, Sunday

Prix Rothschild (Group 1) 1m, fillies and mares, 3yo+

CORONATION STAKES rivals Qemah and Alice Springs spearhead a powerful three-year-old challenge in one of the strongest editions of this race since it was granted Group 1 status in 2004.

A strong interview follows with trainer Jean Claude Rouget

RELATED LINKS IN SCOTT BURTON’s REPORT Pre race Deauville 31st July 2016
Prix Rothschild card
Qemah came out on top at Royal Ascot but Alice Springs was forced to go the long way round after Ryan Moore found his route barred, before taking a while to get re-balanced and flying home for third.

Alice Springs banished those memories in the Falmouth Stakes at Newmarket, however, where she clocked a new course record.

Alice Springs is a general 3-1 chance to gain revenge on her Royal Ascot conqueror, while Qemah just heads the betting at 5-2.

Prix Rothschild’s other main contenders run down feature in Scott Burton’s succinct report

In brief:-Lumiere trained by Mark Johnston Last year’s winner Amazing Maria returns, as does the previous year’s winner Esoterique. Deauville Touques races organised by FRANCE GALOP

 

 

 

 

 

Sporting Life . Lumiere Newmarket. Ladies Day.

Sporting Life . Lumiere running at Newmarket. Ladies Day.

Sporting Life reports

“Andre Fabre is delighted with the shape of Esoterique in her attempt to regain her Prix Rothschild crown at Deauville on Sunday.

After having captured the Group One prize in 2014, the six-year-old missed last year’s race in favour of a shot at the Prix Maurice de Gheest, in which she finished second.

Esoterique has this season failed to hit her best form in two starts, having been beaten at odds-on on her return at Deauville before trailing home last in the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot.”

Courtesy and with thanks Sporting Life. Racing at Deauville Touques race course organised by France Galop.

 

Don Quixote.

Don Quixote.

Margarita Shrainer performing as Kitri in Don Quixote CREDIT: PAUL GROVER.

Courtesy and with thanks

Bolshoi Ballet’s  stupendous version of the delightful Don Quixote ballet at Covent Garden, Summer 2016.

 

 

Verona

Verona

Verona. Every summer, Verona hosts its world-famous opera festival in its magnificent Roman amphitheatre. With a huge seating capacity of 20,000 spectators per evening, a great stage and impressive acoustics, it’s little wonder the festival is one of the highlights of the operatic calendar. The operas to be performed this year include Carmen, La Traviata and Aida. Find out more about the Verona Opera Festival in our online guide.

With courtesy and with thanks Ciao Citalia. Courtesy & with thanks Laura Weeden in Inspiration.

 

 

Lucca

Lucca

Running throughout the month of July, Lucca’s Summer Festival is the main music festival in Tuscany, boasting an impressive line-up of some of the most influential artists in the industry. The festival is made up of several concerts which take place in the open-air Piazza Napoleone. Last year saw sets from the likes of Elton John, John Legend, Robbie Williams, Snoop Dog, and Bob Dylan, while 2016′s line-up already features Simply Red and Anastasia. Tickets are available online or at the box offices in Piazza del Giglio and Piazza San Michele. With thanks and courtesy Ciao Citalia. Laura Weeden in Inspiration

 

 

 

Giovanni Soldini.

Giovanni Soldini.

The Italian yachtsman aboard the trimaran Maserati Multi70 for the 2016 season. With sights set on Rolex Middle Sea Race and RORC Transatlantic Race.

The 2016 season is getting underway on something of a high note for Giovanni Soldini and his partners with the move from their previous monohull to the new Maserati Multi70 trimaran. This faster, more modern craft will allow Soldini and his crew to tackle new records and compete in prestige competitions of the likes of the Rolex Middle Sea Race in October and the RORC Transatlantic Race in November.

Flanking Giovanni Soldini this new season are Maserati, returning as main sponsor for the fifth consecutive year, and UnipolSai Assicurazioni which will be playing a more prominent sponsorship role in the project than last season. Also renewing their support as official challenge suppliers are: Ermenegildo Zegna for clothing and Boero Bartolomeo S.p.A. which supplies hull paint and enamels.

After an extremely busy and satisfying three years that saw them clock up an impressive number of nautical miles with the monohull Maserati VOR70, Soldini and his team will henceforth be sailing aboard Maserati Multi70, a cutting-edge, very high performance trimaran capable of making extremely fast speeds. Stretching 21.2 metres in length and 16.8 in the beam with a 29-metre mast, Maserati Multi70 can rise up off the water on her rudders and foils, significantly reducing her wetted surface area to the benefit of performance. The trimaran was originally penned by the VPLP (Van Peteghem Lauriot-Prévost) studio and optimised by Team Gitana in collaboration with Guillaume Verdier.

“We are just starting to discover Maserati Multi70’s potential. The passage from Lorient gave us our first taste: it was a positive and very enlightening experience,” commented Giovanni Soldini.

“This craft’s innovative character is all down to her appendages. Team Gitana transformed the starboard side with an L-foil and got her flying but always in sheltered waters.

We are now trying to find out if and how it is possible to do the same in a moderate swell. Clearly that will involve a lot of research and development work that we’ve only just begun but what we’ve seen so far is really enthusing us already”.

Three challenges are scheduled for this season: a Monaco-Porto Cervo record attempt, the Rolex Middle Sea Race and RORC Transatlantic Race.

In September, Maserati Multi70 will be on stand-by in Monte Carlo for the perfect weather window for an attempt to set a new multi reference time between Monaco and Porto Cervo, a 195-nautical mile route. The current record is held by the monohull Esimit Europa 2 which covered the distance in 10 hours, 13 minutes and 42 seconds in 2012, making an average speed of 19 knots.

The second challenge of the season is also the most important as the Rolex Middle Sea Race is one of the great classic offshore races. Launched in 1968 and now on its 37th outing, it has attracted some of the leading names in international sailing over the years. The 608-nautical mile route starts and finishes from Malta and involves an anticlockwise circumnavigation of Sicily with the Aeolian Islands, the Egadi Islands, Pantelleria and Lampedusa to port of the fleet. The current race record was set by Rambler (USA) in 2007: she covered the 608 nautical miles in 47 hours, 55 minutes and 3 seconds.

Maserati Multi70’s third and final challenge of the year is the RORC Transatlantic Race, which starts from Lanzarote in the Canaries on November 26 and also marks her ocean debut. The fleet will cross the finish-line at Grenada in the Caribbean after around 3,000 nautical miles of sailing.

Co-Sponsor UnipolSai Assicurazioni. Text & Photo Courtesy and with thanks Maserati.  Copyright Maserati SpA

 

 

 

ISEO

From June 18 to July 3, 2016, Italy’s Lake Iseo was reimagined. The Floating Piers consisted of 100,000 square meters of shimmering yellow fabric, carried by a modular dock system of 220,000 high-density polyethylene cubes floating on the surface of the water.

Christo and Jeanne-Claude The Floating Piers Project for Lake Iseo, Italy. Photographs Wolfgang Volz. From June 18 to July 3, 2016, Italy’s Lake Iseo was re-imagined. The Floating Piers consisted of 100,000 square meters of shimmering yellow fabric, carried by a modular dock system of 220,000 high-density polyethylene cubes floating on the surface of the water. Copyright, Courtesy and with thanks Christo and Jeanne-Claude and TASCHEN ART Publishing.

 

ISEO2

Lake Iseo with the town of Sulzano in the foreground, the island of Monte Isola on the right and the island of San Paolo on the left Photo: Wolfgang Volz

ISEO3

Christo The Floating Piers (Project for Lake Iseo, Italy) Drawing 2014 in two parts 15 x 96″ and 42 x 96″ (38 x 244 cm and 106.6 x 244 cm) Pencil, charcoal, pastel, wax crayon, enamel paint, topographic map, fabric sample and tape Photo: André Grossmann © 2014 Christo Ref. # 1-2014

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The town of Sulzano, Lake Iseo Photo: Wolfgang Volz

 

 

Nastio Mosquito, WEorNOT (Nastivicious’ Temple #1) (2016). Courtesy of Fondazione Prada. A few days ago in Milan, Italy, the Nobel Prize-winning Turkish author Orhan Pamuk, who is also the founder of Istanbul’s Museum of Innocence, was a keynote speaker at the yearly conference of International Council of Museums (ICOM). In a video-link message he delivered the following pearl: “In the future,” he said, “we need small and economical museums that address our humanity.” At the year-old Fondazione Prada this summer, it’s a case of shared humanity—but in a highly uneconomical envelope. Related: Take a Look Inside Miuccia Prada and Patrizio Bertelli’s New Fondazione Prada Not exactly a small museum, the 23-year-old Fondazione Prada’s 120,000-square-foot permanent venue in Milan (the foundation also has a palazzo on Venice’s Grand Canal) is sited at a former distillery in the decidedly industrial south side of the world’s most fashionable city. Predictably, it was designed by starchitect Rem Koolhaas, who has also built stores for the fashion giant in New York and Los Angeles. Koolhaas’s sober design is the opposite of the kind of flashy architecture recently revealed at other private museums around the world—consider Frank Gehry’s ditched sailboat at the Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris, and Diller, Scofidio + Renfro’s rhomboid with a veil at the Broad Foundation in Los Angeles. Additionally, the Fondazione’s sole patrons— Miuccia Prada and her partner Patrizio Bertelli—are not venture philanthropists in the mold of Eli Broad and Bernard Arnault. Not only does the couple give the appearance of being kinder, gentler billionaires, they have consistently declared their commitment to making their foundation “an expression of [artistic] freedom.” As Prada and Bertelli told the Financial Times last year, the pair is not looking to collaborate with artists to upscale their primary business (like Louis Vuitton’s rebranding campaigns with artists Takashi Murakami and Yayoi Kusama); also, they are definitely not searching for the art world’s approval. “The idea of the foundation,” they have stated, “is that it represents something significant, a proper act of research.” The institution, Bertelli has added, actively shuns go-along agreement: “It is against consensus. Looking for consensus is a form of mediocrity, and that is one of the worst of human weaknesses.”

Nastio Mosquito, WEorNOT (Nastivicious’ Temple #1) (2016). Courtesy of Fondazione Prada.Courtesy ArtNet News and with thanks WEorNOT (Nastivicious’ Temple #1) (2016). Courtesy of Fondazione Prada.Courtesy ArtNet News and with thanks

Milan, in Italy, A few days ago, the Nobel Prize-winning Turkish author Orhan Pamuk, who is also the founder of Istanbul’s Museum of Innocence, was a keynote speaker at the yearly conference of International Council of Museums (ICOM). In a video-link message he delivered the following pearl: “In the future,” he said, “we need small and economical museums that address our humanity.” At the year-old Fondazione Prada this summer, it’s a case of shared humanity—but in a highly uneconomical envelope.
Related: Take a Look Inside Miuccia Prada and Patrizio Bertelli’s New Fondazione Prada
Not exactly a small museum, the 23-year-old Fondazione Prada’s 120,000-square-foot permanent venue in Milan (the foundation also has a palazzo on Venice’s Grand Canal) is sited at a former distillery in the decidedly industrial south side of the world’s most fashionable city. Predictably, it was designed by starchitect Rem Koolhaas, who has also built stores for the fashion giant in New York and Los Angeles.
Koolhaas’s sober design is the opposite of the kind of flashy architecture recently revealed at other private museums around the world—consider Frank Gehry’s ditched sailboat at the Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris, and Diller, Scofidio + Renfro’s rhomboid with a veil at the Broad Foundation in Los Angeles. Additionally, the Fondazione’s sole patrons— Miuccia Prada and her partner Patrizio Bertelli—are not venture philanthropists in the mold of Eli Broad and Bernard Arnault. Not only does the couple give the appearance of being kinder, gentler billionaires, they have consistently declared their commitment to making their foundation “an expression of [artistic] freedom.” With thanks and courtesy ArtNetNews

Black Aesthetics Trump Starchitecture at the Fondazione Prada
Few things look as forlorn, or beautiful.
Christian Viveros-Fauné, July 11, 2016 . With thanks and courtesy ArtNetNews.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thomas Mudge’s 1762 perpetual calendar is one of the standout highlights from Sotheby’s The English Watch, Part II sale Thomas Mudge is one of those names that simply sounds redolent of his time. An ingenious watchmaker, his work was overshadowed to a certain extent by more illustrious contemporaries such as John Harrison, John Arnold and Thomas Earnshaw, despite Mudge being the inventor of the lever escapement that’s been used almost universally since the 19th century and is only now in any danger of being superseded. Best known for his design and sheer craftsmanship, he still won George Daniels’ vote as the “Freeman (of the Clockmakers’ Company) who added most to the prestige of British Horology”. Nevertheless, Lot 28 of Sotheby’s sale on July 7th (Part Two of their four-part Celebration of the English Watch), shows that Mudge was a creative a watchmaker as any. Mudge_3 The watch is the first, so far known, ever to have incorporated a perpetual calendar and is one of two that Mudge is thought to have made. While perpetual calendars had already been used in clocks for some decades (both Thomas Tompion and George Graham produced examples), this was the first in a watch and was dated by George Daniels to 1762, crucially putting it two decades ahead of Breguet’s Marie-Antoinette masterpiece.

Thomas Mudge’s 1762 perpetual calendar is one of the standout highlights from Sotheby’s The English Watch, Part II sale

Thomas Mudge’s 1762 perpetual calendar is one of the standout highlights from Sotheby’s The English Watch, Part II sale
Thomas Mudge is one of those names that simply sounds redolent of his time. An ingenious watchmaker, his work was overshadowed to a certain extent by more illustrious contemporaries such as John Harrison, John Arnold and Thomas Earnshaw, despite Mudge being the inventor of the lever escapement that’s been used almost universally since the 19th century and is only now in any danger of being superseded.
Best known for his design and sheer craftsmanship, he still won George Daniels’ vote as the “Freeman (of the Clockmakers’ Company) who added most to the prestige of British Horology”. Nevertheless, Lot 28 of Sotheby’s sale on July 7th (Part Two of their four-part Celebration of the English Watch), shows that Mudge was a creative a watchmaker as any.
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The watch is the first, so far known, ever to have incorporated a perpetual calendar and is one of two that Mudge is thought to have made. While perpetual calendars had already been used in clocks for some decades (both Thomas Tompion and George Graham produced examples), this was the first in a watch and was dated by George Daniels to 1762, crucially putting it two decades ahead of Breguet’s Marie-Antoinette masterpiece. With thanks courtesy SALONQP specialist watches. Sothebys.

 

Designers Maria Grazia Chiuri, right, and Pierpaolo Piccioli acknowledge the audience at the end of the Valentino 2016-2017 fall/winter Haute Couture collection fashion show on July 6 in Paris.

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Christian Dior Couture Fall 2016,  designed by Lucie Meier and Serge Ruffieux, Images courtesy Vogue.

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Couture House Christian Dior have just announced nomination of a new Head of Couture

Design, Maria Grazia  Chiuri, previously with Italian Couture House, Valentino.

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Christian Dior Fall 2016 designed by Lucie Meier and Serge Ruffieux. Images courtesy Vogue.

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Fendi

Fendi stunning outfit for Fall 2016.  courtesy with thanks. Vogue.

Rome’s Trevi Fountain spectacular as Karl Lagerfeld’ s Fairytale Fendi collection appeals to an international clientele.

Legends and Fairytale was inspired by “East of the Sun, West of the Moon,” with Nordic Faerie drawings by Danish illustrator Kay Nielsen. A few months ago, Chanel  put on a Fashion show in Havana, Cuba. Louis Vuitton thrilled in Rio.The Couture shows have world wide appeal for their exceptional creativity, and wonderful workmanship in the detail.

Fendi has gone from traditional  to glam chic,  the “must have” Saffiano double zipper bags, & fur bag charms………

 

 

 

 

 

Christies

 

This evening Christies King Street auctions a painting by Sir Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640), “Lot and his Daughters” £40.000.000 hammer. Apparently, it is many years since such a fine example of Rubens work has come to market. Probably the last was The Massacre of the Innocents in 2002, which was acquired by the Media Mogul, Lord Thomson. The Massacre of the Innocents is currently in the Art Museum of Ontario in Toronto. The evening was well attended with collectors and Museum Curators, including Dawson W. Carr, Currently The dynamic Curator of the Portland Art Museum. A respected figure on the Intl. Art World Market, having worked for the Getty Foundation. Dawson W Carr is well remembered for having been the Curator of Italian and French paintings at the National Gallery, in the UK.

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25 June 2016; Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby day at The Curragh. © Peter Mooney, 6, Cumberland Street, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, Ireland. Tel: 00 353 (0)86 2589298

25 June 2016; Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby day at The Curragh. © Peter Mooney, 6, Cumberland Street, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, Ireland. Tel: 00 353 (0)86 2589298

25 June 2016; Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby day at The Curragh. © Peter Mooney, 6, Cumberland Street, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, Ireland. Tel: 00 353 (0)86 2589298

25 June 2016; Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby day at The Curragh. © Peter Mooney, 6, Cumberland Street, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, Ireland. Tel: 00 353 (0)86 2589298

25 June 2016; Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby day at The Curragh. © Peter Mooney, 6, Cumberland Street, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, Ireland. Tel: 00 353 (0)86 2589298

25 June 2016; Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby day at The Curragh. © Peter Mooney, 6, Cumberland Street, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, Ireland. Tel: 00 353 (0)86 2589298

25 June 2016; Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby day at The Curragh. © Peter Mooney, 6, Cumberland Street, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, Ireland. Tel: 00 353 (0)86 2589298

25 June 2016; Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby day at The Curragh. © Peter Mooney, 6, Cumberland Street, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, Ireland. Tel: 00 353 (0)86 2589298

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Curragh Harzand WINS THE IRISH DERBY. The Prince Aga Khan’s English Derby winner confirms his talent by winning the Classic double, with a win at the Curragh for the prestigious Irish Derby. Ridden by Pat Smullen. Trainer Dermot Weld had celebrated earlier in the week his 4000 career wins. Can Harzand emulate previous winners of the Aga Khan by winning the famous Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe in October, in Paris, following on the wins by Zagreb and Grey Swallow owned by the Aga Khan.

 

 

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25 June 2016; Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby day at The Curragh. © Peter Mooney, 6, Cumberland Street, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, Ireland. Tel: 00 353 (0)86 2589298

25 June 2016; Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby day at The Curragh.Photos with thanks courtesy  © Peter Mooney, 6, Cumberland Street, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, Ireland. Tel: 00 353 (0)86 2589298

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Curragh. A delighted Prince Aga Khan admires his horse Harzand,  team,  who has now won the Classic Double with the winning of the Irish as well as the  English Derby.2016.

 

 

 

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Royal Ascot 2016 Glamourous hats for ladies day. Photos with thanks  © Peter Mooney,

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16 June2016;  Awaiting the arrival of Her Majesty, The Queen, on Gold Cup day of Royal Ascot.      © Peter Mooney, 6, Cumberland Street, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, Ireland.    Tel:  00 353 (0)86 2589298

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16 June2016;   Her Majesty, The Queen, makes her arrival on Gold Cup day of Royal Ascot.      © Peter Mooney, 6, Cumberland Street, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, Ireland.    Tel:  00 353 (0)86 2589298

16 June2016; Her Majesty, The Queen, makes her arrival on Gold Cup day of Royal Ascot. © Peter Mooney, 6, Cumberland Street, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, Ireland. Tel: 00 353 (0)86 2589298

 

 

 

15 June 2016; MY DREAM BOAT, Adam Kirby up, comes late to defeat Found, Ryan Moore up, in The Prince Of Wales's Stakes at Ascot.      © Peter Mooney, 6, Cumberland Street, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, Ireland.    Tel:  00 353 (0)86 2589298

15 June 2016; MY DREAM BOAT, Adam Kirby up, comes late to defeat Found, Ryan Moore up, in The Prince Of Wales’s Stakes at Ascot. © Peter Mooney, 6, Cumberland Street, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, Ireland. Tel: 00 353 (0)86 2589298

15 June 2016; MY DREAM BOAT, Adam Kirby up, comes late to defeat Found, Ryan Moore up, in The Prince Of Wales's Stakes at Ascot.      © Peter Mooney, 6, Cumberland Street, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, Ireland.    Tel:  00 353 (0)86 2589298

15 June 2016; MY DREAM BOAT, Adam Kirby up, comes late to defeat Found, Ryan Moore up, in The Prince Of Wales’s Stakes at Ascot. © Peter Mooney, 6, Cumberland Street, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, Ireland. Tel: 00 353 (0)86 2589298

15 June 2016; The winning connections with MY DREAM BOAT after their triumph in The Prince Of Wales's Stakes at Ascot.      © Peter Mooney, 6, Cumberland Street, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, Ireland.    Tel:  00 353 (0)86 2589298

15 June 2016; The winning connections with MY DREAM BOAT after their triumph in The Prince Of Wales’s Stakes at Ascot. © Peter Mooney, 6, Cumberland Street, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, Ireland. Tel: 00 353 (0)86 2589298

15 June 2016; ADY AURELIA, Frankie Dettori up, comes home alone in The Queen Mary Stakes at Ascot. © Peter Mooney, 6, Cumberland Street, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, Ireland. Tel: 00 353 (0)86 2589298

15 June 2016; LADY AURELIA, Frankie Dettori up, trained by Wesley Ward, & bred in Kentucky, comes home alone in The Queen Mary Stakes at Ascot. Photos with thanks © Peter Mooney, 6, Cumberland Street, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, Ireland. Tel: 00 353 (0)86 2589298

15 June 2016; ADY AURELIA, Frankie Dettori up, comes home alone in The Queen Mary Stakes at Ascot. © Peter Mooney, 6, Cumberland Street, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, Ireland. Tel: 00 353 (0)86 2589298

15 June 2016; ADY AURELIA, Frankie Dettori up, comes home alone in The Queen Mary Stakes at Ascot. Photos with thanks © Peter Mooney, 6, Cumberland Street, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, Ireland. Tel: 00 353 (0)86 2589298

15 June 2016; ADY AURELIA, Frankie Dettori up, comes home alone in The Queen Mary Stakes at Ascot. © Peter Mooney, 6, Cumberland Street, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, Ireland. Tel: 00 353 (0)86 2589298

15 June 2016; ADY AURELIA, Frankie Dettori up, comes home alone in The Queen Mary Stakes at Ascot.Photos with thanks  © Peter Mooney, 6, Cumberland Street, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, Ireland. Tel: 00 353 (0)86 2589298

 

 

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14 June2016; TEPIN, Julien Leparoux up, prior to his success in The Queen Anne Stakes at Ascot.Photos courtesy  © Peter Mooney, 6, Cumberland Street, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, Ireland. Tel: 00 353 (0)86 2589298

14 June2016; TEPIN, Julien Leparoux up, prior to his success in The Queen Anne Stakes at Ascot. © Peter Mooney, 6, Cumberland Street, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, Ireland. Tel: 00 353 (0)86 2589298

14 June2016; TEPIN, Julien Leparoux up, prior to his success in The Queen Anne Stakes at Ascot.Photos courtesy  © Peter Mooney, 6, Cumberland Street, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, Ireland. Tel: 00 353 (0)86 2589298

 

 

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Royal Ascot 2016. Galileo Gold ridden by Frankie Dettori,Trainer Hugo Palmer. Galileo Gold wins the St James Palace Stakes. Photos courtesy Irish racing photographer Pete Mooney.

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Royal Ascot 2016. Galileo Gold ridden by Frankie Dettori,Trainer Hugo Palmer. Galileo Gold wins the St James Palace Stakes. Photos courtesy Irish racing photographer Pete Mooney.

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Royal Ascot 2016. Galileo Gold ridden by Frankie Dettori,Trainer Hugo Palmer. Galileo Gold wins the St James Palace Stakes. Photos courtesy Irish racing photographer Pete Mooney.

 

 

 

Caravaggio

Caravaggio ridden by jockey Ryan Moore,  storming to victory in The Coventry Stakes Royal Ascot 2016. Trained by Aidan O’Brien. Movement, Muscles speed, caught in Photos courtesy Pete Mooney. 

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Caravaggio, ridden by jockey Ryan Moore, storming to victory in The Coventry Stakes Royal Ascot 2016. Trained by Aidan O’Brien. Images catching all the excitement, Photos courtesy Pete Mooney

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Caravaggio, jockey Ryan Moore,  storming to victory in The Coventry Stakes Royal Ascot 2016. Trained by Aidan O’Brien. Photos courtesy Pete Mooney

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Caravaggio, ridden by jockey Ryan Moore, storming to victory in The Coventry Stakes Royal Ascot 2016. Trained by Aidan O’Brien. Images catching all the excitement, Photos courtesy Pete Mooney.

 

 

 

 

Vingt.Property Overview Size: 211 m2 Property Type: Apartment Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 3 Floor: 3rd (4th US) Area: 16th Prestigious location bordering the River Seine Located on a prestigious boulevard bordering the Seine river in the 16th district, next to the Galliera museum and Palais de Tokyo this 3rd floor apartment (with elevator) provides splendid open views of the Eiffel Tower and more from its various rooms set across 212m2. It features 3 bedrooms, each with their own ensuite bathroom, separate guest WC, a large 58m2 living room with fireplace, a 25m2 dining room and an equipped separate kitchen (gas and induction plates, wine fridge, double-door fridge and freezer, oven, microwave, plentiful counter and storage space). The building is stone-faced and has a concierge for added convenience and security. Please contact us today for your private visit. Rental estimate 9000 € per month.  * Every bedroom ensuite  * High ceilings  * Eiffel Tower views  * Historical stone-faced building with concierge Further Details & Photos Apartment for Sale (Agency Fees Included) €3 490 000 Please email us direct to discuss your requirements Click here for More Property for Sale Bank-beating exchange rates, currency market expertise and no hidden bank charg

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Size: 211 m2
Property Type: Apartment
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 3
Floor: 3rd (4th US)
Area: 16th
Prestigious location bordering the River Seine
Located on a prestigious boulevard bordering the Seine river in the 16th district, next to the Galliera museum and Palais de Tokyo this 3rd floor apartment (with elevator) provides splendid open views of the Eiffel Tower and more from its various rooms set across 212m2. It features 3 bedrooms, each with their own ensuite bathroom, separate guest WC, a large 58m2 living room with fireplace, a 25m2 dining room and an equipped separate kitchen (gas and induction plates, wine fridge, double-door fridge and freezer, oven, microwave, plentiful counter and storage space). The building is stone-faced and has a concierge for added convenience and security. Please contact us today for your private visit. Rental estimate 9000 € per month.
* Every bedroom ensuite
* High ceilings
* Eiffel Tower views
* Historical stone-faced building with concierge
Further Details & Photos
Apartment for Sale (Agency Fees Included)
€3 490 000
Courtesy Susie Vingt Paris with thanks.

 

 

Pat Smullen rides Harzand to victory CREDIT: REUTERS list of article image 2 Sponsored New film jam-packed with celebrities Jennifer Aniston and Kate Hudson are two of the stars of the film. Read more › Alistair Tweedale 4 JUNE 2016 • 5:33PM 5:33pm A great day for Dermot Weld and his winner, Harzand Two-time Melbourne Cup winning trainer Dermot Weld won the Epsom Derby for the first time on Saturday with Harzand, who had been a doubtful runner earlier in the day. Harzand, a fifth winner for owner The Aga Khan equalling his grandfather's tally, held off a late challenge by favourite US Army Ranger.

Pat Smullen rides Harzand to victory CREDIT: REUTERS

A great day for Dermot Weld and his winner, Harzand
Two-time Melbourne Cup winning trainer Dermot Weld won the Epsom Derby for the first time on Saturday with Harzand, who had been a doubtful runner earlier in the day.
Harzand, a fifth winner for owner The Aga Khan equalling his grandfather’s tally, held off a late challenge by favourite US Army Ranger.

Idaho who led into the final furlong came third to complete a 1-2-3 for Ireland in flat racing’s blue riband event run before an estimated 100,000 spectators including Queen Elizabeth II.                                                                                                 courtesy of & with thanks Alastair Tweedale  copyright  Telegraph Sport.Racing.  With thanks.

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His Highness the Prince Aga Khan greets his Derby winning horse Harzand  and jockey, Pat Smullen at Epsom this afternoon. The champion horse was bred by the Aga Khan Studs.  Copyright Image courtesy  Greg Wood with thanks. June 4th 2016.

 

 

Geneva

Geneva June 1st 2016. World Economic Forum. Making Complex Reforms Work: Seven Principles for Public-Private Cooperation

 

Over 70 leaders from business, government, academia and civil society met at the World Economic Forum to steward an action-oriented agenda on the Middle East and North Africa’s most pressing challenges.
Oil-price shifts have created an unprecedented opportunity for reforms in oil-importing and oil-exporting countries.
The World Economic Forum’s communities have defined seven principles for public private co-operation.
Geneva, Switzerland, 1 June 2016 – A select group of over 70 leaders from business, government, academia and civil society met at World Economic Forum headquarters in Geneva to steward an action-oriented agenda on the Middle East and North Africa’s most pressing challenges. Held under the theme “Redesigning Public-Private Cooperation for the Middle East and North Africa”, the meeting focused on two imperatives for the region: peace and prosperity.

Given the instability and geopolitical disruptions posing unprecedented challenges to prosperity in the region, participants explored the fragile security and humanitarian context. They agreed on the need for collaborative diplomatic action to help resolve conflicts in Syria, Iraq, Libya and Yemen, and for private-sector innovation in humanitarian aid delivery. “The World Economic Forum is committed to providing the international community a platform for greater public-private collaboration to respond to humanitarian and diplomatic imperatives,” said Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum.

The current reform momentum created by low oil prices is seen as a key enabler for prosperity in the region. The reform needs are well recognized but, due to their complex nature, how to successfully implement them is not. In addition, the broad range of social issues in the Middle East and North Africa makes it challenging to find political consensus for undertaking successful reforms, especially for unpopular but needed ones.

Seven Principles for Public-Private Cooperation
In a pledge to make complex reforms work, representatives of the World Economic Forum’s communities, including leaders from government, business and civil society, defined the following seven principles for public-private cooperation to promote an effective and inclusive reform process:
Create a clear vision – Leadership’s vision and political commitment are the most important prerequisites for successful reforms and provide the framework for planning and implementation
Establish an environment for trust – The decision-making process needs to be transparent and provide confidence that the reforms will genuinely benefit social and economic progress
Foster inclusive collaboration – Reform implementation needs to be a collaborative process among government, policy-makers, the private sector and civil society with the objective of generating balanced benefits for all citizens
Consult public beforehand and maintain momentum through regular communication – Along with effective communication, it is important to consult the public before planning reforms, continuously communicate during the process, and inform the public about the results achieved
Enable an ecosystem for accountability – Social and economic progress requires the government to establish an ecosystem that encourages and validates citizen demand for accountability
Attract and promote talent – Considering the national interest and complexity of reforms needed, their design and implementation call for consulting the best experts available
Build foundations for stability – Greater public-private collaboration is imperative to address the humanitarian crisis and build regional cohesion because peace is fundamental to prosperity
“The principles defined by our core communities take the agenda for public-private cooperation to a new level, consistent with the needs of the region today,” said Miroslav Dusek, Head of Middle East and North Africa and Member of the Executive Committee, World Economic Forum.
The World Economic Forum, committed to improving the state of the world, is the International Organization for Public-Private Cooperation.
The Forum engages the foremost political, business and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas.
World Economic Forum, 91-93 route de la Capite, CH-1223 Cologny/Geneva, www.weforum.org
Extract of Forum Press Release. Courtesy & with thanks.

 

 

 

 

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OECD – Paris, 31 May 2016

New ‘nexus’ approach needed to tackle productivity and inequality challenges, says OECD report

Declining productivity growth and rising inequality are two of the biggest obstacles to improved economic performance, according to a new OECD report.

The Productivity-Inclusiveness Nexus explores the root causes behind each of these challenges, examining the extent to which they are connected, and at how to take a coherent policy response. In particular, it signals the need to expand the productive assets in an economy by investing in the skills of people and in an environment where all firms and regions have a chance to succeed.

The report discusses possible complementary explanations for the slowdown in productivity growth, which has affected some 90% of OECD countries since the turn of the millennium and has now spread to emerging market economies. It says the failure to translate rapid technological change into productivity growth reflects a mix of cyclical and structural factors.
One cyclical factor has been the persistently low investment in physical capital, in a context of weak global demand. On the structural side, there has been growing dispersion in productivity performance between leading, or ‘frontier” firms, and other companies that are lagging behind.

The report finds several, possibly complementary, explanations for the dispersion in productivity growth, such as the breakdown of technology diffusion and the possibility of growing capture of rents by the frontier firms. A related issue is the a lack of competition in certain markets, which may have on the one hand, allowed poorly-performing firms to linger, trapping valuable human and capital resources in unproductive activities, entrenching inequalities of income, while on the other increasing leading firms market power and raising barriers to entry.
Indeed, the Nexus report also shows that inequalities of income, wealth, well-being and opportunities have increased in a majority of countries. It highlights how different aspects of inequality tend to feed off of each other, hindering efforts to improve individual well-being and undercutting our economies’ productive potential. It notes in particular how low income groups and regions that have fallen behind tend to accumulate economic and social disadvantages.

Higher inequality results in fewer people in the bottom 40% of the population investing in skills, thereby worsening inequality and reducing productivity growth. The report says increasing productivity dispersion across firms appears to have contributed to a widening of the wage distribution over the past two or three decades.

The report highlights how the growth of the digital economy raises new challenges for jobs and skills. It adds that the growing weight of finance in the global economy may have diverted investment away from productive activities, while resulting in a higher concentration of wealth at the top of the income distribution.

‘’Tackling the ‘nexus’ of productivity and inequality challenges will require a new, coherent and multidimensional policy approach in order to ensure that all individuals, firms and regions can realise their productive potential and share in the benefits of improved productivity growth. In practice, this will call for measures that aim to help people, businesses and regions lagging behind,’’ said Gabriela Ramos, Special Counsellor to the OECD Secretary-General, Chief of Staff and Sherpa to the G20, who is heading the work behind the report in the context of the All on Board for Inclusive Growth Initiative.

Copyright OECD. Extract OECD report  courtesy OECD with thanks.

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ROTTERDAM

Rotterdam. The newly opened Gotthard Base Tunnel through the Swiss Alps links the rail network from Rotterdam to Italian port of Genoa. Amazing engineering feat.

The world’s longest and deepest rail tunnel has officially opened in Switzerland, after almost two decades of construction work.
The 57km (35-mile) twin-bore Gotthard base tunnel will provide a high-speed rail link under the Swiss Alps between northern and southern Europe.
Switzerland says it will revolutionise European freight transport.
Goods currently carried on the route by a million lorries a year will go by train instead.
The tunnel has overtaken Japan’s 53.9km Seikan rail tunnel as the longest in the world and pushed the 50.5km Channel Tunnel linking the UK and France into third place. Info courtesy and with thank to the BBC.

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OECD

OECD  Forum 1st June 2016. During discussions from the distinguished guests addressing the Delegates, the general view was that Britain leaving the European Union would have a negative effect on growth, for Britain as well as her trading partners.                                                                                                                                      The Secretary General Angel Gurria presented an OECD analysis on the  economic effects of BREXIT at the London School of Economics  April 27th 2016. Monsieur Gurria’s sentiment indicated that he would be pleased if Britain  remained in the European Union. Mr Gurria has an MA in economics from Leeds University, & holds a BA in economics from UNAM (Mexico).

 

 

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OECD Secretary General Angel Gurria, at the start of his 3rd term,  surrounded by some of Latin America’s most eminent personalities, including Presidents, Ministers,  at the formal launch of the Latin American and Caribbean Regional Programme, prior to the yearly OECD Ministerial Meetings. OECD 2016 Forum second day devoted the talks to the economic profiles of countries in  the Latin American region. Investment in Education, Education & Education. Growth. Sustainability.Governance. And increasing co-operation between the different countries of the Region.  Such an impressive range of personalities gave added resonance to their   assessments & comments to identify solutions for shared Challenges. OECD participant Insider’s joke, Nexus Nutella et al….

Anna Murphy  Fashion Director Published at 12:01AM, February 1 2016 The tastes of the Italian design duo Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana have always tended towards the operatic. How apt then that the setting for their Alta Moda show should be Milan’s La Scala. The opera house has had countless “primas”, or first productions, and this one, the brand’s Italian answer to French haute couture, was its first fashion show. Alta Moda was conjured in 2012 by Italy’s patron saints of glamour. A pre-show visit to the atelier, where mannequins of princesses, actual and celluloid, could be spied in a

Domenico Dolce  & Stefano Gabbana presented their breathtaking  Alta Moda  Autumn/Winter 2016/17 collection,   at Milan’s prestigious opera house, La Scala. Known for heir dramatic Fashion sense La Scala was an apt venue.

c. Photo Greg Kessler/Kessler Studio. With Thanks & Courtesy

The Times. Anna Murphy Fashion Director.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Danieli

Danieli Venise. Dream View overlooking the Lagoon, as the boats ply to & fro, the rosy dawn shimmers on the verdigris waters, a magical view from one of the Danieli Hotel luxury bedrooms.Early sunrise 24 January 2016, heralding a glorious sunny, winter’s  day.  Saint Marc’s square 2 minutes walk away. Danieli  a beautifully decorated hotel in antique Venetian style, offers comfortable accommodation, a splendid  dining room overlooking the Venice Lagoon. Comfortable sitting room &  bar including  live  piano,& strong gin cocktails. We look forward  to returning to the Danieli Hotel in Venice.

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Venice view from Danieli Terrace.

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Chris Levine   EDGE OF TIME
Oct 22nd to Nov 21st 2015
IZZY GALLERY
106 Yorkville Avenue
Toronto,
Ontario, Canada
M5R 1B9
Phone: 416 922 1666
Izzygallery.com
izzygallery@gmail.com   Images & info courtesy and thanks Chris Levine,Artist, Izzy Gallery.

 

 

Une dernière Wild Card complète le catalogue de la Vente d’Élevage Une dernière jument enrichit le catalogue de la Vente d’Elevage grâce au système des Wild Cards, et passera en vente samedi 5 décembre à Deauville.  SOUND OF GUNS (lot 200), présentée pleine pour la première fois de Lope de Vega par le Haras d’Etreham. Il s’agit d’une fille d’Acclamation et de la placée de Listed Eastern Lily, qui a déjà produit trois gagnants. Précoce et performante sur les courtes distances, SOUND OF GUNS s’est placée à trois reprises au niveau Listed et a également conclu troisième des Flying Childers Stakes (Gr.2) à 2 ans. Elle est issue de la famille de SHAADI (Irish 2000 Guineas Gr.1, St James’s Palace Stakes Gr.1). Le catalogue de la Vente d’Elevage est également riche des Wild Cards BABY HOUSEMAN (lot 140), IRISH CLIFF (lot 160), MOI MEME (lot 170), BEAUTIFUL HEROINE (lot 180) et LA REVEUSE (lot 190). Plus d’informations sur www.arqana.com 02 31 81 81 00 / info@arqana.com

Lot 200 A final Wild Card completes the Vente d’Elevage  for the Arqana sale saturday 5th Decembre in Deauville, France. 

 SOUND OF GUNS (lot 200). Presented with foal a first time, from Lope de Vega,  by the Haras d’Etreham. Sound of Guns has already been placed 3 times in Listed races. Issue of the family of SHAADI, (Irish 2000 Guineas. Gr.1. & StJames Palace Stakes. Gr.1) Photo c.RacingFotos  courtesy Arqana.com
Plus d’informations sur www.arqana.com 00 33  2 31 81 81 00 / info@arqana.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lee Broom accessories make an ideal gift for the design consicous this Christmas, whether filling Podium with festive flowers, lighting candles on the Christmas lunch table in Fulcrum or having a yuletide drink from Half Cut.  All are available to buy directly from our online store or at our flagship store in Shoreditch.

Lee Broom accessories make an ideal gift for the design aware this Christmas, whether filling Podium with festive flowers, lighting candles on the Christmas lunch table in Fulcrum or having a yuletide drink from Half Cut.
All are available to buy directly from Lee Broom  online store or at the flagship store in Shoreditch. Image with Thanks & courtesy Lee Broom.

Maria Torroba Chelsea Mariana, 2015 Mixed Media on Canvas 180 x 120 cm (diptych)

Maria Torroba
Chelsea Mariana, 2015
Mixed Media on Canvas
180 x 120 cm (diptych)

Las Meninas is one of the most profound and enigmatic paintings in the world. You are the king. You stand patiently posing for your portrait, while the royal painter looks sombrely back at you from behind his canvas. This is the position into which Velázquez puts the viewer of Las Meninas. It's a big and paradoxical picture, a portrait not of the king and queen – who are only reflected in the painting in a bright mirror at the back of a high, deep room – but of the anxious court mirrored in their – our – eyes. Velázquez shows us the world a monarch sees. The "meninas" are identically-dressed maids who fuss over the Infanta Margaret Theresa, an expensively dressed little girl who even as she plays in front of her royal parents appears on her mettle, under scrutiny. She looks nervously at them while two court dwarfs and a dog are on hand to provide entertainment. One dwarf kicks the dog. It's a grave, chilly little world. No one (except the dog-kicker) seems relaxed and no one looks emotionally close to the monarchs – to us, who stand where they stand. The scene is intensely theatrical, everyone in their costumes and everyone on best behaviour. But at a door in the background a man is coming with news from Spain's vast and, when Velázquez was at work, decaying empire. Presumably Philip IV of Spain was happy with this ingenious conceptual portrait. As painter to the king, Velázquez was showered with honours. But this painting menaces the fabric of reality and the illusion of identity with its consummate game of mirrors. Do kings and queens exist only in the eyes of others? And if that is true of monarchs then who on earth are you and I, transported uneasily by Velázquez into the skin of royalty, attended by a painter who looks at us, polite, exact, and utterly ruthless in his craft? This painting is a disenchanted glass. Another Las Meninas is a shattering thought.

Maria Torroba’s picture reminds us of Diego Velasquez meisterwerk Las Meninas. Las Meninas is one of the most profound and enigmatic paintings in the world.

The “meninas” are identically-dressed maids who fuss over the Infanta Margaret Theresa, daughter of Philip IV of Spain. As painter to the king, Velázquez was showered with honours. But this painting menaces the fabric of reality and the illusion of identity with its consummate game of mirrors. As we see reflected in the mirror the King & Queen. Do kings and queens exist only in the eyes of others? And if that is true of monarchs then who on earth are you and I, transported uneasily by Velázquez into the skin of royalty, attended by a painter who looks at us, polite, exact, and utterly ruthless in his craft? As a courtier arrives with news from the crumbling Spanish empire.
This painting is a disenchanted glass.

Las-MeninasDIEGOVELASQUEZ.

Las Meninas is one of the most profound and enigmatic paintings in the world. You are the king. You stand patiently posing for your portrait, while the royal painter looks sombrely back at you from behind his canvas. This is the position into which Velázquez puts the viewer of Las Meninas. It's a big and paradoxical picture, a portrait not of the king and queen – who are only reflected in the painting in a bright mirror at the back of a high, deep room – but of the anxious court mirrored in their – our – eyes. Velázquez shows us the world a monarch sees. The "meninas" are identically-dressed maids who fuss over the Infanta Margaret Theresa, an expensively dressed little girl who even as she plays in front of her royal parents appears on her mettle, under scrutiny. She looks nervously at them while two court dwarfs and a dog are on hand to provide entertainment. One dwarf kicks the dog. It's a grave, chilly little world. No one (except the dog-kicker) seems relaxed and no one looks emotionally close to the monarchs – to us, who stand where they stand. The scene is intensely theatrical, everyone in their costumes and everyone on best behaviour. But at a door in the background a man is coming with news from Spain's vast and, when Velázquez was at work, decaying empire. Presumably Philip IV of Spain was happy with this ingenious conceptual portrait. As painter to the king, Velázquez was showered with honours. But this painting menaces the fabric of reality and the illusion of identity with its consummate game of mirrors. Do kings and queens exist only in the eyes of others? And if that is true of monarchs then who on earth are you and I, transported uneasily by Velázquez into the skin of royalty, attended by a painter who looks at us, polite, exact, and utterly ruthless in his craft? This painting is a disenchanted glass. Another Las Meninas is a shattering thought.

Las Meninas by Diego Velasquez is one of the most profound and enigmatic paintings in the world.

Maria Torroba Chelsea Mariana, 2015 Mixed Media on Canvas 180 x 120 cm (diptych)

Maria Torroba
Chelsea Mariana, 2015
Mixed Media on Canvas
180 x 120 cm (diptych) Inspired by the great portraits of the 15th, 16th and 17th centuries, Maria creates fabulous and original new works of oil and collage, incorporating Spanish and Belgian linens, antique lace embroidered by her grandmother, ribbons, hessian and even shells collected on her travels. These portraits have been shown in several exhibitions and are now held in private collections in Mexico, Argentina, London and Shanghai.

 

Infanta Margarita Teresa in a Pink Dress is an oil on canvas portrait of Margaret Theresa of Spain by the Spanish painter Diego Velázquez, though his identification as its author is not considered secure. It is now in the Prado Museum in Madrid. It was generally considered to be the last work in his oeuvre, with the dress by Velázquez himself and the head (left unfinished on Velázquez's death) and the bottom of the curtains completed by his pupil Juan Bautista del Mazo.[1] However, recent studies by experts suggest it may be entirely by Mazo. The Prado Museum currently assigns the work to Mazo. Its subject was the royal most frequently portrayed by Velázquez, also appearing in his Las Meninas and Infanta Margarita Teresa in a Blue Dress. In the final years of his life he spent long periods producing portraits of her to send to the Austrian court for political reasons and in response to certain matrimonial arrangements made between the two courts. Infanta Margarita Teresa in a Blue Dress is still in Vienna as are two 1652-53 portraits of her aged one or two in a silver and pink dress. A replica of the latter of the two, with variations, is in the Liria Palace in Madrid, though this is attributed to another painter. Contents  [hide]  1History 2	Notes 3	Bibliography 4	External links

Infanta Margarita Teresa in a Pink Dress is an oil on canvas portrait of Margaret Theresa of Spain , thought to be by the Spanish painter Diego Velázquez, though his identification as its author is no longer considered secure. This famous painting  is now in the Prado Museum in Madrid.  Recent studies by experts suggest it may be entirely by  Juan Bautista  del Mazo. The Prado Museum currently assigns the work to Mazo.
Its subject was the Royal most frequently portrayed by Velázquez, also appearing in his Las Meninas and Infanta Margarita Teresa in a Blue Dress. In the final years of his life he spent long periods producing portraits of her to send to the Austrian court for political reasons and in response to certain matrimonial arrangements made between the two courts. Infanta Margarita Teresa in a Blue Dress is still in Vienna as are two 1652-53 portraits of her aged one or two in a silver and pink dress. A replica of the latter of the two, with variations, is in the Liria Palace in Madrid, though this is attributed to another painter. 

Picasso. Meninas inspired picture in the Picasso Barcelona museum.

Pablo Picasso. Meninas inspired picture in the Picasso Barcelona museum.

 

meninasmanolovaldes

From etchings by Manolo Vades.

With an essay Dancing Notes on Las Meninas,

written by Josep Palau i Fabre.

 

 

 

Laura Jordan LAURA JORDAN: CRAZY TOWN 7 - 28 NOV 2015 CONWAY STREET, LONDON

Laura Jordan copyright
LAURA JORDAN: CRAZY TOWN
7 – 28 NOV 2015.  Rebecca Hossack Gallery
CONWAY STREET, LONDON. Courtesy with thanks Rebecca Hossack Gallery.

Laura JordanScandal in Background, 2015hand-finished print73 x 150 cm, 28 3/4 x 59 1/8 in edition of 50

Laura JordanScandal in Background, 2015hand-finished print73 x 150 cm, 28 3/4 x 59 1/8 in
edition of 50  copyright Laura Jordan. With thanks courtesy Rebecca Hossack Gallery, London.

Laura JordanMad-Hatten, 2012hand-finished print97 x 73 cm edition of 50

Laura JordanMad-Hatten, 2012hand-finished print97 x 73 cm
edition of 50

copyright Laura Jordan. With thanks courtesy Rebecca Hossack Gallery.

 

 

 

 

Frankel Painting To Be Sold For Charity At Tattersalls December Sale A painting by renowned equestrian artist Jacqueline Stanhope called ‘Brothers In Arms’ is to be sold for Charity on Monday 30th November at the Tattersalls December Sale. The painting, depicting the incomparable FRANKEL alongside his brothers NOBLE MISSION and BULLET TRAIN, both now standing at stud in America, is to be sold in aid of the ‘Friends of the Newmarket Day Centre’. The charity, whose President is Julie Cecil, has been established in Newmarket for 34 years and specialises in care for the elderly in Newmarket and the surrounding area. 'Brothers In Arms' by Jacqueline Stanhope 'Brothers In Arms' by Jacqueline Stanhope Chairman of the Charity Nigel Wright said; “Newmarket Day Centre provides an essential service to the local community and we are delighted to have this opportunity to raise valuable funds for the charity. FRANKEL and his brothers NOBLE MISSION and BULLET TRAIN are all out of the great Juddmonte mare KIND, and were all trained in Newmarket by Sir Henry Cecil and Lady Cecil, who won three Group 1 races with NOBLE MISSION. The Tattersalls December Sale will provide a great stage to sell Jacqueline Stanhope’s tribute to Prince Khalid Abdullah’s truly extraordinary FRANKEL and his illustrious brothers.” The painting will be offered immediately prior to lot 1603, NEW ORCHID, the first of the Juddmonte draft of broodmares selling on Monday 30th November, and can be viewed in the Juddmonte Tent at Park Paddocks prior to the sale. For further information please contact Nigel Wright, Tel: 07802 699145.

Frankel Painting To Be Sold For Charity At Tattersalls December Sale
A painting by renowned equestrian artist Jacqueline Stanhope called ‘Brothers In Arms’ is to be sold for Charity on Monday 30th November at the Tattersalls December Sale.
The painting, depicting the incomparable FRANKEL alongside his brothers NOBLE MISSION and BULLET TRAIN, both now standing at stud in America, is to be sold in aid of the ‘Friends of the Newmarket Day Centre’. The charity, whose President is Julie Cecil, has been established in Newmarket for 34 years and specialises in care for the elderly in Newmarket and the surrounding area.
‘Brothers In Arms’ by Jacqueline Stanhope
‘Brothers In Arms’ by Jacqueline Stanhope
Chairman of the Charity Nigel Wright said;
“Newmarket Day Centre provides an essential service to the local community and we are delighted to have this opportunity to raise valuable funds for the charity. FRANKEL and his brothers NOBLE MISSION and BULLET TRAIN are all out of the great Juddmonte mare KIND, and were all trained in Newmarket by Sir Henry Cecil and Lady Cecil, who won three Group 1 races with NOBLE MISSION. The Tattersalls December Sale will provide a great stage to sell Jacqueline Stanhope’s tribute to Prince Khalid Abdullah’s truly extraordinary FRANKEL and his illustrious brothers.”
The painting will be offered immediately prior to lot 1603, NEW ORCHID, the first of the Juddmonte draft of broodmares selling on Monday 30th November, and can be viewed in the Juddmonte Tent at Park Paddocks prior to the sale.
For further information please contact Nigel Wright, Tel: 07802 699145. Info & image with thanks & courtesy Tattersalls.

 

 

 

 

We are thrilled to be staging Erik Bulatov’s first exhibition in London since 1989. Ever since the summer night in 1987 when Paul Jolles, the former Chairman of Nestlé, took me to visit the studio that Erik Bulatov was sharing with Oleg Vassiliev in Moscow, I have loved his work that is bold and powerful while being subtle and refined. — Simon de Pury Erik Bulatov returns to London for the first time with a comprehensive show since his epochal exhibition that was held at the ICA in 1989. During the years of Perestroika, conditions for artists that were not working in the only hitherto accepted style and manner for the first time found a possibility to exhibit their work to sell it and to travel. In 1988 Simon de Pury initiated the groundbreaking auction held by Sotheby’s which represented a turning point for both, unofficial as well as official artists working in the USSR. The two most important artists who have emerged on the international scene at that time until today were Ilya Kabakov and Erik Bulatov. Bulatov’s work caused an instant sensation. On one hand his very graphic and striking use of cyrillic letters were comparable to some pioneers of the Russian avant-garde such as Olga Rozanova or Maria Stepanowa. At the same time his figurative way of painting landscape, skies and people always contained symbolic content, sometimes ironic, humorist or political. The Centre Pompidou mounted a one man show in 1989. In the same year, the ICA in London was the first British Institution to show his work. Bulatov has pursued his career in a painstaking and single minded way, away from any preoccupations as to his positioning in the art world. Russia eventually recognised his towering importance and paid homage to him first with a first retrospective that was held at the Tretyakov gallery in 2006 and a second one more recently in 2014 that was held at the Manege. The last exhibition attracted hundreds thousands of visitors with long hour queues in order to be able to see his work. In 2012, the American Friends of the Hermitage Museum honoured Erik Bulatov and Jeff Koons as two artists of seminal importance in Russia and America. When Dasha Zhukova recently opened the new Garage building built by Rem Koolhaas, she commissioned Erik Bulatov to do a large mural in the entrance hall of that new institution. The exhibition curated by de Pury de Pury will focus on 15 more recent paintings and 16 works on paper, sometimes preparatory studies. Today, Erik Bulatov lives, together with his wife Natasha, in Paris, they regularly return to Moscow. Erik Bulatov paints very slowly and produces not more than 2–3 paintings per year.

We are thrilled to be staging Erik Bulatov’s first exhibition in London since 1989. Ever since the summer night in 1987 when Paul Jolles, the former Chairman of Nestlé, took me to visit the studio that Erik Bulatov was sharing with Oleg Vassiliev in Moscow, I have loved his work that is bold and powerful while being subtle and refined. — Simon de Pury
Erik Bulatov returns to London for the first time with a comprehensive show since his epochal exhibition that was held at the ICA in 1989.
During the years of Perestroika, conditions for artists that were not working in the only hitherto accepted style and manner for the first time found a possibility to exhibit their work to sell it and to travel.
In 1988 Simon de Pury initiated the groundbreaking auction held by Sotheby’s which represented a turning point for both, unofficial as well as official artists working in the USSR. The two most important artists who have emerged on the international scene at that time until today were Ilya Kabakov and Erik Bulatov.
Bulatov’s work caused an instant sensation. On one hand his very graphic and striking use of cyrillic letters were comparable to some pioneers of the Russian avant-garde such as Olga Rozanova or Maria Stepanowa. At the same time his figurative way of painting landscape, skies and people always contained symbolic content, sometimes ironic, humorist or political. The Centre Pompidou mounted a one man show in 1989. In the same year, the ICA in London was the first British Institution to show his work.
Bulatov has pursued his career in a painstaking and single minded way, away from any preoccupations as to his positioning in the art world. Russia eventually recognised his towering importance and paid homage to him first with a first retrospective that was held at
the Tretyakov gallery in 2006 and a second one more recently in 2014 that was held at the Manege. The last exhibition attracted hundreds thousands of visitors with long hour queues in order to be able to see his work.
In 2012, the American Friends of the Hermitage Museum honoured Erik Bulatov and Jeff Koons as two artists of seminal importance in Russia and America.
When Dasha Zhukova recently opened the new Garage building built by Rem Koolhaas, she commissioned Erik Bulatov to do a large mural in the entrance hall of that new institution.
The exhibition curated by de Pury de Pury will focus on 15 more recent paintings and 16 works on paper, sometimes preparatory studies.
Today, Erik Bulatov lives, together with his wife Natasha, in Paris, they regularly return to Moscow.
Erik Bulatov paints very slowly and produces not more than 2–3 paintings per year. With thanks & courtesy  Kasia Kulczyk

 

 

Olafur Eliasson, BAROQUE BAROQUE installation at the Winter Palace in Vienna Photo: © VIENNA ART WEEK 2015 The annual Vienna Art Week commenced from November 16 – 22 during unseasonable warm temperatures. A plethora of programming and events—some 200 in total—included establishment institutions and galleries, independently run off-spaces, and open artist studios. Exhibition openings were bolstered by talks, film screenings, guided tours, and of course performances. A splashy opening party hosted by Dorotheum auction house lit the night up in scores of Sekt and the local brew. In the revelries' aftermath, an intense week of art viewing and numerous panel discussions highlighted the cultural primacy of contemporary art. Under the rubric of the art week's socialistic theme of the “Common Good," noted sociologist Saskia Sassen gave a talk called “At the Systemic Edge: Where even the material becomes invisible." Time and again politics, economics, and activism were topics broached by lecturers. Belgian philosopher, critic, and curator Dieter Lasage discussed the notion of political populism as related to the Greek crisis and its leftist protagonists at the Kunsthalle. An all female roundtable of curators at the Academy of Fine Arts talked about the ways of financing their operations and very existence. That was euphemism for navigating around the often untenable conditions that come along with strings-attached government funding. Touchingly, in the case of Çelenk Bafra, curator at the Istanbul Museum of Modern Art, she wistfully commented on failures, and the lessons gleaned from the administrations deeply troubling attitudes. Europe's refugee crisis, the inhumane Paris massacres, and institutionalized austerity policies thus make cultural exchange the last bulwark against outright barbarianism. And that's the civilized world techno-sphere for you, now where's the art???

Olafur Eliasson, BAROQUE BAROQUE installation at the Winter Palace in Vienna
Photo: © VIENNA ART WEEK 2015
The annual Vienna Art Week commenced from November 16 – 22 during unseasonable warm temperatures. A plethora of programming and events—some 200 in total—included establishment institutions and galleries, independently run off-spaces, and open artist studios. Exhibition openings were bolstered by talks, film screenings, guided tours, and of course performances. A splashy opening party hosted by Dorotheum auction house lit the night up in scores of Sekt and the local brew.
In the revelries’ aftermath, an intense week of art viewing and numerous panel discussions highlighted the cultural primacy of contemporary art. Under the rubric of the art week’s socialistic theme of the “Common Good,” noted sociologist Saskia Sassen gave a talk called “At the Systemic Edge: Where even the material becomes invisible.” Time and again politics, economics, and activism were topics broached by lecturers.
Belgian philosopher, critic, and curator Dieter Lasage discussed the notion of political populism as related to the Greek crisis and its leftist protagonists at the Kunsthalle. An all female roundtable of curators at the Academy of Fine Arts talked about the ways of financing their operations and very existence. That was euphemism for navigating around the often untenable conditions that come along with strings-attached government funding. Touchingly, in the case of Çelenk Bafra, curator at the Istanbul Museum of Modern Art, she wistfully commented on failures, and the lessons gleaned from the administrations deeply troubling attitudes.
Europe’s refugee crisis, the inhumane Paris massacres, and institutionalized austerity policies thus make cultural exchange the last bulwark against outright barbarianism. And that’s the civilised world techno-sphere for you, now where’s the art??? With thanks courtesy Max Henry for ARTNET 2015.

Olafur Eliasson, BAROQUE BAROQUE installation at the Winter Palace in Vienna
Photo: © VIENNA ART WEEK 2015

 

 

 

She is considered one of the leading jewellery designers of the modern age: Suzanne Belperron had taste, fame, and a pedigree list of clients. Today, among those in the know—collectors and jewellery insiders—the name Suzanne Belperron is still said in a hush, as though invoking a god. She was born fortuitously, in 1900, at the start of a new and fast-moving century. At the age of 19 she went to Maison Boivin as a designer, and in 1932, she joined Bernard Herz, having already attracted clients such as the Duchess of Windsor, couturier Elsa Schiaparelli, socialite Daisy Fellowes, visionary editor Diane Vreeland. Despite her success, however, Belperron remained famously discreet. “My style,” she declared, “is my signature.”  Belperron was the ultimate modernist, which may explain the enduring appeal of her jewellery, especially today. She eschewed showy displays of precious stones and diamonds, preferring instead to create jewellery whose select beauty quietly seduced. Her strengths were many: innate design sense; a penchant for unusual materials such as agate and chalcedony paired with sapphires and emeralds; a love affair with pearls. Amid the influence of Ancient Greece and Asia, nature is always fluid, and her many scrolls, volutes, and spirals express movement.

She is considered one of the leading jewellery designers of the modern age: Suzanne Belperron had taste, fame, and a pedigree list of clients. Today, among those in the know—collectors and jewellery insiders—the name Suzanne Belperron is still said in a hush, as though invoking a god. She was born fortuitously, in 1900, at the start of a new and fast-moving century. At the age of 19 she went to Maison Boivin as a designer, and in 1932, she joined Bernard Herz, having already attracted clients such as the Duchess of Windsor, couturier Elsa Schiaparelli, socialite Daisy Fellowes, visionary editor Diane Vreeland. Despite her success, however, Belperron remained famously discreet. “My style,” she declared, “is my signature.”
Belperron was the ultimate modernist, which may explain the enduring appeal of her jewellery, especially today. She eschewed showy displays of precious stones and diamonds, preferring instead to create jewellery whose select beauty quietly seduced. Her strengths were many: innate design sense; a penchant for unusual materials such as agate and chalcedony paired with sapphires and emeralds; a love affair with pearls. Amid the influence of Ancient Greece and Asia, nature is always fluid, and her many scrolls, volutes, and spirals express movement. Image and info with thanks courtesy Sothebys.

 

 

 

 Fashion’s habit of suddenly swinging the focus from one aspect to another that is radically different has spread to jewellery. Excitement among designers and clients has concentrated for some time on the ever-increasing array of coloured stones and on bold ways to use them. So Cartier has chosen to remind us, in the most spectacular way, that over a quarter of fine jewellery sold globally is set with diamonds. “Diamond jewellery – both pavé and with a certified diamond centre stone – is by far the most important segment of the branded jewellery market in value,” says Arnaud Carrez, international marketing and communications director. “It dominates the market because diamond creations not only encompass elements of timeless style, but have long-lasting investment value and an emotional power.” To showcase this, the Paris house has put together Le Diamant, the largest diamond selling exhibition it has ever brought to the UK, with 200 pieces on show by appointment at Phillips auctioneers in Berkeley Square, on November 25 and 26. The idea is partly to reveal the breadth of Cartier’s diamond remit, with pieces varying from more accessible items to restored historic jewels from its Tradition collection of vintage pieces. Star of the show is the Oriental Tiara (second picture), dating back to 1911, containing 1,218 diamonds (price on request). Other unique pieces include a pair of versatile 1936 clip brooches that can also be worn as earrings and the recently made Pur Absolu necklace (third picture) with a 31ct pear-shaped diamond suspended from a 17.4-grain natural pearl, as well as two shield-shaped diamonds totalling over 7ct, on a complex, lace-like necklace of diamond pavé. This necklace features in a short film launched to coincide with the exhibition and to show off Cartier’s new Galanterie collection, whose star is a necklace (fourth picture) that blends diamonds, onyx, black lacquer and white gold and can be worn conventionally or reversed with a low-back dress. Model Karen Elson wears a large variety of jewels in the film to illustrate Cartier’s broad diamond brush (such as a 1927 platinum and diamond brooch, 1985 platinum and diamond ring, and platinum and diamond bracelet, first picture). Cartier has partnered with Selfridges for the exhibition, and its boutique in the department store also sells pieces from the show. On top of that, the exhibition highlights the Cartier Set For You service, where clients can choose a stone and have a bespoke ring created, so expect more marvels. Cartier, 175-177 New Bond Street, London W1 (020-7408 9192; www.cartier.co.uk). Phillips, 30 Berkeley Square, London W1 (020-7318 4010; www.phillips.com). Selfridges, 40 Oxford Street, London W1 (0800-123 4


 Cartier, the international jeweller to Royalty, has chosen to remind us, in the most spectacular way, that over a quarter of fine jewellery sold globally is set with diamonds. “Diamond jewellery – both pavé and with a certified diamond centre stone – is by far the most important segment of the branded jewellery market in value,” says Arnaud Carrez, international marketing and communications director. “It dominates the market because diamond creations not only encompass elements of timeless style, but have long-lasting investment value and an emotional power.”
To showcase this, the Paris house has put together Le Diamant, the largest diamond selling exhibition it has ever brought to the UK, with 200 pieces on show by appointment at Phillips auctioneers in Berkeley Square, on November 25 and 26. The idea is partly to reveal the breadth of Cartier’s diamond remit, with pieces varying from more accessible items to restored historic jewels from its Tradition collection of vintage pieces. 
This necklace features in a short film launched to coincide with the exhibition and to show off Cartier’s new Galanterie collection, Model Karen Elson wears a large variety of jewels in the film to illustrate Cartier’s broad diamond brush (such as a 1927 platinum and diamond brooch, 1985 platinum and diamond ring, and platinum and diamond bracelet).
Cartier has partnered with Selfridges for the exhibition, and its boutique in the department store also sells pieces from the show. On top of that, the exhibition highlights the Cartier Set For You service, where clients can choose a stone and have a bespoke ring created, so expect more marvels.
Cartier, 175-177 New Bond Street, London W1 (020-7408 9192; www.cartier.co.uk). Phillips, 30 Berkeley Square, London W1 (020-7318 4010; www.phillips.com). Selfridges, 40 Oxford Street, London W1 (0800-123 400; www.selfridges.com).With thanks and courtesy Cartier. Phillips Auction House London. Selfridges.

 

 

 

 

 NOVEMBER 19TH, 2015 THE MÉTIERS D'ART 2015/16 SHOW AT CINECITTÀ THE MÉTIERS D'ART 2015/16 SHOW AT CINECITTÀ Cinecittà, the city of cinema – built in just eighteen months prior to its grand inauguration in 1937 – houses twenty-one studios over nearly sixty hectares, with five giant film sets and a special pool for ocean scenes and naval battles. Three hundred films were shot there in its first six years, but the studios really took off in the 1950s when Mervyn LeRoy filmed his epic "Quo Vadis" there. Cinecittà became known as Hollywood on the Tiber as its low running costs drew major American film productions in increasing numbers: 150 epics were shot there over the following fifteen years, including "Ben Hur", "Spartacus", and "Cleopatra". Federico Fellini once said his favourite place in the whole world was Cinecittà's Studio 5, where he shot a series of major works from "La Dolce Vita" and "8 1/2" to "Casanova" and "Ginger and Fred", including "Intervista", a homage to the studios. Cinecittà was also home to such masterpieces as Vittorio De Sica's "Bicycle Thief", William Wyler's "Roman Holiday", and Luchino Visconti's "The Leopard". The sets are still used for many of the world's leading film productions to this day, from Anthony Minghella's "English Patient" to Ridley Scott's "Gladiator" and Martin Scorcese's "Gangs of New York". Cinecittà has been chosen to host Karl Lagerfeld's Métiers d'Art 2015/16 show on December 1st.


NOVEMBER 19TH, 2015
THE MÉTIERS D’ART 2015/16 SHOW
AT CINECITTÀ
THE MÉTIERS D’ART 2015/16 SHOW
AT CINECITTÀ
Cinecittà, the city of cinema – built in just eighteen months prior to its grand inauguration in 1937 – houses twenty-one studios over nearly sixty hectares, with five giant film sets and a special pool for ocean scenes and naval battles. Three hundred films were shot there in its first six years, but the studios really took off in the 1950s when Mervyn LeRoy filmed his epic “Quo Vadis” there. Cinecittà became known as Hollywood on the Tiber as its low running costs drew major American film productions in increasing numbers: 150 epics were shot there over the following fifteen years, including “Ben Hur”, “Spartacus”, and “Cleopatra”.
Federico Fellini once said his favourite place in the whole world was Cinecittà’s Studio 5, where he shot a series of major works from “La Dolce Vita” and “8 1/2” to “Casanova” and “Ginger and Fred”, including “Intervista”, a homage to the studios. Cinecittà was also home to such masterpieces as Vittorio De Sica’s “Bicycle Thief”, William Wyler’s “Roman Holiday”, and Luchino Visconti’s “The Leopard”. The sets are still used for many of the world’s leading film productions to this day, from Anthony Minghella’s “English Patient” to Ridley Scott’s “Gladiator” and Martin Scorcese’s “Gangs of New York”.
Cinecittà has been chosen to host Karl Lagerfeld’s Métiers d’Art 2015/16 show on December 1st. IMAGE & Info with thanks courtesy Chanel News.Nov 2015. www.chanel-news.com

 

 

 

 

Gustave Caillebotte, Paris Street; Rainy Day, 1877, oil on canvas 83-1/2 x 108-3/4 inches / 212.2 x 276.2 cm (The Art Institute of Chicago).  View this work up close on the Google Art Project.

Gustave Caillebotte, Paris Street; Rainy Day, 1877, oil on canvas 83-1/2 x 108-3/4 inches / 212.2 x 276.2 cm (The Art Institute of Chicago). I miss you Marc Cheri.

 

 

 

FEAST OF OUR LADY OF HEALTH 21 November 2015 The Festa della Salute is probably the least “touristy”, and evokes strong religious feelings among the people. The holiday is, like the Redentore, in memory of another bout of pestilence, that the two-year period 1630-31, and the subsequent vow by the Doge to obtain the intercession of the Virgin. In 1630, more than half a century after the terrible plague of 1575-77, the disease gripped Venice once more. Doge makes a vow to build a church called the Salute, asking for the intercession of the Virgin Mary to end the plague. Even today, thousands of people parade on November 21 before the main altar of the imposing Salute Church to perpetuate the long-standing tradition of giving thanks to the city and the Virgin Mary City of Venice – Madonna della Salute

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FEAST OF OUR LADY OF HEALTH 21 November 2015 The Festa della Salute is probably the least "touristy", and evokes strong religious feelings among the people. The holiday is, like the Redentore, in memory of another bout of pestilence, that the two-year period 1630-31, and the subsequent vow by the Doge to obtain the intercession of the Virgin. In 1630, more than half a century after the terrible plague of 1575-77, the disease gripped Venice once more. Doge makes a vow to build a church called the Salute, asking for the intercession of the Virgin Mary to end the plague. Even today, thousands of people parade on November 21 before the main altar of the imposing Salute Church to perpetuate the long-standing tradition of giving thanks to the city and the Virgin Mary City of Venice - Madonna della Salute

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FEAST OF OUR LADY OF HEALTH 21 November 2015 The Festa della Salute is probably the least "touristy", and evokes strong religious feelings among the people. The holiday is, like the Redentore, in memory of another bout of pestilence, that the two-year period 1630-31, and the subsequent vow by the Doge to obtain the intercession of the Virgin. In 1630, more than half a century after the terrible plague of 1575-77, the disease gripped Venice once more. Doge makes a vow to build a church called the Salute, asking for the intercession of the Virgin Mary to end the plague. Even today, thousands of people parade on November 21 before the main altar of the imposing Salute Church to perpetuate the long-standing tradition of giving thanks to the city and the Virgin Mary City of Venice - Madonna della Salute

 

 

 

127 DAVID WEBB A Gold, Diamond, Emerald, and Enamel 'Tiger' Brooch Estimate $8,000 - 12,000

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A Gold, Diamond, Emerald, and Enamel ‘Tiger’ Brooch
Estimate $8,000 – 12,000. Images and info with thanks and Courtesy Phillips Auction House 450 Park Avenue.New York.

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Columbian Emerald & Diamond necklace with stunning diamond drop pendant. Estimate $U.S. 80.000 –  $U.S. 120.000. Image courtesy & with thanks Phillips Auction House, 450 Park Avenue, New York.

 

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Gagosian  Madison Avenue New York. Francis Bacon Late Paintings from November 7th 2015.

Image with thanks and courtesy The Estate of Francis Bacon.

Self-Portrait, 1978, oil on canvas, 78 × 58 1/8 inches (198 × 147.5 cm). Private Collection.
© The Estate of Francis Bacon. All rights reserved. / DACS, London / ARS, NY 2015.

Photo by Rob McKeever.

Image courtesy Gagosian Gallery, with thanks

 

 

 

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Rose Uniacke won prize for Best Stand at PAD London, Berkeley square October 2015

The Rose Uniacke stand at this years PAD London.

The Rose Uniacke stand at this years PAD London. Winner of prize for Best stand. Pad had a series of beautifully presented stands showing Art Deco Modernist continental furniture. Antiquities and International Art Galleries exhibiting   paintings to appeal to a discerning Collector.

 

 

 

Spectre Spectacular Directed bySam Mendes Produced by Michael G. Wilson Barbara Broccoli Screenplay by John Logan Neal Purvis Robert Wade Jez Butterworth[1] Story by John Logan Neal Purvis Robert Wade Based on James Bond by Ian Fleming Starring Daniel Craig Christoph Waltz Léa Seydoux Ben Whishaw Naomie Harris Dave Bautista Monica Bellucci Ralph Fiennes Cinematography Hoyte van Hoytema Eon Productions Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn Meyer

Spectre 007 does not disappoint.  A brilliant adventure film like we like them. Splendid cast led by Daniel Craig in tip top form, wow what stamina.  Sam Mendes, the Director,  heads up a  phenomenal production team. A screenplay team led by John Logan.  Spectacular action scenes around the World for the latest Bond 007 film. Brilliant visuals of a city in Latin America to an exciting  dash down the narrow streets of a European Capital. Breathtaking Stunning action scenes in the air with an acrobatic helicopter. Plenty of scope for specially composed music. Glimmers of a 1970’s menacing Costa Gavras towards the end.  However, sensual Lea Seydoux has to be the secret weapon of the film. A French discovery, Lea Seydoux  does not seem to be a conventional Beauty, but she is riveting sexy….. Ian Fleming’s hero lives on……..

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Cubisme.

Cubisme. Simon Dickson’s Galerie dedicates his stand at Frieze Masters to a collection of Cubist paintings by famous artists of the Cubisme movement. To celebrate a stunning selection Simon Dickinson has published a “Catalogue” inspired by the L’Effort Moderne. Masters of Cubisme. a survey of Leonce Rosenberg’s Galerie de l’Effort Moderne.All the principal artists are featured, including, Delaunay, Picasso, Leger, Cezanne, Corbusier, Juan Gris, Braque, Hayden, Kupka, Metzinger, Mondrian, et al & memories of the Bateau Lavoir studios………

The catalogue is beautifully produced a stunning overview of one of the most important art movements in Europe,post 1st World War. Courtesy and with thanks Emma Ward Managing Director Simon  Dickinson Frieze Masters, 2015.

 

 

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Michel Angelo Pistoletto. Galleria Continua, Gemignano, presents at Frieze Masters London, 2015, an impressive body of work by Pistoletto, a series of portraits on mirrors, the portraits showing the turned backs  of men, perhaps lonely men Michel Angelo Pistoletto, born June 1933, is an acclaimed Italian Painter, and Intellectual, action & object artist,& art theorist. Pistoletto is part of the Arte Povera movement. Pistoletto’s work mainly deals with the subject matter of reflection, mirrors and the dynamism on the art work of mirrors & reflection, and everyday life in terms of Gesamtkunstwerk. Pistoletto forms part of the Italian diaspora of intellectuals that include the renowned  Italian writer, Umberto Eco. Maurizio Rigillo of Galleria Continua anticipated that this important  series of Pistoletto  paintings would be bought by a museum or Institution.

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Helly Nahman

Helly Nahmad stunned the art world with his 2014 exhibit @ Frieze Masters, with his reconstitution of a 1960’s Paris Apartment of an “intellectual”.  This year again the Art Concept for 2015 is equally intriguing. Jean Dubuffet & The Asylum. In the asylum presentation works by Jean Dubuffet are reconnected with the art that originally inspired them. Dubuffet coined the phrase ART BRUT. A series of rooms in a Sanatorium in Switzerland, CIRCA 1945,  showing rooms painted by the inmates in their soft greens and pinks with windows that open on to the sunlight outside…….The painter Dubuffet was fascinated by the soft colours, harmonies and themes shown by the inmates. Dubuffet founded the Compagnie de l’Art Brut, which developed into a movement, showing initially in the basement Galerie of Rene Drouin.Works by de Kooning, Jackson Pollock, Clyfford Hill hung alongside   works by Alfonso Ossorio who embraced Art Brut. Credirs Installation designer Robin Brown. Producer Anna Pank.  With a large team of artists,set decorators and graphics artists who have assisted Helly Nahmad London another moment in artistic time with Jean Dubuffet’s vision re-imagined.

 

 

 

SALOMON LILIAN GALERIE, Amsterdam and Geneva. Specialists in old Masters presents a gem at Frieze Masters, London 2015. Roelandt Savery 1578-1639. Utrecht.Adam and Eve in Paradise. 1617.oil on panel. 33.5 x 40.5 cms. Roelant worked for 10 years at the Bohemian Court of Rudolf 11

SALOMON LILIAN GALERIE, Amsterdam and Geneva. Specialists in old Masters present a gem at Frieze Masters, London 2015. Roelandt Savery 1578-1639. Utrecht.Adam and Eve in Paradise. 1617.oil on panel. 33.5 x 40.5 cms. Roelant worked for 10 years at the Bohemian Court of Rudolf 11. Painting sold on the 1st day at Frieze Masters to a Private Collector.

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Salomon Lilian also presented this “fantasmagoric” baroque dream scene by  David Teniers The Younger.David Teniers the Younger was a Flemish artist born in Antwerp, the son of David Teniers the Elder. His son David Teniers III and his grandson David Teniers IV were also painters. Born: December 15, 1610, Antwerp, Belgium Died: April 25, 1690, Brussels, Belgium Period: Baroque. Salomon Lillian Galeries, Amsterdam & Geneva.

 

 

 

Frieze London. Pablo Bronstein. 2015 Decorative scheme for the Chatsworth Rembrandt. 2 Herald Street Gallery London . Standout concept Sold during Frieze London to a Private Collector. Visiting Frieze Masters & Frieze Turin-based super collector Patrizia Sandretto. Norwegian collectors Venke and Rolf Hoff, from KaviarFactory, also visiting. Already sold, during a vibrant art market at Frieze London, this week, a Stunning & masterful black abstract oil on canvas painting by Georg Baselitz, Viva la Piramidi, 2015. highlighted by a handsome gilded frame, & Sturtevant Warhol Licorice Marilyn 2004 , both sold by the Galerie Thaddeus Ropac. Paris & Salzburg.

Frieze London. Pablo Bronstein. 2015 Decorative scheme for the Chatsworth Rembrandt. 2 Herald Street Gallery London . Standout concept Sold during Frieze London to a Private Collector. Visiting Frieze Masters & Frieze Turin-based super collector Patrizia Sandretto. Norwegian collectors Venke and Rolf Hoff, from KaviarFactory, also visiting. Also spied were collectors Valeria Napoleone, Eskandar Maleki & Anita Zabludowicz. And Candida Gertler from the Outset Contemporary Fund.  David Kordansky Gallery Los Angeles, presents a series of Mary Weatherford colourful abstracts with neon features. We understand the whole series was sold to amongst others, the Fondation Louis Vuitton, San Francisco Modern Art Museum, & the Hammer Museum. Already sold, during a vibrant art market at Frieze London, this week, a Stunning & masterful black abstract oil on canvas painting by Georg Baselitz, Viva la Piramidi, 2015. highlighted by a handsome gilded frame, & Sturtevant Warhol Licorice Marilyn 2004 , both sold by the Galerie Thaddeus Ropac. Paris & Salzburg.

 

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Production companies: Lumière & Co in association with Rai Cinema Cast: Virna Lisi, Marisa Paredes, Francesco Scianna, Candela Pena, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Angela Finocchiaro, Jordi Molla, Lluis Homar, Neri Marcore, Toni Bertorelli, Nadeah Miranda Director: Cristina Comencini, Angela FInocchiaro Screenwriter: Giulia Calenda, Cristina Comencini Producer: Lionello Cerri Director of photography: Italo Petriccione Production designer: Paola Comencini Costume designer: Alessandro Lai Editor: Francesca Calvelli Music: Andrea Farri Casting: Laura Muccino Sales: Rai Com

BFI in association with FILMITALIA presented the London Premiere of Latin Lover at the Cine Lumiere October 10th 2015.  A full cinema  for a very sophisticated Italian comedy. Set in the heat of Puglia,  in a large Romanesque  villa,  a Family weekend  relives seduction, love, passion, jealousies &  heart ache a l’Italienne. The memories of a lover and a Father who won’t be coming back. The torment of the absence even after 10 years. With a poignant allegorical last scene set to    a  musical duet . As we remember the love. A very Italian film. Production companies: Lumière & Co in association with Rai Cinema.
Cast: Virna Lisi, Marisa Paredes, Francesco Scianna, Candela Pena, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Angela Finocchiaro, Jordi Molla, Lluis Homar, Neri Marcore, Toni Bertorelli, Nadeah Miranda
Director: Cristina Comencini, Angela FInocchiaro
Screenwriter: Giulia Calenda, Cristina Comencini
Producer: Lionello Cerri
Director of photography: Italo Petriccione
Production designer: Paola Comencini
Costume designer: Alessandro Lai
Editor: Francesca Calvelli
Music: Andrea Farri
Casting: Laura Muccino
Sales: Rai Com Iconic Italian actress Virna Lisi’s last film

 

 

 

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In a bold new collaboration with de Pury, A Visual Odyssey: Selections from LAC (Lambert Art Collection) presents more than 300 objects, spanning eight different categories, across three different centuries and with estimates that range from just £20 up to £3 million. The democratic and contemporary spirit of the Lambert Art Collection is a testament to a pioneering collecting vision of Baroness Marion Lambert and her late husband Baron Philippe Lambert. Featuring works by giants of contemporary art such as Christopher Wool, Ugo Rondinone and Mark Bradford, photography from Henri Cartier-Bresson and Erwin Blumenfeld through to Cindy Sherman and Andreas Gursky, and furniture spanning a Louis XV ebony bureau plat and cartonnier, a 1920s screen by Jean Dunand and a late 1980s desk and chairs by Donald Judd, each item testifies to the same exacting eye and flair for collecting across the ages. The auction will be presented as an ambitious exhibition conceived by acclaimed designer Jacques Grange, on view from the 3 October at Ely House in London, and via a radical new online experience which will deliver rich content, stunning photography and artist videos. The sale takes place on 14 October at Christie’s King St, London as part of the Frieze week auctions at Christie’s and will be presented on both the de Pury and Christie’s websites.

In a bold new collaboration with de Pury, A Visual Odyssey: Selections from LAC (Lambert Art Collection) presents more than 300 objects, spanning eight different categories, across three different centuries and with estimates that range from just £20 up to £3 million.
The democratic and contemporary spirit of the Lambert Art Collection is a testament to a pioneering collecting vision of Baroness Marion Lambert and her late husband Baron Philippe Lambert. Featuring works by giants of contemporary art such as Christopher Wool, Ugo Rondinone and Mark Bradford, photography from Henri Cartier-Bresson and Erwin Blumenfeld through to Cindy Sherman and Andreas Gursky, and furniture spanning a Louis XV ebony bureau plat and cartonnier, a 1920s screen by Jean Dunand and a late 1980s desk and chairs by Donald Judd, each item testifies to the same exacting eye and flair for collecting across the ages.
The auction will be presented as an ambitious exhibition conceived by acclaimed designer Jacques Grange, on view from the 3 October at Ely House in London, and via a radical new online experience which will deliver rich content, stunning photography and artist videos. The sale takes place on 14 October at Christie’s King St, London as part of the Frieze week auctions at Christie’s and will be presented on both the de Pury and Christie’s websites. Text and images courtesy Christies and  de Pury, more info on their websites. Images featured below of work by Paul Evans.   Elizabeth Garouste.  Gene Komman’s Marilyn.  Bureau Plat exquisitely worked ormulo on Ebony.  Philippe Allen.   Lari Pittman.  Garouste et Bonetti.   Fernando Leonne.

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Lapis lazuli evokes the depth of the sea and, with its precious golden veins and white nuances, a romantic summer night sky, or a blue sky crossed by cirrus clouds. It is also the colour characterizing so many images of the Virgin Mary in the Italian and European Middle Ages or Renaissance. The exhibition Lapis lazuli – Blue Magic – open until 11th October 2015 at the Silver Museum of Palazzo Pitti - is devoted to the intense and impenetrable charm of blue lapis lazuli. The idea came thanks to the extraordinary collections kept inside this Florentine museum, featuring vases and carved sculptures in lapis lazuli, with their fantastic shapes inspired by the masterpieces of the Florence Mannerism. This precious collection, started by Grand Duke Cosimo I, was enriched by his son Francesco I thanks to his passion for minerals and esoteric elements. Cosimo’s son actually introduced the first workshops of carvers working with this rare and precious blue stone in Florence. The stone was extracted from the Sar-e-Sang quarry, (on the mountains of what today is Afghanistan), the only known deposit in ancient times, also visited by Marco Polo in the 13th century and soon after associated with wealth next to gold, silver and other precious metals. That is why from 1572 on, carvers Gian Ambrogio and Gian Stefano Caroni from Milan started working inside the Grand Duke’s workshops inside the Casino di San Marco. Next to the masterpieces of the Grand Duke collections, the exhibition will feature extraordinary works coming from important museums such as the Prado Museum in Madrid, the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, the Grunes Gewolbe in Dresden and the Landesmuseum Wurttemberg in Stuttgart. The exhibition is divided into four sections: From Nature to Artifice – Commesso (Semi-Precious Stones Mosaic) and Painted Stones – The Blue Stone in the Princely Splendour – From Ultramarine to Klein’s Blue). A work by French artist Yves Klein – along with a small section devoted to twentieth-century and contemporary jewelry - will complete the exhibition. Klein devoted the majority of his artistic experimentations to absolute blue.

Lapis lazuli evokes the depth of the sea and, with its precious golden veins and white nuances, a romantic summer night sky, or a blue sky crossed by cirrus clouds. It is also the colour characterizing so many images of the Virgin Mary in the Italian and European Middle Ages or Renaissance.
The exhibition Lapis lazuli – Blue Magic – open until 11th October 2015 at the Silver Museum of Palazzo Pitti – is devoted to the intense and impenetrable charm of blue lapis lazuli. The idea came thanks to the extraordinary collections kept inside this Florentine museum, featuring vases and carved sculptures in lapis lazuli, with their fantastic shapes inspired by the masterpieces of the Florence Mannerism.
This precious collection, started by Grand Duke Cosimo I, was enriched by his son Francesco I thanks to his passion for minerals and esoteric elements. Cosimo’s son actually introduced the first workshops of carvers working with this rare and precious blue stone in Florence. The stone was extracted from the Sar-e-Sang quarry, (on the mountains of what today is Afghanistan), the only known deposit in ancient times, also visited by Marco Polo in the 13th century and soon after associated with wealth next to gold, silver and other precious metals. That is why from 1572 on, carvers Gian Ambrogio and Gian Stefano Caroni from Milan started working inside the Grand Duke’s workshops inside the Casino di San Marco. Next to the masterpieces of the Grand Duke collections, the exhibition will feature extraordinary works coming from important museums such as the Prado Museum in Madrid, the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, the Grunes Gewolbe in Dresden and the Landesmuseum Wurttemberg in Stuttgart. The exhibition is divided into four sections: From Nature to Artifice – Commesso (Semi-Precious Stones Mosaic) and Painted Stones – The Blue Stone in the Princely Splendour – From Ultramarine to Klein’s Blue). A work by French artist Yves Klein – along with a small section devoted to twentieth-century and contemporary jewelry – will complete the exhibition. Klein devoted the majority of his artistic experimentations to absolute blue.  Courtesy Palazzo Pitti,  Silver Museum,  Florence, Italy.

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Goldenhorn ridden by Frankie Dettori, winning the 2015 Qatar l'Arc de Triomphe race, at Paris Longchamp race course. Organisers France Galop. Photo courtesy with thanks Johnny Herbert PA Wire.

Goldenhorn, trained by John Gosden, ridden by Frankie Dettori, owned by Mr.Oppenheim, winning the 2015 Qatar l’Arc de Triomphe race, at Paris Longchamp race course. Organisers France Galop. Photo courtesy with thanks Julian Herbert PA Wire. Exclusive video images below.

A wintry northern Italy is the setting for an anguishing thriller featuring Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Valeria Golino, Fabrizio Bentivoglio and Fabrizio Gifune Based on Stephen Amidon’s novel set in moneyed Connecticut, Human Capital smoothly relocates to Italy’s wealthy north in an engrossing if anxiety-provoking tale about two families whose destinies are tied together by a road accident. Though director Paolo Virzi (who is also the director of the Turin Film Festival) is best known for intelligent comedies like his award-winning The First Beautiful Thing, there is very little to laugh about in this anguishing thriller set in a downward-spiraling economy. A top-flight cast gives the character-driven drama depth and conviction and the Italo-French coprod has gotten off to a strong start locally, despite its underlying  grimness. It will come out in France next month and it should be on festival radar.   RECOMMENDED Turin Film Festival: Paolo Virzi to Return as Artistic Director Rotterdam 2014: First Five Films Picked for Competition The term “human capital” is legalese that designates an accident victim’s net worth in compensation claims. Here it aptly defines the Bernaschi and Ossola families, the first elegant capitalists and the second struggling middle-classers. Dino Ossola (Fabrizio Bentivoglio, sporting a northern accent and impossibly bad hair) is an embarrassingly gauche social climber who mortgages the house to buy into the Bernaschi family hedge fund, while his wife Roberta (Valeria Golino) is pregnant with twins. Serena (Matilde Gioli), his daughter by a first marriage, attends the same swanky prep school as the Bernaschi’s lunkish son Massimiliano (Guglielmo Pinelli) and the two are dating. Dino's eyes are glued to the illusion of wealth as pure happiness.

A wintry northern Italy is the setting for a sophisticated thriller featuring Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Valeria Golino, Fabrizio Bentivoglio and Fabrizio Gifune
Based on Stephen Amidon’s novel set in moneyed Connecticut, Human Capital smoothly relocates to Italy’s wealthy north in a fascinating  tale about two families whose destinies are linked thru a road accident. Though director Paolo Virzi (who is also the director of the Turin Film Festival) is best known for intelligent comedies like his award-winning The First Beautiful Thing, there is very little to laugh about in this  thriller set in a downward spiralling economy.reminiscent of Berlusconi’s Italy  A top-class cast gives the character-driven drama depth and conviction. Photo still of Valeria Bruni Tedeschi.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 s     « The Italian Film, “Great Beauty”. Scoops Oscar Best Foreign Language…Viva La Liberta. Brilliant Italian film starring Toni Servillo & Valerio… » Italian Film Premiere.”Viva la Liberta”. Scintillating, sophisticated, witty farce of modern day Italy.Italian Director Roberto Ando, adapted from his 2012 book,”Il Trono Vuoto”. Starring Tony Servillo (star of 2014 Oscar winner “Great Beauty”) also starring Valerio Mastandrea, & Valeria Bruni Tedeschi. A modern day Political fairytale. Published March 6, 2014 Viva  “Viva La Liberta”. Scintillating Italian film, Directed by Italian Roberto Ando, adapted from his 2012 book, “Il Trono Vuoto”, “The Empty Throne”, which won the “Premio Campiello Opera Prima” prize. The book gave rise to much discussion in Italy when it was published with a famous article in Panorama, the Italian news magazine. “Viva La Liberta” was released in Italy 14th February 2014, just before the recent elections. “Viva La Liberta” had its UK Premiere last nite at the Institut Francais, Cine Lumiere,London in conjunction with Film Italia. “Viva La Liberta” stars Toni Servillo (star of 2014 Oscar winner “Great Beauty”) Valerio Mastandrea, & Valeria Bruni Tedeschi. The audience appreciated a witty & sophisticated film. A political Italian farce. A film in the best tradition of Italy’s  “Commedia dell’Arte”. A divine story of political apocalypse so hilarious & tragic, in a more profound degree. A fictionalised life of an imaginary Politician in Italy. A snapshot homage to the legendary Federico Fellini is included in the film, when Fellini voiced his feelings about Berlusconi wanting Films to be interrupted by Ads on TV. Roberto Ando mentioned that when we re look at Fellini’s work we realise that his work was profoundly Political.   Roberto Ando feels that the unconscious desire to destroy Italian film production has been thwarted, despite Cinecitta production facilities being cut back. The pure enjoyment of “Viva la Liberta” reminds us of the cult 1960 Fellini films, “La Dolce Vita” & “8.1/2.”. “Viva La Liberta”,weaves strands between invention & reality.A modern political fairytale. This profoundly Italian & elegant, extremely funny, brilliantly acted film, somehow reminds us of the pleasure in sheer artistic intensity of the 1970’s cult films Francesco Rosi’s 1972″L’Affaire Mattei” with amazing Gian Maria Volonte, & the amusing stories told by French cineaste  Claude Sautet’s 1970 films with Romy Schneider & Yves Montand. European films have so much to offer in enjoyment.   vivalaliberta2 vivalaliberta3

Image from Viva La Liberta. With Toni Servillo «   The Italian Film, “Great Beauty”. Scoops Oscar 2014  Best Foreign Language…and thereby catapults Toni Servillo to international stardom, his recent film Viva La Liberta has had so much success that we feature it again in case u missed it 1st time round.   So do catch up with Viva La Liberta. A Brilliant Italian film starring Toni Servillo & Valerio…Mastandrea & Valeria Bruni  »
 .”Viva la Liberta”. Scintillating, sophisticated, witty farce of modern day Italy.Italian Director Roberto Ando, adapted from his 2012 book,”Il Trono Vuoto”. Starring Tony Servillo (star of 2014 Oscar winner “Great Beauty”) also starring Valerio Mastandrea, & Valeria Bruni Tedeschi. A modern day Political fairytale.“Viva La Liberta”. Scintillating Italian film, Directed by Italian Roberto Ando, adapted from his 2012 book, “Il Trono Vuoto”, “The Empty Throne”, which won the “Premio Campiello Opera Prima” prize. The book gave rise to much discussion in Italy when it was published with a famous article in Panorama, the Italian news magazine. “Viva La Liberta” was released in Italy 14th February 2014, just before the recent elections. “Viva La Liberta” had its UK Premiere last nite at the Institut Francais, Cine Lumiere,London in conjunction with Film Italia. “Viva La Liberta” stars Toni Servillo (star of 2014 Oscar winner “Great Beauty”) Valerio Mastandrea, & Valeria Bruni Tedeschi. The audience appreciated a witty & sophisticated film. A political Italian farce. A film in the best tradition of Italy’s “Commedia dell’Arte”. A divine story of political apocalypse so hilarious & tragic, in a more profound degree. A fictionalised life of an imaginary Politician in Italy. A snapshot homage to the legendary Federico Fellini is included in the film, when Fellini voiced his feelings about Berlusconi wanting Films to be interrupted by Ads on TV. Roberto Ando mentioned that when we re look at Fellini’s work we realise that his work was profoundly Political. Roberto Ando feels that the unconscious desire to destroy Italian film production has been thwarted, despite Cinecitta production facilities being cut back. The pure enjoyment of “Viva la Liberta” reminds us of the cult 1960 Fellini films, “La Dolce Vita” & “8.1/2.”. “Viva La Liberta”,weaves strands between invention & reality.A modern political fairytale. This profoundly Italian & elegant, extremely funny, brilliantly acted film, somehow reminds us of the pleasure in sheer artistic intensity of the 1970’s cult films Francesco Rosi’s 1972″L’Affaire Mattei” with amazing Gian Maria Volonte, & the amusing stories told by French cineaste Claude Sautet’s 1970 films with Romy Schneider & Yves Montand. European films have so much to offer in enjoyment. 

 

 

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Holly-Anne, better known as COLLAGISM, is someone else who’s barely stood still this summer with shows and street art across New York, all hot on the heels of her collaboratrion with Shuby at Scream in July. To announce her return to London she’s just left her mark in the East End in the form of another arresting paste-up at the corner of Redchurch and Ebor Street. This one features her work, Flawless, from collections in New York, Beijing, Madrid, Athens and London. We hope this great street-paste will last the weekend but suggest you make a move now if you want to see it in the flesh. Come on London, let’s see you on scene with pictures please and give a shout to #screamforart #collagism – happy hunting!

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Holly-Anne, better known as COLLAGISM, is someone else who's barely stood still this summer with shows and street art across New York, all hot on the heels of her collaboratrion with Shuby at Scream in July.  To announce her return to London she's just left her mark in the East End in the form of another arresting paste-up at the corner of Redchurch and Ebor Street. This one features her work, Flawless, from collections in New York, Beijing, Madrid, Athens and London.  We hope this great street-paste will last the weekend but suggest you make a move now if you want to see it in the flesh. Come on London, let's see you on scene with pictures please and give a shout to #screamforart #collagism - happy hunting!

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The 'Museo degli Argenti' (The Medici Treasury) All the exhibitions 06-09-2015 | 10-11-2015 Press release Lapis Lazuli Blue Magic   Museo degli Argenti, Palazzo Pitti, Florence Museo di Storia Naturale dell'Università di Firenze, "La Specola"   9 June – 11 October 2015        The 'Treasure Rooms' in the Museo degli Argenti host a splendid collection of engraved lapis lazuli vases in an astonishing variety of shapes inspired by the artists of the Florentine Mannerist school.  This collection, the only one of its kind in the world, was begun by Cosimo I de' Medici in the mid-16th century but it owes its expansion, in particular, to Francesco I who established a workshop in the Casino di San Marco, and it was further enriched after Francesco's death by his brother, Cardinal Ferdinando de' Medici, who succeeded him on the grand ducal throne of Tuscany.

The ‘Museo degli Argenti’ (The Medici Treasury) All the exhibitions
06-09-2015 | 10-11-2015
Press release
Lapis Lazuli
Blue Magic
Museo degli Argenti, Palazzo Pitti, Florence
Museo di Storia Naturale dell’Università di Firenze, “La Specola”
9 June – 11 October 2015
The ‘Treasure Rooms’ in the Museo degli Argenti host a splendid collection of engraved lapis lazuli vases in an astonishing variety of shapes inspired by the artists of the Florentine Mannerist school. This collection, the only one of its kind in the world, was begun by Cosimo I de’ Medici in the mid-16th century but it owes its expansion, in particular, to Francesco I who established a workshop in the Casino di San Marco, and it was further enriched after Francesco’s death by his brother, Cardinal Ferdinando de’ Medici, who succeeded him on the grand ducal throne of Tuscany.

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he most important single animal sculpture of the 19th Century, the Cheval Turc represents Barye's work at its very finest. Influenced by the power and romance of the paintings of Gericault and Delacroix, this superb bronze study has an exquisite deep autumnal patination - green, black, brown and orange - and wonderful hand chased surface detail representing the work achieved in Barye's own atelier (workshop). Signed on naturalistic oval base   The Origin of the modern Thoroughbred ~ all Thoroughbreds are descended from three Arabian horses imported into England in the 17th century. They were the Godolphin Barb, the Brierley Turk and the Darley Arabian. Barye’s study of the Brierly Turc, entitled ‘Cheval Turc’ has become synonymous with the very best of 19th Century sculpture capturing the power, grace and breeding of this magnificent animal View Artist Details

Cheval Turc. ANTOINE LOUIS BARYE 1796 – 1875 Born in Paris, Barye began his career as a goldsmith, like many sculptors of the Romantic Period. In 1818 he was admitted to the École des Beaux Arts. But it was not until 1823, while working for Fauconnier, the goldsmith, that he discovered his true predilection from watching the animals in the Jardin des Plantes (the Paris Zoo).  He was made Professor of Drawings at the Museum of Natural History in 1854, and was elected to the Académie des Beaux-Arts in 1868. The most important single animal sculpture of the 19th Century, the Cheval Turc represents Barye’s work at its very finest. Influenced by the power and romance of the paintings of Gericault and Delacroix, this superb bronze study has an exquisite deep autumnal patination – green, black, brown and orange – and wonderful hand chased surface detail representing the work achieved in Barye’s own atelier (workshop). Signed on naturalistic oval base
The Origin of the modern Thoroughbred ~ all Thoroughbreds are descended from three Arabian horses imported into England in the 17th century. They were the Godolphin Barb, the Brierley Turk and the Darley Arabian. Barye’s study of the Brierly Turc, entitled ‘Cheval Turc’ has become synonymous with the very best of 19th Century sculpture capturing the power, grace and breeding of this magnificent animal. Background resume & photo courtesy david@hickmet.co.uk 

 

 

 

 

 

Deauville - 16/08/2015 - Arqana  Vente de Yearlings d'Ao˚t - Lot 310  - N(NUIT POLAIRE 2014) F. 25/03/2014. PrÈsentÈ par Monceaux - Acheteur : BERTRAND LE METAYER BLOODSTOCK EnchËres : 450 000 euros -

Deauville – 16/08/2015 – Arqana Vente de Yearlings d’Ao˚t – Lot 310 – N (NUIT POLAIRE 2014)
F. 25/03/2014. Presente par Monceaux – Acheteur : BERTRAND LE METAYER BLOODSTOCK photo copyright APRH
Encheres : 450 000 euros – Arqana’s August Yearling sales turnover increased to euro 42.893.000 for 2015, compared to euro 39.417.500. 333 horses presented for 2015 compared to 324 in 2014. Resulting in an average for the 3rd day’s sales + 5.5% increase to euro 95.000 compared to euro 90.000 in 2014. Over the 3 days the average price per yearling euro 163.062  as opposed to euro 147.864 in 2014. Top Buyer for 3rd day 2015 Arqana Yearlings, AL SHAQAB RACING 4 LOTS FOR EURO 840.00. J-C.Rouget 9 lots for euro 705.000. Bertrand Le Metayer Bloodstock. 3rd  highest buyer for 3 night of yearlings sales. for euro 654.000. Over the 3 days of the Arqana Yearling sales Arqana announced top buyers John Ferguson 11 LOTS for euro 6.910.000. 2nd Bertrand Le Metayer Bloodstock 5 LOTS for euro 2.325.00. 3rd in the list of top buyers confirmed by Arqana, Mayfair Speculators/ P.Doyle for euro 1.900.000. 4the in the list for 8 LOTS AL SHAQAB RACING FOR 1.900.000. & 5TH SHADWELL FRANCE SNC 3  LOTS for euro 1.480.000.  Photo with thanks courtesy ARQANA. Copyright ARQANA. copyright APRH

 

 

 

 

Deauville - 16/08/2015 - Arqana  Vente de Yearlings d'Ao˚t - Lot 119  - N(PACIFIQUE 2014) M. 04/03/2014. PrÈsentÈ par Monceaux - Acheteur : FERGUSON John - EnchËres : 2 600 000 Euros -

Deauville – 16/08/2015 – Arqana Vente de Yearlings d’Ao˚t – Lot 119 – N(PACIFIQUE 2014) M. 04/03/2014. Presente par Monceaux – Acheteur : FERGUSON John – Encheres : 2 600 000 Euros – Exciting records for the 2nd day of the ARQANA YEARLING AUCTIONS. EURO 20.515.000 for 85 horses.   Sheikh Mohammed Al Maktoum is the top buyer, through his Agent John Ferguson, having acquired 8 horses on the sunday night for euro 5.590.000.& is the night’s leading investor ahead of of Bertrand Le Metayer.Bloodstock, who has signed 2 Buying orders for euro 1.680.000. Le Haras des Monceaux with 10 lots sold is top of the selling board for a turnover of a whopping euro 8.310.000.The sister of the Arc de Triomphe champion, TREVE, was unsold at euro 1.200.000. as the Reserve was not met. The owner Madame Christiane Head-Maarek said she was disappointed that the horse had not sold, she may train the horse for racing, or sell the horse privately. Yearlings issue of the Australian champion Redoutes Choice  was probably a factor for a large number of buyers this year from Australia, Hong Kong & China. The  Prince Aga Khan  had a special arrangement whereby the Australian stallion came over to stand for 2 seasons  at the Aga Khan’s studs, which it was estimated would bring new blood lines to the European race horses.

 

 

 

 

Lady Angela

Italian breeder & trainer, Nicola Galli was in Deauville for the races and the Arqana Yearling sales. Angel Royal out of  Lady Angela was running in a race  at Deauville La Touques, for 3 year olds, Prix de Bayeux. Signor Galli is setting up an office in Normandy to manage his horse breeding objectives in France, where he has several horses in training, with amongst others, the talented young French trainer, Christophe Ferland. Photo Lady Angela & Angel Royal,Italian  breeder trainer Nicola Galli.

 

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Nicola Galli the Italian trainer plans to set up an office in Normandy for his horse breeding operations.

 

 

 

Sunday

Sunday August 16th 2015, the horses walking out before the day’s big race, Prix du Haras Fresnay-le-Buffard- Jacques le Marois. The Niarchos family is very involved with this prestigious stud and fund the important euro 700.000 race prize money.. Jour du Galop JDG, & Racing Posts’s Scott Burton were unanimous in their prognostics for Esoterique & Territories, 1st & 2nd.Both trained by Andre Fabre. Deauville La Touques race course. Esoterique by all accounts a very impressive horse. Racing organised by France Galop.

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Esoterique. Photo courtesy France Galop.tumblr

Photo Esoterique Courtesy The Guardian Sport.com

Esoterique Photo  Courtesy The Guardian Sport.com

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Deauville - 15/08/2015 - Arqana  Vente de Yearlings d'Ao˚t - Lot 89  - N(LAVANDE VIOLET 2014) M. 12/02/2014. PrÈsentÈ par Ballylinch Stud - Acheteur : FERGUSON John EnchËres : 720 000 euros -

Deauville – 15/08/2015 – Arqana Vente de Yearlings d’Aout – Lot 89 – N(LAVANDE VIOLET 2014) M. 12/02/2014. Presente par Ballylinch Stud – Acheteur : FERGUSON John
Encheres : 720 000 euros – After a battle between the China Horse Club, John Ferguson finally placed the highest bid , Euro 720.000 for LOT 89.  A son of SHAMARDAL.a 3/4 brother to the Classic winner LOPE DE VEGA. The Yearling was sold by the Irish Ballylinch Stud, run by John O’Connor. Hubie d Burgh bought Ecurie de Monceaux’s Lot 44 ffor Euro 610.000,the Courtier  bought under the name James Harron/ de Burgh Equine. Ecurie des Monceaux Lot 50 a daughter of Invincible Spirit & Dubai Rose, winner of a Listed race, sold for Euro 550.000. Mayfair Speculators Markus Jooste , in association with Coolmore were the lucky buyers.  The Irish team Coolmore were very present during the evening, acquiring  Lot 7, presented by Haras des Capucines.. The half sister to ZAGORA Double Champion of Group 1 races in USA, by Galileo, a promising pedigree. M.V Magnier said the Yearling was marvellous,  moved very well &  would be going to Ireland.  PHOTO COURTESY & COPYRIGHT APRH ARQANA WITH THANKS.

 

 

 

World class

World class racing organised by France Galop at Deauville La Touques as the summer season continues. Lots of chat as the horses line up for the Prix Guillaume d’Ornano. K.Abdulla’s New Bay ridden by Cheminaud, trainer Andre Fabre, beats the Prince Aga Khan’s Dariyan into 2nd place,ridden by champion jockey Soumillon, & trained by Alain de Royer Dupre. Ampere,trained by Andre Fabre came 3rd.

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New Bay winning at Deauville  in the Guillaume d’Ornano Haras du Logis. .Owner Khalid Abdullah.  15th August 2015.  ridden by Vincent Cheminaud. Trained by Andre Fabre. Deauville La Touques racing organised by France Galop. Photo with thanks courtesy Racing Post. www.eurosports.com

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Clairefontaine Thursday 13th August 2015.

Clairefontaine Thursday 13th August 2015. After a stormy,rainy night racing as usual at Deauville Clairefontaine race course. The talk was of how would Galileo’s progeny The Mystic run in the 1st race Prix Highest Honor. & the Wertheimers’ horse Royal Mania’s chances in the Prix Luth Enchantee. Large fields on the race cards made for exciting racing. The views from the comfortable stands are excellent, & the upstairs Panoramique restaurant served fresh salmon salad.

 

 

 

 

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1962 Ferrari 250 SWB Berlinetta Speciale by Bertone Presale estimate: $14,000,000 – $16,000,000 Hagerty Price Guide: N/A The styling is a bit “love it or hate it,” but as a 250 GT SWB with a one-off body designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro at Bertone, and as a car that was the brainchild of Nuccio Bertone himself, the value and history are certainly there. The nose of the Bertone SWB was given the “sharknose” treatment reminiscent of the Ferrari Formula One cars that had just won the world championship, and the interior was more luxuriously appointed than the standard car. It has been in a private collection for the last 35 years, so this is a singular opportunity for a collector to acquire one of the most distinctive coach built Ferraris of them all. Coach builders Bertone & Pinin farina were great competitors of the post war era. Pinin Farina deigned many Ferraris for Marinello, but this 250 SWB was initially commissioned  by Bertone for himself, choosing the young designer Giorgeto Giugiaro. Bertone became famous with the cars he designed for Fiat. Bertone also was a competitor in the famous races of the period such as the legendary Mille Miglia.  Photo Brian Henniker.  Info With thanks courtesy Gooding & Company’s 2015 Pebble Beach Auction. . Estimates Hagerty.  Monterey Auctions AUGUST 15th / 16th 2015.

sold for €16,300,000 Certainly the most beautiful cabriolet of the second half of the 20th century. One of 37 California Spider SWBs with covered headlights. Completely original, never restored. Unique, fabulous history. Belonged to one of the most famous film stars, Alain Delon. Matching numbers. The 1961 Paris Motor Show California. Same owner since 1971. Auction Source: The Baillon Collection at Rétromobile Read more at http://www.supercars.net/cars/5373.html#fvtsOCLhwtHMO4bP.99

ALAIN DELON’s FERRARI sold for €16,300,000 Certainly the most beautiful cabriolet of the second half of the 20th century. One of 37 California Spider SWBs with covered headlights. Completely original, never restored. Unique, fabulous history. Belonged to one of the most famous film stars, Alain Delon. Matching numbers. The 1961 Paris Motor Show California. Same owner since 1971.
Auction Source: The Baillon Collection at Rétromobile
Info & photo Courtesy with thanks www.supercars.net

 

 

 

 

 

Frankel

Legendary race horse Frankel for ever linked to the late Sir Henry Cecil , owned by Khalid Abdullah. An estimated £3.000.000 in earnings. Bred at Juddmonte Farms. Descended from the impressive Galileo, DamKind & Danehill.  Great excitement as the international horse racing fraternity descend on Deauville for the ARQANA Yearling sales where 6 of Frankel’s foals come up for auction this weekend. 15th August 2015.

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Her Majesty the Queen unveils bronze statue of Frankel at Royal Ascot 2015. Images courtesy Royal Ascot.

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The late Sir Henry Cecil with Frankel who he trained so successfully.

 

 

 

 

The Aga Khan Studs in France now cover over 1330 acres of finest Normandy pasture, 265 of which belong to the Haras de Bonneval, where the stallion station is located and visiting mares are boarded. Bonneval is modern in design, having been purposely-built in the 1970s. The unusual semi-circular shape of the main yard was chosen as an architectural design to ensure that every box for mares and foals would receive the maximum sun exposure. Bonneval lay dormant in the 1990’s before being re-opened by the Aga Khan under the management of Georges Rimaud, when the new administration offices for the Aga Khan’s French bloodstock activity were built on top of a hill overlooking the stud. The fully equipped stallion unit currently houses Sinndar, Siyouni and Makfi and was re-furbished when Bonneval re-opened in 2000, in order to accommodate high class stallions and welcome visiting mares in the best possible conditions.

The Aga Khan Studs in France now cover over 1330 acres of finest Normandy pasture, 265 of which belong to the Haras de Bonneval, where the stallion station is located and visiting mares are boarded.
Bonneval is modern in design, having been purposely-built in the 1970s. The unusual semi-circular shape of the main yard was chosen as an architectural design to ensure that every box for mares and foals would receive the maximum sun exposure. Bonneval lay dormant in the 1990’s before being re-opened by the Aga Khan under the management of Georges Rimaud, when the new administration offices for the Aga Khan’s French bloodstock activity were built on top of a hill overlooking the stud.
The fully equipped stallion unit currently houses Sinndar, Siyouni and Makfi and was re-furbished when Bonneval re-opened in 2000, in order to accommodate high class stallions and welcome visiting mares in the best possible conditions.Info & photo courtesy of the Aga Khan Studs. With thanks.

 

 

 

Breeders' Cup hero Karakontie is set to make his belated return to action in the Prix Jacques le Marois at Deauville on August 16. The Jonathan Pease-trained colt has not been seen in competitive action since landing the Breeders' Cup Mile at Santa Anita last November, but is closing in on a comeback, with connections keen to head back to America later in the year. Alan Cooper, racing manager for his owners, the Niarchos family, said: "Karakontie did a nice piece of work on the racecourse at Chantilly on Monday. NEWCASTLE - Today 2.00 Newcastle DivasesqueSP Black Diamond GirlSP Selina Kyle4/1 4.40 Newcastle King Crimson6/4 Bet nowBet £5 get £20 free "Jonathan was delighted with him, as was Stephane Pasquier. "As long as we have a trouble-free run between now and August 16, the plan is for him to make his reappearance in the Jacques le Marois. "It will be exciting to see him back on the racecourse. Having not been seen since November, I'm sure there will be some rustiness there, but we will see. "The main aim is to go back for the Breeders' Cup Mile. The ideal scenario would be to run in the Marois, the Prix du Moulin and then go to the Breeders' Cup, but as always we take it race by race."

Breeders’ Cup champion  Karakontie is due to make his belated return to action in the Prix Jacques le Marois at Deauville on August 16. However, the  heavy rain in Normandy this week may incur revised decisions for the runners this week end at Deauville.
The Jonathan Pease-trained colt has not been seen in competitive action since landing the Breeders’ Cup Mile at Santa Anita last November, & should return   to America later in the year.
End July Alan Cooper, racing manager for his owners, the Niarchos family, said: “Karakontie worked out well  on the racecourse at Chantilly recently.
“Jonathan was delighted with him, as was Stephane Pasquier.
“As long as we have a trouble-free run between now and August 16, the plan is for him to make his reappearance in the Jacques le Marois.”The main aim is to return to the USA for the Breeders’ Cup Mile. The ideal scenario would be to run in the Marois, the Prix du Moulin and then go to the Breeders’ Cup.Deauville La Touques racing organised by France Galop.  top Photo Wendy Wooley with thanks & courtesy Equisportphotos. Below Karakontie ridden by Stephane Pasquier. With thanks and courtesy SKYSPORTS.

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Linamix est un cheval de course pur-sang anglais né en France en 1987 de l'union de Mendez et Lunadix, par Breton. Élevé par Jean-Luc Lagardère, il fut l'un des meilleurs compétiteurs de sa génération. À deux ans, il s'adjuge la seconde place du Grand Critérium. L'année suivante, il remporte la plus belle victoire de sa carrière dans la Poule d'Essai des Poulains. Aisément reconnaissable dans le peloton avec sa robe gris clair, Linamix s'octroie une belle collection de premiers accessits dans le Prix Jacques Le Marois, le Prix du Moulin de Longchamp et les Champion Stakes. C'est surtout au haras que Linamix va asseoir sa notoriété. Malgré ses origines complètement atypiques, à contre-courant de toutes les modes et totalement dépourvues des courants de sang dominants, il est devenu le meilleur étalon de France. Soutenu au début par la jumenterie de son propriétaire, il a peu à peu gagné la confiance des éleveurs français et étrangers. Retiré de la monte en 2008 en raison de problèmes de fertilité, il vit, au meilleur de sa forme, ses services facturés à 50 000 €. Tête de liste des étalons en France en 1998 et 2004, il a donné 13 lauréats de groupe 1, parmi lesquels : Sagamix : Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe Cherry Mix : Gran Premio del Jockey-Club, Premio Roma, 2e Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe Amilynx : Prix Royal-Oak, (deux fois) Slickly : Grand Prix de Paris, Prix du Moulin de Longchamp, Premio Vittorio di Capua (deux fois) Miss Satamixa : Prix Jacques Le Marois Reefscape : Prix du Cadran, 2e Ascot Gold Cup Vahorimix : Poule d'Essai des Poulains, Prix Jacques Le Marois

Muhaarar ‘s win in Deauville last week end in the LARC Prix Maurice  de Gheest led to an encounter with Roland de Longevialle. A series of reminiscences led us to discuss that in the Breeding family of MUHAARAR  were horses bred by JEAN LUC LAGARDERE, for whom Roland  de LONGEVIALLE was the racing manager for 20 years. LINAMIX – LUNADIX originated in the Lagardere Haras. .LINAMIX. out of MENDEZ & LUNADIX, thru BRETON., LINAMIX winner of  the GRAND CRITERIUM .The Poule d’Essai des Poulains. Continues great victories, however, it is at the Jean Luc LAGARDERE Stud Farm that LINAMIX passes on the great talents., heading the Stallion stakes in 1998 & 2004. . His issue become winners of the  great Group 1 races, winning 13 Prizes.. Including the mythic  Prix de L’Arc de Tiomphe. won by SAGAMIX.  Gran Premio deal Jockey-Club, Premio Roma & 2nd Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe with Cherry Mix.        Prix Royal Oak was won twice by by AMILYNX. Grand Prix de Paris was won by Slickly, who also won Prix du Moulin de Longchamp.  The Premio Vittorio di Capa also twice Prix Jacques Le Marois was won  by Miss Satamixa . .2nd in the Ascot Gold Cup was Reefscape who also won the Prix du Cadran…Winner of the Poule d’Essai & Prix Jacques Marois was Vahorimix. Lagardere’s choice of trainers were the young Andre Fabre & JC.Rouget after Francois Boutin.  Roland de Longevialle ran the stud farms of Jean Luc Lagardere, le Haras du Val Henry, and later on,  the Haras d’Ouilly, that had at one time belonged to the famous Dupre family of  Breeders. Jean Luc Lagaredere was one of France’s most dynamic & well known business personalities with interests in France’s important Defence industry, including Matra. 2 years after his untimely death,in 2003, Jean Luc Lagardere’s important Stud farm was sold to the Aga Khan. Roland de Longevialle signing the transfer in 2005  with Georges Rimaud the racing manager for the Aga Khan. Monsieur de Longeviale feels that LAGADERE’s passion & legacy continues  through the strong investment by the Prince Aga Khan in the French horse breeding and racing industry Deauville La Touques race course .Racing organised by FRANCE GALOP. Photo MUHARAAR owned by H.AL MAKTOUM.  at ROYAL ASCOT 2015..  WITH THANKS.  COURTESY GETTY IMAGES. 

 

 

 

 

SAISON 2015   Les meilleurs joueurs du monde s'affronteront sur les terrains de Deauville du 12 au 30 août.   Plus que jamais, le polo est à l’honneur cet été à Deauville. La saison sera à nouveau riche en événements avec la 65e Coupe d’Or et la Coupe de Bronze. Match sur la plage de Deauville: 13, 17, 26 aôut 2015 Coupe d'Or: 12 - 30 août 2015 Coupe de Bronze: 14 - 28 août 2015 Ladies Charriol Polo Cup: 22 - 23  août 2015

FOR 2015 THE WORLD BEST POLO TEAMS WILL BE MEETING UP AT DEAUVILLE. WITH MATCHES ON THE BEACH  13/17/26  AUGUST.  THE 65 COUPE D’OR WILL BE THE FOCUS OF THESE EXCITING MATCHES. IN DEAUVILLE ON SEA SAISON 2015
Les meilleurs joueurs du monde s’affronteront sur les terrains de Deauville du 12 au 30 août.
Plus que jamais, le polo est à l’honneur cet été à Deauville. La saison sera à nouveau riche en événements avec la 65e Coupe d’Or et la Coupe de Bronze.
Match sur la plage de Deauville: 13, 17, 26 aôut 2015
Coupe d’Or: 12 – 30 août 2015
Coupe de Bronze: 14 – 28 août 2015
Ladies Charriol Polo Cup: 22 – 23 août 2015 ALL IMAGES WITH THANKS TO THE LUCIEN BARRIERE POLO CLUB  AND COURTESY  R&B PRESSE. PASCAL RENAULDON.

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Day for the betting public

Deauville La Touques races Tuesday 11th August Mega win day for the lucky punters on the PMU as long odds raced in ..After a heavy downfall of rain all night, cooling the air.  Smaller crowd after Sunday’s 10.000+ visitors during the LARC Latin American sponsored races & Tango dancers  . Prix de la Falaise paid out euro 189 on a 1euro PMU forecast 3-8. No.3    PLEASEMETOO RIDDEN by jockey G.Benoist,trained by D.Smaga. No.8 DOUBLEDREAM, ridden by C.Demuro.  In the later Prix L’Ane a Theme the PMU paid out euro 137.40 on a 1 euro PMU Forecast. No.7 Machica ridden by jockey, J.Plateaux, & trained by Detcher,Sanchez. No.9 Filly Green. ridden by A.Badel. & trained by F.Chappel.                                                                                                                          In    the PRIX D’EQUEMAUVILLE  the savvy forecasters won big time. 1 euro PMU BET FORECAST “COUPLE ORDRE” WON EURO 613.60. & THE “TRIO” FORECAST PMU 1EURO WON Euro 1962.80. Horses now. 18-14-8. DESTINY HIGHWAY RIDDEN BY JOCKEY A.MOREAU.  STAR D’AUTHIE RIDDEN BY ITALIAN CRACK JOCKEY U.RUSPOLI. & FINALLY No.8 RIDDEN BY FRENCH CHAMPION JOCKEY C.SOUMILLON. Famous French trainer Andre Fabre trained the winning Favourite LORD OF THE LAND,  owned by the German Gestut Ammerland, .  in the PRIX COLOMBELLES, ridden by jockey PC Boudot.Deauville La Touques racing organised by France Galop.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lord Vestey was at the races to see his horse COULSTY run, trained by Richard Hannon, but this year his horse did not win, although Deauville has been  a lucky place in the past for Lord Vestey .

LATIN AMERICAN RACING CHANNEL SPONSORED  THIS SUNDAY’S RACING IN DEAUVILLE LA TOUQUES, invited by FRANCE-GALOP.   Lord Vestey,whose fortune derives from investments in Latin America, notably the Fray Bentos plant in Uruguay,   was at the  Deauville La Touques races on Sunday 9th August 2015, to see his horse COULSTY run, in the LARC Prix de Gheest, trained by Richard Hannon; but this year his horse, Coulsty, did not win, although, Deauville has been a lucky place in the past for Lord Vestey.  Lord Vestey’s most well known race horses are Coulsty, Spirit Trainer & Aragosta. However, racing enthusiasts may associate Lord Vestey.s with Cheltenham racecourse, & the Gold Cup championships, where he was the Chairman for over 20 years until 2011. One of Lord Vestey’s homes, 6000 acre Stowell Park Estate, is a 20 minute drive from Cheltenham race course . Lord Vestey’s fortune derives from the significant cattle ranching & sugar cane interests in  Brazil & Venezuela. The Vesteys exported Fray Bentos to Europe which  was a staple food during the war. In July 2015 it was announced that the Fray Bentos meat packing plant in Uruguay has been named a “UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE”. The site, Frigorifico Anglo del Uruguay stands all alone on the east bank of the River Uruguay. Opened in 1859 by the Germans, Liebig Extract of Meat co.(who invented the OXO cube)  & passed into British hands in 1924.& started to export frozen beef.  The Vesteys endowed the Vestey Professorship of Food Safety & Veterinary Public Health at the Royal Veterinary College, University of London.

fray bentos site Municipality of Rio Negro. Author Hector Gomez. Document COURTESY UNESCO WITH THANKS

Fray Bentos site.  Municipality of Rio Negro. Author Hector Gomez. Document COURTESY UNESCO WITH THANKS

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The Fray Bentos meatpacking plant in Uruguay, “Frigorifico Anglo del Uruguay”

has been named a Unesco World Heritage site July 2015.

 

 

 

 

 

LARC

LARC, the Latin American Racing Channel retransmits horse racing directly from Latin America to North America, Europe, Turkey and Australia.Viewers around the World are able to bet directly through LARC on their retransmitted races.This very exciting venture should enable the horse breeding industry and horse racing world to harmonise their organisations. The race horse industry generates increased  revenues and jobs every year. Bertrand Belinguier President of France Galop and Pablo Kavulakian Director of LARC, the Latin American Racing Channel have reinforced their partnership. Within the framework of the Partnership the prize money of the prestigious Group 1 LARC Prix Maurice de Gheest has been increased by euro 50.000 bringing the total for 2016 to euro 400.000 in 2016. The Latin American atmosphere was shared race goers with an exhibition of the TANGO. This years LARC PRIX MAURICE DE GHEEST was won by MUHAARAR, owned by H.Al Maktoum,trained by C.Hills.  Lord Vestey was at the races to see his horse COULSTY run, trained by Richard Hannon, but this year his horse did not win, although Deauville has been  a lucky place in the past for Lord Vestey . All photos du tango remerciements a VINCENT RACKELBOOM.

Lord Vestey to see his horse Coulsty run again at Deauville Le Touques race course Sunday 9th August 2015. Prix LARC MAURICE de GHEEST.

Lord Vestey, at Deauville la Touques race course, Sunday 9th August 2015. Lord Vestey present  to see his horse Coulsty run again at Deauville Le Touques race course.  Prix LARC MAURICE de GHEEST.

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Aga

Deauville la Touques  race course winners of Sunday’s 9th August 2015, the OSAF Prix de REUX race being led in . The Prince Aga Khan’s horse LORESHO, trained by JC.Rouget, beat K.Abdullah’s SEAPORT, trained by Andre Fabre, into second place. Billabong, trained by P.Bary, came 3rd with Vengeur Masque & Red Galileo coming 4th & 6th respectively.The Prince Aga Khan’s horse VEDEVANI  won friday’s 7th August 2015 race PRIX de CREVECOEUR, at Deauville  la Touques race course. K.Abdullah’s ANTONOE  won impressively in the PRIX DE MARETTES, trained by P.Bary.. With MIDWEEK coming 4th, trained by Christiane Head-Maarek. VEDEVANI’s half brother, by Redoute’s Choice, the horse that joined the Aga Khan’s Hara from Arrowfiel Stud in Australia,  is due to be sold, by the Haras d’Etreham, at the Deauville Arqana sales next week.

From the Prix de Diane Longines 2013, where I smashed the record time by 2 seconds, to the Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe in October of the same year, I remained unbeaten! I have outrun the very best fillies of my generation in the Prix de Diane Longines, my elders in the Prix Vermeille, and the world’s greatest thoroughbreds in the Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe. In 2014, I had a few health problems: a bad back which took a while to cure. I lost my unbeaten status in three races: the Prix Ganay, against the century’s greatest gelding Cirrus des Aigles, the Prince of Wales's Stakes, in which I set a new record time despite finishing third, and the Prix Vermeille, which was the first race I ran after recovering from my bad back. On the first Sunday in October, I pulverised the top-quality opposition in the Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, achieving a double victory in the race, something which had not been done since 1978! In 2015, I am attempting an historic feat: to win three consecutive Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe titles, and thus be crowned the best thoroughbred of all time! Support me in my challenge, and together we can make history! 
 Share my exploit with as many people as you can, Like and Tweet as much as possible! Make my dream a reality and we can create the largest community of supporters ever to come together for such a challenge! Next target: At 40,000 Likes, i open my fan club !

Christiane  Head -Maarek arrives smiling & welcoming in Deauville’s opal dawn , kindly she has invited me to join her for one of her 6.00.am morning gallops for the race horses she trains .We chat about her Family history, generations of Race Horse breeders, trainers, & jockeys.Madame Head trains in Chantilly along the road from her brother Freddy Head, but in the summer Deauville races beckon. The  Head Family’s World renowned stud farm Le Quesnay is just a few kms away. Surrounded by the fluid,rippling dark shapes moving at seemingly electric speed in the golden early morning,  the image is surreal,  as strings of the race horses work out,  the hooves quietly pound in unison & flow past us as we chat.                                                                                                              Christiane  Head-Maarek, is one of France’s most successful race horse trainers, & she speaks to me of a phenomenon, that has recently taken her by surprise. Her star race horse, TREVE, has become a Social Media Star with a dedicated following who also attend the races for the sheer pleasure of seeing their champion  TREVE compete, bringing new race goers to the Sport.  TREVE’s new website hashtag www. FOLLOW TREVE pulls in  more followers & Mme Head attains Popular Sports Icon status.  The Head Family’s stud farm,in Normandy, Le Quesnay bred TREVE.  TREVE was the Winner of the famous Prix de Diane Longines 2013, where TREVE smashed the record time by 2 seconds.  Winner of the mythic Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe in October 2013.  TREVE has also won the prestigious French race , Prix Vermeille, 
TREVE, Winner again of the 2014 Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, achieving a double victory in the race, something which had not been done since 1978!    The Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe is a heroic race to win, up against the World’s best race horses  & jockeys.                                                                                In 2015,  Treve is attempting an historic feat: to win three consecutive Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe titles, and thus be crowned the best thoroughbred of all time !
Christiane Head-Maarek reflects on her future plans. Coming up immediately is the auction of her star Yearling a full sister of TREVE, out of TREVISE and MOTIVATOR, the brilliant race horse well known to racegoers in England.  The Yearling, LOT 176, will be auctioned during the Deauville Arqana Yearling sales in August 2015. And also in the balance,Christiane Head-Maarek is pondering as to whether TROPHEE, half sister to TREVE returns from the USA to race in Europe ?

Next target: At 40,000 Likes, Treve’s fan club opens. google  hashtag www. Follow Treve.

Photos courtesy  hashtag. www. Follow Treve  website. With Thanks.

– APRH
– SCOOPDYGA
– FRANCE GALOP
– ANNE-ARMELLE LANGLOIS

With thanks also to Madame Christiane Head-Maarek.

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Italy

Scuderia Micolo SnC has successfully won several top class horse races in Italy and France, its Figure head and driving force, Nicola Galli is  a well known personality in Italian horse racing circles.  Recently, Nicola Galli  expanded into France where he now has many horses in training, with respected French trainers. Signor Galli’s desire is to develop his  breeding lines in France with stallions he plans to invest in.  Signor Galli will be selling through Arqana, in their Deauville Yearling V2 horse sales, a couple of young,chestnut horses, with strong blood lines – issue of winning race horses. No.414. N (DIVA CATTIVA)  SIRE CHOISIR & DAM DIVA CATTIVA  vendor Grand Lys. & No.413 CANCILLA. SIRE WOOTTON BASSET DAM DIVA AGGRESSIVA vendor Grand Lys.

the first one is the cesnut cola by diva cattiva and the second one is bay filly by diva aggressiva.

In the photo above, on the left, is the chestnut, Arqana V2 Auction Lot No 414,. by Diva Cattiva in the photo below is Arqana V2 Auction  Lot No. 413  the bay filly by Diva Agressiva. Arqana V2 Sales 18th August 2015 Deauville.

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Deauville La Touques race course, winners enclosure, August 2015

 

 

 

 

A Goldsmith in his Shop Petrus Christus (Netherlandish, Baarle-Hertog (Baerle-Duc), active by 1444–died 1475/76 Bruges) Date: 1449.  Photo: courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. A new exhibition at the Cloisters in Manhattan, "Treasures and Talismans: Rings From the Griffin Collection," put together by C. Griffith Mann, curator of the Department of Medieval Art and the Cloisters, explores the subtle meanings behind beloved pieces of jewelry. A number of ancient and medieval rings, on long-term loan to the museum, are shown in a wider historical and cultural context in the exhibition. Displayed alongside the jewels is a curated selection of paintings and sculptures borrowed from the museum's Greek and Roman Art, European Paintings, and Robert Lehman Collection.

A Goldsmith in his Shop
Petrus Christus
(Netherlandish, Baarle-Hertog (Baerle-Duc), active by 1444–died 1475/76 Bruges)
Date: 1449.
Photo: courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
A new exhibition at the Cloisters in Manhattan, “Treasures and Talismans: Rings From the Griffin Collection,” put together by C. Griffith Mann, curator of the Department of Medieval Art and the Cloisters, explores the subtle meanings behind beloved pieces of jewelry.
A number of ancient and medieval rings, on long-term loan to the museum, are shown in a wider historical and cultural context in the exhibition. Displayed alongside the jewels is a curated selection of paintings and sculptures borrowed from the museum’s Greek and Roman Art, European Paintings, and Robert Lehman Collection.

 

 

 

Mazameer (no. 2), ridden by Thierry Jarnet and trained by Freddy Head, wins the group 3 Prix de Cabourg-Jockey Club de Turquie Stakes for two year olds on July 29, 2012 at Deauville-La Touques Racecourse in Deauville, Basse-Normandie, France.  (Bob Mayberger/Eclipse Sportswire)

Mazameer (no. 2), ridden by Thierry Jarnet and trained by Freddy Head, wins the group 3 Prix de Cabourg-Jockey Club de Turquie Stakes for two year olds on July 29, 2012 at Deauville-La Touques Racecourse in Deauville, Basse-Normandie, France. (Bob Mayberger/Eclipse Sportswire)Members of the Turkish Jocket Club were at Deauville race course today as guests of France Galop. Since 1990 the Jockey Club of Turkey has been organising international horse races in Turkey. Since 2013 the intl Istanbul Trophy is  promoted to part 1 of the intl cataloguing standards book. & the Intl France Galop FRBC AnatoliaTrophy has earnt black type status.France Galop supports the International Racing Festival 5/6 September 2015 that the Turkish Jockey Club is organising at the modern Veliefendi race course, Istanbul, Turkey. With impressive prize money.Turkish horse racing is very popular and ranks 3/4th in the European Horse racing industry statistics. Images with thanks courtesy Eclipse Sportswire.Photo Bob Mayberger.

 

 

 

Deauville

Deauville has 2 famous race courses. Beautifully laid out. Clairefontaine with its gardens is a floral treat. At the Terrace restaurant you can lunch in company with Trainers and owners. Throughout august there are race days several days a week with top class trainers,owners & horses coming to race from all over Europe. Deauville’s 2 race courses are both situated in Deauville itself within easy reach . The racing at Clairefontaine & La Touques race courses promises to be very exciting again this year, a fun day out for the all  Family. image courtesy France-galop

Deauville Clairefontaine Course plat . Photo courtes Ouest France

Deauville Clairefontaine Course plat . Photo with thanks courtesy “Le Pays d’Auge”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adele Bloch Bauer, by Gustac Klimt Contact the Filmmakers on IMDbPro » Top 500 Woman in Gold (2015) PG-13  |  109 min  |  Drama  |  10 April 2015 (USA) 7.4 Your rating:   -/10   Ratings: 7.4/10 from 14,323 users   Metascore: 51/100  Reviews: 105 user | 162 critic | 31 from Metacritic.com Maria Altmann, an octogenarian Jewish refugee, takes on the Austrian government to recover artwork she believes rightfully belongs to her family. Director: Simon Curtis Writers: Alexi Kaye Campbell, E. Randol Schoenberg (life story), 1 more credit » Stars: Helen Mirren, Ryan Reynolds, Daniel Brühl | See full cast and crew »

Adele Bloch Bauer, portrait by Gustav Klimt 1907.                                                                                                                                    Woman in Gold (2015) FILM
PG-13 | 109 min | Drama  10 April 2015 (USA)Maria Altmann, an octogenarian Jewish refugee, takes on the Austrian government to recover artwork she believes rightfully belongs to her family.
Director: Simon Curtis
Writers: Alexi Kaye Campbell, E. Randol Schoenberg (life story), 1 more credit »
Stars: Helen Mirren, Ryan Reynolds, Daniel Brühl. Excellent supporting cast.KLIMT womaningold 

 

Book 1 graduates were in winning form today at the Qatar Goodwood Festival. MUTHMIR, trained by William Haggas, held on strongly to win the Group 2 King George Stakes, ridden by Paul Hanagan. The son of INVINCIBLE SPIRIT was sold at Book 1 of Tattersalls October Yearling Sale by Mount Coote Stud to Shadwell Estate Co. for 130,000gns.      Muthmir winning the Group 2 King George Stakes   Muthmir winning the Group 2 King George Stakes    Earlier in the day, the Mick Channon-trained MALABAR beat the boys by an impressive three lengths in the Group 3 Thoroughbred Stakes, under jockey Silvestre de Sousa. The daughter of RAVEN’S PASS was bought by Gill Richardson for 70,000gns at Book 1 of Tattersalls October Yearling Sale and consigned by Woodcote Stud who will offer a half brother by RIP VAN WINKLE at this year’s sale. Further Group-race success at Goodwood today came from DUBDAY, a graduate of Tattersalls Autumn Horses in Training Sale, who won the Group 3 Glorious Stakes. The son of DUBAWI was bought for just 11,000gns by Trybuhl in 2012 and his half-brother by SIR PERCY will be offered by Redpender Stud at Book 2 of this year’s October Yearling Sale. Book 1 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale takes place from October 6 – 8 and will feature the only yearlings eligible for the all-new Tattersalls October ‘Book 1 Bonus’ which offers a £25,000 bonus to any two-year-old graduate who wins a Class 2, 3 or 4 Maiden in Great Britain or an ‘Open’ Maiden in Ireland.

Tattersalls Book 1 graduates were in winning form today at the Qatar Goodwood Festival. MUTHMIR, trained by William Haggas, held on strongly to win the Group 2 King George Stakes, ridden by Paul Hanagan.
The son of INVINCIBLE SPIRIT was sold at Book 1 of Tattersalls October Yearling Sale by Mount Coote Stud to Shadwell Estate Co. for 130,000gns.
Muthmir winning the Group 2 King George StakesEarlier in the day, the Mick Channon-trained MALABAR beat the boys by an impressive three lengths in the Group 3 Thoroughbred Stakes, under jockey Silvestre de Sousa.
The daughter of RAVEN’S PASS was bought by Gill Richardson for 70,000gns at Book 1 of Tattersalls October Yearling Sale and consigned by Woodcote Stud who will offer a half brother by RIP VAN WINKLE at this year’s sale.
Further Group-race success at Goodwood today came from DUBDAY, a graduate of Tattersalls Autumn Horses in Training Sale, who won the Group 3 Glorious Stakes. The son of DUBAWI was bought for just 11,000gns by Trybuhl in 2012 and his half-brother by SIR PERCY will be offered by Redpender Stud at Book 2 of this year’s October Yearling Sale.
Book 1 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale takes place from October 6 – 8 and will feature the only yearlings eligible for the all-new Tattersalls October ‘Book 1 Bonus’ which offers a £25,000 bonus to any two-year-old graduate who wins a Class 2, 3 or 4 Maiden in Great Britain or an ‘Open’ Maiden in Ireland. Press Release info with thanks courtesy Tattersalls.

PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)

 

Muthmir (blue cap) lands his second Group 2 under Paul Hanagan   PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos) Muthmir lands George under inspired Hanagan   BY LYDIA SYMONDS 3:46PM 31 JUL 2015   Report: Goodwood, Friday Qatar King George Stakes (Group 2) 3yo+ 5f MUTHMIR put in an impressive performance to deny last year's winner Take Cover and land the valuable Group 2 under an inspired ride by Paul Hanagan.

Muthmir (blue cap) lands his second Group 2 under Paul Hanagan
PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos) Courtesy  Racing Post with thanks
Muthmir lands George under inspired Hanagan
BY LYDIA SYMONDS 3:46PM 31 JUL 2015
Report: Goodwood, Friday
Qatar King George Stakes (Group 2) 3yo+ 5f
MUTHMIR put in an impressive performance to deny last year’s winner Take Cover and land the valuable Group 2 under an inspired ride by Paul Hanagan. Courtesy Racing Post with thanks.

 

 

 

 

A fantastic win for @HH_ShkHamdan as Muthmir is victorious in the day's feature race! #GloriousGoodwood #QGF  Embedded image permalink RETWEETS 10 FAVORITES 7 Emma D'ArcyMohammed Zaheer KhanCathy GrassickIrish BloodstockE L M Keith WeirHinderyckx ThomasPunterAlertHissa HR Al Maktoum 8:30 AM - 31 Jul 2015 · Details Reply Retweet Favorite More Tweet text Reply to @Goodwood_Races @HH_ShkHamdan   Who's in these photos?  Goodwood Racecourse ‏@Goodwood_Races  2h2 hours ago WATCH - William Haggas on MUTHMIR: "He was the best horse today." #GloriousGoodwood https://grabyo.com/g/v/lu8fBLoUrFM  0 retweets 0 favorites Reply  Retweet  Favorite More  Goodwood Racecourse ‏@Goodwood_Races  2h2 hours ago WATCH - Paul Hanagan pleased with an iffy start in the King George Stakes! #GloriousGoodwood https://grabyo.com/g/v/WHCtQF6VRSw  0 retweets 0 favorites Reply  Retweet  Favorite More  Goodwood Racecourse ‏@Goodwood_Races  2h2 hours ago .@TatlerUK what do you recon? This man definitely wins the #StyleStakes for us at #GloriousGoodwood #QGF  3 retweets 6 favorites Reply  Retweet3  Favorite6 More  Goodwood Racecourse ‏@Goodwood_Races  2h2 hours ago WATCH - MUTHMIR and Paul Hanagan win the Qatar King George Stakes. #GloriousGoodwood https://grabyo.com/g/v/kOutttMleOC  3 retweets 1 favorite Reply  Retweet3  Favorite1 More  Goodwood Racecourse ‏@Goodwood_Races  2h2 hours ago WATCH - Harry Redknapp on MOVIESTA's chances in the King George Stakes.  It's up next.  #GloriousGoodwood https://grabyo.com/g/v/2hNE1TuGkom  1 retweet 0 favorites Reply  Retweet1  Favorite More  Goodwood Racecourse ‏@Goodwood_Races  2h2 hours ago Ones to watch in The Qatar King George Stakes coming up – Cotai Glory and Moviesta. Who're you placing your bets on? #GloriousGoodwood 0 retweets 1 favorite Reply  Retweet  Favorite1 More  Goodwood Racecourse retweeted  Racing UK ‏@Racing_UK  2h2 hours ago There are three former winners in the Qatar King George Stakes at @Goodwood_Races today, up next at 3.45pm. #QGF  Embedded image permalink 2 retweets 0 favorites Reply  Retweet2  Favorite More  Goodwood Racecourse ‏@Goodwood_Races  2h2 hours ago Nothing like a glass of champagne & the great British sunshine! The only way to spend the breaks at #GloriousGoodwood  Embedded image permalink 2 retweets 3 favorites Reply  Retweet2  Favorite3 More  Goodwood Racecourse ‏@Goodwood_Races  2h2 hours ago WATCH - Danny Tudhope on SO BELOVED: "He made it look easy" https://grabyo.com/g/v/XtQXuD9DUYW  0 retweets 0 favorites Reply  Retweet  Favorite More  Goodwood Racecourse retweeted  Racing Post ‏@RacingPost  3h3 hours ago Betfred Mile result: 1st So Beloved 10-1 2nd Belgian Bill 20-1 3rd The Rectifier 20-1 4th Basem 5-1f 5th Munaaser 7-1 2 retweets 2 favorites Reply  Retweet2  Favorite2 More  Goodwood Racecourse ‏@Goodwood_Races  3h3 hours ago WATCH - SO BELOVED pips BELGIAN BILL to the Betfred Mile.  #GloriousGoodwood https://grabyo.com/g/v/8yHg2oVsvWC  4 retweets 0 favorites Reply  Retweet4  Favorite More  Goodwood Racecourse ‏@Goodwood_Races  3h3 hours ago And it’s a wonderful win for So Beloved – The Betfred Mile Stakes champions 2015 #GloriousGoodwood #QGF 1 retweet 1 favorite Reply  Retweet1  Favorite1 More

A fantastic win for @HH_ShkHamdan as Muthmir is victorious in the day’s feature race! #GloriousGoodwood #QGFWATCH – William Haggas on MUTHMIR: “He was the best horse today.” #GloriousGoodwood 
Goodwood Racecourse ‏@Goodwood_Races 2h2 hours ago
WATCH – Paul Hanagan pleased with an iffy start in the King George Stakes! #GloriousGoodwood More
Goodwood Racecourse ‏@Goodwood_Races 2h2 hours ago
.@TatlerUK what do you recon? This man definitely wins the #StyleStakes for us at #GloriousGoodwood #QGF
Goodwood Racecourse ‏@Goodwood_Races 2h2 hours ago
WATCH – MUTHMIR and Paul Hanagan win the Qatar King George Stakes. #GloriousGoodwood 
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Goodwood Racecourse ‏@Goodwood_Races 2h2 hours ago
Nothing like a glass of champagne & the great British sunshine! The only way to spend the breaks at #GloriousGoodwood
Racing Post ‏@RacingPost 3h3 hours ago
Betfred Mile result:
1st So Beloved 10-1
2nd Belgian Bill 20-1
3rd The Rectifier 20-1
4th Basem 5-1f
5th Munaaser 7-1Glorious Goodwood as though u were there .Tweets with thanx  courtesy Goodwood Racecourse

 

 

Clairefontaine Racecourse Clairefontaine Racecourse welcomes flat, trotting and jump races. History In 1864, the Duke of Morny created flat races in Deauville. Due to the success of races which took place in Deauville-La Touques Racecourse, it became obvious to extend the season by creating a Racecourse for jump races in the heart of the "pays d'Auge". In 1875, the "Société des courses de Pont-l'Évêque" was created at the Croix-Brisée Racecourse in Pont-l'Évêque. It quickly appeared that this Racecourse was much too far from Deauville and was too restricted. The "Société des Courses de Pont-l'Évêque" activities were bought out by the "Société des Courses du pays d'Auge" (S.C.P.A) in 1924. Quickly, the creation of Saint-Arnoult Racecourse was proposed. This project failed because ofthe impossibility of buying lands. Thus, the "Société des Courses du Pays d'Auge" was looking for another place, Clairefontaine was chosen. In 1924, Deauville's city bought the Clairefontaine land at Tourgéville and stands, 44 boxes, and bedrooms for lads has been built.

Clairefontaine Racecourse
Clairefontaine Racecourse welcomes flat, trotting and jump races.
History
In 1864, the Duke of Morny created flat races in Deauville. Due to the success of races which took place in Deauville-La Touques Racecourse, it became obvious to extend the season by creating a Racecourse for jump races in the heart of the “pays d’Auge”. In 1875, the “Société des courses de Pont-l’Évêque” was created at the Croix-Brisée Racecourse in Pont-l’Évêque. It quickly appeared that this Racecourse was much too far from Deauville and was too restricted. The “Société des Courses de Pont-l’Évêque” activities were bought out by the “Société des Courses du pays d’Auge” (S.C.P.A) in 1924. Quickly, the creation of Saint-Arnoult Racecourse was proposed. This project failed because ofthe impossibility of buying lands. Thus, the “Société des Courses du Pays d’Auge” was looking for another place, Clairefontaine was chosen.
In 1924, Deauville’s city bought the Clairefontaine land at Tourgéville and stands, 44 boxes, and bedrooms for lads has been built.

 

 

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Anna Paolo Cibin’s Take Away Art concept….Anna Paola Cibin’s latest Site specific installation , in Milan, strung together by fine velvet ropes. Take away art for  fragments of velvet maps composing our World given to participants of a colloque who are now returning photos & images of their map fragments photographed pinned to a wall (for example) in situ in their environment around the world, take away art……..bringing us closer together………

 

 

 

Postponed wins epic King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot • Luca Cumani-trained colt beats Eagle Top after sustained battle  • John Gosden withdrew Golden Horn after walking the rain-softened course  Postponed-Eagle-Top-Ascot  Postponed, left, beats Eagle Top in a thrilling renewal of the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot. Photograph: David Davies/PA Greg Wood at Ascot @Greg_Wood_ Saturday 25 July 2015 17.52 BST Last modified on Sunday 26 July 2015 00.30 BST Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share via Email Share on Pinterest Share on LinkedIn Share on Google+ Shares 40 Comments 8 Ascot commemorated the 40th anniversary of Grundy’s and Bustino’s famous duel in the King George in the runup to this year’s renewal and, in the closing stages here on Saturday, Postponed and Eagle Top produced a tribute of their own. A nose separated them at the line, with Postponed emerging as the winner having been headed a few strides from the line, and though the Derby winner, Golden Horn, was a late absentee, this was still a race that few in a crowd of tens of thousands will quickly forget. It was a result with twists and subplots, too, as the same horses had finished a nose apart – though in reverse order – when second and third in the Hardwicke Stakes here last month. The fallout from that race was significant, with John Gosden – the trainer of both Eagle Top and Golden Horn – accusing Adam Kirby, the jockey aboard Postponed, of “foul riding” as he crowded in on Frankie Dettori, riding Eagle Top, in the first half-mile. Dettori, who was due to ride Golden Horn, switched to Eagle Top when the Derby winner was scratched. Kirby, though, was at Newmarket on Saturday, having been replaced aboard Postponed by the colt’s owner, Sheikh Mohammed Obaid al-Maktoum. Instead, it was Andrea Atzeni, the Sheikh’s retained jockey last season, who stepped in for the winning ride and the most prestigious success of his career. Kirby said on Thursday that Postponed, the winner of last season’s Great Voltigeur Stakes at York, would be a different horse with a solid pace to chase. He got that here as Romsdal, another runner from the Gosden yard, made the running with Atzeni tracking behind, and his rider then went for home two furlongs out. Eagle Top, sent off favourite at 5-2, ran him down and edged ahead well inside the final furlong, but Postponed fought bravely to force his head back in front on the line.

Postponed wins epic King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot
• Luca Cumani-trained colt beats Eagle Top after sustained battle
• John Gosden withdrew Golden Horn after walking the rain-softened course
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Postponed, left, beats Eagle Top in a thrilling renewal of the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot. Photograph: David Davies/PA
Courtesy Greg Wood at Ascot
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Saturday 25 July 2015Dettori, who was due to ride Golden Horn, switched to Eagle Top when the Derby winner was scratched. Kirby, though, was at Newmarket on Saturday, having been replaced aboard Postponed by the colt’s owner, Sheikh Mohammed Obaid al-Maktoum. Instead, it was Andrea Atzeni, the Sheikh’s retained jockey last season, who stepped in for the winning ride and the most prestigious success of his career.The Luca Cumani trained POSTPONED broke through for a well deserved victory at the top level when winning the Group 1 King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot under jockey Andrea Atzeni.The son of DUBAWI was bought for 360,000 guineas by agents Charlie Gordon-Watson and John Warren on behalf of owner Mohammed Obaid at Book 1 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale, having been consigned to the sale by Highclere Stud.

The Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series is a protracted qualifying in the buildup to the 35th America’s Cup itself. Points scored this weekend will help decide who will take on Oracle Team USA, the team Ainslie inspired to a 9-8 victory over New Zealand in 2013 – they were 8-1 when he was parachuted in to rescue them.

The Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series is a protracted qualifying in the buildup to the 35th America’s Cup itself. Points scored this weekend will help decide who will take on Oracle Team USA, the team Ainslie inspired to a 9-8 victory over New Zealand in 2013 – they were 8-1 when he was parachuted in to rescue them..Portsmouth. Image courtesy The Guardian..Getty Images.

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Two years after the last competition, and 18 months after they started building the boat for the America’s Cup proper, the battle for the Auld Mug, in Bermuda in 2017, Ainslie and his all-British Land Rover BAR team finally gave some credence to the vast investment, both financial and emotional, that has gone into the project. Suddenly, all that hype and optimism looks well placed. The world’s greatest sailor has raised the BAR. Courtesy The Guardian. America’s Cup World Series racing comes to Great Britain! Sportsworld are the Official Hospitality Provider to this prestigious event, which will take place in Portsmouth during July 2015.

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Beethoven, Ludwig van (1770-1827)Piano Concerto no. 3 in C minor, Op.37 Schoenberg, Arnold (1874-1951)	Friede auf Erden, Op.13	 Beethoven, Ludwig van (1770-1827)	Fantasia in C minor for piano, chorus, and orchestra 'Choral Fantasy', Op.80	 PERFORMERS BBC Singers	 Mahler Chamber Orchestra	 Leif Ove Andsnes	Piano David Hill	Conductor In his Third Piano Concerto Beethoven opened up a new dramatic and physical scope, pushing the instrument to new expressive lengths. The same maverick energy pulses through the ‘Choral Fantasy’, anticipating the Ninth Symphony in its unexpected resort to words in its finale. In Schoenberg’s tour de force Friede auf Erden (‘Peace on Earth’) the composer takes tonality to its limits. Stravinsky’s ‘Dumbarton Oaks’ Concerto is a delightful neo-Classical romp, an elegant homage to the 18th century. Tickets from £14 - £57. Add to Google calendar Export to iCal or Outlook Email details to a friend READ REVIEWS OF Leif Ove Andsnes David Hill BBC Singers Mahler Chamber Orchestra Piano Concerto no. 3 in C minor, Op.37 Fantasia in C minor for piano, chorus, and orchestra 'Choral Fantasy', Op.80 Concerto in E flat major for chamber orchestra "Dumbarton Oaks" Friede auf Erden, Op.13 Ludwig van Beethoven Arnold Schoenberg Igor Stravinsky WITH SOME/ALL OF SAME MUSIC Jan Lisiecki 27 August at 19:00 Neue Wege zu einem Beethovenfest 2020 12 September at 20:00 Sugiura, Hirschhuber, Konovalov 13 September at 20:00 Intégrale des concertos pour piano de Beethoven - 1ère partie 22 September at 20:00 Beethoven, Schubert 24 September at 20:00 Britten Sinfonia with Jeremy Denk 24 September at 20:00 »Campus 2015« Eine Künstlerresidenz 25 September at 20:00 Britten Sinfonia: Jeremy Denk directs 25 September at 19:30 Britten Sinfonia: Jeremy Denk directs 27 September at 19:30 Schubert, Beethoven 27 September at 18:00 ALSO AT ROYAL ALBERT HALL Prom 11: Fiddler on the Roof 25 July at 19:00 Prom 12: Leif Ove Andsnes and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra 26 July at 19:30 Prom 13: Holst - The Planets 27 July at 19:30 Prom 14: Prokofiev – the piano concertos 28 July at 19:00 Prom 16: Late Night With BBC Radio 1 29 July at 22:15 Prom 15: Prokofiev, Qigang Chen & Rachmaninov 29 July at 18:30 Prom 17: Hallé – Debussy, Vaughan Williams & Elgar 30 July at 19:30 Prom 18: Katia and Marielle Labèque 31 July at 19:00 Prom 19: Alina Ibragimova plays Bach 31 July at 22:15 Prom 21: Alina Ibragimova plays Bach 1 August at 22:15

Beethoven, Ludwig van (1770-1827) Piano Concerto no. 3 in C minor, Op.3 in C minor.            Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Leif Ove Andsnes Piano. The audience of the Royal Albert Hall appreciated the virtuoso performance at the BBC Proms, this friday evening 24th July 2015. With Leif Ove Andsnes both playing the piano,  and conducting the Mahler Chamber Orchestra.Truly stunning performance. Thank you so much. 

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The Pope’s Ferrari Enzo heads £100million RM Sotheby California auction SAM SHEEHAN4 JUN 2015 Digsby IM, Email, and Social Networks in one easy to use application! http://digsby.com Image 1 of 8 RM Sotheby's Monterey sale expected to break records FACEBOOK TWITTER GOOGLE+ EMAIL Two Bugatti Veyrons, an immaculate Ferrari 250 LM and Pope John Paul II’s Ferrari Enzo will join more than 20 other incredibly valuable supercars in RM Sotheby’s 2015 Monterey Auction. Titled The Pinnacle Portfolio, the collection’s cars will go under the hammer in California on 13 August.  Amongst the most valuable cars on sale is a 1964 Ferrari 250 LM. Chassis number 6105 was the 23rd 250 LM to be built, and was used in multiple hill climb events with British racing driver Ron Fry at the helm. It’s joined by the second-to-last road-going McLaren F1 LM to ever be built, a car that’s also one of just two to be built by McLaren Special Operations (MSO) with an LM-spec engine and ‘extra high downforce package.’  Digsby IM, Email, and Social Networks in one easy to use application! http://digsby.com Image 7 of 8 Even amongst such an alluring line-up of cars, eyes will likely be drawn to the collection’s 2005 Ferrari Enzo. As the 400th and final Ferrari Enzo to make production, the car was gifted to the late Pope John Paul II, before being auctioned off to raise money for tsunami victims. Aside from the car’s Catholic links, the tiny 180km total mileage should help it secure a previously unprecedented sale price.  Other key cars included in the auction include a Ferrari F40 LM, F50, a Koenigsegg CCXR, Lamborghini Reventón, Toyota 2000GT and the very first publically-sold Bugatti Veyron. Last year’s auction set a new benchmark, generating $143.4million in sales - about £93.4million. The 2015 sale is expected to do even better, with a strong chance of the total exceeding £100million.

The Pope’s Ferrari Enzo heads £100million RM Sotheby California auction
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RM Sotheby’s Monterey sale expected to break records
Two Bugatti Veyrons, an immaculate Ferrari 250 LM and Pope John Paul II’s Ferrari Enzo will join more than 20 other incredibly valuable supercars in RM Sotheby’s 2015 Monterey Auction. Titled The Pinnacle Portfolio, the collection’s cars will go under the hammer in California on 13 August.
Amongst the most valuable cars on sale is a 1964 Ferrari 250 LM. Chassis number 6105 was the 23rd 250 LM to be built, and was used in multiple hill climb events with British racing driver Ron Fry at the helm. It’s joined by the second-to-last road-going McLaren F1 LM to ever be built, a car that’s also one of just two to be built by McLaren Special Operations (MSO) with an LM-spec engine and ‘
Even amongst such an alluring line-up of cars, eyes will likely be drawn to the collection’s 2005 Ferrari Enzo. As the 400th and final Ferrari Enzo to make production, the car was gifted to the late Pope John Paul II, before being auctioned off to raise money for tsunami victims. Aside from the car’s Catholic links, the tiny 180km total mileage should help it secure a previously unprecedented sale price.
Other key cars included in the auction include a Ferrari F40 LM, F50, a Koenigsegg CCXR, Lamborghini Reventón, Toyota 2000GT and the very first publically-sold Bugatti Veyron. Last year’s auction set a new benchmark, generating $143.4million in sales – about £93.4million. The 2015 sale is expected to do even better, with a strong chance of the total exceeding £100million.

 

 

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After sold out seasons in Paris, Singapore, Johannesburg and Melbourne, the renowned St Petersburg Ballet Theatre continues its 2015 international tour with its London Coliseum season. Internationally acclaimed Irina Kolesnikova brings together stars of the Mariinsky Theatre and the Bolshoi Theatre in a spell-binding production of La Bayadère. La Bayadère is an exotic and mesmerising tale of love, murder and vengeful judgement by the Gods, set in the perfumed gardens and lavish palaces of India. Although the complete ballet is seldom seen in the west, there is hardly a company around that can perform to this degree the mesmerising and revered Kingdom of the Shades sequence. A powerful and dramatic ballet to the lyrical score by Ludwig Minkus, this full-length ballet is accompanied by The St Petersburg Ballet Orchestra. With lavish costumes, beautiful sets and a company of 55, this magnificent production is not to be missed. 'Irina Kolesnikova dances the tragic heroine, Nikiya, with a fluent, strong technique and depth of feeling that anchor the whole performance.' The Sunday Times 'Drilled within an inch of their lives, the Corp de Ballet had the kind of precision movement an audience can get lost in.' The Scotsman 'A world class talent, Kolesnikova improves year on year with her passion, obvious perfectionism and inimitable technique.' Sunday Express The Irina Kolesnikova London Season with*: Irina Kolesnikova - St Petersburg Ballet Theatre: 22 & 23 August Denis Rodkin - Bolshoi Ballet: 22 & 23 August        *The management reserves the right to substitute any scheduled artist for any reason whatsoever even at short notice should the need arise. YOU MAY ALSO LIKE Ballet Folklorico Lead Image Ballet Folklórico de México de Amalia Hernández 22 Jul 15 - 25 Jul 15 Life in Progress - Sylvie Guillem Sylvie Guillem 28 Jul 15 - 02 Aug 15 La Sylphide LA SYLPHIDE 04 Aug 15 - 08 Aug 15 CONNECT WITH US

St Petersburg Ballet Theatre continues its 2015 international tour with its London Coliseum season.
Internationally acclaimed Irina Kolesnikova brings together stars of the Mariinsky Theatre and the Bolshoi Theatre in a spell-binding production of La Bayadère.
La Bayadère is an exotic and mesmerising tale of love, murder and vengeful judgement by the Gods, set in the perfumed gardens and lavish palaces of India. Although the complete ballet is seldom seen in the west, there is hardly a company around that can perform to this degree the mesmerising and revered Kingdom of the Shades sequence.
A powerful and dramatic ballet to the lyrical score by Ludwig Minkus, this full-length ballet is accompanied by The St Petersburg Ballet Orchestra.
With lavish costumes, beautiful sets and a company of 55, this magnificent production is not to be missed.Several performances of Swan Lake will also be given. Image courtesy the ColiseumThe Irina Kolesnikova London Season with*:
Irina Kolesnikova – St Petersburg Ballet Theatre: 22 & 23 August
Denis Rodkin – Bolshoi Ballet: 22 & 23 August

 

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Nice, Soleil, Fleurs Marc Chagall et la baie des Anges Musée national Marc Chagall Nice, France July 4–September 21, 2015 Opening Reception July 4, 2015 Nice, Soleil, Fleurs Marc Chagall et la baie des Anges Courtesy of the Musée national Marc Chagall and the artist. L’exposition organisée au musée national Marc Chagall dans le cadre de la manifestation Promenade(s) des Anglais présente ces liens forts noués entre Chagall et la ville de Nice. Au cœur de ce dialogue figure une oeuvre célèbre. Au début des années 1960, le maire Jean Médecin propose à Chagall de créer une affiche pour la ville. Chagall représente la baie des Anges, plongée dans une lumière azuréenne. Au-dessus de la ville, veille, telle une déesse tutélaire, une gracieuse sirène tenant un flamboyant bouquet de fleurs. Sous l’image figurent ces quelques mots manuscrits: «Nice Soleil Fleurs», accompagnés de la signature de l’artiste. Éditée en 1962 par le

Nice, Soleil, Fleurs Marc Chagall et la baie des Anges
Musée national Marc Chagall
Nice, France
July 4–September 21, 2015
Opening Reception July 4, 2015
Nice, Soleil, Fleurs Marc Chagall et la baie des Anges
Courtesy of the Musée national Marc Chagall and the artist.
L’exposition organisée au musée national Marc Chagall dans le cadre de la manifestation Promenade(s) des Anglais présente ces liens forts noués entre Chagall et la ville de Nice. Au cœur de ce dialogue figure une oeuvre célèbre. Au début des années 1960, le maire Jean Médecin propose à Chagall de créer une affiche pour la ville. Chagall représente la baie des Anges, plongée dans une lumière azuréenne. Au-dessus de la ville, veille, telle une déesse tutélaire, une gracieuse sirène tenant un flamboyant bouquet de fleurs. Sous l’image figurent ces quelques mots manuscrits: «Nice Soleil Fleurs», accompagnés de la signature de l’artiste. Éditée en 1962 

The Presqu'île de la Touques apartment collections, where distinction resides… PRESTIGIOUS APARTMENT COLLECTIONS To earn a 5-star (1) classification, excellence is the minimum requirement. The Presqu'île de la Touques apartment collections have been designed to satisfy the most demanding international criteria: spacious, bright, and so much more… img-07new pers_salon A REPOSITORY OF SERENITY, AND OF SOME THE BEST NAMES IN THE ART OF FRENCH LIVING: Exceptional architectural design, signed by Xavier Bohl Magnificent gardens created by Thierry Huau Chic and refined decoration, imagined by Sybille de Margerie Ask for complete information about all of the services offered by this exceptional residence (1) Subject to receiving a prefectoral order for the classification

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Ask for complete information about all of the services offered by this exceptional residence.Contact Jessica Enard Pierre et Vacances Deauville Presqu’ile.  Images & info courtesy Pierre et Vacances.
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ARQANA vient de révéler un site internet dédié aux premiers yearlings par le phénomène Frankel, qui seront présentés dans le cadre de la Vente de Yearlings d’Août, du 15 au 17 août à Deauville. Sur frankel.arqana.com, les internautes peuvent découvrir en images les 6 yearlings présentés par l’Ecurie des Monceaux, le Haras du Mézeray et le Haras des Capucines. Il leur est également proposé de revivre les plus grands moments de la carrière du crack du Prince Khalid Abdullah, demeuré invaincu en 14 sorties dont 10 au niveau Groupe 1, et de se remémorer les faits et chiffres qui font de Frankel le meilleur cheval de tous les temps.

Arqana has just revealed their Internet site dedicated to thé first Yearlings of thé pheneomenal horse FRANKEL. The Yearlings will be presented during the famous Deauville August Yearling sales organised by ARQANA.  15/17th August at the seaside town of Deauville, 2 hours by train from Paris Saint Lazare train station. ARQANA vient de révéler un site internet dédié aux premiers yearlings par le phénomène Frankel, qui seront présentés dans le cadre de la Vente de Yearlings d’Août, du 15 au 17 août à Deauville.
Sur frankel.arqana.com, les internautes peuvent découvrir en images les 6 yearlings présentés par l’Ecurie des Monceaux, le Haras du Mézeray et le Haras des Capucines. Il leur est également proposé de revivre les plus grands moments de la carrière du crack du Prince Khalid Abdullah, demeuré invaincu en 14 sorties dont 10 au niveau Groupe 1, et de se remémorer les faits et chiffres qui font de Frankel le meilleur cheval de tous les temps Images  Courtesy Arqana

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Portofino is an Italian fishing village and vacation resort famous for its picturesque harbour and historical association with celebrity and artistic visitors. It is a comune located in the province of Genoa on the Italian Riviera.

Portofino is an Italian fishing village and vacation resort famous for its picturesque harbour and historical association with celebrity and artistic visitors. It is a comune located in the province of Genoa on the Italian Riviera.

DESIGNS Gouache designs of Cartier jewellery are accurate representations of the piece that realistically depict each of its stones. Here, Cartier's Tutti Frutti may be worn as a bandeau or attached to the wrist. This cheerful hybrid piece cascades in a paving of delectable coloured stones.

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Gouache designs of Cartier jewellery are accurate representations of the piece that realistically depict each of its stones. Here, Cartier’s Tutti Frutti may be worn as a bandeau or attached to the wrist. This cheerful hybrid piece cascades in a paving of delectable coloured stones. Image courtesy CARTIER

Kendall Jenner in a tux and veil. Photograph: Stephane Mahe/Reuters

Chanel Couture for fall Winter 2015/2016. Karl Lagerfeld stages his show in a Gaming  atmosphere with celebrity models. The Grand Palais Paris. Courtesy The Guardian Fashion. Kendall Jenner in a tux and veil.
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Mattia Bonetti Console ‘Venetian’ 2012 Scagliola, bronze, polished L228 x D75 x H83 cm / L89.8 x D29.5 x H32.7 in Editions David Gill, limited to 3 + 1AP + 1P £58,000 ex VAT and shipping   Garouste & Bonetti Candlesticks ‘Boys & Girls’ 1994 Patinated bronze, gold leaf Boy: L24 x D20 x H48 cm / L9.4 x D7.9 x H18.8 in Girl: L20 x D20 x H43 cm / L7.9 x D7.9 x H16.9 in Editions David Gill, limited to 30 + 2P + 2AP £22,000 ex VAT and shipping   Garouste & Bonetti Mirror ‘Polynesia’ 1999 White gold leaf, fibrous plaster L140 x H80 cm / L55.1 x H31.5 in Editions David Gill, limited to 30 + 2AP + 2P £24,000 ex VAT and shipping   Please note, prices and availability are subject to change as these editions are limited.

Mattia Bonetti
Console ‘Venetian’
2012
Scagliola, bronze, polished
L228 x D75 x H83 cm / L89.8 x D29.5 x H32.7 in
Editions David Gill, limited to 3 + 1AP + 1P
P.O.A.
Garouste & Bonetti
Candlesticks ‘Boys & Girls’
1994
Patinated bronze, gold leaf
Boy: L24 x D20 x H48 cm / L9.4 x D7.9 x H18.8 in
Girl: L20 x D20 x H43 cm / L7.9 x D7.9 x H16.9 in
Editions David Gill, limited to 30 + 2P + 2AP
P.O.A.
Garouste & Bonetti
Mirror ‘Polynesia’
1999
White gold leaf, fibrous plaster
L140 x H80 cm / L55.1 x H31.5 in
Editions David Gill, limited to 30 + 2AP + 2P
P.O.A.
Please note, prices and availability are subject to change as these editions are limited.

With Thanks courtesy David Gill

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London SW1Y 6QP
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La Ville de Paris, la Femme et la Tour Eiffel, a monumental Art Deco masterpiece by the Orphist painter Robert Delaunay, will be offered for sale at Masterpiece by Dickinson of London and New York. Delaunay painted La Ville de Paris, la Femme et la Tour Eiffel for the seminal 1925 Paris World’s Fair (Exposition International des Arts Décoratifs), the title of which led to the widespread adoption of the term “Art Deco”. This influential visual arts style combined traditional arts and crafts motifs with the imagery and materials of the Machine Age. A postcard issued to promote the Exposition shows Delaunay’s painting hanging on the wall. Delaunay first turned his attention to the Tour Eiffel series between 1909 and 1914, subsequently returning to the theme in the 1920s and 1930s. One of the earliest studies of the Eiffel Tower was painted in 1909 as an engagement present for Delaunay’s wife, born Sonia Terk (1885 – 1979), and she later recalled: “It was ‘our’ picture. The Eiffel Tower and the Universe were one and the same to [Robert].” By replacing the pastoral landscape idylls of the Impressionists with a prophetic vision of modernity, Delaunay aimed to emphasise French achievement, innovation, progress and patriotism through the iconography of the Eiffel Tower. Although its construction in the late 19th century provoked a tremendous controversy, the Tower soon became the quintessential icon of urban existence, a monumental tribute to human aspiration and architectural achievement. In addition to the Tower itself, Delaunay has included in his composition a number of identifiable Parisian landmarks and bridges, and has commemorated Charles Godefroy’s historic 1919 victory flight through the Arc de Triomphe. The low vantage point and dramatic foreshortening underscore the immense scale of the painting itself – at four and a half metres high, it is the largest and most impressive work in the Tour Eiffel series – and the surface is defined by brilliant and contrasting hues. Orphism, a movement identified in 1912 and pioneered by Delaunay and Sonia, is considered an offshoot of Cubism and relies on the sensation of pure colour as a means of both expression and structure. This painting is made all the more desirable by its fascinating provenance, as it remained in Sonia Delaunay’s own collection until her death in 1979. A talented artist and designer in her own right, currently the subject of a major retrospective exhibition at Tate Modern, Sonia collaborated with Robert on the set and costume designs for the 1926 French movie Le P’tit Parigot (“The Small Parisian One”). La Ville de Paris, la Femme et la Tour Eiffel can be seen in the background in contemporary photographs of the set. Ninety years after Delaunay’s painting was first presented in 1925 in Paris, Dickinson is dedicating a room on its stand at Masterpiece to La Ville de Paris, la Femme et la Tour Eiffel, the Delaunays, and the legacy of Cubism. Due to this painting’s iconic subject matter, impressive scale, and historically important provenance, La Ville de Paris, la Femme et la Tour Eiffel is a highly significant example of Delaunay’s work during the height of his career, and can truly be considered a masterpiece.

La Ville de Paris, la Femme et la Tour Eiffel, a monumental Art Deco masterpiece by the Orphist painter Robert Delaunay, will be offered for sale at Masterpiece by Dickinson of London and New York.
Delaunay painted La Ville de Paris, la Femme et la Tour Eiffel for the seminal 1925 Paris World’s Fair (Exposition International des Arts Décoratifs), the title of which led to the widespread adoption of the term “Art Deco”. This influential visual arts style combined traditional arts and crafts motifs with the imagery and materials of the Machine Age. A postcard issued to promote the Exposition shows Delaunay’s painting hanging on the wall. Delaunay first turned his attention to the Tour Eiffel series between 1909 and 1914, subsequently returning to the theme in the 1920s and 1930s. One of the earliest studies of the Eiffel Tower was painted in 1909 as an engagement present for Delaunay’s wife, born Sonia Terk (1885 – 1979), and she later recalled: “It was ‘our’ picture. The Eiffel Tower and the Universe were one and the same to [Robert].” By replacing the pastoral landscape idylls of the Impressionists with a prophetic vision of modernity, Delaunay aimed to emphasise French achievement, innovation, progress and patriotism through the iconography of the Eiffel Tower. Although its construction in the late 19th century provoked a tremendous controversy, the Tower soon became the quintessential icon of urban existence, a monumental tribute to human aspiration and architectural achievement. In addition to the Tower itself, Delaunay has included in his composition a number of identifiable Parisian landmarks and bridges, and has commemorated Charles Godefroy’s historic 1919 victory flight through the Arc de Triomphe. The low vantage point and dramatic foreshortening underscore the immense scale of the painting itself – at four and a half metres high, it is the largest and most impressive work in the Tour Eiffel series – and the surface is defined by brilliant and contrasting hues. Orphism, a movement identified in 1912 and pioneered by Delaunay and Sonia, is considered an offshoot of Cubism and relies on the sensation of pure colour as a means of both expression and structure.
This painting is made all the more desirable by its fascinating provenance, as it remained in Sonia Delaunay’s own collection until her death in 1979. A talented artist and designer in her own right, currently the subject of a major retrospective exhibition at Tate Modern, Sonia collaborated with Robert on the set and costume designs for the 1926 French movie Le P’tit Parigot (“The Small Parisian One”). La Ville de Paris, la Femme et la Tour Eiffel can be seen in the background in contemporary photographs of the set.
Ninety years after Delaunay’s painting was first presented in 1925 in Paris, Dickinson is dedicating a room on its stand at Masterpiece to La Ville de Paris, la Femme et la Tour Eiffel, the Delaunays, and the legacy of Cubism. Due to this painting’s iconic subject matter, impressive scale, and historically important provenance, La Ville de Paris, la Femme et la Tour Eiffel is a highly significant example of Delaunay’s work during the height of his career, and can truly be considered a masterpiece. Info with thanks  courtesy Dickinson 58 Jermyn st,London SW1

RAOUL DUFY Le Havre 1877 - 1953 Forcalquier Epsom, la course Signed lower right: Raoul Dufy
Oil on canvas: 15 x 18 ¼ in / 38.1 by 46.4 cm
Frame size: 22 x 24 ½ in / 55.9 x 62.2 cm Painted in 1933 Provenance: Dr Alexandre Roudinesco, Paris, acquired from the artist; by descent
 Exhibited: Albi, Musée Toulouse-Lautrec, Raoul Dufy, 1955, no.23, illus.
Paris, Galerie Bernheim Jeune-Dauberville, Chefs-d’œuvre de Raoul Dufy, 1959, no.27 Literature: Jean Cassou, Les Trésors de la Peinture Française, vol. XXlll: Raoul Dufy, Geneva 1950
Maurice Raynal, Histoire de la Peinture moderne, vol. ll: Matisse, Munch, Rouault: fauvisme et expressionisme, Geneva 1958, p.71, illus. in colour
Maurice Lafaille, Raoul Dufy, Catalogue raisonné de l’œuvre peint, Geneva 1976, vol. III, p.312, no.1304, illus. Raoul Dufy was influenced both by the Fauves and the German Expressionists in his use of colour as an emotional medium divorced from a strict adherence to appearances. Slavish truth to nature was less important than evoking a ‘shorthand of the essential’ through a poetic universe of emblems. Among his favourite themes were regattas and seaside views, and horseracing.  Dufy’s fascination with racing grew out of his collaboration with the couturier Paul Poiret, who commissioned him to design textile patterns and stationery. Dufy’s paddock watercolours of around 1913 concentrate on the fashionable women in their Poiret dresses and the dandies who accompanied them to the Deauville races. This theme was expanded in the 1920s, with frieze-like compositions of Poiret models enjoying the pleasures of the Turf. From the 1930s Dufy spent much time in England and mingled with high society at Epsom and Ascot. He explored the energy of the horse race, the explosion of colour, light, movement and pattern-making which gives Epsom, la course its intensity.  Seen from a bird’s eye view, the pounding horses have an iconic quality which echoes all the way back to the wild horses of the Lascaux caves. Their vivid, ochre-brown is broken

Presented at Masterpiece by the Richard Green Gallery.   RAOUL DUFY
Le Havre 1877 – 1953 Forcalquier
Epsom, la course
Signed lower right: Raoul Dufy
Oil on canvas: 15 x 18 ¼ in / 38.1 by 46.4 cm
Frame size: 22 x 24 ½ in / 55.9 x 62.2 cm
Painted in 1933
Excellent Provenance:Raoul Dufy was influenced both by the Fauves and the German Expressionists in his use of colour as an emotional medium divorced from a strict adherence to appearances. Slavish truth to nature was less important than evoking a ‘shorthand of the essential’ through a poetic universe of emblems. Among his favourite themes were regattas and seaside views, and horseracing.
Dufy’s fascination with racing grew out of his collaboration with the couturier Paul Poiret, who commissioned him to design textile patterns and stationery. Dufy’s paddock watercolours of around 1913 concentrate on the fashionable women in their Poiret dresses and the dandies who accompanied them to the Deauville races. This theme was expanded in the 1920s, with frieze-like compositions of Poiret models enjoying the pleasures of the Turf. From the 1930s Dufy spent much time in England and mingled with high society at Epsom and Ascot. He explored the energy of the horse race, the explosion of colour, light, movement and pattern-making which gives Epsom, la course its intensity.
Seen from a bird’s eye view, the pounding horses have an iconic quality which echoes all the way back to the wild horses of the Lascaux caves. With thanks courtesy Richard Green Gallery.   147 New Bond St. London  W1

 

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STEINWAY & SONS MARKS A HISTORIC MILESTONE WITH THE UNVEILING OF THE COMPANY’S 600,000TH PIANO Renowned Designer Frank Pollaro Creates “The Fibonacci,” A Masterpiece That Celebrates The Art of Handcraftsmanship June 2015 – Steinway & Sons, manufacturer of the world’s finest pianos, has unveiled the company’s 600,000th piano, stunningly designed by master artisan, Frank Pollaro. Handcrafted using natural Macassar ebony, the end result is a feat of artistry, engineering and precision that celebrates this milestone for Steinway & Sons and demonstrates the company’s ongoing commitment to uncompromising craftsmanship. Named “The Fibonacci,” the piano’s veneer features the iconic Fibonacci spiral made entirely from six individual logs of Macassar Ebony, creating a fluid design that represents the geometric harmony found in nature. The lines of The Fibonacci spiral on the top of the piano’s lid are projected down to its unique curved base. Synthetic ivory inlay adds a breath-taking effect to the design, which also features unique patinated bronze details. In the end, over 6,000 hours of work over a four-year period were devoted to the creation of The Fibonacci, from design to finish. The superior craftsmanship of the piano’s exterior is matched only by the unparalleled craftsmanship that is at the very core of all Steinway & Sons pianos.

STEINWAY & SONS MARKS A HISTORIC MILESTONE WITH THE UNVEILING OF THE COMPANY’S 600,000TH PIANO
Renowned Designer Frank Pollaro Creates “The Fibonacci,” A Masterpiece That Celebrates The Art of Handcraftsmanship
June 2015 – Steinway & Sons, manufacturer of the world’s finest pianos, has unveiled the company’s 600,000th piano, stunningly designed by master artisan, Frank Pollaro. Handcrafted using natural Macassar ebony, the end result is a feat of artistry, engineering and precision that celebrates this milestone for Steinway & Sons and demonstrates the company’s ongoing commitment to uncompromising craftsmanship.
Named “The Fibonacci,” the piano’s veneer features the iconic Fibonacci spiral made entirely from six individual logs of Macassar Ebony, creating a fluid design that represents the geometric harmony found in nature. The lines of The Fibonacci spiral on the top of the piano’s lid are projected down to its unique curved base. Synthetic ivory inlay adds a breath-taking effect to the design, which also features unique patinated bronze details. In the end, over 6,000 hours of work over a four-year period were devoted to the creation of The Fibonacci, from design to finish. The superior craftsmanship of the piano’s exterior is matched only by the unparalleled craftsmanship that is at the very core of all Steinway & Sons pianos.

 Become a co owner in a racehorse syndicate.. ARQANA Racing Club will roll out the red carpet for you     photo-home-02.jpg Share the costs, multiply your enjoyment.  Own more horses and put them in the care of leading French trainers, whilst sharing the costs and the risks! The adventure starts from €10,000   Copyright_Maybelline_T_Photographies_2.jpg Discover racing from the best seats in the house Experience all the key moments in the life of an owner (horse purchase, training, racing) in the most optimal conditions and bag a backstage pass to this fascinating world (private stud visits, meeting industry professionals, etc).   photo-home-04.jpg Become an active player in your syndicate. Benefit from a France Galop owners’ pass, design your own racing colours, name your horses and enjoy permanent access to all the information concerning your horses (training reports, entries and results, pre and post race reports, invitations, photos, videos, etc..) thanks to the members only website My ARQANA Racing Club.


Become a co owner in a racehorse syndicate..
ARQANA Racing Club will roll out the red carpet for you
Share the costs, multiply your enjoyment.
Own more horses and put them in the care of leading French trainers, whilst sharing the costs and the risks! The adventure starts from €10,000
Discover racing from the best seats in the house
Experience all the key moments in the life of an owner (horse purchase, training, racing) in the most optimal conditions and bag a backstage pass to this fascinating world (private stud visits, meeting industry professionals, etc).
Become an active player in your syndicate. Benefit from a France Galop owners’ pass, design your own racing colours, name your horses and enjoy permanent access to all the information concerning your horses (training reports, entries and results, pre and post race reports, invitations, photos, videos, etc..) thanks to the members only website www.My ARQANA Racing Club. Image courtesy ARQANA RACING CLUB

Mandatory Credit: Photo by racingfotos.c/REX Shutterstock (4849523dd)  TRIP TO PARIS with trainer Ed Dunlop (right) and owners The La Grange Partnership after The Gold Cup at Royal Ascot  Horse Racing - 17 Jun 2015

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TRIP TO PARIS with trainer Ed Dunlop (right) and owners The La Grange Partnership after The Gold Cup at Royal Ascot
Horse Racing – 17 Jun 2015

SYNDICATES ARE UNDER THE SPOTLIGHT OVERSEAS
18 June 2015. During the Royal Ascot meeting, the most-desired prize is the Gold Cup. At the end of a 4,000 meters race, Trip to Paris outpowered 13 opponents. The Ed Dunlop-trained was a £35.000 supplemented horse who offered an outstanding success to La Grange Partnership’s 7 co-owners. Congratulated by HM Queen Elisabeth herself, they won a first thrilling Gr.1 together. Congratulations to all of them !

 

Ervedya, ridden by Christophe Soumillon, wins the Coronation Stakes ahead of Found and Ryan Moore. Photograph: Eddie Keogh/Reuters

Royal Ascot 2015  Day 4.  Thrilling Finish. Ervedya, ridden by Christophe Soumillon,trained by French trainer J.Rouget,  wins the Coronation Stakes ahead of Found and Ryan Moore. Courtesy c. Photograph: Eddie Keogh/Reuters. With Thanks 

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Royal Ascot hat with roses & butterflies. With thanks. Courtesy Photo Chris Jackson. Getty Images. The Times.Royal Ascot 2015

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Queen Anne Stakes (Group 1) 1m, 4yo+ SOLOW gave favourite backers the finest possible start to the Royal meeting when continuing his rise to the top of the international miling division. The Freddy Head-trained four-year-old - sent off at 11-8 - led home a one-two for France with Esoterique coming second at 16-1, while the late money for Cougar Mountain was justified as Aidan O'Brien's runner grabbed third, also at 16-1. RELATED LINKS Race result  Solow's jockey Maxime Guyon was suitably elated and said: "This is the boss! It is amazing. I think he is the best I've ridden and when you can win at Ascot it is amazing." Head added: "It is beautiful. He is so easy to train, he's the number one. I thought in the race they were always going pretty slowly and I was a bit worried." As an opening act to the 2015 meeting, the Queen Anne promised a fascinating clash between the best milers from around the world, with Hong Kong's great hope Able Friend taking on Solow, while Lockinge winner Night Of Thunder represented the top domestic form. However, two of the three were unable to mount a significant challenge, with Able Friend, who did get noticeably warm before the off, proving a big disappointment, finishing sixth. Trainer John Moore was unable to offer an immediate reason for Able Friend's lacklustre effort, and said: "It was disappointing. The jockey offered no explanation for the run. If one was going to look for one negative when we saddled him up he wasn't his usual self, he was on the toe. He got down to the gates and the jockey did say that he was quite hot when he got down there. That is not normally him. "You have got to remember animals travelling long distances, new environments and everything - I think the aura of the whole thing got to him but I am sure he will be okay and we will be looking to come back with either him or something else." Toormore took the field along with Glory Awaits for company, as the major players in the betting raced in Indian file. Solow was tracked by Night Of Thunder, who was in turn stalked by Able Friend. As the race approached its conclusion, Toormore fought hard out front, but was worn down by Solow. James Doyle had angled out Night Of Thunder in an effort to keep the favourite hemmed in, but he was unable to make a sustained effort and faded into fifth. Esoterique emerged as the main danger, but Solow always held enough of an advantage, winning by a length, with Cougar Mountain a neck back in third. A return to Britain could be on Solow's agenda, as Head added: "I want him to last, so he's not going to race that often. We will choose his races and hopefully he will run for a few more years. "Maybe the Sussex Stakes might be a race for him if he comes out of this race well. He's a long-striding horse in terms of the Breeders' Cup so a small track like Keeneland might not suit him." Andre Fabre said of Esoterique: "I'm delighted by her - she ran a very good race. The winner has a very high rating, and when we go back to racing her against females she will probably win another Group 1. She definitely needs this type of going." 12 June 2015;   SOLOW and Maxime Guyon storm to victory over Esoterique, Pierre-Charles Boudot up, and Cougar Mountain, Ryan Moore up, in The Queen Anne Stakes at Ascot.  © Peter Mooney, 6, Cumberland Street, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, Ireland.    Tel:  00 353 (0)86 2589298

Royal Ascot 2015 Queen Anne Stakes (Group 1) 1m, 4yo+
SOLOW gave favourite backers the finest possible start to the Royal meeting when continuing his rise to the top of the international miling division.
The Freddy Head-trained four-year-old – sent off at 11-8 – led home a one-two for France with Esoterique coming second at 16-1, while the late money for Cougar Mountain was justified as Aidan O’Brien’s runner grabbed third, also at 16-1.

Solow’s jockey Maxime Guyon was suitably elated and said: “This is the boss! It is amazing. I think he is the best I’ve ridden and when you can win at Ascot it is amazing.”
Head added: “It is beautiful. He is so easy to train, he’s the number one. 

Esoterique emerged as the main danger, but Solow always held enough of an advantage, winning by a length, with Cougar Mountain a neck back in third.
A return to Britain could be on Solow’s agenda, as Head added: “I want him to last, so he’s not going to race that often. We will choose his races and hopefully he will run for a few more years.
“Maybe the Sussex Stakes might be a race for him if he comes out of this race well. He’s a long-striding horse in terms of the Breeders’ Cup so a small track like Keeneland might not suit him.”
Andre Fabre said of Esoterique: “I’m delighted by her – she ran a very good race. The winner has a very high rating, and when we go back to racing her against females she will probably win another Group 1. She definitely needs this type of going.”
17 June 2015; SOLOW and Maxime Guyon storm to victory over Esoterique, Pierre-Charles Boudot up, and Cougar Mountain, Ryan Moore up, in The Queen Anne Stakes at Ascot. © Peter Mooney, 6, Cumberland Street, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, Ireland. Tel: 00 353 (0)86 2589298

King's Stand Stakes (Group 1) 5f, 3yo+ ROBERT COWELL once again illustrated why he is such a fine trainer of sprinters as he won the King's Stand for the second time in five years with 20-1 chance Goldream. Prohibit provided Cowell with the first Group 1 of his career in the race in 2011, and Goldream got his head in front where it mattered most, defeating 50-1 outsider Medicean Man in a photo-finish. RELATED LINKS Race result  Cowell has a proven history of improving sprinters recruited from other yards, and Goldream started out with Luca Cumani before moving to Cowell in 2013. Victory last month in the Palace House Stakes at Newmarket was a first Group-class success for the six-year-old, who improved again to secure a maiden Group 1 by a short head. Cowell said: "He's been brilliant, I didn't think he'd win a race like this but I thought he'd been getting to this sort of level. "It was a brilliant ride by Martin [Harley] and I'm pleased for the owners. I'm loving this race, it's fantastic." Winning jockey Harley partnered Goldream for the first time in the Palace House, and added: "I just tacked over from the stalls as I thought all the fancied ones were drawn high. When I kicked inside the final furlong he picked up well. "I was lucky because I was changing hands a furlong out and nearly dropped the stick! Being a Group 1 makes it a lot more special, they are hard to get."12 June 2015;  GOLDREAM, Martin Harley up, defeating, Medicean Man, Joao Moreira up, nearside, and Muthmir, Paul Hanagan up, in The King's Stand Stakes at Ascot.  © Peter Mooney, 6, Cumberland Street, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, Ireland.    Tel:  00 353 (0)86 2589298

King’s Stand Stakes (Group 1) 5f, 3yo+ Royal Ascot 2015, 
ROBERT COWELL once again illustrated why he is such a fine trainer of sprinters as he won the King’s Stand for the second time in five years with 20-1 chance Goldream.
Goldream defeating 50-1 outsider Medicean Man in a breathtakingly exciting photo-finish, caught on film by racing photographer Peter Mooney.Cowell has a reputation for improving sprinters recruited from other yards, and Goldream started out with Luca Cumani before moving to Cowell in 2013.
Victory last month in the Palace House Stakes at Newmarket was a first Group-class success for the six-year-old.
“The Kings Stand Stakes was a brilliant ride by Martin [Harley] and I’m pleased for the owners. I’m loving this race, it’s fantastic,” commented Cowell.
Winning jockey Harley  added: “I just tacked over from the stalls as I thought all the fancied ones were drawn high. When I kicked inside the final furlong he picked up well.
“I was lucky because I was changing hands a furlong out and nearly dropped the stick! Being a Group 1 makes it a lot more special, they are hard to get.”17 June 2015; GOLDREAM, Martin Harley up, defeating, Medicean Man, Joao Moreira up, nearside, and Muthmir, Paul Hanagan up, in The King’s Stand Stakes at Ascot. © Peter Mooney, 6, Cumberland Street, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, Ireland. Tel: 00 353 (0)86 2589298

during Royal Ascot 2015 at Ascot racecourse on June 17, 2015 in Ascot, England.

Royal Ascot 2015 The Times selects this spectacular  image by Charlie Crowhurst, Getty Images. Jockey Smullen on Free Eagle holding off The Grey Gatsby, ridden by Jamie Spencer,for an exciting finish  in the Prince Of Wales Stakes.during Royal Ascot 2015 at Ascot racecourse on June 17, 2015 in Ascot, England.Photo courtesy Charlie Crowhurst GETTY Images. Royal Ascot.  with thanks.

St James's Palace Stakes (Group 1) 1m, 3yo colts GLENEAGLES is in danger of getting a fan club after he did it yet again, winning his third Group 1 race of the season with a convincing burst of acceleration to put the St James's Palace to bed at the furlong pole. RELATED LINKS Race result Certainly the punters who piled into the dual Classic winner were never worried, with one racegoer collecting £80,000 from his £150,000 punt on the 8-15 winning favourite. Victory for Gleneagles ensured yet another racing record for winning trainer Aidan O'Brien. This was win number seven in the St James's Place Stakes for Ireland's champion trainer, overtaking the record he shared with Mathew Dawson who trained during the 19th century. The trainer thinks his latest victor could be the best ever, as he said: "I am delighted. He is a horse who takes everything in his stride. For me is very like Giant's Causeway but he has more speed than Giant's Causeway. This horse will relax and quicken and that is what makes him a little bit different. I don't think we have ever had a miler as good as him." The clash of the Classic colts failed to play out as France's 2,000 Guineas winner Make Believe could not match the turn of foot employed by Gleneagles. Godolphin's 25-1 shot Latharnach was left to chase home the winner. Michael Tabor, one of the winning owners, ranked Gleneagles as "a very special horse". "He has done everything we hoped he would," said Tabor, who commented on the decision to bypass the Investec Derby after wins in the 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket and Irish equivalent at the Curragh. "There was talk but as far as we were concerned it was never a possibility. We'll discuss what we are going to do next but there are so many options and it is exciting to have a horse of this calibre." Winning rider Ryan Moore said: "He's got a very good turn of foot. It was a muddling race and messy early on. Frankie [Dettori] had [on Consort] his own way up front. "He's a pleasure to ride and getting better. I never really got serious with him, just hands and heels." For connections of Consort, the decision to jump from Listed class to Group 1 was vindicated, and Harry Herbert of owners Highclere Thoroughbreds, said: "It's tough to make all and I thought for a moment he might win but he tired close home and it was a bit frustrating he wasn't second. But that was very encouraging." Second spot opens up a new landscape for Latharnach, whose trainer Charlie Appleby said: "When you are finishing second behind a horse who has won two Guineas you would be confident to take our chance in a Group 1 again." The Qatar Sussex Stakes could provide an epic showdown between Gleneagles and Queen Anne winner Solow, with Paddy Power making Gleneagles the evens favourite and Solow a 6-4 chance.12 June 2015;  GLENEAGLES and Ryan Moore run out easy winners of The St James's Palace Stakes at Ascot.  © Peter Mooney, 6, Cumberland Street, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, Ireland.    Tel:  00 353 (0)86 2589298

Royal Ascot 2015 images by Peter Mooney, St James’s Palace Stakes (Group 1) 1m, 3yo colts
GLENEAGLES  winning his third Group 1 race of the season with a convincing burst of acceleration to win the St James’s Palace 8-15 winning favourite.
Victory for Gleneagles ensured yet another racing record for winning trainer Aidan O’Brien. This was win number seven in the St James’s Place Stakes for Ireland’s champion trainer, overtaking the record he shared with Mathew Dawson who trained during the 19th century.
The trainer thinks his latest victor could be the best ever, as he said: “I am delighted. He is a horse who takes everything in his stride. I don’t think we have ever had a miler as good as him.”
Michael Tabor, one of the winning owners, ranked Gleneagles as “a very special horse”.
“He has done everything we hoped he would,” said Tabor, who commented on the decision to bypass the Investec Derby after wins in the 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket and Irish equivalent at the Curragh.Winning rider Ryan Moore said: “He’s got a very good turn of foot. It was a muddling race and messy early on. Frankie [Dettori] had [on Consort] his own way up front.
“He’s a pleasure to ride and getting better. I never really got serious with him, just hands and heels.”
For connections of Consort, the decision to jump from Listed class to Group 1 was vindicated
The Qatar Sussex Stakes could provide an epic showdown between Gleneagles and Queen Anne winner Solow, with Paddy Power making Gleneagles the evens favourite and Solow a 6-4 chance Royal Ascot .16 June 2015; GLENEAGLES and Ryan Moore run out easy winners of The St James’s Palace Stakes at Ascot.With thanks courtesy  © Peter Mooney, 6, Cumberland Street, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, Ireland. Tel: 00 353 (0)86 2589298

12 June 2015;  GLENEAGLES and Ryan Moore return after their triumph in The St James's Palace Stakes at Ascot.  © Peter Mooney, 6, Cumberland Street, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, Ireland.    Tel:  00 353 (0)86 2589298

17 June 2015; GLENEAGLES and Ryan Moore return after their triumph in The St James’s Palace Stakes at Ascot. © Peter Mooney, 6, Cumberland Street, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, Ireland. Tel: 00 353 (0)86 2589298

Ascot Stakes (Handicap) 2m4f, 4yo+ ONCE again the Ascot Stakes fell to a jumps trainer, with 5-1 favourite Clondaw Warrior winning for Willie Mullins. Mullins won the race in 2012 with Simenon, and in recent seasons David Pipe, Jonjo O'Neill and Nicky Henderson have all triumphed in the stayers' contest. Winner of the November Handicap at Leopardstown last year, Clondaw Warrior stormed into contention in the final two furlongs and saw off the challenge of 8-1 shot Fun Mac. Victory also completed a double for Ryan Moore following his success on Gleneagles in the St James's Palace Stakes. Mullins said: "I thought Ryan gave him a fantastic ride. None of us gave him any orders - I wouldn't dare give him any orders! "When the second came upsides him he pulled it out again. I think the ground, this good fast ground, makes a difference to him."12 June 2015;  CLONDAW WARRIOR, Ryan Moore up, nearside, just manages to overcome Fun Mac, Richard Hughes up, to claim The Ascot Stakes at Ascot.  © Peter Mooney, 6, Cumberland Street, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, Ireland.    Tel:  00 353 (0)86 2589298

Royal Ascot. Ascot Stakes (Handicap) 2m4f, 4yo+
ONCE again the Ascot Stakes fell to a jumps trainer, with 5-1 favourite Clondaw Warrior winning for Willie Mullins.
Mullins won the race in 2012 with Simenon.
Clondaw Warrior was Winner of the prestigious November Handicap at Leopardstown last year.
Victory also completed a double for Ryan Moore following his success on Gleneagles in the St James’s Palace Stakes, at Royal Ascot 2015.
Mullins said. I think the ground, this good fast ground, makes a difference to him. “CLONDAW WARRIOR, Ryan Moore up, nearside, just manages to overcome Fun Mac, Richard Hughes up, to claim The Ascot Stakes at Ascot.                 Photo  the Winners Enclosure.  With thanks photos courtesy  © Peter Mooney, 6, Cumberland Street, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, Ireland. Tel: 00 353 (0)86 2589298

BURATINO has been in the Godolphin team a matter of days but showed amply why Sheikh Mohammed was interested with a power-packed surge to win the Coventry Stakes. RELATED LINKS Race result The 6-1 winner was making his debut in the Godolphin blue having transferred from the ownership of the sheikh's son, Sheikh Hamdan, in whose colours he showed similar turbo-charged abilities when winning at Epsom on Derby Day. William Buick kicked for home around a furlong out having been all too visible sitting very comfortably in the headlong rush up the home straight, and though chased by 7-2 runner-up Air Force Blue was never in danger of being caught. Buick, riding his first season as Godolphin retained rider along with James Doyle, was delighted with the winner who carried the second colours behind Round Two, the 9-4 favourite trained for Godolphin in Ireland by Jim Bolger. "He's come on for every run and travelled so well," Buick said of the Mark Johnston-trained colt. "It's huge to get a winner here so early on and I'm very pleased to get it for my boss and the team. He's the most exciting two-year-old who's around at the moment." Johnston was welcoming Royal Ascot win number 38, and said: "It is wonderful they way he swept past them. "I always had my feet on the ground and said you had to look at the bare form but stepping him up in trip has been the key. William has now ridden him three times and he says he has given him a better feel with each run." Eltezam came home third at 12-1. Round Two was prominent to half way only to weaken. Aidan O'Brien, trainer of Air Force Blue, said: "He was a little bit green still but we think he's a horse to look forward to. In an ideal world we would have liked him to have had another run, it was only his second start but he's run a fair race." William Hill believe the Classic potential of the first two home is equal, bracketing Air Force Blue and Buratino as their 16-1 joint favourites for the Qipco 2,000 Guineas next season.12 June 2015;  BURATINO, William Buick up, overcomes Air Force Blue, Ryan Moore up, to claim The Coventry Stakes at Ascot.  © Peter Mooney, 6, Cumberland Street, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, Ireland.    Tel:  00 353 (0)86 2589298

Peter Mooney’s dramatic photo captures the moment BURATINO winning the Coventry Stakes,  Royal Ascot June 16th 2015. BURATINO was recently acquired by the Godolphin  but demonstrated  absolutely why new owner Sheikh Mohammed was interested 
The 6-1 winner was making his debut in the Godolphin blue having transferred from the ownership of the sheikh’s son, Sheikh Hamdan, in whose colours he won  at Epsom on Derby Day.
William Buick, riding his first season as Godolphin retained rider along with James Doyle, was delighted with the winner who carried the second colours behind Round Two, the 9-4 favourite trained for Godolphin in Ireland by Jim Bolger.
“He’s come on for every run and travelled so well,” Buick said of the Mark Johnston-trained colt.
“It’s huge to get a winner here so early on and I’m very pleased to get it for my boss and the team. He’s the most exciting two-year-old who’s around at the moment.”
June 2015; BURATINO, William Buick up, overcomes Air Force Blue, Ryan Moore up, to claim The Coventry Stakes at Ascot Photos.with our thanks, courtesy  of  © Peter Mooney, 6, Cumberland Street, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, Ireland. Tel: 00 353 (0)86 2589298

 

EXPRESSIONISTEN 1 June - 31 July 2015 23 Bruton St W1J 6QF E & R Cyzer Gallery will be exhibiting a number of paintings featuring oils and works on paper by a selection of German Expressionist artists, including Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Otto Dix, Alexej von Jawlensky, Emil Nolde, Max Pechstein, Heinrich Campendonk, Otto Mueller, Gabrielle Munter and Karl Schmidt-Rotluff. We will display a great range of styles and techniques of early 20th century German Expressionist painting, from pioneers such as Kirchner and Nolde to Post-Expressionist Otto Dix, and many others who contributed to the movement.

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E & R Cyzer Gallery will be exhibiting a number of paintings featuring oils and works on paper by a selection of German Expressionist artists, including Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Otto Dix, Alexej von Jawlensky, Emil Nolde, Max Pechstein, Heinrich Campendonk, Otto Mueller, Gabrielle Munter and Karl Schmidt-Rotluff.
E & R Cyzer will display a great range of styles and techniques of early 20th century German Expressionist painting, from pioneers such as Kirchner and Nolde to Post-Expressionist Otto Dix, and many others who contributed to the movement. C. Courtesy of E. & R Cyzer. with thanks.

Super-talented watchmaker and designer of the Harry Winston Opus 12, Emmanuel Bouchet, has launched his first very own watch, the Complication One. Unveiled at SalonQP on 6 November, the watch is a 44mm hand-wound is, at its most basic, a time-only watch – but a pretty special timepiece nonetheless. The twin barrel, 70-hour movement – designed and made by Emmanuel Bouchet from scratch specifically for this watch – has been structured to include an auxiliary front-mounted secondary escapement, right in the centre of the dial, that governs the various indications. The main escapement, visible from the rear, beats at a leisurely 18,000 vph. Emmanuel-Bouchet-Complication-One Around the escape wheel are several sapphire discs that house the various indicators – hours at 8 o’clock, seconds at 12 o’clock and at 4 o’clock, minutes and, quite unusually, tens-of-minutes. Beneath the seconds dial at 12 o’clock is a day-night indicator, and the tips of the hours and tens-of-minutes hands are finished with sanded sapphire. The watch will be made in 18k gold (white, yellow or rose), platinum and – as seen here – titanium ADLC. The dial base is made from either onyx or chalcedony, finished with polished, bloqué and trait tiré finishes. There is also a power reserve indicator on the caseback. For all the latest watch news and features, subscribe to the bi-weekly QP briefing – click here.   Share the post "Emmanuel Bouchet launches the Complication One"

Watchmaker and designer of the Harry Winston Opus 12, Emmanuel Bouchet, has launched his first very own watch, the Complication One.
Launched at SalonQP, the watch is a 44mm hand-wound.  The twin barrel, 70-hour movement – designed and made by Emmanuel Bouchet from scratch specifically for this watch – has been structured to include an auxiliary front-mounted secondary escapement, right in the centre of the dial, that governs the various indications. The main escapement, visible from the rear, beats at a leisurely 18,000 vph.
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Around the escape wheel are several sapphire discs that house the various indicators – hours at 8 o’clock, seconds at 12 o’clock and at 4 o’clock, minutes and, quite unusually, tens-of-minutes. Beneath the seconds dial at 12 o’clock is a day-night indicator, and the tips of the hours and tens-of-minutes hands are finished with sanded sapphire.
The watch will be made in 18k gold (white, yellow or rose), platinum and – as seen here – titanium ADLC. The dial base is made from either onyx or chalcedony, finished with polished, bloqué and trait tiré finishes. There is also a power reserve indicator on the case back.
Courtesy QP Briefing. With Thanks. Emmanuel Bouchet.

Italian artist Paola Pivi—she of the sailing donkey and the zebras in the snow—has conjured up once again an impossible visual poem and made it a reality. For her ninth exhibition at Galerie Perrotin, aptly entitled “Yee-Haw," Pivi has created a powerful and oneiric series of photographs—shot by Hugo Glendinning—that show a group of magnificent horses running wild through the Parisian landmark (see Eiffel Tower Closes due to Staff Walkout against Pickpocket Gangs). Paola Pivi, Yee-Haw (Paris) (2015)Photo: Courtesy Galerie Perrotin via Design Boom Paola Pivi, Yee-Haw (Paris) (2015) Photo: Courtesy Galerie Perrotin via Design Boom

Italian artist Paola Pivi—she of the sailing donkey and the zebras in the snow—has conjured up once again an impossible visual poem and made it a reality.
For her ninth exhibition at Galerie Perrotin, aptly entitled “Yee-Haw,” Pivi has created a powerful and oneiric series of photographs—shot by Hugo Glendinning—that show a group of magnificent horses running wild through the Parisian landmark.
Paola Pivi, Yee-Haw (Paris) (2015)
Photo: Courtesy Galerie Perrotin via Design Boom
Paola Pivi, Yee-Haw (Paris) (2015)
Photo: Courtesy Galerie Perrotin via Design Boom. With thanks to c. ARTNEWS . June 2015

London, 28 May 2015 Ségolène Royal, Minister of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy, was in London on Thursday 28 May as part of preparations for the UN Climate Change Conference taking place in Paris in December 2015 (COP21). At a meeting at Clarence House, the Minister presented HRH The Prince of Wales with an official invitation from President Hollande to speak at the Paris conference. Speaking to the UK media, the Minister said: “I know that The Prince of Wales is sincerely committed to environmental issues and sustainable development. His voice counts on the international stage.” The Minister also invited The Prince of Wales to a “Summit of Conscience for the Climate” taking place in Paris on 21 July. The summit, which will be opened by President Hollande, will bring together 20 to 30 key ethical and religious figures who will explain how their faith, philosophy and vision of the world have led them to take action to protect the planet. The Minister also met with her UK counterpart Amber Rudd, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, to discuss France and the UK’s ambitions for COP21 and the progress of international negotiations ahead of the Paris summit.

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Ségolène Royal, Minister of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy, was in London on Thursday 28 May as part of preparations for the UN Climate Change Conference taking place in Paris in December 2015 (COP21).
At a meeting at Clarence House, the Minister presented HRH The Prince of Wales with an official invitation from President Hollande to speak at the Paris conference. Speaking to the UK media, the Minister said: “I know that The Prince of Wales is sincerely committed to environmental issues and sustainable development. His voice counts on the international stage.”
The Minister also invited The Prince of Wales to a “Summit of Conscience for the Climate” taking place in Paris on 21 July. The summit, which will be opened by President Hollande, will bring together 20 to 30 key ethical and religious figures who will explain how their faith, philosophy and vision of the world have led them to take action to protect the planet.
The Minister also met with her UK counterpart Amber Rudd, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, to discuss France and the UK’s ambitions for COP21 and the progress of international negotiations ahead of the Paris summit.Info & photo  courtesy French Embassy London, with thanks. 

Ocean and Climate World Oceans Day 2015 Celebration 8 June 2015, UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, France CC Colin & Sarah Northway (Flickr). Stormy skies over planted mangroves, Thailand. In honour of the United Nations World Oceans Day, celebrated each year on 8 June, the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (IOC-UNESCO) will organize a full day dedicated to the ocean and its link to the climate system. This event will lead up to the 2015 Paris Climate Conference (COP21). The day will be opened by Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, H.E. Laurent Fabius, French Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Lisa Emelia Svensson, Swedish Ambassador for the Oceans, Seas and Freshwater. With the help of scientific workshops, plenary sessions, and exhibitions, this day will bring together scientists, political decision-makers, civil society and youth to identify, through dialogue, promising ocean-sensitive actions and strategies to mitigate climate change and its socioeconomic impacts. At the end of the day, recommendations and a call for action will be presented to the heads of state and eminent personalities present on this occasion, including His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco; high representatives of small island states, namely H.E. Tommy E. Remengesau, President of Palau; H.E. Danny Faure, Vice-President of the Seychelles; and H.E. Freundel Stuart, Prime Minister of Barbados; as well as H.E. Karmenu Vella, European Commissioner for Environment, Maritime affairs and Fisheries. The messages will underline the ocean’s essential role for the survival of our planet and how crucial an “ambitious” climate agreement is to ensure ocean health, so that it may play its key role in the global climate system while providing potential solutions for climate change mitigation and adaptation. Key recommendations from World Oceans Day will be transmitted to the negotiating parties, experts and observers attending the Bonn Climate Change Conference in June, in preparation of COP21.

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World Oceans Day 2015 Celebration
8 June 2015, UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, France.Photo courtesy UNESCO
CC Colin & Sarah Northway (Flickr).
Stormy skies over planted mangroves, Thailand. With Thanks 
In honour of the United Nations World Oceans Day, celebrated each year on 8 June, the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (IOC-UNESCO) will organize a full day dedicated to the ocean and its link to the climate system. This event will lead up to the 2015 Paris Climate Conference (COP21). The day will be opened by Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, H.E. Laurent Fabius, French Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Lisa Emelia Svensson, Swedish Ambassador for the Oceans, Seas and Freshwater.
With the help of scientific workshops, plenary sessions, and exhibitions, this day will bring together scientists, political decision-makers, civil society and youth to identify, through dialogue, promising ocean-sensitive actions and strategies to mitigate climate change and its socioeconomic impacts.
At the end of the day, recommendations and a call for action will be presented to the heads of state and eminent personalities present on this occasion, including His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco; high representatives of small island states, namely H.E. Tommy E. Remengesau, President of Palau; H.E. Danny Faure, Vice-President of the Seychelles; and H.E. Freundel Stuart, Prime Minister of Barbados; as well as H.E. Karmenu Vella, European Commissioner for Environment, Maritime affairs and Fisheries.
The messages will underline the ocean’s essential role for the survival of our planet and how crucial an “ambitious” climate agreement is to ensure ocean health, so that it may play its key role in the global climate system while providing potential solutions for climate change mitigation and adaptation.
Key recommendations from World Oceans Day will be transmitted to the negotiating parties, experts and observers attending the Bonn Climate Change Conference in June, in preparation of COP21. UNFCCC Cop21 Conference scheduled to take place in Paris,December 2015 . Madame Segolene Royal, French Minister for Ecology & the Environment is expected to give a speech.

 

2015 Theme: Healthy oceans, healthy planet coral reef View of the area around Ny-Ålesund, located on Svalbard, an archipelago in the Arctic Ocean north of mainland Europe. UN Photo/Mark Garten The ocean is the heart of our planet. Like your heart pumping blood to every part of your body, the ocean connects people across the Earth, no matter where we live. The ocean regulates the climate, feeds millions of people every year, produces oxygen, is the home to an incredible array of wildlife, provides us with important medicines, and so much more! In order to ensure the health and safety of our communities and future generations, it’s imperative that we take the responsibility to care for the ocean as it cares for us. This year, the theme is Healthy oceans, healthy planet. Unfortunately, human pressures, including overexploitation, illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing, destructive fishing, as well as unsustainable aquaculture practices, marine pollution, habitat destruction, alien species, climate change and ocean acidification are taking a significant toll on the world’s oceans and seas. The United Nations will celebrate World Oceans Day 2015 and recognize the winners of the Annual World Oceans Day Oceanic Photo Competition at an event on 8 June 2015 at the United Nations Headquarters.

2015 Theme: Healthy oceans, healthy planet
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View of the area around Ny-Ålesund, located on Svalbard, an archipelago in the Arctic Ocean north of mainland Europe. UN Photo/Mark Garten . Courtesy U.N. With thanks.
The ocean is the heart of our planet. Like your heart pumping blood to every part of your body, the ocean connects people across the Earth, no matter where we live. The ocean regulates the climate, feeds millions of people every year, produces oxygen, is the home to an incredible array of wildlife, provides us with important medicines, and so much more! In order to ensure the health and safety of our communities and future generations, it’s imperative that we take the responsibility to care for the ocean as it cares for us.
This year, the theme is Healthy oceans, healthy planet. Unfortunately, human pressures, including overexploitation, illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing, destructive fishing, as well as unsustainable aquaculture practices, marine pollution, habitat destruction, alien species, climate change and ocean acidification are taking a significant toll on the world’s oceans and seas.
The United Nations will celebrate World Oceans Day 2015 and recognise the winners of the Annual World Oceans Day Oceanic Photo Competition at an event on 8 June 2015 at the United Nations Headquarters. Courtesy United Nations.

 

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Courtesy CStockphoto.com/DeepAqua.The Worlds Oceans need our protection

 

 

Duke

The Mangore Duo playing classical Guitar on a sunny Sunday afternoon in June. Passersby enchanted by the haunting notes played by two talented & charming young musicians, Ex Royal College of Music. Duke of York’s Square in Chelsea.  A leafy Piazza with its cheerful terraces, & selected shops.Just opened is Il Polpo, inspired by the Venetian style Bacaros cafes, next to popular Maniconios, well known for their Italian Antipasti takeaway..…& not forgetting Partridges, & the popular Lebanese restaurant……..

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The museum has always had the double appeal of the superb collection, donated to the French state after the artist’s death, and the Marais mansion in which it is housed, built in the 1650s for Pierre Aubert de Fontenay, collector of the gabelle, or salt tax, which gave the building its nickname: Hôtel Salé. The restoration has preserved the modernist white boxes created by the architect Roland Simounet in the original Eighties conversion, with a new entrance at the side through the former servants’ quarters retaining the grand sculpted stairway with its cherubs, garlands and busts of Jupiter and Apollo. Paintings are hung alongside sculptures, prints and drawings. According to the ex-director (or ex-president, to use the French terminology) Anne Baldessari, who created the inaugural hang, this allows one “to put the focus on the work process, the step from drawing to painting and the intensity of the creative process”.

Picasso Museum re-opened in October 2014,  after 5 years refurbishment. A stunning collection, donated to the French state after the artist’s death. The Marais mansion in which it is housed, built in the 1650s for Pierre Aubert de Fontenay, collector of the gable, or salt tax, thus, Hôtel Salé. The restoration has maintained  the modernist 1980’s approach created by the architect Roland Simounet. The entrance leads onto the grand sculpted stairway with its cherubs, garlands and busts of Jupiter and Apollo.
Paintings are hung alongside sculptures, prints and drawings. The Museum will be closed from June 23rd to prepare for a special exhibition that opens in September 2015. The Picasso museum is in the heart of the Marais, the oldest part of Paris, near the famous Place des Vosges.

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Segolene

Madame Segolene Royal, French Minister for the Environment gives the Key note speech on the opening day of this year’s   OECD Forum. This high profile speech by Madame Royal follows her speech to the recent Business & Climate Summit (WBCSD) held at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris. French President Francois Holland also gave a speech at the UNESCO Summit. May 20/22.2015.The UNESCO Summit synthesised business ideas on climate change so they can be heard by COP21 negotiators. The French Govt will be hosting the COP21 Climate & Environment Paris Summit in December 2015. Segolene Royal spearheads  Francois Holland’s attempt to win a second Presidential Candidacy thru France’e high profile work for the Climate & Environment. Meanwhile unemployment figures increased in France.

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R.A Summer

R.A Summer Show opens Monday 8th June 2015 until 16th August 2015. The opening of the RA Summer show reassures us whatever the weather, Summer is here, as we look forward to a traditional English  summer. The RA Summer show, Ascot, Henley, Wimbledon, & Cricket. Hats extravaganza for the girls & strawberries and cream, & Sweet Peas in the garden, as we enjoy a few blissful moments of an English Summer. The R.A Summer show will have columns devoted to this years merits. Here we feature an Aegean turquoise for the RA Central Hall, dominated by Mathew Darbyshire’s  polycarbonate sculpture, Doryphoros.  Photo courtesy Royal Academy  Summer Show 2015. London. with thanks

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RA Summer Exhibition 2015. Heavenly blue that hosts an eclectic choice of current Art.
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© Royal Academy of Arts. With Thanks 

Ascot hats 2014

Juin heralds exciting racing at Ascot. World’s best horses, the well known trainers & owners. Colour & fashion galore. Ascot hats 2014 With thanks to Peter Mooney et al

At Hansen & Lydersen, we smoke salmon the true Norwegian way.

 We source our salmon from a sustainable farm in the extreme wilderness between the Norwegian Sea and the North Atlantic, and ensure we prepare it less than 48 hours after it has been fished. We are extremely demanding with our suppliers when it comes to sustainable harvesting standards and welfare practices. This is the best farmed salmon in the world from one of the last family run fish farms. Each Hansen & Lydersen salmon is carefully hand-filleted and hand-salted according to a family recipe devised by Norwegian fishmonger Lyder-Nilsen Lydersen in 1923. 

It is then traditionally hung and slowly cold-smoked in the brick kiln of our Stoke Newington smokehouse where it moves in the wind for 12 hours. We use a unique blend of juniper and beech wood for a pleasantly sharp and piquant aroma. Our wood shavings are responsibly sourced, 100% pure wood – with zero chemicals.



After the thrills of Nordic Noir, now we have the thrills of Hansen & Lydersen, Norwegian traditional style smoked salmon. The Daylesford Farm Shop, Pimlico road plan to have an outside  stall dedicated to  Hansen & Lydersen smoked salmon  22nd November 2014.  Hansen & Lydersen, still smoke salmon the true Norwegian way.

 The Dorchester Hotel & London’s latest glitzy eatery  the Firehouse  reportedly source smoked salmon from Hansen & Lydersen. 
Hansen & Lydersen, source the salmon from a sustainable farm in the extreme wilderness between the Norwegian Sea and the North Atlantic, and ensure that they prepare it less than 48 hours after it has been fished. . This is  from one of the last family run fish farms.
Each Hansen & Lydersen salmon is carefully hand-filleted and hand-salted according to a family recipe devised by Norwegian fishmonger Lyder-Nilsen Lydersen in 1923. 

It is then traditionally hung and slowly cold-smoked in the brick kiln of their Stoke Newington smokehouse where it moves in the wind for 12 hours. A unique blend of juniper and beech wood is used for a pleasantly sharp and piquant aroma. The wood shavings are responsibly sourced, 100% pure wood – with zero chemicals.



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Anna Paola Cibin embroidered fish tapestry

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Anna Paola Cibin embroidered fish tapestry.

Raquel Welch 1960-1970's Hollywood "star" still stopping the traffic in Pimlico…………Raquel was photographed with her Producer husband Patrick Curtis at Hollywood Set parties, & famously featured in beautiful outfits in glossy magazines. This iconic image puts her up there in the Hollywood firmament.  Photographer Terry O'Neill's timeless 1970  black & white image ……..with the 3 riveted guys,suspended in joy,.. not believing their luck…. The inimitable Film Director John Huston on the set seated left During filming of Myra Breckinridge …Courtesy  Mark Ransom Gallery Pimlico, London. Courtesy Terry O'Neill/ Getty images.American actress Racuwel Welch on a table in her knickers in Myra Breckinridge, a 1970 American comedy film based on Gore Vidal's novel and directed by Michael Sarne, with Raquel Welch in the title role.

American Actress, Raquel Welch 1960-1970’s  still stopping the traffic in Pimlico…………Raquel was photographed with her Producer husband Patrick Curtis at Hollywood Set parties, & famously featured in beautiful outfits in glossy magazines. This iconic image puts her up there in the Hollywood firmament. Photographer Terry O’Neill’s timeless 1970 black & white image ……..with the 3 riveted guys,suspended in joy,.. not believing their luck…. The inimitable Film Director John Huston on the set seated left During filming of Myra Breckinridge …a 1970 American comedy film,based on Gore Vidal’s novel & directed by Michael Sarne, with Raquel Welch in the title role.Courtesy Mark Ransom Gallery Pimlico, London. Courtesy Terry O’Neill/ Getty images.

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HORST P. HORST Round the Clock I, New York, 1987 Estimate £10,000 - 15,000

HORST P. HORST
Round the Clock I, New York, 1987
Estimate £10,000 – 15,000 Print To be auctioned at Phillips London 18th November 2014 Image courtesy Philips Auction House London

DAVID BAILEY Box of Pin-Ups Estimate £5,000 - 7,000

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Box of Pin-Ups Featuring 60’s top model Jean Shrimpton & 60’s Pop Stars…..In an era when the  stars didn’t take themselves so seriously, it was such fun – young & talented. We don’t remember Popstars, film stars & Politicians with serious Bodyguards or armoured cars………….The Swinging Sixties.
Estimate £5,000 – 7,000 Prints to be auctioned by Phillips London 18th November 2014. Image Courtesy Phillips.

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WILLIAM KLEIN Smoke + Veil, Paris (Vogue), 1958 Estimate £2,500 – Print to be auctioned by Phillips London 18th November 2014. Image courtesy Philips Auction House London

'I love you' - Lisa Fonssagrives with hat by Balenciaga and gloves by Boucheron, Paris, 1938

HORST P. HORST      ‘I love you’ – Lisa Fonssagrives with hat by Balenciaga and gloves by Boucheron, Paris, 1938. Print to be auctioned by Philips London November 18th 2014. Image courtesy Philips auction House, London.

 

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Klein Smoke 1958

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Smoke + Veil, Paris (Vogue), 1958
Estimate £2,500 – Print to be auctioned by

Phillips London 18th November 2014.

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Audi have announced the release of a racing version of the TT, dubbed the 'TT Cup', which will take part in a championship of the same name in 2015, supporting the DTM (German Touring Cars), across six rounds. The track-ready TT Cup will feature a 2.0-litre turbocharged engine packing 306bhp and mated to a six-speed DSG gearbox – which have both been carried across largely unchanged from the road legal TT S. However in its stripped-out racing state the TT Cup weighs just 1,125kg – considerably less than the road car's 1,460kg kerb weight. Additionally, a 'push-to-pass' function has been added and unleashed another 30bhp, which combined with the weight saving should noticeably liven up the car. A total of 24 TT Cups will be prepared for each round, with the grid comprising six 'changing guest drivers' and 18 private racers. When asked about the new track-ready TT Cup, Audi's research and design chief Dr Ulrich Hackenberg said: "For me it was clear that a driving machine like the new Audi TT belongs on the race track as well...The TT is going to thrill fans and drivers". News of this dedicated track edition of the TT has led to a lot of speculation online, with many Audi fans asking if a similar road legal version of the Cup will be made available to the general public. Judging by the reaction of Audi fan boys and guys alike, we don't doubt that there would be a significant level of interest in a stripped-out, lightweight TT – should the company decide to build one.

Audi have announced the release of a racing version of the TT, dubbed the “TT Cup”, which will take part in a championship of the same name in 2015, supporting the DTM (German Touring Cars), across six rounds.
The track-ready “TT Cup” will feature a 2.0-litre turbocharged engine packing 306bhp and mated to a six-speed DSG gearbox – which have both been carried across largely unchanged from the road legal TT S.
A total of 24 TT Cups will be prepared for each round, with the grid comprising six ‘changing guest drivers’ and 18 private racers.
When asked about the new track-ready TT Cup, Audi’s research and design chief Dr Ulrich Hackenberg said: “For me it was clear that a driving machine like the new Audi TT belongs on the race track as well…The TT is going to thrill fans and drivers”.
News of this dedicated track edition of the TT has led to a lot of speculation online, with many Audi fans asking if a similar road legal version of the Cup will be made available to the general public. Judging by the reaction of Audi fan boys and guys alike, we don’t doubt that there would be a significant level of interest in a stripped-out, lightweight TT – should the company decide to build one. With thanks

Vezzoli

Francesco Vezzoli “Fantastic” Italian artist & movie maker, in the inspirational mould of legendary  Italian filmmaker Federico Fellini. Roma, famous for La Dolce Vita, 8.1/2, & Amarcord, Where are our carefree days gone Marc, mon Cheri I miss you & the way you used to make me laugh. Coming soon. Timeline photos.

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Francesco Vezzoli: Teatro Romano On view October 26, 2014–March 8, 2015 Drawing on extensive research about the use of color in antiquity, Italian artist Francesco Vezzoli (b. 1971) has collaborated with a team of archaeologists, conservators and polychrome specialists to paint five ancient Roman busts in the manner in which they would originally have been decorated. While white marble remains the quintessential material of ancient Greek and Roman statuary, extensive research has confirmed that ancient sculpture was painted in a vivid palette of yellows, blues, reds and greens. Dating from the first and second centuries A.D., Vezzoli’s Roman Imperial busts restore to contemporary imagination the decorated surfaces that have faded away over nearly two thousand years. Teatro Romano is organized by Klaus Biesenbach, Director, MoMA PS1, and Chief Curator at Large, The Museum of Modern Art, with Margaret Aldredge, Curatorial Assistant, MoMA PS1 The exhibition is made possible by the MoMA PS1 Annual Exhibition Fund. Text courtesy of the Museum of Modern Art New York, reproduced with thanks.

Cahn

Antiquities Auction by Cahn celebrated specialists based in Basel. 19th November 2014. Head of a cat with scarab. Egypt late period, hollow bronze, 26-30th Dynasty. Approx 664-334. BC. Intial launch price guide 3050 Swiss Francs

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Fragment of a Mummy’s mask. Cartonnage. 1st Dynasy. Amenophas 111. 1390-1353 BC Cahn Antiquities Auction  19th November 2014. Start price at the auction 36000 plus Swiss Francs.

Cart

Cartier New Panthere collection just launched. Image courtesy Cartier.

Deauville

Deauville Real Estate Investment opportunities.French Coastal town 2 hours from Paris. Fiscal advantages Contact Jessica ℅ kommunalinvestfr@aol.com

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Altona

Will Bart Cummings be running Precedence at the Melbourne Gold Cup November 4th 2014. Photo of Precedence and Sultry Feeling at Altona Beach. Photo Getty Images. 

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Antonio

Antonio Vivarini  Madonna Saint Catherine of Alexandria. 1415-1480. Tempera on panel. Splendid Renaissance painting with excellent Italian provenance, & most recently in a collection in Switzerland. Presented at Frieze Masters London October 2014  by the Moretti Galeries Florence,London, New York.Below the Vivarini is flanked by 2 modern paintings, golden Richters especially commissioned.antoniovivarinirichter

 

Alterite Garden city Stakes Belmont Park

Arqana announce that the brilliant race horse, Alterite, a precociously successful mare, will be presented at auction by the Haras des Capucines, during the December Elevage Horse sales  at Arqana Deauville, 6-9 December 2014. Full info available from www.arqana.com  Photo courtesy Arqana  Alterite winning the prestigious Garden city Stakes @ Belmont Park, in America.

Angels

Sam Fogg Galerie presents a rare pair of Renaissance Angels. Sensuous,vibrant. colours. Artist Michiel Coxcie 1499-1592. It is known that Michiel Coxcie was working in Brussels circa 1520. It would seem that he then went to Rome  where it is thought that  he worked with the great Masters, 1530-1539 Influenced by Da Vinci, & Raphael, & forming part of Michaelangelo’s inner circle. Sam Fogg Galerie 15 Clifford Street, Mayfair, showing at Frieze Masters, London 15/19 Oct 2014.

 

Collector

Helly Nahmad Gallery, 2 Cork Street presents The Collector Installation at Frieze Masters. & Wows.  The large exhibit drew an immense crowd of people.It is an installation of an imaginary apartment set in Paris in 1968. Essentially the result of years of collecting, a remarkable journey of love. This evocative series of rooms strikes a resonance of our Artist’s Atelier where Marc & I lived so joyfully from 1976, near the Arc de Triomphe in Paris surrounded by our pictures, posters, collages, magazines, newspaper cuttings & bouquets of flowers, overlooking a garden with fig trees.atelier1

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COOP

The CO-OP Bank launched a new TV AD Campaign October 1st 2014. The ad is very clever & edgy.  It also features a “tattoo””Ethics & Values”, on, presumably, a man’s back.… The Ad has had lots of comment in the press.It is snazzy visuals, in modern greys, a sophisticated “Borgen” style orchestration  theme . U r captivated by the AD’s storyline

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LONDON - London is having a German art moment this autumn – Anslem Kiefer is already drawing in the crowds at the Royal Academy, Alibis: Sigmar Polke 1963–2010 opens at Tate Modern on 9 October, while the British Museum’s new show Germany Memories of a Nation is currently the subject of a series on BBC Radio 4 and is open from 16 October. Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Evening and Day auctions on 17–18 October also feature a range of works by artists from Germany including Andreas Gursky, Gerhard Richter, Neo Rauch, Georg Baselitz, Joseph Beuys, Candida Höfer and Albert Oehlen. Five key works, however, come from the enfant-terrible of German art, Martin Kippenberger, led by his 1992 self-portrait, Ohne Titel (Meine Lügen Sind Ehrlich). This colossal work is a masterpiece of the artist’s acclaimed body of self-images in which Kippenberger emulates and undoes the romantic ideal of the artist as heroic genius. At once combining an echo of Picasso’s cubist-African period with the iconic images of the half-nude twentieth-century master himself, Kippenberger’s painting looks to classical archetypes, no doubt inspired by the Greek island of Syros on which the work was created.  The result is a conceptually layered and dense pictorial invention that is replete with art historical allusion and cultivated artist-mythology. Four more works, Untitled (Peter), Peter-Series: Studierende Suchen Zimmer!, Krieg Böse, and Untitled, will be offered across the Contemporary Day and Evening sales.

Volkswagen @ the British Museum. “Memories of a Nation” currently on Radio 4 a brilliant,riveting  programme delivered every morning @ 9.45am & evening @  7.45.p.m.  by the Director of the British Museum Neil Macgregor.  LONDON – London is having a German art moment this autumn – Anslem Kiefer is already drawing in the crowds at the Royal Academy, Alibis: Sigmar Polke 1963–2010 opens at Tate Modern on 9 October, while the British Museum’s new show Germany Memories of a Nation is currently the subject of a series on BBC Radio 4 and is open from 16 October.
Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Evening and Day auctions on 17–18 October also feature a range of works by artists from Germany including Andreas Gursky, Gerhard Richter, Neo Rauch, Georg Baselitz, Joseph Beuys, Candida Höfer and Albert Oehlen. Five key works, however, come from the enfant-terrible of German art, Martin Kippenberger, led by his 1992 self-portrait, Ohne Titel (Meine Lügen Sind Ehrlich). This colossal work is a masterpiece of the artist’s acclaimed body of self-images in which Kippenberger emulates and undoes the romantic ideal of the artist as heroic genius. At once combining an echo of Picasso’s cubist-African period with the iconic images of the half-nude twentieth-century master himself, Kippenberger’s painting looks to classical archetypes, no doubt inspired by the Greek island of Syros on which the work was created. The result is a conceptually layered and dense pictorial invention that is replete with art historical allusion and cultivated artist-mythology. Four more works, Untitled (Peter), Peter-Series: Studierende Suchen Zimmer!, Krieg Böse, and Untitled, will be offered across the Contemporary Day and Evening sales. Emma Baker Text extracts & Kippenberger Image Courtesy of Sothebys.

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Arc

Arc de Triomphe. “Treve” wins for a second time in a row. Trained by a delighted Christine Maarek-Head, & ridden by Thierry Jarnet. Treve had shown disappointing form at Ascot in June. The Arc was highly anticipated with a capacity crowd & duly provided an exciting days racing with the main draw being Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe,  at recently renovated Longchamps race course in central Paris.France Galop.

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Lanvin winter 2014/15. Stunning black & white @Lanvin store on Mount street Mayfair London.

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Marc Jacobs scent bottles at the Marc Jacobs Flagship store on Mount street. Mayfair. Marc Jacob’s store has an eclectic choice of his womens & mens ready to wear lines, shoes, perfumes, books & magazines.

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Julien McDonald wows the Fashionistas @ Covent Garden Atrium with a £3.000.000. slinky, diamond encrusted white dress for S/S 15. Angelina Jolie meets Marilyn Monroe Hollywood glam for a series of  diamante  gem dresses that shimmer & plunge in all the right places, with clever tulle & transparent chiffon  details 

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Il Capitale Umano

Italian Film Il Capitale Umano. Arrow films launch in selected cinemas from 26th September 2014. Il Capitale Umano, Human Capital. Based on the Amercian novel by Stephen Amidon & relocated to Milan, in the wealthy area of Northern Italy. Strong cast with Fabrizio Bentivoglio, Matilde Gioli, Valeria Bruno Tedeschi, Fabrizio Gifuni, Luigi lo Cascio. Valeria Bruni Tedeschi worn Best Actress award at the 2014 Tribeca film Festival. Il Caitale Umano is a well paced, sleek neo noir thriller. Where the shell of glamour is confronted by an imminent vortex of despair showing the cracks in Italian society as they try to hold on to the dream, as the economy collapses. Directed by the Italian Paulo Virzi.

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Matilde Gioli, nicknamed the Italian Angelina Jolie, with Corrado Fortuna at the Premiere of Il Capitale Umano Milan Jan 7th 2014. Photo Jacopo Raule /Getty Images.

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Arrow Films Home Entertainment new Release. L’Assassino from the cult era of 1961.Originally released within months of Fellini’s La Dolce Vita, & Antonioni’s La Notte.  Arrow Films released July 21st 2014 a Blu Ray & DVD combo of L’Assassino with lots of special features. Elio Petri’s feature debut  directed Marcello Mastroianni & famous French film star, Micheline Presle in this dark, black & white kafkaesque thriller.A walk back in time as we see see the old black Alfa Romeos used by the Italian police. Under rated  Director Elio Petri said he wanted to reflect the changes wrought by the early 1960’s & to examine  a new generation of upstarts who lacked any kind of moral scruple. Tonino Guerra poet, co wrote L’Assassino, & he also worked on Antonioni’s Blow-Up, & Fellini’s Amarcord, during a period of inspirational Italian film making.

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Gripping Italian film to be released by Arrow Films in UK & Ireland in selected cinemas from 26th September 2014.        “Il Capitale Umano”. Human Capital. A gripping neo noir thriller based on the American novel Human Capital by Stephen Amido. The story has been relocated from America to wealthy Northern Italy. This sleek,elegant  thriller is an absorbing pastiche of life in Italian Society,with an economy in a vortex of despair. Valeria Bruni Tedeschi was awarded Best Actor  award for her performance in Il Capitale Umano,  at the Tribeca 2014 Film Festival.Film also starring Fabrizio  Bentivoglio, Fabrizio Gifuni, Valeria Golino, Luigi L Cascio. Director Paolo Virzi.

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Kate Moss as imaged by  Light Art & Holograph specialist Artist Chris Levine

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Arqana Deauville Bought for Mayfair Speculateurs by the Agent Peter Doyle for 1.100.000 euros August 17th 2014.

Arqana Deauville. Yearling Auctions.Presented by Monceaux Ecuries  Lot 178 Bought for Mayfair Speculators(South Africa0 by the Agent Peter Doyle for 1.100.000 euros August 17th 2014. Impeccable family of successful horses to his pedigree. Father Invincible Spirit,Mother Prudenza. Chiquita won the Irish Oaks. Treve won the prix de Diane. The list goes on. Arqana Auctions announce a w/e of 29.161.500 euros. a 9% increase on 2013. With an average price of 204.754.euro. 7 yearlings sold for 1.000.000+. An exciting evening where we saw the Coolmore team acquire Lot 140, presented by Haras du Mezeray, for 850.000.euro beating off Michael Wallace acting for China Horse Club & Harry Herbert Racing manager for Al Shaqab Racing. Lot 179, sister of Rock of Gibraltar, presented by Coulances Consignment was sold for 500.000 euros & should be going to Japan. Photo courtesy APRH .Arqana Auctions

The extraordinary rags to riches tale began when the filly by MYBOYCHARLIE out of the COMMON GROUNDS mare EUROLINK ARTEMIS was knocked down to Old Buckenham Stud for 800 guineas at the 2012 Tattersalls February Sale where she was consigned by Brookside Stud. She was subsequently resubmitted at Book 3 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale where she was knocked down to Scuderia Blueberry for 13,000 guineas. A wide margin winner of her first two starts for trainer Marco Botti and owners Scuderia Blueberry, EURO CHARLINE was then sold to Barry Irwin's Team Valor for whom she finished fifth in the 1000 Guineas, third in the Group 1 Coronation Stakes and won the Listed Valiant Stakes, before landing her first win at the highest level at Arlington.

The extraordinary rags to riches tale began when the filly by MYBOYCHARLIE out of the COMMON GROUNDS mare EUROLINK ARTEMIS was knocked down to Old Buckenham Stud for 800 guineas at the 2012 Tattersalls February Sale where she was consigned by Brookside Stud. She was subsequently resubmitted at Book 3 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale where she was knocked down to Scuderia Blueberry for 13,000 guineas.
A wide margin winner of her first two starts for trainer Marco Botti and owners Scuderia Blueberry, EURO CHARLINE was then sold to Barry Irwin’s Team Valor for whom she finished fifth in the 1000 Guineas, third in the Group 1 Coronation Stakes and won the Listed Valiant Stakes, before landing her first win at the highest level at Arlington. Courtesy Tattersalls Press Release.

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Arqana Deauville Yearling Auctions , 2014, we met energetic Rune Haugen Racing AS. A giant in the World of horse racing Norsemen.

After an unexpected winner at the Dubai Carnival Rune has been invited to bring 9 of his trained race horses from Norway to the next Dubai Carnival, that starts in January 2015. After a successful Norwegian Derby Trial, Rune is hopeful to do well in the Norwegian Derby next month. Rune Haugen will also  be running a horse at Haydock Park, in the UK, next month. Rune plans to run a horse at Ascot in October.There is a total of only 350 race horses that are in training in Norway. However, Rune is keen to take his race horse Giant Sandman, bought at Baden Baden, to race in California in 3 weeks time .He reflects, a  good pace for his horse, & most particularly good Prize Money, why hesitate ! & Cherry on the cake, his horse would have a good future as a stallion for US blood lines.

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Gabin

Christina the grand daughter of immense French Film star Jean Gabin, who loved horses,  has launched her own stud farm in the beautiful green Pays d’Auge. A few minutes from Deauville the chic sea side resort, which has excellent horse racing during July & August. Image still photo from the celebrated film Quai des Brumes Jean Gabin & Michele Morgan . Quai des Brumes, 1938, Marcel Carne’s thriller is considered a masterpiece. Christina De Asis Trem-Moncorge. Success Bloodstock. email :-succestina@hotmail.com

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Deauville Prix de Minerve 17th August 2014.An exciting &  Impressive win by Sharshana bred by the Prince Aga Khan’s Studs, owned by the Prince Aga Khan.  Trained by Alain Royer du Pre. Zarshana is a daughter to the celebrated  “Sea the Stars”. We were able to have a chat with Georges Rimaud, who joined the Prince Aga Khan 12 yrs ago,& who is the Director of the Bonneval Stud for the Prince, who has 4 studs in France. The Prince Karim Aga Khan continued the Family tradition of race horse breeding, that goes back at least a 100 years. Georges Rimaud joined the Aga Khan’s Stud operation in 2001 when its profile was quite reduced, & has built it up again. M. Georges Rimaud is a dedicated race horse breeder & under his direction the Aga Khan Studs are producing fine specimens.Breeding race horses is a true passion for these aficionados, as well as a dedicated investment.   Photo Courtesy Patrick McCann. & Racing Post.

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Deauville. Arqana Yearling sales started this evening in French coastal resort, Deauville. . Ecuries Monceaux sold a filly out of Monsun & Sasuela, in the first few minutes, for 1.200.000. euros hammer price. Several Yearlings issue of brilliant race horse,  “Sea  the Stars” sold well, as buyers dug into their pockets……..for a piece of the magic “Sea the Stars”…Photo courtesy Ecuries Monceaux.

Hara Montaigu

Haras   La Reboursiere Montaigu,  parfum d’excellence.   Amongst the young, future racehorses  that will be presented at the Arqana Yearling Auctions, we show here some presented by the stud farm La Reboursiere Montaigu . _     the glossy  chestnut 81- Filly by Galileo out of Danse Secretary & the handsome grey 38- Colt by High Chaparral out of Viva Maria. Arqana Deauville Yearling auctions 16-18th August 2014. The haras should sell successfully at the Arqana auctions,where  race horse  buyers & famous breeders are expected from around the World.

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Legacy Investments

Legacy Investments, in France, with fiscal advantages. Holiday Property Portfolio, with guaranteed rents. One of Europe’s leading construction  companies offers investment opportunities In idyllic surroundings with splendid sea views. Request bona fide details direct from the construction company thru the Chargee d’Affaires Jessica on  email kommunalinvestfr@aol.com

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Ecuries Monceaux

In the heart of green Normandy, 2 hours from Paris,  Famous, successful  stud farms abound, today we focus on the popular Ecuries Monceaux. Arqana will be holding their August Yearling sales from 16/18 August 2014. Ecuries Monceaux consistently present excellent yearlings that go on to win important races. As the young future race horses arrive in Deauville, we have selected 3 of this year’s Yearling offer from the Ecuries Monceaux team. The future race horses with  Coats gleaming & bright eyed.               INVINCIBLE SPIRIT / PRUDENZA. brother of the famous Chiquita.                                                             KENDARGENT / ENJOLEUSE, sister of Charm Spirit      GALILEO / ROYAL HIGHNESS, sister of Freeport Lux

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Spectacular finish to Royal Ascot’s Gold Cup. A series of Peter Mooney’s photo reportage records the Gold Cup highlights. Leading Light, ridden by jockey O’Brien just beats Her Majesty the Queen’s horse Estimate, & beating into 3rd place Missunited. As a knock out crowd of over 65.000 racegoers share their excitement with the Queen. The  thrilling race is brilliantly caught on camera by Irish photographer Peter Mooney. The racing images that follow capture the momentum as the horses race to the finish. & the victor Leading Light is led in by the proud owner.  The  Irish Trainer, Aidan O’Brien’s phenomenal record breaking 6th Gold Cup win.  Photograph of  Her Majesty the Queen & His Royal Highness, Prince Philip smiling on a happy day at Royal Ascot, shared with so many.  Royal Ascot celebrated over 286.000. racegoers this year,2014. However, Channel 4 TV viewing figures were down on 2013.  Hats Galore ! the ladies wore a series of brilliant hats, & co-ordinated outfits,  as Peter Mooney’s photos illustrate. With Thanks.AscotGold CupLeadingLight&2 no2

 

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Arqana Deauville 2011 Yearling . Toronado winning at Ascot in the Queen Anne Stakes,17th June 2014. Horse bought at the Arqana yearling sales in Deauville in August 2011,  for 55.000 euros by Amanda Skiffington.  Arqana Summer 2014 Auctions will be in July 2014. Arqana is backed by His Highness the Aga Khan.  Toronado owned by Al Shaqab Racing. Trained by Richard Hannon, who trains for H.M. The Queen. Toronado ridden to victory by Richard Hughes. BBC. Sport. Getty Images

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Peter Mooney captures this thrilling finish of  Kingman, in the St James Palace Stakes, on the 1st day of Royal Ascot 2014. Kingman owned by Mr.Khalid Abdullah. Trained by John Gosden. Jockey James Doyle. In green and white pink cap   1st Photo courtesy Peter Mooney.                                                                                                              In Following image Peter Mooney shows Hootenanny winning the Windsor Castle Stakes on the 1st day of Royal Ascot 2014. Trained by Wesley Ward in the USA. ridden by American champion jockey Victor Espinoza.Purple and white silks. Success for Owners D.Smith. Mrs J.Magnier. Mr M.Tabor.  The 3rd image shows Sole Power  arriving at Royal Ascot King’s Stand Stakes. Owner Mrs.S.Power. Trainer Edward Lynham. Jockey Richard Hughes wearing red and white silks. Image courtesy Peter Mooney.                                            Next fantastic  racing  image shows  Toronado arriving in grand style for Royal Ascot 2014 opening race on the 1st day. Trained by Richard Hannon, trainer to the H.M.The Queen. ridden by Richard Hughes. Owned by Al Shaqab Racing.             H.M The Queen in carriage image courtesy Getty Images                                 Image of Ladies in “Bresilien” blue hat & candy  pink rose hat thanks & courtesy Peter Mooney.                                      Image of Prince Harry and his pretty cousins Princesses Beatrice & Eugenie, Courtesy ‘Tell Me Boss”                                      Image of Royal Outriders courtesy  Ascot Hospitality ASCOT14HootenannyASCOT14Sole_PowerASCOT14ToronadoASCOT11QUEENGETTY IMAGESASCOT14HATPASCOT142QUEENASCOT146ARRASCOT1412EXPRESS.COASCOT148CHICLADYOWNERASCOT14PASCOT1413TELLMEBOSSASCOT147PREPARADEASCOT149GLAMOWNERSASCOT149OWNERSFROMPADDOCKASCOT145B4LASTASCOT1415NESSIE & YOUJ-YOUJASCOT1410ARABASCOTGUARDS141ASCOT1413ROYALASCOTHOSPITALITY

Kallos

Power Survival.Glory. Riveting ancient  art that transcends time & cultures. Kallos  Gallery has  recently been opened by Baron Lorne Thyssen -Bornemisza. May 2014.  Showing this Exceptional Corinthian bronze helmet, 6th century BC. All items carefully sourced over the past few years & respecting provenance conventions. Kallos, means Beautiful,  in Greek.Davies Street in the heart of London’s Mayfair. Baron Thyssen supports research & archaeology at Oxford university. & is part way through an open university degree in Classics. Photo courtesy Thyssen – Bornemisza. courtesy The Artnewspaper.

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Hats Galore. Patricia Underwood was seen strolling in London last week, looking stunning in one of her signature straw boaters. Patricia Underwood bespoke Millinery studio in New York. Photo Albert Giordan. Courtesy Town & Country.

Anna Paola

Venice. Anna Paola Cibin’s installation for Venice  Marco Polo airport to be inaugurated 13th June 2014. 70 amazing large colourful flying fish part of the “Swimming Air” creation by Anna Paola for Marco Polo airport.  Sponsored by the well known Venetian fabric manufacturer Rubelli. The fish are created in velvet repainted using unique techniques. Certain of the fish are in Murano handblown glass. A stunning flight of fish to greet air passengers as they arrive at the Marco Polo Venice airport. Venice highlighting creative art with the Venice Architecture Biennale & the famous Venice Film Festival. Brava to my friend Anna Paola, brilliantissime.

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Venice. Anna Paola Cibin decorated fish part of the Swimming Air installation Marco Polo airport Venice 13th June 2014.

Muse

Elegant Muse Hotel recently opened boutique hotel set in a large park. Route des Marres, Ramatuelle, just outside the charming Mediterranean resort & harbour of Saint Tropez. 40 kms from Palyvestre airport.

Mermaid

Raffaello Pernici presents a magical ceramic Mermaid in sea blues & greens  at Olympia Fine Arts & Antiques Fair, June 2014. The 1930’s ceramic Mermaid by Italian artist Arturo Pannunzio  (1891-1953)  for VBCM manufacture founded by Vincenzo Bertolotti.

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Raffaello Pernici presents a magical 1930’s ceramic mermaid by the Italian artist Arturo Pannunzio at Olympia Fine Arts & Antiques fair June 2014

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San Zulian church a medieval gem hidden away behind a white facade in Venice. Tommaso Rangone was a generous benefactor to the embellishment of this church. Inspired by their archives,  Bevilaqua suppliers to the Vatican. Bevilaqua’s Giardino cut velvets, hanging in panels  contribute to the dramatic Baroque decor, with impressive marble statues,portraits & gilded lamps.  Courtesy Bevilaqua.Sara Artuso.

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Venice. Facade of the Santa Maria del Giglio church. Originally built in the 10th century, the church was destroyed twice by fire. Facade of the church also known as the Santa Maria Zobenigo whose facade was funded by Antonio Barbero. photo copyright Giovanni call Orto.

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Anna Paola Cibin’s embroidered shimmering velvet fish, sea Bream…..re-embroidered with Murano glass pearls……

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Anna Paola Cibin’s elaborate  fishes float above Bevilaqua’s Palazzo terrace on the Grand Canal, Venice.

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Anna Paola Cibin’s fishes painted onto velvet, re-embroidered with Murano glass beads.

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Bevilaqua velvets, history & contemporary brilliance of Venetian fabrics. Archives are frequently used as inspiration to replace the antique fabrics in old Baroque  churches & palazzos.

 

Martina Franca

Italy in the summer. Martina Franca a fascinating medieval hill top town in the Puglia has a popular opera festival, Festival della Valle d’Itria, 12-31 July 2014. Fairytale Palazzo Ducale with its Baroque facade that dates from 1688. With exquisite interiors designed by Domenico Canella 1771-1776. Summer in the Puglia, vineyards, olive groves & local Trulli houses.

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Dolce & Gabbana shimmers down the Milan catwalk s/s 14. Italian designer team Dolce & Gabbana continue to enchant their followers with their beautiful collections.

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ARQANA.

ARQANA. Under the aegis of His Highness the Prince Aga Khan, a great horse breeder, & owner, Arqana Racing Club is a prime mover in the Horse Breeding & racing at Deauville. To celebrate Arqana’s first anniversary they have announced the launch of a new Racing stable syndicate, the Omnium Racing Club. The Public who are interested in owning a race horse can be inspired by the racing at Deauville. A 2 hours train journey from the Gare Saint Lazare in Paris. Deauville’s summer season will soon be under swing, and race goers will be able to enjoy the two delightful race courses & excellent horse racing & Polo, in this charming Normandy seaside resort.

Kallos

Courtesy of Kallos. New Greek Antiquities Gallery opening on Mayfair’s Davies Street London, 15th May 2014.The inspiration of Germano/Swiss entrepreneur & collector,Lorne Bornemisza-Thyssen de Kaszon. 4 generations of collectors, his late Father Heinrich’s stupendous Old Master Collection is now housed at the prestigious Palaccio de Villahermosa in Madrid. Kallos meaning Beautiful in Greek will specialise in Ancient Greek Antiquities. We have featured here a gilt silver roundel (3-1st century B.C.) Illustrating an eagle gripping Zeus thunderbolt.Hellenic East Greek.courtesy Kallos.Bornemisza-Thyssen.

Bucellati

Buccellati diamond and gold lace for gorgeous,fairytale rings by Italian jeweller  Bucellati . Buccellati is famous for its 18 carat gold jewellery made  in Italy by Artisans using techniques that are hundreds of years old. Including silver pieces Buccellati produces approx 4000 pieces per annum

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Buccellati High tech. 4th generation Lucrezia Buccellati is launching her new Bridal range for a young clientele. We feature sketches of  a delicate solitaire diamond engagement ring. & below a triple diamond  engagement ring from the new Buccellati  Bridal collection.  Courtesy Forbes.

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Ferrari

Ferrari 375 mythical sports racing car,from 1954, to be auctioned by Bonhams June 27th 2014,during Goodwood Festival of Speed. Estimate is refer to dept @ Bonhams, car being sold without reserve. Chassis 0384 AM, Shown here during the epic 1954 Le Mans 24 Hours race with Paolo Marzotto & Umberto Maglioli. Copyright GP Library.

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Marcel Massini at the wheel of the Ferrari 0384 AM during the epic 1954 Mille Miglia. copyright Marcel Massini. Ferrari 375 Sports Racer to be auctioned by Bohams during the Goodwood Festival of Speed 27th June 2014.

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Ferrari Chassis no. AM0384 driven through Silverstone Paddock,1954, by Ferrari Chief Mechanic Stefano Meazza. Copyright GP Library. Ferrari 375 Sports Racer to be auctioned by Bonhams during Goodwood Festival of Speed 27th June 2014.

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Racing Ace Gonzalez winning with the Chassis no 0384 AM at 1954 Silverstone. The Ferrari 375 Sports Racer to be auctioned by Bonhams at the Goodwood Festival of Speed 27th June 2014. Copyright SPITZLEY Collection. To be sold with No Reserve.

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Ferrari 375 Sports Racer Plus Engine. Copyright Bonhams

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Ferrari 375 Sports Racer Plus. Side view. Car to be auctioned by Bonhams during the Goodwood Festival of Speed, 27th June 2014.

 

Inspecteur de Luca

Italian Mystery series Inspecteur de Luca, due out on DVD April 14th 2014. After the success of Salamander, Arrow films launch Inspecteur De Luca, on DVD. After an initial showing on the BBC4  prime time slot on sats @ 9pm. Arrow Films are the distributors  of the brilliant Nordic noir series, Borgen, The Bridge,The Killing. This  elegant Italian series, Inspecteur de Luca is inspired by the popular mystery novels written by Carlo Lucarelli. The episodes are set between 1938-1948 from the height of Italy’s Fascist regime to the end of the tumultuous post war period. Inspector De Luca investigates & solves crimes in the city of Bologna & the seaside town of Riccione, along the Adriatic coast. Inspecteur De Luca is played by Alessandro Preziosi, the Director is Antonio Frazzi. The mystery stories adaptions are written by the author, Carlo Lucarelli, & Andrea & Antonio Frazzi, Laura Nuccetelli, & Laura Paolucci. Inspecteur De Luca is available  in Italian with English subtitles.

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Paris Rive Gauche Promenade on a sunny March 2014 weekend. Kate Moss an early photo, with montage effect in a Galerie Place Furstemberg. Gleaming green Beetle & decorated skull in a trendy rue Jacob Art Galerie. Gateaux at Mulot. Queues outside Laduree for delicious mini macaroons. Galeries & Bistrots on the rue Jacob,& Rue des Pres aux Clercs. Zuber panoramic wallpaper. Pierre Frey decors.  Rive Gauche Hotel Courtyards. Le Mondrian Brasserie on Boulevard Saint Germain. 

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Faberge

Faberge Easter Egg  amazingly rediscovered in America after having been “lost” for decades. Wartski Jewellers  will be putting the  Faberge egg on show for 4 days only 14-18th April 2014, at their  shop on 14 Grafton street Mayfair, London. The gold and diamond egg hides a magnificent Vacheron & Constantin watch. The egg, 8.2 cms in height, was made in the workshop of Faberge’s chief jeweller, August Holmstrom, in St Petersburg 1886-1887. Emperor Alexander 111 gave the Faberge egg to the Empress Maria Feodorovna Easter 1887.

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The Human Factor

The Human Factor Italian suspense drama presented in London during “Cinema made in Italy”. & Initially presented during the Swiss lakeside Locarno Film Festival, August 2013. Starring Silvio Orlando, Giuseppe Batiston, Sandra Ceccarelli, & Alice Raffaelli. First feature length film directed by Documentary maker, Bruno Oliviero.Cinematography by Renaud Pensonnaz created a modern  Italian ambiance. The story unfolds as the leading character, investigating a murder, makes certain realisations in his job as a policeman,with the palpable presence of the past, trying to overcome the death of his wife. The role of the policeman gives an imprint to the style. As well as a fresh angle on Life as it deconstructs the  Noir film a l’Italien. Silvio Orlando’s teenage daughter, desperate for attention, blurs the boundaries of the genre. Annecy France Cinema 2013,Special Jury Award Best Actor.Can thoroughly recommend this elegant Italian Film Noir. The  interrogations of the film’s final scenes are intriguing.

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Salamander

Salamander. Sophisticated politico/thriller. BBC 4’s recent,12 part, saturday nite thriller following on the Nordicnoir films has been Salamander.A flemish language Belgian police drama. Sleek Filip Peeters leads a good cast. This is a European story, set in Brussels, drawing in strands of a Political thriller with a police investigation. Smooth action, no bad language,  a sophisticated, intriguing story, enjoyable sat nite viewing.Arrow films, as part of their quality International quality crime series, are launching the 12 part Salamander series on DVD from March 17th. Arrow Films also  distribute the Bafta Award winning Nordic noir  series Borgen,The Killing, The Bridge .

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Richard Chilcott

Richard Chilcott at J.Robert Scott showed us a fabulous collection of “Ombre” shaded lacquered furniture, and interiors for apartments & airplanes. Careful preparation of the maplewood surfaces to be lacquered & the selection of a Pantone tint for the eventual colour, the US patented process for “Ombre” takes 16 weeks to produce the finished product. With  a factory in Los Angeles, this is American expertise at its best. Richard Chilcott showed us a range of precious, great to handle, fabrics in a palette of Beiges moving to Greys, GREIGE. Applications from Classic to Contemporary. Strictly exquisite American Luxury.home furnishings. J.Robert Scott has a sensational selection of colours for their super soft super kid leather, one of their best selling ranges, used for occasional seats & glamourous sofas. J.Robert Scott famous for their sleek furniture Made In America.           London Design Week, Chelsea Harbour.

Watts

Watts of Westmister gave a fascinating talk about their hand blocked wallpapers. The links to famous architects is well documented as is Watts’ link to Pugin. The significance of hand blocking to obtain a  large scale historic  patterns. The hand finishing ensures an in depth tactile surface effect. Depth of colours, & sensational Genoese flock wallpapers.  Famous patterns include Ravenna, Pear,Malmesbury,Baroque. The old pear wood blocks are being replaced by an exciting new blocking process using composite blocks. London Design Week Chelsea Harbour.

Rubelli

Rubelli Textiles recent best textile prize winners  @ Maison et Objet, Paris .       Rubelli’s Design Director, Alberto Pezzato during his presentation of Italian textile Rubelli’s latest fabrics. Rubelli is a historic Italian Family owned business based in Venice. Specialising in high quality Textiles for interiors, curtains,upholstery, wall coverings.  Rubelli was winner of another prestigious prize at the recent Maison & Objet show in Paris Jan 2014, Best Fabric for  a stunning quality linen fabric in an excellent palette of colours. The silk fabrics are of a quality that springs back in the hand, the colours are glorious & the  shimmering “legendary Fortuny inspired” “distressed” textiles, shot with gold threads, are perfectly adapted to a modern or a classic interior. Some of the new designs are inspired by Gio Ponte designs.  Quite unique are the classic patterns on graph paper backgrounds, so contemporary in aspect.Rubelli creates a range also for the Hotel  Trade of hard wearing Italian manufactured Trevira. London Design Week 2014 Chelsea Harbour. 

Viva

“Viva La Liberta”. Scintillating Italian film, Directed by Italian Roberto Ando, adapted from his 2012 book, “Il Trono Vuoto”, “The Empty Throne”, which won the “Premio Campiello Opera Prima” prize. The book gave rise to much discussion in Italy when it was published with a famous article in Panorama, the Italian news magazine. “Viva La Liberta” was released in Italy 14th February 2014, just before the recent elections. “Viva La Liberta” had its UK Premiere last nite at the Institut Francais, Cine Lumiere,London in conjunction with Film Italia. “Viva La Liberta” stars Toni Servillo (star of 2014 Oscar winner “Great Beauty”) Valerio Mastandrea, & Valeria Bruni Tedeschi. The audience appreciated a witty & sophisticated film. A political Italian farce. A film in the best tradition of Italy’s  “Commedia dell’Arte”. A divine story of political apocalypse so hilarious & tragic, in a more profound degree. A fictionalised life of an imaginary Politician in Italy. A snapshot homage to the legendary Federico Fellini is included in the film, when Fellini voiced his feelings about Berlusconi wanting Films to be interrupted by Ads on TV. Roberto Ando mentioned that when we re look at Fellini’s work we realise that his work was profoundly Political.   Roberto Ando feels that the unconscious desire to destroy Italian film production has been thwarted, despite Cinecitta production facilities being cut back. The pure enjoyment of “Viva la Liberta” reminds us of the cult 1960 Fellini films, “La Dolce Vita” & “8.1/2.”. “Viva La Liberta”,weaves strands between invention & reality.A modern political fairytale. This profoundly Italian & elegant, extremely funny, brilliantly acted film, somehow reminds us of the pleasure in sheer artistic intensity of the 1970’s cult films Francesco Rosi’s 1972″L’Affaire Mattei” with amazing Gian Maria Volonte, & the amusing stories told by French cineaste  Claude Sautet’s 1970 films with Romy Schneider & Yves Montand. European films have so much to offer in enjoyment.

 

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