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Master Pieces Delivered To Dr Jeffrey Lant CEO(http://Worldprofit, Inc) in Cambridge, YOU ARE INVITED. 12/18/2012 - 11:30 est.
Leopold II “before” and “after” with the inset ofSimon Gillespie. Catherine Stephens, Countess of Essey
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Table of Contents1. When your experts disagree and why every connoisseur needs a conservator of integrity andverve... like I have.2. Youre lovely, absolutely lovely. Connoisseurs, the objects of their desire, the gnawingobsession.3. The angel in my house, the alluring Catherine Stephens, countess of Essex, painted by Sir MartinArcher Shee, PRA.
Master Pieces Delivered To Dr Jeffrey Lant CEO (http://Worldprofit, Inc) in Cambridge, YOU ARE INVITED. 12/18/2012 - 11:30 est.When your experts disagree and why every connoisseurneeds a conservator of integrity and verve... like I have.By Dr. Jeffrey LantAuthors program notes. When I go to an art museum, gallery or auction house I am eagle-eyed andfastidious to a degree. A nick in the frame, the dust and grime of centuries, the general effect sadand forlorn, all these I see. I see, too, the myriad of other defects in these often bedraggled artifactswhich are a severely neglected part of our artistic inheritance. I see them... I decry them... but if thepicture in question be on offer... such defects constitute a cri de coeur I cannot resist.For I am a good Samaritan, thrilled by finding something that was once splendid but has fallen uponhard times; an object once of brilliance and splendor, calling to me to restore it to its pristine allure.I hear the cry, I see the need, but alone I cannot do the task. To achieve the desired result I need acollaborator... a person as fastidious as I am, as exacting, as motivated to return a once beautifulthing to its full, proud state. I need -- Simon Gillespie, sleuth, chemist, aesthete, magician. And, asthis article will prove, I am lucky to have him, just as he is lucky to have me... both essential for theachievement of the goal.For the incidental music to this article, I have selected, so perfect, Modest Mussorgskys 1874 suite"Pictures at an Exhibition" (which youll find in any search engine) because I know what going toexhibitions with Simon is like. We are both opinionated men, men of wit and wisdom, men unafraidto weigh in on the relative merits of any picture by any artist on earth... we are men, too, who enjoy,as what true connoisseur does not, lifes good things... and we like to share them, too.Dorotheum.I am always on the hunt for another picture for my collection. One admirable place to find the OldMasters I desire is in Vienna at Dorotheum, where since 1707 connoisseurs have found pictures totheir taste. I loved it at once and I somewhat regret sharing this information with you, as I know youwill love it, too, and someday we may vie for the same object, to your dismay since I am unrelentingwhere the pursuit of beauty and ownership are concerned. Still, as I am a good Samaritan...At Dorotheum I find the treasures particularly of Middle Europe, lands of nobility, culture, and ofonce proud dynasties now with impecunious relations who sell history with regret. I feel completelyat home in these corridors...The "Gnaw" test.... The picture of Holy Roman Emperor Leopold II captured my eye at once. It was, even in itsterrible condition, worth a second glance.... then a third. It portrays the future Emperor as GrandDuke of Tuscany, in 1765 , a lucky boy who had been gifted with the city of Florence and environsto reign over. It was a fate any civilized person could enjoy without cavil. His brother Joseph II wasemperor of all, with all the worlds problems. Fortunate Leopold had la dolce vita and the portrait,for all its imperfections, showed that.Thus fortified, I slept on the matter, and it passed the "gnaw" test; viz., if the item in question is ofsufficient interest that it gnaws at you ... then you must pursue the matter. That is the connoisseurscredo, and I adhere to it fiercely.I emailed the efficient staff at Dorotheum, requested the condition report (it made for almostmacabre reading what with all its damages and how they happened)... and then asked to speak withthe staff expert on this picture. She was charming, knowledgeable -- and adamant.http://www.LizsWorldprofit.com Copyright Elizabeth English - 2012 4 of 12
Master Pieces Delivered To Dr Jeffrey Lant CEO (http://Worldprofit, Inc) in Cambridge, YOU ARE INVITED. 12/18/2012 - 11:30 est."Do not buy this picture."If you have never done business with any of the major auction houses, you may well be incredulousat an employee therein telling a customer looking for reasons to buy that such reasons were few,indeed non-existent, and that youd be most sorry if you disregarded the advice not to purchase. Butthere is a method to this madness and that is the value of long-time satisfied customers. Suchcustomers in the Old Masters category can easily buy objects totaling hundreds of thousands, evenmillions of dollars in a lifetime. Thus these auction houses, many founded like Dorotheum in the18th century, take the long view -- and so their candor stems from more than basic honesty... it isgood business.Dorotheums in-house expert on the painting had good reasons for what she said: the picture, not toput too fine a point on the matter, was an unholy mess, as you can see from the " before" photoabove. Whats more, the picture was so far gone that restoration, in her professional opinion, wasimpossible. The object was well and truly one step from the ignoble street vendor or flea market.And that, so she said, was that.But there she was wrong... I had Simon Gillespie in my corner. And I was on the telephone to him afew minutes after I had heard what Dorotheums expert had to say."How long have I done your pictures?"Many years ago, I purchased from Sothebys in London a magnificent portrait of Queen Victoriashandsome, irresponsible father-in-law, the Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha. It should have been inBuckingham Palace but probably wasnt because Her Majesty didnt approve of his hurtful behaviortowards his son, her adored Prince Albert. And so wafted by this royal displeasure, the picturecommenced its history of peregrinations. Until I saw it, wanted it, but didnt at all like the idea ofliving with its imperfections. I had enough of my own.I asked the expert assigned to this picture to recommend a restorer and conservator... and thus SimonGillespie and I came to know each other and work together towards assembling pictures of note...and bringing them back to life. When I told Simon what Dorotheums expert had said, he answeredbriefly and to the point: "How long have I done your pictures?" In short, his opinion, stated franklyand without equivocation was to acquire this off-putting picture and let him get on with the job athand. Expert advice and all importantly expert results make me who advise so many take heed at hisadvice. And so, over the course not just of years,but of decades, Simon has broughtrecommendations to me; I have brought my potential finds to him for always candid advice. Andone picture after another (now a thing of beauty yet again) has embarked for the New World to mydomain...... and each time they arrive, I am the proverbial kid in the candy shop, for, remember, until thatmoment I have not actually seen the object but in photographs... each acquisition instead acquired onthe recommendation of one sage fellow who has never misadvised or misdirected me.Stunning, smart, chic, how does he do it?And so the latest item in my happy avocation is now in Cambridge... the picture I was explicitly toldto avoid... but took bolder counsel from Simon. And, of course, to see the "before" and the "after" isto know at once why a good conservator would never do... it had to be the best. And so it is. In everywork he and his attentive staff take on... you are sure to find a result of integrity, for Simon likeme,is supremely dedicated to doing the right thing, the accurate thing, the thing that "restores", notinvents.Each picture he saves, and many have been celebrated masterpieces down on their luck, is the workhttp://www.LizsWorldprofit.com Copyright Elizabeth English - 2012 5 of 12
Master Pieces Delivered To Dr Jeffrey Lant CEO (http://Worldprofit, Inc) in Cambridge, YOU ARE INVITED. 12/18/2012 - 11:30 est.of a lifetime. For Simon is a conservator to his fingertips. That means he has helped back to healthone work after another, learning in their subjects, their compositions, their brush strokes andflourishes their secrets... and so he keeps good faith with them and their creators... and the samegood faith to customers like me who demand authenticity and in Simon Gillespie they always get it.To contact Simon Gillespie Studio in London email email@example.com or go tosimongillespie.comhttp://www.LizsWorldprofit.com Copyright Elizabeth English - 2012 6 of 12
Master Pieces Delivered To Dr Jeffrey Lant CEO (http://Worldprofit, Inc) in Cambridge, YOU ARE INVITED. 12/18/2012 - 11:30 est.Youre lovely, absolutely lovely. Connoisseurs, the objectsof their desire, the gnawing obsession.by Dr. Jeffrey LantAuthors program note. One of the loveliest songs ever written, short though it is, was composed byStephen Sondheim for his 1962 musical "A funny thing happened on the way to the forum." Itscalled "Lovely", and he wrote both book and music.The song only lasts for 2 minutes and 28 captivating seconds... but once youve heard it even a singletime it will circulate throughout your brain for life. Its the kind of song that forces you to createsituations where you can sing it, use it. For instance, I have recommended singing it to yourSignificant Other the very minute you come home this evening... always accompanying youradmittedly croaky voice with flowers, candies, and ardent declarations delivered on one arthriticknee. That Significant Other will no doubt gibe, giggle, and give every indication of busting a gutlaughing, but theyll be touched to the core. And Sondheim, a master in every way, wrote it for justthat.Go now to any search engine and let the music frolic around you. You cannot be anything other thanhappy, for you see you are the person Songheim celebrated in this tune...... You that is and every object desired by every single connoisseur and collector on earth. And that,given the incessant collectors we are, is just about everyone."Youre lovely".I am what is called a connoisseur, that is a master of matters artistic and of taste... the kind of personwho can say with credibility of any object on earth just what is, and even more important, what isnot of value to civilization. It is back breaking work, what with millions of artifacts to find, subjectto minute scrutiny, and, the object passing the most stringent of tests, arranging the contortions,financial and otherwise, which lead to acquisition and a lifetime of unadulterated love (with dollopsof shrewdness and cleverness to sweeten the mix.)This process, for me, begins with a catalog from any of the great auction houses on earth... withnames like Sothebys! Christies! The Dorotheum! Et al, great and small. These produce the sirensongs that capture my attention and cause me endless nights of torment and insistent cogitation...these are the places, the very holiest of holies for connoisseurs, that wreck havoc in the minds andpocket books of even the most well heeled on earth. And of course these long-standing institutionswith instantly recognizable names (at least to connoisseurs) are expert at catching their fish (thatwould be you and me, dear friend) and keeping them on their gilded hook c. 1250 A.D. once theproperty of the Queen of Bohemia. Look at yourself in the mirror and remember: you are about to gofishing in the most teeming waters on earth where your expertise will be tested against the verybest... whose skills, wiles, courtesies and insights have been honed over centuries... all designed tocapture you... the unceasing object of their potent desires.Catalogs you pay for, versus catalogs hand endorsed and wafted to you.When I began collecting so many years ago, the Internet was not dreamed of, much less a universalfactor of life. And so collectors like me had to rely on the sales catalogs produced by the manydivisions of the major houses. If you have never seen such a catalog you will not understand thatthese in no way resemble the short and flimsy cousins produced by, say, companies selling roastedmeats. No indeed. These companies share a word... but nothing more. For the auction house catalogsare nothing short of the erudite and lavishly photographed "coffee table" books of yore, with onlyhttp://www.LizsWorldprofit.com Copyright Elizabeth English - 2012 7 of 12
Master Pieces Delivered To Dr Jeffrey Lant CEO (http://Worldprofit, Inc) in Cambridge, YOU ARE INVITED. 12/18/2012 - 11:30 est.one difference: in these catalogs every single thing is for sale, could be yours, and which you areallowed, indeed encouraged to want... fervently, wildly, devotedly. Yes anything, everything couldbe yours... for a price.In the beginning of course, when these long-established houses (with the grandest dating from the18th century) do not know you, you must pay for the privilege of getting a catalog. And, as if towarn you about what is to follow, even these catalogs are steeply priced, at $50 or more each.But when you are that all-important entity -- a demonstrated connoisseur -- you may request anycatalog for free... or, when you are more well-known, too, specialists will send you their latest, acard enclosed with their compliments. One such specialist so beguiled yesterday sent me the latestsales catalog from Sothebys Amsterdam, for they have sales from noble and royal houses whichbeguile me, and regularly seduce me from the thrifty ways of my plain-living, luxury abhoringPuritan ancestors. They look down on me now with disdain and disapproval... But that is theirproblem, not mine."Im lovely. All I am is lovely."No one can aspire to being a connoisseur without the "eye"; that is the practiced ability to perceive,not just to see, an item. This is the work of a lifetime... for, you see, ages previous to ours did nothave just or only masters; there were many lackluster crafts people... and, such is fate... they oftensurvived where the superior productions of their more gifted brethren may not. Yes, Fate is ficklethat way.To develop your eye requires incessant labor... the willingness, indeed the desire, or better yet, theobsession... to examine, scrutinize, and, at all times, improve your ability to know what you arelooking at, and why it either is or is not worthy of... you. This all starts when an item you see in asales catalog, or on the Internet, looks at you (for the object most assuredly selects you, as much asbeing selected by you)... when, I say, that item looks at you and says without any modesty at all..."Im lovely. All I am is lovely. Lovely is the one thing I can do..."But is this claim true... or merely a ruse... to ensnare you? This is where you must have help... or youare on the way to a very expensive mistake, a mistake which is almost always avoidable if you doyour homework; which entails finding, listening to, and following the advice of experts who havespent a lifetime perfecting skills and knowledge you dont have but which you desperately needright now. Such experts can be acquired, first, from the auction houses themselves and then byreferral from the auction houses.Direct, candid, honest to a fault.One of the most gratifying and unexpected things youll learn as you develop as a connoisseur is thehonor and honesty of experts. Their candor is a by-word and rare in our world of mendacity andpracticed deceits. In short they tell the truth. And no matter how thoroughly you mature as aconnoisseur you will always rely on it... as I do. My chief support is London-based Simon Gillespie,conservator of paintings, friend, goad, willing ear, magnificent eye. Sometimes he brings possibleacquisitions to me; sometimes I to him. In the case of the striking floral still life pictured above, byJean-Baptiste Monnoyer (1636-1699) it was, first, my find; then after Simons review, very much hisas well. The song sung by this lovely painting by one of the greatest masters, had not been sung invane. I had taken the bait... as how could I not... for I already knew the man and his work; one of hismagnificent ouevres was mine already, hung here to enliven the gray winter days of Cambridge...and never anything other than winsome.Thus the duet.Each object, every artifact which could be collected must sing out about its merits, particularly whenhttp://www.LizsWorldprofit.com Copyright Elizabeth English - 2012 8 of 12
Master Pieces Delivered To Dr Jeffrey Lant CEO (http://Worldprofit, Inc) in Cambridge, YOU ARE INVITED. 12/18/2012 - 11:30 est.those merits are not immediately apparent and only as a result of some master conservatorsministrations, the work of a Simon Gillespie, absolutely essential to the long-term value andpreservation, for such necessary experts see below the damages, scarred surfaces and problemswhich accrue in these objects over time -- and these were immense and challenging in the newMonnoyer. In short, they see the "lovely" in items anything but. And the lucky ones (for they arelucky indeed) are snapped up (often at bargain prices), about to be returned to their originalcondition, a thing of beauty, a joy forever.And it is the connoisseur who makes that decision (always after soliciting the best advice) andmakes the necessary investment of time, money, patience, and belief. And who then is more thanqualified to sing back to the object of his affection these words by Sondheim:"Youre lovely, Absolutely lovely. Whod believe the loveliness of you?"I would. I did. And now it is mine, "Radiant as in some dream come true."### Your comments on this article are invited, post your comments below.http://www.LizsWorldprofit.com Copyright Elizabeth English - 2012 9 of 12
Master Pieces Delivered To Dr Jeffrey Lant CEO (http://Worldprofit, Inc) in Cambridge, YOU ARE INVITED. 12/18/2012 - 11:30 est.The angel in my house, the alluring Catherine Stephens,countess of Essex, painted by Sir Martin Archer Shee, PRA.by Dr. Jeffrey LantAuthors program note. Do you believe in fate? Do you believe that there are people on this planetwe are meant to meet? That we will meet... no matter how unlikely that seems at this moment? WhenI contemplate the matter objectively as my training as a social scientist demands, I come to theobvious, the expected, the empirical conclusion that the idea of fate is superstitious hokus-pokus...then a chance encounter with Catherine Stephens occurs and challenges my logic, for surely this iskismet indeed.Some background.I am that most uncomfortable and difficult of beings, a connoisseur; that is a person who is engagedin the strenuous, never-ending search for rapture; a state which occurs whenever I see a thing andknow that thing must be mine, cannot go anywhere but to me... for my well-being, the verycompletion of myself depends on my acquiring it.Every connoisseur knows this unsettled state for each of us goes through it, especially (it seems)when money is in short supply, possibly due to having only recently been so touched and agitated...by something else.But theres the rub. Whenever one enters this condition, it is as if for the very first time, so intense,so unsettling are the pangs. And this can happen anywhere at anytime. Be warned.In the matter of Catherine Stephens they occurred as I perused the pages of the Dorotheum auctioncatalog for The Prince Kinski Sale, February 28, 2012. Lot 96. Given my interest in the nobility androyal families of Europe, it was inevitable I should consult this catalog... and perhaps findsomething; but by no means inevitable that thing would be a portrait of a lovely actress and singerelevated into the highest echelon of the English aristocracy. Yet just as Catherine Stephenscaptivated and in 1838 married the octogenarian fifth earl of the ninth creation of Essex, the RightHonorable George Capell-Coningsby (1757-1839) ... so she captivated me... and so (I warn you) shewill captivate you, too.Some facts about Miss Stephens.Catherine Stephens (1794-1882) was the daughter of Edward Stephens, a carver and gilder in ParkStreet, Grosvenor Square, London. Theirs was a musical family... and her musical talent wasencouraged. Thus, on 23 September 1813 she appeared at Covent Garden as Mandane in the opera"Artaxerxes" by Thomas Arne (1710-1778) . He was the celebrated composer who wrote "Rule,Britannia!" and even a version of "God Save The King", which became the British national anthem.She was in very good company indeed...... and (I warned you) she enchanted them all. The aria that launched her career was "The soldiertird of wars alarms", and it was theater magic.Youll want to hear it. And you can. Go to any search engine where you can hear Joan Sutherlands1960 performance. Now imagine the lovely very young Catherines candlelit debut and the dulcettones which made each member of the restive audience believe -- no, not just believe but know --she was singing just for them. That was always to be her secret...That quality was instantly apparent in this circa 1838 portrait by Sir Martin Archer Shee(1769-1850). This was the most sympathetic face I had ever seen. And it was instantly clear that he,http://www.LizsWorldprofit.com Copyright Elizabeth English - 2012 10 of 12
Master Pieces Delivered To Dr Jeffrey Lant CEO (http://Worldprofit, Inc) in Cambridge, YOU ARE INVITED. 12/18/2012 - 11:30 est.too, for all that he was consummate master of his craft, knight of the realm and President of theRoyal Academy (PRA) had felt the power of her serene radiance. Thus perforce did I stop to regard.Most pictures of grand ladies, particularly titled ladies, say, "Look at me and be honored to do so.For I am worth the viewing." Such pictures may awe and dazzle... but they do not warm or beckonus. They are about the subject, not the viewer. But Shees inviting portrait makes you feel certainabout your reception, certain she wants to meet you and will be good to you. Above all that she willbe good to you.... for that is what we all need. And if that quality is immediately apparent in thesitter it is not just because Shee is a master, supremely confident in his skill, but because it was therefor all the world to see in the lady herself.Hard times for the Kinskis. Hard times for the painting.To understand the fate of this picture you must understand something of the noble families ofMitteleuropa, families which were the foundation of the Austro- Hungarian empire. When it fell in1918 families like the Kinskis lost the fruits of their hundreds of years of advancement. Their livesceased to be glamorous but rather one lawsuit after another, largely futile attempts to regain property-- and self-esteem. Throughout the declension of their lives and fortunes, the princes Kinski keptthis picture. And it was in the old princes drawing room when he died. It was, remember, alwayscomforting.... even when its condition was dire... as it was when I saw it and asked Simon Gillespieto give me his opinion.Miss Stephens charms Mr. Gillespie of Cleveland Street.London England-based Simon is my chosen conservator, the man who has restored over 30 of mypictures and upon whose informed opinion I rely, picture after superbly restored picture. As much amaster of his craft as Arne and Shee in theirs, he, like them, felt the enduring charm of CatherineStephens and wanted to restore the picture as much for her sake as for mine.Thus he and his talented staff set to their important work, removing the dirt of time and poormaintenance, old varnishes and over paint applied by less careful and discerning hands. When thiswas finished, the now pristine canvass yielded a considerable secret using radiology, namely thatShee had originally positioned the sitter quite differently, for a full frontal pose with both shouldersvisible. But as Shee painted he came to see his subject better and divine the source of her undeniableallure. And so he started again, his flamboyant technique very apparent in the repositioned resultthat captivates ... and makes such an entrancing vision and desirable painting.This is the image not just of one particular woman but of what the Victorians wanted from Womanin general, kindness, courtesy, sweetness of face and of manner, a willing ear, sympathetic at alltimes, generous of spirit -- in short the celestial ideal advanced by Coventry Patmore (1823-1896) inhis important poem "The Angel in the House" written in stages from 1854-1862. It was an imagethat swept the world.."Now she was there! Within her face/Humility and dignity/ Were met in a most sweet embrace/Sheseemd expressly sent below/ To teach our erring minds to see/ The rhythmic change of lifes swiftflow/ As part of still eternity."This is why this portrait of a lady and exalted countess is so important. You see, it makes clear whatWoman may choose to be and of her profound significance in our often sore afflicted and troubledlives. I know, for when in my own life such troubles emerge, as troubles can do, I look up at thissoothing, welcoming image now here before me in Cambridge and find comfort, peace and thekindness we all need.http://www.LizsWorldprofit.com Copyright Elizabeth English - 2012 11 of 12
Master Pieces Delivered To Dr Jeffrey Lant CEO (http://Worldprofit, Inc) in Cambridge, YOU ARE INVITED. 12/18/2012 - 11:30 est.ResourceAbout the Author Harvard-educated Dr. Jeffrey Lant is CEO of Worldprofit, Inc., providing a widerange of online services for small and-home based businesses. Dr. Lant is an avid art collector.Republished with authors permission by Elizabeth English http://LizsWorldprofit.com.http://www.LizsWorldprofit.com Copyright Elizabeth English - 2012 12 of 12