CURATED TALKS & TOURS AT ROCK STARS 11th and 18th December 3pm Pantiles Arcade Royal Tunbridge Wells TN2 5TE

Every weekend Stephen Colegrave – Curator of the Selling Exhibition ‘ROCK STARS: Punk to Pop’ – will be hosting free talks and tours. On Saturday 11th and Saturday 18th December 2021 at 3pm you can join the event, no booking neeeded. The Exhibition takes place at The Design Gallery in the Pantiles Arcade, 49 Lower Walk, The Pantiles and is open Tuesdays to Sundays (closed Mondays) until 31st December. Featuring rare, limited edition 1970s rock photography by Leee Black Childers, Bob Gruen, Nat Finkelstein and other leading names, the artists include: DAVID BOWIE, DEBBIE HARRY of BLONDIE, NEW YORK DOLLS, PATTI SMITH, SEX PISTOLS, LOU REED, RAMONES, ANDY WARHOL, JOHN AND YOKO LENNON, IGGY POP, THE STONES, TINA TURNER, ELTON JOHN, MADONNA and more. It tells the story of the birth of Punk in Downtown New York to the clubs of London and the transition to Pop. Stephen Colegrave co-authored the best-selling book ‘PUNK. A Life Apart’ with Chris Sullivan, and wrote ‘Inside Music’. The private collection of images are framed and signed by the photographers. Further information please call us on: 01959 561234 or email: sales@designgallery.co.uk Prices start at £295.

ROCK STARS: Punk to Pop 13th November-31st December Royal Tunbridge Wells

A selling exhibition of iconic images of David Bowie, Debbie Harry, John Lennon, and many more, opens at the Design Gallery in Royal Tunbridge Wells on Saturday 13th November and runs until 31st December 2021. Rock photography has become one of the fastest-growing art investments of the 21st Century. A private collection of rare, limited edition photographs shot in 1970s downtown New York and London’s Soho are to be offered for sale, all signed by the photographers.

The musicmakers and culturemakers featured include Iggy Pop, Andy Warhol, Patti Smith, The Ramones, The New York Dolls, The Clash, Sex Pistols and Lou Reed. The exhibition is curated by author and journalist Stephen Colegrave to celebrate the 20th anniversary of his and Chris Sullivan’s best-selling book  “PUNK. A Life Apart”, based on over 100 interviews with leading punk figures. Over the last 20 years this has been recognised as a seminal work and studied in universities and colleges worldwide.

The important artefacts tell the inside stories of one of the most dramatic periods in music-making history and are rarely available for sale. The works were originally created by the late Leee Black Childers (Photographer and The Heartbreakers Manager and Bowie Tour Manager), the late Warhol photographer Nat Finkelstein, and acclaimed American rock photographer Bob Gruen. The prints are signed by the photographers. Also included are prints from original silk screens from Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm McLaren’s shop SEX.

Talks hosted by Colegrave will be held during the weekends of the 7-week exhibition and are free to attend.

This visual lexicon is staged within The Design Gallery’s showrooms which feature Art Deco, Modernist and Mid-Century furniture, lighting, sculpture and jewellery. Colleagues including Eric Knowles (BBC Antiques Roadshow) sell four centuries of design within this new centre which is being called “spectacular” by clients and visitors.

Rock Stars: Punk to Pop is open Tuesdays to Saturdays 10am-5pm and Sundays 11am-4pm (closed Mondays) at The Design Gallery, Pantiles Arcade, 49 Lower Walk, The Pantiles, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN2 5TE. Please email or telephone us for further information: sales@designgallery.co.uk 01959 561234 / 07974322858

WAREHOUSE SALE 29-30-31st October 10am-5pm at Starborough Farm, Marsh Green, Edenbridge TN8 5RB

Our bi-annual Warehouse Sale takes place on Friday 29th, Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st October 10am-5pm at Unit 1a Starborough Farm, Starborough Road, Marsh Green, Edenbridge, Kent TN8 5RB. Up to 20% discounts are available on Art Deco and Arts & Crafts Movement pieces and on vintage jewellery. No appointment necessary. Call 01959 561234 or email us: sales@designgallery.co.uk for further information. The Design Gallery’s three showrooms in the Pantiles Arcade, 49 Lower Walk, The Pantiles, Royal Tunbridge Wells TN2 5RE are open as usual: Tuesdays to Saturdays 10am-5pm and Sundays 11am-4pm.

TUNBRIDGE WELLS SHOWROOM NOW OPEN

We are delighted to announce the opening of our new showroom in the newly-created destination ‘The Pantiles Arcade’ at the Corn Exchange, 49 Lower Walk, Royal Tunbridge Wells TN2 5TE. Three room sets featuring fine examples of Art Deco furniture, lighting, sculpture, glass and jewellery can now be visited on Tuesdays through to Saturdays 10am-5pm and on Sundays 11am-4pm. We are closed on Mondays. Clients are calling our space “spectacular”. A wide range of art glass, Georgian glass, early English porcelain, silver and Tunbridgeware is also available from our colleagues. We hope to welcome you soon. The Marsh Green showroom and warehouse remain open, currently by appointment. Please call or email us for further details: 01959 561234

Re-Opening Wednesday 14th April 2021

The Design Gallery Showroom and Warehouse will be re-opening on Wednesday 14th April from 10am-5pm. We will now be open every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10am-5pm, no appointment needed. You can also visit by appointment on Mondays and Tuesdays, please call John on 01959 561234 / 07785 503044. Sanitising station and social distancing provided.

6 to 10 seater Original Art Deco Cloud Dining Suite attributed to Epstein just arrived

A rare and original Art Deco extending Dining Suite, attributed to Epstein, that seats 6 up to a “cosy” 10 people. The table features stunning burr walnut veneers. Please call 01959 561234 or email: sales@designgallery.co.uk for the price and availability.

Suffragette (R) Jewellery Collection new additions

We are adding new necklace and bracelet designs to the Suffragette Jewellery Collection this week, including “Kamala” – a beautiful piece which features citrine, amethyst and white freshwater pearls. In the early American suffrage movement, gold (yellow) symbolised hope – while green was adopted by the British Suffragettes; purple stood for dignity and white represented purity of purpose and spirit.

At the Inaugration Day in Washington, references to the women’s movement were highly visible: President Biden saluted the early women’s marches; Vice-President Harris wore a purple coat; and performers Lady Gaga arrived at Capitol Hill in a white cape-coat by Matthew Williams for Givenchy, and Jennifer Lopez was glamorous in head to toe white Chanel and white diamonds.

PLACES TO VISIT NEAR EDENBRIDGE KENT

KENT: Chartwell, home to Sir Winston Churchill and his family for over 40 years, is 15 minutes’ drive from the showroom. The National Trust property is decorated as it was in the 1930s and includes glorious gardens, Churchill’s art studio and the largest collection of his paintings. https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/chartwell

Quebec House in Westerham, was the birthplace of General James Wolfe who achieved victory over the French army in 1759 at Quebec. Like Sir Winston Churchill, there is a statue commemorating him on The Green. The National Trust property has a pretty garden, second hand bookshop and activities for children. The house is open by tour only and closed some days  https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/quebec-house

The font in which Wolfe was baptised and a memorial window to him, “The Adoration of the Magi”  by Sir Edward Burne-Jones, can be seen in the Church of St Mary the Virgin in Westerham.

Down House in Downe was the home of Charles and Emma Darwin. http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/home-of-charles-darwin-down-house/

Hever Castle, the childhood home of Anne Boleyn, boasts 700 years of history and 125 acres of glorious gardens. https://www.hevercastle.co.uk/

Eden Valley Museum, Edenbridge features the social history of West Kent and has the recently discovered “Chiddingstone Hoard” of 10 gold coins on permanent display. It is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays and on some mornings. http://www.evmt.org.uk/

WEST SUSSEX: Standen in East Grinstead, is a beautiful Arts and Crafts house designed by Philip Webb, with interiors by Morris & Co., lighting by WAS Benson and William de Morgan ceramics. https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/standen-house-and-garden

EAST SUSSEX: Charleston, West Firle, near Lewes: the home of the Bloomsbury group’s Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant. Closed Monday and Tuesdays (except Bank Holidays). https://www.charleston.org.uk/  You can combine Charleston with a visit to Virginia Woolf’s Monk’s House in Rodmell https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/monks-house and the Berwick Church murals http://www.berwickchurch.org.uk/bloomsbury%20at%20berwick%20home.html

Farley’s Farmhouse and Gallery, Chiddingly, near Lewes: the former home of American photographer Lee Miller and surrealist painter Roland Penrose. Open Sundays only until the end of October. https://www.farleyshouseandgallery.co.uk/

SURREY: Watts Gallery and Chapel, Compton, near Guildford: A remarkable Arts and Crafts Movement chapel, the gallery of Victorian painter/sculptor George Frederic Watts and Limnerlease, the home of Mary Watts and GF Watts. The Watts Gallery and Limnerlease are closed on Mondays (except Bank Holidays), the house requires pre-booked tour tickets. Mary Watts’ chapel incorporated early Christian art and Celtic symbolism, hand-crafted by the village residents. The gallery also shows paintings by their friends Evelyn De Morgan and ceramics by William De Morgan. https://www.wattsgallery.org.uk/

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Coming Soon – Art Nouveau

We are expecting soon a number of pieces of Art Nouveau Sculpture which we intend to feature in a dedicated display. These will include bronze, art metal (spelter), terracotta and plaster items by Continental names including Goldschieder.

Art Nouveau (1895 – 1910) was a very distinct style of organic, curvilinear, feminine and individual design with it’s roots in the British Arts and Crafts movement, particularly embraced in France, Belgium and Austria, also including eastern Europe and the Baltic states. Names who excelled in this style were; Lalique, Horta, Hoffman, Mackintosh, Majorelle, Galle, Mucha and Gaudi. Many other extraordinary artists flourished in this historically short design period encompassing architecture, furniture, sculpture, decorative items and jewellery. It’s unique flowing, asymmetric nature and the consequent difficulty in producing large numbers of pieces brought the period to a close and would have developed to Art Deco much sooner had the First World War not intervened. We’ll keep you informed as to dates and pieces in the next few weeks, John and Chrissie.

Furniture Warehouse Open Weekend and Sale in Edenbridge – 26 and 27 April

Come and browse 2000 sq.ft. of Art Deco, Arts & Crafts and Gothic Revival furniture at our Open Weekend and Sale on Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 April. The pieces, which are mostly unrestored, are displayed over several large rooms so that you can view them at your leisure. Each piece is keenly priced to sell. Opening hours are 10am – 5pm on both days at EASISTORE, ENTERPRISE WAY, EDENBRIDGE, KENT TN8 6HF. Telephone: 01732 862626. The gallery is open as usual on Saturday 26 April 10am – 5.30pm and extended hours on Sunday 27 April from 11am – 5pm.

Happy 2014!

Happy 2014 to all our Customers. We have just received our first Contemporary versions of the wonderful original Art Deco Phenolic Dome Table Lamps. They are available in a wide range of colours. Please see the website for photographs or email us for further details.