Bridget Riley, The Ivy Painting, £120,000–180,000.
LONDON - The Ivy has been a fixture of London’s nightlife for almost a hundred years. Situated in the heart of the city’s theatre district, it has always been a magnet for actors, agents and directors, but has also drawn devotees from the worlds of politics, music, fashion, film and art.
The sign for The Private Rooms at The Ivy, £50–100.
As well as the famous tables that have sat Hollywood A-Listers, feted writers and the odd Rolling Stone, the iconic Champagne buckets and the elegant glassware, the sale will feature works from The Ivy’s legendary art collection, with many works commissioned directly from some of Britain’s leading 20th century artists, including Bridget Riley, Allen Jones, Joe Tilson and Howard Hodgkin.
Joe Tilson, Dionysus, the Ivy and the Vine, £30,000–50,000.
Offered in the Made In Britain sale in London on 25 March and with proceeds being donated by owner Richard Caring to benefit Child Bereavement UK, The Ivy sale is a chance to peer behind the restaurant’s signature stained glass, away from the paparazzi’s glare, to enjoy the unique atmosphere of one of London’s favourite restaurants.
Allen Jones, Mural for The Ivy, £40,000–60,000.
In May this year, the restaurant will re-open after a major refurbishment and will introduce new artists to its walls, thus continuing The Ivy’s long and happy association with contemporary British art. It will, however, still be the same Ivy: this is its charm, in that it constantly changes, yet somehow – magically – stays the same. As Mario Gallati, the famous Maître d’ of The Ivy from the inter-war years, wrote: ‘The Ivy deserved to become famous for its atmosphere but, of course, talented and attractive young people mingling with famous artists of all kinds always bring their own atmosphere into a restaurant, in fact they make the atmosphere themselves. The Ivy was lucky from the start.’
Howard Hodgkin, Ivy (H.80), £6,000–8,000.