|ANTIQUES YOUNG GUNS MEET THE ANTIQUES HEAVY ARTILLERY |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
Stuart Atkinson Fontaine Decorative
Lennox Cato Lennox Cato Antiques
, also BBC Antiques Roadshow
Mark Goodger Hampton Antiques
Ashley Gray Gray Modern + Contemporary Art
Patrick Macintosh Macintosh Antiques
Steven Moore BBC Antiques Roadshow
Spencer Swaffer Spencer Swaffer Antiques
Ian Towning Bourbon Hanby Arcade
& Dickinson's Real Deal
, 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
: Mark Goodger
of Hampton Antiques
and Amanda Clarke
of Clarke Pickett Antiques
at the announcement party at Bath Decorative Antiques Fair
|BATH - A VINTAGE YEAR |
With a 25th birthday party, an influx of some seriously good newcomers joining the backbone of original exhibitors who have created the club like atmosphere of this very special annual event, the Bath Decorative Antiques Fair
is heading for a champagne cork popping, crowd pleasing, vintage event from 6-9 March 2014.
Now into its second year under the ownership of Cooper Events,
the fair has retained its essential star core exhibitors like Jon Cornall, Julian Carr Linford
and Alexander Kunha, Terry and Marie Kelly, Ark Angel Tetbury, Chris Jenkins, James Gould of Apollo Antiques, Cherrie and Michael Todd, Appledore Antiques, David Ford of The Trading Room and Hudson Grove
while attracting some
big names of the London decorative trade for the first time including Josephine Ryan, Jackdawes, Aeology
, Lillie Road duo sharing one of the largest stands in the fair Antiques 269
specialising in mirrors and decorative accessories and architectual antiques reclamation dealer John Wiseman
who also speciliases in period English and European fire surrounds. Also joining for the first time will be leading treen and decorative dealer David Levi
of Portobello Road.
Other exciting newcomers from around the UK include Smithson Antiques
, a resident at Hemswell Antiques
in Lincolnshire, with his exceptional collection of kitchenalia and country furniture, Elham Antiques
of Kent and Nicki Page
who trades at The Swan in Tetsworth, who both have a signature Bath look with decorative furniture and accessories. Adding a flourish of Nordic glamour will be Casa Nova Antiques from Denmark who also trade at Blanchard Collective
For the first time the fair will host an Antiques Young Guns
pavilion where Amanda Rait
of Clarke Pickett Antiques
showing period Country House upholstery, mirrors and accessories and George Johnson
of Lady Kentmores Antiques
, who will bedeck his stand from floor to ceiling with a myriad collection of the bizarre and decorative in true showman style, both from Scotland, will join their fellow Young Guns James Gooch
of Doe and Hope
based in Bedfordshire, showing a heady and moody collection of curios, medical and macabre objects, library furniture and religious relics, Jason Clarke
, from Berkshire, who takes an academic approach to his buying with a collection of eclectic pieces noted for a certain detail or embellishment and Daniel Larsson
, hailing from Helsingborg Sweden, who deals in period Stockholm pieces and decorative Swedish furniture both painted and fruitwood.
Other enticements at the fair include the presence of celebrity guests including Judith Miller
who will be assisting Anna Brady
of the Antiques Trade Gazette
and Robin Coleman
former owner of the fair, to cut the ribbon and birthday cake and officially open the 25th Bath Decorative Antiques Fair.
Large European (French or German) carved and painted wooden Poodle.19th century probably early.
Very rare in wood, original painted surface, good condition, (minor chips, tail broken off and restored on)
Price on request.
A superb and atmospheric Georgian Welsh pine press cupboard dry scraped to traces of its original and early paint, salmon pink-terracotta and distemper colours. Fielded and shaped panels. Drawer with lockplates and originally no handles. Original shelves and catches to interior in original terracotta paint. Two piece. North Wales, c.1760 Price: £2850
Lady Kentmores Antiques
Double Headed sideshow gaff chick, this item harks back to the old carnivale freakshows,amaze your friends with this cute chick with a split personality. Price £175.
Clarke Pickett Antiques
A Rare set of x 6 Gentleman`s Painted Armchairs Georgian circa 1780
With original horse hair crescent shaped back rests and x 3 original squab cushions. Some old repairs but all joints strong and all cane intact no holes or tears. All paintwork original. Price £2750
Doe and Hope
A Wonderful Late Gothic Period Italian Gesso & Softwood Carved ‘Ecce Homo’ Figure of Christ c.1500. Price £2900.
For full exhibitor list, tickets and times see Bath Decorative Antiques Fair
via TRADE INDEX
|SIR STUART ROSE WOWS THE LAPADA CONFERENCE |
|NEWARK ANTIQUES SPREADS THE NET |
of Newark Antiques
will be taking the business to a wider audience with the launch of Nicholas Mellors Auctioneers
which will see regular sales taking place downstairs at Newark Antiques.
The inaugural sale will take place on Thursday 27 February from 10 am and will be hosted by The Saleroom.com
With a background in the auction business, Nick has drawn on his vast black book to bring together some outstanding consignments on sale across a wide range for this inaugural sale including this remarkable Black Forest table complete with standing dog!
See Newark Antiques
web site via TRADE INDEX
for more details.
|ANTIQUES YOUNG GUN OF THE YEAR 2014 |
The eagerly awaited confirmation of the Antiques Young Gun
of the Year awards 2014 can now be revealed! The team behind this fast growing and now very high profile movement, designed to promote members of the antiques trade, aged 39 and under, George Johnson
, Mark Hill
and editor of Antiques News and Fairs
Gail McLeod, are delighted to announce that the awards ceremony and party will take place on Friday 4 July 2014
and will be hosted by Alfies Antiques Market
- the iconic London antiques landmark founded by Bennie Gray
Bennie Gray told Antiques News & Fairs: "These days the politicians are all saying it’s the entrepreneurial spirit that will save our economy. Which I think is true - of course the antiques trade has always been one of the most fertile breeding grounds for entrepreneurs, especially those with a fine eye for design. So it is a great privilege and a great pleasure for our antique markets to welcome and support the Young Guns. We wish them well.”
Alfies is the perfect fit for the Antiques Young Guns awards, having been generous supporters in 2013, donating two booths in the market for two months as part of the prize package.
The awards ceremony and party will take place in the Rooftop Kitchen Restaurant when the organisers will announce not only the winners and runners up but also which winning Young Gun will be matched with which of the twelve mentors, aka Antiques Heavy Artillery
The names of the Antiques Heavy Artillery will be announced at the party to celebrate the 25th Bath Decorative Antiques Fair
on Thursday 6 March 2014.
This group of twelve has been drawn from the most experienced and well known members of the trade across all sectors, aged 40 and over, and each has agreed to donate at least three days of their time over a twelve month period, from 4 July, to mentor one winning Antiques Young Gun.
Details of the prize package and how to get involved will be released at The Bath Decorative Antiques Fair.
|YOUNG GUNS @ LAPADA CONFERENCE 2014 |LAPADA
and Antiques Young Guns
join forces on Twitter to host an hour of live chat - join the party from 12 noon on Tuesday 25 February the day after the conference.
of P A Oxley Antique Clocks
a long standing member of both LAPADA
and Antiques Young Guns
is attending the LAPADA conference as a guest of LAPADA on behalf of the Antiques Young Guns and will be live tweeting his way through the day's proceedings. Follow him for the inside track on this prestigious event.
Then join the Twitter party on the following day from 12-1pm for a lively and friendly debate on the art and antiques trade today. All are welcome.
|CUTTING EDGE DISPLAYS AT CAMBRIDGE GLASS FAIR |
Visitors to the Cambridge Glass Fair
on 24 February 2014, will be able to meet some of the UK’s leading glass dealers whose specialist areas include Art Nouveau and Deco glass, 18th century and Victorian glass, pressed glass, Bohemian glass and twentieth century collectable glass.
One of the most enthusiastic couples to appear on the fairs circuit nationwide is M & D Moir
. Mike and Debbie are always keen to share their knowledge and they seem to unearth something rare and enticing for each event. Their web site and Facebook pages are constantly up-dated and are tantalising sources of their latest finds with expert and well documented background information.
A current find which will be on view at Cambridge will be four rare Fritz Heckert champagne glasses c1883-8, (shown) details below.
Held at Linton Village College in Cambridgeshire, this twice-yearly event features exhibitions, demonstrations and book signings and the organisers Specialist Glass Fairs
go to great efforts to provide an absorbing foyer exhibition featuring a particular glass collecting area. This time the exhibition is being curated by Maurice Wimpory
and features examples of the twentieth century production of the Harbridge factory in the West Midlands and examples of cut glass produced by Watford Glass. Neither of these two factories is well known to British collectors as most of the production was destined for the export market.
In addition, Whitefriars.com, the online collectors’ forum, will be staging their own display entitled ‘Full Lead Crystal 1978 – 80’.
Further excitements will be the display of flameworked jewellery from Rowan van der Holt
and Ema Kelly
where visitors will also be able to see Allister Malcolm, Vic Bamforth
and many other renowned studio makers. Ely Stained Glass Museum
will be represented as will the Paperweight Collectors Circle, the Glass Association, the Glass Circle
and the Guild of Glass Engravers.
M & D Moir
Fritz Heckert - Four rare Fritz Heckert champagne glasses c1883-8 from left to right
1. Birds and face, Heckert codes to bottom. Price £98
2. Multi-coloured with birds, unsigned. Price £75
3. Flowers some gilding loss to top edge, unsigned, Price £62
4. Black and white
Another irresistible item on the M & D Moir web site is a pair of Baccarat cameo scent bottles; black-purple on blue and gilded, with cut crystal stoppers, c1900 c 6 inches tall. Price £360 each (available separately)
From a selection on the web site of regular exhibitor Neil Chaney - The World is Made of Glass
: A very large, Victorian, Bohemian, heavily cut and gilded, "Bristol" Blue decanter and stopper dating from the late 19th century, c1875. Such decanters were primarily made in Bohemia for the Persian market, priced at £275.
For full exhibitor list, tickets and times see Cambridge Glass Fair
web site via TRADE INDEX
|STAND TO ATTENTION FOR THE LARGEST ANTIQUES CENTRE IN EUROPE! |
They say scale is everything and if this is true Hemswell Antiques Centre
is the place to beat. Already home to three hundred plus dealers from the UK, France, Australia, USA, Ireland and Spain in its four centres at the former RAF base and attracting 4,000 visitors a week, the business has now expanded with the opening of a magnificent new centre, transforming a defunct building, the former RAF Guardroom on the site. The new centre was unveiled on 27 December 2013 after months of building work.
The two-storey Guardroom houses eighty new dealers from across the UK, Ireland, Spain and France – half of whom are new dealers to Hemswell – as well as a brand new coffee shop.
The project represents a significant investment by MD Robert Miller
and has created ten new jobs at the Hemswell-based business.
Robert Miller told Antiques News & Fairs
“It was a redundant building that needed new life breathing into it and that is what we have achieved. The new building is the gateway to the site. It’s created a real wow factor for people coming to Hemswell and should be a positive step for all businesses here. It has taken a lot of investment and a lot of time to get the building to the point it’s at today but it’s been worth it. We are confident the Guardroom will attract thousands of new visitors to Hemswell.”
The design of the new building, with its atrium style central area, 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.
For more information see Hemswell Antiques Centre
via TRADE INDEX
|CELEBRATING DECORATIVE ARTS AT CHESTER |
A sentimental momento of hard times will be on sale at The Chester Antiques & Fine Art Fair
held at the at the County Grandstand, Chester Racecourse 13-16 February 2014. Glass specialist Jeanette Hayhurst
will show a rare glass tumbler engraved with an image of the ‘Governor Fenner’, an emigrant ship sailing for America with Irish farmers and their familes. It commemorates the tragic loss of the ship when it collided off Hollyhead in 1845 with a steamer, the Nottingham, sailing from Dublin to Liverpool and around 123 passengers, comprising seventeen crew, travelling families and children, were lost when the ship sank.
Such glasses were often produced and would have been sold locally around the area closest to where disasters took place. Today they are collected as mementoes of historic disasters. Mining disasters and other tragic events were similarly remembered. This particular glass will be on sale for £345.
Now in its 26th year the Chester Fair is a flagship event for Penman Antique Fairs
offers a wide range of exhibitors an established event which attracts regular visitors from across the North.
Owner Caroline Penman
told Antiques News & Fairs
: "After a busy autumn event in October 2013, interest in art and antiques is returning strongly. It’s now more than 100 years since the Arts & Crafts period, when the Decorative Arts enjoyed an explosion of popularity across Europe, followed by the Art Nouveau and Art Deco eras. Specialists in these periods are joining us at the Chester Show, bringing a range of rare and desirable pieces, including ceramics, glass, metalwork, sculpture, decorative furniture, silver and jewellery. It’s very exciting!’
Furniture specialists Church Street Antiques
from Altrincham will be showing a fine pair of Swedish Art Deco armchairs in satin birch with white leather upholstery, straight from a typical Bertie Wooster apartment, priced at £1,950.
from Lancashire will be showing glass and bronze sculpture including a superb cameo and enamel vase by Daum Nancy decorated with Solanées flowers and leaves, priced at £4,950. Solo will also be featuring an Arts and Crafts Newlyn copper inkwell, circa 1905, decorated with squid, octopus and cuttlefish designs, attributed to John Drew Mackenzie (1861-1918), at £795.
Another exhibitor who draws large audiences at fairs nationwide is Art of the Imagination
who are specialists in original work of illustrators including Arthur Rackham. Image shows original illustration by Arthur Rackham for 'Stories of King Arthur' published by A L Haydon, c1910, watercolour on paper. Signed and dated 1902.
Other specialists at the fair include Graham Reed
who will be showing a range of 19th and 20th century watercolours and oils by many of the most collectable artists, including Sylvester Stannard, Louis Wain and John McDougal. Baron Fine Art
from Chester also return with paintings by Northwest artists. Jo Bennett Fine Paintings
from Manchester promises new works by local artist Geoffrey Key among others. Ludlow gallery Rowles Fine Art
will be showing a number of Victorian and Modern British paintings including works by Helen Allingham, Montague Dawson, Helen Bradley and Marcel
Early English pottery features on the stand of Roger DeVille
, early arms and armour on the stand of Garth Vincent Antiques
from Oswestry promise a highly collectable silver and there will be a wide selection of jewellery on offer from Plaza, Howell’s, Trivette, Terry Robert
and Shapiro & Co.
Fashion aficianados will welcome a display of cocktail dresses and fur coats from Fashion Fandango.
For tickets and times see Penman Antique Fairs
via TRADE INDEX
|MERE - A LUXURY WEEKEND |
There may be a perception that Antiques Young Guns
deal the extreme end of the retro and Mid C furniture sector but the truth is that some of the country’s better known dealers in formal furniture are in fact firmly in the Young Guns age bracket and active members of this vibrant community.
One such Young Gun is Robbie Timms
of S&S Timms Antiques
who is regularly seen at some of the UK’s premier antiques fairs.
Robbie’s next outing is the The Antique Dealers’ Fair Luxury Antiques Weekend
at The Mere Golf Resort in Cheshire where he will join thirty or so fellow LAPADA
members to exhibit at this luxury resort within easy reach of Manchester, Chester and Liverpool.
The Timms' stand will be graced with the usual display of formal period furniture of quality – largely domestic pieces which can be imagined in their end setting by the visitors to the various fairs he attends.
The fair is bijoux in style and a balanced collection of dealers will show original art works of local interest including Lowry pieces from Neptune Fine Art
and Helen Bradley from Jo Bennet Original Pictures
, jewellery from new to the fair Anderson Jones
and regular exhibitor T Robert
, silver, glass, books, contemporary sculpture, oriental rugs and carpets and of great appeal currently, vintage designer clothing from Midwinter Antiques
An Unusually Small Late Regency Mahogany Window Seat Hall
Bench Having Well Figured Seat With Applied Rolls To Ends
Raised On Elegant Turned And Tapering Legs £1950.00
A Fine Pair Of Regency Mahogany Hall Chairs Of Extremely
Unusual Design Having Swept & Ribbed Backs With Central Set
Bullseye And Foliate Carving Flanked by C Scroll Supports
Standing On Elegant Moulded Sabre Legs £4500.00
For times and tickets see ADFL
web site via TRADE INDEX
|STARS ARE IN ALIGNMENT FOR WINTER BATTERSEA |
As existing stars of the Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair
21-26 January 2014, expand their stands to make an even bigger impact, so rising stars of the decorative trade join the fair for the first time, and this landmark event evolves as a touchstone for the fortunes of the decorative antiques trade.
have enjoyed serious success at Battersea year on year for six years with their high profile front of hall stand crammed with the macabre and the beautiful, the rare and must have objects and the useful, sometimes utilitarian furniture dressed to impress. Their stand for Winter Battersea will be expanded by 10sq meters to allow even more room for their trademark Cabinet
of Curiosities and other delights found on their regular trips across France. The Fontaine Boys have worked hard to promote their home town of Margate having recently raised in excess of £20k to restore the iconic 1934 Grade II* listed disused cinema building with a Glitzy Fundraising Art Auction. Their energetic presence in the town has had a positive effect on the area with a number of new calls for buyers in the region.
A rising star joining the one hundred and forty exhibitors at the fair for the first time is Amanda Pickett
of Clarke Pickett Antiques
from Rait, Perthshire, dealing in 18th & 19th century Country House antiques, Howard & Sons upholstered furniture, mirrors and decorative objects. Amanda has been part of the Antiques Young Guns
scene and was a finalist in the Young Gun of the Year award 2013.
Returning this time is Patrick Macintosh
of Macintosh Antiques
in Sherborne, Dorset. A regular exhibitor for many years, Patrick returns to share a stand with Richard Nadin
. Together they will show a wide selection of Country House and Colonial furniture for the metropolitan and country interior.
The foyer exhibition for the Winter Fair has been inspired the current Jane Austen bi-centenary bonanza (Pride & Prejudice was published in 1813, Mansfield Park in 1814, Emma in 1815…)Miss Austen At Home: From Mansfield Park to Chawton Cottage.
The display will feature two Regency interior styles the author would have been familiar with and will be curated by Helen Linfield
of Wakelin & Linfield
, one of the UK’s leading experts on 18th and 19th century furniture. All items, which are for sale, will be drawn from exhibitors at the Fair.
- Cabinet of Curiosities
A Giltwood Overmantle Thomas Johnson Mirror
A fine burr wood Campaign chest
For full exhibitor list and times see Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair
web site via TRADE INDEX
|George at Bath |
|OLYMPIC START TO NEW YEAR AT PETERSFIELD |
Who knew that the Olympic Games once hosted art competitions in the years from 1912 to 1948? The awards featured works inspired by sport-related themes in a range of categories, including painting, architecture, literature, music and sculpture. The events were inspired by Pierre de Coubertin, who wished to combine the competitions in sports with competitions in the arts. The awards were dropped after 1948 because of the difficulty of determining the amateur status of the artists.
Sir William Nicholson (1872-1949), won an Olympic gold medal for his work in the 1928 Olympics in Amsterdam in the graphic works section of the Art competitions for his Almanach de douze sports 1898, the French edition of the Almanac of Twelve Sports, published 30 years earlier. He was subsequently knighted in 1936.
One of the exhibitors at The Petersfield Antiques Fair
organised by Penman Antique Fairs
31 January to 2 February 2014, art dealer Graham Bentley
who trades as Graham Bentley Watercolours
from Kenilworth, will be showing a group of Sir William Nicholson’s lithographs from ‘An Almanac of Twelve Sports’ which were taken from original wood-engravings, priced from £165 each. Graham told Antiques News and Fairs:
‘Many of these images may be familiar to visitors since they were popular images in their day. They are strongly defined works of art and very evocative of their period’.
Other exhibitors at the fair this time will be furniture specialists Cantelo, Yellow Lantern Antiques, Sue Killinger
and Julia Harrington
, art dealers Michael St John
and Graham Reed
, glass specialist Richard Hoppe
, Art Nouveau and Art Deco sculpture dealer Hickmet Fine Art
and jewellery specialists Terry Robert
and Shapiro & Co
. Also showing will be Olde Time
with early clocks and barometers, Corinne Soffe
with a selection of early 19th century porcelain and snuff bottles and Pars Rugs
Turkish, Persian, Indian and Chinese wool and silk carpets and rugs.
For times and tickets see Penman Antiques Fairs
via TRADE INDEX
|ANTIQUES ARE GREEN RE-LAUNCHES TO ACCLAIM |
The Antiques are Green movement founded six years ago by Nigel Worboys
of Worboys Antiques
has been reconfigured as a brand new antiques trade association in response to an overwhelming level of global support for the initiative.
The Antiques are Green
site has been totally relaunched and went live on 3 January, 2014, offering a number of unique features for all sectors of the trade and consumers.
A unique feature for members of the new association will be that each year each every member will receive a certificate which can be added to their own web site or displayed at their premises to confirm that a tonne of Co2 has been offset in their name and a tree has been planted in the The Great Rift Valley, Kenya
by the Antiques are Green Trade Association thereby helping to offset their carbon emissions and combat climate change.
Nigel Worboys told Antiques News & Fairs
: "We have been delighted to receive nearly seventy membership applications from the UK and overseas in the first few days following our Newsletter
to alert the trade, and we look forward to welcoming many more as the launch programme continues. We aim to work in conjunction with the other trade associations in the UK and overseas to offer the widest possible benefit to our members. Our affiliation with Antiques News & Fairs will add additional benefits to our members and advertisers."
Membership is open to all sectors of the trade with full membership open to dealers and auctioneers and associated membership open to affiliated trades including fair organisers, publishers, shippers, restorers,insurers and professionals.
Antiques are Green logo strictly for members only!
For full details see Antiques are Green
web site via TRADE INDEX
|GALLOWAY BACK AT THE OLD SWAN |
Harrogate based organisers Galloway Antiques Fairs
return to home turf for the first of their antiques and fine art fairs of 2014 at The Old Swan Hotel in Harrogate which is well known for being Agatha Christie's retreat during her disappearance in 1926. The hotel stands in acres of private gardens, close to the bustling town centre and Montpellier Quarter, and offers ample free car parking to visitors at the front and rear of the hotel.
Post Christmas visitors will be looking for some cheer in the drear month of January and they will not be disappointed with sparkling jewellery both period and fun costume jewellery which is enjoying huge popularity at the moment, along with silver and glass, ceramics.
Among the thirty exhibitors will be jewellery dealers Scarab, Saul Greenstein
and Anderson Jones
. Scarab’s new web site is a testament to their attention to detail with exceptional photography showing off their range of jewellery, glass and collectible pieces for the home.
s from Aberdeen, regulars with Galloway Fairs, always have a super selection of Scottish and Scottish provincial silver, and local dealer Jack Shaw Ltd
from Ilkley will have more of a choice of antique table silver, canteens being his speciality.
With the emphasis on old school elegance, Mark Buckley
from Skipton will have a range of quality inlaid Victorian and Edwardian town furniture in walnut, rosewood and mahogany, and in contrast, Adrian Harris Antiques
from Sedbergh and Country Oak Antiques
from Harrogate will bring along a much more country feel with their early period oak furniture.
from Yorkshire who will have a wide range of 19th and 20th century ceramics, specialising in silver overlay porcelain from the mid 20th century. Local dealer Bryan Bowden
of Harrogate will have a selection of British pottery and porcelain for sale, Bryan specialises in Northern ceramics (pre 1850).
Fine art will be offered by J C Fine Art
of West Yorkshire, Ruth Hudson
from Wakefield and local dealer Graham Reed Fine Art
while more general dealers will include Elisabeth Glen Antiques
from Norfolk, Jane Kirsopp Reed Antiques
from Newcastle, Village-on-the-Web
from York and Redbusart
A silver Gilt Victorian Inkstand dates 1868 made in London by George Fox will be available from Jack Shaw Ltd
A stylish contemporary cuff by Deluxe in sliver tone metal and has a line of faceted triangular shaped paste stones running around the top and bottom edge of the cuff in alternating colours of clear and grey. Signed. Priced at £195 from Scarab Antiques
For full exhibitor list and times see Galloway Antique Fairs
web site via TRADE INDEX
|BLOW AWAY THE COBWEBS IN THE COTSWOLDS |Sue Ede
, owner of Cooper Events
, who has been running the Cotswolds Decorative Antiques & Fine Art Fair
3-5 January 2014, (formerly Westonbirt) for more than ten years told Antiques News and Fairs
“This is always one of our most popular events of the winter. After the festive break, people want to indulge themselves and turn their minds to redecorating and furnishing their homes. So a trip to our decorative, fine art and antiques fair always proves appealing.”
Joining the fair this time will be Granta Fine Art
from Cambridge who will soon be seen at another Cooper Events' high profile fair, Bath Decorative Antiques Fair
6-9 March, 2014. Granta Fine Art catalogue focuses on the development of a British tradition in the 20th century, not restricting their collection to the narrow categories of Modern British or Contemporary but including works from the highly influential European Impressionist and Expressionist schools. The result is an eclectic mix of paintings and drawings spanning the 20th century from its roots in the 19th century to some of the more extreme expressions of the 21st.
Also on show from other specialist dealers from across the UK will be a wide variety silver, jewellery, glass, clocks, sculpture, and period and 20th century furniture. Continental glass vases, scent bottles and decanter sets, Art Deco bronze figurines, chic 1960’s lamps, Lalique glass, exquisite Japanese carved figures, Victorian oil paintings, 1950’s silver and glass porcelain, folk art needlework, Persian carpets and many decorative items to appeal to the homemaker and impulse buyer.
from the Granta travelling catalogue, two paintings to improve the spirits in the dark days of January –
Jon Copnall 1928-2007, Flat Fields Ibiza "1956", Oil on Board
Olive Cook 1916-2002, Municipal Gardeners, Oil on Board.
For full details of times and exhibitors of Cotswolds Antiques & Decorative Fair and Bath Decorative Antiques Fair, see Cooper Events
web site via TRADE INDEX
|WISHING ALL OUR READERS A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A WONDERFUL NEW YEAR! |
|LAPADA LOSES LEADING LADY |Sarah Percy-Davis
has announced she is stepping down from her role as CEO of LAPADA
in March 2014 to spend more time with her young family.
Interviews for the new Chief Executive will begin early in the New Year. Sarah Percy-Davis will personally oversee the transition period to ensure a seamless hand-over of responsibilities and it is anticipated that she will remain closely involved with LAPADA as she begins her new role as an arts consultant.
, Chairman of LAPADA: “Sarah has made an immense contribution to the vibrant development of the organisation during the past ten years. Whilst she will undoubtedly be a hard act to follow, we are fortunate to have in place an established and dynamic LAPADA management team. We have a fantastic programme for 2014, which includes our annual conference at the House of Lords and the celebrations for LAPADA’s 40th anniversary.“
Under Sarah Percy-Davis’s management, LAPADA has been at the forefront in setting new standards within the trade, introducing and promoting innovative and successful contemporary initiatives that have brought a fresh approach to collecting, and to buying and selling antiques.
During her tenure LAPADA launched its hugely successful LAPADA Fair, now in its eighth year and located in its prestigious home in Berkeley Square. The Object of the Year competition, the launch of LAPADA Modern, the substantial overhaul of the LAPADA website and the release of four Apps
for Smart Phones have seen Sarah further establish a contemporary, fresh face for the Association and the trade.
On her decision to stand down, Sarah Percy-Davis: “After ten hugely rewarding years at the helm of LAPADA, we have taken a family decision to relocate from Central London to provide a better quality of life for my family and it is inevitably with a heavy heart that I begin to hand over the reins. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the many of you that have made my time as Chief Executive so incredibly special. I will look forward to continuing my warm association with LAPADA.”
We will greatly miss Sarah who has been a huge help and influence in many of the projects and initiatives we have worked on together, not least Antiques Young Guns
and we hope that she will be able to remain involved in some way going forward. We wish her all the very best for the future.
|MAYFAIR MAGIC |
One of the most salubrious addresses in the heart of London is a good starting point for a luxury level antiques fair and it proved to be a brilliant ploy for Ingrid Nilson
of The Antique Dealers’ Fair Limited
in 2013 with the cocktail that all organisers aspire to: lots of sales, lots of visitors and the icing on the cake, lots of compliments leading to a full house for the 2014 Mayfair Antiques and Fine Art Fair
from 9-12 January at the The London Marriott Hotel, Grosvenor Square, London W1K 6JP.
The impressive exhibitor list comprising of LAPADA
members only, promises to entice the well heeled international audience to return from last year. Ingrid Nilson told Antiques News and Fairs
: “Visitors travelled from various parts of the world and from around the UK to attend our first London fair. We were proud when they remarked that is was a totally unique event, full of interesting works, informal with a lovely relaxed atmosphere. We aim to build on this reputation and feel we have a great mix of dealers, who can help us achieve an even better offering for visitors in January.”
New exhibitors for 2014 include Mayfair Gallery
and Wimpole Antiques
, as well as Mayflower Antiques
from Worcestershire, ceramics expert Philip Carrol
from North Yorkshire, The Blackbrook Gallery
from Leicestershire and Smith & Robinson
from West London. The majority of the 2013 roster will return including WR Harvey & Co (Antiques) Ltd
from Oxfordshire who will bring an impressive William and Mary period oyster veneered kingwood kneehole desk by Thomas Pistor of Ludgate Hill, c1690, priced at £50,000.(shown)
Art Deco specialist Jeroen Markies
will show cocktail cabinets, lighting and smaller items, as well as an Art Deco Cloud Suite by Harry & Lou Epstein, comprising a sofa and two armchairs with burr walnut surround backs in finest quality Italian ivory leather, c1935, selling for £13,850 for the suite and an Art Deco desk in sycamore, walnut and ebonised, H 76.5cm W 107cm, D 53cm, English, c 1930, price £1,850.
Mark J West
will bring a spectacular large Bohemian glass tankard, beautifully engraved with ‘The Last Supper’ and annotated ‘zum Andenhen an Franz Deichmann’ selling at £1,280. (shown). Galerie Arabesque
will bring exquisite textiles, sculptures and objets d’art, including a pair of early 18th century carved wood pillars, Portuguese, c1700, £7,800 the pair. T Robert’s
selection of antique jewellery and objets d’art includes an 18ct gold Holbeinesque emerald, enamel and multi-gem set pendant, c1870, £8,850, (shown). For those who entertain large numbers of people, Walton House Antiques
of Mere, Wiltshire, has a superb set of 20 William IV satinbirch armchairs, c 1835, priced at £22,000.
Firmly established on the smart London fairs circuit is Hampton Antiques
whose exemplary stock of exquisite boxes and accessories recently won an award for one of the best in show at Olympia
Olympia, will return to Mayfair with a portable selection of goodies including an Art Deco silver tea set with ivory handles by Stower & Wragg Ltd, 1938, Sheffield shown with an Art Deco silver tray by Frank Cobb & Co, Sheffield, priced at £5,950 the set,(shown).
Another well known returnee, S&S Timms
will bring a selection from their stock of period and practical furniture and accessories.
Fine art and sculpture will be well represented by Charles Plante Fine Art , Cambridge Fine Art, Atelier
from Jersey, Paul Mayhew Fine Art
and Ashleigh House Fine Art, Garret & Hurst Sculpture
and Art of the Imagination
With an award winning bar and Gordon Ramsay Maze Grill upstairs, there is much to tempt at this recent addition to the Antique Dealers’ Fair Limited cannon!
For full exhibitor list and times see ADFL Ltd
web site via TRADE INDEX
|BAUBLES BANGLES AND BOURBONS! |
The delightful and flamboyant Ian Towning
talks to George Johnson
about life, celebrity, and keeping afloat on the King's Road since the 1970s, in the first of our new feature series In Conversation with George
George will be talking to a variety of trade personalities in the New Year, details to be announced!
|COPIOUS MARK BRINGS US CANNY COLLECTORS |
|THE MOST SPARKLING CALENDAR OF THE NEW YEAR! |
Our very own Diva of the King's Road and tv personality Ian Towning News
, co-owner of Bourbon Hanby Arcade
, the bijou and luxurious antiques arcade opposite Chelsea Old Town Hall, is a tireless worker for charity and his latest fund raising escapade will be to donate some of the proceeds from his very own calendar to the White Lodge Centre for Disabled Children
The calendar is available from Bourbon Hanby
and a signed copy is just £10.95.
Ian tells us that sales have hit the roof so fans should get their orders in quickly!
Editors' note: George Johnson
will be talking to Ian Towning who will be his first guest in the long awaited series "In Conversation with George" due out before Christmas.
|ALFIES ANNUAL CHRISTMAS BASH |
On Thursday 12th December Alfies Antiques Market
will be once again opening its doors for exclusive after-hours Christmas Shopping. Now in its 36th year, the Alfies Christmas Shopping Party offers one of a kind presents from over seventy-five independent antique and vintage dealers, all under one roof.
The event takes place from 5pm-9pm on the 12th December with complimentary festive drinks and treats from the Roof Top Kitchen, musical delights from the Haywood Sisters and four floors full of original gifts. Other attractions include the chance to take part in a snow globe making workshop in the Handmade by You studio or to have an in store tarot reading.
From charming stocking fillers, vintage fashion & textiles, costume jewellery, and ever popular Scandinavian design pieces, Alfies makes seasonal shopping easy with a personal shopper on site to guide you to the perfect gift.
See Alfies Antiques Market
web site via TRADE INDEX
for full details.
|TEMPTATION COMES TO HARROGATE |The Pavilions of Harrogate Antiques & Fine Art Fair
29 November – 1 December 2013, will host forty three exhibitors including a handful of new names Ancient and Period
, fresh from a very successful outing at Sue Ede’s Cooper Events
fair at Bath in October, dealing in Mid C designer pieces and period antique furniture, Billy Rae
from Aberdeen dealing in silver and jewellery and Howell’s Antiques
of Lancashire also dealing in jewellery.
The impending Christmas season has encouraged a number of dealers in jewellery, silver and bjouterie to the fair this time including Shapiro
of Grays Antiques
in Mayfair, Solo, S&A Marsh
and Terry Robert
of Norfolk and Scarab
With their brand new and glamorous new web site hot off the press, Alan and Sue Poultney
who own Scarab Antiques
, will be heading to Harrogate, one of the key northern fairs, to show off their latest collection of irresistible jewellery and 20th century collectibles.
The new sleek web site is the perfect backdrop for their superb collection and has been designed to offer their faithful clients an all embracing experience with “The Scarab Club” which gives early access to new stock releases and the finder services and an important note with this busy pair – news of their fairs schedule!
Furniture, silver, a variety of artworks including period oils through to Mid Century posters, maps, early pottery and bronzes will be on display from a selection of regulars at the fair including Melody Antiques, Art of the Imagination, Brian Ashbee Antiques, J Dickinson, Jack Shaw & Co, M&N Oriental Rugs, Neptune Fine Art, Redbus Fine Art, Plumb’s Fine Art
and Roger de Ville Antiques.
A boxed silver & pearl surprise egg by Stuart Devlin
A very collectable silver, gilded silver and pearl surprise egg by Stuart Devlin. The top lifts off to reveal a plant with cascading gilded silver leaves and pearl flower heads. Hallmarked for 1977 including the Silver Jubilee hallmark and stamped with the number 79 which corresponds with the accompanying certificate that confirms that the egg is no. 79 of 100 pieces. Presented in its original box.
Ticket price £495
A faux black onyx, faux coral, white paste & white metal necklace by Kenneth J Lane.
This gloriously simple faux black onyx, faux coral, white paste and white metal necklace is made by the American jewellery designer and manufacturer Kenneth Lane. The white metal white paste set hook and O ring clasp leads to a double strand of faux black onyx glass beads with white paste rondels part way down. the faux black onyx give way to faux coral acrylic beads that are joined by two horizontal white metal bars that are set with white paste to form the centre section from which there are four rows of faux black onyx glass beads terminating in white paste set rondels and large faux coral acrylic beads. Probably made in the 1990s it is signed "K.J.L." on the clasp. A superb Art Deco looking piece that can be worn dressed up or dressed down.
For tickets, times and full exhibitor list see Cooper Antiques Fairs
via TRADE INDEX
|NORTHERN DELIGHTS AT GOSFORTH PARK |Galloway Fairs
returns to the imposing venue of Brandling House, High Gosforth Park, near Newcastle after a ten year gap, to end their year with a flourish less than three weeks before Christmas over the weekend of 6-8 December 2013.
Specialists in this part of the country, other Galloway fairs include Naworth Castle, Carlisle and The Bowes Museum at Barnard Castle.
Set on the beautiful High Gosforth Park, home of Newcastle Racecourse, the fair is set out within Brandling House, a Grade 11 listed building, built in 1762. The building itself underwent a major refurbishment programme a few years ago, and now provides a suite of conference rooms ideal for a Galloway Antiques Fair.
Expect to see a good selection of town and country furniture, silver, porcelain, jewellery, antiquarian maps and prints, pictures, clocks, lighting, mirrors, glass and decorative items many of which will be perfect for that Christmas shopping.
Among the local dealers exhibiting will be Malcolm Elgin Antiques
of Hexham, Jane Kirsopp Reed Antiques
of Newcastle and Valerie Maine Antiques
of Carlisle. Making a longer journey to be part of this Christmas fair will be picture dealers Graham Reed Fine Art
and Ruth Hudson Fine Art
of Yorkshire, porcelain dealers John Newton
of Hull and Village-on-the Web
of York. Among the jewellers hoping for a sparkling Christmas fair will be Trivette, Anderson Jones
. Town and country furniture will be offered for sale by Melody Antiques
of Chester, Mark Buckley
of Yorkshire and silver by Highland Antiques
from Aberdeen and Jack Shaw Ltd
from Yorkshire. Newcomers to this Galloway event are Malcolm Elgin
and Nightwatchman NE Ltd
who deals in rare and retired pieces of Royal Doulton.
An Art Deco bronze figure of a dancer ‘The favourite’ by Armand Godard. This is silvered and cold painted, and signed to the marble base, French circa 1925 this will cost £9950 from Solo Antiques
A demitasse cup and saucer exquisitely decorated in fine silver overlay and vibrant enamel colours by Friedrich Sphar & Co. This will cost £395 from John Newton Antiques
For tickets and times see Galloway Fairs
web site via TRADE INDEX
|LONDON SILVER VAULTS CHRISTMAS SHOPPING EVENT |London Silver Vaults
, home to the world's largest retail collection of fine antique silver. World famous and situated in the heart of London's legal district, launched its new web site earlier this year which brings together the myriad group of world class dealers who share this historic site.
Behind the huge safe doors and within its vaulted walls, it is possible to find anything from a silver champagne swizzle stick to a full size silver armchair!
Although English silver predominates, there are silver specialists who deal in silver from every corner of the world. In fact, every period and every style is catered for, in this unique setting. The shops at the Vaults have supplied silver to the public for over 50 years. Items are always sold with a guarantee to condition and authenticity.
The twenty five specialist retailers at the Silver Vaults hold a number of special exhibitions every year and the festive atmosphere at Christmas at the Vaults is not to be missed. Christmas 2013 will be celebrated with a Festive Shopping Day and Late Night Opening from midday to 8 pm on Thursday 5 December. There will be seasonal drinks and canapes, carol singers and a brass band.
The London Silver Vaults, Chancery Lane & Corner of Southampton Buildings, London WC2A 1QS.
|BEST IN SHOW AT WINTER OLYMPIA |
Editor of Homes & Antiques Angela Linforth, David Asher
of Country Life and Mary Narvel
of the Art & Antiques Group of Chelsea Women's Club had its work cut out judging the LAPADA Awards at this year's Winter Olympia Antiques & Fine Art Fair
See Trade Roundabout
for the full results.
Best Stand Using Display Cabinets: Hampton Antiques
Northhampton based Hampton Antiques are specialists in the finest antique boxes and accessories.
Judges commented: “Objects immaculately polished and beautifully lit, good groupings of similar items made for easy negotiation of the stand, excellent use of available space including the full height of the stand.”
|ANTIQUES MAGPIE REVIEW |
|ROMANTIC INSPIRATION AT SCONE PALACE |
The bi-annual Scone Palace Antiques & Fine Art Fair
now in its 18th year remains the most established event in Scotland’s antiques fairs calendar attracting visitors from all over Scotland and the North of England. One of the attractions of fair is the magnificent venue of Scone Palace where the fair is held in the main state rooms - the Drawing Room, Library and Long Gallery, and the exhibitors are a varied crowd offering something for everyone, from vintage jewellery, silver and porcelain, town & country furniture, antique and contemporary art and bronze sculpture, period rugs, antiquarian books, clocks, glass and many decorative items for the home.
Local dealers will be supporting the fair in number including antiquarian book dealer Hilary Farquharson
of Angus, silver dealer Highland Antiques
of Aberdeen , furniture dealers Cathedral Antiques
of Fortose, Koos Limburg Jnr
from Angus, furniture dealers C. S. Moreton
and Carse Antiques
both from Perthshire and jewellers Rose Lane Antiques
from Aberdeen will join the exhibitors from across the UK making thirty five in total.
New face joining Galloway's this time round include local picture dealer Ginny Stacey Marks
who will bring some charming and romantic paintings from her gallery at Auchentenny, likely to appeal to the Christmas shopping brigade. Also new this time, Path of Condie
, Perth, York Minster Antiques
from York selling silver , Robin Little and Carolyn Liddiard
from Hampshire selling furniture, bronzes and copper art jewellery from 1950's and Village-on-the-Web
from York who sells mainly ceramics and glass.
For tickets and times see Galloway Antiques Fairs
webs site via TRADE INDEX
A still life of Petunias, oil on board by Bennett Oates priced at £8500.
A pen and black ink drawing on ivorine of a collie by hugely influential painter Cecil Charles W. Aldin priced at £1450.
Both available from Ginny Stacey Marks
|OBSESSIONISTS AT NATIONAL GLASS FAIR |
The glass world is a society peopled with knowledgeable bordering on obsessed dealers who enjoy sharing their enthusiasm and knowledge with their fellow dealers and collectors many of whom will gather at the National Glass Fair
on Sunday 10 November 2013 at the National Motorcycle Museum in Birmingham.
Like its cousin,The Cambridge Glass Fair
, it is a haven for collectors and trade alike and attracts a huge queue of eager competitors before opening times.
A dealer since 1986, and noted authority in the glass field, Nigel Benson
is a regular exhibitor and contributor to the fair co-ordinating regular exhibitions. He specialises in twentieth century British glass with an emphasis on Monart and Powell. He is the author of the Miller's Collector's Guide to Glass of the '50s & '60s and
was glass consultant for Miller's Collecting Modern Design. He has written many published articles as well as the text for the catalogue 'Art Deco to Post Modernism', an exhibition on cut glass, and has curated several other exhibitions.
In addition to acting as glass specialist to an internet auction house with a terrestrial base, working as 20th Century Glass, Nigel Benson also provides consultancy for publications
and gives lectures on many aspects of collecting glass, mainly connected with his passion, British glass but also on continental and Scandinavian glass mainly from the post war era.
published on the Cambridge Glass Fair web site reveals that he is obsessed with collecting and finds it very hard to part with any of his stock. His display at Birmingham is therefore likely to cause him some pain as he will be bringing some exceptional and very rare Powell & Son pieces (shown).
For times and tickets see The National Glass Fair
web site via TRADE INDEX
Men of glass: Mark Hill
and Nigel Benson share a glass at the recent Antiques for Everyone Fair
A group of Powell drinking glasses dating from between 1865 – 1895, designed by Harry Powell, Philip Webb and T G Jackson
A rare James Powell & Son “Blue Opal” vase with ribbed hollow knop stem, designed buy Harry Powell c1880
An extremely rare tantalus designed by Harry Powell for James Powell & Sons, c 1890
|DEALERS MOVE FAST TO KEEP UP WITH TIGHT FAIRS SCHEDULE |
Since going to press earlier this week we hear that the Humphrey Bogart glasses with accompanying letter were sold by Mark J West Glass
to a European private client for £8000!
On Sunday night, 3 November a cavalry of hard working antique dealers packed up at Antiques for Everyone
at the NEC in Birmingham and got on the road for West London to set up for Winter Fine Art & Antiques Fair, Olympia
which runs from Tuesday 5 – Sunday 10 November 2013.
Any antique dealer will know all about fair fatigue but with two essential fairs back to back there was no choice but to knuckle down and take advantage of the opportunities both fairs offer.
Steaming on from the NEC this time, having enjoyed good sales from their premier location at the front of the hall in addition to a pole position on the Antiques Young Guns
"taster" display in the reception area of the hall, were S&S Timms Antiques
. Robbie Timms
was delighted to sell a period mahogany secretaire from the Young Guns stand for a five figure sum and will be bringing a selection of formal and semi formal period furniture to Winter Olympia including this delightful Chippendale period mahogany wing armchair (having replaced leather upholstery) standing on elegant square moulded legs and stretchers, c 1760.
Mark Goodger of Hampton Antiques
will also be part of the same group having enjoyed an excellent fair at the NEC. The exquisite display on the Hampton Antiques stand is a always a testament to Mark's skill as a restorer in addition to his knowledgeable buying. Sitting alongside the luscious collectible boxes, caddies and dressing cases on the Winter Olympia stand will be silver ware, glass decanters and a variety of bijouterie to tempt both collectors and trade at Olympia. This group of radiator grill style decanters (shown) of various marques including Rolls Royce, Jaguar and Mercedes is likely to appeal to the early Christmas shopper or car enthusiast.
Mike and Debbie Moir
of M & D Moir Antiques
are among the most enthusiastic members of the Decorative Arts sector of the trade with an unbridled knowledge extending way beyond what might reasonably be expected! Beware, if Mike gets on his subject you could be on the stand for a while, but you will
learn the most astonishing detail about the glass makers and designers he has made his life’s work.
As a prelude to exhibiting at Olympia, Mike and Debbie have provided a detailed account on Facebook
of the life and times of master glass maker and leading light of the Ecole De Nancy, Paul Nichols, following their acquisition of a unique collection of glass and related items direct from the Nicolas family, many items come with signed letters of provenance from surviving family members.
The majority of the pieces they are bringing to Olympia have up until now stayed within the Nicolas Family. The collection includes: D’Argental and Paul Nicolas cameo glass given by Paul to his brother Emile, including some major monumental pieces, A wide range of other D’Argental glass most of which has been until now kept within the family and passed on to a variety of descendants, gifts of G. Argy Rousseau pendants form Paul Nicolas to his wife, Gifts of Almeric Walther glass from Walter to Paul Nicolas and his wife, a Daum cameo vase given personally to Paul Nicolas by Antonin Daum, signed copies of the Paul Nicolas book from the 2010 exhibition at the Ecole De Nancy and watercolours by Paul Nicolas from his student days. Image shows a superb monumental D'Argental cameo vase in red and orange depicting Nastertiums (shown). It is documented that Paul Nicolas gave this vase to this brother Emile - Secretary to the Ecole De Nancy.
Also offering serious temptation to glass enthusiasts but of a different genre will be Mark West
who brings some vintage Hollywood glamour with a collection of six small glasses and five large glasses all engraved with HB from Humphrey Bogart’s private collection.
These were given to Bill Rowland Hill after the filming of the ‘African Queen’, as a thank you for all his help on publicity. Unusually the accompanying letter is signed Bogie, which Humphrey Bogart only did to friends, and the letter which is written on 20th Century Fox paper from Pinewood, reads: "My Dear Bill. Before I leave for home I want to say, one big ‘thank you’ from the bottom of my heart for all you have done publicity wise both on the set, and in Africa. In addition thanks for all the other little things you have done that have helped so much. I wanted to send you some Hootch but on second thoughts I want you to have something to put it in. Will you call at that fancy store (Heal’s) on Tottenham Court Street and see a guy
called Gaylard. Choose yourself a dozen glasses from the suite I have had made. They have my initials on them which are the same as yours. Once again sport, thanks a million.” Images show the letter with one of the glasses.
Finally with the festive season advancing, Richard Gardner
returns to Winter Olympia with examples of his exemplary collection of caddies, paintings, small furniture and other essentials of the luxury lifestyle including this charming early 20th century silver plated bottle holder by Mappin & Webb. The holder hinges open to reveal a leather lined interior which allows a single bottle of champagne to be held. When the holder is closed it not only keeps the bottle cool, but also the handle makes for easy pouring, the bottle is completely enclosed which means the label cannot be seen.
The fair has attracted over one hundred and thirty exhibitors across all specialties and for this year, the dates are aligned with the influential Asian Art in London 2013
, adding to the lure of London as an art and antiques destination at this time of year.
An interesting lecture programme that includes: Arts and Crafts of India under the Raj; Gilding and woodcarving demonstration; History of the London Tube map - a British design icon and In conversation with the Interior Designer, Alidad add to the attraction of this iconic event.
For tickets and times see Winter Fine Art & Antiques Fair, Olympia
web site via TRADE INDEX
|TIMES CHANGE AND IT IS A SAD GOODBYE TO TVADA |From the editor: "We are very sad to publish the following letter from John Ebdon, committee member of TVADA The Thames Valley Antique Dealers' Association.
As a co-founder of a similar antique dealer association, WEADA
West of England Antique Dealers' Association, also struggling for survival, I am saddened to see the closure of this association of hardworking dealers from the affluent Thames Valley area, who have tried very hard to keep going through the recent difficult years. TVADA has has long been a very proactive association and in the glory years the TVADA annual fairs were amongst the most successful in the country.
A sad day for the trade and we wish all the members our very best for the future.
Gail McLeod, Editor, Antiques News and Fairs.
I am sorry to inform your readers that the members of The Thames Valley Antique Dealers’ Association unanimously voted at their E.G.M. on 22 October to wind up the association in 2014.
We all know these are challenging times for anyone involved in this business. Many dealerships are changing and shrinking, auction houses have gone "live" and there is a squeeze on the luxury end of the retail market (to name but a few). This is significant for us within the Thames Valley area as in recent years many of the larger, founder members of TVADA are either no longer trading or are doing so in a different way and other regional associations have also disappeared in recent years.
The consequence of all these changes has been a shrinking of TVADA membership and so after much consultation with our members and discussions on the future of TVADA amongst the committee, it has been decided to cease running the association.
TVADA was formed in 1989 by its founder members including Willie Clegg (The Country Seat), Graham Wells (Summers Davis), Alisdair Brown, Edward Reily Collins (Hallidays)
and Josie Smith
. The association’s distinctive logo “tamesis” was inspired by a keystone on the bridge at Henley on Thames.
The association soon built a strong reputation for holding prestigious regular Antiques Fairs, initially at Eton College and St. Edward’s School in Oxford then Blue Coat School at Sonning and Radley College, also Antiques Trails and TVADA are the pioneers of the trade swap shops.
Over the years, TVADA has built up a strong bond with LAPADA
and the committee would like to thank them for their help, support and encouragement. The committee would like to thank the current and former members as well as loyal clients and members of the trade who have assisted, or supported, TVADA over the years and helped to create many happy memories.
|STANDING ROOM ONLY FOR YOUNG GUNS! |
Late arrivals on the Young Guns stand at Antiques for Everyone
completing the wide variety of antiques for sale will be two finalists from the recent Antiques Young Guns Awards Natalie Smith
owner of Woodbridge Antiques Centre
and Chris Oxley
of P A Oxley Antique Clocks
In the spirit of the Young Guns movement, this important event in the fairs calendar has offered this young but successful duo of dealers their first outing as fully fledged fair exhibitors. Sharing the experience with their fellow Young Guns has been the incentive they both needed to exhibit at a major fair.
Chris Oxley has selected two very handsome long case clocks from the rather important collection that forms the inventory at PA Oxley Antique Clocks, a family firm since 1971. Image shows an excellent 17th century floral marquetry antique longcase clock by Thomas Bridge of London.
The 8 day duration movement with count wheel hourly strike on a bell. The 11" square brass dial with well cut blued steel hands, silvered brass chapter ring and matted centre with an engraving of The Three Crowns surrounding the date aperture. Also showing seconds, ringed winding holes and brass spandrels to each corner, priced at £32,500.
Natalie will be showing collectible silver including a silver mini compact by Aspreys, Birmingham dated 1919, priced at £95.00.
For tickets and times see Antiques for Everyone
web site via TRADE INDEX
|YOUNG GUNS ON PARADE AT THE NEC |
With their identity now firmly embedded in the hearts and minds of the trade, The Antiques Young Guns
are a hot ticket item sought after by fair organisers keen to entice a younger following and to present a fresh flourish for their established fairs.
Antiques for Everyone
, 31 October – 3 November 2013, at the NEC in Birmingham has gone a stage further and provided a bespoke pavilion colour coded with the Antiques Young Guns green and black logo, for these bright young things who are committed to the business and in for the long term. Their enthusiasm is infectious and will soon be on show via their web site Antiques Young Guns
which will be fully loaded in time for their outing at this respected and heavily vetted fair.
There are six confirmed and very diverse exhibitors on the pavilion and some more working on the stringent vetting regulations currently in force at the event. It goes without saying that a sector of the Young Guns group deal in the fashionable post 1950 period, presenting a challenge for the organisers of this respected fair who need to consider all sensibilities! Director of the fair Dan Leyland
has announced that the vetting regulations are under review for 2014 promising greater flexibility for the Mid Century dealers in future.
Qualifying for a position this year is co-founder of the Antiques Young Guns movement George Johnson
whose charming shop, delightfully named Lady Kentmores
is set in the scenic Scottish Trossachs National Park. Lady Kentmores Antiques has been described by antiques industry PR guru and design blogger Toma Haines
of The Antiques Antiques Diva
cocktail stirred but not shaken”. George deals in accessible collectibles like Scottish agate jewellery, tartanware, Masonic Items, taxidermy, coins, fine porcelain, antique maps, Whitefriars glass and Royal Worcester - all well within the purlieu of the event, but his heart lies with the curious and macabre and on closer inspection you are likely to find a shrunken head or two tucked away behind one of his many display cabinets!
Another co-founder, dashing Mark Hill
will be setting out his wares from his uber cool collection of C20th glass and Decorative Arts on both the pavilion and his long established stand at the event. Mark is very much part of the fair with his popular talks on antiques and collectibles, working on his own or with friend and colleague the charming antiques egghead Judith Miller
. Prolific author Mark will be unveiling his latest production The Canny Collector
- the perfect read for every collector, covering topics like what really drives the market today to how to spot the ‘next big thing’ and how to how to display a collection.
One of the original Twitterati that brought the Young Guns to our attention will also be on board - James Gooch of Doe & Hope
who has carved a name for himself not only with a house style of what he describes as "a concoction of dramatic decorative and faded gentility, with common themes of both humour and the macabre", but also with his elegant prose when describing his den of dubious delights housed in an old onion bard in rural Bedfordshire. James is planning a sitting room in miniature for his perch on the pavilion.
Joining them on the pavilion will be Lucie Marchelot
of The Indian Art Centre
which is a carefully curated online shopping destination for Indian art and antiques, Decoris Fine Art
– dealing in Art Nouveau, Art Deco and illustrative fine art and Bradley Carns Fine Art
of Lancashire specialising in original fine art and decorative antique furniture.
Antiques for Everyone has a number of existing high profile exhibitors who belong to the Young Guns club, notably period furniture dealer Robbie Timms of S&S Timms Antiques
and aptly defined arms and armour dealer Dom Vincent of Garth Vincent Antique Arms and Armour
, both of whom have inherited the mantel of a respected family firm and taken it forward. Although retaining their original stands at the fair, they will contribute some key items to adorn the reception area of the pavilion.
For full details, tickets and times see Antiques for Everyone
web site via TRADE INDEX
1970s Chribska Applied Prunt Vase
Designer: Josef Hospodka
Date of design: 1969
Factory: Prachen, near Novy Bor
Period of manufacture: 1970s
Decoris Fine Art
‘Minihaha’ by Harold Copping (1863-1932). Ink wash and watercolour on paper £2,350
Indian Art Centre
An Anglo-Indian Savonarola-type armchair
95 cm x 76 cm
Provenance: From an English private collection
Antique Glass Eye & Eye Bath
this is a beautiful but eerie object . Being prosthetic, this was no doubt used at one time. The colors, fine capillaries, and beautiful blue-gray iris are an amazing work in glass. We have paired this eye with an early 20th century eye bath as the two together make a great display.
Doe & Hope
Very Fine & Extensive Collection of American Circus Themed Photographs Price: £595.00
Clarke Pickett Antiques
A Very Large Florentine Giltwood Mirror Provenance c1800
Bradley Carns Fine Art
Title: 'On the Glaslyn River, North Wales'
Alfred Fontville de Breanski (Junior) was the son of the prolific British landscape painter, Alfred De Breanski Senior (1852-1928 His artistic composition concentrates on mountainous effects with a delicate balance of sunlight on the highland scenery at different times of the day. He exhibited several works during his lifetime at the Royal Academy and at the Royal Society of British Artists.
Signed A de Breanski
Medium: Oil on canvas
|BOURBON HANBY AT HOME IN CHELSEA |
For over 20 years from 1976 antiques expert Ian Towning
established his reputation trading at Chelsea Antiques Market in King’s Road, Chelsea in London. When
that closed in 1997, with his partner Les Barratt
, they opened Bourbon Hanby Arcade
almost opposite. It is now the only antiques emporium in the heart of Chelsea and celebrates fifteen years successful trade in June 2013.
Over the years many dealers have had mini-shops within Bourbon Hanby Arcade with a huge range of antiques and decorative things. Still open every day of the year, except during the Christmas holidays, the eclectic stock extends from early blue and white pottery to Louis Vuitton luggage, Art Deco and Art Nouveau to paintings, silver, sporting memorabilia, watches and an astounding selection of jewellery.
Just in time to add to the celebrations, co-owner Ian Towning antiques expert for seven years on Dickinson's Real Deal
has received the accolade of being chosen as personality of the month in one of London’s premier local
lifestyle magazines,The Resident
, well-known for profiles of interesting and relevant local figures in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.
In an exclusive interview with the magazine, Ian reveals, “the best thing about my job is handling some of the most amazing and unique pieces of everything antique, and socialising with my many clients from all walks of life. I’m co-owner of Bourbon Hanby, Sydney Street, Chelsea. Now being the only antiques arcade left in Chelsea, it offers top quality without the Bond Street prices.” When asked what he would change about Chelsea, Ian said he would “make King’s Road for pedestrians only”.
See Bourbon Hanby Arcade
web site via TRADE INDEX
|BEHIND THE SCENES IN THE CLOCK WORLD |Chris Oxley
of P A Oxley Antique Clocks
near Calne in Wiltshire, is bringing a stellar year to close with a striking new web site for the family owned business he has worked in since he left school.
The year started well in April for Chris when he was judged joint runner up in the National Antiques Week Young Guns of the Trade Award
at a sparkling ceremony and party at The Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair
courtesy of owner David Juran
Although the company web site was just five years old, Chris keeping his eye on the pendulum of current web site designs, was acutely aware of the shift to smart phones and tablets and decided to optimise the site and bring in new key features like on-line purchasing.
Other attractions are some behind the scenes revelations about just how a delicate and rather costly long case clock is safely delivered to the other side of the world.
See P A Oxley Chimes the Changes
|COOPERS CREATE FORMALITY AT BATH |The Bath Pavilions Antiques and Fine Art Fair
October 2013, heralds a new era for the traditional antiques fair in Bath at the well used Pavilion, home to the cherished Bath Decorative Antiques Fair
due to celebrate its 25th silver anniversary at the venue next year 6-9 March 2014.
Organiser Sue Ede of Cooper Events
now owns Bath Decorative Antiques Fair and is putting her trusted expertise at work to bring a traditional fine art and antiques fair to Bath with a full house of exhibitors, many of whom are LAPADA members showing period furniture, paintings, fine porcelain, early pottery, antiquities, Persian and Oriental carpets, antiquarian prints, rare silver and superb jewellery, ranging in price from £25 to more than £25,000.
The fair has attracted a number of regional exhibitors who have clamoured for a chance to show at a more traditional fair in the sophisticated Georgian City with its well heeled society, including Jonathan Cull Antiques,
period furniture, Dorset, Brian Ashbee Antiques
, Bristol, formal furniture, paintings and objects, Keith Richards Antiques
, Taunton, decorative arts, Brian Sinfield Fine Arts
, Cotswolds, Newman Fine Art
, Cotsowlds and Muse Sculpture Gallery
There will be a crossover group of exhibitors at the fair who will also be seen at the next Bath Decorative Antiques Fair including Apollo Antiques
, Ashburton, Devon dealing in period to Mid Century antique furniture and accessories, (image shown of well balanced oak dresser from North Wales made in the 1820s. £3950.00), Richard Hoppe
fine collectible glass and scent bottles, Paul Burnett,
Cotswolds, decorative arts, lighting and accessories, Candice Horley
, early C20th Applied and Decorative Arts from the Arts & Crafts movement through Art Nouveau to the Art Deco and Guy Dennler,
Dorset, period English town and country antique furniture.
Travelling further afield for the event will be Shapiro
exhibitors at Grays Antiques Bond Street, W1, fine jewellery, St James Antiques & Authentiques
from Manchester, fine jewellery, Jo Bennett Originals
, Manchester, unique and exciting modern and contemporary fine art.
In homage to the exquisite location, historic paintings of Bath will be on show including a view of Bathwick Hill from around 1900 and another of Bath Abbey, circa 1870, painted in watercolours by Walter Rossiter (1871-1948). The view of Bathwick Hill depicts the quiet, pre-automobile period with a cart in the middle of the road, and a distant view of Bath Abbey spire. Born in Bath, artist Walter Rossiter studied in Paris and Rouen. The painting will be on sale from Newman Fine Art from Gloucestershire specialising in English watercolours. It is priced at £595. Newman Fine Art will also showing a painting by Myles Birkett Foster (1825-1899) showing the Bath Abbey from the River Avon, again in watercolour, and priced at £2,950. Birkett Foster is a highly collectable Victorian artist with an extensive biography.
For full exhibitor list, tickets and times see Cooper Events
web site via TRADE INDEX
|THE OLD GUARD AND THE YOUNG GUNS AT ESHER |
The exhibitor roster at Esher Hall Antiques & Fine Art Fair
at Sandown Park Racecourse, Surrey, 11 - 13 October, will be an interesting cocktail of members of the senior strata of the UK antiques trade mingling with members of the Antiques Young Guns
movement, founded in 2012 to promote and inspire young members of the antiques trade – under thirty-nine years old.
Regular successful Esher exhibitor since its inception five years ago, BADA
member Robbie Timms
of S & S Timms Antiques
of Bedfordshire, was a finalist in the recent Young Guns annual awards in April 2013. He is bringing a stunning early George III period mahogany linen press with a detailed swan neck pediment for £12,750. (shown).
Robbie will be joined by fellow Young Gun Daniel Larsson
of D Larsson Interiör & Antikhandel
who will travel from his base in Helsingborg in Sweden to exhibit at the fair.
Daniel who has made a determined and successful impact on the UK antiques trade scene was invited by fellow countryman and owner of The Antique Dealers’ Fair Ltd, Ingrid Nilson
. He will soon be seen as one of the exhibitors at the new Decorative Collective
showroom in Petworth when it opens in October 2013.
Daniel is bringing Gustavian style painted furniture together with a selection of period Stockhom pieces. Highlights on his stand include a Swedish transitional Empire console table, c 1810 for £7,500, a pair of Swedish 19th century Empire mirrors with two candle arms at the base of each mirror for £3,900 and an 18th century Swedish Rococo dressing mirror.
Other exhibitors at the event include Art of the Imagination
, original book illustrations and contemporary sculpture, Jeroen Markies
Art Deco furniture and accessories, M&D Moir
Art Nouveau and Art Deco glass by the great makers, Melody Antiques
formal and country English furniture, Mark J West
18-20th C English and Continental glass, T Robert
antique jewellery, early rare silver and objets d’art and Haynes Fine Art
16th-19th C fine art.
For tickets and times see The Antique Dealers' Fair Ltd
web site via TRADE INDEX
|CABINET OF CONTINENTALS FOR AUTUMN BATTERSEA |
Packed to the rafters with the heart’s desire of every decorator from Pimlico to Philly, The Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair
, 1-6 October 2013, now hosts an increasing number of European exhibitors who travel from France, Belgium, Germany and Holland to take advantage of the concentration of focused buyers all under one roof.
Originally established in 1985 to cater to interior design professionals and their wide-ranging requirements for decorating projects, The Decorative Fair, which is held
three times a year in the purpose built exhibition marquee in Battersea Park, offers a mix of Continental chic and British elan, ranging from grand country house English furniture to original industrial style which is absolutely relevant in today’s fashionable interiors and spaces.
The foyer exhibition for the Autumn Fair will pick up on
this current trend for industrial accents in design, a confirmed with the Belgium dealers, some of whom will be seen at the Fair this year including Peter & Lucy Sohier
and Bie Baert
‘The Industrial Works’ display will be curated by exhibitor Matthew Cox
. All items will be drawn from exhibitors throughout the fair and will be for sale. Expect to see rare examples of street and station lighting, original shop and factory fittings, as well as mill and warehouse furniture, working together in fresh and unexpected ways.
Other continental exhibitors include Belgian dealers Katheleys
dealing in vintage luxury including jewellery and accessories, Monique Relander
dealing in mirrors, chandeliers, lamps and accessories, from Holland Gaby van Schagen
dealing in country furniture, folk art and treen, Odette Welvaars
European interior architecture and objects, from Germany MR Antiques
showing decorative furniture and garden items, and although resident in England and trading from Core One Antiques, Zugasti Antiques
from Spain dealing in elegant, unusual and sophisticated decorative antiques and vintage pieces.
The fair has a very loyal following of returning exhibitors and counting over seven years Fontaine Decorative
of Margate will be attending their twentieth fair this autumn. The clever duo at Fontaine, Kiel
, hit upon the plan of installing a cabinet of curiosities across one side of their stand each year and this is now a real crowd pleaser with a regular gaggle of on-lookers eager to see what they have found each time.
The boys will soon be expanding their empire to exhibit at the new and very accessible Lorfords Antiques Warehouse
opening mid October 2013, just outside Tetbury, along with a number of London names most of whom are regular Battersea exhibitors including Toby Lorford
and Lesley Ferguson
owners of Lorfords Antiques, David Ford
of The Trading Room
and Andrew Bewick
of Lillie Road, Fulham.
For a full exhibitor list and tickets see The Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair
via TRADE INDEX
Cabinet of Curiosities
Vintage Hermes Bamboo Bracelet Cuff, 1956
pair of bleached walnut with oak feet side tables, early 20th century
Christopher Jones Antiques
Pair of 1940's wrought iron gates in the manner of Poillerat
From 1950, Satin birch wood and gilded bronze base table with vellum desk lid.
| PLANNING FOR BETTER WEATHER AT ARLEY HALL |Arley Hall Antiques & Fine Art Fair,
4-6 October, 2013, is on target to enjoy better weather when it returns to this beautiful venue near Knutsford, Cheshire following a snow laden outing in the early Spring this year.
Returning exhibitors will be looking forward to the autumn sunshine for their outing to Arley Hall where the fair takes place in the Tudor Barn and The Main Hall itself in a series of rooms to include The Drawing Room, Front Hall and Dining Room.
Among the thirty exhibitors will be furniture dealers Melody Antiques
of Chester, Lancaster House
of Lancashire, Adrian Harris Antiques
of Cumbria, picture dealers Phoenix Antiques
of Cheshire, Westbery Fine Art
Of Shropshire, Oriental dealers, York Minster Antiques
silver dealers Amelie Caswell
from Bath and Fu Ts’ang Lung
Yorkshire, Jewellery dealers include St James Antiques, Plaza
and S & A Thompson.
together a regular at Galloway Fairs Bradley Carns Fine Art
who will be flying the flag for the Antiques Young Guns
The fair has attracted a number of new faces this time – always an encouraging sign for both fair organisers and fellow exhibitors. Joining are Elisabeth Street Antiques
, furniture dealers from London, City Clocks
also from London, Christine Thom
a general dealer travelling down from Perthshire. Also from the North are Aberdeen dealers, jeweller Billy Rae
and silver dealer Highland Antiques
. Final newcomer will be Antiques by Design
of Staffordshire, a father and daughter duo, selling an eclectic mix of antique and 20th century glass, silverware, ceramics and bespoke jewellery.
York Minster Antiques
will bring along a Pair of George III Strawberry dishes by Robert Gainsford, having raised column feet, realistically modeled as leaves with frogs beneath. Sheffield 1828/29. A similar pair sold at Christies in 2009 for £16000. Sold with full provenance: these were originally supplied to Wm Preston, Mayor of Liverpool, and remained in his family at Ellel Grange North Lancashire until the house and contents were sold in 1979 . £11,000
Bradley Carnes Fine Art
Alfred Fontville de Breanski Jnr. oil on canvas ‘On the Glaslyn River, North Wales'
For tickets and times see Galloway Fairs
web site via TRADE INDEX
|JET SETTERS HEAD TO BERKELEY SQUARE |
Glamorous, sparkling and alluring, over the last five years the LAPADA London Art and Antiques Fair
has developed into the society art and antiques event of the season in the heart of leafy Mayfair with exhibitors to match.
The first couple of years at this prestigious address caused a few growing pains – having to share the Berkeley Square marquee with the celebrated plane trees was a challenge for the designers and overall the space just needed to grow to house more of the elite LAPADA members keen to exhibit.
A solution was found in 2012 by the organising team of LAPADA
chief executive Sarah Percy-Davis
, fair organiser Emma McVittie
and fresh from Pavilion of Art & Design London
management, fair director Mieka Sywak
, with the revolutionary idea to share the PAD two-storey pavilion before that event moved in after the LAPADA fair finished.
. The restaurant and offices were moved upstairs et voila the sleek and spacious arena below offered room for bigger and lighter exhibition stands for the increasing number of LAPADA on the roster.
The 2013 event boasts more than one hundred exhibitors with some lustrous stars of the jewellery world making a debut including society jewellers Grima
, joining with Berganza
and Lucas Rarities
Grima designs have been described variously as 'wearable sculpture,' or modern, sexy, and voluptuous. It's not
unusual to see a Grima design fashioned from watermelon tourmaline with diamond stamens, or find a fire opal set in beaten gold or a huge Colombian emerald pendant tied up with ribbons of diamonds. Iconic style-setters of every generation have been drawn to the brand. In the 60s and 70s it was people like Princess Margaret, Jackie Onassis, Peter Sellers, Estee Lauder, Ursula Andress
and sculptor Barbara Hepworth
, and more recently, fashion designers Miuccia Prada
and Marc Jacobs
, daughter of founder Andrew Grima
, who was fortunate to have spent ten years working with her father before his death in 2007, will exhibit with her mother Jojo Grima
showing iconic Grima designs from the 60s and 70s together with their own contemporary interpretations and original designs.
Francesca Grima's talent for creating remarkable jewellery came not just from the emotional support her parents provided, but also from their creative inspiration.
Andrew Grima trained as an engineer and only entered the jewellery business after the war having served nearly five years with the 7th Indian Division in Burma. In 1946 he joined his future father-in-law’s jewellery business in London, where he astonished everyone with his first improvised collection based on a suitcase full of rough-cut semi-precious stones brought-in one day by a Brazilian dealer – this creative burst took everyone by surprise as he had been working in accounts at the time!
Other new exhibitors include AD Antiques, Jeroen Markies, Galleria del Coronari, Peta Smyth, Jenna Burlingham Fine Art, Philip Mould Gallery Portrait Miniatures, Plus One Gallery, Hampton Antiques, Mark Mitchell, Michael Chipperfield
and Japanese Gallery.
Grima: Bracelet "Stepping Stone" designed in yellow gold and diamonds, 1973.
Grima: Necklace and earclips - baroque pearls held in yellow gold and diamond "oyster shells", 1972.
Bond Girl Ursula Andress models the Grima jewels that won the Duke of Edinburgh Prize for Elegant Design in 1966 (image courtesy of Grima web site)
For full exhibitor list and tickets see LAPADA ART & ANTIQUES FAIR
web site via TRADE INDEX
|FROM PEARLS TO PISTOLS AT HARROGATE |
The autumn fairs calendar is studded with important events
as the year races by and the stellar northern event for BADA
together with other eminent UK dealers from 25-29 September 2013 is ready to host another society function for buyers and sellers who gather in the elegant northern Spa Town of Harrogate.
Highlights of the fair include antique arms and armour, rare and collectable jewels, fine silver, furniture for every home, glass, porcelain, bronzes and works of art and paintings of all periods, from 17th Century portraits to animal paintings by David Shepherd.
Exciting Northern interest ranges from paintings by L S Lowry from Millington Adams Antiques
(also standing at the concurrent LAPADA London Art & Antiques Fair
, to a presentation copy of The History of Harrogate and Knaresborough given to Sir John Betjeman on his appointment as Poet Laureate.
This long established fair prides itself on being an attraction for trade and public and an important date in the social diary for the returning clients who come to see favourite exhibitors each year.
Pearls are at the height of fashion currently with the V&A Exhibition The Pearl
and exhibitor Saul Greenstein
from Grays Antiques
in Mayfair, has some exceptional pieces on his web site including this fine black South Sea pearl strand necklace set with an 18carat white gold clasp priced at £4,450.00
will return this year from Garth Vincent Antiques
with some collectors’ dreams in the form of exceptional arms and armour including an outstanding pair of continental pocket pistols (shown) with fluted octagonal to round barrels with silver fore-sights retaining all original finish and completed with silver escutcheons below bearing the original owners initial 'R', signed numbered case hardened actions fitted with rear sights, profusely engraved with scrolling foliage, cock engraved en suite, highly figured walnut butts cut with deep chequering and carved with foliate, priced at £3450.00
For a full exhibitor list and tickets see Harrogate Antique Fair
web site via TRADE INDEX
|GLITTERING PRIZES AT CAMBRIDGE GLASS FAIR |The 22nd Cambridge Glass Fair
opens on Sunday 22 September 2013 at Linton Village College, Cambridgeshire – a buzzing gaggle of glass hungry collectors and over one hundred dedicated dealers keen to do business and share their knowledge.
The fair offers a fusion of contemporary glass makers and dealers in glass of all periods from Georgian to C20th and the organisers go to great lengths to make sure each event
offers a selection of in house exhibitions, talks and engaging glass world celebrities BBC Antiques Roadshow
glass experts and authors Mark Hill
and Andy McConnell
will be on hand to meet visitors and Tweet about exhibits which catch their eye.
The main foyer exhibition for September will be will be loaned by regular exhibitor Peter Elliot
and will be a display of Continental glass from his own collection. The exhibition is entitled 'A Little Taster of Europe'
Included in the display will be some fifteen very fine
pieces of Verlys glass from the Souffle range in different colourways and shapes. They were produced in the 1920's near Rouen, France. After WW1, the French Holophane Co which produced glass lenses and lighting, expanded into art glass production at their Verreries d'Andelys factory. They called the product 'Verlys', a contraction of the factory name.
Verlys are more widely known for their Art Deco designs in pressed glass that they started production of in the 1930's following Rene Lalique's lead.
There will also be some classic cameo engraved work including a Burgun, Schverer and Cie enamel and gilt vase by Desire Christian C1900 - the design theme taken from Sir Walter Crane's drawing of the 1890's. Emile Galle completed his apprenticeship in glass production at Burgun,
Schverer & Cie and early Galle pieces were made at the factory in Meisenthal, Nancy. This is how Desire Christian became referred to as "The Ghost of Galle". (Two more pieces of their work will be on display).
Peter Elliot will also be selling at the fair and will answer any questions visitors might have about the exhibition and will also be delighted to meet anyone who has an interest in the type of beautiful glass he collects and sells.
Exhibitors include regulars Mike and Debbie Moir
fresh from a very successful outing at Petersfield Antiques Fair
with new stock to delight their loyal followers.
The Decanter, An Illustrated History of Glass from 1650 by Andy McConnell.
Hi Sklo Lo Sklo: Czech Glass Design From Masterpiece to Mass-Produced Mark Hill
From the foyer exhibition:
Art Deco-inspired Verlys tazza in mauve and orange from the 'Souffle' range, c.1920.
Burgun, Schverer & Cie (Desire Christian) cameo enamel and gilt vase c.1900
Moser Karlsbad Art Nouveau 'Marquetry' vases c.1900 -1910
Mike and Debbie Moir
A super pair of metal footed Baccarat vases, these are cameo cut in purple/pink over clear, around 6 inches tall c1895. £750 the pair.
|FIRST IN A SEASON OF BOOK REVIEWS BY GEORGE JOHNSON |George Johnson
of Lady Kentmores
has been catching up on his reading and will be bringing us some antiques trade related book ideas for the autumn season.
George will be popping up again on Antiques News and Fairs
with a series of regular interviews under the
banner of In Conversation with George Johnson
. The subjects he has invited will appear from all areas of the trade - some of our more colourful dealers and some of our esteemed high flyers in the fairs and association community.
We will be announcing the first victim very shortly, but in the meantime catch up on George's first review on the latest edition of the essential Miller's Handbook & Price Guide 2014-2015
|NO ROOM AT THE INN FOR PETERSFIELD FULL HOUSE |
Some forty exhibitors from the previous event decided it would be a good idea to return to the redoubtable Petersfield Antiques Fair
from 6-8 September 2013 at the Festival Hall, Petersfield, Hampshire GU31 4AE - producing a vacuum for any hopefuls wishing to join this enjoyable regional fair this autumn.
The fair is an attractive proposition for trade and public alike always producing a healthy queue outside on the first day and although not datelined, every piece is vetted for quality and authenticity.
Now celebrating its 40th anniversary at this venue, the fair has a traditional feel and exhibitors will include Cynthia Walmsley
, a specialist in rare 17th, 18th and 19th century miniature portraits and silhouettes, typically showing military figures, titled gentlemen and ladies of note.
English period furniture from the 18th and 19th centuries, belonging to dealers including Cantelo
from the Isle of Wight, Sue Killinger
from Great Missenden and Julia Harrington
from West Sussex. Glass and the Decorative Arts have a strong showing with Richard Hoppe
from Devon and Mike and Debbie Moir
from Surrey. Art Nouveau and Art Deco sculpture from Hickmet Fine Art
from London and Russian and Continental silver and jewellery from Sheldon Shapiro
travel from Oswestry to bring a collection of early English silverware including rare early spoons and Georgian cream jugs, tankards, wine labels,
snuff boxes and cruet sets. Paintings by well known 19th and early 20th century British water colourists feature on the stand of Michael St John
, a specialist dealer from West Sussex, and Graham Bentley Fine Art
from Kenilworth who also specialises in illustrative works, original etchings, drawings and woodcut prints.
Organiser Caroline Penman
told Antiques News & Fairs:
"Quality and variety are our watch words with prices from £5 to £25,000."
Mike & Debbie Moir:
A stunning large - around 9 inches across - and very rare Lamartine cameo and enamel vase, c1920. Lamartine glass was supposed to have been made in French Algeria -although many think it was a tax dodge -(gaining subsidies for have factory in a French colony). The quality of Lamartine glass is amazing, easily as good as if not better than similar Daum pieces, signed, Price £2,400.
c.1905 Spectacular Heimixen Belgium Art Nouveau 20 tile panel with irises, 20 feet available.
Rescued by experts from a house due for demolition in Belgium (see image) comes this spectacular and original Heimixen Art Nouveau twenty tile iris panel. Relief moulded with vibrant colours.
Garrett & Hurst
Hurlinger - Bronze group with original patinas.
Nude figure of a young woman reclining on a sphinx.
The life and work of this sculptor is currently being researched.
Signed: Hurlinger Circa 1900
For tickets and times see Penman Fairs
web site via TRADE INDEX
|AUTUMN NAWORTH CASTLE ANTIQUES FAIR |
The Autumn fair season is well underway exhibitors will be speeding north for the The Naworth Castle Antiques Fair
from 13-15 September 2013.
The well established bi-annual fair, now in its 18th year, is organised by Galloway Fairs
. The venue alone, not normally open to the public, is worth a day out, with thirty or more alluring stands set up in the Great Hall, Library and Dining room and spreading out throughout the romantic, medieval castle set in rugged and historic border country just a stone's throw from Hadrian's Wall. Home of The Dacre and Howard families, the castle dates back to the early 14th century. Today the castle is the family home of Philip and Elizabeth Howard.
Expect to see town and country antique furniture, silver, glass, porcelain, antiquarian maps and prints, oriental rugs, clocks, contemporary art and antique and vintage jewellery.
Like most many well established fairs around the country, loyal visitors to Naworth will expect to see familiar faces
and among those exhibiting this time will be: Jo Brayshaw
and Jane Kirsopp Reed, Mike Melody, Just Glass, Angling Antiques, Bottlebrook Antiques, J. Dickinson, Redbusart
and C. S. Moreton and Adrian Harris Antiques
Jewellery dealers Scarab, Once Upon a Time
and Anderson Jones and newcomer to Naworth, silver and collectibles dealers S & A Thompson
. Lancashire dealer Lancaster House
will be selling clocks, paintings and period furniture and another newcomer at
Naworth will be Antiques Young Gun - Bradley Carnes Fine Art
also of Lancashire who sells 19th and 20th century original oil and watercolour paintings.
Plumb's Fine Art, Shropshire
: A bronze sculpture of a hare
C S Moreton
A Georgian Bilston (Staffordshire) enamel snuff box with hand painted rural scenes to lid and sides
Bradley Carnes Fine Art
A watercolour of Beadnell by Ronald Lambert Moore (1927 - 1992) A popular artist around Northumberland and across the North East.
A late 19th century fine enamelled and jewelled Bohemian vase, unsigned, but in the manner of Fritz Heckert
Full exhibitor info and times Galloway Fairs
web site via TRADE INDEX
|NELSON FAIRS ANNOUNCEMENT RE HMRC, VAT & ANTIQUES FAIRS |
Fair businesses across the UK are facing an issue where HRMC have declared that, from November 2012, the supply of space at fairs (antiques & collectors, craft, vintage, Art Deco etc) should have VAT applied, effectively putting the cost of the stallholders pitch up by 20%.
Both Nelson Events
and IACF Ltd
, leading antiques and collectors fair organisers, believe that this is not the case and we are fighting to get this decision reversed.
Following a meeting with both legal counsel and our VAT advisors, we believe that we have a strong case to defend. However, we are a long way from winning our fight! We are in the process of combining our efforts to hold a single tribunal and obtain a ruling on the validity of the new VAT rules. However, this process will probably take twelve months before we get a final judgement.
This puts us (and all other relevant organisers) in the delicate position of having to account for VAT on pitch sales from last November. We feel it is unfair to ask our stallholders to pay the VAT charges on past events and therefore we will pay this VAT on their behalf at a considerable cost to our organisations.
However, after much discussion, debate and professional advice, both Nelson Events
have taken the decision to start accounting for VAT from 1st October 2013, which means that reluctantly we do have to pass on an increase to dealers.
However, we have decided to share some of this extra cost, which means we are limiting the increase to just 12.5% and not the full 20%. In the event that we win our fight, every effort will be made to credit anything paid by way of this additional charge back to our customers.
The increase will apply to all new stall holder bookings taken on or after the 1st October 2013 and also to any existing bookings unpaid at close of business on the 30th September 2013.
Public and trade entry prices are not affected, as VAT is already charged on these.
We do hope that you understand that this is not a decision we have taken lightly. Any organiser who is not taking this issue seriously, has not taken advice or is taking a different approach does so at their own risk and may face severe penalties and costs should we lose our case, with the potential of being forced to close and the obvious financial knock on effect to any stallholder who may have paid them monies in advance!
What Can You Do?
We need to let every visitor, stallholder, organiser and stakeholder know what is happening and work together to put pressure on HMRC and Government to halt their plans to implement this new interpretation and approach to VAT on our style of events. Below is what you can do to help us.
Sign Our Petition
We have set up a petition website, Save Our Fairs
, to not only explain the issues in more detail, but to also collect signatures of everyone who shares our concerns, which we will then pass on to HMRC, MP’s, Government Ministers and any person of influence, to help us in our cause.
Tell Other Stallholders and Organisers
Please point as many people as possible to Save Our Fairs
. We have produced a leaflet that will be distributed at our future fairs and that of other organisers (with their agreement). If you would like to help us distribute the leaflet at other fairs you attend, please email us at Leaflets at Save Our Fairs
and we will post you some.
Share Your Concerns With Your MP
They are there to represent you! Your business and future may be affected by these changes. If you would like us to prepare a letter for you to send to your MP, please let us know.
Follow Us On Twitter
You can follow our cause and receive updates at Twitter @nelsoneventsltd
We thank you for your understanding and support on this issue.
The Nelson Events Team
|GLOUCESTER ANTIQUES CENTRE SHUT AFTER LEASE TERMINATED |
From BBC News Gloucester
: A notice of forfeiture has been posted on the locked door to the Gloucester Antiques Centre
at Gloucester Quays.
The closure puts thenty-three staff jobs at risk.
which runs the Quays Shopping Centre said it had terminated the lease on the centre and is looking for new management and investment.
Staff and dealers said they had not been told what was happening and had arrived at work to find the door to the centre padlocked.
A statement from Peel Holdings said it is "committed to an Antiques Centre remaining at Gloucester Quays".
"Gloucester Quays Management have today effected the forfeit of the lease on the Antiques Centre," said Richard Rawlings,
Gloucester Quays Shopping Centre Manager.
"We believe the centre will thrive with the right management, investment and marketing support."
Eighty dealers operate from the centre which opened in 1978.
|MALL GALLERIES NEW LOCATION FOR PENMAN FAIRS |Penman Fairs
will bring the first antiques fair in the The Mall Galleries
at the Admiralty Arch end of The Mall, London, SW1, for some thirty years when the The Antiques & Fine Art Fair at the Mall Galleries
opens from Wednesday, 28th to Saturday, 31st August 2013.
Set in such a central London location within a few yards of
iconic landmarks such as Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar
Square, Piccadilly Circus and Westminster, Caroline Penman
of Penman Fairs
felt that it was only
appropriate to celebrate all things British with this Fair. There will be around thirty specialist dealers bringing their finest examples of mainly British Art and Artefacts for sale, all of which will have been vetted by experts to ensure authenticity and quality.
At the height of the tourist season, this perfect location is likely to entice visitors to spend some time finding that perfect piece of jewellery, small British painting or other genuine and unique object with which to remember their London visit. The Fair is particularly directed towards the discerning overseas visitors and there will be a complimentary packing service provided by Stephen Morris Shipping
,who will be on site to deal with any export enquiries.
Portable glass, paintings, jewellery, silver and sculpture will be on show in abundance at the fair from Mark West Glass, The Wren Gallery, Art World Gallery, Atelier Ltd, Baron Fine Art, Ben Cooper, Richard Hoppe, Plaza, T Robert
and Christopher Sheppard Glass
Dates for the 2014 Mall Galleries Antiques & Fine Art Fair will be announced shortly.
For tickets and times see Penman Fairs
web site via TRADE INDEX
|YOUNG GUN TRANSFORMS FAMILY BUSINESS |
When James Driscoll
was just seventeen years old he
joined the family business full time following the sad loss of his father. All thoughts of college quickly set aside, James began his career at Driscolls Antiques
and has spent the last sixteen years creating a hugely successful antique furniture warehouse in the Lancashire town of Clitheroe with over six thousand square feet of traditional antiques and accessories with a client base of both trade, collectors and public.
With a profile like this, James Dricsoll certainly qualifies to be called an Antiques Young Guns
and he told Antiques News & Fairs:
"I was really intending to enter the campaign this year but things were so busy in the shop that I missed the deadline. I will definitely enter next time!"
members, Driscolls Antiques offers a comprehensive package to clients with a full restoration service and the newly tuned up web site offers a series of informative Driscolls' Guides, which are very helpful to the the public and include topics like How to Care for Antiques and How to Recognise Styles and Periods.
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|HOMES & ANTIQUES MEET SOME YOUNGER GUNS |
The latest issue of Homes & Antiques Magazine
is highlighting some even younger guns than the 18-39 age group Young Guns
who have been so much in the news recently. The team at Homes & Antiques have tracked down a group of sixty antiques-hunting six and seven year olds to be precise.
Looking for ways to get her Year One and Two students
excited about history and maths, Carolyn Sharps, Head of Pre-Prep
at Rowan Preparatory School
in Claygate, Surrey, decided to take her pupils to Sunbury Antiques Market
, giving them £10 each to spend.
Shopping done, the girls researched the pieces, calculated profits and made sketches in preparation for the fabulous finish to their project: a fair and charity auction night for their parents. Catherine Southon
, auctioneer and regular on TV shows such as Flog It
! and Bargain Hunt
, was invited along and helped the girls perfect their gavel banging technique.
To find out how much they raised, and to hear what they made of their introduction to antiques, read the full story in the September issue of Homes & Antiques
next issue, out 5 September 2013.
Luckily, for all the friends and family of the girls at Rowan Prep School, Homes & Antiques have a fantastic offer for a free copy of the magazine. Simply call the 0843 504 4924 and quote ANA FRHA13 for your free copy.
To read more about this popular magazine for inspiring homes and interiors see Features - Homes & Antiques
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