News & Exhibitions

14 Feb TEFAF is coming…

TEFAF Maastricht 2017 opens next month and the Stair Sainty is delighted to be returning to stand 348.


This year we are taking around 25 paintings spanning from the mid 18th through to the early 20th centuries. Illustrated – one of the highlights of our stand – a large scale painting by the symbolist artist, Alexandre Séon. Here we see a monumental figure standing in a nocturnal landscape looking towards a lone star in the sky. The white-robed young woman is timeless and the setting could be from anywhere. The stars overhead represent a potent symbol of eternity. 


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26 Jan Sotheby’s New York Old Master Sale 25 January 2017

Sotheby’s were able to announce quite a decent total for their January Old Master offerings of just over $27 million for some 41 lots. Looking at what actually happened, however, gives quite a different picture. Of these 41 lots, 20 went unsold and the bid price on 13 of the sold lots was at or below the low estimate. So how did this sale produce such a result? There were just four lots that made over $1 million and three of these made a multiple of their estimate; it was these three, which sold for a total of $15,150,000, that made the sale seem a success even though the bid price on only 8 lots exceeded the low estimate.


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23 Dec Happy New Year

Happy New Year, we hope you had a peaceful Christmas. 

2017 promises to be an exciting year for Stair Sainty Gallery and we are already working on fairs and exhibitions for the coming months. Our first event will be TEFAF Maastricht in March, this fair is arguably the worlds most prestigious gathering of art and antiques dealers and we look forward to bringing you more news of our stand in the coming weeks. 

For any further information about Stair Sainty and our upcoming events, please contact the gallery.


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05 Dec Old Master sales week 2016

This week sees the focus of the Art World turn on London’s big auction houses for their annual December Old Master sales. Months of work and research culminate in two major evening sales, one at Christie’s in St James’s and the other at Sotheby’s on New Bond Street. These sales are a great opportunity for collectors to see many different artists hung together and to explore the variety and depth of Old Master paintings. 


As well as these sales, this week is a perfect time to visit galleries, like Stair Sainty, and view their excellent examples of Old Master paintings. We will be exhibiting an important painting by Francisco de Goya alongside works by Jean-Baptiste Greuze, Alessandro Algardi and Gabriel de Saint-Aubin. As a contrast we will also be featuring 19th and early 20th century paintings by Marcel-Beronneau, Blanche, Vogler, Boutet de Monvel and Beltran Masses


Visit us at 38 Dover Street, we are open weekdays from 10am to 6pm. 

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Commissioned to parallel the Wars of Religion with the Bourbon Restoration


The Bourbon restoration in 1814 and 1815 represented an existential crisis for the French – it heralded a period during which France was at peace (aside from a small diversion in Spain in 1823) but followed a time when even some of the most loyal adherents of the ancien regime had come to reluctantly admire Napoleon’s extraordinary military triumphs. France’s gradual decline in the face of an increasing powerful Great Britain during the eighteenth century had been briefly followed by a twenty-year period when France and its parvenu ruler dominated the European continent. Now her economy was in ruins and the country was only saved from total humiliation by the adept diplomacy of Charles-Maurice de Talleyrand, the aristocratic former Bishop, Foreign Minister to Napoleon, and architect of the restoration.

Charles Maurice de Talleyrand Périgord (1754–1838), Prince de Bénévent

Baron Gerard, Charles Maurice Prince de Talleyrand in his Study, painted in 1808 (New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Wrightsman Gift).


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Portraitist of the great figures of the avant-garde art world of his time, master of the still lifes and, finally, a symbolist entranced by Wagnerian legends and mystical fantasy, Fantin-Latour cannot be placed in any particular category. He was certainly not constrained by the disciplines of academicism but, although a friend of and even exhibiting with the impressionists, his exquisite paintings of flowers and fruit reflect a much older artistic tradition. Now a new exhibition of his work (Fantin-Latour, à Fleur du Peau) has been staged at the Musée du Luxembourg (closing on 12 February 2017), which not only includes all aspects of his painted oeuvre but a series of photographs.


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MARCEL-BERONNEAU, Salome (54 x 65 cm)

These portrayals of  Judith, the young widow whose beauty attracted the attention of the commander of the army attacking Israel, Holofernes, and who then decapitated him, were painted some three hundred years apart. They also represent very different views of the Jewish heroine, perhaps influenced by changing attitudes to femininity and female power.


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When we acquired this portrait of a young girl by the Jewish woman artist Clémence Roth (1858-1908) we knew no more about her than her birth and death dates. We soon discovered that there was an oft-exhibited painting by her in the Musée des Beaux Arts at Morlaix, of a young girl holding an orange – this turned out to be a portrait of her daughter about whose later life we know little.

Clémence Roth, Young Girl holding an Orange, Musée des Beaux Arts, Morlaix

Our painting had been included in a small museum exhibition of women artists and was illustrated in a recent book on women artists (Femme Artistes, by Sylvie Buisson), but we have been unable to identify the sitter even though it is set in a fashionable winter garden, with stained glass windows in which two coats of arms are partially visible.


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22 Sep The London Autumn Art Season – Frieze Week

After a successful fair at La Biennale Paris, we are back at the gallery and our attention now turns to the busy Autumn Art Season here in London. 


Come in and visit the gallery over the coming weeks as we exhibit Old Masters and 19th century paintings by AlgardiGoyaGreuze and Blanche to coincide with Frieze Masters art fair in Regent’s Park, and early 20th century paintings by Marcel-Beronneau and Boutet de Monvel to compliment PAD London Art + Design, which is just around the corner in Berkeley Square.  


For more information, please contact the gallery. 

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02 Sep La Biennale Paris, 2016

We salute the French people for their bravery during a time of great tragedy and loss, as well as the Société Nationale des Antiquaires for their decision to remain steadfast in celebrating France’s ongoing commitment to the arts. We hope that France will remain a beacon of light and enlightenment to inspire artists and visitors alike.

‘As an artist, a man has no home in Europe save in Paris’.  ‘ F. Nietzsche

This year we dedicate our stand to the great city of Paris with artists who received their training in the city or had their first early success there. These include masters such as Jean-Baptiste Oudry, Jean-Baptiste Greuze and Élisabeth-Louise Vigée Le Brun, Baron Gérard and Élie Delaunay, as well as Jacques Émile Blanche, who documented Parisian intellectual life at the turn of the 20th century.

The centre of our stand recalls the Belle Epoque fascination with Salomé, who inspired playwright Oscar Wilde and composer Richard Strauss as well as many artists who in turn looked to Wilde’s interpretation of the Biblical story. We shall be exhibiting four Salomé paintings by the French symbolist painter Pierre-Amédée Marcel-Beronneau, as well as the dramatic Salomé painted during the closing months of the First World War by Cuban born Spanish artist, Federico Beltran Masses.  


Elizabeth & Guy Sainty


La Biennale Pairs is open from the 10th – 18th of September at the Grand Palais, Paris.

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