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THE SLADMORE GALLERIES CELEBRATE THEIR 50TH YEAR

The Sladmore Gallery and Sladmore Contemporary will be celebrating their 50th anniversary at this year's Masterpiece London.

The Sladmore Gallery opened in 1965, the heart of the Swinging Sixties, at 32 Bruton Place, just off Berkeley Square, London.  It was originally established by the gallery director Edward Horswell's parents as a complement to Sladmore Farm in Buckinghamshire, their exotic animal farm.  Given the theme of their farm, the move to 'Animaliers' sculpture came quite naturally.  Since then, Sladmore has become one of the world's leading art galleries specialising in the display and sales of fine bronze sculptures.

The Sladmore Gallery represents many well-known and respected C19th and C20th sculptors, including Auguste Rodin (1840-1917) and Rembrandt Bugatti (1884-1916).

In 2007, the gallery moved to 57 Jermyn Street, just off Piccadilly, London, to make way for Sladmore Contemporary in their original space.  This new incarnation represents and carries the work of sculptors working today, covering ceramicists, multimedia assemblage artists, stone carvers and medallists.  Featured works include a collection of mechanical insect and animal sculptures by Edouard Martinet (b.1963), innovative equestrian sculptures by Nic Fiddian Green (b.1963), and ceramic works by Roger Law (b.1941), creator of Spitting Image.

Sladmore Contemporary

'Fly (Mouche)', 2015, by Edouard Martinet.

Sladmore will present the large-scale 'Hippopotamus Grazing' by Rembrandt Bugatti (1884-1916), exclusively at Masterpiece London 2016.  Also on display will be 'Jean d'Aire' by Auguste Rodin (1840-1917), a bronze depiction of a key figure from Calais in the Hundred Years' War.

Hippopotamus Grazing

'Hippopotamus Grazing', 1909-1910, by Rembrandt Bugatti (1884-1916)

Jean d'Aire

'Jean d'Aire', 1895, by Auguste Rodin (1840-1917)

Although the Sladmore carries a broad range, it continues to specialise in works inspired by the natural world, and this theme will be central to their 50th anniversary celebrations.

Gerry Farrell, director of Sladmore Contemporary said: "Having participated in Masterpiece since its beginning, we are delighted to share our 50th anniversary with our fair colleagues. We plan to exhibit a range of pieces that celebrate our 50 years of dealing in sculpture, including works by master sculptors such as Rembrandt Bugatti, alongside some of our newest signings."

Masterpiece London is a leading international fair for art, antiques and design, and a must-see event during London's busy summer art season.  Both the Sladmore Gallery and Sladmore Contemporary have participated in Masterpiece London since its launch in 2010, and won the Stand of the Year award in 2011 and 2014.

The fair will run from 30 June until 6 July 2016, commencing with a preview on 29 June 2016.

For more information, visit the Sladmore Gallery, Sladmore Contemporary and Masterpiece Fair.