Tuesday, 22 June 2010

M/M J.M.W.Turner’s Masterpiece Modern Rome – Campo Vaccino To Be Offered For Sale at Sotheby’s in July

J.M.W.Turner’s Masterpiece 
Modern Rome – Campo Vaccino
To Be Offered For Sale at Sotheby’s in July
--Undoubtedly One of the Most Important Turners Ever To Come to Auction--
--Exceptional Condition--
--Impeccable Provenance, Last Seen on the Market in 1878--

Sotheby’s London, Old Master and British Paintings Evening Sale, 7 July 2010. Lot 57, Joseph Mallord William Turner R.A. Modern Rome – Campo Vaccino, Oil on canvas (unlined), held in the original plaster. Est. £12/18 million. Image courtesy of Sotheby's London. All rights reserved.

Sotheby’s is delighted to announce that in its Evening Sale of Old Master and Early British Paintings in London on Wednesday, 7 July 2010, it will present for sale Joseph Mallord William Turner RA’s great masterpiece Modern Rome – Campo Vaccino, with an estimate of £12-18 million. Painted in 1839, this breathtaking painting shows the artist at the height of his technical powers and is undoubtedly among the most important of Turner’s works ever to come to auction. The painting is further distinguished by its immaculate condition and impeccable provenance, having only appeared on the open market once in the 171 years since it was painted. The picture was bought by the 5th Earl of Rosebery, and his wife Hannah Rothschild, in 1878 and has remained in his family collection ever since. This uninterrupted provenance ranks this work as perhaps the most important of only five comparable major Turner oil paintings remaining in private hands today. The auction of this painting presents an astonishingly rare opportunity. Arguably Turner’s finest depiction of an Italian city, this sun-filled panorama represents the culmination of the artist’s fascination with Rome, a fascination which lasted a period of more than 20 years.

Sotheby’s has the most successful track record of selling works by Turner. Commenting on the forthcoming sale of Modern Rome – Campo Vaccino, David Moore-Gwyn, Deputy Chairman, UK and Senior Specialist in Early British Paintings at Sotheby’s, states: “This is Turner at his absolute best. One of the most evocative pictures of Rome ever painted, this picture has everything: a colourful, relaxed beauty, exquisite detail, flawless condition and superlative provenance and exhibition history. One of the last great Turner masterpieces to have remained in private hands, its sale at auction represents a once-in-a-generation opportunity for collectors and one of the landmark moments of my 35-year career at Sotheby’s.”

Turner was fascinated by Italy - like many of his contemporaries and predecessors – and it was a country which provided him with a rich source of subject matter, particularly given his interest in the rise and fall of civilizations. Modern Rome – Campo Vaccino is his final painting of Rome and the monumental work, which measures 90.2 by 122cm (35.5 by 48 in), brings together all of the studies that he made during his two visits to the Italian capital. One of Turner’s most compelling landscapes, when he first exhibited it at the Royal Academy Turner chose to accompany the painting with lines from Byron’s Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage: “The moon is up and yet it is not night,/ the sun as yet divides the day with her.” However, Turner has done much more than merely capture the city lying in a moment between day and night; he has fused the city’s modern life with its historic past. Through meticulous attention to detail and a brilliant and bold use of colour he has recreated a sparkling city bathed in atmospheric light. The painting evokes the very essence and qualities of an Eternal City.

For the painting, Turner has taken as his viewpoint the top of Capitoline Hill and from here he depicts a scene that unfolds as the spectator’s eye first engages with the Forum, flanked by the Arch of Septimus Severus, the Temple of Saturn and the Coliseum. Beyond the distinctive shapes of those familiar buildings, the great arches of Diocletian’s Baths come in to focus on the left of the view and the distant landscape around the city captures the silhouette of St John Lateran clearly visible on the skyline. The dreamlike vista combines and presents us with the glories of the past; classical antiquity (with the remains of ancient Rome), the Rome of the Renaissance and Baroque and the seat of the Papacy while daily contemporary 19th-century life in the city - with its goatherds, religious processions and people simply attending to their business – takes place in the foreground.

Modern Rome – Campo Vaccino’s state of preservation is truly exceptional; never relined and never subject to repair or restoration, the picture retains the freshness of the moment it was painted to a remarkable degree. David Moore-Gwyn states: “The condition of this painting is one of its most amazing attributes. It is outstanding and helps to highlight the genius of Turner by revealing the various techniques that he employed: the cross hatching of dry paint, the thinning out of the paintwork, the working with the bristles of his brush, the array of paint textures and the subtle nuances of colour he uses. These remarkable workings are clearly evident to the eye.”

The painting’s first owner was the Scottish landowner and collector Hugh Munro of Novar, Turner’s close friend and supportive patron during the 1830’s, who acquired the work directly from the artist’s Royal Academy exhibition of 1839. Novar was one of the greatest collectors of Turner’s work and the only one of his patrons to travel with him to Italy. Modern Rome remained in Novar’s collection for almost 50 years until sold in 1878 by his executors. The Earl of Rosebery (1847-1929) and his new wife Hannah Rothschild acquired the painting at this auction, while on their honeymoon, for the staggering sum of 4,450 gns. The picture has since descended through the family of the 5th Earl of Rosebery.

The picture’s exemplary provenance is further enhanced by its exhibition history and inclusion in a vast body of literature on the artist. The painting has featured in no fewer than three exhibitions at the Royal Academy and has also been on public exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum, The Tate and more recently in the highly acclaimed JMW Turner show at the National Gallery of Art in Washington. It has also been on loan to the National Gallery of Scotland since 1978, and was recently part of their Turner and Italy exhibition in 2009, which travelled to Ferrara and Budapest. * Pre-sale estimates do not include buyer’s premium


The painting will be on view at:
Sotheby’s New York from 29 April to 14 May
Sotheby’s London from 4 to 7 June, 16 to 22 June and 3 to 7 July
--The painting will also be available for private view by appointment--


Friday, 18 June 2010

Royal Ascot

Thursday, 17 June 2010

M/M Nikos A. Salingaros: Anti-Architecture and Deconstruction

Image courtesy of the author. All rights reserved.

Review by Nicola Linza

The great architects Vitruvius and Palladio devoted their lives to bringing architecture to life by working from a powerful mastery of science, mathematics, and Universal Laws. In a continuance of this heritage, Dr. Nikos A. Salingaros has used his contemporary genius in mathematical physics to architecture to create a collective body of work that sets forth scientific evidence showing the series of illogical and misleading failures of the Modern and Deconstruction movements.

Salingaros exposes the hideous cult atmosphere they created and the pseudo-intellectual theory that accompanied it to sell their concepts and proposals. It is made perfectly clear to an intelligent objective reader how such trickery, skillfully utilized, has unfortunately in this case allowed such distorted manifestations of architecture and urban planning to occur worldwide.

In this particular book "Anti-Architecture and Deconstruction," via a series of brilliant essays by himself, and with others, Dr. Salingaros exposes the low degree of organized complexity in Modernism and Deconstruction, and elegantly outlines their destructive and dangerous nature. The practitioners and propagandists of those movements who force-fed ugly, monstrous and evil architecture (and the pseudo-intellectual theory that accompanied it) upon the public are themselves proved to be lacking scientific knowledge, and lack an understanding of the human soul. Dr. Salingaros shows once again, with an outstanding level of intellectual clarity and vigor, that relying upon scientific analyses yields incredible results.

Nicola Linza's review of Dr. Salingaros' work cited in the 3rd Edition edition (May 1, 2008) of the publication. For more information
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Dr. Salingaros shows once again, with an outstanding level of intellectual clarity and vigor, that relying upon scientific analyses yields incredible results.” —Nicola Giacomo Linza “Deconstruction is an architectural style that in ...

Tuesday, 15 June 2010

M/M The Five Principles Presented by HRH The Prince of Wales

Manner of Man supports the five principles
presented by HRH The Prince of Wales:

"Firstly, recognition that sustainability actually means building for the long-term – one hundred years, rather than twenty years;

Secondly, because of this, it is worth building in an adaptable and flexible manner, reassessing and re-using existing buildings wherever possible;

Thirdly, it is worth building in a manner that fits the place, in terms of materials used, proportion and layouts and climate, ecology and building practices;

Fourthly, it is worth building beautifully, in a manner that builds upon tradition, evolving it in response to present challenges and utilising present day resources and techniques;

And, finally, it is worth understanding the purpose of a building, or group of buildings, within the hierarchy of the buildings around it and responding with an appropriate building type and design. Doing this often implies the composition of a harmonious whole, rather than the erection of singular objects of architectural or corporate will which merely panders to ego-centric imperatives. "

A speech by HRH The Prince of Wales at the New Buildings in Old Places Conference at St James's Palace, London
31st January 2008

The Prince of Wales http://www.princeofwales.gov.uk/

A Single Man (Soundtrack) - 19 Clock Tick

Friday, 11 June 2010

M/M Interview with Domenico Vacca

Image of Domenico Vacca provided to Manner of Man Magazine/Welldressed for exclusive use by Domenico Vacca and cannot be reproduced without written authorisation. All rights reserved.

Nicola Linza and Cristoffer Neljesjö had the privilege to exclusively interview Domenico Vacca of Domenico Vacca during June 2010 in New York

Your grandmother, recognized as one of the finest tailors in Southern Italy, how did she influence your life and taste?

She influenced my life and taste very much. I grew up on tailor tables, touching fabrics, watching beautiful creations coming alive. Her attention to details, her knowledge of fabrics and draping are still strongly printed in my mind.

It was an amazing time.

My father influenced my taste very much as well. He had amazing taste and he was one of the best-dressed men that I have ever known. His wardrobe still inspires my men's collections.

Before your brand who of the past do you consider to be the most important figure for men in terms of influence and quality?

The tailors from my home town. The tailors from the South of Italy school. There is not and there has never been anybody in men's fashion worthy of notice.

Fashion has been for years only for women.

Small tailor shops in London and the South of Italy are the only reference in good sartorial men's clothes.

Domenico Vacca reflects pure quality and charisma, how do you work to maintain the brand image for the future?

Imposing our taste level and not compromising on quality.

It is too easy to go..."Commercial" in fashion.

We are committed to make the finest clothing and accessories in the world...period.

Everything we make is at the highest level possible. We challenge ourselves everyday. We study our competitors and we make sure what we make is years and years ahead in craftsmanship, fit and fabrics compared to everyone else.

We have being the luxury brand that makes real luxury...and many look up to us for that...and it is our mission not to disappoint anybody, our clients and our...competitors as well.

Who do you wear yourself both for main clothing and accessories?

I wear....Domenico Vacca...I wear clothes and accessories most often from my latest collections.Today I am casual and I am wearing  the "Jeremy", named after my friend Jeremy Piven, from my new jeans collection just launched two weeks ago, a white hand made shirt with double button collar, a linen and wool royal blue jacket with peak lapels and patch pockets, a two color alligator belt, brown and black, my favorite DV watch, crono with red alligator face and strap, and chocolate brown alligator loafers.

What do you think of the flood of so-called “Street Style” where anyone grabs a camera and becomes a so-called blogger often without discretion or an eye for quality?

This is a good question. Not very excited about that. Streets sometimes generate interesting ideas and they are very rare. I believe that we should bring style to the "streets" instead of looking for style in the "streets". I believe that whoever works in fashion and has knowledge of style and fashion has a duty to help people to dress better. Americans are eating better and exercise more. David Barton says: "look better naked". I think that they still need to put some effort in looking better...dressed.

There are so many style blogs today how do you select your media?

My publicist does that for me. The goal is to be part of blogs that have a good reputation and an audience that is truly passionate about fashion and that is eager to know more about fashion.

Where do you reside during vacations, how do you spend your time and what do you wear?

I spend my vacation in the Mediterranean. Mainly Italy, in my hometown area, in lovely towns as Andria, Trani, Bari, beautiful towns that tourists are discovering now. I spend time also in Positano near Naples, in Portocervo, in Sardinia and in the South of France. I try to wear as much linen as possible when I am on vacation! Linen shirts, pants, jackets, slippers...sometime with a worn out pair of jeans. I try to rest, read a book, keep up with the news, go swimming and get new ideas for future collections. I like to walk through the narrow streets of resort villages and on the beach. I also try to play tennis and go horse back riding with my wife, my son and my son's girlfriend...and I try to spend time with my friends in my hometown that I have known for 40 years.

Favorite man in history to wear your clothes and why?

Few of them come to my mind. Likely enough of our clients must have taste and style in order to understand and wear our clothes. The ones that come to my mind now are Jeremy Piven who understands quality and wears my clothes with the right style and...attitude...also John Malkovich, we just did his wardrobe for his role in Transformer 3. Definitely, Denzel Washington and Forest Whitaker understand and wear our clothes the way they should be worn.

It is 1970 and we are meeting up at a party that Luchino Visconti is having in Rome. What are you wearing? In addition, whom do we want to meet?

You are now talking about one of my favorite directors. if in the summer and at a formal affair I would wear a white double breast silk tuxedo with a double button white shirt, no tie, if less formal a dark black linen suit with a crisp linen white shirt and a silver tie.

The above interview with Domenico Vacca 2010 © Manner of Man Magazine/Welldressed. All rights reserved. Reproduction is strictly prohibited without written permission from the publisher.

Wednesday, 9 June 2010

Tuesday, 8 June 2010

M/M Interview with Jeremy Hackett

Image of Jeremy Hackett provide by Hackett, London. All rights reserved.

Interview with Jeremy Hackett conducted by Cristoffer Neljesjö and Nicola Linza in London during June 2010

How would you describe your personal style?

In a word Classic ...but hopefully not old-fashioned.

Where do you find inspiration for new designs?

I have been regularly scouring the markets and routing out vintage clothes for more than thirty years, and I always manage to find something to draw inspiration from them.

How often do you follow the different rules in classic style, and how important do you think they are?

think that like most men we enjoy the rules and rituals of dressing; it is the basis from which we can then add our own touch of individuality and personality.

What do you think men should think about when buying a suit?

Buying a suit is an investment so I think one should buy the best one can afford. The fit of the shoulder is one of the most important aspects of a suit, and care should be taken with sleeve lengths because nothing looks worse than sleeves than hang down to the knuckles it upsets the whole balance of the suit. One must also make sure that the trousers are not worn so long that they crumple onto your shoes.

Apart from Hackett, where do you buy your suits?

I have all my suits made at Hackett, although I do have a couple of vintage numbers purchased from the market.

If you could go back to any era, which would it be? Moreover, why would you prefer that particular era?

To be honest I am perfectly happy with the 21st century ...this way I can look back on the decades through rose tinted glasses.

It is 1970 we are meeting up at a party that Luchino Visconti is having in Rome. What are you wearing? In addition, whom do you want to meet?

I would wear a plum velvet jacket white voile shirt and white jeans with black Gucci loafers, no socks. Of course, I would like to meet the man himself and the star of several of his films Dirk Bogarde an incredibly stylish man and a real gentleman with a waspish sense of humour. (I served Dirk Bogarde on several occasions in our Sloane St shop until his death in London.)

The above interview with Jeremy Hackett © 2010 Manner of Man Magazine. All rights reserved. Reproduction is strictly prohibited without written permission.

Sunday, 6 June 2010

M/M The Transformed

"Society is now one polished horde, formed of two mighty tribes, the Bores and Bored." 

by George Gordon Byron, Lord Byron

Wednesday, 2 June 2010

M/M Interview with Frederik Willems

Image provided for exclusive use by Gieves & Hawkes. All rights reserved.

In honour of the 2010 Royal Ascot season Cristoffer Neljesjö of Welldressed and Nicola Linza of Manner of Man had the privilege to exclusively interview Frederik Willems, Head of Design, Gieves & Hawkes in London 

How would you describe your style
Classic, understated and elegant

Where do you find inspiration for new designs? 

From everywhere we can. From exhibitions, art, vintage pieces, architecture but most of all, real people

The three-piece suit with the Edwardian double-breasted waistcoat is a favourite of ours from the 2009 collection. Does that look speak volumes about the new Gieves & Hawkes view on ready to wear? 

We believe the three-piece Edwardian suit is rooted in Gieves & Hawkes’ history and that the timing is right to highlight it once again.

How do you look at bespoke tailoring? 

Bespoke is the jewel on the crown. At Gieves & Hawkes the design team works as closely as possible with the Bespoke team to create interesting pieces to use for shows and exhibitions. It is great to know that realisation of the imagination is possible. For example, we commissioned a Bespoke Admirals Coat / parka from our naval archive for LFW in February. The piece demonstrated the expertise and craftsmanship that Bespoke tailoring demands. Our Bespoke team at Gieves and Hawkes are the best in the world and have gained a tremendous reputation across the globe.

What man in your view is (or was) the ideal of masculine good looks? 

I believe that the main thing is confidence, and if one has confidence it will shine in their appearance. A man who sports understated elegance and knows the rules of dressing will turn heads

What period of masculine style in clothing is one that you would gladly return to personally

I love the late 30’s, and am getting more and more fascinated again with the 80's.

Your preferred Ascot look?

A light grey fine sharkskin wool three piece Bespoke suit, with double breasted waistcoat.

If you would dress any man who would it be?
It would be the late Louis Mountbatten, 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma who was a customer of Gieves & Hawkes. A true style icon

Gieves & Hawkes №1 Savile Row, London

The above interview with Frederik Willems 2010 © Manner of Man Magazine/Welldressed. All rights reserved. Reproduction is strictly prohibited without written permission from the publisher.

Tuesday, 1 June 2010

M/M The Measure of A Man: Edward Fox

Image of Edward Fox from a private collection. All rights reserved.

The Day of the Jackal (1973)

Bruckner - Te Deum (1) : Te Deum (Karajan Wien 1978)