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GuyDennler AntiquesPlaza Antique Jewellery

Left: Guy Dennler Antiques

Right: Plaza 20th Century Jewellery

Visiting Antiques for Everyone at the NEC from 21-24 April 2016 is like dipping into a big fat alluring lifestyle magazine choc full of enticing objects you want to have and hold.  The largest vetted antiques fair in the UK and something of an institution, hundreds of dealers convene 3 times a year – 230 this time, and there is something accessible and welcoming about this fair which juxtaposes the 2 hemispheres of the show – Section 1 is for larger room set stands and Section 2 has more of a bazaar theme with many smaller stands where you may have to push your way on to the stand to get a better look when the crowds are milling around.

The fair has always been popular for its range of Georgian and Victorian furniture and traditional art, and a magnet for collectors of glass, jewellery and pottery, but today is now a major source for high quality Arts & Crafts, Art Nouveau and Art Deco. The addition of 20th century specialists in the past few years has added further diversity and encouraged a younger range of collectors and home designers.

The magazine theme continues with a variety of exhibitions and talks by everyone’s favourite experts – Judith Miller, Mark Hill, Marc Allum and Will Farmer and the summer fair will host Birmingham’s Pen Museum in an exhibition to celebrate the lives of the manufacturers and workers whose expertise placed the city at the centre of the trade in the 19th century. At the height of pen manufacture, 75% percent of every hand-written item in the world was done with a Birmingham-made pen.

Pen Museum Birmingham

 Pen Museum Birmingham

The exhibition will also feature a selection of pieces from the Writing Equipment Society that will include a rare silver repoussé snail engraved eyedropper pen hall marked for 1907/8 by Alfred George Harley, Pencil Case Maker of 26 Spencer Street in the Birmingham Jewellery Quarter. While many pens are engraved, either with the owner’s name or as an advertising piece, this Waterman pen from June 1917 was presented to a William S. Silver from ‘The Orphans of New York’. The intriguing story of this unusual piece will be explained as part of the Pen Display.

Other highlights will include a unique collection of six artistically decorated wooden panels of historic merit made by the survivors of war-torn Berlin in 1946 which belong to antique dealer and regular exhibitor John Shepherd of Hiscock & Shepherd from Kent. John has assembled these extremely rare mementoes of World War II over the past ten years. Each panel is constructed from reclaimed wood from buildings left devastated at the end of the war. Each is decorated with the symbolic image of a colourful butterfly or seagull assembled from tiny pieces of enamel tiles and brickwork collected from the remains of well-known buildings. They were made by the local survivors of the artistic community in 1945-46, who had no access to traditional painting and media materials, and wished to express their hope for a new life in the aftermath of war. They are not signed but each is numbered and now considered to represent an underground art movement that was emerging from the chaos of the German capital.

For full details and exhibitor list see Antiques for Everyone at the NEC, Birmingham

Antiques News & Fairs top picks from the show:

delft vase

Philip Carrol Antiques An exceptional Dutch Delft ‘Gu’ shaped vase, c. 1700. The vase finely painted in Chinese Transitional style, with scenes of Courtesans making offerings to the Emperor. The central boss, decorated with a continuous band of flowering plants and rockwork.De Drie Posteleyne Astonne, Pieter Gerritsz mark to the base.
Literature: Similar examples in the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.
Height: 47 cm, 18.50”
Priced at £3,950.

 Scandinavian by Design

Scandinavian by Design - One from a rare pair of original Boris Tabacoff designed “Sphere” chairs manufactured by Mobilier Modulaire Moderne, France in 1970. They have the original seat cushions and are in excellent condition.
Priced at £2,500.00 for the pair.

Gemma Redmond Vintage Jewellery

Gemma Redmond Vintage -Floral Rhinestone Bracelet, 1930s Dating from the 1930s, this bracelet features a rhodium plated, floral design encrusted with rhinestones.
Priced at £450

Hickmet Fine Art

Hickment Fine Art - An excellent Art Deco bronze and ivory figure of a seductive dancer with her hands raised above her hear in a stretched pose with very finely hand carved detail creating fabulous movement and good colour, signed Cl J R Colinet
Date : 1930
Price : £11,500

M&D Moir Antique glass specialists

M & D Moir - Ausfuehrung 237 Loetz Vase Rare polychrome Loetz Ausfuehrung 237 Vase, very unusual shape, c.1925.

Scarab Antiques

Scarab Antiques - Eric Olsen glazed earthenware bowl with applied lizards & leaves.  This flat ovoid earthenware bowl was made by Eric Olsen probably in the mid-late 1930s. It is decorated with a blue and olive glaze with 3 crawling lizards and 3 leaves applied around the rim in an alternating pattern. The base is stamped "Eric Olsen" in a rectangular cartouche. This is a great piece of studio pottery.Norwegian also known as Erling Olsen.(1903 - ?)
Priced at £395.00

Norwegian silver spoons

John Bull Antiques - A fabulous set of 12 Art Deco Norwegian silver gilt and enamel spoons, circa 1820, made by David Anderson. Each spoon features guilloche enamel in a vibrant colour. The tip of the handles is shaped like a little stylised flower. The box itself and each spoon is marked David Andersen.
Priced at £1,250.

Erna Hiscox Antiques

Erna Hiscock and John Sheperd Antiques - Berlin Wall panels


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Madelena Ltd An exceptionally fine antique Charles II silkwork embroidery picture of a handsome young couple against a landscape and castle background. Benevolent rays of sunshine smile down upon them. To her right do we see a stork lurking. A fish to his left. Finely worked in a variety of silks on silk ground, in a great variety of stitches. Colours cream, blue, red, yellow, green, brown and grey.  Beautifully worked flowers to the spandrels and a wonderful laurel surround of alternating loops of silk and stitch work in high relief.
Priced at £2935.00.