I mentioned in last month’s column that this magazine would have a Ukrainian focus and I hope we’ve delivered. As unpalatable as it is, and for all the worst possible reasons, a light is currently being shone on Ukraine like never before. News of the atrocities broadcasts nightly into our homes and, along with learning the geography of the pummelled towns, you can’t help contemplate the country ’s past and present, and what the future might hold.
On page 44 we consider the life and career of Alexander
Bogomazov who, though largely unheard of in the West, is known as the “Ukrainian Picasso”. He was part of the country’s influential avant-garde in the 1930s, which had centres in Kyiv, Kharkiv and Odesa. Bogomazov lived through WWI, revolution, civil war and famine, before dying of tuberculosis and his work is as extraordinary as his life. Another unsung Ukrainian artist, the art deco sculptor Bruno Zach, is celebrated on page 20 and, on page 66, standing in for Marc Allum, Hanna Sherman, editor of the Ukrainian antiques magazine Antykvar reveals how her life has changed since the Russian invasion.
On a brighter note, Spring is in the air, outdoor fairs are in full force and nature is bursting out all over. I have never been any great shakes in the gardening department – too much weeding, hoeing, digging and for so little (in my case) reward.
If only there was a way of extending something pleasurable (such as my collecting obsession) into the garden…Hang on, there is. On page 36 we learn about the terracotta creations of one of the most collectable designers of the 20th century – Archibald Knox who, as well as his Cymric and Tudric range for Liberty & Co., came up with some stunning jardinières for the London store.
Fans of Christina Trevanion and Lennox Cato will be disappointed to learn both are taking a well-earned summer break from the magazine. But the good news is next month we welcome the Bargain Hunt stalwart Kate Bliss to the team. Talking of which, as next month’s magazine is our bumper Summer issue (combining June and July) it will be with you slightly later than usual. Expect delivery from the second week in June and, in patriotic mood, it will be a special platinum jubilee issue. Enjoy the issue
Georgina Wroe, Editor
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IN THIS ISSUE
CHARLES HANSON seeks out the Chinese treasures languishing in UK homes, page 18
ANDREW PATTISON previews a collection of banknotes
featuring the Queen, page 24
LISA GREAVES reveals how the Grand Tour has inspired collectors for centuries,
HANNA SHERMAN editor-in-chief of the Ukrainian antiques magazine Antykvar on life
in Kyiv, page 66
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