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 INDEXImages:
1970s Chribska Applied Prunt Vase
Designer: Josef Hospodka
Date of design: 1969
Factory: Prachen, near Novy Bor
Period of manufacture: 1970s
Price: £280Decoris Fine Art
‘Minihaha’ by Harold Copping (1863-1932). Ink wash and watercolour on paper £2,350Indian Art Centre
An Anglo-Indian Savonarola-type armchair
95 cm x 76 cm
Provenance: From an English private collection
Price: £1250Lady Kentmores
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.
£99Doe & Hope
Very Fine & Extensive Collection of American Circus Themed Photographs Price: £595.00Clarke Pickett Antiques
A Very Large Florentine Giltwood Mirror Provenance c1800
£3,995Bradley 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