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AYG LAND IN USA
The fast growing movement of young and enthusiastic members of the antiques trade Antiques Young Guns (AYG), has much to celebrate this month with the news of a strategic partnership with leading US antiques show organisers U.S. Antique Shows,(USAS).

Co-founders of AYG UK have agreed an exclusive licensing agreement which will allow US Antiques Shows (USAS) to develop their own membership base using the existing AYG UK branding. USAS will actively promote growth, education and exposure to those in the trade, 39 years old or younger, to an international audience of antiques enthusiasts.

USAS are the largest antiques fair organisers in the US and producers of some of the industry’s most anticipated events in Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, Miami Beach and New York. The group’s events offer a broad range of antiques, vintage and estate jewellery and watches, and annually draw more than 50,000 consumers and 3,000 dealers from 28 countries worldwide including the UK.

The move offers exciting opportunities for UK members with exposure to a huge US audience, and vice a versa, via the planned developments on both parties’ websites and social media.

AYG founders Mark Hill, George Johnson and editor of Antiques News & Fairs, Gail McLeod, confirmed that their decision to choose USAS as strategic partners to launch AYG in the US was based not just on the scale of the audience via the pole position of USAS in the US antiques trade but also on the company's work to launch a major industry initiative of immense benefit to the antiques trade, details of which will be announced in full at the AYG press conference in January 2015 at the The Original Miami Beach Antique Show.

 
GLASS FOR COLLECTORS AND CHRISTMAS
Uranium glass is the chosen exhibition for the National Glass Fair on 23 November 2014 at the National Motorcycle Museum just outside Birmingham. Focusing on on the various types of uranium glass produced by glass factories around the world, the exhibition has been put together by Leni Simons, a regular visitor to the fair, and features numerous prize pieces from her personal collection of uranium glass.

Organised by Specialist Glass Fairs Ltd, this enduring event attracts more than eighty dealers across the spectrum of the glass collecting world imcluding Art Nouveau and Art Deco glassware modern Studio Glass from the 1950s, 60s and 70s from manufacturers including as Orrefors, Whitefriars and Seguso through to the traditional end of the market with coloured and crystal cut-glass from manufacturers, including Stevens and Williams, Val St. Lambert, Thomas Webb, Stuart Crystal, Webb Corbett and Richardsons.

Fans of contemporary glass will be especially pleased to see the addition of some new faces at the next fair. In particular, Elliot Walker - who specialises in sculptural work - will be exhibiting alongside a number of well known contemporary makers, such as Vic Bamforth and Helen Millard, who exhibit regularly at our fair. Expect to see a variety of different types and styles of decorative glass. From utilitarian tableware to the finest decorative items, exquisite jewellery, paperweights, whimsical animal figures and Georgian drinking glasses.

Regular exhibitors Mike and Debbie Moir of M & D Moir have recently acquired a major collection of Paul Nicolas related items (Paul was chief designer at Galle and later went on to make glass under the his own name and for St Louis under the name D'Argental). Many of these pieces come direct from his extended family, and include not only his glass (and original art) but also gifts both to and from him. A good selection of these pieces will be on display at the fair.

Visitors will also have the opportunity to meet G.G. Weiner from the Lalique Mascot Collecting Club who will be signing copies of his new book entitled Unique Lalique Mascots: the automotive radiator hood ornaments of master glass artisan R. Lalique. The book includes auction realisation prices and has a foreword by Lord Montagu of Beaulieu and a preface by Eric Knowles of the Antiques Roadshow.

The new year brings big news from Specialist Glass Fairs Ltd with the confirmation of the new Cambridge Glass Fair location at Knebworth House, Hertfordshire. This is an exciting development for the Cambridge Glass Fair which has been looking for a new permanent home since fire destroyed Chilford Hall near Cambridge in 2012.

Originally founded along with the respected collector and glass expert Dr. Graham Cooley, the next Cambridge Glass Fair will take place on Sunday 22 February 2014 at its new home in the magnificent surroundings of Knebworth House, one of England’s most beloved stately homes. The fair will be held in the Knebworth Barns, a complex combining two four hundred year old tithe barns, the Manor and the Lodge, plus the Cobbold and Lytton Barns, two brand new oak structures and a seventy-six seater licensed restaurant, which were completed in September 2011.

Images
Uranium Glass bowl.
Probably by Walsh as the applied Fleur de Lys is a Walsh registered design - number 435959.
M&D Moir:
Lilies - Monumental c12 inch tall D'Argental cameo vase by Paul Nicolas in yellows and reds depicting lilies, signed c1921. Price £2,400
Book cover: Unique Lalique Mascots G.G. Weiner

For full exhibitor list see The National Glass Fair and Cambridge Glass Fair web site via TRADE INDEX


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THE PIER ANTIQUE SHOW NY WORKING WITH THE HIGHBOY
We are delighted to be welcome US Antique Shows to Antiques News & Fairs and look forward to reporting from The Original Miami Antique Show,, one of their eight events across the US, early in 2015.

The next event on their calendar is the Pier Antique Show, New York’s largest antiques, vintage, art and collecting event with more than four hundred exhibitors gathered from the US and other parts of the globe including the UK, dealing in quality antique furniture, jewellery, decorative and fine arts, kitchenalia, paintings, art glass, ceramics and a varied selection of vintage clothing, jewellery and handbags are available in the popular Fashion Alley area of the show.

US Antiques Shows are the world’s largest producer of indoor antiques shows, with major events in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Miami and New York with more than three thousand exhibitors on their books across the shows. The Pier Antique Show which takes place twice a year, has become something of an institution over the last forty years with exhibitors and visitors returning year on year. US Antique Shows have harnessed some of their exhibitors' enthusiasm in their The Pier Antique Show video from the show.

November 2014 sees an exciting announcement with The HighBoy - the sleek and cool online markeplace for a new generation of antiques buyers with the tag line of "antiques simplified", becoming the premier sponsor for the November 2014 show. This initiative brings together two leading industry figures with the same mission - to demystify antiques and encourage a younger audience to visit antiques fairs and shops and online marketplaces.

Dan Darby, US Antique Shows general manager told Antiques News & Fairs: “The Highboy’s thorough understanding of the antiques industry combined with their passion for providing an innovative marketplace make them an ideal partner for US Antique Shows.

As part of the partnership, The Highboy will invite visitors to their Pier Antique Show booth to discover their 'HighBoy Style' from a diverse grouping of antiques and fine art offered in their marketplace.

Olga Granda Scott and Douglas Scott founders of The HighBoy and former dealers themselves told us:”All our our dealers, including those exhibiting at the Pier Antique Show, have been selected for their strong reputations, experience and industry standing.”

To celebrate the exciting partnership at the show, there will be a keynote panel discussion during the show entitled: The Future of Antiques which takes place Thursday, November 20, 2014 at Jonathan Burden Antiques & Works of Art, 180 Duane Street, New York, NY 10013.


The event is by ticket only but free to attend. Visitors and exhibitors are invited to join The HighBoy for cocktails, a book signing, and panel discussion moderated by Doris Athineos, Senior Editor of Traditional Home, with antiques experts Judith Miller, Toma Clark Haines of The Antiques Diva & Co and Olga Granda-Scott.

The event is sponsored by Sponsored by: The HighBoy, U.S. Antique Shows and The Antiques Diva & Co. Tickets are available via The Pier Antique Show web site.

Images:
Yafa Signed Jewels NY

Cartier 18k yellow gold diamond, coral and amethyst 'Delice de Goa' necklace and earrings.
Ilsegno del Tempo, Milan
A pair of industrial stools made from tubular iron legs with wooden seat.
Chinalai Tribal Antiques Ltd, NY
Polychrome heads of Mogallana and Saripputta, Buddha's two major disciples, Burma, C18th-19th
June Greenwald Antiques OH
Italianate Planter

For tickets, times and exhibitor list see THE PIER ANTIQUE SHOW website via TRADE INDEX - ANTIQUES IN AMERICA






 
MIDCENTURY MODERN – DESIGN LOVERS HEALTH ALERT!
Midcentury Modern Show, which caused Channel 4 TV Grand Designs to warn 'This show could cause design lovers a cardiac arrest', returns to Dulwich College’s Christian Hall on Sunday 23 November 2014.

The one-day event attracts celebrated architects, designers and interiors experts hunting for rare pieces like Pierre Jeanerret's desk and chair from Le Corbusier's Chandigarh in India or a Barbarella style metal table and chairs Ringo Starr helped design, but organisers Petra Curtis and Lucy Ryder Richardso are keen to ensure there is also a glut of collectables that can be gleaned for a snip for mere mortals who flock to this twice yearly event held at Erno Goldfinger's Haggerston School in October and at Dulwich College in November each year.

Joining the ninety or so exhibitors at Dulwich will be young British photographer Kevin Dutton who will be exhibiting his beautiful flower prints at the show on Sunday 23rd November. If you recognise the Alium image (shown), it is because Apple inc has purchased a few of them for wallpaper for the new iphone6. Dulwich boy Kevin, has been producing lovely photographs of the iconic pieces at Modern Shows for a couple of years and will be selling some of the original prints upstairs in contemporary section of the show.

For anyone unable to make it to the show, join interior designers, journalists, collectors and investors shopping Modern Marketplace - Antiques News Fairs.

For times, tickets and future dates see Modern Shows website via TRADE INDEX

 
POPPIES -1914-2014 REMEMBRANCE
Nearly four million people are expected to have visited an installation at the Tower of London to mark the centenary of the start of World War One by 12 November 2014.

Blood Swept Lands And Seas Of Red by ceramic artist Paul Cummins has proven so popular there have been calls for it to be extended.

London Mayor Boris Johnson is among those to have suggested the dismantling of the installation, due to start the day after Armistice Day, could be postponed. Thousands of people have also signed an e-petition calling for the poppies to remain.

Pearly King of Bow Bells Harry Mayhead, (shown), who served in Egypt and France for the Royal Army Service Corps in World War Two, helped to plant the poppies at The Tower of London.
Image courtesy of BBC News
 
CHRISTMAS CRACKER AT GRAYS
As we hurtle towards the Christmas season, over at one of London’s longest established antiques destinations, Grays Antiques, right in the heart of Mayfair, plans are in place for the launch of their traditional Christmas Shopping Event on 27 November 2014 from 5-8 pm.


Grays Antiques has been a London antiques landmark for more than thirty years with many of the dealers having been there since the beginning. Not so for two newcomers to the The Mews at Grays though – Antiques Young Guns(AYG) co-founder Mark Hill and finalist in the recent AYG of the Year awards, ceramics specialist Serhat Ahmet have moved in and are next door neighbours on the ground floor in The Mews at Grays quite by chance!

To celebrate the arrival of two AYGs at Grays, the Christmas Shopping Event will host three showcases for AYG members as part of their AYG Christmas Cracker, best things come in small packages event. Mark Hill and co-founder of AYG George Johnson will give a lively presentation about AYG to the guests on the opening night.

The Mews building at Grays Antiques (just behind the front Grays building in Davies Mews) has been the subject of an exciting refurbishment on the lower ground floor which has the unique feature of a rivulet of the River Tyburn running under floor of the Mayfair building. The Tyburn rivulet has been embellished with a decorative bridge across so that visitors can peer down at the decorative carp in the water. The River Tyburn historically crossed Oxford Street, where the Great Conduit was built in 1236, to supply water through conduits made of elm trunks from the Tyburn to Cheapside in the City. Just off Bond Street, Lancashire Court was developed on what used to be the east bank of the Tyburn.



Much has changed since 1236 and now Grays Antiques is home to one hundred and fifty dealers in the front Grays Antiques building with a further one hundred dealers in The Mews Building with a waiting list for space in both buildings. Specialities of the house include jewellery from some of the leading dealers in the UK - The Gilded Lily, Anthea G, Moira and Shapiro, named costume jewellery from a very large gathering of dealers including Linda Bee and Gillian Horsup, ceramics and glass of all periods and origin - Serhat Ahmet and Mark Hill to name a few, with a large contingent of period Oriental ceramics including Guest and Grey.









Silver is a particular feature of the Grays collection with some serious Georg Jensen pieces from James Baldwin Antiques. Vintage fashion and accessories occupy a large area in the lower ground floor in The Mews in the Vintage Modes section which extends across one end of the building. Grays is a go to emporium for vintage designer handbags and luggage and long time exhibitor Linda Bee has a mouth watering display of bags and costume jewellery. One of the bags on display was featured in a recent book A Century of Bags by Claire Wilcox (shown).

Images:
Anthea G

Amethyst bracelet, mounted in blackened gold, set with emerald-cut amethysts each surrounded by a cluster of eight-cut diamonds, the clasp is pavé set with diamonds. POA


Serhat Ahmet
A stunning and rare pair of Mintons 'Salamonic’ shaped candlesticks, very finely hand painted with floral and etched gilt garlands on a bleu celeste ground. Mintons puce globe mark and retailer's mark for John Mortlock, Orchard St, London to each base, c.1860. Priced at £850
Gillian Horsup
This is an Art Deco period, rectangular green glass stones necklace. It is claw set on a gold tone metal. Probably 1930's -but could be up to the early 1950's. Beautiful green glass stones. It measures approximately 16 inches, priced at £88.00.
Mark Hill
1980s Crystalex Cased Cylinder Vase
Designer: Jirí Suháje, c1980
Factory: Crystalex. Period of manufacture: 1980s
Price: £120
James Baldwin Antiques
An exceptional silver cigar lighter was designed by Georg Jensen himself circa 1910.
Shaped like Aladdin’s lamp and fitted with an elegant curved handle, on a beaded ten-sided polygon base. The snuffer is attached via a chain, and the cover with foliage pattern is detachable. The lighter is a beautiful example of Georg Jensen silver and a rare find. It bears the Georg Jensen mark used between 1933 and 1944. Price £1450.00.
Linda Bee showing gilt framed bag in A Century of Bags" by Claire Wilcox.

For a full dealer listing and free tickets for the Grays Antiques Christmas Shopping Evening are available from Grays Antiques website via TRADE INDEX


 
UNOFFICIAL QUEEN OF THE ANTIQUES TRADE!
Our friends over at The High Boy have been talking on their blog The Weekly, to another friend of Antiques News & Fairs the very hardworking and charming Judith Miller, about her life in the antiques world and how it started.

One of the questions they asked our unofficial Queen of the Antiques Trade was about her favourite find and Judith told them:

"It was a Chinese saucer c.1750—although I didn’t know that at the time—hand-painted with a Chinese boy jumping to try to catch a butterfly. It is utterly charming. It was painted for the West and as such, changed the way we decorated ceramics. It still has pride of place in my collection as I remember that young girl at the beginning of what has become the most amazing journey of discovery."

Read the rest of the interview on The Weekly on The Highboy
 
TERROR AND WONDER AT THE BRITISH LIBRARY
We asked current Antiques Young Gun of the Year James Gooch of Doe and Hope to visit the press preview of Terror and Wonder, The Gothic Imagination at the British Library for us.

We love the moody shots taken at Doe and Hope, artfully arranged by James, which exude a darkly gothic atmosphere, and we knew he was the man for the job. Read his review in our Features Section Gothic Imagination.









 
INTELLECTUAL PURSUITS AT WINTER OLYMPIA
Can it be true, is Christmas really on the doorstep? The Winter Olympia Art & Antiques Fair from 3-9 November 2014 is one of the portents of the Christmas season, offering not only a one-stop Christmas shopping extravaganza but also an extensive array of cerebral diversions in the form of expert talks and tours of the fair – some of which are free to ticket holders.

Highlights of the programme include Ming: Beyond Porcelain Dr Yu-Ping Luk, Project Curator, British Museum – 4 November. This lecture explores the splendour of Ming China in the years AD 1400-1450 – the subject of this autumn’s BP Exhibition Ming: 50 years that changed China at the British Museum.

On Thursday 6 November, The BADA Lecture 2014: Over the Top? The Image of War. This lecture will demonstrate that the great art commissioning schemes of the World Wars were a symbol of civilised values, producing an extraordinary range of visual art styles and forms.

Also 6 November, Victorian Obsession: Bringing the Pérez Simón collection to Leighton House. This lecture will explore the curation aspects of A Victorian Obsession, the forthcoming exhibition at Leighton House which will showcase the largest private collection of Victorian art outside the UK.

Independent art consultant, Vanessa Curry, will lead daily tours around the fair covering Jewellery and Accessories, Highlights and 1770 to 1970: 200 years of furniture design explored

With over 22,000 visitors last year, this highlight of the London winter fairs calendar will coincide with the Asian Art in London for the second year running, when the world’s collectors focus will be on London - good news for the one hundred and twenty exhibitors offering furniture, 20th century design, jewellery, art, Asian pieces, ceramics, sculpture, silver, mirrors, lighting, fossils, clocks, textiles and glass.

Fair Director, Mary Clare Boyd told Antiques News & Fairs "The fair is a wonderful source of one-off Christmas presents at different prices and the experience is one of pre-Christmas luxury and sparkle with a host of experts on hand to learn from."

Antiques News & Fairs covetable collection for Christmas from a selection of exhibitors at the fair:

Didier Ltd
Jesus Raphael Soto (Venezuela, 1929-2003)
Large pair of silver and silver gilt fringe earrings, each with 23 kinetic dual coloured rods, designed in 1968 and made by Giancarlo Montebello, Milan

Richard Gardner Antiques
Hermanus Johannus Ansingh 1880 – 1957 The Seasons A Set of Four Oil Paintings Signed, titled & inscribed on original labels on reverse Oil Hermanus Johannus Ansingh was born on March 20th 1880 in Nijmegen. A Dutch artist. He died in Harderwijk in 1957. He lived and worked in the Hague, Amsterdam, Harderwijk and Nijmegem. Student of the National Academy Amsterdam 1902 – 1905. He painted, drew and etched landscapes, particularly old neighbourhoods and towns.
Exhibitor: Richard Gardner Antiques

Tyger Glyn Gallery
Double Circle by Ibrahim Said
Contemporary ceramic work by highly acclaimed Egyptian ceramic artist Ibrahim Said. White earthenware with black glaze. Fired twice. 2013. Part of his Jug Filter Series, inspired by the early 8th to 12th century decorative filters inside the necks of earthenware jugs. Fustat born Said's work is technically brilliant, his skills taught him by his father a famed Egyptian potter. His beautiful works explore his Islamic and Egyptian ceramic heritage whilst creating works with a rare and wonderful contemporary twist. Already much collected in the Middle East, Egypt and the US, the V&A invested in his works last year and Tyger Glyn is proud to be introducing his work to the UK collector market.

Morgan Strickland Decorative Arts
Arts & Crafts Tudric pewter and copper clock attributed to CFA Voysey.

Large and impressive Arts & Crafts Tudric pewter and beaten copper clock attributed to Charles Francis Annesley Voysey for Liberty & Co, England c1902.

S&S Timms Antiques
A fine Regency period gilt pier mirror with carve eagle and foliae with inset eglomise panel flanked by two urns.

For full details of talks, exhibitor list, tickets and times see Winter Olympia Art & Antiques Fair website via TRADE INDEX














 
CELEBRATING TRADITION AT HARROGATE ANTIQUE FAIR
Northern champagne glasses will be clinking this week when the Harrogate Antique Fair opens from 15-19 October 2014 at the Harrogate International Centre. Danny Mills, the ex-Leeds United footballer, will open the fair at the charity evening in aid of Acorn Charity, from 6.30pm – 8.30pm on Friday 17th.

The fair is something of a society event in the Harrogate area attracting an audience who expect to see traditional antiques and collectible delights displayed by expert dealers with time to talk and enthuse about their chosen specialty.

Forty exhibitors will be lined up to greet the keen following this fair has built up over the last thirty years, by organiser Louise Walker who has also exhibited at the fair and so knows what both the exhibitors and visitors expect from an event which attracts the support of BADA, itself a major endorsement of the positioning of the fair. Most of the exhibitors are either BADA or LAPADA members.

New exhibitors this time include a strong showing of English porcelain from Mary Wise, Graham Ruddock and Jupiter Antiques, fine art from John Noott Fine Art, Julia Forner Fine Art, Freshfords Fine Art and Blackwood Galleries, animal paintings, with Asian cermaics from D&M Freedman. Also joining for the first time A.D. Antiques with British Art Pottery and Gallery Yacou with Oriental carpets.

Regular exhibitor Paul Beedham of Beedham Antiques Ltd will bring one of the highlights of the fair, a bust of Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, (shown). Robert Dudley was a favourite of Elizabeth I, involved in major intrigues in the Court. This Cotswold limestone bust comes from the Oxford region, (Dudley was at one time Chancellor of Oxford University.

Images:
A.D. Antiques
William De Morgan Jug decorated with Winged Beasts. Dated: c. 1880
From a selection on A.D.Antiques website.

Walker Galleries

Carlos NADAL (Paris 1917 - 1998)- Séjour en Espagne.
Oil and mixed media, signed and stamped, inscribed and dated verso (1980) 25½ x 31½ in. Price: £ 29500
Provenance: The authenticity of this work has been confirmed by Le Comité Nadal

Artist biography:
Nadal was born in Paris in 1917, but moved to Barcelona in 1921. His father, Santiago Nadal (died 1932) had a commercial design studio, where Carlos not only learned to paint, but met modern artists including Henri Matisse, Raoul Dufy and Maurice Utrillo. Nadal was particularly influenced by Henri Matisse whom he met as a child, and Georges Braque who was a close acquaintance in the 1940s, and maintained a love of the Fauvist style. His first solo exhibition was in 1942 at La Pinacoteca in Barcelona. His early work was mainly of scenes in Spain or Belgium but when established as a successful artist he travelled extensively, making paintings which often featured modes of transport as well as leisure scenes.

Garth Vincent Arms & Armour
A Pair Of 24 Bore Large Flintlock Pocket Pistols By Bond Of London, Circa 1800.
A Pair Of 24 Bore Large Flintlock Pocket Pistols By Bond Of London, Circa 1800. With blued turn-off barrels, stamped with London proof marks beneath, box-lock actions engraved with scrollwork, signed on a rococo scroll and stands of arms on the left and inscribed London on the right, highly figured walnut butts with vacant silver escutcheon.
Dimensions:
Bore: 25-Bore
Barrel Length: 2 Inches (5.08 cm)
Total Length: 7.5 Inches (19.05 cm)

Bond, William [1768-1776]
William Bond was the founder of a family of gunsmiths in London and was active in gunsmithing until 1776. From 1776 to 1800 Philip Bond had a shop at 45 Cornhill, London. Made brass barrel flintlock pocket pistols with underspring bayonet, and flintlock blunderbusses with spring bayonet. Edward Bond at 45 Cornhill, London, was active from 1800 - 1830. Made flintlock holster pistols with swivel ramrod and double barrel flintlock carbines with top-spring bayonets. William Bond was located at 59 Lombard Street, London, from 1830 to 1850. Made cased percussion travelling pistols of fine workmanship. Edward William Bond (probably son of William) was active 1850 to 1861. Made cased percussion pepperboxes. Edward Bond was active 1861 to 1870 and Edward William Bond (probably junior) from 1870 to 1879.

A. Merwyn Carey (1954) English, Irish and Scottish Firearms Makers, Acro Publishing Company, New York.

From a selection on Garth Vincent website

For tickets and times see Harrogate Antique Fair web site via TRADE INDEX

 
PAVILIONS OF HARROGATE AUTUMN DESTINATION FAIR
The Pavilions of Harrogate Antiques & Fine Art Fair, at the Great Yorkshire Showground from 31 October – 2 November 2014, is packed with enticements this autumn with exciting exhibitors new and returning who will be joined by everyone’s favourite antiques expert, the charming Judith Miller, who will be signing copies of her latest books including the globally popular Miller's Antiques Guide. Organiser Sue Ede of Cooper Events told Antiques News & Fairs "We are delighted to have Judith with us at the fair, signing copies of her recent books and choosing the Best Stand Award. Her enthusiasm for antiques is infectious and she will be on hand to meet our many visitors.

The fair was acquired and re-launched just three years ago by Cooper Events and Sue Ede continued: “We now have fifty specialist dealers from across the country with a vast range of period and Mid Century pieces, and prices to suit every pocket, from £25 to £50,000."

Often seen at Cooper Events’ fairs around the UK are Sue and Alan Poultney, of Scarab Antiques, who like to vary their display from fair to fair. Specialist dealers in jewellery, both period and the big design names 20th century like Miriam Haskell, De Luxe, Kenneth J Lane, Karl Lagerfeld, Lanvin, Joseff of Hollywood, Christian Dior and Guy Laroche,
they also deal in studio pottery and glass and Mid Century silver and more recently 20th century furniture and accessories including Art Deco and Biedermeier. These fantastic stylish chairs were made in about the 1950s but with a very Art Deco feel are from a selction on the new Scarab Antiques website. The wooden frames are black lacquered and have been upholstered in cream leather with cream piping.

Returning exhibitor Declan Keiley, Timberhill Gallery, from Norfolk, specialist in fine paintings and period furniture, will be showing one of the highlights of the fair, a signed mid C19th French Bonheur du Jour by the renowned French cabinet maker Mathieu Befort. 1813-1880. Declan told Antiques News & Fairs: “...there is a small story in an around this piece. It's not normally something I'd look at but I found it hidden away in the corner of a country auction house. My instincts told me it had something about it. It was mis-catalogued as being an ebonised piece rather than the exotic coromandel veneer, but it was the paintings that attracted me. The landscapes on the drawers are lovely. I kept checking to see if to was transfer printed or something but all my hunches were right. Even so I wasn't expecting to find a makers mark and it was when I started to clean the marble top that I found a tiny stamp of Mathieu Befort. A bit of research led to the details below:”

Mathieu Befort 1813-1880: Ladies Writing Desk
A fantastic mid 19th C French Bonheur du Jour by the renowned French cabinet maker Mathieu Befort. Mathieu followed his father Jean Baptise Befort into the cabinet business and carried on producing the finest pieces for Parisian society. His workshop was on the Neuve Saint Gilles Paris. Befort's work was of the highest quality and he made produced furniture for Napoleon III and Empress Eugenie, many of which remain in museums and the Palace of Versailles. (shown)
Ticket price: £5,950

New exhibitor J.A Yarwood Antiques from York will bring an exquisite late C19th century gilt bronze and simulated malachite perfume casket with a ticket price of £3,995. The bronze dore and simulated malachite perfume casket was produced in France towards the end of the nineteenth century. Its hinged lid is surmounted by a birds nest containing five eggs, the two birds protecting them from a viper. The interior of the casket is lined with red velvet and contains four matching glass perfume bottles with gilt decoration, each complete with its original stopper. The bronze dore decoration to the exterior of the casket is of exquisite quality and in conjunction with the simulated malachite, may be considered to have been made in the Russian taste. (shown)

Among the remaining cast of exhibitors will be Brieve Antiques, Shapiro & Co, and Plaza with a range of fine jewellery from the Victorian period to the mid-20th century, 1920’s and 30’s Continental porcelain figures will feature on the stand of Candice Horley, 18th and 19th century oak and country furniture on the stand of Melody Antiques and Persian and Oriental carpets and rugs from M.& N. Rugs.

For full exhibitor list, tickets and times see Cooper Events website via TRADE INDEX



 
BEALE PARK ANTIQUES & ARCHITECTURAL SHOW
With a brand new venue and lots of new dealers Sharon Blagrove of Bentley Fairs has lost no time in expanding her roster of fairs since her last outing at Knebworth House when she launched her first Decro Fair in July 2014.

The new event is Beale Park Decorative Antiques & Architectural Salvage Show 18-19 October, 2014. Beale Park Wildlife Park and Gardens is an established attraction on the banks of the Thames in Berkshire, in the heart of the Thames Valley and Sharon is excited about the list of exhibitors who have booked so far including: Coach House Antiques, Paul Drewett, Les Oakes, Home Garden and Beyond, Gordon Bryce, Sutton and Son, Amorosa, Chiltern Antiques, JD Vintiques, Ruby Vintage, Rushton & co, Branching out Antiques, Janet Kay, Hands on History, Linda North, Severn Antiques and PR Polishing, with more names to be announced soon.

Sharon told Antiques News & Fairs: “There will be a cornucopia of objects from the past three hundred years. Our stallholders will bring a huge range of things, from garden statuary and rescued glass fitments to vintage luggage, shop fittings industrial reclamation, kitchen ware, farming implements and all kinds of domestic bygones. With prices from less than £5 to more than £1000 for the rarest pieces, there is something for everyone.”

Among the some of the eye-catching pieces will be a collection of salvaed Victorian and C20th letterboxes belonging to Fred Nickson of Chiltern Antiques. Prices range from £300 to more than £1000 for the rarest and earliest boxes.

Joining Chiltern Antiques will be new exhibitors Branching Out from Wingham in Kent, who specialise in French decorative antiques, distressed painted antique furniture, unusual vintage objets for the home and garden, a small mix of vintage industrial pieces, and some complementary artwork.

Noticing that Beale Park runs right before IACF Ltd Newbury One Day Antiques & Vintage Event on 20 October, 2014, Sharon got in contact and the two companies have agreed on a on a joint advertising initiative for the two events – what a good idea!

For tickets, times and exhibitors see Bentleys Fairs web site via TRADE INDEX
 
READY FOR THE OFF AT CHESTER
The Chester Antiques & Fine Art Fair, 16-19 October 2014, with more than forty exhibitors spread over three floors at the prestigious County Grandstand at Chester Racecourse, was founded in 1989 by Caroline Penman of Penman Fairs. Caroline told Antiques News & Fairs: “The fair is widely regarded as the most prestigious event of its kind in the Northwest. We maintain a strong emphasis on authentic, high quality from the past four hundred years. Prices range from less than £50 for antiquarian prints and small silver to more than £20,000."

There is a definite focus on dealers from the North West, Cheshire, North Wales Manchester and Lancashire including Baron Fine Art from Chester return with paintings by Northwest artists while Jo Bennett Fine Paintings from Manchester promises new works by local artist Geoffrey Key among others. The Ludlow gallery Rowles Fine Art will be showing a number of Victorian and Modern British paintings including works by Helen Allingham, Montague Dawson, Helen Bradley and Marcel Dyf and Solo Antiques from Lancashire has fine bronze figurines and glass be leading sculptures and designers from the Art Nouveau and Art Deco years.

New blood for the autumn fair include Jim Dickinson with maps and prints, Brieve Jewellery and Bottlebrook Antiques with ceramics and scent bottles - also Paul Lake with collectible boxes, Heritage Antiques from Lancashire, furniture and clock dealer and J A Yarwood with a fine collection of early objects d'art and netsukes.

Another Lancashire dealer at the fair will be the jewellery and vintage watch business Charles Howell, established over 130 years ago.

The first shop opened by Edward Howell at Mumps, Oldham, Lancashire. Through four generations of the family, it has grown into one of the leading quality retailers in the area. In addition to specialising in diamond jewellery and vintage watches, the company has become well known for its large stock of antique jewellery which will be on show at the fair.

A unique collection of hand-drawn postcards of particular local interest will be for sale from art specialist and regular Chester exhibitor, Carole Payne from Knutsford. Addressed to Colonel Sir C.W. Shakerley, the officer commanding the 5th Battalion Cheshire Reserve Volunteers, dating from the late 19th century, the collection reveals a fascinating insight into daily life of military men of the times. Including many humorous drawings and satirical comments, the postcards were drawn and written as comments on daily life, much as today people use social media. The cards, which are in fine condition, feature in three sketchbooks, each embossed ‘Camp Sketches’. The earliest card dates from 1877. The collection will be priced at £225 for each of the three albums.




Images
Jo Bennett Original Art

Susan Brown - April morning - Louvre, Paris'
Signed mixed media image size 37x37cm £2,400
Susan Brown studied at Huddersfield and Leeds and achieved B.A.Hons. in Three Dimensional Design. Her work falls into two areas, Interior Architecture and Paintings. She is an elected member of both the Chartered Society of Designers and the Society of Architectural Illustrators.
From a selection on Jo Bennett’s website.
Charles Howell Jewellery & Vintage Watches.
Green tourmaline and diamond cluster ring, ticket price £1100.
Image of shop front from 1890
Carole Payne
Post card of German soldier from a collection.

For tickets and times see Chester Antiques Fair website via TRADE INDEX









 
MARK HILL UNEARTHS HIDDEN WORLD WAR ONE HORRORS
Quite by accident, writer and BBC Antiques Roadshow expert, Mark Hill fell upon a suite of ten etchings documenting the horrific Rape of Belgium while trawling a well known internet site for elusive 20th century glass, from a particular East European factory, when sourcing for the launch of his new shop at Grays Antiques.

The suite of etchings which has been entitled by Mark Hill as "The Horrors of War" are the work of Pierre-Georges Jeanniot (1848-1934), the notable French artist and close friend of Edgar Degas. The high quality etchings were conceived as a defined series illustrating the appalling atrocities committed on the Belgian people by members of the German army in the first few months of World War One. They were produced in response to reports on ‘The Rape of Belgium’ published around a year after the brutalities occurred.

The timely discovery in this year commemorating the start of World War One caused Mark Hill to consider exposing the horrors depicted in the etchings, originally banned by the French police in 1915 when Jeanniot first displayed them. They wanted to avoid spreading panic and to protect the public from these graphic, explicit and brutally honest depictions. After those very few etchings were printed, the plates were locked away and subsequently lost, only to be rediscovered by chance on eBay and published almost exactly a century after the events occurred.

Mark Hill told Antiques News & Fairs: “Jeanniot’s historically important etchings are timeless. The crimes they depict speak of the true horrors of war for all the innocent citizens caught up in the most devastating of human tragedies.”

Now that the plates have been professionally restored, The Horrors of War series is available in a numbered limited edition of 250 of each etching. Each etching is priced at £220, or £1,750 for the full set of ten etchings contained in a museum quality, archive portfolio together with an illustrated, explanatory book. The full set can be viewed and bought at Mark Hill, Grays, 1-7 Davies Mews, London W1K 5AB or via The Horrors of War

Image: At Erenbodeghem. Each etching has been given a title relating to an event that happened during ‘The Rape of Belgium’ and matched to a quote from the reports published on the atrocities by either Joseph Bédier or Pierre, Baron Nothomb.
 
LUCKY SEVEN YEARS FOR ESHER HALL ANTIQUES & FINE ART FAIR
The Esher Hall Antiques & Fine Art organised by The Antiques Dealers Fair Limited Limited, returns to Sandown Park Racecourse, Surrey, for the 7th year running with a sparkling collection of antique jewellery dealers, including some new faces - Penny Corah and Rosie Savory and Richard Ogden Ltd, bringing a very varied selection of antique and contemporary jewellery. “The jewellery trade has been in my family for more than a century,” says Robert Ogden who runs Richard Ogden Ltd, the traditional English jewellers in the Burlington Arcade off Piccadilly. Among the many beautiful pieces on the stand is a platinum mounted clip brooch set with a large octagonal navette shaped aquamarine, surmounted by diamonds and invisibly set tapering baguette diamonds, probably American, c1950, priced at £40,000. (shown).


Returning jewellery dealers Plaza will bring a 1920's American snake bracelet comprising a diamond set head with sapphire eyes, the body shimmering with opals mounted in silver and gold for £4,500 and a 1980's emerald and diamond ring by Chaumet for £6,500. Other jewellery dealers at the fair include Anderson Jones Ltd and T Robert.

Other new exhibitors coming to the fair are Strachan Fine Art from Kensington and Neptune Fine Art, who will be joining many of the dealers who return annually having made excellent contacts over the years.

Among the many highlights is a lovely 18th century portrait of a gentleman, probably James Stanley (1750-1810) by John Hamilton Mortimer A.R.A. from Strachan Fine Art selling for £19,500. Other notable paintings can be found on John Robertson's stand including Defiance and Discretion, a watercolour by Sir William Russell Flint RWS (1880-1969) for £28,000, Wild Flowers at Brighouse Bay by Edward Atkinson Hornel (1864-1933) for £24,000 and an oil by Walter Wallor Caffyn (1845-1898) of Fern Gathering on the North Downs, Surrey looking west towards Dorking, priced at £5,500. The River Mole can be glimpsed running along the foot of the Downs before turning north towards Leatherhead where it disappears underground, which gives the river its name. Further picture dealers returning to exhibit at this fair include Kaye Michie Fine Art, Art of the Imagination, Cambridge Fine Art, Baron Fine Art, Ashleigh House Fine Art, The Swan Gallery and Haynes Fine Art of Broadway.

An excellent selection of 18th and 19th century furniture, mirrors and accessories can be found on the stand of Bedfordshire dealers Timms Antiques including an 18th Century Chippendale period Rococo design
gilt Mirror carved with bells, scrolls and foliage,(shown). For Art Deco furniture and decorative objects there is plenty to choose from Jeroen Markies of Forest Row.

Decorative Arts dealers of Surrey, M&D Moir will show a rare and stunning Harrach turquoise pointillist vase enamelled with decoration made up entirely of small dots. Made in 1890 it is for sale for £565.

The fair is supporting The Poppy Factory, based in nearby Richmond. Major George Howson MC set up The Poppy Factory in 1922 to help wounded veterans from WW1 earn a living. This work continues, but has evolved to cater for modern day conflicts by helping wounded, injured and sick ex-Service men and women find meaningful and sustainable mainstream employment all over the UK.

For full exhibitor list and times see Esher Antiques & Fine Art Fair website via TRADE INDEX
 
COMING TO AMERICA WITH THE HIGHBOY
We are delighted to welcome The Highboy.com - the snazzy and sharp edged new kid on the block portal, based in Miami and host to a group of serious and established US based dealers who have all signed up to a Code of Ethics.

The photography is straight from the runway and with a fresh, young and accessible style the founders - hip married couple Olga Granda Scott and husband Douglas Scott and their crack team, have used to embrace a wider and probably younger audience.

We love this post Cup of Tea with Highboy Co-Founder Olga Granda Scott from one of our favourite bloggers Sarah Akwisombe who was sold when she saw the Highboy strapline '... will change the way you think about Antiques and Fine art. It's kind of a big deal.'


See The Highboy website via TRADE INDEX - ANTIQUES AMERICA
 
ANTIQUING IN NAPPY VALLEY
Over in “Nappy Valley”, the area where Clapham meets Battersea in salubrious SW London, Yummy Mummies on the prowl for that perfect little objet swarm into one of the friendliest yet surprisingly traditional antiques centres in London.

You might pass by Northcote Road Antiques Market with its discreet little frontage and have no idea what lies within, but pass through the portals you will find more than thirty small showrooms belonging to a happy tribe of dealers, some of whom have been resident since the centre opened in 1985!

It is not just the local smart young mums who frequent Northcote Antiques Market – an increasing number of Far Eastern collectors and tourists from around the world including the US, make a pilgrimage to this haven of collectibles – blue and white china, hundreds of single wine glasses, large stocks of silver plate cutlery both canteens and single pieces which sell fantastically well, cabinets of impressive costume jewellery, a good showing of traditional antique furniture – oak and mahogany 19th century chests, bookcases and tables and a smattering of Mid Century painted furniture and Retro kitchenalia.

The other key ingredient to the success of this happy den of dealers is that world class Clarice Cliff specialist dealers, Jonathan Daltrey and Alan Brooks who own Banana Dance Ltd, have been in residence since the doors first opened back in the 80s.

Jonanthan told Antiques News and Fairs: “My partner Alan Brooks and I were passionate about our collecting hobby and took our stall in Northcote in 1985 when we were still exhibiting at fairs in the UK and later in the US in addition to running other showrooms in Church Street Antiques Arcade in Kensington and Camden Passage, but we have remained here at Northcote where we enjoy the friendly camaraderie of our fellow dealers and where our customers who need advice can come and meet us by appointment. We really believe that our success is based on reputation, we know our customers like to come and see us and although our web site is very successful, nothing beats the human contact. We do our utmost to make visitors welcome – often with dogs and pushchairs in tow!

We are not the only long standing residents here, six other dealers have been here for twenty-five years too. We do have a turnover of new dealers who enjoy the good footfall of customers but do not have to be here all week – we all share the shop keeping and do a half day a week on a flexible basis!”

At the other end of the duration scale, newcomer Donald Blackford joined Northcote just a year ago and having exhibited at other London antiques centres he has found that Northcote works really well for him. He told us: “I have found that items I would not expect to sell get snapped up immediately – single wine glasses for instance – I cannot keep up with demand! The other popular area for me is silver plate cutlery and dessert services – which are quite traditional in style but seem to sell like hot cakes. As a general dealer in smalls I have been really impressed with the fast turnover of stock here, my best sellers being unmatched wine glasses, large plates, ceramics, clocks and dessert services.

The web site deserves a mention too packed with information about the area and the latest software allows you to take a virtual tour. Manager John Oversby who runs the web site monitors the stats on the site and told us that the recent investment in developing the content has paid dividends with a big increase in collectors from overseas arriving at the market.

Images:
Jonathan Daltry of Banana Dance

Selection of dessert plates - Donald Blackford
A selection of costume jewellery at Northcote Road Antiques Market

See Northcote Road Antiques Market web site via TRADE INDEX or visit in person - they are open seven days a week!

 
BACK TO BOWES MUSEUM FOR GALLOWAY
The Bowes Museum Antiques & Fine Art Fair, - 10-12 October, 2014, set out in the 3 spectacular picture galleries of the magnificent The Bowes Museum, a stunning French-style Chateau in the historic market town of Barnard Castle, home to a world-class collection of fine and decorative art, has to be one of the most alluring settings in the UK to hold an antiques fair.

The Museum was a lifelong dream of John and Josephine Bowes. John Bowes was a successful businessman who travelled to Paris in 1847 to explore his interest in the arts. It was here that he bought a theatre and met the Parisian actress Josephine Coffin-Chevallier whom he later married in 1852. When the married couple moved back to Johns homeland, they began their life's dream of building The Bowes Museum, which Josephine laid the foundation stone of in 1869. Over the years to follow they filled the ever growing museum with over 15,000 objects of art which they purchased between 1862 and 1874 when Josephine died.

Galloway Fairs will host a cast of around thirty exhibitors at the event, showing town and country furniture, silver, porcelain, glass, jewellery, antique and contemporary paintings and sculpture and many decorative items.

Images:

A wonderful large vase, designed by Jutta Sika, which is part of the 'Syrius' range that was retailed by the Viennese glassware retailers Bakalowits & Sohne. It was probably made in 1900 - 1910 in Vienna possibly by Loetz. This will be available from Scarab Antiques for £1650.

A very rare pair of first period Worcester ovoid tea canisters with covers c1775 will be available from RMJ AntiquesM for £1950

A painting by contemporary British artist Tony Sheath called ‘Warmth of the Sand’ will be available from Plumb’s Fine Art for £4950.

For full exhibitor list and times see Galloway Fairs website via TRADE INDEX
 
DECORATIVE MERRYGOROUND AT BATTERSEA
As usual The Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair, 30 September – 5 October 2014, will be bang on trend picking up on the current renewed enthusiasm for British folk art following the high profile Tate Britain - British Folk Art Exhibition this summer. The fair will host a number of exhibitors who specialise in folk art large and small – from giant carved wood shop signs to fairground carousel horses.

The foyer display will also highlight fairground and circus artefacts, a highly stylised form of traditional folk art. With exhibits including fairground rides including a miniature steam train and antique gallopers, painted carved and gilded sign panels, and fine art depicting circus scenes by Dame Laura Knight – the display will be full of thrills and spills.

Works displayed for sale come from exhibitors at the Fair, and are priced from the low hundreds to a few thousand pounds.

Very much part of our heritage and folk art, colourful and light-hearted fairground art works have been shooting up in value in recent years; young collectors love the vintage, outsider feel of objects they are comfortable with and that bring happy memories from childhood.

With a full house of 145 dealers the fair continues to attract new exhibitors and this time welcomes Nicholas Gifford Mead, specialist in antique chimney pieces, fire furniture, garden ornament and sculpture, and Nick Wells with fine period furniture.

Regular attractions include Fontaine whose eclectic mix of oddball objects and accessible furniture and accessories always draws a crowd. They will bring a pair of early C20th bergere chairs in antique linen priced at £1650. (shown).

Patrick Macintosh of Macintosh Antiques in Sherborne, Dorset, is a long time exhibitor at the fair and will bring a rare George Walton oak Abingwood Chair, 1897, designed by Walton in conjunction with Charles Rennie Mackintosh for the billiard room at Miss Cranston's Buchanan Street tearooms in Glasgow. This remarkable chair is one of an important group of chairs far ahead of their time in style and execution designed in their first major commission by Walton, who was responsible for the furniture, and Mackintosh the room and furnishings. The huge success of his design meant commercial copies being sold both by Liberty's and by William Birch in High Wycombe.
Provenance - sold by Miss Cranston in 1919 to the Robertson family who owned a renowned jewellers in Sauchiehall Street and Hill House in Helensburgh designed by Mackintosh . When Hill House was sold to the Royal Scottish Institute Of Architects the chairs came to Dorset in 1973 where they remained until purchased by Macintosh Antiques this year. Priced at £3750 (shown)

Core One Antiques in Fulham is represented by Christopher Jones, Garoa Zugasti and Dean Antiques on separate stands. Christopher Jones will bring a very decorative, rare and unusual 1940’s Italian cream ware pottery and giltwood aloe vera plant in a vase (shown).

Contributing to the circus display in the foyer will be Lillie Road, Fulham, dealers M Charpentier who will bring a Camille Hilaire (1916-2004) Circus Lithograph From a group of 25, ticket price £825 for framed examples. (selection will be framed, remaining prints displayed in orig portfolio). Hilaire was a French painter from Metz, who studied at the beaux- arts in Paris during the Second World War.

Another Lillie Road dealer Andrew Bewick will bring a pair of fairground painted footballers. The figures were rescued from a fairground in Nottingham. They are late Victorian, painted with very distinctive faces and wearing typical caps, striped jerseys, long shorts and striped socks of the period. The protruding iron rods would have sat in a frame to give each figure a swinging action. Anyone fancying their luck would aim the leather football with a swift kick, hoping to swing Tom or Henry backwards, the ball thus passing under into the goal. Of course the figures were weighted to make it difficult to win a prize.

Apparently they were originally from a travelling fair family from Pleasley nr Mansfield. Priced at £1450 for the pair (shown).

Toby Lorford and Lesley Ferguson who own not only Lorfords Antiques in Tetbury but also Lorfords @ Babdown, the vast decorative antiques hub housed in a former aircraft hangar in nearby Babdown Airfield, will be at the fair again showing their decorative mix of Swedish and French furniture and accessories including this fine late C18th Flemish display cabinet, in bleached oak, ticket price £7800. (shown).

For tickets, times and full exhibitor list see Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair website via TRADE INDEX

 
LAPADA LONDON IN THE ASCENT
Organisers of LAPADA London Art & Antiques Fair, 24-28 September, 2014, in Berkeley Square, London W1, and the flagship event for LAPADA remain concentrated in their efforts to push this elegant society event further up the ladder each year with better and better infrastructure and design. For 2014 they have worked with Micha Weidmann Studio, the specialist luxury design studio, whose clients include Christie’s, Dom Pérignon, Fornesetti, Tate Modern and Zaha Hadid, to develop a fresh contemporary approach while maintaining the brand’s sense of heritage.

Now in its sixth year, the fair welcomes back the bedrock of respected LAPADA member exhibitors, including BBC Antiques Roadshow furniture expert Lennox Cato specialising in 18th and 19th century English furniture and related decorative items, and Hampton Antiques one of the country’s leading specialists in in antique boxes and accessories, ranging from rare 18th century tea caddies to iconic 20th century decanters.

They join a stellar group of returning exhibitors including Ashley Gray M.C.A., Modern & Contemporary Art, Trinity House, specialists in Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, Modern British and 19th century works of art, and Ashleigh House Fine Art, dealers in Victorian and C19th European oil. Also participating for the first time is JGM Art, a leading expert in Australian contemporary art, offering aboriginal paintings and sculptures. JGM will present a variety of paintings and sculptures by Barbara Moore, Kitty Napananka Simon and Malaluba Gumana.

Albemarle Gallery, specialists in contemporary paintings, sculpture and works of art, who will showcase works by British and International artists, Schutz Kunst & Antiquitaten will show contemporary paintings by Chinese artists Wang Xiaosong and Hua Li, Beaux Arts will be bringing sculpture by contemporary artists Simon Allen, Anna Gillespie and Anthony Scott, as well as ‘Dying King’, an important sculpture by Modern British artist Elisabeth Frink.

Other art dealers appearing for the first time will be Crispian Riley-Smith, presenting one of the highlights of the fair, The Cesare Maccari Collection of Chinese Watercolous which will be on sale for the first time. First collected by leading Italian Orientalist artist, Cesare Maccari (1840 - 1919), the 44 works remain in superb condition and will be available individually or en-bloc as a collection.

Fairhead Fine Art will offer buyers an opportunity to purchase one of its latest discoveries, a red terracotta plate dated 1958 by Jean Cocteau, alongside the artist’s original drawing for the design. Other first time exhibitors include Walker Galleries and Sutcliffe Galleries, both experts in British and European art from the 19th and 20th century.

Antikbar, the online poster gallery, will offer original vintage posters from around the world. Subject matters include travel, advertising, sport, cinema, war and propaganda, dating mainly from the late 1800s to the 1970s. It will also bring its sought-after selection of Soviet-era posters from the 1920s and 1930s in bold and bright colours that leave a lasting impression.

Decorative and furniture dealers new to the Fair include M. Charpentier Antiques of Lillie Road, Fulham, who specialise in decorative furniture, mercury mirrors, garden ornaments and unique objects of charm from the 18th to the 20th century and Pimlico dealer Timothy Langston Fine Art & Antiques dealing in English, Continental and Oriental furniture, objects, paintings and decorative lighting.

Premier jewellery dealers holding court at the fair include Grima who will again bring a selection of their contemporary pieces together with 20th century Andrew Grima designs, Sandra Cronan and Moira Fine Jewellery will offer exquisite pieces of fine and rare antique jewellery from the 17th to the 20th century.

A. Pash & Sons, known for unusual and diverse selection of fine 19th century English and Continental silver, including traditional silver tableware, Georgian silver, silver plate and objets d’art. It will be showcasing a variety of French and Victorian centerpieces, candelabras and comports.

Holly Johnson Antiques will present a selection of 19th and 20th century signed (and designed) furniture, including pieces by Fornasetti, Mouseman and Paolo Buffa. Kinghams Art Pottery, specialists in British Pottery, will be participating for the first time as will Gould Antiques, who will exhibit a selection of objets de vertu, portrait miniatures, English enamels and scent bottles including an unusual porcelain scent in the form of an Indian elephant.

Images:
Lennox Cato Antiques:

A large 19th century Iznik style antique charger pottery charger. Stamped 'TH Deck' on the back by Theodore Deck
c. 1870 Ticket price: £5250.00
Literature on this piece can be seen here: Lennox Cato Antiques
Gray M.C.A.
David Bomberg 1890 ~ 1957
Men and Women
1919, Pen and Ink Wash, signed
Hampton Antiques
A pair of Satinwood Knife boxes. c1790, with inlaid conch shells, chequered stringing and Tulipwood cross banding.
The front has a silver escutcheon and finger plate with a coat of arms. Ticket Price: £9500
Timothy Langston
An Early C19th Regency period Eglomisé border glass mirror
C1825 England, Ticket Price £1,950
Grima
Fob watch featurin peridot glass, from the 'About Time' collection, 1970

For tickets and times see LAPADA LONDON ART & ANTIQUES FAIR website via TRADE INDEX



 
GALLOWAY GALLOPING ROUND THE UK
With their 2015 calendar filling up with four new venues across the UK from Aberdeen to Arundel, Galloway Fairs are back from the holidays with a bang and returning to Knutsford, Cheshire for the Arley Hall Antiques & Fine Art Fair from 12-14 September 2014.

Securing special venues is what Galloway Fairs are known for and 2015 will not disappoint with Avisford Park HotelCoos Cathedral, Deeside in May, located just forty minutes drive west of Aberdeen, Scotland's wealthiest city, Duncombe Park, set in three hundred acres of dramatic parkland just three minutes drive from Helmsley, a very picturesque, affluent market town in North Yorkshire, in October and in November and Carlisle Racecourse, although not a stately venue, offers a unique and modern atmosphere all of its own, backed by picturesque views of The Lake District November,

Arley Hall is a popular venue for regular Galloway exhibitors and is fully booked with a waiting list for September. Regulars returning include furniture dealers Melody Antiques of Chester, Lancaster House of Lancashire, Adrian Harris Antiques of Cumbria, picture dealers Westbery Fine Art Of Shropshire and Bradley Carnes Fine Art of Lancashire. Oriental art and antiques dealers Amelie Caswell from Bath and Fu Ts’ang Lung from South Yorkshire. Jewellery dealers include St James Antiques, Plaza and S & A Thompson.

Images:

Plumb's Fine Art
A sculpture by Rachel Talbot called 'A Backward Glance', is priced at £3995 and will be available from Plumb's Fine Art.

Bradley Carnes Fine Art
An oil painting by Herbert Royle (1870-1958). Price £6,750

Herbert Royle was a British landscape painter, born in Patricroft, Lancashire. He trained at the Harris Institute in Preston and Southport school of art under John William Buxton Knight. He was a member of the Manchester Academy of fine arts, Liverpool academy and Sandon studios society.

His paintings were exhibited at the Royal academy, Royal society of British artists and Royal Scottish society. He exhibited extensively at the Walker gallery, Liverpool and Manchester city art gallery which house’s his work today. Royle finally settled and lived his remaining years in Ilkley, Yorkshire.

For tickets and exhibitor details see Galloway Fairs website via TRADE INDEX
 
IN PURSUIT OF THE EXQUISITE AT HAREWOOD HOUSE
Harewood House, with its Robert Adam interiors, its magnificent Chippendale furniture, the largest collection in private hands and works by such masters as JMW Turner, Thomas Chippendale, Joshua Reynolds and El Greco offers an enticing location for visitors to the Antiques & Fine Art Fair at Harewood 12-14 September 2014 and organiser, Ingrid Nilson director of The Antiques Dealers’ Fair Limited has worked with the Harewood House Trust to enhance the visitor experience further by moving the date of the event to the public opening times to allow access to the house and grounds, including the renowned State Rooms and the current exhibitions ‘In Pursuit of the Exquisite: Royal Sèvres from Versailles to Harewood,’ and ‘Henry Moore at Harewood’ during the fair, with concessionary rates.

Opera enthusiasts, including The Earl and Countess of Harewood, visiting the fair will enjoy one of exhibits from David Powell Fine Art - a 1920 oil painting ‘The Palace of the Queen of Voluptuousness’, a design by Maurice Denis (1870-1943) for the first scene of the first act of Vincent D’Indy’s opera ‘La Legende de Saint Christophe’ for which Maurice Denis designed the sets and costumes in 1920 (shown), priced at £26,000.

Among other art dealers at the fair, first time exhibitor Marais Fine Arts from Guernsey specialises in 20th and 21st century modern and contemporary British and South African art, including ‘Cecilia Street after the Rain’ by David Botha (1921-1995), oil on canvas laid down on board, 19.5 x29.5 inches, 1978, selling for £19,500. Cambridge Fine Art has paintings by a number of northern artists including William Mellor, (1851-1931) and William Hemsley, RB (1819-1893) and Ashleigh House Fine Art returns with a collection of Victorian paintings.

Jewellery dealers Penny Corah and Rosie Manning are bringing a French platinum, cabouchon ruby and diamond ring, c1910 with wonderful workmanship, (shown),priced at £6,800, and a superb Victorian butterfly brooch with emeralds, rubies, sapphires and diamonds, with a price tag of £4,600. Other jewellers at the fair include Anderson Jones and T Robert.

The Sèvres exhibition is likely to draw porcelain and ceramics collectors and exhibitor Carolyn Stoddart- Scott will bring beautiful 19th century English antique porcelain and pottery including a Spode pottery floral two-handled footbath, pattern no 938, c1835, £1,145 and a set of ten Chamberlain Worcester porcelain crested soup plates, c1810, selling for £2,600. Other English ceramics on her stand include Ridgway, Coalport, Mason’s Ironstone, Copeland, Minton, Wedgewood and Doulton.

Furniture highlights include Regency furniture from S&S Timms Antiques including a pair of Regency mahogany D shaped card tables with satinwood banded and inlaid decoration, English, c1790, £18,800, a mahogany window seat hall bench, English, c1830, £5,500 and late 19th century burr walnut kidney shaped side cupboard with ebonised and marquetry inlay, English, c1880, £3,250,(shown).

For advance bookings of tours and exhibitions at Harewood House call +44 (0)113 218 1000.

Full exhibitor list and times see ADFL - The Antique Dealers' Fair website via TRADE INDEX.


 
FASHION PLATES OF THE 20TH CENTURY
Ashley and Connie Gray founded Gray M.C.A to sell work by respected artists from the last century sourced from artist studios, galleries, private collections and international art auctions - Modern and Contemporary Art. What they could not have foreseen was that their private collection of exciting original fashion drawings and textiles from the late 1940s to the 1970s would lead them to what has become a highlight of their core business which would attract worldwide attention and become the main focus of their first stand alone gallery exhibition, Drawing on Style, Four Decades of Elegance - original fashion illustrations from Post War 1940s through to the 1970s at Gallery 8 in Duke Street, St James from 11–16 September 2014.

Connie Gray’s father Tom Baring was an art dealer and artist who collected original fashion drawings. His studio was filled with old fashion magazines from which he drew his own inspiration and interpretation of gowns from the ‘40’s & 50’s. This collection now hangs in Connie & Ashley’s home.

Connie Gray told Antiques News & Fairs: "Tragically, few original fashion illustrations survive today. With the need for speed in production & printing, illustrations were rarely kept. Many were damaged in the printing process & then thrown away, considered worthless once the image was reproduced to print. Those that have survived have become internationally collectable as original & historical art works that truly caught the elegance, attitude and style or the time.”

The exhibition is timed to coincide with London Fashion Week SS15, and will include more than forty original works by some of the leading illustrators of the time from Britain, Europe and America including René Bouché, René Gruau & Carl ‘Eric’ Erickson for publications including British & American Vogue, Harpers & Queen, The Sunday Times, Frau im Spiegel (Germany) & Jardin des Modes (France) as well as advertising work for L'Oreal and other famous names in Haute Couture such as Nina Ricci. There will also be a selection of original designs by designers including Dior, Barbara Hulanicki of BIBA and Zandra Rhodes. Prices will range from £300 - £10,000.

The exhibition will be an exciting opportunity for the Gray’s Antiques Young Gun mentee Lily Trunfull who was paired with Gray MCA when she won a mentorship at the recent Antiques Young Gun of the Year Awards in July 2014. Lily will be helping Gray M.C.A. to set up the exhibition at Gallery 8 and will be working with Connie and Ashley throughout the exhibition. Lily told Antiques News & Fairs: “I am thrilled at this amazing opportunity to learn from Ashley and Connie and extremely excited at the prospect of meeting some of the legends of the fashion world including Zandra Rhodes!”

Gray M.C.A. will continue their busy autumn schedule at both LAPADA London Art & Antiques Fair 24-28 September and The Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair 30 September - 5 October. An interesting note is that one of the illustrations below is of Sevilla Hercolani who was a fashion model in the 1960s and is now an equally respected antiques dealer who will also be at The Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair in September!

Images:
Pierre Simon
Umbrella 35.3x27 cms
An original Ink & Gouache advertising fashion illustration depicting Woman with Umbrella, dating from 1950 has a price tag of £3,500.
French illustrator Pierre Simon (1907 - 1999) attended L’Ecole de Beaux Arts. His first commission was for Harpers Bazaar in 1927. He went on to work for many of the leading magazines such as L’Illustration & collaborated with many of the luxury designers including Dior, Van Cleff and Arpels. His work was also commissioned for numerous advertising projects between 1950 & the 1970s.
Zandra Rhodes Wedding Dress 1972
British designer Dame Zandra Rhodes (1940 - ) is recognized as one of the new wave British designers who put London at the forefront of the international fashion scene in the 1970s with her unique use of bold prints, fiercely feminine patterns and theatrical use of colour. Her wedding designs from the early 1970s were iconic designs of pleated ruffles & soft fluid lines. In 2003 Zandra set up the Fashion & Textile Museum. A museum dedicated to showing the work of fashion and textile designers from the 1950s onwards. In 1997 she was made a Commander of the British Empire in recognition of her contribution to fashion and textiles and in 2014 she has been awarded the highest accolade of Dame.* Three original designs for Wedding Dresses dating from 1972 each have a price tag of £750.
Eric Stemp – An original fashion drawing of model Sevilla Hercolani from the 1960s in charcoal has a ticket price of £2,500
British illustrator Eric Stemp (1924 - 2001) was a master of the elegant fashion illustration. His work was commissioned for British Vogue continuously from 1955 to 1963. His precise line made him a favourite with the editors.
An original fashion illustration for French magazine Jardin des Modes of model Pascale Falk in white pastel on paper, dating from circa 1965 has a ticket price of £2,000.
American Illustrator Gustav Falk (1926 - 2011) studied art alongside the pioneers of the abstract expressionist movement such as William DeKooning, Joseph Albers & Hans Hoffman. In the 1950s he moved to Paris to concentrate on fashion illustration, where he was a staff illustrator for the fashion magazine Jardin des Modes & also was regularly commissioned to illustrate for Wallis in the UK & Women’s Wear Daily.

Biographical information courtesy of The V&A
 
MODERN SHOWS AUTUMN POP UPS
Lucy Rider Richardson and Petra Curtis, co founders of Modern Shows are popping up all over London this autumn starting with their Fulham Midcentury Pop Up from 6-7 September 2014 in the historic and iconic Loud and Western building, the former Sunlight Laundry.

Their Pop Up Show, along from Chelsea Harbour and Imperial Wharf, will be staged in one of the soon to be billionaire pads on two light filled floors. There will be a special launch of limited edition Krenit-style enamel and steel ware in the entrance from People Will Always Need Plates which will be shown by Vessel Gallery.

Twenty of their best dealers including Vessel Gallery, mcm interiors, Johanna Pinder-Wilson, Beton Brut, Twentieth Century Antiques, Saunders Fine Art, Mid-centuryonline, 20th Century Marks, World's End Midcentury Modern, RetroMaps, Grasilver, GP-Light and More, Vintage Unit, London Timepiece, CL20C, Wunderkammer, Daniel Poole and Fragile Design will be selling huge clocks, posters, top C20 prints, Scandinavian and American C20 furniture, Japanese late Deco style, collectible Scandinavian silver, incredible lighting and industrial fixtures and fittings and iconic furniture from Italy, Brazil and Europe from designers including Cherner, Ponti, Panton, Russell. Mourgue, Aarnio, Eames, Wegner, Jacobsen, Juhl, Quistgaard, Heritage, Paulin, Day, Anderson, Jalk, Bertoia, Nelson and Fornasetti. Dealers will replenish stock throughout the weekend.

Some press/VIP tickets still available for the preview night Friday 5 September from 6-8 pm via Modern Shows.

Next stop destination Fitzrovia W1, with their pop-up window at Fritz Hansen from 1 October 2014 at the beautiful shop in Margaret Street, London W1 that is shared with Skandium.

They will have their own personal window which will have a backdrop created by their favourite illustrator and ceramics genie Louise Wilkinson - (read about her last project with the V & A here Louise Wilkinson at The V&A) and will be installed throughout the month of October 2014. Their collaboration follows in the footsteps of the illustrious Paul Smith, the London Philarmonic and the Nordic Film Festival.

The next Midcentury Show East is at Goldfinger's Haggerston School, London E2 8LS on Sunday 12 October 2014.

See Modern Shows website via TRADE INDEX - 20TH C DESIGN
 
ECLECTIC WALL ART AT TATTON PARK
Returning to a popular slot in the hectic September fairs calendar, Tatton Park Antiques & Fine Art Fair organised by Cooper Events, has garnered some exciting new exhibitors who will join the throng of faithful regulars, from 19-21 September 2014, in the Tenant’s Hall at this prestigious National Trust venue.

Among the new exhibitors this time will be Peter McCarthy Antiques, North Wales, specialising in fine silver, The Antique Bazaar, Derbyshire - English silver, Ceramics, and Fine Estate jewellery who tells us: "We specialise in jewellery by Theodor Fahrner, the prestigious ‘artist of jewellery’ whose pieces, especially from the Art Deco era are a joy in design and style", Boutique Antique, Mid Wales – country antiques and textiles, Andrew Lovatt – 19th and early 20th century furniture, Richwood Fine Art Ltd from Lancashire, showing fine art ranging from Victorian through modern British and Northern, including works by S.J.Lamorna Birch, Bridget Riley and William Ralph Turner, Studiotic from West Yorkshire – 20th century lithographs, etching and engravings who made their debut with Coopers at the Harrogate fair in June.

Returning after several years: The Timberhill Gallery, Norfolk specialising in 18th & 19th century furniture, pictures & interesting pieces, especially English watercolours, Georgian country furniture & English ceramics.

With a very good showing from furniture dealers including Melody Antiques, Chester, Church Street Antiques, Altrincham, Heritage Antiques from Lancashire, Brian Ashbee from Bristol, Jane Kirksop Reed from Northumberland, Jo Brayshaw from Newcastle upon Tyne and Andrew Lovatt Antiques and serious jewellery sales contenders: Scarab, Kent, Plaza, Cheshire, Howell’s, Lancashire, Mark Buckley Antiques, West Yorkshire, Candice Horley, Surrey, Shapiro & Co, London and Anderson Jones Ltd also London, there is also a particularly good selection of wall art from some of the newcomers including:

Richwood Fine Art Ltd, “St Michael’s Mount” by Samuel John Lamorna Birch (1869-1955) executed in 1954. Oil on canvas. The work is signed, framed and similar to that held in the Penlee House Gallery and Museum. Price in the region of £9,000 (shown) and “Study for Painting” (Four Colours) by Bridget Riley (1931 - ) The work is titled Study for Painting. Four Colours. The colours are Black+White, Visual Grey, warm and cold yellow sensation and it is dated 'Bridget Riley'81' (lower right).

The work is a gouache and graphite on paper, measuring Height 27 3/8 inches x Width 23 3/8inches. (H69.5cms x W59.3cms.) The work is beautifully framed and has the added benefit of coming with an international provenance having been with Karsten Schubert, London. Aurel Scheibler, Cologne. Curwen Gallery, London and Galerie Schlegel, Zurich. To be shown by newcomer Richwood Fine Art from Lancashire. (shown)

From Studiotic: “The Floral Hall”, by Edward Bawden (1903-1989). An Artist’s Proof linocut, image size 460 x 610mm, printed by Curwen in 1967 from a series of six of London markets by the artist.£4,200.

Working hard to please, organiser Sue Ede has negotiated free parking (normally £5.00 per car) with Tatton Park, which is run in conjunction with East Cheshire Council. This offer is only for buyers arriving with invitations from exhibitors.

For full exhibitor list and times see Cooper Events web site via TRADE INDEX


 
AUCTION MY STUFF BAGS VAST MEMORABILIA COLLECTION
Following the great success of Auction My Stuff Marlene Dietrich: The World’s Most Glamorous Grandmother sale in March this year, on 1st September 2014, the newly launched site, an offshoot of Value My Stuff, will present The Pop and Memorabilia Sale. The sale is the property from a private collector Tim Fredman and featured items in the sale include a glove worn by Michael Jackson on his 1997 Australian tour, framed with his signature (Estimate £3,000-6,000), a Corsettes Boulevard Ltd black taffeta and silk outfit worn by Lady Gaga (Estimate £1800 - £3000) and a pair of blue jeans worn by Marilyn Monroe (Estimate £500 - £725).

Fredman has been collecting iconic pieces of pop and film memorabilia for over 50 years. As a boy growing up in Surrey, his family had celebrity ties - his grandmother knew variety artist Sophie Tucker whom he regarded as a second grandmother and his father helped finance the 1956 film Reach for the Sky, based on Douglas Bader's biography.

Other offerings in the sale include a red corduroy "McAll" shirt belonging to James Dean, a pair of rhinestone dangling earrings owned and worn by Marilyn Monroe, a photograph from Les Miserables signed by Anne Hathaway, a signed Michael Phelps photograph, and signed LP records from the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Queen, David Bowie, Michael Jackson, Marlene Dietrich and others.

Auction My Stuff founder Patrick van der Vorst told Antiques News & Fairs: “Our last memorabilia auction focused on items from the estate of actress Marlene Dietrich and achieved phenomenal results. In this sale, we are bringing a wider selection of top quality memorabilia from a range of stars from the film, music and sporting world ... this sale affords an excellent opportunity for a new collector as well as the seasoned connoisseur”.

For details of the sale see Value My Stuff website via TRADE INDEX

 
ART TO INSPIRE AT PETERSFIELD ANTIQUES FAIR
Fresh from their success in Birmingham where they won best stand in Section One, Art of the Imagination will stand at the long running and reliable Petersfield Antiques Fair held at the Petersfield Festival Hall and organised by Penman Fairs from 5-7 September 2014.

The keynote exhibition from the Salisbury gallery, who are pioneering a fresh appreciation of an often neglected area of art history, will include original works of art by leading illustrators of the 20th and 21st centuries. Paintings and drawings inspired by well-known novels, comics and movies and will include exhibits by Arthur Rackham (Peter Pan & Alice in Wonderland), Mary Tourtel (Rupert Bear), Steve Hutton (the Golden Compass movie), Charles Fockard (Arabian Nights’ Grimm’s Fairy Tales, Aesop’s Fables and Pinocchio), Paul Kidby (Terry Pratchett novels) and Christian Birmingham (classic books and tales).

Mike Emeny from Art of the Imagination told Antiques News & Fairs: "Books like Alice in Wonderland, Wind in the Willows, Peter Pan and Winnie-the-Pooh are all children’s classics and are remembered often as much for their illustrations as their stories. Other artists such as Arthur Rackham, Edmund Dulac, E.H. Shepard, W. Heath Robinson appeal to many people because of their imaginatively visual storytelling. Today you only need to take a trip around a high street bookshop to see the illustrative excellence that is currently available. The list of great contemporary illustrators includes Quentin Blake, Ronald Searle, Christian Birmingham, Paul Kidby and Peter Malon, who are very popular and much loved."

The Petersfield Antiques Fair will host forty exhibitors in total with prices in the range £25 - £25,000 in the fields of period furniture, fine silver, glass, original sculpture, paintings, antiquarian prints and books, fine jewellery, pottery, porcelain, clocks and rare collector’s pieces. Organiser Caroline Penman ensures credibility by maintaining a vetting procedure, for quality and authenticity, by a panel of experts at the fair.

Images:
Art of the Imagination:

Christian Birmingham - A Midsummer Night’s Dream, priced at £4,250.
Paul Kidby - Terry Pratchett cover for the novel, Making Money, priced at £6,000

For tickets and times see Penman Fairs website via TRADE INDEX


 
DUKES BAG A KING
With ambitious plans to transform a redundant office building into a new state of the art auction house with exhibition space, auction galleries and catering facilities in Dorchester, county town of Dorset, Dukes Auctioneers Ltd were seeking some exciting new staff to help them run the new Coins, Medals, Militaria and Collectables section at the prestigious new saleroom due to open in 2015.

Publicity surrounding the Antiques Young Gun of the Year 2013 had catapulted winner of the crown, Timothy Medhurst, 23, at that time Coins and Militaria specialist at Reeman Dansie Saleroom in Essex, into the trade media spotlight and it was an article about Tim in the Antiques Trade Gazette which caught the eye of director of Dukes, Guy Schwinge.

Guy Schwinge told Antiques News & Fairs: “Our plans for the future of Dukes include a new section for Coins, Medals, Militaria and Collectables and I kept seeing news items about this young man from Essex, winner of The Antiques Young Gun of the Year award, who seemed to have a passion for coins and medals and so we decided to do some research, followed by some headhunting and we are very pleased Timothy will be joining the team at Dukes in September. Both his enthusiasm and knowledge are exceptional and we are confident that he will help us build on our success here at Dukes in recent years. Timothy will be instrumental in developing and heading up the new department dealing with Coins, Medals, Militaria and Collectables. The exciting new Duke's building will be opening in 2015, and we plan to hit the ground running"

Plans include giving the building a complete face lift to improve its appearance and give it a contemporary edge, which harmonises with the adjacent Brewery Square and the locality. The streetscape will be further enhanced with imaginative under-lit planting and mature trees. Dukes are being advised by award winning architects John Stark and Crickmay Partnership, and landscaping will be overseen by a Chelsea Flower Show gold medal winner.

The proposed transformation of Pullman Court and the creation of a new arts hub has received widespread plaudits. Downing Street are known to be keeping a close eye on schemes which help rebalance the economy and create employment opportunities. Cabinet Minister and West Dorset MP, Oliver Letwin commented: "I am delighted to hear of these plans to bring an old redundant office building back to life. This is great news for Dorchester!"

Tim Medhurst told us: "It is an exciting new position. The reputation, passion, and energy the team have at Dukes is something I am proud to now be a part of. The new auction house development in the centre of Dorchester, which will open in 2015, is a step forward in harnessing the success Dukes have had in their history as auctioneers and valuers. It will offer space and prospects for many new ideas, and I am delighted to be a part of this. The thrill of antiques and art is very much alive at Dukes, something I thrive off every day. Constantly learning and being amongst this is very important to me"

Although Tim will be passing the honours over on Friday 4 July 2014 when he presents the Antiques Young Gun of the Year award to the winner for 2014/15 at a celebration party and awards ceremony at Alfies Antiques Market, he will still be very much involved with the Antiques Young Guns movement, in the role of membership ambassador.

 
NOT SITTING ON THE PROFIT
Andy Gibbs, ex-military man turned dealer, has told Antiques News & Fairs that he will donate 50% of the sale price of a MidC teak bench, (for sale at £1500 via Antiques Young Guns) to the Royal Hospital Chelsea, the charity founded by King Charles II who was committed to create a welcoming and safe home for veterans who had fought for their country and who were now “broken by age or war”.

Chances to commemorate historic events of world importance and nod at important international events in the antiques world do not often collide but Andy seized his chance to do both during this year of the 70th anniversary of the D-Day Landings, when he discovered that the bench started life in The Chelsea Hospital which is location of that very important event on the antiques trade calendar takes place – Masterpiece Fair.

Andy tells us that his chum Drew Pritchard is throwing £500 into the pot too - are there any other takers?



 
NEW FAIR FOR PETWORTH
If you are thinking about organising a new fair then a National Trust house adjacent to Petworth, one of the main antiques hubs in the UK, is quite a coup to pull off!

The Petworth Park Antiques & Fine Art Fair from 8-10 may 2015 is that fair and Ingrid Nilson, director of The Antiques Dealers' Fair Ltd, told Antiques News & Fairs: “We are most grateful to the National Trust for inviting us to hold this new event. We are excited to work with them and have the support of the Petworth Antiques & Decorative Arts Association and The Petworth Business Association and are looking forward to building a thoroughly attractive event for visitors from far and wide.

Petworth House boasts an internationally important art collection. Together with its Capability Brown landscaped country park, it will provide a magnificent backdrop for our newest fair. Further plans and initiatives will be announced over the coming weeks and months.”

See ADFL Ltd web site via TRADE INDEX

 
COTSWOLDS CORNUCOPIA
Since changing the name of The Cotswolds Decorative Antiques & Fine Art Fair - 15-17 August 2014, from the former Westonbirt Antiques & Fine Art Fair, Sue Ede of Cooper Events has been on a mission to mix up the style at the fair adding decorative and Mid Century exhibitors to embellish the original semi formal antiques and collectibles from the dealers who have been the bedrock of this fair which has been consistently successful for the last twenty-five years. The policy is attracting a lot of new exhibitors to the event with fifty-two standing this summer.

With Bath Decorative Antiques Fair now part of the Cooper Events stable, a number of the Bath exhibitors have joined the Cotswolds Fair including Not wanted on Voyage, Northants, - dealing in late 20th century decorative pieces with good antiques and art, Elham Antiques, Kent, with decorative objects and country furniture for the home and garden and Scandinavian by Design, Somerset, with Mid Century Scandinavian furniture. Another migrating exhibitor this time from Pavilions of Harrogate is Jo Bennett Original Pictures, Manchester who deals in Modern and Contemporary oils, water colours and drawings and D&M Chaddock, Cheshire, dealing in antique metalware and a mix of practical items in wood, glass & 19th to early 20th century ceramics, who exhibited at Tatton Park earlier this year.

Other new exhibitors this time are Croome Antiques Ltd, Worcestershire dealing in Royal Worcester porcelain, oil & watercolour paintings, objects d'art, English 19th century furniture, Gerald Simpson Antiques dealing in 18th & 19th century wine glasses and decanters. Georgian silver, Love Deco, Powys, dealing in Art Deco lighting, clocks, glass and porcelain, The Ambulist, Leominster, dealing in antique sticks & canes, Lynways Decorative Interiors with an emphasis on Scandinavian glass, British art potter Susie Cooper and studio glass and pottery, Russell Rare Books, Cirencester, antiquarian and rare books, Stamford Fine Art, Channel Islands, marine and sporting pictures, Trinity Silhouettes & Portrait miniatures.

One of the highlights of the fair include part of the personal collection of regular exhibitor Derek Newman, of Newman Fine Art from the Cotswolds, of paintings by local artist Charles March Gere, RA RWS 1869-1957, including a superb oil on canvas of nearby Painswick Church depicting the churchyard with its famous ’99 yew trees’ and children and their pony playing in the foreground.

Gere was born in Gloucester and was a member of the Birmingham Group of Painters and Craftsmen and was a scholarship student at Birmingham School of Art where he later taught, before moving back to live in Painswick in 1904 in significant contrast to industrial Birmingham.
Gere’s sister Margaret 1878-1965 who was taught by Charles and was a fellow member of the Birmingham Group is represented by a deft watercolour, also of figures in Painswick churchyard.

Exhibitors Candice Horley and Steven Bishop have unearthed a relic of old Hollywood in the form of an etching of a forgotten star, Norma Talmadge (1895-1957) who was one of the greatest stars of the silent era of the roaring twenties and the first actress to imprint her hands outside the Chinese Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard. The limited edition etching by Frank Martin (1921-2005), showing her in a classic Hollywood glamour pose, will be on sale with a ticket price of £895.

Images:
Derek Newman Fine Art

Charles March Gere RA RWS 1869-1957
Painswick Church. Signed, dated 1922
Oil on canvas, laid down on board
£8,500.
Margaret Gere 1878-1965
Painswick Churchyard
Signed
Watercolour over pencil
£1,150.
Candice Horley & Steven Bishop
Etching of Norma Talmadge by Frank Martin, ticket price £895.

for tickets and times see Cooper Antiques Fairs via TRADE INDEX

 
GOLD OF THE NORTH AT THE NEC
Organisers of Antiques for Everyone 24-27 July 2014, always manage to produce an exciting special exhibition aimed at the collectors’ market and this summer edition will entice collectors of amber, “gold of the north”, and in particular some rare Dominican blue amber which reveals a rare coloration only visible in direct sunlight and it is thought to only be sourced from the Palo Quemado mine in Santiago.

The display is to be mounted by expert in the subject Vanessa Paterson who told Antiques News & Fairs: “Amber has once again become very desirable. In the last two years there has been seen a ten-fold increase in price with rare opaque pieces commanding the highest figures. There is huge demand being driven by the Chinese and Arab markets. The oldest amber artefacts in Europe have been found in the British Isles, particularly on the Suffolk and Norfolk coasts and the Isle of Wight, so it’s great to be able to bring this display to the NEC for the first time and raise awareness of this amazing fossil that so many people may possess as a piece of jewellery or a trinket and yet know very little of its history and value.”

Historically, Antiques for Everyone, still known in the trade as The NEC, has been a honey pot gathering for collectors of all genres, at one time attracting a healthy queue on the opening day from Europe in particular and US buyers. Inevitably, the fair was affected like the rest of the trade but the organisers are now reaping the benefits of widening the appeal of the fair with a new and improved layout with wider aisles, retaining its highly popular two-section formula, providing buyers at every level with the opportunity to view and buy exhibits at prices to suit every pocket, and the introduction of a much more flexible but credible vetting procedure with the lifting of dateline restrictions in Section One, opening the doors to include a variety of high quality pieces by 20th century artists and designers and a selection of contemporary art. These efforts have contrived to reinvigorate the fair with more exhibitors in attendance – two hundred and fifty at this event, and the number of visitors and sales increasing at the last spring event in April.

Among the many specialists exhibiting will be period furniture dealers S & S Timms Antiques with 18th and 19th century pieces; Hampton Antiques with fine and decorative boxes, Tim Saltwell and Mere Antiques with decorative pieces.

Fine art is strongly represented by Saunders Fine Art, Baron Fine Art, Cambridge Fine Art, Benton Fine Art, Art of the Imagination and Art World.

The many silver specialists include John Bull Antiques, Eastdale Antiques, Mary Cooke Antiques, Jack Shaw & Co, Jennifer Lloyd, Penrose Antiques, Stephen Kalms and Malka Levine. Jewellers include Scarab Antiques, Anderson Jones, S.& A.Thompson, Greenstein Antiques, Shapiro & Co, T.Robert, Plaza and Trivette.

The number of ceramics specialists makes this event the largest attraction of its kind for pottery and porcelain collectors. The specialists include Kingham’s Art Pottery, Julian Eade, Mark & Sandra Diamond, John Newton Antiques, Valerie Main, Philip Carrol, Jupiter Antiques, David & Sally March, Catherine Hunt Oriental Antiques, Candice Horley and Bottlebrook Antiques. Glass dealers out in force include Mark J.West, Jeanette Hayhurst Antiques and Brian Watson.

Art Nouveau and Art Deco features on a number of stands including Hickmet Fine Art, Alexanders Antiques, Marion David Antiques, Hazlehurst Sculpture and James Strang.

Other specialists include Garth Vincent Antiques with a fascinating range of 17th, 18th and 19th century arms and armour; Cynthia Walmsley and Wigs on the Green with rare portrait miniatures, John Shepherd and Erna Hiscock with folk art and early samplers, Alan Walker with banjo and stick barometers and Steve Kember with fully restored music boxes.

Images:
Vanessa Paterson

A selection of amber jewellery from the exhibition
Scarab Antiques:
Art Deco chrome & black composite candlesticks:
A pair of stylish candlesticks in chromed metal and black composite. Ticket price: £225.00
Hampton Antiques
A superb Cuban mahogany cutlery urn, circa 1790, attributed to Gillow of Lancaster. Ticket price £5750

For tickets and times see Antiques for Everyone website via TRADE INDEX
 
ARTHUR SWALLOW BRINGS SALVAGE SOUTH
Salvage continues to be a crowd pleaser at a number of fairs around the country and Arthur Swallow Fairs were quick off the mark with the successful antiques and salvage event the Lincoln Antique & Home Show which now has an increasingly international flavour - last October's fair enjoyed record attendance figures, with over 4000 buyers from 24 countries, passing through the gates.

This year a clutch of Decorative Home & Salvage Shows at premier venues have been added to the calendar starting out in May at Ripley Castle, June at Tatton Park and coming up Losely Park in Surrey 26-27 July 2014 with a dedicated trade day on Friday 24, followed by Cheshire Showground 16-17 August.

Bringing the shows south to Losely Park, just south of Guildford, Surrey is a new departure for Arthur Swallow Fairs and the exceptional and tried and tested venue promises good visitor numbers. Built in the reign of Elizabeth I, Loseley Park stands in ancient Surrey parkland close to the North Downs yet within reach of London.

The format of combining decorative and salvage is working well for Arthur Swallow exhibitors. Marylin and Ev Bookal, who specialise in turning exterior architectural and garden items into statement interior pieces, told Arthur Swallow staff at Lincoln earlier this year that the best thing about the salvage shows is that they are relaxed with lots of people to chat to and because they are smaller and more intimate venues, they can catch up with her fellow stall holder friends properly too.

Chris Holmes of Chris Holmes Decorative Interiors of Harrogate, is another fan of the Swallow Salvage fairs and said how much he and his partner Chloe Holt RCA FRSA enjoy the events.

First time exhibitors Mum and Daughter team, Karen and Chloe Rymer from Molly & Maud’s Place in York said that most of their sales are online but standing at Ripley and being able to meet people and hand out cards has been great PR for them. They also enjoy the relaxed social side as they already know many faces from buying at other events.

Andy Carruthers & Sarah Hatcher from Monkey & Bird, who are based in Collingham, near Newark on Trent said they really liked the chilled and relaxed atmosphere of the show but, more importantly, they found it useful for meeting people and making contacts that lead to commissions.

Images:
Chris Holmes Decorative Interiors:

Top: Artwork "Quay Lines" by artist Chloe Holt RCA FRSA On Chris Holmes Decorative Interiors stand showcasing his Saxon stone head c.800 AD and Lead Planters from Blenheim Palace
Bottom: Large Railway convex Mirror; 1920s Lead Pan Birdbath; French Garden set of table and chairs.

For times and pre-booked trade tickets see Arthur Swallow Fairs Ltd web site via TRADE INDEX

To download the Arthur Swallow Fairs PDF wall planner click here




 
BACK TO SCHOOL FOR GALLOWAY FAIRS
Stonyhurst College Antiques Fair 8–10 August 2014 welcomes more than thirty exhibitors to this charming venue set in the heart of the beautiful Ribble Valley, with its spectacular approach to flanked by two lakes. The Elizabethan Manor House which was built in 1592 by Sir Richard Shireburn. It was occupied as the family seat until 1794 at which time an ancestor gave The Hall and estate to the Society of Jesus as a new home for their college. Stonyhurst College is now one of the country’s premier independent boarding schools. Its location attracts visitors from Lancashire, Cumbria, North Yorkshire and the Lakes which is one of the reasons that many of the exhibitors have returned again and again over the last nineteen years.

Gathering this time will be Drop Dial of Bolton specialising in clocks, silver dealers Highland Antiques, from Aberdeen and newcomer G & K of Warwickshire. Contemporary art dealers Jo Bennett Original Paintings of Cheshire and Plumb Fine Art from Shropshire. Furniture dealers will include Mark Buckley of Skipton who specialises in inlaid walnut and mahogany furniture in the Georgian style, including settees, bookcases, desks and occasional tables, and Lancaster House of Lancashire who sells furniture, clocks and interiors. Fu T'sang Lung of South Yorkshire specialises in Oriental Antiques. Jewellers will include Plaza, Anderson Jones, S & A Thomson, Scarab and Billy Rae. Among some of the other regulars will be Jane Kirsopp-Reed of Newcastle, Coppergate Gallery of York, Christine Thom of Perthshire, M & N Oriental Rugs of Manchester, Bradley Carnes of Lancashire, Hertitage Antiques of Clitheroe, antiquarian map dealer J. Dickinson of Derbyshire and Antiques by Design of Staffordshire.

Harrogate based organisers Galloway Antiques Fairs will welcome a number of new exhibitors this time: J. C. Fine Art of North Yorkshire who sells 17th, 18th and 19th century furniture and fine art, Belgravia Antiques of Clitheroe who deals in antiquarian books, Art of the Imagination from Wiltshire who are specialists in the original art of published artists and contemporary bronze sculptures and Aire Valley Antiques who deal in furniture, but also offer a furniture restoration service.

Images:

Jo Bennett Original Art:

An oil on canvas by David C Lyons 'Eyes Front' Ticket price of £500.
Scarab Antiques
A 1960's rare 18K yellow gold watch with triple date moon faced dial iso-matic automatic watch was retailed by Gubelin, Switzerland. Ticket price £9995.

For times and tickets see: Galloway Fairs website via TRADE INDEX
 
AND THE WINNER IS ...
On Friday 4 July 2014, the hottest night of the year, an excited crowd gathered at The Rooftop Restaurant at Alfies Antiques Market for the celebratory party and awards ceremony to announce the winners of the Antiques Young Gun of the Year Award.

The winner of Antiques Young Gun of the Year 2014 was a very popular choice of James Gooch owner of Doe and Hope who was presented his award by winner in 2013 Timothy Medhurst.

Winner of the Judith Miller Award for Outstanding Potential was William Potts of Just William Collection who is based at The Furniture Cave on King's Road, London SW6.

Winner of the Special Judges' Award was Marika Clemow who has made a big impression in her role at Antiques Trade Gazette and The Saleroom.com.

Eleven lucky entrants heard who they would be mentored with:

Amanda Pickett of Clarke Pickett Antiques with Patrick Macintosh of Macintosh Antiques
Daniel Larsson of D Larsson Interior with Robert Young
Edd Thomas of Edd in the Clouds with Marc Allum of BBC Antiques Roadshow
Jason Clarke of Jason Clarke Ltd with Lennox Cato
Jon Irvine of John Irvine Antiques with Mark Goodger of Hampton Antiques
Lily Trunfull of No1 Lewes with Ashley Gray of Gray Modern & Contemporary Art
Paul Jones of Paul Jones Antiques with Spencer Swaffer
Matt Goymer of Delphis Antiques with Ian Towning from Dickinson's Real Deal
Oliver Leggett of Lacy Scott & Knight Auctioneers with Nigel Worboys of Worboys Antiques and Antiques are Green Trade Association
Robyn Alston of On the Wall Antiques with Stuart Atkinson of Fontaine Decorative
and Serhat Ahmet of Serhat Ahmet with Steven Moore of BBC Antiques Roadshow.

The eight winners of a showcase at the prestigious Lorfords@Babdown kindly donated by Toby Lorford and Lesley Ferguson owners of Lorfords Antiques were:

Alys Dobbie of NanaDobbie, Edd Thomas of Edd in the Clouds, Henry Saywell of Henry Saywell, James Gooch of Doe and Hope, Lily Trunfull of No1 Lewes, Matthew Wise of Cubbit Antiques, Robyn Alston of On the Wall Antiques and William Potts of Just William Collection.

Images of the other winners and the event can be seen here Antiques Young Guns Awards Party Album 1 and Antiques Young Guns Awards Party Album 2

Images above:
James Gooch
with Timothy Medhurst, George Johnson and Mark Hill
William Potts with Timothy Medhurst, George Johnson and Mark Hill
Marika Clemow
with Timothy Medhurst, George Johnson and Mark Hill
 
MASTERPIECE THE 5TH EDITION
Five years ago a group of London exhibitors at an event now residing in the archives, Grosvenor House Fair, had a bright idea to found a new kind of fair, one that would show the best of the best from around the world, a Great Exhibition for the 21st century. That fair is Masterpiece Fair which takes place from 26 June – 2 July (with a Preview on 25 June) in the South Grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea, London, SW3 4SR.

Masterpiece is now a world class event embracing art history from antiquity to contemporary, a unique opportunity to collect across multiple categories and eras from the ultimate contemporary furniture and design from the likes of Linley and The Carpenters’ Workshop Gallery to period pieces from long established British and European dealers including - Ronald Philips, Neam, Wick Antiques, Blairman and Son, Apter Fredericks, Thomas Colbourn, Chiale Antiquariato.

Jewellery, particularly antique jewellery provides one of the centrepieces at Masterpiece. Faberge specialists Warkski will be unveiling an astonishing aquamarine and diamond necklace by Olga Tritt, and visitors to the fair on Thursday 26 June will be able to take the 12.00 tour with Irene Kukota to discover the secrets of Fabergé and Jewellery Making Traditions at the Russian Imperial Court.

Joining global names in the jewellery world at the fair including A La Vieille Russie, (New York), Veronique Bamps (Monaco), Les Enluminures (Paris), Fred Leighton (New York), Kentshire Galleries (New York), S.J. Phillips (London) and Susan Ollemans (London) will be Hancocks London, exhibiting a sculptural gold, diamond and sapphire bracelet by Boucheron and Symbolic & Chase will show a brooch by Cartier, which has come from a private collection, a superb example of Tutti Frutti style pieces for which the house is famous.

Joining the fair this year are Lowell Libson Ltd. (London), Frederick Mulder (London), Alon Zakaim Fine Art (London), Whitestone Gallery (Tokyo), Jaeger-LeCoultre (Switzerland), Galería Manuel Barbié (Barcelona), Antichità Valerio Turchi (Rome), Benjamin Proust Fine Art Limited (London), Berko Fine Paintings (Knokke-Heist and Shanghai), Caiati & Gallo (Milan), Carlo Eleuteri SRL (Rome), Christopher Kingzett (London), H. Blairman & Sons (London), Hirschl and Adler (New York), Trevor Philip & Sons (London), Galerie B. Weil (London), Sladmore Contemporary (London), Robert Zehil (Monaco), Robertsebasta (Milan), Grima (London) and Fitzgerald Fine Arts (New York).

Returning for the fifth edition: Galerie Anne Autegarden (Brussels), John Mitchell Fine Paintings (London), Galerie Steinitz (Paris), Carolle Thibaut-Pomerantz (Paris), Vanderven Oriental Art (Holland), and Wick Antiques (Hampshire), Carpenters Workshop Gallery (London), Boulakia Fine Art (London), Osborne Samuel (London), Galerie Diane de Polignac (Paris), Offer Waterman and Co (London), Kentshire Galleries (New York), Les Enluminures (Paris), Alessandra di Castro (Rome), Mallett (London), Robilant + Voena (London), Pelham Galeries Ltd. (Paris), Geoffrey Diner Gallery (Washington), Matteo Lampertico (Milan), Dragesco-Cramoisan (Paris), Galerie Willy Huybrechts (Paris), Galerie Mermoz (Paris), Röbbig Munich (Munich) and Jorge Welsh (Lisbon, London), Hemmerle (Munich), Hancocks (London), Fred Leighton (New York) and Siegelson (New York), Dickinson (London), Philip Mould, (London), Leila Heller (New York), Mullany (London), Apter-Fredericks Ltd (London), Aktis (London) and Elle Shushan (Philadelphia).

A notable returning exhibitor at the fair, and recent winner of the Best Stand in Fair, is eminent Folk Art specialist Robert Young. Folk Art is very much on the landscape this year with the first ever national Tate Britain: Exhibition of British Folk Art, which will be running concurrently with Masterpiece and is within a reasonable stroll along the Embankment.

One prize exhibit on the Robert Young stand will be The Highlander Tobacconist’s Figure which is attributed to the same maker as one being exhibited at Tate, which is on loan from the Museum of London. It depicts a Highlander holding a snuff mull in his left hand and a pinch of snuff in his right hand. Both figures retain their original painted decoration and are fine original examples of hand carved and painted C19th British figurative trade signs.

Robert Young will also show two works by George Smart, the Tailor of Frant. These are autograph works in his idiosyncratic fabric collage and mixed media with an appealingly powerful naive composition. The man in the blue coat is known to depict “Old Bright the Postman” and the lady in the red coat is known as “The Goose woman”, (you will note the geese’s heads popping out of her basket as she takes them to market). The Tate is also exhibiting a little collection of works by George Smart including other examples of these. Smart was a tailor, with a small repository in Frant outside Tunbridge Wells and he made these graphically strong and primitively composed naive pictures out of scraps of fabric he had left over from his “day job”. Generally his subjects depicted local characters and he also made some little silhouette dummy boards of animals, which were hand cut out of wood onto which he applied various fabrics, some of which Tate are also showing. He is one of the few known makers and a significant figure from the history of British folk art.

A new departure for 2014 will be a curated outdoor exhibition of Philip King a leading figure among the group of British sculptors known as the New Generation who came to critical acclaim during the mid-1960s.
The exhibition will be within the South Grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea, including Ranelagh Gardens. The exhibition, in association with Thomas Dane Gallery will celebrate the 5th edition of Masterpiece and the 80th birthday of Philip King.

A number of King’s sculptural forms and modes will be offered for sale during the exhibition, and will range from his earlier works in the 1960s to present day. Highlights include one of King’s most iconic cone sculptures ‘Genghis Khan’, 1963/2013, as well as previously unseen pieces such as the 8m high ‘High Sky and Bling’, 2013 and colourful ‘Ring Reel’, 2013. Other works on show from King’s early oeuvre include ‘Angle Poise’, 1973, ‘Slant’, 1966, ‘Spring – a – Ling’, 1983 and ‘Bus Shelter’, 2000.

Entrance to the exhibition is free to the public and the pieces will be on show during the fair and afterwards, until 29 August.

Should any visitor survive the sensory overload, there is another attraction at the fair special note: the fair’s Patron Programme Partner Jaeger-LeCoultre will offer visitors a unique opportunity to participate in Watchmaking or Enamelling Master Classes and understand the workings of their exceptional Swiss timepieces and in-house arts (To book: rsvp-uk@jaeger-lecoultre.com).


Images:
Symbolic & Chase:
David Webb gem-set and diamond chimera bangle, circa 1972, signed Webb, stamped 18k for 18ct gold.
Kenneth Neame Ltd A pair of George III bookcases, English c.1790
Linley The Grace Cabinet. Famed for creating pieces of extraordinary furniture that not only serve as a fascinating object but as an exquisite piece of art, Linley are continuing the tradition this year at Masterpiece with the launch of the Grace Cabinet. More than just a functional piece of furniture, this glorious cabinet is a work of art in its own right. Majestic, elegant, intriguing and opulent, you cannot help by be captured by its shimmering presence.
Robert Young Antiques The Highlander Tobacconist’s Figure
Thomas Dane Gallery Philip King 'Dunstable Reel’, 1970/2013.
The Carpenters' Workshop - Campana Brothers’ Pirarucu’s skin (giant Amazonian fish) buffet.

For full exhibitor list, tickets and times see Masterpiece Fair website via TRADE INDEX








 
ANTIQUES YOUNG GUNS - THE FINALISTS
It was not easy - forty-nine inspiring and aspiring Antiques Young Guns across various sectors of the antiques trade sent in entries hoping to win one of a sheaf of awards as part of the Antiques Young Gun of the Year 2014 and eight judges - Anna Brady from Antiques Trade Gazette, Tim Medhurst, current Antiques Young Gun of the Year, Judith Miller Millers Antiques Guide, Sarah Percy-Davis, Pippa Roberts, The Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair and the Antiques Young Guns founders Gail McLeod, George Johnson and Mark Hill met at Core One Antiques on Monday 2 June 2014 tasked with the job of choosing the next Antiques Young Gun of the Year, the winner of the Judith Miller Award for Outstanding Potential and The Special Judges' Award.

They also had to select eleven lucky winners of the Antiques Heavy Artillery mentoring awards and the eight Lorfords@Babdown Showcase awards.

They laboured for five hours and finally agreed on the lucky winners and we are delighted to publish the complete list from which the winners of the various awards will be announced on Friday 4 July at an awards ceremony at Alfies Antiques:

Alys Dobbie, Amanda Pickett, Daniel Larsson, Edd Thomas, Henry Saywell, James Gooch, Jason Clarke, Jon Irvine, Lily Trunfull, Marika Clemow, Matt Goymer, Matt Wise of Cubitt Antiques, Oliver Leggatt, Paul Jones, Serhat Ahmet, Robyn Alston and William Potts.

We would like to congratulate each and every one of the Antiques Young Guns who took the time to enter this year!



 
COOPERS JOIN SUMMER SEASON IN HARROGATE
With the Harrogate International Festival in full flow in June and July, with a number of arts and literary events in the town, Cooper Events will be adding to the excitement for visitors with the second Pavilion of Harrogate Antiques Fair from 20 – 22nd June 2014.

The fair is at capacity with forty-five exhibitors who find that the style of the event cuts an attractive middle-ground between more pricier events in Harrogate, and other lower-market fairs.

Sue Ede told Antiques News & Fairs that the most recent event in March this year was: “Our most successful visit to Harrogate since we took the fair over three years ago!" News travels fast and a number of new names join this time including: Studiotic, West Yorkshire – Decorative Arts silver, watercolours and etchings.
RMJ Antiques, Leeds, porcelain and works of art, Art World, Cotswolds, contemporary art from England and France, including works by David Jammin, Highland Antiques, Aberdeen, fine silver, Malcolm Eglin Antiques, Northumberland, decorative antiques from the 17th – 19th centuries, Not Wanted on Voyage, Northants, decorative antiques and inspirational objects, Osborne Gallery, Sussex , oil paintings and Heritage Antiques, Lancashire, period furniture and paintings.

Returning exhibitors showing a range of fine jewellery from the Victorian period to the mid-20th century include Brieve Antiques, Shapiro & Co, and Plaza, 1920’s and 30’s Continental porcelain figures will feature on the stand of Candice Horley, 19th and 20th century French and English Impressionist paintings will be shown by Granta Fine Art, period furniture and clocks will be on the stand of Heritage Antiques and 18th and 19th century oak and country furniture on the stand of Melody Antiques. Persian and Oriental carpets and rugs will be shown by M.& N. Rugs while Art of the Imagination return with a superb display of illustrative art and contemporary sculpture.

Local to the fair, West Yorkshire-based dealers Studiotic, who specialise in the Decorative Arts, will bring one of the highlights of the fair, A rare enamel plaque by a British artist Stefan Knapp (1921-1996) who assisted in the decoration of the new Heathrow Airport in the 1960s. The tile-sized steel plaque, titled ‘The Rider’, depicts a man on horse, in colouful enamels, It is priced at £750.

Knapp’s vibrant enamel murals can be seen in many museums and public buildings throughout the world. In 1939, when he was eighteen, Knapp was imprisoned and sent to a labour camp in Siberia. This imprisonment, as well as his experience as a RAF Spitfire pilot between 1942-45, was to have a profound effect on his artistic development - he used painting as a way to exercise his mind. After the war, Knapp joined the Central School of Arts & Crafts, and later, the Slade, in London. Following the Slade, one of his first major commissions was for a set of seventeen murals for Heathrow Airport, followed closely by a commission in America for an enamel mural (200 x 50ft), the largest he ever made, for the Alexander’s store in Paramus, New Jersey, which became a landmark for J.F.K. Airport. On the 12th October 1996, just two days after overseeing the re-installation of his 1960’s Heathrow Murals in the new Richard Rogers Transit building, and three days after he completed a mural The Battle of Britain for the Polish metro in Warsaw, Knapp suffered a heart attack and died in his studio.

Images:
Heritage Antiques
Period Regency Satinwood chest of drawers. Priced at £3750
Plaza Jewellery Emerald and diamond ring by Chaumet, POA.
Studiotic Stephan Knapp mural tile, Priced at £750


For tickets and times, see Cooper Events website via TRADE INDEX






 
SUMMER OPEN WEEKEND AT MILLERS OF RINGWOOD

With the marquee set up and the newly arrived pretty French furniture and accessories all arranged around the inviting 18th century showroom which is also home to the Miller family, the promised wonderful weather over the coming weekend will be a big draw for the Open Weekend with a big 20% off prices for the weekend only.

The range of stock includes French provincial furniture in fruitwood including cherry, pear and apple, with a huge range of country pottery and plenty of the Quimper, majolica Millers Antiques are known for, together with a huge variety of vibrant South of France coloured pieces for the kitchen and dining room.

For more details and opening times see Millers Antiques of Ringwood web site via TRADE INDEX

Image shows Carole Miller in the showroom in front a dresser full of French collectible pottery and ceramics.
 
OLYMPIA – “THE QUINTESSENTIAL ART + ANTIQUES FAIR FOR FOUR DECADES”
It’s June and the big fairs are flooding the calendar over the next six weeks. First off the starting line is Olympia International Art & Antiques Fair from 5-15 June 2014 which this year is offering wall to wall events and special exhibitions to embellish the roll call of more than 180 exhibitors with a definite European flavour with a number of Italian, Dutch and French exhibitors joining the backbone of British dealers who come to town to show their best wares at this established art and antiques fair founded in 1972.

Fair director Mary Claire Boyd told us “Olympia International Art & Antiques Fair is London’s original, quintessential art and antiques fair. Over four decades since the event was founded, we continue to pride ourselves on offering a wider choice of quality, vetted art, antiques, furniture and collectibles than any other event in the capital."

The extensive events programme for 2014 is a keynote of the fair with a series of lectures and expert escorted tours of the fair each day.

Already sold out for the later fixture but with spaces left for the 2pm lecture, Archibald Knox: Beauty & Modernity - A Designer Ahead of his Time is a talk to accompany the special guest exhibition celebrating the 150th anniversary of the birth of the British Art Nouveau designer, world-famous for his iconic designs for British department store Liberty & Co. Olympia will be hosting the largest ever exhibition of Knox's jewellery, silver and metalwork. This milestone exhibition will bring together one of the greatest collections of Knox’s metalwork ever displayed in the public domain. Featuring exceptional and rare pieces of Liberty & Co Cymric silver, a large collection of Knox’s Liberty Tudric clocks and jewellery; exhibits originate from a number of private collections never before shown in the public domain.

Another star attraction is likely to be VIEW: A Festival of Art History in association with Institut français.

Following the critically acclaimed first edition of VIEW Festival at the Institut français in February 2014, the VIEW team will curate a bespoke talk series at Olympia. Exploring the lives of some of the most iconic and intriguing masters of decorative arts from across the Continent, the series will encompass key periods from the 16th century to the present day and feature distinguished guest speakers from both sides of the Channel.

Back on the shop floor the fair offers an outstanding range of antiques across the full panoply up to and including Mid C Decorative Arts and named designer furniture. Holly Johnson, dealing in ‘Signed and Designed’ items of furniture and specialising in Fornasetti, will bring a Danny Lane three tier glass table, each glass piece with abstract markings, held by four bronze supports surmounted by bronze frogs. England, c.1990, (shown).

Tim Saltwell Antiques based in Sussex, are regulars at Olympia specialising in 19thc furniture and decorative objects and among their range of cabinets and vitrines will be a selection of decorative objects and clocks including a late C19th, French, gilt bronze and marble lyre clock garniture. The circular enamel dial painted with floral swags and with grid iron knife edge pendulum set with paste bezel, below an Apollo sun burst and floral mounted marble lyre. The eight day movement, rack striking the hour & half hour on a bell. Flanked by a pair of three light candelabra above turned marble bodies with paste centre band. Movement and pendulum stamped 39912. French, c. 1900, (shown).

Also at the formal end of the spectrum, long time Olympia exhibitor S&S Timms Antiques will fill their spacious stand with traditional, stylish furniture and always a good display of miniature furniture, or apprentice pieces, often from leading furniture makers of the 18th and 19th centuries including Gillows.

One of the star pieces for June Olympia will be an Anglo Indian miniature cabinet on chest of superb quality, c1840, veneered throughout in Sadeli wood with Sandalwood panels, (shown).

Hailing from Milan, La Penduleri specialising in Louis XV (1723-1750), Louis XVI (1774-1793), Empire (18041815) and especially for Au Bon Sauvage series, will bring a Louis XVI finely carved giltwood mirror from Lombardy, (shown).

Experts in their field, Mike and Debbie Moir will bring a selection of Art Nouveau and Art Deco Glass including Lalique, Galle & Daum. One of their outstanding pieces will be a Loetz Cobalt Mimosa vase, c 1908, (shown).

Full exhibitor list, times, tickets and event information from Olympia International Art & Antiques Fair web site via TRADE INDEX





 
DECORATIVE AND SALVAGE MAKE GOOD BEDFELLOWS
The cocktail of decorative antiques and architectural salvage is catching the attention of both fair organisers and visitors with more events joining the calendar. Architectural salvage is at the centre of green and ethically inspired shopping and the high profile Antiques are Green movement has put this area of the trade in the spotlight.

June sees two big salvage and decorative antiques combo events with Arthur Swallow Fairs Tatton Park Decorative Home and Salvage Show from 14-16 June 2014 and swiftly followed the next weekend by the brand new Decro Fair at Knebworth House in Hertfordshire organised by Bentleys Fairs from 21-22 with a trade day on 20 June.

Arthur Swallow Fairs now run four fairs under the Decorative Home and Salvage Show banner, at Tatton Park, considered to be one of the UK’s most complete historic estates, Ripley Castle, situated on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, Losely Park which stands in ancient Surrey Parkland close to the North Downs yet within reach of London and finally The Cheshire Showground. European and US trade and visitors and are firm fixtures at these events which span the country.

The short video on The Arthur Swallow Fairs web which includes interviews with traders, shippers and visitors is an entertaining insight into how a greenfield site becomes a teeming village in a matter of hours, only to disappear again just as quickly at the end of the event.

The brand new Decro Fair organised by Bentleys Fairs is holding the fort at Knebworth while long established Salvo Fair takes a sabbatical for 2014. Sharon Blagrove of Bentleys Fairs has worked hard to get this fair off the ground while running her other events at the Hop Farm in Kent and her efforts to promote the fair have really paid off with coaches of buyers from Holland, France and Belgium due to arrive alongside a large contingent of European exhibitors which number many of the Salvo Fair exhibitors from the UK and Europe including Reclamation warriors, Owen James, Van De Wouwer, Dent Reclamation, Smiths Architectural, Architectural Source, Morway, Kier Lewis, Architecture Et Materiaux, Sutton & Son, Dezonneroos, Piran, Insitu Manchester , Hazelmere Homes & Gardens, The Hive, Rutland Garden Classics, Old Bakery, Dee Brophy, Chancellors, Charlottes Yard, Chiltern Antiques, Chris Holmes Decorative Interiors, Christopher Chambers Upholstery, Coach House Antiques, Cotton Productions, Cristal Antiques, De Zonneroos and Beyond France.

Decorative dealers include energetic Antiques Young Gun Lily Trunfull of No1Lewes of West Sussex who has already filled two vans for the event and recently returned to the trade after a long break Elham Antiques of Kent, both seen at Bath Decorative Antiques Fair earlier this year where they both made very successful debuts.

Sharon Blagrove has booked a vintage style singing girl trio for trade day on Friday 20 June at 2pm and a barbecue catering section for exhibitors on Saturday night.

Images:
1 - 2 Arthur Swallow Antiques Fairs

3 - No1 Lewes Shell shaped jardiniere, price via web site
4 - Elham Antiques - Naive toy garage, £300.

For tickets, times and local information for both events see:

Arthur Swallow Fairs and Bentleys Fairs web sites via TRADE INDEX




 
BIG NAMES BIG PRIZES FOR YOUNG GUNS AWARDS
Support for the Antiques Young Guns is thriving at the top end of the trade with big names coming forward with enticing prizes for the up-coming awards.

Toby Lorford and Lesley Ferguson who own Lorfords@Babdown have offered a brace of 4.5 m wide horseshoe shaped "shop window" style showcases in the front of the magnificent Babdown Airfield collective just outside Tetbury, home to many of the top decorative dealers in UK and Europe. The showcases will be awarded to six Antiques Young Guns to share over a twelve month period. Toby Lorford told us: "Everyone is talking about Young Guns and we want Lorfords to be part of it!"

Lesley's daughter Jo Ferguson has joined the Antiques Young Guns web site but will not be entering the Antiques Young Gun of the Year award this year as she is too busy managing a large interior design project in Italy!

Hot on the heels of this unmissable opportunity for any young dealer working today came the news from Spencer Swaffer that the Young Gun he will be mentoring as part of the Antiques Heavy Artillery award will be bestowed with a large pop-up showroom at his world famous shop during the three major days of the annual Arundel Festival over the Bank Holiday weekend in August 2014 when the town is crammed with thousands of visitors for the artists Gallery Trail. They will also have their own shop window at the main front door onto the High Street.

The awards close on 28 May 2014 at midnight and the shortlist only will be announced on 6 June. The winners of the Antiques Young Gun of the Year and the Judith Miller award for outstanding potential, the Lorfords' showcase award and the pairing of the mentors will be announced on 4 July at a ceremony at Alfies Antiques.


 
JUDITH MILLER AWARD FOR ANTIQUES YOUNG GUNS ANNOUNCED
The pace is gathering for the Antiques Young Gun of the Year Awards 2014 and the organisers have announced a high profile award for one lucky entrant: Judith Miller Award for Outstanding Potential. This will be an enduring award for future events.

Judith has been a supporter and adviser to the Young Guns team since the beginning and her conversation with founder George Johnson is a revealing and amusing read - see In Conversation with George ...

The award will be announced on 4 July 2014 at the party hosted by Antiques Antiques Market when the winner of the Antiques Young Gun of the Year will be revealed along with which winning Antiques Young Gun shortlist member will be paired with which Antiques Heavy Artillery mentor.

The awards officially close on Friday 16 May 2014 and the winner and shortlist will selected by the founders of Antiques Young Guns, Gail McLeod, George Johnson and Mark Hill with an invited panel of judges: Anna Brady of The Antiques Trade Gazette, Sarah Percy-Davidson, ex CEO of LAPADA Pippa Roberts, press officer of The Decorative Antiques + Textiles Fair, Judith Miller and last year's winner Timothy Medhurst.

The shortlist will be announced on Friday 6 June 2014.

The sponsors for the Awards 2014 have also been announced as follows: Alfies Antiques Market, Antiques Trade Gazette, Bath Decorative Antiques Fair, Decorative Antiques + Textiles Fair, IACF Ltd and Love Antiques.

 
IACF ACQUIRE ALLY PALLY FROM NELSON EVENTS
IACF Ltd have acquired the Alexandra Palace Antiques & Collectors Fair from Nelson Events following staff changes at Nelson Events. The changes will take effect following the next scheduled event on 11 May 2014.

Peter Barrows chairman of Nelson Events said: "Over the past years, it has been a privilege to be the 'custodian' of this historic, busy and enjoyable fair" However, with our team reducing, we believe that we would not now be able to give it the focus required to maintain its ongoing success, therefore, we have agreed with IACF that they would take over its management"

Keith Harris, chairman of IACF Ltd, commented "We are delighted that this jewel of London events is joining our portfolio and will ensure that the resources required to develop and grow Alexandra Palace will be dedicated accordingly. We do not foresee any changes to the way the event is set up and managed in 2014. Only once we have run a couple of fairs will we review and consider if any improvements can be made."

For a full list of events see IACF Ltd web site via TRADE INDEX

 
LONDON ANTIQUARIAN BOOK FAIR AT OLYMPIA
The Antiquarian Booksellers' Association (The ABA), is the senior trade body for dealers in rare and fine books, manuscripts and allied materials in the UK and from 22-24 May 2014 at Olympia the flagship event of the ABA, The London International Antiquarian Book Fair will host 180 global exhibitors offering thousands of rare, unusual and unique items. A haven for the seasoned first-edition fanatic and the novice visitor who come to see glorious historical items from the early days of printing and highly collectable more modern pieces - the flawless first edition of David Copperfield; the rare signed Eliot; the inscribed Shackleton; and the very latest authors’ first editions - not to mention numerous other items to fascinate and tantalise: prints, photographs, manuscripts, ephemera and original art works spanning the centuries, with prices ranging from the accessible £10 to half a million - and occasionally more.

Among the more unusual finds this time will be a fabulous original movie poster for the 1931 Swedish adventure film Nomadie, directed by Marius Anderson and Alexander Singelo.

At the heart of the Fair is the dedicated LIVE! area, which is where a selection of experts will be offering a contemporary interactive theme with demonstrations and talks on their specialist subjects. Among the exhibitors in this section will be International New York Times, established in Paris in 1887 and known until last year as The International Herald Tribune, it now combines the resources of its own correspondents with those of The New York Times, Online Galleries which offers buyers a safe and trusted trading environment with an easily searchable international database of art and antiques for sale and The Printing Historical Society, founded in London in 1964, with individual and institutional members worldwide. The Society encourages both the study and the preservation of printing machinery, records, and equipment of historical value.

On Saturday 24 May there will be activities devised especially for children and families. There will also be themed guided tours of the Fair led by several of the expert exhibitors, offering a deeper look at the Fair’s many treasures, rarities and curiosities.

Images:
Aquila
Alberta, Canada - Nomadie film poster

A General View of the City of Constantinople. Vue Generale de la Ville de Constantinople.
Copper engraving with original hand colouring
Printed for Bowles & Carver. London. c.1800
£500

Original artwork by Val Biro.
Original watercolour artwork for The Tales of Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame,
Kenneth Grahame.
Description: Watercolour painting of Mole startling a Hare in the Wild Wood, painted for the Purnell 1983, abridged for younger readers, edition of Grahame's classic tale. This image was not used in the published book.

Price £375.00

For tickets and times see London International Antiquarian Book Fair website via TRADE INDEX
 
ANNUAL EXHIBITION OF ANTIQUE FOLK ART AT ROBERT YOUNG ANTIQUES
This year the Annual Exhibition of Antique Folk Ark at Robert Young Antiques on Battersea Bridge, London SW11, opens on 9 May, 2014, just a month before Tate Britain hosts the first ever National Exhibition of British Folk Art, the first significant exhibition of British folk art at a major institution from 10 June 2014. Nearly 200 paintings, sculptures, textiles and objects have been drawn together from collections across the country in an exhibition that will celebrate folk art in the UK. The show will unite an extraordinary selection of objects, exploring the threshold between art and artefacts and challenging perceptions of ’high art’.

British Folk Art will include surprising and diverse examples of British folk art, from rustic leather Toby jugs to brightly coloured ships’ figureheads. The imposing larger than life-size thatched figure of King Alfred created by master thatcher, Jesse Maycock, in 1960 is one of the exhibition’s highlights. Others include maritime embroidery by fisherman John Craske; an intricately designed pin cushion made by wounded soldiers during the Crimean war; and shop signs in the shape of over-sized pocket watches and giant shoes.

Robert Young says on his blog: “It is hugely exciting and rewarding for us to see this evolve and to see British Folk Art represented at a national show in the hallowed galleries of Tate Britain.

Our 2014 Exhibition includes works in various media and reflects the qualities of creativity we believe are at the heart of Folk Art. We cherish the individuality of composition, form and texture found in these pieces. This is uninhibited art reflecting the pleasure and sensitivity of the makers and artists, which somehow celebrates a freedom of expression and an inspired vision.”

The Summer exhibition Catalogue #39 illustrates and describes over fifty pieces from the Exhibition and will be available from the first week of May 2014 from Robert Young Antiques.

The Exhibition opens at 11am on Thursday 8th May and is open to everyone - collectors, curators, designers, enthusiasts, students, dealers and artists alike.

Robert will then be appearing at Masterpiece Fair from 26 June - 2 July 2014.

For times and tickets see Masterpiece Fair via TRADE INDEX


 
ON GUARD AT HEMSWELL
When you already own one of Europe's biggest antiques centres, attracting around 40,000 visitors a month, you have to think big when planning a new development and the new Guard Room Centre at Hemswell Antiques Centres which was officially opened at the beginning of May 2014, has been hailed as a triumph of modern and heritage design. In addition to providing showroom space for eighty exhibitors, the new centre will also provide ten new jobs.

MD of Hemswell Antiques Centres, Robert Miller paid tribute to the heritage of the former RAF Guard Room by organising the emotional return of thirty-three ex-servicemen had made a special trip to see the unveiling of the two-storey building where many had worked during the 40’s, 50s and 60s. One of them, Bill Collard, 83, from Brentwood – who served at Hemswell during the 1950s – cut the ribbon at the ceremony and told the assembled guests how delighted he was that the original buildings were being retained. “We are absolutely delighted with the work Robert has done here. It is helping to keep our unit alive,” he said.

The development represents a very significant investment and the design of the new building, with its gallery style central area and coffee shop was inspired by a trade visit to Japan carried out by Mr Miller last year.

The company currently exports around seven per cent of its goods to the Far East – around 30 per cent of its entire overseas trade – and launched a new Japanese language website to capitalise on growth in this region.

See Hemswell Antiques Centre web site via TRADE INDEX
 
BUXTON BOWLS ON FOR 50 YEARS!
The Annual Buxton Antiques Fair, from 15-18 May 2014, will be party mood this year having reached the impressive landmark age of 50! Organiser Sue Ede of Cooper Events promises an extra special event at this flagship fair in the Cooper cannon with an inviting roster of established exhibitors. Sue told Antiques News & Fairs: “This is now the longest running antiques fair outside London. It’s endurance is a credit to the many exhibitors who have shown over the years, always providing a sumptuous collection of wonderful pieces that draw buyers from across the country."

Taking place in the historic Pavilion Gardens building located near the centre of town, the Buxton Antiques Fair, Cooper Events have teamed up with famous Buxton Festival and the organisers of will be lending their support for this important cultural event in the beautiful Peak District.

A bevy of committed exhibitors will travel for the event, covering a wide spectrum from classic jewellery, silver and ceramics to fine paintings, period furniture, copper and brass, bronze Art Deco statuary, Persian rugs, fine glass, impressive mirrors, medical and scientific instruments, antiquarian maps and prints, Chinese and Japanese collectors' items and much more.

Loyal exhibitor for more than thirty years, Ron Hodgson of Ashleigh House Fine Art, told us: “It’s always a pleasure to show at such a prestigious and popular event." There will be a range of 19th and 20th
century works of art on the Ashleigh House stand, including a number of Derbyshire subjects. A landscape view around Bakewell, in oil on canvas, priced at £8,500.

Roger de Ville, who specialises in early English pottery, has been showing for more than ten years and will be returning with a special display of Brampton Ware,
made in Derbyshire. The Brampton / Chesterfield potteries produced wares with a variety of glazes, from the light honey coloured salt glaze to a dark brown. These are popular today with the revival of interest in antique kitchenware. Prices range from £150 upwards. Roger will also be showing early Staffordshire pottery from a number of popular factories.

Often seen at Cooper Event fairs in the north of England, Jo Bennett Original Pictures will bring two Geoffrey Key paintings – see below for details. LAPADA
member Jo Bennett represents a number of artists, many of whom are based in the Northwest.

Furniture specialists taking part include, from Derbyshire, Peter Bunting Antiques with a selection of early English and Continental furniture from the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries, plus rare portraits, carvings and statuary. Buxton dealer Steve Bentley will be showing period Arts & Crafts, including stylish furniture, lamps and silver. Another antique furniture specialist will be Mark Buckley Antiques with inlaid Victorian and Edwardian pieces, and Melody Antiques from Chester with a range of 18th and 19th century oak and mahogany furniture including farmhouse dressers, farmhouse tables and sets of ladder-back chairs. Among the fine art specialists will be Yorkshire galleries E. Stacey-Marks, J.C.Fine Art and Baron Fine Art, all specialising in 19th and 20th century British and European paintings and sculpture. Plaza from Cheshire, Trivette, from Shropshire and Jean Bateman from Warwickshire will be representing the jewellery department. Porcelain specialist John Newton from East Yorkshire will be showing eye-catching silver overlaid Continental porcelain from the mid C20th. From Manchester, M.& N. Rugs will be bring colourful Persian rugs and carpets; while S.& A. Marsh from London will show fine period silver.

In total forty-five exhibitors gathering for what will be a festive 50 at Buxton!

Images:
Jean Bateman Antiques
Victorian diamond ring with emeralds.
Richard Hoppe A superb Art Nouveau silver plated claret jug, the metal base stamped "Warszawa” (a Polish company acquired by WMF in 1886 )
Jo Bennett Original Art
Geoffrey Key ‘Office Workers’ oils on canvas 30 x 20 inches (37 x 27 overall) Signed & dated (20)12. £9,200

For full exhibitor list and times see Cooper Events web site via TRADE INDEX


 
GATHER YOU DEALERS DURING JUNE!
Resourceful Ingrid Nilson and Alasdair Brown have put their heads together to organise another delightful and relaxed evening for dealers to enjoy during the hurly burly of Summer Olympia week on Tuesday 10 June 2014 at The Hilton London Olympia, 380 Kensington High Street, London W14 8NL from 7.30 pm - 1.00 am.

The evening offers welcome drinks, a three course dinner and dancing through the night at an affordable £55 per head with a reduction for tables of ten people or more.

Tickets are available via either Alasdair Brown or Ingrid Nilson web sites and the evening is sponsored by Antiques Trade Gazette






 
MIDCENTURY EAST SHOW
Successfully riding the crest of the Mid C Modern wave, Petra Curtis and Lucy Ryder Richardson co-owners of Modern Shows started their fast growing empire almost by accident in 2002 when they collated favourite pieces from Eley Kishimoto homeware and Multi ceramics and added Sixties Scandinavian sideboards and chairs for a one day pop up open house sale and found that 90% of it sold. This spectacular success spurred them on to found Modern Shows, the uber cool umbrella company which puts on four Modern Shows a year and hosts the stylish online Marketplace where their show exhibitors and others can sell their highly sought after design classics by Eames, Jacobsen, Bertoia, Nelson and Wegner, original twentieth-century pieces of British, American and Scandinavian provenance, ceramics, glass, wallpaper, vintage fabrics, industrial, clocks, collectable posters, furniture, lighting, much of which will be seen when fifty exhibitors convene on Sunday 11 May 2014 at the Midcentury East Show at Erno Goldfinger’s Haggerston School, Hackney, East London.

The recently refurbished Grade II listed Haggerston School is Erno Goldfinger’s only secondary built between 1964 and '65. The Hungarian-born London-based Modernist was one of the first architects to develop the use of concrete aesthetically in the UK, inspired by Auguste Perret and Le Corbusier. Lucky visitors to the show will get a rare glimpse inside this working school which contains some of Goldfinger's boldest interiors to date. Erno Goldfinger was the architect behind the iconic Trellick Tower in Golborne Rd, West London, and the inspiration behind the Bond character of the same name so it is very fitting that one of the exhibitors, Saxon from Metro Retro has supplied Bond films.

Images
Scandinavian by Design
Somerset: Safari Chair
Nanadobbie Brighton, Red and glass original 1970s ceiling pendant

 
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