The beginning of December sees a flurry of activity in London's galleries and sale rooms in the form of Old Master Sales Week.  It is an opportunity for the Art World to focus on fine art by established artists from the past whose works have stood the test of time and whose legacies are clear for all to see.  Stair Sainty are delighted to be showing paintings at our gallery, 38 Dover Street, by Old Masters including Boucher, Subleyras, Oudry, Goya and Loir, as well as 19th century artists such as Delacroix, Degas, Manet and Levy-Dhurmer.   Come and visit out gallery weekdays from 10am to 6pm....

Masterpiece London 2018, the high point of the London Art Season, opens with week. 

Visit us on stand D7 from Thursday 28th June until Wednesday 4th July (preview 27th June) and see works by artists including, François Boucher, Corrado Giaquinto, Sir William Beechey, Bernard Boutet de Monvel, Federico Beltran Masses, Jacques-Émile Blanche and Pierre-Amédée Marcel-Bérroneau.

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, Giaquinto, Vigée Le Brun, Rouart, Blanche, List, Marcel-Béronneau and Boutet de Monvel. For more information about TEFAF Maastricht, please contact the gallery.    ...

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-Béronneau, Blanche, Vogler, Boutet de Monvel and Beltran Masses.  Visit us at 38 Dover Street, we are open weekdays from 10am to 6pm. ...

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 Algardi, Goya, Greuze and Blanche to coincide with Frieze Masters art fair in Regent's Park, and early 20th century paintings by Marcel-Béronneau 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. ...

The scandalous Princess Salomé portrayed as a temptress by Gustave Moreau, Franz von Stuck, Pierre Marcel-Béronneau , Armand Point and Federico Beltran Masses is more a construction of the Western canon than a religious figure. The portrayal of the Jewish princess in the early twentieth century owes more to Oscar Wilde and Richard Strauss than the Gospels. Salomé’s mother Herodias bore a grudge against John the Baptist’s denunciation of Herod as unlawfully married but her name is not mentioned and only appears in later re-tellings. The Gospel of Mark recounts [6:21-29]:

Beltran Masses, Hollywood, Vilma Banks, Silent Films, Portraits

Clarence Braum, Valentino, Vilma Banks, and Beltran Masses during filming

Marion Davies, William Randolph Hearst, Hollywood, Citizen Kane, Beltran for sale

Federico Beltran Masses with Marion Davies


Beltran Masses and Rudolf Valentino were introduced on the French Riviera during the summer of 1924, by their mutual friend Vincente Blasco Ibanez who summered on his estate in Menton, France. Rudolph Valentino and his wife Natacha Rambova (born Winifred Shaughnessy) visited Natacha’s family in Juan les Pins, when Beltrán left for the Riviera from his home in Paris. The Valentinos had given Beltrán their card with both addresses: Juan les Pins and another in Hollywood, and the artist and actors spent a few days there together.

Now that summer is in full swing and you might be enjoying a few days holiday, why not come and visit the gallery to see a fascinating group of paintings from the 17th to the 20th centuries. The hang, spread over two floors, includes works by Goya, Vigée Le Brun, Beltran Masses, Marcel-Béronneau, Greuze and many other artists. 

'There is an erroneous view, commonly held, that art is an amusement. People consider it thus, presumably ignoring that there are plenty of other sources of amusement; that art can be philosophy-that art can be psychology' Federico Beltran Masses, 1938

Stair Sainty Gallery are pleased to release details of our exhibition for Masterpiece London 2016.