With the festive season in full swing, no doubt many of you are feeling the pressure to find a perfect present for everyone on your gift list. Of course, here at Corfield Morris our favourite people to buy for are those with a love of art and/or antiques! Although sometimes finding just the right thing is easier said than done. Whether you’re shopping for a friend, a colleague or a loved one, we’ve got Christmas 2019 all wrapped up with our ultra-covetable, art-themed gift ideas.
An art pass
Ideal for those who prefer experiences to material objects, an art pass (or gallery membership) is also a wonderful way to give someone the gift of art, providing such benefits as unlimited free entry and exclusive events. You can buy gallery-specific passes at the likes of Tate Modern and Saatchi, or go big with a National Art Pass, which gives the owner access to over 240 galleries and museums across the country, as well as 50% discounted entry to major exhibitions.
A vintage watch
While a watch is always a lovely thing to receive, a vintage timepiece comes with provenance and a story, while the power of depreciation means you can buy much more luxurious or exotic styles for your budget when compared to buying new. Rare or discontinued models make for wonderful gifts, while designs by top brands – such as Cartier, Jaeger-LeCoultre and Patek Philippe – add a touch of prestige to a collection. We would be happy to source a special timepiece for any of our clients – please get in touch.
A unique piece from House of Voltaire
This Mayfair-based boutique is one of our favourite go-tos for art-inspired gifts, stocking everything from artworks and limited edition prints to homeware, clothing, furniture and objects from leading artists and designers. What’s more, everything is exclusive to the store and one-of-a-kind or limited edition (so there’s no risk of getting even the trickiest of giftees something that they already own), and there is even an altruistic benefit – all proceeds go to sister platform Studio Voltaire, an arts and education charity foundation that supports exhibitions and learning programmes.
A bespoke cabinet
As Keats famously said, “a thing of beauty is a joy forever”, so the gift of a gorgeous crafted cabinet is sure to bring a great deal of pleasure to a lucky recipient. We’re big fans of the luxurious pieces by Halstock, a leading furniture and woodwork firm based in Dorset with creative direction from Richard Miller. Their expert team treats top quality woods with all manner of veneers and special finishes, creating one-of-a-kind cabinets to suit any space.
A coffee table book
With glossy pages, lavish imagery and a delightful haptic appeal, a large-format art book is always well received. Head to the top floor of the Waterstones on Piccadilly to browse its excellent collection, or just up the road to cultural concept store Maison Assouline if you really want to push the boat out with a luxury tome. Alternatively, publishers Phaidon offer a wide range of superb art titles online.
If your giftee has creative leanings, why not encourage them to create their own masterpiece with some top-notch art supplies? In Bloomsbury, L. Cornelissen & Son stocks everything a budding painter might need, from pigments and oils to watercolours, acrylics and canvases, while Cassart has numerous locations across the UK and stocks materials for a wide range of crafts, including drawing, print making and model building.