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Omega to Charleston - The Art of Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant 1910 - 1934

A London gallery has produced a marvelous new book offering a rare glimpse of extraordinary work by the Bloomsbury Group, including the legendary Famous Women Dinner Service.

It is a beautiful tome, filled with gorgeous full-colour photographs and details showing rarely-seen art chosen from private collections as well as The Charleston Trust.

Almost half the book centres exclusively on one of Bell and Grant’s most spectacular joint commissions: The Famous Women Dinner Service. Begun in 1932 at the request of the art historian and director of the National Gallery Kenneth Clark and his wife Jane, its fifty plates were decorated with images of famous women through the ages, from Sappho to Greta Garbo.

Considered lost for nearly forty years, and first publically exhibited at the exhibition celebrated in the book, this set forms an impressive testament to Bell and Grant’s close working partnership. A ground-breaking essay by Hana Leaper (Charleston scholar and Senior Lecturer, Liverpool John Moores University), is succeeded by closer scholarship dedicated to the individual plates and the women that inspired them.

Published by Piano Nobile Gallery, the book includes an essay and catalogue entries by Richard Shone (author of Bloomsbury Portraits, 1993 and curator of The Art of Bloomsbury, Tate, 1999). It also includes contributions by Frances Spalding (Biographer of Bell and Grant) and Darren Clarke (Rausing Head of Collections, Research and Exhibitions at the Charleston Trust).

We are fortunate to offer a few copies of this extraordinary book, signed by both Shone and Leaper. Ordinarily it costs £75, but we are making it available for £60 while supplies last.

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