“As a woman, Woolf knew about the sense of helplessness that can afflict women given too little to do. And she knew – she insisted – that a life spent maintaining a house and throwing parties was not necessarily, not categorically, a trivial life. She gave us to understand that even a modest, domestic life was still, for the person living it, an epic journey, however ordinary it might appear to an outside observer. She refused to dismiss lives that most other writers tended to ignore.”
Michael Cunningham (The Hours’ author) about Virginia Woolf.
You come to fetch me from my work to-night
When supper’s on the table, and we’ll see
If I can leave off burying the white
Soft petals fallen from the apple tree.
(Soft petals, yes, but not so barren quite,
Mingled with these, smooth bean and wrinkled pea;)
And go along with you ere you lose sight
Of what you came for and become like me,
Slave to a springtime passion for the earth.
How Love burns through the Putting in the Seed
On through the watching for that early birth
When, just as the soil tarnishes with weed,
The sturdy seedling with arched body comes
Shouldering its way and shedding the earth crumb
Joining the fray of the London Season of Art and Antiques this year is Reflect London at The Kensington Town Hall on Sunday 12 June 2011 filling the gap in the season for a prestigious glass fair in central London.
Reflect London is one of a group of glass fairs which take place across the UK organised by Oxbridge Fairs, including the very popular Cambridge Glass Fair and the well established National Glass Fair.
More than forty exhibitors will include specialists in Georgian drinking glasses and other tableware, including Rapparee Antiques and Marris Antiques. Victorian pressed glass will be represented by Philip Housden and Arts and Crafts and desirable twentieth century glass will be offered by Nigel Benson among others. Art Nouveau and Art Deco glass, including Lalique, will be available from several specialists, including Roger Harris, M. and D. Moir , Leda Drucaroff and Paul Calver.
Andrew Lineham, the respected dealer in 19th century Bohemian and other Continental glass, will be bringing some special pieces including a very pretty overlay goblet. (shown). There will be highly desirable and collectable mid-century Whitefriars, Czech, Scandinavian and Italian pieces, Scottish and Irish glass and fabulous contemporary designs from selected artists including Adam Aaronson, Vic Bamforth and Rowan van der Holt.
Kensington Town Hall is ideally placed en route mid-way between Olympia International Antiques and Fine Art Fair and Art Antiques London in Kensington Gardens, both of which are open at the same time as Reflect London.
S&S Timms Antiques of Bedfordshire have blazed a techno trail by installing what they believe to be the first iPhone App for an antiques business.
It is now possible to enter their shop full of antique furniture and accessories on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch
anywhere (subject to signal). S&S Timms Antiques are showing this new App on their stand (number D24) at the Olympia International Art and Antiques Fair which opens in London on Thursday 9 June until Sunday 19 June 2011.