The Best Exhibitions & Events in November 2019

The nights are getting longer and the mercury is sinking lower, but there’s no excuse to stay at home this November. The Shapero team have picked the best exhibitions and events for November 2019 both in London and further afield.

Egyptian treasures, surrealist photography, book fairs and more make the cut in the first of our monthly round ups of the best in culture.

What: Marie-Antoinette: Metamorphoses of an Image

When: Ongoing until 26th January 2020

Where: Conciergerie, Paris

Only a handful of historic figures have been the subject of such an abundance of representations.  Marie-Antoinette is one of these, both during her lifetime and more notably after her death.  Even today, this queen-turned-icon is still a key emblem in popular culture.

The exhibition illustrates the many representations of her through almost 200 works, artefacts, heritage and contemporary archives, never-before-seen interviews, film extracts and more.

What: The ABA Chelsea Rare Book Fair 2019

When: 1st - 2nd November

Where: Chelsea Old Town Hall

Held each autumn in the beautiful and historic Chelsea Old Town Hall, this 29th edition of the Fair brings together more than 80 exhibitors from all round the world, including Shapero Rare Books, Stand 43.

For those of you who plan their Christmas shopping in advance (as opposed to the mad dash many do come Christmas eve), this is the perfect place to find the perfect present for the bibliophile in your life!

What: TUTANKHAMUN: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh

When: 2nd November - 3rd May 2020

Where: Saatchi Gallery

The third stop in a record-breaking global tour that has seen both Paris and Los Angeles play host to the boy pharaoh.  In LA the exhibition was among the most successful in the history of the California Science Centre, while in Paris it became France's most attended exhibition of all time with over 1.4 million visitors!

Commemorating the 100th anniversary of the discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb, it will be the final chance for Londoners to see these glittering world heritage artefacts before they return to Egypt forever.

Exploring the life of King Tutankhamun, and the history of the discovery that captivated the world, there are more than 150 authentic pieces from the tomb, 60 of which are travelling outside of Egypt for the first time.

What: Marvellous and Mischievous: Literature's Young Rebels

When: 8th November – 1st March 2020

Where: The British Library

A free, family-friendly exhibition exploring rebels in classic children’s literature.

Roald Dahl's handwritten drafts of Matilda sit alongside Quentin Blake's iconic illustrations, as well as other enduring classics from The Secret Garden to Where the Wild Things Are.

The annual Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair, is a key event in any book collector’s calendar. Run under the aegis of the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America (ABAA), it draws in a wide selection of exhibitors from America and abroad (including Shapero Rare Books), and attracts a diverse range of collectors.

If you're attending do drop by Stand 519 to say hi to Bernard, Jeffrey and Roddy.

What: Dora Maar

When: 20th November – 15 March 2020

Where: Tate Modern

Exploring the breadth of Dora Maar’s long career in the context of work by her contemporaries, this is the largest retrospective of the Surrealist photographer ever held in the UK.

During the 1930s, Maar’s provocative photomontages became celebrated icons of surrealism. Her eye for the unusual also translated to her commercial photography, including fashion and advertising, as well as to her social documentary projects.

What: Troy: Myth and Reality

When: 21st November – 8 March 2020

Where: British Museum

A legend that’s endured for more than 3,000 years, the story of the city of Troy, plunged into a 10-year war over the abduction of the most beautiful woman in the world, is irresistibly dramatic and tragic.

This allure has sent adventurers and archaeologists in quest of the lost city, which is now widely believed to have existed. But what of the characters and main players who are said to have taken part in the Trojan war? This exhibition explores these captivating characters, bringing them to life through some truly breath-taking art.

What: Quentin Blake: An Anthology of Readers

When: 29th November - 22nd December

Where: Shapero Rare Books

Yes, yes, we know! It's our exhibition! But we couldn't include a round up of the best exhibitions in November without including it.

Opening on the 29th November 2019, An Anthology of Readers is comprised of seventy-two new pen, ink & watercolour drawings by the much-loved Quentin Blake, all of which affectionately caricature people who love books - the perfect Christmas present for any bibliophile.

Head over to the blog to read an interview we were lucky to do with the great artist.

What: Antony Gormley

When: Ongoing until 3rd December 2019

Where: Royal Academy of Arts

Following in the footsteps of Ai Weiwei and Anselm Kiefer, Antony Gormley is the next artist to take over the Main Galleries at the RA.

Testing the scale and light of the RA’s architecture, this is the most ambitious exhibition seen from the artist in more than ten years.

Shapero @ Frieze Masters 2018

Claes Oldenburg, Profile Airflow, numbered 68/75 signed, titled and dated in pencil
Claes Oldenburg, Profile Airflow, numbered 68/75 signed, titled and dated in pencil

We are delighted to be exhibiting once more at Frieze Masters in London’s Regent’s Park this week. This annual showcase of art, from ancient antiquity to the late 20th century, has become one of the key events on the international art scene, featuring galleries from all over the world.

This year we will have on display on our Stand (G21) an exciting selection from Shapero Modern, including Claes Oldenburg’s seminal vehicle for Pop Art, Profile Airflow from 1968 (featured above) and works by Roy Lichtenstein.  Please click the image here to view our Fair Catalogue for Frieze Masters 2018.

Frieze Masters 2018 | Fair Catalogue
Frieze Masters 2018 | Fair Catalogue
LICHTENSTEIN, Roy. Imperfect Diptych from the Imperfect Series, signed and numbered 21/45
LICHTENSTEIN, Roy. Imperfect Diptych from the Imperfect Series, signed and numbered 21/45

TEFAF Meet the Expert – Jeffrey Kerr from Shapero Rare Books

TEFAF Meet the Expert @ TEFAF New York Fall 2017

In the video below Shapero Rare Books' Sales Director Jeffrey Kerr discusses the history, technique and merits of Trouvelot's splendid series of chromolithographs illustrating astronomical phenomenon and objects for the TEFAF Meet the Expert series. The set was exhibited on Shapero Rare Books' stand at the 2017 Fall Fair and was sold during the Fair.

TEFAF Meet the Expert is a series of talks given be exhibitors at TEFAF events, highlighting particular elements or themes of the exhibitors' stands at the Fair.

Celebrating the Book as Art Object at Frieze Masters

Shapero Rare Books is delighted to announce that they will be exhibiting at Frieze Masters in London this October. One of the few dealers selected specializing in rare books and works on paper, a special focus on their stand will be Livre d'artiste by famous names including Matisse, Lichtenstein, Braque, Chagall, Picasso and Warhol, exploring the boundaries of what a book is and can be.

MATISSE, Henri. Jazz. Publication: Tériade, Paris, 1947. The complete book, one of 250 copies, with Matisse’s autograph text lithographed throughout, and 20 stencilled colour plates. £400,000

A masterpiece of book illustration, Jazz is the only publication of which Matisse was both author and illustrator, characterised by brilliant colours, poetic texts and joyful circus and theatre themes. The works represent the great artist’s lifelong unflagging creativity and their presentation at Frieze Masters coincides with a Royal Academy exhibition - Matisse in the Studio -  offering a rare glimpse into the artist’s personal collection, as well as the paintings, sculptures and drawings it inspired.

Limited in his mobility at the age of 74, Matisse could not paint or sculpt. Instead, he cut out forms from coloured papers that he arranged as collages. In 1947, Matisse’s publisher Tériade issued the prints in an artist’s portfolio that included 20 colour prints with handwritten texts by Matisse expressing his thoughts as he created the images. Tériade came up with the title Jazz, which Matisse liked because it suggested a connection between art and musical improvisation.

WARHOL, Andy. A la Recherche du Shoe Perdu. 18 hand-coloured offset lithographs with captions, New York,1955. £200,000 for set

Andy Warhol had a successful career as a commercial illustrator before he was known as an artist.  Between 1955 and 1957, Warhol was the sole illustrator for shoe manufacturer I. Miller and made new drawings of shoes each week for advertisements in the New York Times. À la recherche du shoe perdu celebrates the central role shoes played in his early career and imagination. The captions, with their distinctive cursive lettering, were transcribed by Warhol's mother, Julia Warhola. The lithographs were privately printed in New York and the sheets then hand-coloured using Dr. Martin's aniline watercolor dye by Warhol and his friends at his 'colouring parties. This delightful portfolio is rare as not all surviving portfolios have a complete set of all the plates, and many do not include the larger boot plate.

LICHTENSTEIN, Roy. Allen Ginsberg, La Nouvelle Chute de l'Amerique, Paris, Editions du Solstice, 1992. Complete folio 4/80 ( total of 125 copies). Signed by artist and author. £195,000

In the early 1990s, the publisher Jean-Claude Meyer brought Allen Ginsberg and Roy Lichtenstein together. The result is an extraordinary, unilateral, non-bound book with 11 poems by Allen Ginsberg (in English and French) and 10 plates by Roy Lichtenstein

Translated as The New Fall of America, it is Lichtenstein’s only ‘illustrated’ book, and as such it is an exceptional example of the contemporary livre-de-luxe, bringing together two American artists, each icons of their own times. Bound by Georges Leroux in red and blue calf boards with figurative and architectural designs decorated in coloured glass on rear and front covers, it is marked by the use of exotic materials and strong polychromatic colour.


DESNOS, Robert; MIRO, Joan. Pénaltiés de l'Enfer ou Les Nouvelles Hebrides. 1974Limited edition, 51 of 200 copies. Signed by Miro. £17,500

Both the Spanish artist Joan Miró and the French poet Robert Desnos were prominent figures in the Surrealist movement in Paris where they met in 1925 and became good friends.  Miro agreed to provide illustrations for a book by Desnos. However these plans never materialised as they were interrupted by the Spanish Civil War and World War II.  Ironically Desnos survived the war only to die of typhoid a few weeks after the liberation of the camp where he was held in 1945. Nearly thirty years later his widow approached Miro with the idea of illustrating his works again and in the end they agreed to use Pénalités de L’Enfer ou Les Nouvelles-Hébrides (The Penalties of Hell or The New Hebrides).   A wild and creative mix of colours by Miro coupled with Desnos' poetry make this a true Surrealist collaboration.

ERNST, Max. Une Semaine de Bonté ou les Sept Éléments Capitaux. Roman, 1934. Limited edition, 217 of 800 copies. 183 printed monochrome plates. £12,500

Created in just three weeks in Italy in 1934 as Ernst’s native Germany marched to the thump of the Nazi drum, Une Semaine de Bonté is a very bizarre collection of  collages where humanity is mixed with mythology and the animal kingdom. This is the last of Ernst’s rare collage works. Surreal, sometimes amusing, other times creepy or frightening, many of the dramatic scenes display death, distress, bondage, nudity and violence. Une Semaine de Bonté has seven sections for each day of the week (Thursday, Friday and Saturday bound in one part) and each one illustrates one of Ernst’s seven deadly elements, including water and fire.

This particular copy has been bound by the talented Daniel Henri Mercher whose father Henri  was also an innovative binder who invented a method of mounting covers that allowed him to use any type of material which could be sanded, carved or polish. His particular favourite was plexiglass as used in this example. This binding with its weird and wonderful collage design reflects the surreal contents beautifully.

Although artists have illustrated the words of others in books since the advent of the printed book, the book as art object is a product of the 20th century, existing at the intersections of printmaking, poetry, visual arts, graphic design, and publishing.

TEFAF New York: Shapero takes its treasures across the Atlantic

Now held three times a year on two continents, TEFAF is widely regarded as the world’s leading fair for art, antiques and design. The inaugural New York edition of TEFAF opened its doors this month at the Park Avenue Armory and is on until 26 October.

Stand 88. Let us take you on a Voyage of Discovery

Shapero Rare Books, which first exhibited at TEFAF Maastricht over twenty years ago, set sail with more than 100 items including a series of very rare documents relating to the ‘Mutiny on the Bounty' and some of the finest botanical books ever produced. Bernard Shapero and Pierre-Yves Guillemet are pictured above talking to clients on our stand.  Please come by and say hello if you are in New York.

Bernard Shapero says; “At TEFAF  Shapero will also be showcasing selected works that uniquely combine art and science though  extraordinary hand coloured plates and deep scientific text, such as Audubon’s and Mark Catesby’s works on the American flora and fauna and Jacques-Fabien Gautier’s morbidly beautiful anatomical albums.“

Read more about our highlights in Fine Books & Collections Magazine

Art News: A Tour of TEFAF New York Fall

Bernard Shapero interviewed at Masterpiece London

Masterpiece London, the leading international cross-collecting Fair for art, antiques and design, returned to The Royal Hospital Chelsea in the summer of 2016.  The Fair organisers have created a short video showing some of the exhibitors being interviewed at their stands, including Bernard Shapero, appearing at 4.30 minutes in.


Watch the Masterpiece London 2016 video

The focus of Shapero Rare Book's exhibition stand was the changing face of the West End, featuring works by Jason Hawkes, Dieter Roth and map-maker Stephen Walter. Shapero and TAG Fine Arts commissioned Walter’s  large-scale map of Mayfair and St James (pictured here) to be shown alongside historical works such as Charles Booth’s Maps Descriptive of London Poverty.  We look forward to exhibiting again in 2017.

Ten Top Stands at Masterpiece London 2016  - Antiques Trade Gazette


Shapero Rare Books are exhibiting at these upcoming art fairs

Limited complimentary tickets available. Please contact us if you would like one.

The Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair, Battersea
TEFAF New York
INK LDN, 2 Temple Place

TEFAF Maastricht, 2017

The 30th edition of TEFAF Maastricht welcomes 270 internationally renowned exhibitors to the Fair.  Widely regarded as the world’s premier fair for art, antiques and design, TEFAF Maastricht is a showcase for the finest art works currently on the market.

Shapero Rare Books have exhibited at TEFAF for over 20 years and one of the few dealers selected specializing in rare books and decorative prints.

TEFAF: Buying Art with Confidence

TEFAF Maastricht is unequalled in its level of quality and in the methods it employs to establish and guarantee the authenticity of every painting and object on offer. Participating dealers are admitted only after a strict selection process. TEFAF Maastricht’s ground breaking vetting system involves no fewer than 175 international experts in 29 different categories, who examine every work of art in the Fair for quality, authenticity and condition, ensuring that you can buy with the greatest possible confidence.

More about TEFAF Maastricht

TEFAF Maastricht
March 10-19, 2017
The Netherlands

MECC Maastricht
Forum 100
6229 GV Maastricht
The Netherlands

Opening hours TEFAF Maastricht 2017
10-18 March from 11 AM – 7 PM
19 March from 11 AM – 6 PM

Stand 231

Contact us for further information. Highlights

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Pictures from Masterpiece London 2015

Showcasing extraordinary pieces across multiple disciplines, the Masterpiece London Fair 2015 proved a successful event as always. Medieval illuminated manuscripts stood alongside Chinese contemporary art, whilst we at Stand C3 had a  variety of pieces on show, ranging from Warhol screenprints to the first translation of Euclid in English!


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A Selection From Masterpiece London

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