News & Exhibitions

24 Apr Read all about it! – Press for our exhibition, Degas: Little Dancer Rediscovered

Our exhibition, Degas: Little Dancer Rediscovered, has received lots of press, click the links below to read some of the articles for yourself…

The Guardian

The Art Newspaper

Fine Art Connoisseur


The Week

i Newspaper

Art Daily


The show runs from 27th April to 26th May, weekdays 10am – 6pm



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24 Apr Degas’s Little Dancer, Aged Fourteen: Six Mysteries Revealed – A lecture with Dr Gregory Hedberg

In conjunction with Stair Sainty Gallery’s upcoming exhibition, Degas: Little Dancer Rediscovered, Dr Gregory Hedberg; the author of the new book Degas’ Little Dancer, Aged Fourteen – The earlier version that helped spark the birth of modern art, will be giving a lecture on Thursday 4th May, 6pm at the Lansdowne Club, Mayfair.

Dr. Hedberg’s lecture explores the various problematic findings regarding the physical state of Degas’ Little Dancer wax sculpture today and how the recently discovered plaster helps to explain these puzzles.  The influence of Degas’ Little Dancer in 1881 on Whistler, Manet, Sargent and Seurat will also be explored.

If you would like to view the accompanying exhibition in advance of the lecture, please visit the Stair Sainty Gallery at 38 Dover Street at 5pm. 

The lecture will be followed by a wine reception.


For more information on the Lansdowne Club, including the dress code, please click here

For more information on this lecture or to notify us you wish to attend, please contact the gallery

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13 Apr Degas’s Little Dancer Aged Fourteen: what did it look like when first exhibited?

The most direct evidence of the appearance of this iconic sculpture was a drawing, one of three on a single sheet, in which the young Marie van Goethem is presented from several different angles, including a full frontal image which shows her standing, facing forward with her weight evenly distributed on each leg. Her bodice has a low cut décolletage, and extends down to her navel, with her head only slightly tilted upwards. The other two drawings on the sheet show her from behind at slightly different angles, her arms stretched straight behind with her hands clasped lightly together. In one of the two her hair is partly plaited.


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27 Mar Degas: Little Dancer Rediscovered

Stair Sainty is delighted to announce we will exhibiting a bronze of Edgar Degas’s iconic sculpture, Little Dancer Aged Fourteen, which records the sculpture’s pose as it appeared at the 1881 Impressionist Exhibition. This follows the recent publication of a monograph on the work by art historian Dr. Gregory Hedberg, in which he demonstrates that the bronzes known to museum visitors around the world, from the Tate, London, to the Metropolitan Museum, New York to the Musée d’Orsay, Paris, actually represent Degas’s reworking of the original sculpture.


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10 Mar TEFAF Maastricht 2017

The world’s most prestigious art fair, TEFAF Maastricht, is taking place at the MECC, Maastricht, The Netherlands. The fair is open daily from 11 am and runs until the 19th March.

Visit us on stand 348 and see a unique collection of paintings, from the 18th to early 20th centuries, including works by Greuze, GiaquintoVigée Le BrunRouartBlancheListMarcel-Beronneau and Boutet de Monvel.

For more information about TEFAF Maastricht, please contact the gallery.



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14 Feb TEFAF is coming…

TEFAF Maastricht 2017 opens tomorrow and Stair Sainty is delighted to be returning to stand 348.

This year we are taking around 28 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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