Lead­ing Fine Art Deal­ers in Long Melford, Suf­folk

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The Fa­mous Old House Gallery at Long Melford is nes­tled in a quiet corner of West Suf­folk right on the bor­der with Es­sex. The build­ing is a beau­ti­fully re­stored, Grade II listed, tim­ber framed build­ing dat­ing back around 500 years. The front façade still re­tains ex­posed tim­bers as does the in­te­rior. On the ground floor there are five fire­places in­clud­ing a mag­nif­i­cent large in­glenook fire­place in the main room. There are six gallery rooms that have been metic­u­lously and painstak­ingly ren­o­vated to cre­ate a per­fect set­ting to show orig­i­nal fine art mas­ter­pieces. There is a light and airy room which was con­verted from an old com­mer­cial kitchen and this is re­served to show more modern and con­tem­po­rary pieces.

The ethos of the business is to pro­vide Fine Art paint­ings and sculp­tures in re­laxed and com­fort­able sur­round­ings where se­ri­ous art buy­ers can en­joy a mix and va­ri­ety of art­work at their leisure. The work dis­played is mainly from a by­gone era and typ­i­fies grandeur from the 19th & 20th cen­tury. Bri­tish fine art is typ­i­cally rep­re­sented by land­scape pain­ters Sid­ney Richard Percy, Sir Al­fred Mun­nings KCVO, PRA, Ed­ward Seago RBA, ARWS, RWS and Sir John Ar­nesby Brown RA, still life by Ed­ward Ladell, genre scenes by Charles Spence­layh RMS, hunt­ing scenes by Hey­wood Hardy ARWS and Gil­bert Scott Wright, de­tailed flower paint­ings by Ce­cil Kennedy and Harold Clay­ton and wildlife paint­ings by Edgar Hunt and Don­ald Grant MBE. Suf­folk's very own Clive Madg­wick RBA is also well rep­re­sented with up to twenty paint­ings in stock; and usu­ally two ex­hi­bi­tions a year show his de­tailed de­pic­tions of pop­u­lar lo­cal land­marks and ru­ral and coastal scenes. Other Bri­tish names in­clude Cam­pbell Archibald Mel­lon, Sir Ed­ward John Poyn­ter BT, PRA, RWS, Ian Hous­ton and Simeon Stafford. There is also a strong French influence and iconic scenes such as The Moulin Rouge, Notre Dame, Le Pan­theon and Café de la Paix can be seen in works painted by fa­mous and highly re­garded artists in­clud­ing Edouard Leon Cortes, An­toine Blan­chard, Mar­cel Dyf, Jules Rene Herve and Eu­gene Galien-laloue. French pain­ters An­toine Bou­vard Snr and his son Noel Georges Bou­vard are rep­re­sented with their ever pop­u­lar Vene­tian scenes.we also usu­ally have other con­ti­nen­tal works rep­re­sented by Franz Richard Un­ter­berger, Pi­eter Cor­nelius Dom­mersen, Fritz Wag­ner and Eu­ge­nio Zampighi. In all, there are around 200 paint­ings in stock and on view at any one time, a real treat for any se­ri­ous art col­lec­tor!

Modern Aus­tralian glass­ware and bronze sculp­tures from the 19th and 20th Cen­tury com­pli­ments the his­tor­i­cal paint­ings and we are favoured with dis­play­ing orig­i­nal and unique glass etched bowls by the renowned artist Rish Gor­don. These fea­ture African an­i­mals from her younger days when she lived in Kenya in East Africa. We are also UK stock­ists of a full range of glass­ware by the Gor­don Glass­blow­ing stu­dio from Red Hill, Aus­tralia. Our bronze sculp­ture col­lec­tion in­cludes charm­ing works by French sculp­tors such as Au­guste Moreau, Hip­polyte Moreau and Pierre Louis Detrier.

Ap­point­ments are prefer­able so we can en­sure that the works you wish to see are avail­able and on view. Please view our web­site at www.fa­mous­gal­leries.co.uk for a full se­lec­tion.

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