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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.
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.

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?

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

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.

Derek Newman Fine Art

Charles March Gere RA RWS 1869-1957
Painswick Church. Signed, dated 1922
Oil on canvas, laid down on board
Margaret Gere 1878-1965
Painswick Churchyard
Watercolour over pencil
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

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.

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
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.

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

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.


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
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
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).

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

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!

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.

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


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.
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

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.

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

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.

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.

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!

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 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

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.

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

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
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

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
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!

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

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

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.

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

The Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair from 28 April – 4 May 2014 will be bursting into Spring with a host of new exhibitors and plenty of enticing pieces for the glamorous garden and chic conservatory with stone, marble, metal and terracotta. Find statuary, pots planters and urns, fountain heads, antique garden implements; seating such as curved or straight stone benches, vintage metal chairs and sun loungers; vintage arbours and frames, étagères (plant stages) and mirrored metal window frames for decoration together with a superb mix of fine and decorative antiques, mirrors, lighting and objects, C20th design and works of art of all periods.

The foyer exhibition draws attention to a central theme of the fair – Using Textiles as Art and the entrance will be festooned with pieces now too precious to use for their original purpose, which have now been mounted or framed, including dowry textiles such as suzanis, needlepoint for upholstery, embroidered silk clothing, tribal weavings. The display will be curated by exhibitor Molly Hogg, who has thirty years experience dealing in antique textiles from the world over. All works will be drawn from dealers at the Fair and will be for sale.

New participants at the Spring Fair are Hall-Bakker Decorative Arts (Woodstock, Oxon), furniture objects & design from 1860-1960, Covelli-Tennant (London), vintage textiles to create bespoke upholstery and cushions, Hayloft Mid Century (Derbyshire) a fine selection of English & Danish post war design, Haynes Fine Art (Broadway, Worcs), modern and contemporary works, Luke Honey(London,), presents a gent’s retreat; board games, curios & decorative pieces, La Maison, (London), French antique painted and traditional furniture, AB Antiquo (by appointment Northants), ancient Chinese ceramic artefacts. Other new exhibitors include No1 Lewes (E Sussex), one of the Antiques Young Guns, with decorative antiques for the modern family home, practical pieces pre-1920 and a touch of rustic industrial, Ancient & Period(by appointment Bristol) with objets d’art, fine jewellery, ancient artefacts; Candau Antiques(Lillie Road London), with decorative French antiques; Fine & Decorative Antiques (based at Blanchard Collective Wilts), with a cross section of fine English furniture, sculpture and decorative pieces; Henry Saywell (Lillie Road London) exhibits under his own name for the first time (formerly as 52 Meters) with 20th century design; Nikki Page Antiques (by appointment Kent), decorative and painted antiques including garden and architectural items.

Regular attractions at the fair include Fontaine Decorative (Margate), Macintosh Antiques, (Sherborne, Dorset) and Dean Antiques (based at Core One Fulham), will be installed once again in their regular positions and returning after her debut in January, another Antiques Young Gun, Clarke Pickett from Perthshire.

Dean Antiques

A Pair of 19th Century Cast Iron Urns with Original Finish
Fontaine Decorative
Early 20thC Painted Composite Dog, priced at £395
Macintosh Antiques
A large Chippendale period carved gilt over mantel mirror c 1760 in the manner of John Linnell with the original water gilding hand silvered mirror plate and pine backboards. Priced at £3900.

For full exhibitor list and times see The Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair via TRADE INDEX
A traditional event which is regarded as a tradition in the social calendar of the smart Yorkshire set, The Harrogate Antique & Fine Art Fair returns to the Harrogate International Centre from 2-5 May 2014. The organisers describe the event as “a local fair for international people” and the quality of exhibitors and their stock is assured as all are members of LAPADA or BADA.

Two new names pop up this year – RMJ Antiques specialist porcelain dealers from Yorkshire and London based Philip Mould Miniatures.

Returning to the fair will be Garth Vincent showing antique armour, showing fine art will be Baron Fine Art, Walker Galleries of Harrogate and Haynes Fine Art. Nicholas Daly will be returning with a wide range of specialist books on fine art. Jewellery will be represented by St James Antiques, Licht & Morrison, Howards of Stratford, Sheldon Shapiro and Saul Greenstein of London. Silver will be shown by Jack Shaw & Co from Yorkshire and there will be pottery and porcelain from Roger de Ville, John Newton and Valerie Main. Mark Buckley Antiques and Millington Adams will be showing fine furniture, The Barefoot Gallery will counterbalance the traditional feel of the fair exhibiting original contemporary art from a selection of outstanding British and European artists, art glass.

Roger de Ville Antiques
A Staffordshire polychrome, saltglaze sauce boat circa 1745. From Roger de Ville Antiques.
Garth Vincent Arms & Armour A Decorative Shield
Made from pressed steel, rounded edges, decorated with eight studs and painted with a flower design
Philip Mould Portrait Miniatures William Cecil, Lord Burghley (1520-1598) by Henry Bone RA (1755-1834) after Marcus Gheeraerts (1561/2 - 1636)

For full exhibitor list, times and tickets see Harrogate Antique & Fine Art Fair
With an exhibition theme that evokes Spring, The National Glass Fair at the National Motorcycle Museum and takes place on Sunday 11th May 2014.

The pressed glass exhibition, Primrose Pearline and the Copyists will be will curated by regular exhibitor Philip Housden and the exhibition will showcase Davidson Primrose Pearline glass.

In or around 1890 George Davidson of Team Works (Gateshead) introduced their 'Primrose Pearline' glass. It proved very popular and production carried on into the first years of the twentieth century. Colouration was achieved by the use of uranium; the health hazards of which were unknown at the time. The pieces can be freely enjoyed today, but it is sobering to think of the damage caused to the health of the employees some 120 years ago.

The exhibition will not only highlight the variety of items and different designs that Davidson's produced, but will show items from Henry Greener, John Sowerby and Edward Bolton who copied Davidson's Primrose Pearline.

Another exciting highlight of the fair will be the eagerly awaited launch by Mark Hill Publishing of a new book, Skrdlovice & Beranek: Legends of Czech Glass written by Robert Bevan-Jones and Jindrich Parik. Mark Hill was the General Editor of the hardback book which is limited to 1,000 numbered copies.

Mark explains: ‘Skrdlovice is one of the 20th century’s greatest forgotten glass companies. For decades, the company (pronounced ‘skerd-luv-itz’ah’), was hidden from the world behind the Iron Curtain, and the major contribution it made to 20th century glass design is only now being uncovered and reappraised by design historians and collectors.’

Founded in 1942, in the midst of the Second World War, by the enterprising and talented glassmaster Emanuel Berànek, the company’s earliest designs were produced using waste broken glass, peat to fire the furnaces - and a huge amount
of raw talent and sheer determination. Against all odds, the company survived and flourished under Communist rule in the 1950’s and 60’s, exporting its vast and diverse range of colourful, curving glass across the world as far as Canada, Europe and Australia. From the 1950’s until its demise in 2008, nearly every one of Czechoslovakia’s best and more influential glass designers worked with them including now globally revered names such as Frantisek Vizner.

With a broad mix of quality dealers, occupying three exhibition spaces and offering a wide variety of glass from 17-20th c, visitors can expect to find a large selection of rare and collectable glass sold at competitive prices.
In addition to the fine antique and other quality items on sale, contemporary glass is also always well represented with a number of artists showing their work.

The venue is located near to the Birmingham NEC (Junction 6 of the M42) and is conveniently situated near to historic attractions associated with the decorative glass industry, including the Red House Glass Cone and Broadfield House Glass Museum.

Selection of Pearline glassware by Davidson & Greener

A 1960s ‘Red Core’ range vase, designed by Jan Beranek in 1959, pattern number 5988, 12in (30.5cm) high. - courtesy Mark Hill Publishing

For exhibitor list and times see the National Glass Fair web site via TRADE INDEX

On Friday May 2, antiques expert Paul Atterbury will be speaking at a fundraising event at Bridport Town Hall at 7.30pm, in aid of the Bridport Literary and Scientific Institute restoration project.

Mr Atterbury said: “I am looking forward to sharing stories and anecdotes of my childhood collecting and early interests in antiques, working in publishing, lecturing and writing, canals and railways, and working as a curator at the V&A. I will also share stories about my time with the BBC Antiques Roadshow. The evening will be about various passions that have absorbed me, including Dorset, and the series of accidents that have taken me along my personal journey.”

Tickets for the evening are £15 and include a light supper. To book your place, please contact Amanda Streatfeild by April 29 on 01308 422770 or Email Amanda Streatfield
The enchanting The Bowes Museum, a remarkable purpose built French château in the vibrant market town of Barnard Castle in the midst of Teesdale, housing outstanding collections of European fine and decorative art, the most famous of which is perhaps the life-size silver swan automaton, made in London in about 1773 by James Cox, will be hosting the next Galloway Antiques & Fine Art Fair from 26-27 April 2014.

Organiser Susan Galloway will be welcoming some interesting new exhibitors for this popular event including furniture dealer Melody's Antiques of Chester and general dealer Malcolm Eglin of Northumberland alongside Art Of The Imagination from Wiltshire and Antiques By Design from Staffordshire.

Art of the Imagination will show works of art by Steve Hutton who designed the characters for the film 'The Golden Compass'. Art of the Imagination will be showing original illustrations from his forthcoming book 'The Wildhood Witches'.

Antiques By Design is a father and daughter duo, Barry & Narissa Mather who between them have over 40 years experience in antiques. Narissa Mather is a silver and goldsmith who creates unique, bespoke pieces using traditional metalworking techniques such as forging, raising and stone setting. Texture is important in her work, this achieved by using specialised hammers, engraving and experimenting with fusing silver at high temperatures. Narissa studied Three Dimensional Design at Wolverhampton University often incorporating metal work with other materials such as glass which she still continues to do.

Her work has won awards and has been featured in many publications. Narissa has exhibited throughout the UK and has in the past worked with the National Portrait Gallery producing a range based on aspects of the collection.

With returning regular attractions in the form of jewellery dealers Scarab Antiques and Billy Rae, silver specialists Highland Antiques and Christine Thom of Perthshire with fine art from Plumbs' Fine Art. Other items for sale will include antiquarian maps and prints, oriental carpets, mirrors and lighting.

Art of the Imagination:

An image of 'Celeste' by Steve Hutton

Narissa Mather of Antiques By Design Bespoke silverware of a Dragonfly scent bottle. Handblown, double cased amethyst glass made in Stourbridge with a sterling silver dragonfly hand forged from flatware, then hand engraved and carved set with amethysts. Priced at £760

For times and tickets see Galloway Antiques Fairs website via TRADE INDEX

LAPADA has announced the name of the new Chief Executive who will replace Sarah Percy-Davis who stepped down earlier this year.

Rebecca Davies will take up this key role on 12 May 2014, in this, the Association’s 40th anniversary
year. As a figurehead for the art and antiques trade she will lead LAPADA, the UK’s largest association of professional art and antique dealers, through its next exciting phase of development.

Rebecca is currently Managing Director of contemporary art gallery Blain|Southern, a position she has held since the gallery’s inception in 2010. Playing a pivotal part in all aspects of the business, she helped set up the original London gallery, expanding the business internationally to New York and Berlin. Prior to this Rebecca worked as European Business Director for Haunch of Venison, and at Christie’s within the Impressionist and Modern Department.

As Chief Executive Rebecca will be involved in every aspect of the running of LAPADA, working closely with Chairman, Lord Chadlington, CEO of Huntsworth Plc, the international marketing services group. Rebecca will preside over the 6th annual LAPADA London Art & Antiques Fair held in Berkeley Square, London, 24-28 September 2014.

Rebecca Davies commented: “I see this as an amazing opportunity to apply skills that I have gained through the contemporary art market to maximise interest and excitement in the art and antiques market. It is a rich scene with many facets, and too often overlooked by the public. Sarah Percy-Davis is an inspiring role model to follow. She has modernised LAPADA, and I hope to build on her work with ambitious and creative plans for today’s global market.”
60% of Brits shop for their home furniture at antiques fairs, antique shops and car boot sales.

This is just one of a range of interesting facts that a recent survey conducted by LoveAntiques.com uncovered. It seems the Great British public is divided when it comes to shopping for items for their home. Over 60% of Brits shop for their home furniture at antiques fairs, antiques shops and car boot sales, with over 5% of the nation shopping for antique items at least once a month.

If this recent survey is correct it should bring some comfort to the many people working within this trade especially with results like: “36% of people favour a home filled with antiques and a more classic and vintage feel.”

Another fact to be revealed was that one in two antiques shoppers buy antiques for their home due to their one-of-a-kind ‘uniqueness’ and a further 30% of Brits feel shopping for an antique is a great way to pick up a bargain.

Talking about the survey Interior Design Expert of 25 years John Isaac said: “This survey shows a really interesting comparison in the shopping preferences of the nation. 'Antiquers' are generally considered to be creative, slightly eccentric individuals who don’t settle for the norm, and instead, invest time and effort into finding the perfect item to suit their home. We’ve seen celebrities, such as Russell Brand, Taylor Swift, Harry Styles, Kelly Brook and Michael McIntyre shopping at antique shops and fairs, and there is always a demand for antiques from creative individuals.

'Modernites' in contrast, are more set in the way they buy their furniture, they are happy to buy a generic piece that suits the home, and prefer convenience and a minimalist style to Antiquers. Modernites tend to go with the safe and easy option, and echo practicality in their consumer habits, generally shopping at major high street stores. The most effective interiors cleverly combine a mixture of old and new.”

The survey also revealed interesting online shopping habits of consumers, with only 3% finding it easy to buy antiques online, which might give a sense of relief to some of the old bricks and mortar businesses in this trade.

Love Antiques.com

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Although the antiques trade is all about old objects and history, it has also embraced modern technology over the last decade with most dealers now having an online presence and nearly all auctions are now available to bid at online at from anywhere in the world.

One company to embrace this modern approach to the trade is Value My Stuff. The company came to prominence after their successful pitch on BBC2’s Dragons' Den when company founder Patrick van der Vorst faced the might of the Dragons and successfully slayed them to secure investment from Deborah Meaden and Theo Paphitis which set the company on the road to success.

The Value my Stuff brand has grown into a multinational company supplying valuations by email to thousands of satisfied customers. Its success is partly down to the high calibre of the valuers on its team most from top auction houses around the world.

The idea is simple: you take a couple of photographs of your object and describe it, supplying any additional information you have and together with a small payment you send the information by email, then in a short while you receive back a written valuation.

But the company has now taken this concept a step further with their new site: Auction My Stuff offering the option to take your valuation a step further and have the item sold on your behalf.

Selling in this way offers the added benefit, to both seller and buyer, of an independent third party valuation on an object, unlike other similar online auction sites, and is a good way to buy with peace of mind.

Now this fast moving company are launching another ground breaking product: a new Value My Stuff App will now allow customers to receive valuations for their items on the go via the convenience of their mobile phone.

The new app enables customers to take photos of their items simply using their camera phone which they can then upload directly onto the site and within just a matter of hours, they will receive a valuation report from one of over sixty-two experts.

The App is free and available to download from ITunes Store.

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The sale of a decorated helmet that rested for centuries above a tomb in Wootton St Lawrence church in Hampshire has been blocked by the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Appeal Court.

The Wootton St Lawrence Armet is a helmet dating from about 1500 and converted to funeral monument use in England in 1677. This church helmet is of considerable importance - both as an example of the type of armet used in England in the late 15th century and as the single best preserved example of the polychrome funerary painting which most of these helmets had in the 17th century, but which few retain now.

The helmet – believed to be of Flemish manufacture - previously hung over a bracket in the church and is associated with the monument of Sir Thomas Hooke, who died in 1677. It was on loan to the Royal Armouries for over 30 years and the museum bid for it, unsuccessfully, at public auction in 2011. The sale was followed by an internal legal review, within the Church of England. The Royal Armouries has welcomed the appeal judgment in the Court of Arches preventing the sale of an armet from Wootton St Lawrence church, near Basingstoke in Hampshire.

Deputy Master of the Royal Armouries, Dr Thom Richardson, told Antiques News & Fairs: “This armet and the many other helmets preserved in English churches form a highly important part of our nation’s heritage, in particular because they provide almost the only surviving examples of armour worn in England before the 16th century.

The judgment in the Wootton St Lawrence case will hopefully help to close the floodgates for other parishes seeking to turn the armour in their care into cash. When such helmets appear on the art market they are almost universally sold abroad."

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We regret to announce the death on 10 April, 2014, of Josephine Clare Alderson, known as Clare, formerly of Bath, where she had a shop called Josephine Antiques.

The funeral will take place on Wednesday 23 April 2014 at 2pm at St Mary The Virgin, Marshfield, South Gloucestershire.

It seems that the strong market in Chinese antiques is here to stay after last Tuesday’s sale in Sotheby’s in Hong Kong when a small three inch cup sold for a whopping HK$250m (£21.5m).

The 15th Century cup is one of only nineteen known examples of a “chicken cup” which is decorated with a cockerel and his family. It is believed that the Chenghua Emperor gave the cups to his favourite concubine.

“It is the fantasy of all great collectors," said Sotheby's Nicholas Chow of the coveted cup "There is nothing greater, nothing.”

The buyer is rumoured to be Shanghai businessman Liu Yiqian who made his wealth trading stocks and already owns two private museums. This sale just proves that the market is still strong in the Chinese collecting area with the cup selling for ten times its price when it last sold fifteen years ago.
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The leader of the 200-member strong Mosaic Miami Church, Pastor Kevin Sutherland has been found guilty of selling fake works by British artist Damien Hirst.

In a police sting in 2013 the pastor attempted to sell five fake Hirst paintings to an undercover police officer. The whole scam came to light when Sutherland's works, said to be by Hirst, were rejected by Sotheby's New York. The auction house told Sutherland that the artist's company Science Ltd., which authenticates his work, had issues with the art and urged him to contact them in London. At this time Hirst's assistants also informed the district attorney's office.

When a New York Art dealer negotiated to purchase the artworks for $185,000 (£110,631), Sutherland told him there were no issues with authenticity. However, unbeknown to Sutherland the dealer was in fact a member of the New York police department.

During the time of the investigation, a separate enquiry into into a suspected Hirst forger named Vincent Lopreto in Manhattan Beach, California, had been instigated by the Manhattan District Attorney. The forger, Lopreto, who had allegedly sold his fake on Ebay, was known to have already served time for art fraud in California, and in return for testifying against Sutherland received a lighter sentence in January 2014.

A jury at the State Supreme Court in Manhattan found Sutherland guilty of second degree attempted grand larceny and he will be sentenced in May 2014, and it is thought he could find himself behind bars for around seven years

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For those of you who have been glued to BBC TV The Three Muskateers recently, you now have the chance to own an antique object with connections to one of the characters featured in the famous adventures.

It is not often that a 17thC stone garden seat comes up for sale, and rarer still when it has a provenance connected to the world's earliest prime minister, Cardinal Richelieu, noble, statesman and collector, and famously the anti-hero in Alexander Dumas book The Three Musketeers.

In the 1600s His Eminence built a mansion, the Chateau du Rueil outside Paris, which had fabulous gardens with parterres, vistas, avenues, fountains, and a 20ft long limestone bench. When Richelieu died his niece Marie Madeleine de Vignerot, Duchess of Aiguillon, inherited the estate, and it was then that the young Louis XIV and his courtiers came to stay during turbulent times in Paris. The Peace of Rueil was signed there in 1649 which resolved the conflict between powerful and belligerent French nobles and the natural power of the French monarchy.

Here in the 21stC BCA Antique Materials have posted the bench for sale on the leading architectural antiques web site Salvo Web with the following tempting description:

For Sale: Cardinal Richelieu's C17th antique French limestone bench with known provenance, one of the few surviving elements of the lavish parks and water gardens created in the C17th at the Château de Reul initially from 1606 to 1620 by Jean de Moisset (an important financier of Henri IV) and subsequently by the Cardinal Richelieu (1585-1642) under Louis XIII's reign. This bench is one of the last vestiges of the château and water gardens (pre-dating Versailles park and water gardens), but demolished and sub-divided after the French Revolution by the Maréchal Massena. It has come through 350 years outdoors in remarkable condition.

The bench is available to view at at BCA's Maine & Loire premises at L'Hotellerie-de-Flée.

From regular contributor Geroge Johnson
What was the first important meeting the President of the United States, Barack Obama, had during his visit to The Netherlands? Indeed he joined up with Rembrandt.

Whom else did President Obama meet with at the Nuclear Safety Summit 2014? Indeed, Mondriaan!

Luckily both master pieces shown here are genuine. But just imagine if they weren’t.... What would that mean?!

At the Authentication in Art Congress, coming up 7-9 May 2014 in The Hague, not only the works of Rembrandt and Mondriaan will be addressed but also Leonardo, Van Gogh, Pollock and many other great Masters.

The AiA Congress is the Summit for the international Art Industry, which aims to present a final declaration addressing guidelines and protocols. Follow the links for the programme of events and to register:
Congress Programme
Congress Registration
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The crowds will be out for the Easter IACF Ardingly International Antiques & Collectors Fair 15-16 April 2014 just a couple of days before Easter.

With its convenient links to the capital, the Ardingly is a cosmopolitan antiques event located near some of the best antiques shopping towns in the UK. With around 1,700 stalls the event has developed an accent on the decorative end of the market in addition to plenty of the traditional antiques, vintage and collectibles which make this mid-week event so popular.

For tickets, times and more information see IACF Ltd website via TRADE INDEX

Silver dealer Michael Baggott has demonstrated his keen eye yet again by spotting a silver marrow spoon dating back to 1766-68, made by Daniel Henchman/Nathaniel Hurd of Boston, USA which had been mis-described in the sale catalogue as being of ‘Chinese origin’.

Michael managed to bag this unique marrow spoon by beating off some other keen eyed collectors who also spotted the mistake in the description. Describing himself as ‘Indiana Jones’ without the physical action, the silver expert said this find was a ‘once in a lifetime opportunity’.

“I spend my days trawling through catalogues across the globe online and go to auctions throughout this country” said Michael, the former head of silver at Sotheby’s, Billingshurst. “Basically I look for something that is not described properly – it’s a rather cutthroat industry with hundreds like me doing the same. We are a bit like Indiana Jones without the running and jumping.

“I saw this spoon and always look at the image – not the description, which can be wrong - as this one was saying it was Chinese. Most British silver is hallmarked but this wasn’t and it falls out of the parameters of a local auctioneer or expert in the street. I bid online against other people who also recognised the mistake and got it but it was still an awful lot of money. I had to fight for it.”

The top of the stem bears the inscription ‘John Wentworth Esq. to Thomas Smith’. John Wentworth was the Governor of New Hampshire from 1766 until the American War of Independence when he was forced to leave for England in 1778.

“The outstretched hand issuing from a dolphin mask sleeve can leave little doubt this was a sincere gift of friendship and respect from a new governor to a much respected elder figure within the state,” Michael said.
“I will be offering it for sale at Antiques for Everyone at the NEC Birmingham from 10-13 April, 2014 £160,000 .

When you put it into its historical context this is a very important discovery in American Colonial silver. It is one of a kind.

It would be lovely if one of the museums in Boston, perhaps the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, would buy it but I don’t know if they have the money.”

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At the heart of all things Mid C, glass and ceramics, our friend Mark Hill will be curator of one of the highlights of Antiques for Everyone, at the NEC Birmingham from 10-13 April 2014, with a major exhibition of Czechoslovakian glass which will reveal important new information on exciting discoveries in the history and development of 20th century Skrdlovice studio glass.

The exhibition will unveil the truth behind a fascinating and mysterious area of important 20th century glass design hitherto lost behind the Iron Curtain. It is sure to be of great interest to glass collectors around the world.

Mark explains: ‘Skrdlovice is one of the 20th century’s greatest forgotten glass companies. For decades, the company (pronounced ‘skerd-luv-itz’ah’), was hidden from the world behind the Iron Curtain, and the major contribution it made to 20th century glass design is only now being uncovered and reappraised by design historians and collectors.’

Founded in 1942, in the midst of the Second World War, by the enterprising and talented glassmaster Emanuel Berànek, the company’s earliest designs were produced using waste broken glass, peat to fire the furnaces - and a huge amount
of raw talent and sheer determination. Against all odds, the company survived and flourished under Communist rule in the 1950’s and 60’s, exporting its vast and diverse range of colourful, curving glass across the world as far as Canada, Europe and Australia. From the 1950’s until its demise in 2008, nearly every one of Czechoslovakia’s best and more influential glass designers worked with them including now globally revered names such as Frantisek Vizner.

This groundbreaking exhibition will comprise over one hundred examples, including many unique pieces, which will be displayed together in Britain for the first time.

Following the exhibition, a new book devoted to Skrdlovice studio glass will be published. The book will be titled Skrdlovice & Beranek: Legends of Czech Glass by Robert Bevan-Jones & Jindrich Parik with General Editor Mark Hill. The book will be published by Mark Hill Publishing and limited to 1,000 numbered copies priced at £45 plus postage and packing. The book seems set to become another Mark Hill collectible gem and preview pages will be available at the fair.

A late 1960s-70s ‘Heart’ vase or display object, with internal bubbles, designed by Vladimir Jelinek in 1965, pattern number 6524, 6.25in (16cm) high

A 1960s ‘Red Core’ range vase, designed by Jan Beranek in 1959, pattern number 5988, 12in (30.5cm) high.

Three mid - late 1940s bubbly ‘antique glass’ vases, designed by Emanuel Beranek from 1945-46, pattern numbers 407, 451 and 4633, largest 10.75in (27cm) high

For times and details of the exhibition see Antiques for Everyone web site via TRADE INDEX

Now in its 29th year, Antiques for Everyone at the NEC, Birmingham 10-13 April, 2014, is on course for a new direction this year with the planned changes to datelines in place and something of a migration of decorative and younger dealers keen to try out the fair which is centrally located with easy access and a promise of in excess of 12,000 visitors through the door.

Director Dan Leyland told Antiques News and Fairs: ”With more exhibitors than for some time - 250, and others returning to both sections, we have now turned a corner at Antiques for Everyone. Removing datelines in Section 1 is already encouraging more dealers to join or return and will also broaden the fair’s appeal to collectors of high quality 20th century pieces. We are looking forward to a good year ahead. Many younger buyers and others who grew up in the 1950’s, 60’s and 70’s, are interested in collecting pieces from the evocative post-war period and later art and design. Once at the fair their eyes will also be opened to the wealth of antiques on offer."

Dealers in Mid C collectibles and furniture will be given free reign based on quality not dates with the dateline directives of: Section 1: No dateline but everything of exceptional quality, Section 2: All exhibits pre date 1970. All exhibits in both sections vetted for quality and authenticity.

In common with most fair organisers across the country, owners Clarion Events are keen to attract a young demographic through the door and this elemental change to the vetting and datelines will be a major step in that direction. Last November Antiques for Everyone featured the Antiques Young Guns Pavilion, showcasing the stock of up-and-coming dealers thirty-nine and under from across the country. A number of members of the Antiques Young Gun movement will be exhibiting individually for the April fair including founder Mark Hill, Robbie Timms, Dom Vincent, Keith Richards and Edd in the Clouds and there are plans for another AYG joint pavilion later in the year.

New to the fair this year and a regular at key decorative fairs elsewhere is Damien Green of Sheffield trading as DJ Green antiques who will be taking one of the largest stands in Section 1. Joining him in Section 1 will be Jeroen Markies specialist Art Deco dealer, AYG Edd in the Clouds dealing in Art Nouveau and Art Deco, Prisma Gallery, Birmingham, Hungarian Glass and Jonathan Harris Studio Glass of Telford, Shropshire.

Among fifteen new to Section 2 will be Michael Baggott Antiques, Birmingham – fine silver, who will be bringing one of the highlight exhibits to the fair - an American Colonial George III silver marrow spoon attributed to Daniel Henchman/Nathaniel Hurd of Boston, c.1766-68. It is inscribed to the top of the stem: “John Wentworth Esq To Thomas Smith”. Priced at £160,000.

Michael Baggot told us: The only comparable Rococo piece of flatware would be the Riemer Ladle, made by Peter Riemer in New York in 1763 with its cast foliate asymmetric stem, though its ambition to the style is easily surpassed by the superb modelling to the handle of this marrow spoon.

Constant exhibitors key to the fair include Robbie Timms of S & S Timms Antiques, with period formal furniture and accessories, Hampton Antiques peerless boxes and bijouterie, Sue and Alan Poultney of Scarab Antiques with jewellery both precious and exceptional costume pieces and increasingly an alluring collection of Art Deco objects.

There are exhibitors at the NEC who have been loyal since the beginning, including Terry and Marie Kelly who always gather a crowd on the opening day with their wonderful old school style of naive and country furniture and objects.

With virtually no limits on space in the vast auditorium at the NEC, there is room for a stage and theatre style seating for the well attended talks and displays – see our feature on Mark Hill’s exhibition of Czechoslovakian Skrdlovice glass. Antiques experts Mark and Judith Miller will again be taking to the stage to entertain visitors with their keynote talks about all things collectible at the fair.

Another attraction for visitors and exhibitors alike will be the Birmingham Assay Office whose stand will enhance the silver theme at the fair. The Assay Office will be reminding collectors and anyone who has an interest in silver of the many services they provide. In particular, the Office will be promoting their new Help with Hallmarks APP, designed to assist in the identification of specific hallmarks. The App contains useful information relating to hallmarks, and is an invaluable “on the go” tool for phones and tablets.

Hampton Antiques:

A papier mache writing box by Thomas Lane. Inset with a painted pearl glass panel of Alnwick Castle in Northumberland (now famous across the world after
it featured in the Harry Potter film sets). With provenance in the form of it original bill of sale from Thomas Lane, Royal Papier Mache & Patent Pearl Glass Works, of Great
Hampton to her Majesty & HRH Prince Albert Street, November 15th 1848. Circa 1848. Priced at £2,500.
Scarab Antiques
A multi-coloured paste necklace is made by De Luxe. The paste stones are in lovely muted tones and are predominately cabochon cut with some faceted paste stones interspersed amongst them. The necklace has a three dimensional effect as seven stones are raised above the central section of the necklace on bronze tone metal arms. It is adjustable with a hook fastener. Signed and boxed.
Priced at £425.00.
Garth Vincent Antiques Young Gun Dom Vincent with a member of the stock!
Rowles Fine Art
"Waiting to Go On" Waiting to Go On, a painting in mixed
media by Dame Laura Knight.
14 x 10ins.
S&S Timms Robbie Timms on the stand
Michael Baggot Antiques
An American Colonial George III silver marrow spoon attributed to Daniel
Henchman/Nathaniel Hurd of Boston, c.1766-68. 20cm long.
Priced at £160,000.

For full exhibitor details and times see Antiques for Everyone web site via TRADE INDEX

When it’s virtual! You couldn’t make this stuff up and it’s proof of how much the trade has changed in recent years.

Antique Dealers' Association of America will commence with its inaugural online antiques show from 1-4 April 2014 and all objects in the show will be seen for the first time by both participating dealers and customers. The organisers confirm that there will be no pre-buying!

The online show will run around the clock until 10pm on the last day when the show will end and its webpage will disappear.

No travel, no traffic, no bad weather, no tickets — this online show will be available to anyone, in any location, from any computer, tablet, or smartphone.

A bright idea but what about the touchy feely aspect? The party atmosphere and the chance to meet and greet so many vendors under one roof!

From regular contributor George Johnson

Many of you will remember the episode of BBC 2 Fake or Fortune when art expert Philip Mould tried to authenticate what appeared to be a Marc Chagall painting of a nude which dated to the early 20th Century.

The big shock was not that this painting was assessed to be a fake by the Chagall committee in Paris but the scandal that erupted when they decided to execute their right under French law to have it destroyed.

A spokeswoman for the committee said the matter was "in the hands of the courts... There has never been any doubt that this work is a counterfeit," she said. "It's very evident."
Asked whether the court would now decide if it would be destroyed, she said: "There is a whole procedure going on now but that is part of the procedure, yes."

The owner of the painting Mr Lang paid £100,000 for the work in the early nineties and was shocked to find out that not only was his painting fake but the Chagall committee had the right to destroy it. Despite public support, particularly on social media, it now seems that he has reached the end of the road and is giving up the fight to keep it.

Mr Lang said "They're trying to get a hearing but I've said I don't want to go along that route, I don't see there's a point. It's a lost cause, so I've just said, 'No, it's not worth it.' There's no point contesting it. It’s in France, it's a French court, they will come back on their side. It's a terrible shame."

From regular contributor George Johnson

The BBC's flagship antiques interest show, Antiques Roadshow has always avoided the tendency to dumb down elements of the antiques trade and with the appetite for this show still running at an all-time high, the producers have taken the decision to launch BBC Antiques Roadshow Magazine with the first issue (cover price £3.99)on sale from 4 April 2014.

The launch issue showcases some of our friends here at Antiques News and Fairs fairs including Mark Hill and George Johnson, who are leading lights of the Antiques Young Guns Movement, of particular interest to the magazine.

From its early beginnings in the late 1970s as a 'try out' transmission from a room above Hereford Town Hall, the Antiques Roadshow has grown to become a British broadcasting phenomenon with some six million viewers regularly tuning in. Now in its 36th year, each episode is packed with fascinating objects and the surprising stories that lie behind them, as well as the burning question of 'What's it worth?'

Sue Herdman, Editor, BBC Antiques Roadshow Magazine, says, "We've taken our inspiration from the TV programme format and, working closely with Roadshow specialists, have filled our pages with lively features that are bursting with information and top tips. The first issue carries Antiques Roadshow's Lisa Lloyd's definitive guide to success at auction, and a remarkable feature on the sleek 1930s time capsule that is The Homewood. This hidden house and its collection of outstanding and highly collectable pieces is one of Britain's best-kept secrets."

She continues, "For those with a love of all things vintage, we also tour the quirky Museum of Brands. And we'll have our monthly special behind-the-scenes section, devoted to the show, where we reveal more stories and valuations than will have been seen on screen. Our favourite for this, our launch issue, is the tale of a small boy, an unlikely kidnapping and an African mask."

We would like to wish the Roadshow magazine every success and we are very pleased to think that we now can get our Roadshow fix over a cup of coffee if we get a free minute in the office.
Bath Decorative Antiques Fair 25th birthday party on Thursday 6 March 2014 was the venue chosen by the team behind Antiques Young Guns to reveal the names of the eleven senior fellows of the antiques trade, aged 40+, who had accepted an invitation to mentor the winner and runners up of the Antiques Young Gun of the Year 2014 award whose names will be revealed at the awards celebration party on Friday 4 July 2014 at Alfies Antiques Market in Church Street, Marylebone, London NW8, by kind invitation of owner Bennie Gray.

The mentorship will be the main part of the prize package for the winning group who will benefit from a unique opportunity to work closely with some of the most knowledgeable and successful names in the business today.

The identity of the eleven had been closely guarded until the night amid much speculation from the trade wags who thought they knew who would be chosen and although a couple of accurate guesses were heard in the weeks running up to the Bath Fair, the full list remained a secret until Thursday evening.

Speaking on behalf of partners George Johnson and Mark Hill, Gail McLeod said: “We were determined to have a diverse group of mentors for our budding entrepreneurs, not just from a range of professional sectors but also from a broad spectrum of personalities. Our selection of mentors, who will be known as Antiques Heavy Artillery, offers our Antiques Young Guns a chance to meet and work with characters they might never encounter and this ethos is at the heart of the mentoring scheme. Experience in the antiques trade brings so much more than an academic knowledge – it is a trade peopled by big personalities who have so much to impart and we believe that personality is a big element in the success of so many of our antiques trade rock stars!

The winning entrants in the Antiques Young Gun of the Year award 2014 will not necessarily be matched by specialty – we will be looking for a good marriage of personality to bring out the best in the winning entrants.”

The names can now be revealed in alphabetical order!

Marc Allum BBC Antiques Roadshow, expert.

Stuart Atkinson Fontaine Decorative.

Lennox Cato Lennox Cato Antiques, also BBC Antiques Roadshow expert.

Mark Goodger Hampton Antiques

Ashley Gray Gray Modern + Contemporary Art

Patrick Macintosh Macintosh Antiques

Steven Moore BBC Antiques Roadshow expert.

Spencer Swaffer Spencer Swaffer Antiques

Ian Towning Bourbon Hanby Arcade & Dickinson's Real Deal

Nigel Worboys, Antiques are Green and Worboys Antiques

Robert Young Robert Young Antiques

Antiques Celebrity Special Award

We will be announcing a further award at the end of March 2014

Image: Mark Goodger of Hampton Antiques and Amanda Clarke of Clarke Pickett Antiques at the announcement party at Bath Decorative Antiques Fair

With a successful opening to the year at The Petersfield Antiques Fair with attendance up on last year and more younger visitors through the door, Penman Fairs will open the door at the Chelsea Antiques Fair from 19-23 March 2014.

The Fair will be opened at 2.30pm on Wednesday 19 by Chelsea Pensioner Mike Shanahan, who is also a volunteer for this year’s Fair charity Hearing Dogs for Deaf People. A percentage of sales from selected canine-related objects at the Fair will be going directly to the charity.

Of the thirty or so exhibitors, all but three from last year’s Fair have returned and among the new exhibitors is Muse – The Sculpture Company from the Cotswolds who showed at the fair a decade or so ago and will also be seen at the New Chelsea Art Fair 10-13 April, 2014 which is now organised by Ben Cooper as part of Penman Fairs (see below). London dealers Morgan Strickland Decorative Arts, specialists in Art Nouveau, Arts & Crafts, Aesthetic Movement, Art Deco and twentieth century design, who exhibited at Penman’s 20th Century Fair at the Town Hall in 1998 will also join the Fair this time.

A current regular with Penman Fairs is Art Deco specialist Jeroen Markies whose desirable collection of Art Deco furniture in pale timbers offers an interesting departure from the pale Nordic look which festoons many decorative fairs currently. Jeroen Markies also deals in a variety of sleek and stylish accessories of the Art Deco era and a wide range of Decorative Arts.

Another regular exhibitor, Brookes-Smith Antiques will be returning to the fair this time with their mix of stylish and accessible antique furniture for the homemaker. Rick Brooks-Smith told Antiques News & Fairs “The fair is always busy, the stock is well priced and we always sell to clients within a one-two mile radius of the Fair.”

Following the summer break (there will be no Mall Galleries Fair in August this year), Chelsea, Petersfield and Chester all have fairs again and Penman Fairs will be subject to some changes following a restructure of the business. Caroline Penman has announced that the company will be taking on two equal directors in Ben Cooper and Barbara Bell who will be based in Worcestershire, while Caroline will remain in Sussex. Caroline told Antiques News & Fairs: "There will be few visible changes, other than a new office address and phone number. I will still be at the fairs, though not necessarily for the whole duration - and will always be on hand at the end of the traditional phone number."

We wish the new directors best wishes for their new roles in this long established and respected company.

For a full exhibitor list and times see Penman Fairs website via TRADE INDEX.

Jeroen Markies
An unusual Art Deco drinks cupboard in walnut veneer with straight grain walnut banding. Double doors open to drink cupboard with drawers and shelf and original glass holders. Third faux door conceals side drawer and storage area. Lovely rich colouring and in wonderful original condition.
English, circa 1930 Price: £1,850
Brookes-Smith Antiques
A William IV walnut leather library chair, covered in fine brown button leather in keeping with the type of upholstery the chair would probably had when it was made circa 1830
Standing on wrythen turned leg and gilded castors with ceramic wheels.
c1840 Price: £2,650
More than ninety members of The BADA will head for the heart of Chelsea next week for the annual BADA Antiques & Fine Art Fair from 19-25 March 2014.

The location in the Duke of York Square, just off Sloane Square, is the perfect setting for what has become an world class event which has evolved from the original fair which merely offered members an opportunity to travel up from the provinces to sell to a London audience.

The BADA Fair is the only internationally renowned event exclusive to members of the British Antique Dealers’ Association, representing the UK’s leading specialists, and as such has built an unrivalled reputation for quality. All members of the prestigious British Antique Dealers’ Association, carefully selected for membership for their knowledge, integrity and expertise. The range of exhibits for sale is dazzling: furniture, paintings, clocks, ceramics, silver, jewellery and much more can all be found under one roof in the heart of Chelsea.

One of the highlight exhibits at this year's fair will be a magnificent regency period specimen marble and carved giltwood centre table, English, circa 1820 (shown) on show from Godson & Coles. The circular specimen marble top is profusely inlaid with 161 coloured stones in concentric rings, including imperial porphyry, granites, serpentine, alabaster and semi-precious stones, as well as marbles. The table comes from the estate of Dodie Rosekrans, the international society hostess, haute couture collector and fine arts supporter whose patronage was felt from the San Francisco Bay Area to Paris and Venice. She was also the daughter of Michael Naify the creator of United Artists.

This year the there will also be a unique loan exhibition of fifty military portrait miniatures entitled In Love and War: The Story of the Military Miniature Portrait. This exhibition of miniatures, all sourced from a private collection, focuses on British military miniatures and the stories they tell to those who understand them. Most sitters are officers as it was the middle and upper classes who were wealthy enough to be able to afford the artist’s fee. The loan exhibition will be the subject of one of the special events taking place on Friday 21 March 2014 at 11.15am - 'In Love & War' - A Guide to the Loan Exhibition With Colonel Peter Walton. Military Art Historian Peter Walton uses his knowledge of historical military dress to put these works of art into context to help identify the subjects.

Among the wide range of works from classic antique furniture to contemporary and modern pieces will be a rare pair of caddies, each with pagoda top and delightful acorn finial. Veneered in harewood, with various inlaid bandings.
Circa 1790, from Hampton Antiques priced at £15,500.

S & S Timms Antiques will bring a pair of Queen Anne period walnut side chairs, with elegant crested ladder backs and drop in seats. Standing on carved cabriole legs terminating on unusual trefoil feet. Circa 1710. One chair bears a 'Norman Adams Ltd' label to the underside of seat rail which shows that this pair of chairs was retailed by the once highly respected dealer located on Hans Road, Knightsbridge.

Absolute Taste at the Cellini Restaurant and The Duke of York Brasserie will be providing food and refreshments.

For full exhibitor list and times see BADA Antiques & Fine Art Fair web site via TRADE INDEX

Patrick Van der Vorst’s very successful on-line auction site Value My Stuff is to expand with the launch on 19 March 2014 of Auction My Stuff.

Patrick told Antiques News & Fairs: “When I started Value My Stuff in 2009, I wanted to provide an accessible service for anyone who wanted to find out the value of their items. I found that more and more people were asking Value My Stuff for advice on where the best place would be to sell their items once discovering their value, so as a result, I decided to diversify our service offering by providing an online auction platform to those looking to sell their items in a secure, transparent and unintimidating environment”. Now you can value and sell!

Value My Stuff has now valued over half a million items to date in addition to accumulating over 400,000 customers with over 50% of clients based in the United States. This heavy duty client base will now be able to put their items up for auction, once valued, in an eBay style marketplace where all items are vetted by experts and where market value is dictated not only by demand, but actual worth. With no listing fees and only 10% commission payable when sold, Auction My Stuff certainly offers an affordable way to sell and buy in an international collectors marketplace.

To celebrate launch of Auction My Stuff, an extremely rare collection of personal memorabilia from the family of Marlene Dietrich has been acquired. The Marlene Dietrich Sale will include 250+ lots being consigned by three grandchildren of Marlene Dietrich. The trove of Dietrich's belongings that were left to her three grandchildren includes one of Dietrich's iconic black tuxedos, sunglasses, a typewriter, cigarette lighters, photographs, clocks and letters. Some of the items are currently being exhibited at the Hollywood Museum in Los Angeles prior to the sale.

J. David Riva, the Grandson of Marlene Dietrich said in a forward for the catalogue “The many varied and special items represent some of the most personal and intimate keepsakes of Marlene, given to us, her family. Many are in themselves windows into her life and personality, and her generosity to her family made it possible for several pieces to survive the test of time. Marlene’s love of cooking, art, literature and democracy are all represented here, as well as some incredibly rare items like a Tuxedo worn when out in Vegas, and a letter from Ernest Hemingway.”

It is the frank and fruity love letter from Ernest Hemingway – at times veering into the rather racy and rambling, which has captured the attention of the world press – the item has appeared everywhere from prime spot on ABC News, The LA Times and The Hollywood Reporter in the US to South China Morning Post. Here in the UK, J David Riva will be interviewed on BBC Breakfast on Wednesday 29 March.

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