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Veteran exhibitors at Antiques for Everyone at the NEC, Sue and Alan Poultney who own Scarab Antiques continue to surprise their customers with new departures from their regular stock - Lucite furniture, Art Deco
mirrors, lighting and furniture to name a few, but they have legions of faithful followers who queue up on their stand to ogle the outstanding and sparkling array of
costume and precious jewellery and studio glass that the pair have cemented their reputation upon.
Alan and Sue have told us about some exceptional vases recently acquired that they will taking to the forthcoming Antiques for Everyone from 25-28 July 2013, including:
c.1930’s A rare Legras cameo and enamelled sunset with swans, barrel shaped oversize vase. Price: £1495-00
c.1930’s A rare Daum + Nancy mini cameo and gilt enamelled sunset taper foot bowl. Price: £395-00
c.1930’s A rare Schneider leaf and berry oversize cameo tapering footed vase. Price: £1750-00
c.1960-70’s An extremely rare and very large ’Venini’ tube lined green vase Price: £1650-00
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!”
Driscolls Antiques offers a comprehensive package to clients with a full restoration service and the newly tuned up web site offers a series of information Driscolls Guides, which are very helpful to the the public - how to care for antiques and how to recognise styles and periods.
See Driscolls Antiques web site via TRADE INDEX and follow James on Twitter - @driscolls100
Masterpiece London returns for the fourth edition of aesthetic excellence from 27 June to 3 July 2013 in the spectacular purpose-built pavilion on the South Grounds of The Royal Hospital Chelsea, London SW3 with over one
hundred and fifty distinguished dealers in art and antiques on the international stage vying for the most talked about exhibit – a prize likely to be carried off by jewellers Symbolic & Chase who will be showcasing an extraordinary jewel from European Royal history – The Mary Tudor Pearl.
The Renaissance pearl surfaced in 2004 when it was acquired, having been lost since the late 16th century, and can be dated back to 1526. It measures 258.12 grains (64.5 carats, 69.8 carats with its diamond cap) making it the third largest well-formed natural pearl documented today. Between 1526 and 1539 the pearl entered into the outstanding jewellery collection of the Empress Isabella of Portugal (1503-1539). When the Empress died in 1539 the pearl was inherited by her daughter, Juana of Austria (1535-1573) and ultimately became part of the dowry for Mary Tudor (1516-1558), after whom the pearl has been christened, when she married Felipe II of Spain.
The outstanding asymmetrical drop-shaped pearl was much admired by the Tudor courts and is featured in Royal portraiture of Mary Tudor, namely ‘Mary Tudor, Queen of England, second wife of Felipe II’ by Anthonis Mor at the Museo del Prado and ‘Queen Mary I’ by Hans Eworth, (image courtesy of The Bridgeman Art Library). A similar painting by Hans Eworth of Queen Mary I also hangs at the National Portrait Gallery.
Martin Travis, Director at Symbolic & Chase, says, “Coming across one of the most astonishing natural pearls to date is a once in a lifetime opportunity and I am delighted to be showcasing this recent Royal discovery at Masterpiece London this June and July”.
Following its debut at Masterpiece London the pearl will be exhibited at the V&A Museum Pearls Exhibition which will run from 21 September 2013 to 19 January 2014.
Masterpiece London 2013 welcomes more than twenty new exhibitors to the fair this year. These include Ariadne Galleries (New York), Martin du Louvre (Paris), Veronique Bamps (Paris), Galerie Willy Huybrechts (Paris), Galerie Vauclair (Paris), Mayoral Galeria D’Arte (Barcelona), Stockspring (London), Montblanc UK Ltd (London) and Rolleston (London) amongst many others. These exhibitors join Masterpiece London’s returning exhibitors to present an international spectrum drawn from eleven different countries, from the west coast of United States to Europe.
Images: The Mary Tudor Pearl -Symbolic & Chase Queen Mary I, 1554, oil on oak by Hans Eworth. Courtesy of Society of Antiquaries of London/ The Bridgman Art Library.
Anyone reading the publicity surrounding Antiques Young Guns will have noticed that the main event will be hosted at a venue which is the ultimate source for discerning homemakers, designers and trade – The Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair 20-28 April 2013 at the recently renamed Evolution Marquee in Battersea Park, London SW11.
The event, still known in the trade inner circles as “the Decorators’ Fair” is indeed an event for the Young Guns of the trade to aspire to and thanks to the generosity of the organiser David Juran they will have a bird’s eye view of this storming event from the complimentary stand in the foyer where a very varied selection of contributions from The Young Guns will be on display and for sale. The chance to submit stock to be showcased at what is an elite event for the more experienced members of the trade - The Heavy Artillery - was a driving force behind so many entries in the competition.
The Spring Fair will be home to more than one hundred and forty of the decorative trade who consistently make this event a first call for not only decorators worldwide but also American trade buyers who come over specifically for the event three times a year to see wonderful objects, furniture and works of art of all periods to tempt every aficionado of fine interiors. Traditional accessories from kitchenalia to wine glasses, textiles and quirky decorations such as antique shoes alongside ‘Grand Tour’ intaglios displayed under domes and taxidermy also under glass domes on a grand scale. The fair is also a serious source for good antique furniture from early English oak to Georgian walnut and Regency mahogany with Arts and Crafts and Art Deco pieces appearing more and more frequently.
The Winter event in January saw a trend for comfortable country house upholstery which sold very well and a common design thread was simplicity and good proportions. Original twentieth century mirrors, lighting and furniture such as sideboards, consoles, occasional tables and desks offered modern style with quality an integrity at prices competitive with many high street and designer sources.
Keil and Stuart the Fontaine boys are now in their sixth year at The Decorative Antiques and Textiles Spring Fair and they seem to be on a gilded path with one successful fair after another, not forgetting their debut at Olympia International Art & Antiques Fair last year which was a sell out.
Their prominent stand just inside the main arena at Battersea is always a buzzy hive of activity and a quick check on their web site this week confirms that they have been on yet another buying frenzy in France. The boys seem to have a policy of keeping the stock fresh at all times in the former town laundry which they have artfully transformed in Margate, Kent. They have regular sales of existing stock when prices really are slashed together with their annual boozy and lively “deballage” where they also showcase new stock, and then off they go to France to replenish it all with fresh delights. They have an extremely sharp eye for trifles and baubles you did not realise you simply could not live without but they are also very clever at structuring all of this with sleek usable furniture – each piece with an arresting little detail to give it that little flick.
Somebody who is heading along his own gilded path is Young Gun George Johnson, aged 35, who owns Lady Kentmores in Callander up the picturesque Trossachs region of Scotland. George has in a very short space of time made a name for himself in his role as one of the four hosts on Channel 4’s Secret Removers and since this appearance has been offered a new role in another nationwide show still under embargo! George writes regularly for Antiques News and Fairs and a number of other trade press and has recently been snapped up to write a column for Money Maker Magazine giving tips on how to make a profit from collectibles. His shop is in the words of Toma Haines, The Antiques Diva “a cocktail stirred but not shaken!” - a confection of curios, collectibles and the macabre.
As a key member of the crack team of judges for Antiques
Young Guns George was not eligible to enter the awards but he is able to display some of his stock on the Young Guns stand at Battersea. He has chosen two of his favourite pieces of taxidermy which he acquired after a lengthy and circuitous journey to a remote castle in the North of Scotland where the Laird had invited him to come and buy a few pieces. George found the journey home a lot more enjoyable with some prize exampled of pre-war taxidermy in tow!
Images: Fontaine Early 20thC French Lantern £695 Two Early 20thC Composite Chickens £325 19thC Tole Egg Warmer £295 Lady Kentmores: A cased heron, approx size; 33” x 25” x 10” - a fabulous example of a Grey Heron (Ardea Cinerea) it has been mounted with a very natural background. Early 20thC,£699 Owl in a bell jar 8” x 17” Exquisite early 20thC Taxidermy Barn Owl (Tyto Alba) - the quality of this item just radiates beauty. £599
For full exhibitor list and times see The Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair web site via TRADE INDEXwww.decorativefair.com
With the date rapidly approaching the twelve members of the Young Guns of the Antiques Trade shortlist can look forward to a fantastic prize package share out when the awards are announced on Thursday 25 April 2013.
Every member of the shortlist will benefit from a part of the prize package but one lucky member will receive the Judges Special Award which will be announced on the night by a very special celebrity to be announced on Friday 5 April 2013.
See below for details of the prize package and see National Antiques Week for the full shortlist with bios and profile images.
*The opportunity to submit items for sale (subject to curation) in the Young Guns – Antiques Trade of the Future foyer exhibition at Decorative Antiques and Textiles Spring Fair 2013
*An expert shopping tour of The Decorative Fair and Textiles Fair with Mark Hill
*A special Alfie’s Antiques Antiques are Green linen goodie bag designed by Susan Taylor which was the winning design for Alfie’s National Antiques Week 2010 competition.
Special Judges’ Award to be announced at the Awards Ceremony:
“Summer at Alfie’s”Alfie’s Antiques Market - London’s largest indoor market for antiques, vintage, collectables & 20th Century Design since 1976 has donated a free booth for the months of June and July 2013. The lucky winner will have an a unique opportunity to sell their stock for free for two months at this very high profile London location where they will have the chance to meet and learn from many experienced dealers who share space at this iconic London landmark antiques centre.
This will be a special award given to one of the shortlisted Young Guns agreed by the five judges.
The destination city of Chester with its medieval rows and city walls already draws tourists from around the world and The Chester Antiques Fair which opens on Valentine’s Day, Thursday 14 until Sunday 17 February 2013 will no doubt tempt happy couples through the door to inspect the array of sparklers on display from jewellery specialists Plaza from Cheshire, Howell’s from Oldham,Trivett from Shropshire, Terry Robert from Norfolk and Shapiro & Co. from Bond Street who will not miss the trick and be sure to have on display a range of heart shaped gems among their range of eye-catching stock.
Other portable Valentine’s Day purchases on display will be paintings, always a major attraction at this twice a year event, organised by Penman Fairs, including traditional and contemporary oils and watercolours for both the most discerning connoisseur and the first time collector. The specialist galleries include Jo Bennett from Manchester, showing collectable works by Northern School artists, Baron Fine Art from Chester with works by Louise Rayner, Warren Williams and Helen Allingham, and Rowles Fine Art from Oswestry with 20th century paintings by Keffyn Williams, Marcel Dyf, Helen Bradley, Beryl Cook, Montague Dawson and Kay Boyce. Graham Bentley from Warwickshire and Graham Reed from Yorkshire show a range of affordable drawings and watercolours.
Making a debut at the Fair will be Wren Gallery from Burford specialising in 20th century and contemporary works including the West Country paintings of Joan Gillchrest. Another newcomer this time will be glass specialist Jeanette Hayhurst from Tetbury, Gloucester with a collection of period and desirable glass, just right for a memorable gift! www.antiquesnewsandfairs.co.uk Images: Rowles Fine Art: Sir Kyffin William, “Farmer with Stick”, “16” X 12”. Watercolour. Region of £15,000 - £20,000. To be shown by. Jeanette Hayhurst: A baluster champagne glass, wide shallow bowl set on stem comprising of a teared knop over inverted baluster and base knops, folded foot circa 1720, 6 3/4 ins. high £1750. For a full list of exhibitors see Penman Antiques Fairs web site via TRADE INDEX on www.antiques
Cooper Fairs are dominating the landscape In the South West this spring with a trio of important events, beginning with The Powderham Castle Antiques & Fine Art Fair from 22 - 24 February swiftly followed by the first Bath Décorative Antiques Fair under Cooper ownership from 7-10 March and finishing with a flourish at The Cotswolds Decorative Antiques and Fine Arts Fair from 29-31 March 2013.
Powderham Is one of the region’s premier events for collectors and attracts a very loyal following of visitors who return to see the regular diverse array of exhibitors.
Local dealer James Gould of Apollo in nearby Ashburton will be showing a selection of 20th century Scandinavian and European furniture and paintings contrasting with the Fine Georgian and Victorian furniture, period silver, sparkling jewellery, Oriental collector’s items, Persian carpets, collectable glass, English and Continental pottery and porcelain, clocks on display.
New to the fair and also joining organiser Sue Ede for her first Bath fair will be Pimlico dealer Timothy Langston who will be bringing a portrait of Edward Courtenay, 1st Earl of Devon (c.1527- 1556). Powderham Castle has been the home of the Earls of Devon since the 16th century times when the Courtenay family fought alongside the Tudors in the Wars of the Roses and is currently home to the 18th Earl & Countess of Devon. The portrait, in oils on board, is a very rare copy, dating from around 1800, of the original by Steven Van Der Meulen (c.1543-1564). Measuring 42 x 31 ¾ inches, it will be on sale for £4,500.
Images: James Gould - red leather swivel chair, c 1960 Timothy Langston - Edward Courtenay, 1st Earl of Devon (c.1527- 1556) of the original by Steven Van Der Meulen (c.1543-1564).dated c 1800
Monday 7 February 2013 saw five judges good and true of National Antiques WeekYoung Guns of the Antiques Trade Award, (known as #AntiquesYoungGuns on Twitter) go into lock down in a room for nearly four hours tasked with agreeing on the final shortlist for the award. No mean feat this considering that there were over fifty top notch entries from some of the most dynamic and interesting young people from all sectors of the antiques trade.
We aimed for a shortlist of ten but we simply had to extend it to twelve and even then it was tough! We really want to thank the remaining entrants not on the shortlist and we will be announcing some exciting plans to promote this important sector when the awards are over.
The shortlist of twelve have all shown the true spirit that we were looking for and are all trail blazers in their own right.
In no particular order:
THE OFFICIAL SHORTLIST FOR YOUNG GUNS OF THE ANTIQUES TRADE 2013
In no particular order:
Matthew Dunn (37) runs Apsley Antiques Ltd & Fleaglass Ltd and he has been bringing the scientific antiques market to a whole new generation.
Robbie Timms (30) of S&S Timms Antiques from Ampthill in Bedfordshire is one of the founding members of the original #AntiquesYoungGuns. He has been bringing a new outlook to the traditional furniture side of the trade and Robbie was behind the launch of the first antiques shop in the world to launch their very own Iphone/Ipad app.
Sam Loxton (33) travels the world sourcing the finest jewellery for Lucas Rarities and has a love for the finest items. In his words: “I consider myself a champion of antique jewellery and hope to kick start a revolution against the modern jewellery which is being distributed and mass marketed worldwide”
Timothy Medhurst (21) has turned a childhood love of coins in a career, he is an auctioneer specialising in the numismatic world. He is determined to bring a young edge to an area of the trade that is sometimes seen as old and stuffy.
Antiques News and Fairs would like to thank the four people who gave freely of their help and humour throughout this judging process:
Mr George Johnson himself a foxy young gun and tv antiques expert, who has contributed so much and made a number of trips across the border from his lair in The Trossachs to sit on committees and help out afterwards in various London hostelries!