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CHRISTMAS WISH LIST FROM THOSE IN THE KNOW

One of the best things about working in the antiques and design industry is meeting so many interesting people and we had fun talking to them to find out what they might like to see at the bottom of the bed on Christmas morning!  A few surprises here - including a musical Santa wish!



Ingrid Nilson

Ingrid Nilson, Founder of The Antiques Dealers Fair Ltd


Ingrid Nilson set up as a dealer in decorative antique prints in 1990, and was voted onto the board of LAPADA in 2000. In 2003, she founded her own company, The Antiques Dealers Fair Limited, and launched The LAPADA Autumn Antiques & Fine Art Fair at Cheltenham Racecourse.  Since then, she has launched other fairs at prestigious venues around the country, such as the Mayfair Antiques & Fine Art Fair at the London Marriott Hotel Grosvenor Square, The Antiques & Fine Art Fair in the grounds of Harewood House, West Yorkshire, The Antiques & Fine Art Fair at The Mere in Cheshire, The Esher Hall Antiques & Fine Art Fair at Sandown Park Racecourse, and the Petworth Park Antiques & Fine Art Fair in the grounds of Petworth House, West Sussex.  She has offered us a musical wish list for our reading (and humming!) pleasure...

 

Santa baby, slip a sable under the tree for me                                   

Been an awful good girl

Santa baby, and hurry down the chimney tonight

 

Santa baby, a Volvo Estate too, dark blue

I'll wait up for you, dear

Santa baby, and hurry down the chimney tonight

 

Think of all the fun I've missed

Think of all the fellas that I haven't kissed (I'm married!)

Next year I could be also good

If you'll check off my Christmas list

 

Santa honey, I want a whatnot and really that's not a lot        

Been an angel all year

Santa baby, and hurry down the chimney tonight

 

Santa cutie, there's one thing I really do need, the deed

To a Mayfair abode

Santa cutie, and hurry down the chimney tonight

 

Santa baby, and fill my stocking with watches and cheques   

Sign your 'x' on the line

Santa baby, and hurry down the chimney tonight

 

Come and light my Christmas tree                                           

With a chandelier from Filemans

I really do believe in you

Let's see if you believe in me

 

Santa baby, forgot to mention one little thing, a ring               

I don't mean on the phone

Santa baby, and hurry down the chimney tonight

Hurry down the chimney tonight

Hurry, tonight

(With thanks to Eartha Kitt and original songwriters Joan Javits, Philip Springer, Tony Springer)


Sable antelope & lioness in combat, from HR Garret & Hurst.

Garret & HurstSable antelope & lioness in combat



2. LR TIMMS ANTIQUES Rosewood pair of whatnots

 

Timms AntiquesRosewood pair of whatnots

 

Art Deco watch, from T. Robert

T. RobertArt Deco watch

 

Regency chandelier, from Fileman Antiques

Fileman AntiquesRegency chandelier


 

Dress ring, from The Gilded Lily

The Gilded LilyDress ring

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Hannah Walker, Grays & Alfies Antiques Markets

Hannah Walker, PR & Marketing Manager, Grays and Alfies Antiques

As PR & Marketing Manager of Grays and Alfies Antique Markets, Hannah develops communication and marketing strategies to promote 200+ dealers and encourage visitors to both centres. She's an avid enthusiast of antiques and vintage from an aesthetic and eco-friendly angle, with a particular passion for Victorian jewellery and mid-century furnishings. 

 

1970's Pear Ice Bucket, Italy, £120

Diplomat Treasures International at Alfies1970s silver tone large pear ice bucket, Italy, £120

I love how kitsch and glamorous this 1970s ice bucket is. I’m a fan of anything which combines form and function and adds a bit of spectacle to the everyday (not to give the impression that I’m on the cocktails on a daily basis of course!).

Gold plated tray with Reindeer handles, mid-century Italian, 1960s-1970s, £1500, offered by The Moderns at AlfiesGold plated tray with Reindeer handles, mid-century Italian, 1960s-1970s, £1500, offered by The Moderns at Alfies

The Moderns at AlfiesGold plated tray with Reindeer handles, mid-century Italian, 1960s-1970s, £1500 

Gold plated reindeer tray – Again I love the glamour of this and think it would be perfect for Christmas entertaining!

Hallmark Antiques at Grays - Dutch silver pepperette, 1880, £290

Hallmark Antiques at Grays - Dutch silver pepperette, 1880, £290

Silver bird pepperette – This silver pepper shaker is very sweet and looks a lot more modern than it is. An apt gift for anyone who prides themselves on their dinnerware.

Mariad Antiques at Grays - 18ct diamond snake ring, 1860, £750

Mariad Antiques at Grays - 18ct diamond snake ring, 1860, £750

Victorian snake ring – I love the use of the snake motif in Victorian jewellery (all thanks to the ring Albert gave Queen Victoria) and in fact its symbolism as an image throughout history interests me. This ring is a beautiful example in gold and a statement piece.

Victorian crescent brooch, Emmy Abe at Grays

Emmy Abe at GraysVictorian crescent brooch

Crescent brooch – Another Victorian piece, this diamond brooch brightens up any outfit and a bit of sparkle is great around the festive season.

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Pippa Roberts

Pippa Roberts, Managing Director, Pippa Roberts Publicity & Communications

Pippa has specialised in publicity for arts, interiors and antiques-related clients since becoming a freelance PR in 2001. She has worked for many major fairs, including Olympia and LAPADA London, as well as niche, specialist events like Tribal Art London and the London Antique Rug & Textile Art Fair, and museums, exhibitions, individual galleries and dealerships. For more than 14 years Pippa has represented the Decorative Fair in Battersea Park.

French 1950s desk lamp in brass, with unusual ‘rise & fall’ mechanism. English, early C20th. £480. Puckhaber Decorative Antiques.

Puckhaber Decorative AntiquesFrench 1950s desk lamp in brass, with unusual ‘rise & fall’ mechanism. English, early C20th, £480. 

I love the spare but very practical design, it would make a perfect reading lamp for my bedside table or desk! It’s super quality and would in fact look great in any room in my house.

French Art Deco lacquer wall panel c1930, possibly by Jean Dunand, made during the period when French designers became infatuated by Japanese lacquering techniques.  120 x 60cm. Price in region of £2400, from Dorian Caffot de Fawes.

Dorian Caffot de FawesFrench Art Deco lacquer wall panel c1930, possibly by Jean Dunand, made during the period when French designers became infatuated by Japanese lacquering techniques.  120 x 60cm. Price in region of £2400.

I adore lacquer and chinoiserie AND French Art Deco – this stunning wall panel combines all three. It really is an exceptional decorative piece, and the gold lacquer gleams beautifully. It would take pride of place on my dining room wall...


Anglo-Chinese late C19th mahogany armchairs with ornate carved terminals and fretwork stretchers. In the region of £6000, from Drennan & Sturrock.

Drennan & SturrockAnglo-Chinese late C19th mahogany armchairs with ornate carved terminals and fretwork stretchers. In the region of £6000. 

I just had to photograph these at the Autumn Decorative Fair as they caught my eye so spectacularly. A very intriguing pair of chairs, which would grace any setting, contemporary or traditional. They have such a sculptural shape, yet an appealing simplicity.

 18ct Gold Ruby & Moonstone Cluster Ring, c.1930, priced at £3000 from Thomas Glover.

Thomas Glover -18ct Gold Ruby & Moonstone Cluster Ring, c.1930, priced at £3000

I just have to include an item of jewellery in my wish list – every antiques fair I visit, I’m usually to be found gazing at the sparkles! Art Deco jewellery is particularly appealing. And I love the more unusual coloured stones – citrine, lapis, turquoise, un-treated aquamarine, fire opal, peridot – and unusual combinations. This moonstone and ruby cluster ring from Thomas Glover (formerly Trivette) is so eye-catching and completely gorgeous, and a teensy bit bling, even though it is a simple and classic style setting – what a great colour combination! I can easily imagine this twinkling at me on Christmas Day.

 

Antique Ghiordes Oushak, Western Anatolia, ca 1880, 9'7

James CohenAntique Ghiordes Oushak, Western Anatolia, ca 1880, 9'7" x 12'10". £6,900.

A rug – this is not a practical wish for my real house, but if I had, in the land of make-believe, a lovely large drawing room I’d definitely want a luxuriant, softly-coloured oriental style rug. Something along the lines of this Ghiordes Oushak carpet from the late C19th, which will be at the LARTA fair. I think the colour combination of vermillion and ice blue on the pale sandy-coloured ground is very refreshing.  This is such a striking design: it would just lift a room and bring the furniture and decoration to life.

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Edd Thomas, Edd in the Clouds

Edd Thomas, Owner, Edd in the Clouds

Edd has been playing in antiques since he was little, but only turned it into a full-time business 7 years ago. Thankfully antique dealing seems one of those things where a wide experience in other jobs first is often a beneficial norm. For Edd a background in teaching and education have certainly influenced his tastes, and although he seems willing to jump between periods and styles relatively freely, most of the objects offered are tied together by virtue of their ability to tell a good story. Whether that tale involves great designers or humble dwellings does not always matter, its the shards of social history that keep him forever foraging for new objects. Edd regularly writes about antiques and is the new Chairman of Antiques Young Guns.

Table Top Celestial Globe by Thomas Malby from Jason Clake Antiques

Jason Clake AntiquesTable Top Celestial Globe by Thomas Malby

I have always loved old globes and the celestial are far rarer than terrestrial. This piece just has great character.

19th Century Framed Needlework 'Batchelors Requisites' from Molly and Maud's Place.

Molly and Maud's Place19th Century Framed Needlework 'Batchelors Requisites'

Don't get me wrong I like important and imposing antiques, but I also love very human light-hearted objects too. I can almost sense the original receiver laughing at this when they saw it! 

Michael Harris 'Tortoiseshell' Glass Charger from ScottishAntiques.com

Scottish AntiquesMichael Harris 'Tortoiseshell' Glass Charger

I have a soft spot for art glass and this piece reminds me of seashells and the beach. 

18th Century Plaster Horse Head from London School for Scandal.

London School for Scandal18th Century Plaster Horse Head

Though not beautiful as such this piece reminds me of the great interest and effort during the 18th and 19th century for artists to go on their grand tour to improve their knowledge in the classical arts and bring back busts like this to study.

French Wrought Iron Console Table from Robert Young

Robert YoungFrench Wrought Iron Console Table

The French have always done wrought iron better than anyone else, and when successful it speaks volumes about elegance and form in just a few bits of bent metal. This is a beautiful example with real poise. 

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Robert Miller

Robert Miller, Managing Director, Hemswell Antiques Centres

Robert is the owner and managing director of Hemswell Antique Centres, Europe’s largest and most professionally managed operation with over 400 dealers exhibiting within four buildings. Established in 1986 by his late father and stepmother, Rex and Nepi Miller, Robert has been at the helm since 1999 overseeing and directing operations. Hemswell supplies to private clients worldwide, retail markets, boutique hotels, museums and institutions including the National Trust.  Robert is sharing an item from his own wish list, as well as those of his colleagues.

Silver Georg Jensen Bangle

Barry Greatorex - Silver Georg Jensen Bangle

Chosen by Esme Cocks - I have chosen this item as a beautiful example of this designers work. As a collector of silver jewellery, I have a particular interest in Mid-Century Scandinavian design. This piece would be an appreciated addition to my collection.

Regency Sewing Box

Marlene RutherfordRegency Sewing Box

Chosen by Margaret Hackett - This item I would like to receive on Christmas morning. I would use it and it would make a beautiful family heirloom. 

Victorian Army and Navy Stores Leather Cartridge Case, from dealers Maggie & Gary Crysa

Maggie and Gary Crysa - Victorian Army and Navy Stores Leather Cartridge Case

Chosen by Esme Cocks - The reason I have chosen the leather cartridge case is because game shooting is my hobby and I just love the old leather cases connected with shooting. So this leather cartridge case would be a delight to receive on Christmas morning to add to my collection. 

Antique Chest, pictured with dealer Ian Almond

Ian Almond - Antique chest

Chosen by Grace - I would love to get this chest for Christmas because I enjoy travelling and so love things related to the subject, I also like how it has a pirate style look and would hope for it to be filled with lots more presents!

Antique Rocking Horse

Nick Yeo - Antique Rocking Horse

Chosen by Diana Helliwell - I have chosen this Rocking Horse, if I received this for Christmas it would remind me of an amazing childhood. 

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Many thanks to our contributors for sharing their Christmas lush lists with us!  We hope they get everything they wished for. 

Happy Christmas from all of us at Antiques News & Fairs!

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