Pool house – Shell Installation
2013 was a busy year and 2014 looks set to continue in the vein of a healthy balance between sales of artworks and commissions.
Artist Blott Kerr Wilson travelled to Asia to install a shell work at the commission of Guilded on behalf of our client. Following completion Charlotte Bowater travelled to oversee the unveiling from its protective cover following completion of the building works and interior furnishing. As is usually the case with an installation the artist had only experienced it in the context of a building site or partially finished interior. Charlotte was therefore delighted to see it make an impression on guests of the family during an unveiling dinner in its pool house setting and to forward images of the event to the artist.
While Guilded enables a client to move from initial enquiry to visualise an actual outcome it is ultimately their own vision that sees it realised. It is the first of its kind to be realised in Asia and the result was stunning, both in daylight and even without ideal lighting.
Mirror for Tory Burch Germany
Since publishing the new Pineapple lantern on 1stdibs recently Guilded received an order for the model in a polished brass finish from Dell Mitchell Architects in the USA on behalf of their client in California.
The design team, returning to Guilded as a resource for locating pieces for other projects, asked if we could help with a 68″ tall mirror, Chippendale style, unfinished and available rather than made to order on a lead time. Within 24 hours the enquiry was turned around and several options put forward, one of which is now making its way to the new Tory Burch store in Germany.
The fact that Guilded can deliver a sale to a workshop in Britain, yet simultaneously provide a solution to a design firm in the States for a mirror that will ultimately hang on a wall of a Tory Burch store in Germany is the perfect exemplar of our work.
Installations completed in Thailand
At the beginning of January Charlotte Bowater travelled to Thailand to oversee an installation on behalf of a client. In June 2013 this client consulted her to propose a solution for an artwork to hang on the wall facing the entrance of their foyer. As is standard, it is key to establish the use of the room and by whom, the taste of the users, and establish the fabrication of walls, light sources and so on we had an additional feature to consider: this being a 5 metre high oil painting in the style of a 15th century Italian altarpiece by contemporary Thai artist Natee Utarit, due to be hung on the adjacent wall. The key was to evolve a proposal that would not compete with this painting, yet hold its own as the first work of art experienced by guests arriving at the house. While there was no direction over medium and it could have simply been beautiful, the client did express a preference for a three-dimensional piece. From this starting point we considered and evolved ideas for a proposal. One starting point was to consider reversing Natee Utarit’s look at the Westernisation of Asians in his monumental work, and find a visual language in our piece that referred to the Asianisation of Western art. We also wanted to infer the status, beliefs and embracing warmth of the family to guests arriving at the threshold in a way that could be appreciated by all comers, whether Western or Asian.
Guilded proposed working with independent artist Sophie Coryndon, who in addition to being a successful artist is particularly accomplished with specialist finishes. Initial proposals met with our client’s approval and the dialogue with Coryndon began. She chose to evolve her design to combine her expertise with that of her father Nicholas Coryndon’s cabinet making workshops in creating the underlying structure.
The two proposals finally submitted for the space were so successful that the client decided to commission both, resulting in our adapting one for the different orientation of the wall in their dining room. So it was that Sophie, her brother David Lewis – manager of Coryndon Ltd, and Charlotte Bowater of Guilded flew to Bangkok to install the finished commissions, airfreight by the outstanding Air-Sea Packing Ltd. The installation was well prepared and successfully signed off. In our client’s own words “Thank you very much for what you have been doing for us…. the Bodhi trees will always be regarded as my most precious piece.”
Now back in the UK Guilded continues to work on other proposals for the client. Looking ahead, but also with some reflection on all the projects undertaken to date, the fact that Guilded’s reach extends to clients across the globe from Asia to the US is testament to the level of personal service offered and the outstanding resource we have here, the artists and craftsmen who we work with.
The Fallen Deodar
We currently have a major bronze being prepared for casting by the Bronze Age Foundry in East London. By Devon based artist Jilly Sutton the piece is entitled ‘The Fallen Deodar’.
The appeal of Sutton’s artistry is manifold, but the element that stands out is the spiritual peacefulness that her work conveys. We have secured the artist’s casting and will be shipping it to a client in the Far East, in whose garden it is designed to be ‘discovered and to promote contemplation’.
The following images document the process of ‘Deodar’s’ creation from the raw material to the completion of the piece. We are now ‘sprueing’, just one stage of many. Various stages of the process are attended by the artist, right up to the final finishing.
The search for the perfect sculpture for this client’s requirement has taken some time. Other artist’s were considered, but none with the purity of Jilly Sutton’s. Her work succeeds in transcending culture and religion, this being an element that particularly appealed to our client.
We look forward to palleting, casing, shipping and delivering this piece into its intended site in the coming weeks, but more so to the client’s reaction to it in situ!
Bespoke Lanterns – Dell Mitchell Architects
We have another hanging lantern heading to the States, with a commission to make two smaller companion lanterns for an adjoining area. These have been agreed in principle and are entering the final detail design phase in conjunction with our clients, Dell Mitchell Architects. Our drawings are 3D and are actually dropped into the architects drawings for the client, so they get the best feel for the result.
Today the thrilling news is that the esteemed Helen Amy Murray has offered Guilded the opportunity to represent her first ever original art work. It must have been two years ago that Helen and I met and spoke about her making the time to producing art work which would enable her creative development. It is inevitable that any artist or maker who is commissioned finds a larger proportion of clients asking for repeats of former work or evolvements. By setting aside time for creative development, Helen will increase her integrity as an artist and test techniques, materials and ideas. The results will be made entirely by her own hand and utterly collectible.
Helen Amy Murray
We are delighted to announce the significant sale by Guilded of the first original artwork by Helen Amy Murray. This post is written not just to publish the sale but to illustrate the concept behind Guilded and demonstrate how it plays out to the benefit of artist and client.
On the one hand we encourage the creative development of exceptional artists and makers by encouraging them to produce speculative pieces that are handled by Guilded much as a dealer handles and promotes a work of art. The intention in this is two fold: to effect the sale of the piece itself, as well as to stimulate commissions from its promotion.
On the other hand we serve clients who look to Guilded for recommendations and opportunities to purchase from, or commission, exceptional artists and craftsmen to their personal taste. In this Guilded acts as agent and handles the entire process from brief and commission to delivery on behalf of both maker and client.
Charlotte Bowater, Director of Guilded, says:
“Three years ago Helen and I met and discussed how Guilded and the Helen Amy Murray studio might work together in the future. Helen has built a very successful business over the years creating bespoke sculpted leather wall panels which are installed in the finest addresses and yachts worldwide. One result for Helen personally was that the demand of managing and developing the business was overtaking time for personal artistic development. The solution was to work on the business structure to create enough free time for her to personally create original one-off artworks that are in process, concept and actuality independent of the Helen Amy Murray studio business.
The process of restructuring around a hectic studio schedule has taken the best part of the last two years. However, this process complete, Helen was invited to show at the inaugural Crafted: Makers of the Exceptional showcase at Somerset House last month and this galvanised her to create her first signature artwork: “Conversation: 2013”.
As soon as “Conversation: 2013” was released for sale I was delighted to offer it to a private client who had already expressed a desire to commission the studio at my recommendation. They recognised the unique opportunity to acquire the first framed artwork by Helen herself and decided on its acquisition. This exceptional piece will now take centre stage in a room, the interior decoration of which will now be determined around it.
It is a real pleasure to look back on a conversation held a couple of years ago and to have instrumented the sale of the first piece we discussed the prospect of her making back then.”
Before the piece ships Helen will be showing the sold artwork to a client who intends to commission her for a bespoke artwork personal to them. So in turn this first speculative piece is already prompting a new commission for Helen’s own artistry. And thus the aims of Guilded comes full circle with perfect serendipity.
(Please note that the image shows a detail of the full artwork only)