Collect Call: Goosey, goosey gander
Tuesday 23 December 1997
Not every artist has been inspired by the birthday story this Christmas: death is the theme of Flowers East's annual Christmas group show, "Small is Beautiful, Part XV". Last year it was sex. This delicate doll sprouting flowers (above), in modelling plaster, 12 inches long, is by 40-year-old RCA graduate Denise de Cordova and titled Soft Ground. The piece is deliberately poised on the verge of sentimentality. Sssh! The tiny figure might only be sleeping.
Price pounds 1,050 in the show of 100 artists, prices pounds 100-pounds 1,500, open until 2pm tomorrow, re-opening Tuesday 30 December (10am-6pm). 199-205 Richmond Road, London E8 (0181-985 3333).
What would Pooh, Piglet and Eeyore have thought? Chris Beetles' Christmas show of illustrators' art offers a respite from the wintry weather, an un-frumpy, pubescent The Wand of Spring (right) by EH Shepard, drawn in pen and ink for Georgette Agnew's Let's Pretend, published in 1927. Price pounds 2,750. Chris Beetles, 8-10 Ryder Street, London SW1 (0171-839 7551), open 10am-5.30pm today and tomorrow, re-opening Sat (10am-5.30pm).
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