News & Exhibitions

7 - 12 November 2012On the strength of its successful inaugural show last year, Paris Tableau takes place again at the Palais de la Bourse, from 7 to 12 November. The fair will feature a special exhibition Hidden Treasures of the Gobelins, a dozen painted trapestry cartoons from the Mobilier National and Tableau host for the first time a film festival that explores the relationship between old master paintings and contemporary cinema.On our stand you will find a wonderful Traversi Card Players and a striking set of seven views of Malta by Pullicino. We look forward to seeing you. For information on the fair or tickets please contact the gallery....

3 OCTOBER - NOVEMBER 16, 2012Stair Sainty Gallery is pleased to announce the first major UK retrospective since 1938 of the late Cuban-born, Spanish artist Federico Beltrán-Masses, who painted poetic, carnal women in dark-blue nocturnal shades, in Paris in the 1920’s and 30’s. The exhibition will include his two most famous paintings, Salome and La Maja Maldita, exhibited at the 1920 Venice Biennale, as well as his portraits of Hollywood legends Joan Crawford and Douglas Fairbanks Jr, and the painter's allegorical subject pictures which often took their inspiration from Baudelaire. A fully illustrated 178 page hardback catalogue of the exhibition is available from the gallery upon request.Reviews:Art Wednesday - "a major retrospective"Culture24 -"[Echoing] the darkly romantic escapism of 1920s cinema" ArtNet - "Beltrán captured the escapism that characterised post-First World War society and the Jazz age [...

9 - 14 October 2012Stair Sainty was pleased to participate in the success of the inaugural frieze masters fair in Regents’s Park, sister to the now legendary Frieze. The new fair brought together an exciting collection of 90 top-notch dealers exhibiting fine art that ranged in date from antiquity to the year 2000 – near contemporary.  The fair took place in a luminous and airy Selldorf-designed tent that aimed to (literally and figuratively) show older art in a new light; stands in peaceful shades of grey allowed the works of art to command the attention of viewers. To see a video of the fair and hear from its director click here....

28 June - 4 July 2012Building on it's stunning success in 2010 and 2011, Masterpiece London brings together a wide range of top exhibitors from far and wide.  At the peak of the capital's summer season, Masterpiece London presents art and design of the highest order, enlivened with its own special twist.  Its mission? To thrill collectors and delight all comers. Should you wish tickets for fair please contact the gallery to have them left at the door.  We look forward to your visit....

16 - 25 March 2012TEFAF, Maastricht 2012 will bring together the highest quality of objects in each of its represented fields. This year Stair Sainty is pleased to be exhibiting a perfectly preserved terracotta by Houdon believed to anticipate the marble portrait of Christoph Willibald Von Gluck that the artist presented at the Salon of 1777. We also have a thickly painted Henri Martin view of the Mediterranean and a Monet view of the Normandy coast. A dramatic large-scale nineteenth-century painting of a pair of Bengal Tigers dominates the entrance to the stand. Please do not hesitate to be in touch should you wish further information about Masterpiece 2011, or would like tickets or Thursday night’s preview tickets....

February 2012The National Gallery of Art, Washington, recently acquired Still Life of a kitchen table with dressed partridge, pheasants, a rack and leg of lamb, a basket of oranges and five ripe pears by the French painter to King Louis XV, Alexandre-Francois Desportes. The kitchen still-life shows game birds and rabbit, grandly prepared for a banquet, ready to be cooked in the palace’s ovens. The interior scene is unusual for its casual atmosphere in Desportes’s oeuvre....

4 - 8 November 2011We are showing at the inaugural Paris Tableau. This new fair, held in the centre of Paris, is dedicated entirely to Old Master paintings and like the Musée Louvre, will showcase exclusively works painted before 1850. The gallery will be exhibiting a wide range of old Masters including a recently rediscovered Canaletto and a Francesco Guardi Capriccio. An oil sketch of the Entry of Henri IV into Paris by Baron Gerard to be shown at Tableau was the artist’s proposal for the related, later Versailles painting. Presented to the King for approval, Louis-Philippe later gave this sketch to the Duchesse de Berry. We will also exhibit a wonderfully personal work by Ary Scheffer related to the Louvre’s large-scale Les ombres de Francesca da Rimini et de Paolo Malatesta apparaissent à Dante et à Virgile.Please contact the gallery should you wish further information about Paris Tableau, general admission tickets or tickets to the Thursday evening preview. A map showing the Palais de la Bourse, located just blocks north of the Louvre, may be found here....

30 June - 5 July 2011Masterpiece 2011 will bring together a wide-range of top-level exhibitors during the peak of London’s summer season. Enlivened by pop-up dining from Le Caprice and Harry’s Bar, the fair will be open from 11 am to 9pm over the weekend and we welcome seeing you at stand 22. We will exhibit major works by Jacques-Louis David, Pierre Puvis de Chavannes, Andre-Francois Desportes and Alessandro Algardi there.Please do not hesitate to be in touch should you wish further information about Masterpiece 2011, or would like tickets or Thursday night’s preview tickets....

18 - 27 March 2011TEFAF Maastricht 2011 will bring together the highest quality of objects in each of its represented fields. This year Stair Sainty is pleased to be exhibiting for the first time since 1901 a recently rediscovered masterpiece, Ludus Pro Patria, by the highly influential Pierre Puvis de Chavannes; contemporary critics considered Puvis to be the greatest French painter of his day. In addition, we will exhibit a sun lit Courbet from a series of views of Lake Geneva (Lac Léman), which the artist executed while living in exile in La-Tour-de-Peilz, a town on the lake's Swiss shore. Also of interest are two paintings by Dubois-Pillet, one of boats on the Seine, the other a still-life of flowers; hung side-by-side, they demonstrate this early pointillist artist's technique and range. Should you wish complimentary tickets to the fair please contact the gallery....

FALL 2010 The National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, has installed a new Neo-classical gallery that features a signed and dated portrait of Countess Tolstoy by Elisabeth Vigée le Brun. The painting, dated 1796 and painted upon the artist’s arrival in St Petersburg, was sold by the gallery earlier this year....