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With a reputation for turning around struggling retailers, the former head of Marks & Spencer Sir Stuart Rose addressed a sell out audience at the 6th annual LAPADA conference on Monday 24 February 2014 at The House of Lords.

Imparting his top tips for retail success, Sir Stuart's over-arching message was that the retail market was a constantly changing industry and that retailers must embrace these changes if they are to succeed. To do this, he recommended that they maintain a love for what they do, be prepared to take risks and trust what they see in order to keep things simple. While it is important to plan ahead, being affected by the actions of others is unavoidable and to manage this effectively he suggests exercising flexibility. A quality never more important than in this 24 hour world we live in. Reassuringly, his last piece of advice was to have fun in your job.

Consumer psychologist and professional speaker, Philip Graves, gave an informative presentation on the art of retail psychology, offering practical advice on how to help you sell more. Nigel White discussed international cultural etiquette, informing listeners that the right awareness and attitudes to a potential client’s culture can make or break a deal. Renowned arts economist, Dr. Clare McAndrew, gave the last talk of the day, an overview of her in-depth studies on the latest art market trends, global growth hotspots and how the UK is perceived by buyers and collectors around the world.

LAPADA CEO, Sarah Percy-Davis, noted that perhaps the most powerful message of the day was from Sir Stuart Rose: “Today’s customers are far from King, they are genuinely the master of the universe. They want what they want, when they want it and how they want it; if you can’t provide it you're dead. Customers are very selective and very discriminating, they understand quality and value and they are looking to trust the people who they transact with. Trust is a very important asset in the 21st Century retail market.”

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 for LAPADA

LAPADA Best Stand, LAPADA Best Stand Displaying Pictures or Textiles and LAPADA Best Stand Using Display Cabinets.

The judges, who were on the look out for exceptional layouts, outstanding quality and overall impact and it was the smalls that stood out this with Dutch dealers De Eenhoorn taking the best in show with their cabinet of curiosities.

Based in Zaltbommel, The Netherlands, De Eenhoorn are
dealers in Gothic-Renaissance Works of Art & Ceramics.
Judges commented: “A cabinet of curiosities displayed in
antique cabinets, drew you in with a diverse range of objects. The stand stood out as a clear winner on every level. It could almost be a vignette from a Dutch still life, any visitor purveying the stand who found an object to tempt them would experience a sense of discovery.”

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.”

Best Stand Displaying Pictures or Textiles: Willow
Gallery
Based in London, Willow Gallery (willowgallery.com) deals in British and European 19th and 20th century paintings. Judges commented: “Another clear winner, the stand was alluring and professionally laid out. A warm neutral colour scheme, the wallpaper added a classic modern feel, the floating free standing panels drew the visitor onto the stand whilst giving a glimpse of what lay beyond.”

From January 2013 the The BADA British Antique Dealers’ Association is to have a new president. Having served for seven years Baroness Rawlings will step down to
make way for former publisher and former Shadow Arts Minister, Lord Evans of Temple Guiting, C.B.E.

The baroness has been a great champion of the Friends of the
BADA Trust and the association is delighted to confirm that she has accepted an invitation to become the Friends’ honorary president.

New incumbent Lord Evans is well-equipped to become BADA’s president at what is a difficult time for the antiques trade. Not only is he a passionate collector of antiques, but also he has considerable business and political experience.

At respected publishers Faber & Faber, of T S Eliot fame, Matthew Evans led a successful restructuring and modernisation programme and served as its chairman for more than 20 years. He has been chairman of the former Museums & Archives Council and of the Royal Court Theatre. At the Arts Council he was a member of the National Lottery Advisory Panel.
The BADA and LAPADA Best Stand Awards have been announced for this year’s Winter Fine Art & Antiques Fair, Olympia 12-18 November 2012.

BADA and LAPADA award the three prizes to members in the following categories: Best Stand, Best Display of Flat Art to include pictures and two dimensional hangings such as textiles and rugs and Best Use of Display Cabinets, which, due to their utilitarian nature, can be more restrictive when trying to create an aesthetically pleasing display.

The winners of the BADA prize for Best Stand were husband and wife team, Christopher and Angela Legge (stand F20). The judges felt that the winning stand displayed its distinctive, colourful textiles with what they described as “amplitude”.

The winner of the BADA prize for Best Stand Displaying Flat Art was Walker Galleries Ltd (stand E3). The exhibitor tackled the tricky question of how to use partition walls on a medium-sized stand in a prominent position.

The winner of the BADA prize for Best Stand Using Display Cabinets was J. H. Bourdon-Smith Ltd (stand H8). They were commended for giving a boost to their display of silver and glass by choosing a dark wall felt.

Whilst the Awards given are entirely at the discretion of the invited judges, a number of considerations are taken in to account, including overall presentation and imaginative layout and quality of exhibits, as well as the visual impact and enticement to the Fair visitor.

Piergabriele Vangelli, as winner of the LAPADA Best Stand Award, was praised by the judges for his attractive display showing a cultural diversity of works of art across periods. The dealer was complimented for his good use of space and generally stylish presentation which was also very much on trend from an interior design perspective.

The LAPADA award for the Best Display of ‘Flat Art’ was given for the second year running to Charles Plante Fine Arts. The judges described the stand as extraordinarily diverse. They were impressed by the efficient use of a small space displaying a large number of pictures, meticulously hung in a manner used by the Victorians, yet in this case, successfully bringing together earlier styles alongside contemporary works.

Hickmet Fine Arts was awarded the LAPADA Best Stand Using Display Cabinets. Success was attributed by the judges to excellent lighting which helped to focus the visitor’s attention on the sculptures themselves rather than the utilitarian glass cabinets; objects were well organised and imaginatively grouped.

The Awards were judged this year by Christopher Claxton Stevens, Master of the Company of Arts Scholars and antique furniture dealer; Sarah Farrugia, marketing and communications consultant; Philippa Glanville, formerly Chief Curator of Metalwork at the Victoria & Albert Museum, and member of the Reviewing Committee on the Export of Works of Art, and Christopher Vane Percy, one of the UK's leading interior decorators.

Chief Executive of LAPADA, Sarah Percy-Davis commented: “All our LAPADA members exhibiting at Olympia have created wonderful displays, and we commend the three winning dealers chosen by this year’s judges. Display of stock on a stand is such a vital component in attracting the attention of potential customers, and we are delighted to encourage creativity in this.”

BADA Secretary General, Mark Dodgson said: “I always find that the Best Stand Awards show the creative ingenuity of BADA members, who love the objects they sell and are true masters at presenting them in a way that makes heads turn.
CALLING VINTAGE DEALERS! - Old Bank Antiques Centre in Bath is seeking a Vintage dealer to complement the existing fifteen dealers at the busy centre on the London Road in the lovely Georgian City of Bath.

Old Bank Antiques Centre is a member of WEADA - The West of England Antique Dealers' Association and all members at the centre can use the association web site for free to sell their stock.

If you are interested call Alex or David on 01225 469282 or 01225 338813 or visit Old Bank Antiques Centre via TRADE INDEX
From Maine Antique Digest
Courtesy of The Young Collectors


Top Ten Reasons Young People Should Buy Antiques
1. Save money. Really live better.
Antiques are often reasonably priced and can be found in any price range.
2. Buying local does not just apply to tomatoes and kohlrabi.
When you buy an antique, you are supporting a small, locally owned business.
3. George Washington did not sit in your La-Z-Boy.
Antiques are tangible pieces of history.
4. There is no such thing as a McBlanket Chest.
Antiques are unique and offer nearly endless variety.
5. 100% post-consumer content.
Antiques are the most environmentally responsible choice for home decorating.
6. There are enough ten-year-old futons on Craig’s List.
Antiques retain significant resale value.
7. No allen wrench required.
Antiques offer solid, quality construction, and durability.
8. Industrial cable spools and pilfered milk crates do not
constitute a living room suite.
Antiques are stylish, and can accommodate anyone’s decorating tastes.
9. Forty cents per hour was a fair wage in 1940, not 2010.
Antiques are socially responsible—none are made in sweatshops.
10. If it’s not Scottish, it’s crap!
Antiques can be a source of ancestral or regional pride.


LAPADA APPS THE ANTE! In a very 21st century approach to the business of antiques and fine art, LAPADA The Association of Art & Antiques Dealers has announced the launch this month of the new LAPADA, and LAPADA Modern, App. It enables users of an iPhone, wherever they are in the UK or the world, to search and locate LAPADA members within a two, 20 or 100 mile radius. Results are pinpointed on a GPS map, can be organised by discipline, and members can be contacted direct from the user’s phone by email, telephone or website. It also allows a pictorial search of dealers’ stock from their online gallery at www.lapada.org and www.lapadamodern.org.


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PERHAPS YOU WANT TO KICK-START YOUR KID’S CAREER?

Have your kids had everything handed to them on a plate? Maybe they don’t appreciate how hard you’ve worked to get where you are, or you’re worried by their lack of drive.
If you’d like to see your kids develop some talent for your business, you could be part of an amazing new Channel 4 project.

The team behind the BAFTA award-winning ‘Educating Essex’ and BBC2’s ‘The Fixer’ would like to give you the opportunity to see what your kids are made of.

They’ll spend time in the family business, working undercover, before reporting their findings back to YOU.

For your chanc to show your kids that you mean business email TwoFour Production Team with your contact information.

Closing date for applications is midnight on the 9th September 2012



LAPADA FAIR 2012 OFFERS RADICAL IMPROVEMENTS TO STRUCTURE AND WEB SITE BUT NO PRICE INCREASE

Mieka Sywak, Fair Organiser for LAPADA London Art and Antiques Fair, who joined the organisation in November 2011, has introduced exciting and radical changes for the 19-23 October 2012 event, set in the leafy and grand surroundings of Berkeley Square in the heart of London's Mayfair.

The flagship LAPADA event will undergo radical changes to its marquee structure and interior presentation this year following a new joint initiative with the The Pavilion of Art and Design (PAD). There will be a completely new marquee, designed for shared use by the two Fairs which run back-to-back in the calendar, and the sharing of the venue is a great plan for both parties and helps to secure a long term contract with Westminster City Council.

Mieka told Antiques News and Fairs: “In essence, the shared structure means LAPADA Fair exhibitors will benefit from a completely new, simplified layout, more spacious 3.5 metre-tall walls for a majority of the stands, wider aisles, and an increased square meterage for the Fair overall. There will be around 10% more stands than last year when the Fair had 88 exhibitors. All these improvements we are able to offer whilst maintaining stand rates at 2011 prices.”

One section of the new structure will be double height with two floors; the upper level will feature the fine dining restaurant with outside terrace overlooking Berkeley Square. On the ground floor level of this section, LAPADA is now able to offer a new stand option to exhibitors at a lower price per square meter than any stands available last year, due to the stand walls being three metres tall, rather than 3.5m elsewhere in the structure.

Sarah Percy-Davis, Chief Executive of LAPADA, comments: “Moving from Burlington Gardens to Berkeley Square was an important stage in the development of the LAPADA Fair. In 2012 we propose a significant sea change that will bring even greater kudos to the Association and its members, and offer our exhibitors exciting new presentational opportunities. We are capitalising on our prestigious environment, which attracts high calibre visitors unique to any other London Fair. By re-presenting the LAPADA Art & Antiques Fair Berkeley Square in an enhanced format we will provide a stronger footing for the future of our flagship Association Fair.”

The Principal Sponsor for the 2012 LAPADA fair will be Ist Dibs the global on-line marketplace, and LAPADA members will be offered a very attractive benefit as part of this sponsorship agreement with the offer to join 1stdibs at a specially negotiated rate of £175 per month, almost half the regular rate of £300, as well as a waiving of the usual £700 set-up fee. This equates to a first-year saving of £2200 on the usual annual cost.

For more details on the full package of benefits LAPADA members should contact the office on 0207 823 3511 or Email Sarah Percy Davis







Once again it is time to see who will win the coveted award of Object of the Year.

The prestigious LAPADA / Country Life Object of the Year offers LAPADA members a unique and valuable opportunity to publicise a chosen piece from their stock each year and would not be possible without the kind and generous support of their sponsors Cadogan Tate, Besso Limited, Currencies Direct, Olympia International Art and Antiques Fair and Country Life.

The comprehensive web site lists and fully describes all the entries but here are a few tempting descriptions to consider for your vote in the People's Vote

An extremely rare enamelled lovers posy ring dating from the late C17th, owned by the same family for over 250 years (submitted by Berganza Ltd)
From the same period, an extremely rare as so finely preserved glass beadwork basket embroidered with a royal couple (Witney Antiques)
Month Duration Walnut Longcase Clock by Charles Cabrier of London. This clock was until recently, standing in a Chateau in the South West corner of France, approximately 50 miles north of Bordeaux. Chateau Cantenac Brown was and still is a famous Vineyard. This explains the French influence displayed in the case features and also the French connection with Charles Cabrier. Charles Cabrier II is listed as a famous maker and was apprenticed to his Father (also Charles Cabrier) in 1717. He obtained his freedom in 1726 and was Master of the Clockmakers Company in 1757. (PA Oxley Fine Clocks, Wiltshire)
A Gold Medal from the 1912 Stockholm Olympics for the 100m relay won by Henry Maitland Macintosh (submitted by Macintosh Antiques)
A fragment of one of the Ardibil Carpets c1539, perhaps the most famous Persian carpets ever woven, from the shrine of Shaykh Safi al-Din where they remained until 1843. One was then restored by William Morris for the V&A where it is still today; the other went to the Los Angeles Museum. There is an 'Ardabil' carpet reproduction in Number 10 Downing Street. (Farnham Antique Carpets Ltd) Part of racing history, a picture of Jack Dunfee winning the famous 500 Mile Race at Brooklands, 1931, in an Old No. 1 Bentley Speed Six (Manfred Schotten Antiques)
A fine leather & brass trunk belonging to Captain Blackwood and with him at the Battle of Waterloo, where he was killed in action (Christopher Clarke Antiques)
An exhibition standard, finely engraved penknife of the late 19th, made in Sheffield by a Master Cutler; it represents qualities that made Sheffield and its blade and cutlery making world famous and has a lovely story to it. (Beedham Antiques Ltd)
The Minute Book 1832-46 of the 13th oldest golf club in the world, North Berwick (Scotland), listing the names of the first nine members. At the end of meetings each member was asked to provide a certain item of food for the next dinner. One member also had to provide a cook. On one occasion, on the 23rd September 1835, Mr John Sligo forgot to bring the cook. The food perished and he was fined three dozen bottles of champagne! (Georgian Antiques)
Pooh and Piglet stuffed velour toys, USA c1930, probably prototypes, a personal gift from A.A. Milne to Barbara Seligman; these are the earliest products of one of the first and most successful literary licensing deals ever made. (Peter Harrington Antiquarian Books) A rare portrait of the iconic dancer Isadora Duncan, by one of her intimate friends also a dancer and artist Paul Swan, painted not long before her untimely death in an automobile accident. (Campbell Wilson)
A very rare French Empire period ‘world time clock’ perhaps commissioned by Napoleon in the belief that such clocks could facilitate strategic planning. Only one other similar clock is known. (Gavin Douglas Fine Antiques Ltd) A Byzantian gold spoon dating perhaps to c500-600AD. Undoubtedly discovered in the South West of England, in all probability by a farmer who had little notion of its origin or rarity, as he sold it for scrap! One of a group of exceptional items discovered in this country from the ancient world, of great historical interest and artistic merit. (Michael Baggott Antiques) One of the largest and finest antique rocking horses made by Baby Carriages of Liverpool c1906, it carries two additional end seats, so three can ride at once. (Sally Rocking Horses Ltd)

The Country Life – LAPADA Object of the Year competition aims to draw attention to the wide variety of disciplines and areas of interest represented by the 600 members of LAPADA, and engage the public in our history.

To vote and see the full list see LAPADA Country Life Object of the Year People's Choice

Images: PA Oxley & Macintosh Antiques' entry
LAPADA/Country Life Object of the Year the first shortlist of thirty entries ahead of the announcement of the twelve finalists on 16 May 2012 in Country Life :

FINE ART and SCULPTURE

1. BlackBrook – Joseph Baugh; The Horse Slaughterer, oil on tin, England1882 – 1888

2. John Robertson – CHARLES ALTAMOUNT DOYLE (1832 -1893); "The Cat that loved cream not wisely..but too well", black ink on blue wash, British c 1885

3. Clerkenwell Fine Art - HENRI LEBASQUE (1865-1937); Nono dans le jardin ou fillette et fleurs, oil on canvas, France 1908.

4. Kaye Michie – Sir Jacob Epstein; The Picanniny (bronze). 1940

5. Lucy Johnson - LUCIE RIE (BRITISH, Austrian born, 1902-1995) A tall Vase with flaring lip & integral coloured spiral, 1967/8



FURNITURE

1. Lucy Johnson – A Second Renaissance, walnut, Cathedra or Throne chair. France c. 1550 to c. 1600

2. Beedham Antiques – 17th Century Wainscot Armchair, Oak, Yorkshire, c. 1680

3. Butchoff Antiques – An Exceptionally Rare Secretaire, after the J.H. Riesener example in The Wallace Collection, Thuya, Gilt Bronze; England, c. 1900

4. Peter Petrou – Gerald Summers (1899-1967); a white tinted bent plywood armchair, birch ply with a chalk based tinted finish, British 1933 to 1940

5. Billiard Room – The Lord James Blyth Billiard Table; wood; London c. 1890



JEWELLERY, BIJOUTERIE, OBJECTS OF VERTU

1. Didier – Ayrton bracelet (1921-1975); Unique gold acrobat bracelet by Michael Ayrton, Cast gold, England, c. 1960

2. Berganza Ltd– An Enamelled Posy Ring; Gold, enamel, England 1650 to 1700

3. Lucas Rarities – A carved Mughal emerald turban brooch by Paul Iribe ; Emerald, sapphire, diamond and pearl in platinum; France 1911

4. Hancocks - CASTELLANI (c.1830-c.1930); Ceremonial Paperknife, 10.75 " / 27.30cm - 18ct yellow gold and cloisonné enamel, Italy c. 1860



CERAMICS AND GLASS

1. Witney Antiques –An 17th century embroidered beadwork basket. English. Circa 1670.

2. Lucy Johnson – LUCIE RIE (BRITISH, Austrian born, 1902-1995) A tall Vase with flaring lip & integral coloured spiral, 1967/8



CLOCKS, WATCHES AND BAROMETERS

1. P.A. Oxley Antique Clocks – CHARLES CABRIER II Also known as CHARLES CABRIOR (1726-1775); Month Duration Walnut Longcase Clock, England c. 1730

2. Gavin Douglas – World Time Clock; Limewood and satinwood (base), patinated bronze and ormolu (superstructure), France 1810 to 1812



RUGS, CARPETS, TEXTILES AND TAPESTRIES

1. Farnham Antique Carpets Ltd – Antique Zejwa ; Caucasus, c. 1870



SILVER

1. Timothy Millett Ltd – Irish silver gilt badge by James Brush, circa 1798, silver gilt
Dublin 1798
2. Robin Silverman – SMITH & SHARP (1763-1789); A rare early Georgian silver Fox Head Stirrup Cup, silver, England 1790


SPECIALIST SUBJECTS

1. Rutherstone and Bandini – Japanese Noh Mask of Akujo; Cypress wood with traces of original pigment, Japan c.1500

2. William Cook – Rare Henry Kendal Limewood Carving of Fighting Sparrows; England c. 1870
3. Peter Harrington Antiquarian Books – Pooh and Piglet After A.A. MILNE (1882-1956); Pooh and Piglet plush toys, Stuffed velour toys. United States c. 1930


4. Paul Nash Fossil Decor – Georgian Japanned Octagonal Tea Caddy; England, c. 1770


5. Sean Clarke – Capt. Blackwood's Waterloo Trunk; Leather on a pine and mahogany carcass with brass banding. England 1815


6. Peter Petrou – Church of the Holy Sepulchre; Olive wood inlaid with bone and mother-of-pearl, Jerusalem 1680

7. Penman Fairs Ltd – French Prisoner of War model ship in Straw-work box,
Carved bone (probably mutton) within a wooden/glass/straw case, France c.1810

8. Michael Baggott Antiques – A Byzantine Gold Spoon; gold, Byzantium 500 to 600

9. Lucy Johnson – A large, 18th century, Italian or Spanish, scagliola, table top, figuring two maps drawn from printed Ptolemaic maps by Gerhard Mercator, dated 1584 & the cartouche from Frederick de Wit's Map of Persia, dated 1660. Italy 1680 to 1800

10. MacIntosh Antiques - An Olympic Gold Medal for the 4 x 100m Stockholm 1912 Games, Silver Gilt in the original fitted silk velvet and tooled leather case, Stockholm
1912


TWENTIETH AND TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY ART AND DESIGN

1. Lucy Johnson - LUCIE RIE (BRITISH, Austrian born, 1902-1995) A tall Vase with flaring lip & integral coloured spiral, 1967/8

2. Clerkenwell Fine Art - HENRI LEBASQUE (1865-1937); Nono dans le jardin ou fillette et fleurs

3. Kaye Michie – Sir Jacob Epstein; The Picanniny (bronze). 1940


Following the outstanding success of the recent CADA inaugural Antiques and Fine Art Fair at Blenheim Palace, all eyes will be upon their neighbours at TVADA as they launch their well attended and established Spring Fair at a new venue in the heart of the Thames Valley region at the Stubbings Estate just outside Maidenhead, Berkshire from 11-13 May 2012.

The event will take place in a marquee large enough to house more than forty-five exhibitors, just under half of whom are TVADA members with the remaining coming from LAPADA and The BADA.

Newcomers include two of the trio of dealers from WEADA members Walton House Antiques recently opened in Mere in Wiltshire: Adam Gillimore and Paul Gafney - the third member of the Walton House team Nicholas Arkell is seasoned exhibitor and organiser of the fair and chairman of TVADA.

Long time members of TVADA - The Swan at Tetsworth played host to the event last year and will be exhibiting at the event this time. Images show an early 20th century diamond fox bar brooch. The fox set throughout with old-cut diamonds and a red gem eye to the plain bar. Estimated total diamond 0.70ct, H-I colour, SI1-SI2 clarity from a wide selection of jewellery at The Swan where you will also find a vast selection of period and decorative antiques, glass, clocks and decorative accessories.

Clock image: a good quality mahogany cased dial clock, probably originating from a Post Office or public building. It has a well made solid mahogany case, a heavy cast brass bezel with a thick bevel edge glass. The 14" diameter dial is monogrammed for King George V. It has an 8 day chain fusee movement from Worboys Antiques, Beaconsfield.

Alongside the promise of an impressive abundance of distinctive pieces for sale including traditional and decorative furniture, jewellery, silver, the finest period and contemporary art, clocks, barometers, ceramics and glass there will also be displays from furniture and ceramic restorers, gilders and upholsterers.

The event will be enhanced by the friendly and relaxed atmosphere and visitors are welcome to stay and enjoy the refreshments with a licensed bar available in the marquee.






The first ever Cotswolds Art and Antique Dealers'
Association (CADA) Fair
20-22 April 2012 is making quite a splash by being lucky enough to become the very first antiques fair to take place in the world class elegant setting of Blenheim Palace home to the 11th Duke and Duchess of Marlborough.

The fair will take place in the stunning settings of the Colonnade, The Marlborough Room and the Orangery which overlook the Italian Garden at Blenheim and twenty=three members of the Cotswolds association will show superb examples from every discipline.

Highlights include a Chinese export campaign desk c 1841 made of amboyna offet against ebonised mahogany with ivory stringing priced at £9250 from Christopher Clark Antiques of Stow on the Wold, recent winners of Britain's Best Specialist Antiques Shop as part of National Antiques Week.

Two historical boxes come from Hampton Antiques, the first is a silver gilt vanity box c 1909-10 given by Joseph Bruce Ismay owner of the White Star Line (famous for the Titanic) as a present to his wife, Florence Schieffelin. The second is a lady's travelling dressing table service commissioned in 1844 for Jane, Duchess of Marlborough who lived at Blenheim Palance from 1819 until her death in 1844.

Chairman of CADA John Howard of Woodstock is bringing a number of items with local Cotswolds provenance including a very rare figure of a Blenheim spaniel, c 1820 priced at £4750. Also on show will be a group of creamware pottery with a strong Oxfordshire link bearing the name Daniel Sargeant, Brookhampton, 1784. Another pitcher bearing the name Sudeley Castle, once home to Katherine Parr, last wife of Henry VIII.

West of England Antique Dealers' Association members Moxhams Antiques of Bradford on Avon will exhibit at the fair and will show a fine pair of pedestal cupboards from a private house in Kensington Palace Gardens.

See CADA web site for times and downloadable ticket. Ticket gives free entry to the grounds of Blenheim.

Images shown from a selection at the fair:
Hampton Antiques
J & G HAYWOOD, DERBY (c.1870-1890)
PAIR OF SHIP'S WHEEL CLOCK & BAROMETER (1870 England)
Christopher Clarke (Antiques) Limited
JOHN MCNEIL (born 1877)
Antique Watercolours of Officers of the Lancashire Fusiliers by McNeil (1895 to 1896 England)
Moxhams Antiques
Style of ROBERT ADAM (1728-1792)
Antique pair of Knife Urns (1840 England)









WEADA MEMBERS DAIRY HOUSE ANTIQUES near Shaftesbury, Dorset will hold their 3rd Annual Vintage Textiles & Costume Day on Sunday 15 April 2012 from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm

Following the success of the previous 2 years, the Vintage Textile & Costume Day @ Dairy House is back again for a 3rd year.

In addition to the regular Dairy House dealers there will, once again, be nine (or possibly ten) visiting West Country dealers who specialise in textiles. There will be a huge selection of vintage and antique fabrics, linen and hemp sheets from France and Hungary, vintage clothing and some beautiful items crafted from vintage fabrics. As always there will be plenty of lace, buttons, buckles, braids, passementerie and vintage haberdashery.

We are delighted that Alice Roberton, roving Ambassador for Homes and Antiques magazine will be in attendance with plentiful supplies of the magazine and a selection of one-off pieces of homeware and quirky items that have appeared in the magazine photoshoots.

Guy, formerly the Silver Coffee Machine, has morphed into Mr Bean and will be bringing his coffee van filled with liquid refreshments and tempting cakes.

The event is an opportunityto visit a textile fair, whilst at the same time feasting your eyes on a great selection of antiques and decorative items for sale at the charming former dairy premises with the amazing original tiled floors throughout.

There will be additional stalls set out under the veranda to browse before you make your way into the shop where you will find a large selection of furniture, rugs, paintings, books, jewellery, silver, china, glass, kitchenalia, brocante and other collectables.

Admission is free and there is plenty of free parking.

Enquiries to Sue Meager at Dairy House Antiques
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LAPADA CONFERENCE 2012 The 2012 LAPADA Conference, held in association with The Antiques Trade Gazette, Cadogan Tate and Besso at Goldsmiths’ Hall in the City of London, Tuesday 28th February 2012 will this year focus on two major issues connected with being a retailer in our specialist sector: How to Get More Out of Your Bank During a Recession and How to Compete in The Luxury Marketplace

For the first time, the Board of LAPADA are inviting ten none LAPADA members of the antiques trade to the conference. If you would like to apply for one of these tickets (subject to availability) please contact LAPADA on (0)20 7823 3511.

The day will consist of two panel-led discussions, lunch and refreshments, and an open forum for delegates, chaired by Lord Chadlington, with contributors offering a cross-section of marketing and retailing skills.

The Banking debate was prompted in part by the results from, and strong feelings expressed by members through LAPADA’s Banking Survey, (copy available from LAPADA) carried out in late 2011.

Topics to be included in the debate are: How banks view the antiques and art market and how to present your case to them; What to do when things go wrong; What other avenues of financing might be open to antiques and art dealers.

The second panel discussion will be led by Mark Henderson, Founder and Chairman of Savile Row Bespoke, and a Director of Walpole, the British
Luxury Trade Association. Mr Henderson will share ideas as to how antiques dealers can compete for a share of the Luxury Brand Wallet, how antiques fit into the luxury sector and how to better compete in the luxury market place.

After lunch, Lord Chadlington will chair an open forum debate, inviting participants to draw upon the skills of Ivan Macquisten, Editor of the ATG, on the power of PR; Daniel Bexfield on successful viral marketing campaigns; Ron Archibald, Director of the Trade Access Programme at UKTI on trading with emerging markets; Carmine Bruno, MD of Online Galleries on selling antiques online; and Sarah Percy-Davis of LAPADA on current trade issues.

At £55 + VAT including lunch and refreshments the day offers an excellent opportunity to meet your fellow LAPADA members and generate extremely useful contacts in a convivial gathering at Goldsmiths Hall. Spaces are limited so please contact LAPADA on 020 7823 3511. as soon as possible if you would like to attend.








ARCHIVED ITEMS 2010
BEST OF BRITISH ANTIQUES AWARDS ENTRIES ARE NOW CLOSED AND THE SHORTLIST CAN BE SEEN ON OUR HOME PAGE. THE WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED IN EACH CATEGORY AT BATH DECORATIVE ANTIQUES FAIR ON THURSDAY 8 MARCH 2012 BY KIRSTIE ALLSOPP

National Antiques Week 14 – 21 November 2011


Could you be Britain’s best?


To celebrate this year’s National Antiques Week (14th-21st November), Homes & Antiques magazine and Antiques News & Fairs (the organisers of National Antiques Week) have joined together to find Britain’s best antiques shops and auction houses.

From early October until the end of November, the public will be invited to nominate their favourite antiques destinations in five categories:

• best antiques shop
• best antiques centre
• best specialist shop
• best mid-century/vintage shop
• best auction house

Nominators can win one of 10 great prizes, each with a value of at least £200, but the prizes for the winning venues are far greater. Not only will they be able to claim to be ‘Britain’s best’ (with all the media opportunities that presents); they will also receive a feature in the May issue of Homes & Antiques.

The winning businesses will be announced by TV celebrity Kirstie Allsopp at the Bath Decorative Antiques Fair on 8 March 2012.

‘Too many people are afraid of buying antiques or think they’re expensive,’ says TV presenter Kirstie Allsopp. ‘The message that needs to be sung from the rooftops is this: this is the right way to buy – antiques hold their value in a way that modern furniture simply does not. This initiative is the perfect opportunity for the trade to reach out to new customers.’

‘The antiques and vintage industry is unique in its ability to adapt, and provide true quality, value for money, and quirky individuality,’ says author and Antiques Roadshow expert Mark Hill. ‘We hope that this campaign and competition will raise the profile of the entire industry
at a time when buying vintage or antique is both desirable and fashionable. We have so much to offer, so let's shout about it.’

HOW TO GET INVOLVED:

Simply display one of the postcards (distributed in ATG in late September and available to download from the websites below) and encourage your customers to nominate you!
Nominations take place on BBC Homes and Antiques and National Antiques Week

More information about prizes and the awards is available on both web sites.

TIMELINE

Late Sept/Early Oct – Campaign announced in the national press – voting starts on BBC Homes and Antiques and National Antiques Week

November 14 – 21 - National Antiques Week – to be launched by Kirstie Allsopp at the Winter Olympia Fine Art and Antiques Fair. We’re hoping for lots of coverage in daily/weekly national/regional press and radio

30 November – voting ends 1 March – shortlisted winners announced in Homes & Antiques Magazine and National Antiques Week web site.

8 March – winners announced by Kirstie Allsopp at Bath Decorative Antiques Fair and opportunities for more national/regional/local coverage

Early April – feature on winners in Homes & Antiques


Twitter - National Antiques Week

Facebook - National Antiques Week

Natasha Goodfellow, deputy editor, Homes & Antiques 01173 148 787
Gail McLeod, editor, Antiques News & Fairs 01225 742240

Contact us if you would like a ‘nominate me’ email which you can send out to your clients.

Click here to download a PDF of the full press release

NAW Press Release

Click here to download a low-res logo for use on the web/emails

NAW Logo Low Res

Click here to download a hi-res logo for use on printed materials

NAW Logo High Res



1960s AQUA-REVIEW SHOW POSTERS

Bruce Michalski has contacted us from Redmond, Oregon USA to ask for help from the UK trade. He writes:

"Our friend Winnie (Winnifred) Reeks of the UK performed in the aqua-review shows of the 1960's in Bournemouth. She is now in her 80's and fighting cancer. While the doctor's have given her an excellent chance to beat this and she is very upbeat, we would like to locate pictures and/or posters related to these shows and girls. We are sure it will give her great pleasure and additional incentive to continue her brave fight. Winnie has had a very interesting life as she is a beautiful, outgoing woman who is a look-a-like for Elizabeth Taylor. She emigrated to the USA as a nanny for movie star Joel McCrea's children. She also tells us of the date she went on with Sean Connery, hanging onto him on his motorbike -- this was before he became known. Any help in locating these unique pieces of history would be appreciated."

Please Email Antiques News and Fairs if you think you can help and we will forward the information.

DOLLY WEATHERWAX AT JAGUAR WETHERBY 28-30 May 2011
Joanne Horner (York), trading as Dolly Weatherwax, specialises in antique and collectable dolls and related artefacts. She stands at fairs as far afield as Edinburgh
and the south coast. "Wetherby has always been a favourite of ours. It's local to us and you can buy well. But I've always been reluctant to exhibit my dolls under canvas, so we only started exhibiting here on a regular basis after the event offered brick buildings. Jaguar's use of the new grandstand and exhibition centre has added a new dimension."

Alan Cartwright, organiser; "Our plans to move the event from the opposite side of the racecourse became a reality in 2009 after the main buildings had been rebuilt. Yes, the option of modern brick buildings (in addition to hardstanding and grass) has attracted more exhibitors. More recently, it enabled us to add a seventh event to the calendar - and to spread the events more evenly throughout the year."

Jaguar Fairs' next event at Wetherby Racecourse is on 25-26 June 2011
CHANGE OF FORMAT FOR TWO NELSON EVENTS

Paul Kelly Operations Manager of Nelson Events has contacted us about format changes to the two new events the Antiques, Collectors, 20th Century & Art Deco Fairs at Aintree & Cheltenham Racecourses.

“After reviews and consultations with dealers and the public alike, we have taken the decision to adjust the format of these fairs, to ensure they meet the requirements of dealers and the expectations of the public.” Commented Peter Barrows, Chairman of Nelson Events ltd, the organisers.

“The Equestrian Centre at Aintree Racecourse is an ideal place to hold our type of events” Barrows added, “however, we have received feedback that holding a two day event in this region excludes a lot of dealers who would liked to have taken space. With this in mind, we are changing this event to a one day, Sunday only, format. We attracted a lot of dealers from across the UK, however, those from the South of England and Scotland commented that, whilst the space costs were reasonable, the additional business costs, such as fuel, accommodation, meals etc are becoming more important when making decisions on which fairs to attend. With this adjustment, we hope to re-attract all previous attendees and a larger percentage of local dealers.”

Paul Kelly, continued “At Cheltenham, the response was even more encouraging. We sold out of dealer space and saw a great volume of visitors, however, the site also holds a weekly car boot sale, which is one of the biggest in the region. Unfortunately, we were not informed about this until just before our fair and the logistics and traffic management supplied were inadequate to handle the volume of vehicles. This would have had a detrimental effect on public attendance, which, whist strong, did not reflect the advertising and marketing effort we made. Therefore, to avoid any future issues, we are making this fair a Saturday event.”

Kelly continued “It is imperative that we meet the demands of both our dealers and visitors and it is important that we listen to them and react to their views and feedback. Whilst we appreciate that these changes may cause an inconvenience to some, they are made with their best interests in mind and the success of each event as our priority.”

The next fairs at Aintree Racecourse are now on Sunday 19th June and Sunday 4th September.

The next event at Cheltenham Racecourse is on Saturday 6th August.


For more details and dates of other events, see Nelson Fairs web site via TRADE INDEX

KIKI DESIGN OPEN IN PETWORTH. Sarah Roelich with new partner Jonathan Fairweather - formerly at C20th specialist dealers De Parma, have opened a new shop in Petworth, Sussex.

Regular exhibitors at The Decorative Antiques and Textiles Fair at Battersea Kiki Design’s owner and Director Sarah Roelich has, from humble beginnings in Portobello Road, developed a look, believing that the key to harmonising interiors lies in styling antiques and C20th together.

Both Jon and Sarah are really pleased to be in Petworth and feel it is a great opportunity. “ We are lucky to be in a much loved area of English countryside and still be close to those know us in London.” Their address is 1 Pound Street, Petworth, West Sussex, GU28 0DX. Telephone 01798 343745. Opening from Tuesday to Saturday from 10.30 until 5.30pm.
From:BUCKS FREE PRESS

NATIONAL TRUST APPEAL FOR HELP TO RECOVER SILVER FROM HUGHENDEN MANOR

AN historical silver milk jug which was given to a British prime minister by Queen Victoria has been stolen from the National Trust property of Hughenden Manor.

The jug was stolen during the weekend of May 7 from the drawing room which is one of the main show rooms which is open to the public. The stately house was the former home of Victorian Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli and the jug was part of a London hallmarked silver tea-set given to him by Queen Victoria, who he had a close friendship with.

The jug has three claw feet with a decoration of roses, flowers and leaves in raised relief and has the Beaconsfield arms on its base, reflecting the fact that Disraeli was made 1st Earl of Beaconsfield in 1876.

Property Manager Jim Foy said: “We are utterly dismayed at the theft of this exquisite item from our collection. At Hughenden the public can see a wealth Disraeli’s personal belongings and memorabilia, many of which have strong links with Queen Victoria. It will be very difficult for the thief to sell the item through bona fide channels as it was immediately listed on the stolen goods register circulated throughout the professional antiques and silver trade.

We would urge the person responsible or anyone who has knowledge of the whereabouts of this item to contact the Hughenden Estate Office on 01494 755573 or Email National Trust Hughenden Manor . All calls will be treated in confidence.”

Police confirmed the jug was stolen from the Manor between 12pm on May 7 and 5pm on May 8.
CALLING VINTAGE ENTHUSIASTS: Antiques, vintage and interior enthusiasts seeking inspiration should head to RAF Swinderby this coming Monday 16 May. The Swinderby event is one of IACF's increasingy popular 'One Day Monday' fairs, offering a short, sharp dose of vintage shopping.

Everything from furniture to toys and ceramics to jewellery will be available at the fair, making it, says Robert Thomas, Director of IACF: "the perfect event for those completely new to vintage goods, Swinderby is ideal for those new to antiques fairs, it will open their eyes to all the wonderful items - and possibilities - these events can offer a home."

Taking place at RAF Swinderby LN6 9QG nr Lincoln on Monday 16th May, early entry is from 8am at a cost of £10 with general admission from 10am onwards at a cost of £5.

For more information and details of other IACF events, including the new North Weald One Day Monday event on 23 June, see IACF web site via TRADE INDEX


LAPADA MEMBERSHIP SURVEY 2010

Editor's note: A generally encouraging outlook from the largest of the antique dealer associations...

LAPADA Members Report Increased Business in 2010 and an Optimistic Outlook for the Coming Year


It is often said that there is a ‘flight to quality’ during times of economic difficulty. Perhaps this is why the UK’s leading art and antiques dealers seem to be feeling optimistic; results from the 2010 Annual LAPADA Membership Survey show that a majority of members, 63% (54%), achieved a higher turnover last year compared to 2009, whilst 75% expected turnover in 2011 to be better or the same as 2010.

Some 60% reported a turnover greater than £250,000 per annum for 2010; this is a 7% increase on the previous year’s trading (53%).

How & Where We Do Business

Interestingly, going against the trend in recent years, the number of members trading from shops or galleries has increased by 4% to 62%. Those trading by appointment dropped by 5%, from 24% in 2009. This may indicate the opportunities that present themselves when the commercial property market is under duress; young dealers may negotiate a good lease to set up shop for the first time, or sure-footed dealers expand by opening new galleries.

However, dealers are also increasing their presence and achieving successful sales on the internet and at fairs. In 2010, LAPADA members said that 27.5% (18%) of sales were made at fairs (61% of members state they exhibit at fairs, an increase of 1%), and 11.5% (8%) were made through the internet. By comparison, sales made in shops and galleries fell by 11%.

The Online Gallery facility at the LAPADA website now has a 40% (35.5%) take up by members; 67% (68%) of dealers have made sales via the internet and 46% (43%) have bought stock online.

The majority of members still enjoy a significant proportion of business with overseas clients. Just 11% (14%) have no overseas turnover, whilst 61% achieve up to a quarter of their business with overseas customers. The most important of these overseas markets remains the USA at 59% (64%). Russia has started to make a mark at 1% (0%), whilst the Fair East, including China, Japan and Australasia, has risen from 6.5% to 13%.

What Do We Sell?

A marked decrease by 9% in the number of members specialising in 19th century stock (from 49% to 40%) is balanced by a very slight 2% increase (to 35%) in 16th to 18th century, and a 7% increase (to 22%) in 20th and 21st century items. At 3% the members specialising in ancient to 15th century items remains static.

Who We Are

It is pleasing to note a growth in younger members; 5% (3%) are from 25 to 35 years of age, and the proportion of ‘under-55s’ has increased from 34% to 38%.

Purchasing power in our industry remains the preserve of the mature market. Members reporting customers in the 30-40 age bracket remains at 4%. Some 38% (41%) are in the 40-50 age group: 50% (47%) are mainly 50-60 years of age, and 8% (7%) are over 60.

Droit de Suite

8% (8%) of LAPADA dealers are currently affected by the Artists’ Resale Right. However, were Droit de Suite extended to include the work of artists who died in the previous 70 years, a further 10% (10%) will be affected, and 27% (20%) of their turnover would attract it.

LAPADA The Association of Art & Antiques dealers is the largest association of professional art and antiques dealers in the UK and in addition has a number of overseas members. Approximately 23% of its members responded to the Survey which therefore provides a useful snapshot of the trade in 2010.



Taken at Detling Antiques and Collectibles Fair at the Kent County Showground's in April 2011 - a year since B2B took stewardship of the event. Many of the outdoor exhibits reflected Kent's claim to fame as "The Garden of England" - here part of a stack of fruit and veg trays from Covent Garden and Fortnum and Mason.

Blessed with glorious sunshine, the April show was nicely balanced - with 200 exhibitors inside and as many again out. Being a weekend event, the visitors (a little over 3000) were also nicely balanced over the two days - thereby retaining outdoor exhibitors well into the second. Helen Martin of B2B; "I'm glad you found the event a happy one - we like it too. Yes, good weather always helps. Kent County Showground put the contract out to tender last year and B2B was delighted, and proud, to have been successful".


COULD YOU BE A SECRET DEALER? Two intrepid members of staff from Bristol’s RDF Television production company have spent the winter working their way around the country hunting down antiques dealers who could be the next big thing on the small screen. The company, which makes a range of antiques programmes, have been trawling fairs and antique centres to find the stars of tomorrow. From freezing Newark in December to the more convivial heated indoors of Battersea and they are leaving no stone unturned in their search, with the next stage the Bath Decorative Antiques Fair on the 11th March 2011.

RDF Television filmed series 1 of Secret Dealers in summer 2010 and the ten episodes were broadcast in September. They are currently filming series 2 of Secret Dealers. Due to the success of the first series, ITV have commissioned 30 more programmes, which will begin airing in May 2011.

Dealers already committed to this second series of the popular show are James Layte and Ian Towning, both regular faces on Dickinsons Real Deal also produced by RDF Television.

If you think you might be a devil of a dealer then please get in touch with Zoe Almond on 0117 970 7612 or Email Zoe Almond at RDF Television
A BUSY YEAR AHEAD FOR ARUN FAIRS IN WEST SUSSEX Owner Stephie Clark told Antiques News & Fairs that she is delighted to confirm that responding to popular demand, Mark Stacey has agreed to hold another Valuation Day at the next Antiques and Collectors' Fair at the Assembly Rooms in Worthing on Sunday 16 January 2011. This is the big indoor event for Arun Fairs now in its 5th year with ninety stands. The event supports Mark Stacey's chosen charity The Sussex Beacon and asks for a donation in return for your valuation on the day.

Whether you are planning to have your item valued at the Assembly Hall or just to visit the Fair, there as a special bonus - you can pick up a free entry ticket from any Arun fairs until Sunday 16th January 2011. Please check the calendar page on Arun Fairs web site to choose when you can come along and collect your free entry leaflet for the Assembly Hall.

The other big event for Arunm Fairs is the Goodwood Racecourse Antique and Collectors' Fair, next event on Easter Monday 25 April 2011.

See Arun Fairs web site via TRADE INDEX for full details of all 2011 events.
SATELLITE ANTIQUES Are you planning a buying trip in the UK? Are you a dealer in America who needs to refresh your inventory by buying from a trusted source in the UK? On line or in person, SATELLITE ANTIQUES can take you to the best trade sources in the UK. Receive images of inventory from respected dealers in the UK sent out on a daily basis, new stock as it arrives - a virtual shopping trip each week!

Courier services for visiting buyers to the UK is part of the service also. Secret sources hidden away in the English countryside. Contact by telephone or email on +44(0)1225 743647 or satelliteantiques@dsl.pipex.com
Nelson Events Ltd have announced the date of 12th annual Antiques & Collectors Fair at Gresham's School, Holt, Norfolk, on Sunday, 10th July 2011.

"Due to dealer demand, we are reverting back to a one day format, but keeping the increased outside dealer capacity, ensuring that there is the widest choice of items for visitors to choose from" commented Peter Barrows, chairman of Nelson Events Ltd.

"This fair has grown year on year and it is now possibly the largest and best annual fair in East Anglia, and, although the two day format was succesful, with healthy visitor footfall across both days, we believe that reverting to a one day format will allow us to continue its growth." he continued.

Situated in the historic grounds of Gresham's School, the fair offers internal space, both in-building and marquees, as well as outside space, with capacity for well over 200 internal stalls and fifty external dealers.

For full information see Nelson Fairs web site via TRADE INDEX - Antiques Fairs
ACTIVITY IN ESSEX - Debden Antiques and Interiors is home to around sixteen dealers who trade from this charming centre in the small medieval town of Saffron Walden which not only boasts a cafe but from Saturday 3 April will also play home to a proper farmers' market on site.

Enterprising owner Robert Tetlow has been working hard over the winter to prepare the grounds for the influx of visitors and has also installed a marquee for special events including antique fairs. Key exhibitors at Debden, Doe and Hope, have recently launched their new web site, Doe and Hope the background design used is a Voysey fabric pattern, for which they had to endure a lengthy wait to acquire consent to use as it is copyright. James of Doe and Hope told Antiquesnews that he and his two partners David and Jade, spent the dark days of winter working hard on the new site and have been delighted with the response. Dealing in what they describe as the "bizarre and the beautiful", they also hire props for film, theatre and photo shoots.

Images: a papier mache and cork bottle stopper of Winston Churchill from Doe and Hope and a view of the Barn at Debden Antiques and Interiors. See Debden Antiques & Interiors via TRADE INDEX
TOWNING'S TRAVELS CONTINUE - Chelsea jeweller Ian Towning of Bourbon Hanby Arcade, King's Road, Chelsea, travelled to Berkhamsted, north of Watford in Hertfordshire recently to take part in another edition of ITV's Dickinson's Real Deal. It was filmed at Berkhamsted Sports Space just off Berkhamsted High Street which has a number of antiques shops. Ian will be taking part in more programmes in this new series which are being filmed later in the year at Buxton and Sheffield. You can follow Dickinson's Real Deal on Twitter via Twitter ITV Real Deal

For more information about Bourbon Hanby and the dealers trading from the centre see Bourbon Hanby Arcade via TRADE INDEX - ANTIQUE CENTRES
TALBOT HOUSE ANTIQUE CENTRE are looking for experienced dealers to join them at their prime location in Dorking, Surrey. They offer easy terms with both floor space and cabinets available. Dealers in antique furniture, Oriental, Arts and Crafts are invited. Fully manned 7 days. For more information see Talbot House Antique Centre web site via TRADE INDEX Also see Features - Antiques Centres

LAPADA has kindly provided some vital information for readers of Antiquesnews which has been prepared for their members, covering the many - and sometimes unknown, rules and regulations relating to trading on the internet - the legal pitfalls and how to avoid them...

Most antique dealers make use of the internet as part of their day to day business. This can take a variety of forms ranging from e-mail to setting up a website, both as a marketing tool and to allow customers to buy stock. Although a website is not essential to trading on the internet many businesses find them to be a useful trading tool.

If you intend to go beyond simply using the internet as an advertising medium and wish to sell goods over the internet then you will have to comply with the Consumer Protection (Distance Selling) Regulations 2000. You may also have to comply with the Electronic Commerce (EC Directive) Regulations 2002.

The Distance Selling Regulations cover most sales which are not made face to face. However they do not apply to business to business contracts. Neither do they apply if you don’t sell over the internet as a regular part of your business but only occasionally. But they do apply if you allow customers to buy goods from your website or by an exchange of e-mails on a regular basis, provided that the customer doesn’t come into your shop before placing the order. Either way you must make sure the customer has a list of basic information including your contact details (including postal address if you require advance payment), a description of what you are selling, notice of the customer’s right to cancel. In addition certain information must be made available to the customer in durable form, this includes your terms and conditions of trading. You can supply this information by letter, fax or email: but it is not enough to have the information on your website because it could be edited later. Once the customer has bought the goods then you must deliver them within 30 days.

In many ways a customer’s most important right is the right to return the goods for a refund. Normally they have 7 days to do this from when the goods are delivered as long as you have informed them of their right. If you don’t do so then the 7 days doesn’t start to run until the customer receives notice of his right to cancel, the maximum time the right to cancel lasts is 3 months and 7 days. You can make the customer pay the cost of returning the goods but only if you include this in your terms and conditions. There are a few exceptions to the right to cancel but these are unlikely to apply to antiques.

The distance selling rules apply to most contracts that are not made face to face. So they apply to mail order or telephone sales as well as sales over the internet.

The Electronic Commerce Regulations overlap with the Distance Selling Regulations. The rules mean that you have to advise your customers of the technical steps they have to follow when they buy through your website and how to correct input errors. You are also required to provide a prompt acknowledgement of receipt of the customer’s order. Also if you promote your business by electronic means then you must make sure that the customer is aware of the identity of your business and that the message is being sent by a commercial organisation. If you charge for services that you provide over the internet then there are further rules you must comply with, although these largely duplicate the Distance Selling rules.

If you require detailed guidance on any of these issues please contact the Legal Helpline on 01455 251500. You will need the LAPADA Scheme code number and if you have mislaid your Commercial Law Care card, please telephone the LAPADA office for the number.

There is also guidance available from the Office of Fair Trading website www.oft.gov.uk.


There may be trouble ahead …
If you don’t comply with Paragraphs 3 and 4 of our Code of Practice that come under the heading Descriptions and Attributions. You are required to give your customer ‘as much clear and accurate information as is reasonably practicable … and this shall normally include (among other things): Any major restoration or later additions.’ The Code also requires that description details are written on a proper invoice – and that includes any major restoration that you have pointed out. These requirements are as much for your protection as your customer’s. We find that the majority of disputes that we handle under our Conciliation Service relate to a customer finding out, sometimes years after a purchase, that the item he has bought has undergone restoration. If he was not told at the time, and the dealer cannot prove otherwise from the invoice, then trouble ensues. Obey the Code and prevent the trouble!
PIERS PISANI STRIKES OUT ON HIS OWN IN SHERBORNE

It's been a while since we have heard of a large antiques shop opening in Sherborne, Dorset, but Piers Pisani has gone for what he considers an opportunity that couldn't be missed. Piers Pisani has been trading since 1987 dealing in good English period furniture, art and objects d'art, having shared the charming Courtyard premises at the top of town with colleague Patrick Macintosh for a number of years.

When 31 Cheap Street, Sherborne came on to the market with a huge showroom, offices above and integral workshop and what's more free parking - Piers felt that this tailor made premises had to be utilised for what he wished to create and that was a light and airy antiques showroom.

Piers sadly waved goodbye to Patrick and has installed himself in the new premises where the attractive Georgian frontage reveals behind it some 4700sq ft which just "keeps on going". With eight separate galleries to play with,
there is also a fully operational workshop where Piers' restoration team carry out both customer and in-house restoration and cabinet making.

Piers Pisani's restoration service includes cabinet making, upholstery, gilt work, china repairs, art restoration, clock repairs etc. Piers will be joining WEADA as a new member for 2011 and his contact details for the new showroom can be found via WEADA or contact Piers on 01935 815209 for details of opening times.
MARION DELEHAR has written to Antiquesnews about the plight of the Portobello dealers:

My family has had an antique shop in Portobello Road for 50 years. The local community choose to live in a unique area. They love the markets; including the antiques market. We see 60,000 visitors every Saturday. The Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea claims to champion small, local retailing and Portobello market. In May 2007 the Mayor published a widely publicised "Report of the Commission on Retail Conservation:" detailing the Council's desire to protect Portobello's unique character; including the antiques arcades. The Report was very well received. Dealers were delighted; the Council would protect us from developers.

However, RBKC gave planning permission for the redevelopment of the most prominent site in Portobello, with virtually no public consultation. The architecture breaks regulations. The Council could have rejected the plan on the grounds of over-development. If the developers had appealed; RBKC would still have done its duty to the public.

The developers gave dealers a series of letters assuring them that when the ground floor work was complete, they could return. In Feb 2009 basement dealers were told they also had to leave temporarily "The long term plan is to create a better quality arcade with suitable units that allow traders to trade 7 days a week." All this proved untrue. Dealers were offered temporary space in another arcade; they have since been evicted. Many of our best dealers remain homeless. Where are they to go?

The entire building is now a single huge & very grey, branch of the international fashion retailer All Saints. It opened without planning permission for its shopfront. Camden Council recently enforced against All Saints for doing the same thing. RBKC is considering the matter.

This development has ripped the heart out of the antiques market. Dealers, residents & visitors are incandescent with rage. In six hours last Saturday 1,800 people signed a petition; which is also available online at Portobello Petition The most serious concern is that the developers own most of the antiques arcades. It is widely believed that they intend turning them all into clone retailers; aided and abetted by the Council. Three million people a year visit Portobello for antiques, bookshops & market stalls; not All Saints. They already have a branch in Westfield, where they belong. RBKC neither understands nor values the contribution that the whole of Portobello makes London's culture. Portobello is an internationally acclaimed treasure; but is being sold out to the dead hand of mammon. It is a tragedy.
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NEW BOARD MEMBERS ANNOUNCED BY LAPADA

Three new members have also been elected to join the LAPADA
Board of Directors by the AGM:

Ian Butchoff, of Butchoff Antiques in Kensington Church Street, a founding member of LAPADA and long-time supporter of the Association, regular vetter and exhibitor on the fairs’ scene, and a leading expert in exhibition quality 19th century furniture.

Catherine McKenna a long-time member with an established jewellery business in Beauchamp Place, Catherine is in regular demand as an expert speaker and has a natural flair for marketing which will be a great asset to the Board.

Jacqueline Pruskin, a former member of LAPADA and specialist dealer in modern C20th and C21st applied arts and design, since 1970 with the Pruskin Gallery, and from 1995, Toffler Pruskin. Jacqueline is now an acquisition consultant and freelance journalist, who helped judge Object of the Year 2010; vets at Berkeley Square and Olympia; and sits on the LAPADA Modern committee.

NEW DEALER AT OLD BANK ANTIQUES

Barton House Antiques have joined Old Bank Antiques Centre in Bath dealing in in 17-19th century furniture, paintings, drawings and sculpture.


Owner Andrew Gradwell also has a showroom at the Emporium in Hungerford

See Old Bank Antiques Centre web site via TRADE INDEX - Antiques Centres
Alex Schlesinger of Old Bank Antiques Centre on London Road, Bath, has written to Antiquesnews & Fairs....

Some Hole in the Road.........
Some Disruption


"There are pluses and minuses to running a business on one of the busiest main roads in the south west. Pluses include loads of people passing by and noticing your shop. Minuses include: the fact that your potential customer has been stuck in a traffic jam for the last hour. Another hidden minus is the fact that all of the services for this side of Bath are buried under the road surface.

For the last ten weeks we have had the most monumental traffic jams on the London Road, here in Bath. The reason for the jams? Gas main replacement...a gas main some two feet in diameter!

Work started in August with practically no notice being given to residents or businesses. The first I knew about the imminent works when Radio Bristol phoned me up to ask what I thought the disruption would do to business!
We all duly received our letter of warning from Morrison (the contractor) just one day before work started. The letter bore the date of my radio interview! The disruption was as bad as we expected, and what really infuriated us all along here was the fact that the handful of workmen on the job worked just 9 to 5 on Monday to Friday! And sometimes, there were not on site at all.

Then, last Friday, there came the last straw. I came down in the morning to find the road in front of my shop totally railed off and being used as a builders` yard: thus preventing any deliveries to my front of shop. Just to round off the scene of desolation, there was a huge generator on the pavement merrily chugging away churning out exhaust fumes literally two feet from my shop door... whilst simultaneously depositing a black tar like substance on the pavement.

The workmen were polite...but singularly un-cooperative when asked if at least the generator could be moved.
Now, at last, I understood why the Morrison vehicles did not display a phone number, just a web site address. And I was not surprised to find that the web site did not give any phone numbers, either: except for their press office. So, when I phoned this number, I did point out that my next port of call would be BBC Radio, in Bristol! After a squeal of indignation from the lady at the other end of the phone: I was quickly given the number of their office in Bristol...
I spoke to a Mr Lamb; who was apologetic, and went to say that we had all been given plenty of notice. I pointed out that not only had residents and traders been given no notice: But even the Executive Councillor for Traffic and Transport, Cllr. Gerrish, had told me that he had not been informed in advance!

Mr Lamb then assured me that his firm had informed the council officers in the Highways Department: as they were legally required to do. So now everything was clear: The council officers had not bothered to inform either the executive councillor to whom they are supposed to report, and neither had they bothered to inform the local rate and council tax payers!

Of one thing we may all be certain: not a single head will roll! But: If you do have a problem: and the contractor is Morrison: to save you some time: Here is their Bristol Office number: 0117 9515223..."

If you wish to commiserate with Alex, contact him via Old Bank Antiques Centre web site via TRADE INDEX

Regeneration in Somerset! Number 21 Antiques which opened recently in the historic market town of Shepton Mallet is encouraging something of renaissance in the town with another antiques and collectors business by the name of Nostalgia opening following the success of the stylish boutique at Number 21 Town Street, which specialises in architectural reclamation, lighting, painted furniture and decorative accessories for the home and garden. Owner Belinda Ollis writes one of the better blogs about antiques on the web - well researched and full of so many useful addresses not only antiques and decoration sources but useful information sites and travel tips for antique dealers in France with a great link for dog friendly hotels! No21 Antiques
NEW SHOP FOR BATH Owners of OLD BANK ANTIQUES CENTRE in Bath, Alex Schlesinger and David Moore recently advertised one of their retail premises for rent and were delighted when within hours of putting up the sign, two potential clients appeared on the scene. The lucky new residents are two local antique restorers/dealers, both of whom had formerly been part of the main Old Bank Antiques Centre further along the busy London Road in Bath. The working title for the new shop is Hirst and Jackson and owners Owen Hirst and Simon Jackson will not only trade in traditional antique furniture but will make and sell bespoke reformed tradtional antique furniture with a modern quirky interpretation using their skills as restorers. Meanwhile, back at Old Bank Antiques, which currently plays host to more than fifteen dealers from across the region. the busy centre, much used by decorators, especially for hotels across the UK, now has one or two vacancies due to retirement of long term exhibitors. For more information on what is available, call David at the centre on 01225 469282 or see Old Bank Antiques Centre via TRADE INDEX
UK FAIRS CALENDAR 18th ANNIVERSARY The latest issue Antique Trade Calendar marks the start of the quarterly magazine's 18th year of publication with a bumper edition listing and news of events throughout the UK. Publisher Stephen Browning offers a comprehensive guide to grassroots to quality antiques and collectors' fairs and antiques centres. Easy on the pocket in both size and price (£1.50 at fairs) or annual subscription by mail this magazine first appeared in 1992. Further information telephone 0208 446 3604. See Trade Index for more information.
FINDING TIME in her busy schedule planning seven fairs for next year, Ingrid Nilson of Antique Dealers' Fairs has managed to oversee the launch of a stylish new web site which gives full information of the exciting events planned throughout 2010. The Antiques Dealers Fair Limited was set up in 2003 by the Kent based dealer and the company has expanded from organising one single annual event to staging seven small but exclusive fairs in 2010. The concept of Luxury Antiques Weekends staged at four-star hotels and featuring around two dozen BADA and LAPADA members from a wide range of disciplines has proven very popular with both dealers and visitors, and these events of distinction are becoming important fixtures on the quality fairs circuit. See Antique Dealer Fairs web site via TRADE INDEX
HAVARD AND HAVARD, dealers in period Welsh furniture and country furniture from the 18th and 19th century, have expanded their repertoire to include locally forged contemporary garden furniture with other decorative pieces, displayed in their charming walled garden behind the shop in Cowbridge, Vale of Glamorgan. After a great deal of hard work Philip and Christine are delighted to welcome you to their "shiny new web site" Havard and Havard which is now live and can be seen via TRADE INDEX.
GRIERSON GOWER of Relic, Bath, and formerly Brilscote Farm, Malmesbury Wiltshire, has moved from his shop in Bath and will be trading by appointment from his home in Wellow, Somerset. For more information call 01225 833049 or email bathrelic@googlemail.com
DAIRY HOUSE ANTIQUES at Semley near Shaftesbury in Dorset have opened a new showroom. The adjacent cheese room has been completely restored and has a full capacity of dealers who have been waiting for space at the popular centre. For enquiries please contact Sue Meager on 01747 853317.
NEWARK ANTIQUES WAREHOUSE have announced extended opening hours for the centre during August 2009. See Newark Antiques Warehouse web site via TRADE INDEX
NORFOLK DEALER and founder exhibitor at the Bath Decorative and Antiques Fair Mal Cannell of The Raveningham Antiques Centre and Arts Venue at Castell Farm, Raveningham in Norfolk, is working hard to support the trade and keep the antiques flag flying. Mal deals in country furniture and accessories and is also well known as a specialist in oriental carpets. The Centre is home to a number of dealers and crafts people who rent space in the stable blocks and there is a homely café on site where you can have a good lunch on any day at the Ravenous Cafe where visitors have been known to stay a lot longer than they intended! Three years ago they started their trade markets, held twice a year in the grounds of this wonderful old farm with its 16th century half timbered buildings. Local trade get together to run the events, which are some way between a Swap Shop open to the public and a proper antiques fair, usually with around twenty dealers standing. What makes the events so enjoyable is the evening entertainment when Mal’s daughter Laura, a well known fiddle player on the folk music circuit, together with other visiting musicians, put on a show. Music events are held every other week during the summer and many people camp overnight and Mal says that their attitude at Raveningham has always been to keep overheads low and prices reasonable with the idea that if the customers stay in business so will they!
Millers of Ringwood, Hampshire, was founded in 1897 and for 80 years was based on the Kings Road, Chelsea, in the heart of the antiques and art market. The business relocated to Ringwood in the 1970s to a splendid Queen Anne house where Millers Antiques regularly host selling exhibitions under canvas. Alan Miller, current owner with wife Carol, was one of the first intrepid UK dealers to make regular trips to France in the 1950s. A well known character in the antiques trade, Alan Miller has been featured on the British television travel show Wickers World with Alan Wicker. Millers hold regular Open Weekends and events under canvas - for more information see Millers Antiques via Trade Index.
ALL THE NEWS of the UK's grassroots fairs and leading one-day events appears in The Antique & Collectors Trader, the independent monthly newspaper, that recently celebrated its 10th birthday. For subscriptions and further details telephone 01702 207 400.
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