The Official Supplier of Trophies and Silverware to Royal Ascot will showcase works of art by one of the world’s leading equine sculptors as the iconic race meeting runs ‘behind closed doors’
The House of Garrard will celebrate its longstanding relationship with Royal Ascot with an exhibition of sculpture by Nic Fiddian-Green. The showcase will mark the reopening of Garrard’s Albemarle Street flagship store following the Covid-19 lock down.
As the Official Supplier of Trophies and Silverware, The House of Garrard and Royal Ascot have a shared history dating back to the creation of the first Gold Cup in 1842. The House supplied trophies to Royal Ascot throughout its 164 years as Crown Jeweller, returning to this prestigious commission in recent years.
Nic Fiddian-Green is one of the world’s leading equine artists. The ragged and physical look of his sculptures with their rough impressionist surface and riveted panels, recall a lineage of modernism from Rodin, Bourdelle and Rosso, through Cubism, to post-war figures such as Frink and Marini, and also contemporaries like William Turnbull, Chris Lebrun and Deborah Butterfield. The still simplicity and almost spiritual calmness of the pieces strikes a chord with all who see them.
The collaboration follows a chance meeting between Nic and Sara Prentice, Garrard’s Creative Director. She at once recognised the deeply traditional yet startlingly modern design traits that they both share. Nic unveiled a monumental sculpture at Ascot Racecourse to commemorate HRH The Prince of Wales’s 70th birthday in 2018 and, alongside Garrard’s rich royal heritage, it felt like a perfect alliance.
Speaking about the collaboration, Sara Prentice comments:
“It is both fascinating and invigorating to collaborate with a fellow artist. From the moment I met Nic, I felt that we shared many ideals and values. His work is exceptional and perfectly complements our jewellery pieces.”
Nic Fiddian Green adds:
“The House of Garrard has an extraordinary history and it is a great privilege to show my work alongside its own. Despite the disappointment of a low key Royal Ascot this year I am delighted that we can mark our mutual associations with racing and royalty through this exhibition.”
The artworks will be on display from Monday 15th June – Friday 3rd July 2020 at The House of Garrard, 24 Albemarle Street, London W1. Nic Fiddian Green is represented by Sladmore Contemporary, an ongoing relationship of over 20 years. For further information visit www.garrard.com
About House of Garrard
Established in 1735, the House of Garrard is the longest serving jeweller in the world. Its first royal commission came in its founding year from Frederick, Prince of Wales, and marked the beginning of a long and fruitful relationship with the British royal family, which reached its apogee in 1843 when Garrard was appointed the first official Crown Jeweller. The House has since had the honour of serving every subsequent British monarch, as well as many other royal families around the globe. Over these years, Garrard has handcrafted tiaras, necklaces, brooches and many more magnificent jewels that are still worn by the British royal family, including the Duchess of Cambridge’s sapphire cluster engagement ring. Every piece is developed to achieve a balance between tradition and design so as to bring out the natural beauty of the stones. The result is a quintessentially British hallmark of heritage, detail and craft.
About Nic Fiddian Green
Nic is Britain’s most accomplished and innovative equestrian sculptor. His huge bronze horses’ heads at Hyde Park Corner, Glyndebourne and Ascot Racecourse, and in many private collections all over the world, have literally elevated equestrian art to a new level. The key artistic genome in virtually all Nic’s sculptures is the Selene Horse, which he encountered at the British Museum while a student at Chelsea College of Art. That marble, purloined by Lord Elgin from the Acropolis four hundred years before Christ, has continually provoked Nic, drawing him into ever deeper searches for an essence of form and line that is revelatory rather than simply a demonstration of virtuosity.