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ANNIVERSARY EXHIBITION REVIVES GEORGIAN SEX SCANDAL
Renowned antiques dealers W.R. Harvey & Co. (Antiques) Ltd, will be hosting a celebratory exhibition from 5 November until 20 November 2016, highlighting a sex and fraud scandal that sent two brothers to the gallows in C18th London.
W.R. Harvey & Co., who are about to celebrate their 65th year in business, will be featuring 'Mrs Rudd's Dressing Table', as the centre of its Autumn exhibition.
Courtesan Margaret Caroline Rudd lived a colourful life of intrigue and deception, and amongst her many admirers, is said to have had affairs with John Wilkes, James Boswell and Samuel Johnson. However, she is most remembered for her actions that caused a society scandal that sent the Perreau Brothers to the gallows.
The exquisite dressing table, which is believed to have been made for her home in Harley Street by George Hepplewhite, is for sale for £65,000. Harveys first acquired and sold it in 1983, only for it to come back into their hands some years later. It quickly sold again to a collector in Vienna. Now the owner has asked Harveys to find this beautiful piece a new home.
The exquisite dressing table, on sale for £65,000, is believed to have been designed and made for Rudd by George Hepplewhite.
Harveys was started by Walter Harvey after he came to London from Vienna on the last Kindertransport before the annexation of Austria by Germany in 1938. After serving during the war, Walter returned to England and in 1951, opened trading premises at 69 Chalk Farm Road in North London.
In 1971, proprietor David Harvey joined his father Walter, and in 1983 they relocated to Old Bond Street. In 1996, they moved to their current location of Witney, Oxfordshire, where they keep a wide range of high quality antique pieces mainly from the Georgian and Regency periods.
David Harvey, proprietor of W.R. Harvey & Co. (Antiques) Ltd
In his 40 years at Harveys, David has continued to sell antique furniture, paintings and accessories, and has clients around the world. He is also a local politician, having served two terms as Mayor of Witney.
For 2016, David has chosen to celebrate the company's 65th anniversary with the publication of a book, commemorating the company's history with personal anecdotes and stories of major pieces that have passed through their hands several times on their journeys across the globe.
The exhibition takes place from 5 November until 20 November 2016, at the W.R. Harvey & Co. premises in Witney, Oxfordshire. Copies of the book will be available to the press.
In addition to the Autumn exhibition, W.R. Harvey & Co. will also be appearing at the Cheshire Decorative, Antiques and Art Fair.
For more information on both events, visit W.R. Harvey & Co.