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Here is a selection of beautifully crafted chocolate eggs made by top patissiers such as Pierre Hermé and Alain Ducasse, mixed up with Pysanki, Ukrainian Easter eggs, decorated with superb traditional folk designs, some of them rather primitive-looking, using a wax-resist (batik) method. The word pysanka comes from the verb pysaty, “to write”, as the designs are not painted on, but written with beeswax. A-Gent of Style couldn’t help thinking that some of their patterns would make terrific fabrics. Wouldn’t you agree?

Wishing my A-Gentees a happy chocolate-induced Easter.


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THE WONDERS OF ART FROM THE ISLAMIC AND INDIAN WORLDS AT CHRISTIE’S





Christie’s‘ An abundance of riches from the Islamic and Indian worlds will focus on three sales this week celebrating Islamic Art Week. Yesterday’s sale,
Oriental Rugs & Carpets, featured property from exceptional private collections from around the world, including rare 16th C weavings from Egypt, Damascus and Ottoman Turkey. Arts & Textiles of the Islamic & Indian Worlds this Friday will also offer a diverse array of works from across the spectrum of the category.

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But it is on the third and remaining sale that A-Gent of Style has decided to focus his attention today. Tomorrow’s auction, Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds, 10 April at 11 a.m and 2.30pm, will cover works of art from across the Islamic world, notably Turkey, Iran and India. A-Gent of Style must come clean straight away and admit that he is a total ignoramus as far as islamic and Indian arts are concerned and you will not find in this feature any form of scholarly or specialist erudition. Christie’s specialists will do a much better job than I could ever do.

The reason for today’s feature was simply for A-Gent of Style to show you his selection of objects from the catalogue which either struck, charmed, surprised or attracted him for no other reason than their  visual impact and for representing a great source of inspiration for interior design projects.

Happy viewing or happy bidding!



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Encompassing folios, illustrations, paintings, pottery, rugs, panels, jewellery, ceramics and artillery, here are the objets that A-Gent of Style found compelling for either their aesthetic richness, calligraphic excellence, jewel-like quality, wealth, sophistication, beautiful colour combination, dazzling illumination, quality of execution, peaceful depiction, iconographic or figurative prowess, or purely their spectacular decoration.

If you want to know more information about any piece or its estimate, you can view Christie’s full catalogue here. Exhibitions of the sales are also on show at King Street and Christie’s South Kensington branch.



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AFFORDABLE ART FAIR SPRING 2014





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The Battersea Park Affordable Art Fair is back and is now open until Sunday inclusive! March sees the return of London’s friendliest art fair, welcoming art lovers, art connoisseurs and art novices alike to discover affordable art by thousands of artists under one roof. The 117 participating galleries come from all over the UK and abroad, bringing their choicest selections for you to browse, buy, and enjoy.

Everything is for sale between £40 and £4,000, with paintings, original artist-made prints, sculpture and photography all on show. Whether you are looking for artwork that is traditional or contemporary, humorous or edgy, by a famous name or an undiscovered talent, there is something for everyone!


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