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LIfe in the Arts Lane - Week 71 - Shopping and Sipping in the South

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 16.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Thomas Woodham Smith

On Sunday it's goodbye to the Oval, London, and hello to Montpellier, Languedoc, where Michael, my carpet dealer friend and I picked up a rental car and drove to Avignon.

Life in the Arts Lane - Week 70 - Spring Has Sprung

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 09.04.2014 | UK
Thomas Woodham Smith

The clocks went forward and the blossom looks lush, pink and heavy on the trees. Spring brings eagerly anticipated light and those ephemeral tiny-petalled flowers which have burst from their buds almost look relieved after all the effort they have made

Life in the Arts Lane - Week 66 - Here We Go Again

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 12.03.2014 | UK Entertainment
Thomas Woodham Smith

Masterpiece is at a fulcrum moment and it is always the case that TEFAF comes at that crucial moment, the last few pieces of the jigsaw puzzle of exhibitors are falling into place and we are ready to move from the plan stage to the build stage.

Life in the Arts Lane - Week 64 - Change or No Change

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 26.02.2014 | UK
Thomas Woodham Smith

The week ended in the King's Road with James Harvey, who has been a great source of creative ideas over the last few years. He is constantly planning and plotting how to improve and develop his business; it is great to admire his verve and consider how many dealers' businesses would benefit from his level of energy.

Life in the Arts Lane - Week 63 - A Martini and Masterpiece

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 18.02.2014 | UK
Thomas Woodham Smith

Allegedly the original Martini was made from Plymouth gin, and the cocktail is basically a way of drinking ice cold neat gin with a dash of something to soften the intensity. But that celebratory post-prohibition alcohol-fest belies the sophistication of a well-mixed Martini.

Life in the Arts Lane - Week 59 - Westward by Road

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 24.03.2014 | UK Entertainment
Thomas Woodham Smith

Back behind the wheel, with my trusty giant Twix nestling in my glove compartment, ready to grant me the benison of its exquisite chocolate, caramel and biscuit melange when a sugar crisis raises its head. Even now, as I guzzle the chocolate stick I cannot resist pretending I am smoking a cigar, something I have never done in real life!

Life in the Arts Lane - Week 55 - Christmas Parties

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 23.02.2014 | UK
Thomas Woodham Smith

It is often said of me that I wear a number of different hats when it comes to earning a living. Though the hat swapping can be sometimes confusing to others, and even to myself, in that I never quite know which one I am wearing at any given moment, it does have some advantages.

Life in the Arts Lane - Week 53 - Paris and a Prayer

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 10.02.2014 | UK Entertainment
Thomas Woodham Smith

Thursday and I am on the train to Paris. Not that the early part of the week was dull in London. In fact, far from it.

Life in the Arts Lane - Week 52 - The Cycle of Life

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 01.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Thomas Woodham Smith

Six cyclists have been killed on the London roads in the last fortnight. He has been cycling in London on a bike with no brakes for eight years. He observes no irony. He gave up skid braking after his knees began to fail, and developed his patent Doc Martin brakes.

Life in the Arts Lane - Week 50 - Running to Paris

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Thomas Woodham Smith

I began the week with jewellery and the doctor and finished in Paris. A year ago I was called by my local surgery to have a health review. I did not go; I did not want to go. So, the doctor rang me and said that if I did not make an appointment and attend I would be struck off their list of patients.

Life in the Arts Lane - Week 49 - Road trip to Namur

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Thomas Woodham Smith

You have got to love a road trip. The car, the road, the intense conversations, and people sleeping while you drive. There is a wonderful sense of pastoral care as you drive in darkness and all the other occupants are sound asleep. I don't know why, but I love it.

Life in the Arts Lane - Week 45 - Poached Eggs and Cold Feet

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Thomas Woodham Smith

Some weeks start on Sunday, some on Monday, and every now and again you encounter a rogue week. This was one of those. Last week obdurately hung on until Tuesday night when I landed back in London from Hong Kong.

Life in the Arts Lane - Week 44 - Fine Art Asia

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Thomas Woodham Smith

A seven hour time difference and an eleven hour flight can mess with your head. I am in Hong Kong and the boxy red taxi is speeding me to the Grand Hyatt Hotel. I'm in a state of confusion about what time it is and how hungry I am.

Life in the Arts Lane - Week 42 - Wish Tree

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 24.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Thomas Woodham Smith

As you leave Uppark there is a 'wish tree'. We were all sorely tempted to put up a wish for scholarship rather than 'amusing' tea towels and branded chocolate.

Life in the Arts Lane - Week 40 - Love

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 10.11.2013 | UK Entertainment
Thomas Woodham Smith

Love is great, especially to look at or watch. Being involved yourself can be a bit stressful, but to observe, it is awesome. I am having lunch with a...

Week 39 - Life in the Arts Lane

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 02.11.2013 | UK Entertainment
Thomas Woodham Smith

The week is a week of transition. The summer is concluding, and we cling on to its last embers, enjoying the sun and the occasional shower. This is En...

Life in the Arts Lane - Week 38 - Norfolk

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 27.10.2013 | UK Entertainment
Thomas Woodham Smith

Ben is quite a character. 6 ft 6 and weighing virtually nothing, he bears his thinning swept back hair and his bold beaky nose as if he were a supermo...

Life in the Arts Lane - Week 36 - August Workers

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 12.10.2013 | UK Entertainment
Thomas Woodham Smith

There is a strange unnerving sense of inertia in the air. Everyone seems to be anticipating a holiday or is away on one. Those that remain at work app...

Life in the Arts Lane - Week 32 - The Party is Over

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 08.09.2013 | UK Entertainment
Thomas Woodham Smith

The party is over, the music has stopped and the band is packing up their instruments. Outside, dawn captures the last merrymakers as they wend their weary and uneven paths home. Actually, Masterpiece is not a party, it just feels like it.

Life in the Arts Lane - Week 31 - Behind the Curtain

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 31.08.2013 | UK Entertainment
Thomas Woodham Smith

Masterpiece London 2013 - Behind the Curtain On Monday morning the vetters arrived. 126 people divided into 26 committees gather to spend the day por...

Musings: The Business of Luxury

Freya Simms | Posted 23.06.2013 | UK
Freya Simms

The crossover between investments of passion or alternative assets such as property, art, fine wine, classic cars, gold and watches seems to be increasingly blurred as people seek to classify what is worthy of the attention or wallet of a connoisseur or a collector and those who just enjoy surrounding themselves with the finer things in life.

Musings from Marylebone

Freya Simms | Posted 08.04.2013 | Home
Freya Simms

Both auction houses and art and antiques fairs are a great place to gain knowledge and see rare treasures before they are sold into a private collection and disappear from public view. Happy hunting.

Life in the Arts Lane: Week 12

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 06.04.2013 | Home
Thomas Woodham Smith

January in London with its gruesome cold and darkness, gives way to the warmth and watery generosity of Miami. I arrived in Florida on what was essentially a dealers charter flight. Almost every dealer I know was on board. Fat cats up front. Healthy cats in premium and skinny cats in the back.

Life in the Arts Lane - Week 11

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 01.04.2013 | Home
Thomas Woodham Smith

Following a manic day of moving pieces of furniture left and right, backwards and forwards, and generally wasting time, we finally arrived at an arran...

Life in the Arts Lane - Week 10

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 23.03.2013 | Home
Thomas Woodham Smith

This Monday was one of those big Mondays. You know the ones which are expected and you feel slightly nervous about and the result is uncertain. Well it was one of those. Monday was Nazy Vassegh's first day. Who is she, you ask?