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Thank you!

2017-12-04 12:49:25

Thank you to everyone who visited us this past weekend for our annual Christmas Open Weekend. We had a marvelous turn out with many sales. So we hope those that made purchases went away very happy!

We will be open until Saturday 23rd December, so still some time to come and find some unique gifts.

 

 

Christmas Open Weekend

2017-11-01 13:36:52 - Last updated: 2017-11-01 16:44:32

Our Christmas Open Weekend, 2nd & 3rd December, will provide a wonderful opportunity to browse around our superb stock of antiques and fine art. Mulled wine and mince pies will be available as you peruse around the galleries, and perhaps become inspired to buy some very special gifts!

Saturday 2nd 10am - 6pm

Sunday 3rd 10am - 4pm

All welcome

Tunbridge Ware Information Day

2017-11-01 13:27:42 - Last updated: 2017-11-01 13:28:44

 Amherst Antiques will be hosting another of their highly informative information days this Saturday 4th November.

In the morning Dianne Brick will consider the work of William Fenner with special emphasis on a rare fitted dressing case bearing a label from the 1830's.

The afternoon session will fast forward almost a hundred years to discuss the John Thomas Ellis and Porter's Repository of Tunbridge Wells. She will also touch on Tunbridge Wells last Tunbridge Ware manufacturer and a most unusual picture frame which appears to have been influenced by the discovery of Tutankahmen's tomb in 1922.

Refreshments will be served. 

Jupiter Antiques Autumn Selling Exhibition

2017-10-16 16:15:32 - Last updated: 2017-10-16 16:17:40

Our porcelain specialists annual autumn event will be taking place 27th and 28th October. A vast selection of 18th and 19th century porcelain will be available to buy. This event provides the perfect opportunity for porcelain collectors to add to their collections and learn even more from both Brad and Kevin.

.Refreshments are available throughout the two days and admission is free.

 

Annual Leave

2017-08-15 14:30:15 - Last updated: 2017-08-15 14:31:10

Apologies for any inconvenience caused but we will be taking our annual leave from Monday 21st August and re-open on Tuesday 29th August 2017.

We hope you are enjoying your summer as much as we are ours!

 

Ceramics Mayfair

2017-05-02 11:59:06

Jupiter Antiques will once again be holding their annual Ceramics Mayfair Exhibition at The Edenbridge Galleries on 1st, 2nd and 3rd June 2017. There will be a wonderful selection of 18th and 19th century English porcelain to view and buy.

Jupiter will be joined by Catherine Hunt Oriental Antiques and Mark and Sandra Diamond with British Regency Porcelain. The event opens at 10am on 1st June with free admission and refreshments.

 

Valentine’s Price Massacre

2017-02-08 17:24:16 - Last updated: 2017-02-08 17:24:37

Over 30 pieces of Tunbridge Ware for sale at half the ticket price for two days only on Saturday 11th & Sunday 12th February.

To view items on offer please visit www.amherstantiques.co.uk/christmas

Prices shown are currently the full ticket price, which will alter on Saturday 11th February at 9.30am to half price.

Items on offer can be bought through the website throughout the weekend by clicking the Buy It Now button.

(please see our Events Page for postal charges http://www.tunbridgeware.org/amherst-events)

Alternatively you can telephone your order on 01892 725552 from 9.30am on Saturday 11th February. For further information please call 01892 725552

If you would like to view any items in advance of the weekend Dianne will be at The Edenbridge Galleries on Thursday 9th & Friday 10th mornings only.

Please note you would need to telephone first to ensure that the items are taken to the Galleries for you to see.

Tunbridge Ware Information Session

2017-02-08 12:44:01 - Last updated: 2017-02-08 12:48:59

We are delighted to announce that Dianne Brick will be holding two Tunbridge Ware information sessions at The Edenbridge Galleries on Saturday 25th March.

At 11am Dianne will discuss the main characteristics of the Tunbridge Ware of Edmund Nye, including the introduction of green-stained veneers, a topic continued in the afternoon session.

At 2pm Dianne will discuss the use of spalted wood (wood coloured naturally by fungus) through history and allow a fresh perspective on some Tunbridge Ware veneers, including the marbled technique associated with makers from the 1830's and 1840's.

Please bring any examples from your own collection that you would like to discuss. Refreshments will be served before each session. 

There is no charge for this event, however, it is essential to reserve your place in advance by either telephone or e-mail, indicating which session you would like to attend.

Happy New Year

2017-01-10 15:52:48 - Last updated: 2017-01-10 15:53:39

We would like to wish all our clients and friends a very  Happy New Year!! And we look forward to seeing you sometime soon either at the galleries or one of the fairs many of us take part in.

Christmas Opening hours

2016-12-14 11:59:39

We will be open until 3pm on Saturday 24th December (Christmas Eve) and re-open on Tuesday 3rd January 2017.

We wish all our clients and friends a very Happy Festive Season!

Christmas Open Weekend 2016

2016-11-09 11:03:57 - Last updated: 2016-11-09 11:04:41

 Please join us for our 10th forthcoming Christmas Open Weekend at our beautiful galleries. The perfect time and environment to choose some very special Christmas gifts. Or perhaps you are aiming to find a special piece of furniture to complete your home ready for the rush of Christmas visitors?

Whatever it may be, we are sure to be able to help you make some choices. We will be serving mulled wine and mince pies throughout the weekend to add to the Christmas atmosphere. 

So please put the date in your diary and join us for a wonderful shopping experience! A Christmas Gift catalogue is also available to view online on our Homepage, or if you prefer a hard copy please do let us know and we will be happy to pop one in the post for you.

We look forward to seeing you soon.

Jupiter Autumn Selling Exhibition

2016-10-04 16:03:25 - Last updated: 2016-10-04 17:20:10

Our porcelain specialists, Jupiter Antiques, will be hosting their autumn selling exhibition showcasing recent acquisitions and many pieces from private collections.

Friday will commence at 10am and finish at 5.30pm. Saturday 10am - 4pm.

All are welcome and admission is free. Refreshments are provided throughout the day.

Muddy Stiletto Awards 2016

2016-06-16 11:06:49 - Last updated: 2016-07-12 13:25:34

We are very proud to be voted winners of 'Best Emporium in Kent' in the Muddy Stiletto Awards. muddystilettos.co.uk is an urban guide to all that's best in the countryside. If you voted for us we are extremely grateful for thinking of us. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Ceramics May Fair

2016-05-18 12:54:26

Jupiter Antiques will be hosting their 10th Annual Exhibition, Ceramics May Fair,  at The Edenbridge Galleries on 26th, 27th and 28th May 2016. They will be accompanied by Mark and Sandra Diamond with British Decorative Regency Porcelain and Catherine Hunt with Oriental Antiques.

Each day will open at 10am with a wonderful display of well over 1000 pieces  on for sale.

All welcome.

 

Thank you!

2016-05-18 12:45:53 - Last updated: 2016-05-18 12:49:07

Thank you to everyone who came along to our Spring Open Weekend 'A History of Tea'. It was a great success with a wonderful talk by Fraser from Blends for Friends who provided us with our very own historic blend of tea. We still have some delightful tins for sale, beautifully packaged which make an excellent gift or souvenir of Edenbridge!.

 

'A History of Tea '7th & 8th May 2016

2016-04-30 15:48:22 - Last updated: 2016-04-30 15:50:28

 The galleries annual Spring Open Weekend takes place this weekend and this year the theme is 'tea'! All our specialists will be displaying items connected with the long and fascinating history of tea in this country. 

We are also very excited about having our very own tea blended especially for the occasion! This will be served throughout the weekend and will be available to purchase in delightful little tea caddies.

Blends for Friends, who have blended our tea, will be presenting a talk on the history of tea in our country on Saturday 7th at 2.30pm. We know this will be highly interesting and very entertaining!

So why not join us for this special spring event and enjoy a delicious cuppa with us!

Temptations: A Discerning Collector's Choice

2016-03-29 16:58:11 - Last updated: 2016-03-29 16:59:56

Dianne Brick of Amherst Antiques will be holding a selling exhibition starting on Saturday 16th April and will run until Saturday 23rd April during shop opening times. Comprising of over 70 pieces of Tunbridge Ware the collection has taken 30 years to compile with every item being carefully chosen by its owner.

Dianne will hold an informal information session on Tunbridge Ware desk accessories on the last Saturday of the exhibition, the 23rd April at 2pm. Attendees are asked to bring along any related Tunbridge Ware items they own for discussion.

This should prove to be a popular event and so we ask you phone or email the galleries to reserve your place. Tea will follow the session.

Sharafi & Co Information Saturday

2016-02-22 17:57:32 - Last updated: 2016-03-24 16:10:11

Our rug specialist, Mehdi Sharafi, will be holding an information day on rugs and carpets. If you are considering purchasing a rug, or need one restored or valued this will a very informative day for you. 

Taking place this Saturday 27th February from 11am - 4pm,

There is no fee for this event and all are welcome. 

A Valentine's Price Massacre

2016-02-09 13:15:32

A selection of Tunbridge Ware is being offered at half the ticket price during the weekend of 13th & 14th February. Please visit Amherst Antiques website for further information. www.tunbridgeware.org/amherst-events

Thank you!

2015-12-09 15:54:00 - Last updated: 2015-12-09 15:54:29

A huge belated thank you to everyone who visited us for our recent Christmas Open Weekend. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did and were able to find just what you were looking for. The galleries looked stunning with a Christmas feel.

We will be open until 3pm on Christmas Eve and will re-open on Monday 4th January 2016.

 

Christmas at The Edenbridge Galleries

2015-10-28 16:51:11 - Last updated: 2015-10-28 16:54:07

Once again we bring out the festoons, the Christmas tree and deck the halls with boughs of holly to commence the season of goodwill!

We welcome you to join us for our annual Christmas Open Weekend when you can meet the specialists and view their selected stock. There will be plenty of Christmas gift ideas as well as home furnishing inspiration, and to add to the Christmas atmosphere a Dickensian mulled wine and Christmassy canapes will be on offer.

We are also delighted to present two talks during the weekend. Leigh Extense from Devon will host a talk about 19th century French carriage clocks by the eminent makers, Henri Jacot and Pierre Drocourt. This takes place on Saturday at 2.30pm. The talk on Sunday at 2.30pm will be presented by Bill Neal who has recently joined the galleries with Oriental works of art. His topic will be on Chinese gaming counters.

Please download a complimentary invitation by clicking on the banner at the top of this page.

Two new specialists join our galleries

2015-10-14 10:38:04 - Last updated: 2015-10-14 10:39:13

We are delighted to welcome two new specialists to our unique enterprise. Firstly, Bill Neal of Chezbill has taken two cabinets with a display of fabulous oriental works of art. His other passion is Chinese Mother-of-Pearl gaming counters. This is a whole new world to us! He has also agreed to give a talk on this subject over our Christmas Open Weekend on 28th & 29th November.

The other specialist is Mehdi Sharafi of Sharafi and Co., who has uplifted the showrooms with a great selection of rugs and carpets. 

Both dealers have impeccable knowledge and taste and are eager to get to know our growing clientelle.

Please visit their pages on this website for more information on them. AS it is early days their stock is yet to be uploaded to the website, but keep checking, it won't be long!

From Liverpool to Tunbridge Wells

2015-10-14 10:29:59 - Last updated: 2015-10-14 10:30:21

Dianne Brick of Amherst Antiques will once again be holding a free information day on Tunbridge Ware here at the galleries on Saturday 31st October.

The afternoon session starts at 2pm when Dianne will talk about FL Hausberg, a Liverpool jeweller and goldsmith and who retailed Tunbridge Ware acquired from Henry Hollamby.

A needlework box with a view of Warwick Castle will be the topic of discussion which has two Hausberg labels. Dianne will also discuss the euphemera inside the box which will give clues as to the lifestyle of it's Northern owners.

This will undoubtedly be another fascinating seminar and as usual, light refreshments will follow with a chance to chat and discuss the afternoon's events amongst fellow Tunbridge Ware enthusiasts.

Grateful thanks

2015-09-16 14:46:39 - Last updated: 2015-09-16 14:47:24

The galleries and the Edenbridge Hospital would like to thank everyone who supported our recent and first Valuation Day. Almost £900 was rasied for the hospital. The turn out was more than we ever expected and the League of Friends set up the most delightful tea room which allowed the queueing public light refreshment for what turned out to be a very long wait for some people!

As this was such a successful event we may repeat it next year. So watch this space!

Valuation Day

2015-09-02 16:50:38 - Last updated: 2015-09-02 17:35:53

The Edenbridge Galleries will be holding their first Valuation Day on Saturday 12th September. Based on the Antiques Roadshow format, our specialists will be on hand to offer advise and valuations. So dig out those family heirlooms, search around in your attic and bring along what ever you would like information on.

You can bring up to 3 items per person and there will be a charge of £2 per item. All proceeds will go to the local Edenbridge Hospital who will also be setting up a pop up tea room.

 

At Home with Amherst

2015-09-02 16:41:10

 Dianne and Ivor Brick will be celebrating 30 years of dealing in antiques this Sunday 6th September. 

To mark the occasion they are holding an 'At Home' event which will comprise of a morning and afternoon session. You can attend both sessions or just one which ever is more convenient for you.

The day begins at 10am with a welcome coffee and at 11am Dianne will discuss a needlework box by a member of the Burrows Family. There will be a break for lunch and at 2.30pm Dianne will talk about a combined needlework and writing box by Henry Hollamby. These are two very special pieces of Tunbridge Ware which will undoubtedly enhance your knowledge on the subject. Dianne's selection of stock will also be on show as well as the rest of the galleries.

Lunch is down to yourselves but we recommend the Old Eden for a traditional pub lunch and within a short walking distance from the galleries. http://www.theoldeden.com/

 

 

 

 

'Dealing in Excellence' Part II

2015-06-15 12:18:46 - Last updated: 2015-06-15 12:22:43

Lennox Cato presents his Summer Selling Exhibition at The Edenbridge Galleries. Lennox will showcase a carefully selected display of antiques and fine art all ofexceptional quality and merit.

Please do join us any time between Saturday 27th June and Saturday 4th July to view this exhibition. (Closed Sunday)

A catalogue of the exhibition is available on request.

Tunbridge Ware Makers

2015-06-12 12:36:41

Dianne Brick of Amherst Antiques will be presenting another of her information sessions tomorrow, Saturday 12th June. If you would like to join her between 2 - 4pm for an afternoon learning about the makers of 19th century Tunbridge Ware, please do contact us to book your place.

Ceramics Mayfair

2015-05-15 12:47:10 - Last updated: 2015-05-15 12:47:53

Jupiter Antiques will be hosting a three day selling exhibition on 4th, 5th and 6th June 2015. Usually this event is held at The Four Seasons Hotel in Mayfair, hence the title, but this year due to various reasons it will be held here at the galleries.

In conjunction with Mark and Sandra Diamond the exhibition will provide the opportunity to buy fine and rare porcelain specially selected for this prestigious event.

Admission is free and will start at 10am each day.

Thank you

2015-05-15 12:42:08

Thank you to everyone who joined us for A Walk Through the Garden of Eden last weekend. Lovely to see so many familiar faces and some new ones as well. The talks presented by Roger Platts and Lennox Cato went down extremely well and we were served delicious canapes and Pimms by Mange Tout.

A walk through the Garden of Eden

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9th & 10th May 2015

Please join us for our annual Spring Open Weekend. This year we are celebrating the use of floral design in antiques and works of art. Pimms and canapes will be on offer as you peruse our beautifully displayed showrooms where all our specialists will be exhibiting various specially selected pieces, all of which will be for sale.

During the course of the weekend two talks will take place. The first on Saturday 9th at 2.30pm will be an illustrated talk by Roger Platts of Roger Platts Garden Design. Roger has won numerous Gold medals and awards for his gardens at the world famous Chelsea Flower Show. During this talk he will explain how he designs and constructs a garden for Chelsea. Admission is free and will last approximately 30 minutes with questions and answers afterwards.

Our very own Lennox Cato will discuss the use of marquetry inlays on furniture from the 17th century to the 19th century. This will also be an illustrated talk lasting 30 minutes with questions after.

We do hope you will be able to join us. For further information please download a complimentary invitation here.

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The Story of Tunbridge Ware

2015-03-26 12:09:35 - Last updated: 2015-03-26 12:18:14

Dianne brick, of Amherst Antiques, is presenting an afternoon seminar on Saturday 25th April at 2pm.

Dianne will offer an overview tracing the developemnet of Tunbridge Ware from the late 17th to the 20th century.

This is an ideal event suited to those who have just started collecting Tunbridge Ware and for anyone seeking to extend their knowledge on this fascinating sunbject.

There is no charge for this event, but please notify us you wish to attend as spaces are limited.

 

Introspective on Lennox Cato

2015-01-24 11:29:48

You might like to read this introspective article that american website 1stdibs wrote about Lennox Cato. Very interesting with some great shots of our gallery. http://www.1stdibs.com/introspective-magazine/lennox-cato/

Christmas Open Weekend 29th & 30th November

2014-11-07 14:18:06 - Last updated: 2014-11-18 14:27:31

Please join us for our forthcoming Christmas Open Weekend when all our specialists will be on hand to meet you, help you with any purchases and offer advise to any of your antique related queries.

We are also delighted to be welcoming Zelley's Jewellers from Norwich who will be bringing a great selection of contemporory silver and amber jewellery as well as a mini museum for you to see.

On Saturday 29th at 11.30am Shaw Edwards, the galleries resident oak specialist will be hosting a talk entitled ‘Hark the Herald Angels Sing’. During this illustrated talk Shaw will discuss the depiction of Angels in Medieval and early Renaissance Woodwork, comparing it to the representations in wider artistic traditions covering paintings and architecture.

On Sunday 30th at 11.30am William Tillman will present ‘My Love for 18th c. English Furniture’. Mr. Tillman’s career in the world of fine antique furniture has spanned 7 decades. He will enlighten and educate the visitors on the many merits of 18th century furniture.
No doubt Mr. Tillman will also give a little taster of his varied career and the many ‘A’ list celebrities and royalty he has sold to over the years!

The galleries guarantee those attending any of these talks will go away well informed and entertained.


Delicious Christmas canapes and mulled port will also be on offer as you peruse around our wonderful showrooms.

 

Horological Workshops move into galleries

2014-10-28 16:48:51 - Last updated: 2014-11-06 11:57:50

We are delighted to welcome Michael and Marilyn Tooke of the Horological Workshops to our galleries.

Michael and Marilyn established their business in 1968 but have now decided to try to take things a little easier. By taking an area at the galleries it means they don't have to be in their shop on a daily basis. They will still keep their shop in Guildford open for another year so as clients can gradually get used to their new location.

If you don't already know them you will have the chance to meet them both at our forthcoming Christmas Open Weekend on 29th and 30th November.

200 Years of British Porcelain 24th & 25th October 2014

2014-10-08 10:50:42 - Last updated: 2014-10-23 17:05:25

Our next exhibition takes place on 24th and 25th October hosted by Jupiter Antiques. Also attending will be Sandra and Mark Diamond and Tony Horsely.

They will have cabinets full of fine quality pieces from 1750 - 1950.

Jupiter will be exhibiting selected pieces from three recently acquired collections including a fine collection of British coffee cans from factories such as Derby, Pinxton, Worcester, Minton, Herculaneum, Coalport, Masons and much more. Many of the pieces Jupiter have selected for this event have not been on the open market for over 40 years.

Tony Horsley will be bringing a fine ewer produced by the Royal Worcester factory in 1901 and decorated by Charles Baldwyn with flying swans. He will also have other signed pieces of Royal Worcester, Minton, Coalport, Crown Derby and fine English Porcelain.

Sandra and Mark Diamond are specialists in desk related items such as ink wells, pen trays and inkstands. They will also be featuring a large selection of porcelain chamber and taper sticks amongst many other pieces.

Please do join us for this 2 day event. There will be much to see and refreshments will be available.

 

Our Tunbridge Ware exhibition

2014-10-08 10:28:46 - Last updated: 2014-10-08 10:32:10

Our Tunbridge Ware exhibition entitled 'Flights of Fancy' is still on until the end of this week. So far we have had a fantastic responce with visitors queuing outside from 7.45 in the morning! They travelled from far and wide in order to purchase the exact pieces they wanted.

There is still much to see and buy so please do pay us a visit and see this wonderful collection. Exhibition ends this Saturday 11th.

 

 

Flights of Fancy

2014-09-04 15:09:57 - Last updated: 2014-09-04 15:13:08

Our forthcoming exhibition, Flights of Fancy, featuring Tunbridge Ware from the collection of the late Dr. Annie Peach, is due to open at The Edenbridge Galleries on the 4th October. As a preview and to accompany the exhibition, we have produced a booklet, which is now available through our web site or at The Edenbridge Galleries and is our chosen Object of the Month for September.

With fifty pieces of Tunbridge Ware illustrated from the collection, the booklet aims to reflect Dr. Peach’s diverse interests. Essentially Dr. Peach liked wood and especially the veneers used in Tunbridge Ware. We have therefore chosen examples from the collection, which display veneers to particularly good effect. We have also added some background information, which we hope will be of general interest to collectors.

No booklet about Dr. Peach’s Tunbridge Ware would be complete without examples of the small boxes and other items featuring birds, butterflies and animals. The natural world was important to Dr. Peach and over twenty items with this subject matter appear in the booklet.

Another important feature of the booklet is the Tunbridge Ware from the exhibition by Edmund Nye and Thomas Barton. A particular piece, much prized by Dr. Peach, is this fine quality satinwood bookstand by Nye, featuring bird designs from Barton.
 

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Summer Closing dates

2014-08-01 17:13:41

Please note we will be closed the week of the August Bank Holiday, 26th to 30th August, for our annual holiday. We apologize for any inconvenience.

 

Visit our events diary

2014-08-01 17:04:21 - Last updated: 2014-08-01 17:10:06

We have been adding our various events to our diary. Please visit the events page to see just what we have in store for you!

Tunbridge Ware Object of the Month

2014-07-02 10:07:08

Our Tunbridge Ware specialist, Dianne Brick, has just added her Tunbridge Object of the Month to her website. You can learn all about it here. http://www.tunbridgeware.org/

She has also written a fascinating Blog all about Alfred Botten, otherwise known as 'Nunky'!

'Dealing in Excellence'

2014-05-28 12:05:49

Lennox Cato will be hosting his first solo exhibition between 13th - 21st June. Please join him here at the galleries and view this fine selection of furniture and works of art.

Many of the items Lennox has acquired have not been available on the open market for many years.

An accompanying catalogue is available on request.

'Whats in a Box?'

2014-05-16 17:37:28

Our Tunbridge Ware specialist hosted a very successful Tunbridge Ware Day here at the galleries last Sunday. All who attended were enthralled with her two talks. The morning session being about Tunbridge Ware in general, different veneers, designers, lining papers and even hinges, and after a delicious lunch at the local pub we learnt about the family history connected to this particular box. Absolutely fascinating!

200 Years of British Porcelain 1750 -1950

2014-04-28 11:14:40

Jupiter Antiques will be presenting a selling exhibition of hundreds of pieces of quality porcelain and ceramics this coming weekend, 3rd & 4th May.

In conjunction with Tony Horsley Antiques and Mark and Sandra Diamond, this weekend event is a must for all collectors of good quality British porcelain.

Open Saturday 10am - 4.30pm & Sunday 11am - 3pm

We look forward to welcoming you.

 

What's in a Box?

2014-03-31 15:34:27

Tunbridge Ware Day at The Edenbridge Galleries with Dianne Brick of Amherst Antiques on Sunday 11th May 10am - 4pm.

An insight into a box by Edmund Nye, looking at aspects of its construction and the fascinating story behind its original owners.

Tickets cost £28 per person and include lunch at our favourite local pub, The Olde Eden, and tea and coffee at the galleries. There will also be an opportunity to view the galleries in the morning during your welcome coffee.

Please do contact us for tickets before 26th April. This will be a first come first serve situation as places are limited.

Tunbridge Ware Object of the Month

2014-03-15 16:34:16

A fine quality book carrier veneered in burr maple with a stylised central motif set within a panel of London plane, often known as lacewood, and with an outer foliage scroll border. The gallery has a border of marbled veneer. Attributed to George Wise Senior of Tonbridge.

For more information on book carriers see our blog "Carriers Of Wealth"

This will be available for sale at The BADA Fair 19th - 25th March 2014

Tunbridge Ware Object of the Month

2014-02-13 11:12:22 - Last updated: 2014-02-13 11:13:07

Our Tunbridge Ware Object of the Month is a whitewood adjustable candle stand painted with concentric circles to the column and with pen work decoration to the top and base. Possibly from the workshop of George Wise Senior. http://www.tunbridgeware.org/tunbridge-ware/d/whitewood-candlestand/154191

Tunbridge Ware Object of the Month

2014-01-08 09:59:02

A pair of rosewood extending bookends with the mosaic of a butterfly and with a panel of floral mosaic. http://www.tunbridgeware.org/tunbridge-ware/d/tunbridge-ware-bookends/150145

Happy New Year to all our clients

2014-01-08 09:48:59

We are now back to normal business hours and look forward to seeing you sometime soon.

Our very best wishes for a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous 2014. Happy Antiquing!!

Christmas Opening times

2013-12-18 11:00:59 - Last updated: 2013-12-18 11:01:22

We will close from 4pm on Tuesday 24th December (Christmas Eve) and reopen on Friday 3rd January 2014.

We wish you all a very Happy Christmas and New Year.

 

12 Gifts for Christmas

2013-12-10 14:32:52 - Last updated: 2013-12-10 14:38:24

We have been selecting beautiful gifts from our lovely galleries and adding them to our new Pinterest board entitled '12 Gifts for Christmas'. You can see the ones so far added at http://www.pinterest.com/cato1224/the-12-gifts-of-christmas/ Enjoy!

Thank you!!

2013-12-02 13:49:53

Thank you to all who visited us for this past weekends very successful Christmas Open Weekend.

We very much appreciate your support and hope you enjoyed your visit. We look forward to seeing you sometime soon.

 

Christmas Open Weekend 30th November & 1st December

2013-11-29 10:17:33 - Last updated: 2013-11-29 10:21:36

Our Open Weekend is virtually upon us and the galleries are looking stunning, even if we say so ourselves!

Please do join us for mince pies, mulled wine and a wonderful feast for your eyes.

 

Competition of the Month

2013-11-22 10:43:54

This month our question is: This Tunbridge Ware thermometer stand was made by George & James Burrows of Tunbridge Wells, circa 1840. What important contribution did the Burrows family make to the development of Tunbridge Ware?
Answers please by November 30th for your chance to win a £100 gift voucher to spend at the galleries. We will announce the winner at our Open Weekend.

Good luck!

 

Jenny Wheatley 30th Nov & 1st Dec.

2013-11-18 10:36:14

Jenny Wheatley will be joining us during our Open Weekend to talk to clients about her work. John Robertson will be presenting around 4o pieces for you to view and buy.

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Christmas Open Weekend

2013-11-02 16:44:50 - Last updated: 2013-11-02 16:48:37

Please join us for mulled wine and mince pies on Saturday 30th November and Sunday 1st December 2013. Joining us will be 'Pegasus of Sussex' with hand painted nursery furniture and accessories. We are also pleased to welcome back Sue Pearson with her wonderful collection of antique and new teddies. Sue will also be bringing along a delightful collection of antique toys to admire and buy!

John Robertson will also be hosting a large exhibition of around 40 paintings by Jenny Wheatley, a well known contemporary artist. You can see a pocket exhibition online here  http://www.jrobertsonfineart.com/online-exhibition/

Ofcourse, there will also be our usual abundance of wonderful items to admire and buy. So why not make The Edenbridge Galleries the place to start your Christmas shopping!

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Competition of the Month

2013-10-22 15:46:24 - Last updated: 2013-10-22 15:47:59

This month can you guess the six different timbers used in the construction and decoration of this table? Please email or phone us with your answer by October 31st and you could win a £100 gift voucher to spend at the galleries!

200 Years of British Porcelain

2013-09-24 14:21:08 - Last updated: 2013-09-24 14:23:36

Jupiter Antiques, Tony Horsley Antiques and Mark & Sandra Diamond present 200 Years of British Porcelain, 1750 - 1950
at The Edenbridge Galleries on September 27th and 28th 2013.

We warmly invite you to come and enjoy this beautiful collection of hundreds of pieces of fine British porcelain produced by major factories over a 200 year period, all of which will be available for sale.

The exhibition will be open on Friday 27th September from 9.30am until 5.30pm and Saturday 28th September from 10.00 until 3.00pm.

Entry is free and refreshments will be available.

 

Tunbridge Ware Day

2013-09-10 10:50:55

We would like to thank everyone who attended the fascinating day at the recent Tunbridge Ware Day at The Spa Hotel in Tunbridge Wells.

Dianne Brick of Amherst Antiques presented a day focusing on veneers on Tunbridge Ware and Lennox Cato talked about the history of veneering on furniture.

The audience were extremely enthusiastic and appreciative of the knowledge passed on by our two specialists.

Competition of the Month

2013-08-22 14:33:18

This month can you guess what this extraordinary item was used for?
It measures Ht. 3.54ins. (9cm) W. 6.30ins. (16cm) lgnth. 25.59ins. (65cm). It is possible Norwegian and is inscribed ‘Anna Peter S Datterin Hallemano 1765’. Traces of the original green paint can be found on the pine board and ash wooden handle.
A tricky one, but someone out there must know! Answers please by August 31st for your chance to win a £100 gift voucher. Good luck!!

 

Tunbridge Ware Day at The Spa Hotel 8th September 2013

2013-08-22 13:28:06 - Last updated: 2013-08-22 13:38:32

Please join Dianne Brick of Amherst Antiques and Lennox Cato at The Spa Hotel in Tunbridge Wells on Sunday 8th September for a day learning about the many different veneers used on Tunbridge Ware and furniture.

The day starts at 10am with a welcome coffee and an opportunity to view Dianne's latest acquisition's. At 11am Lennox Cato will present an illustrated talk on the veneers used on early 18th and 19th century furniture.

At 12.45 a buffet lunch will be on offer and at 2pm Dianne will present an illustrated talk on veneers used on Tunbridge Ware.

The day concludes with afternoon tea.

This is a full day which will no doubt be completely fascinating.

Tickets cost £45 via The Edenbridge Galleries

Annual leave

2013-08-15 08:24:55 - Last updated: 2013-08-15 08:26:18

Our galleries will be closed 15th/16th &17th August 2013.

We apologise for any inconvenience but will re-open on Monday 19th August 2013 at our usual time of 9.30am.

We hope to see you soon.

Competition of the Month

2013-07-16 10:34:15

This month can you guess what this intriguing item is? Shaw Edwards has suggested this and even he hasn’t worked out its use yet. It measures 7.5 inches long, 3.5 inches deep and 2.5 inches high. Possibly English and first half of the 17th century. It is metal throughout, has fixings at each end to take either a strap or a belt and has been carefully pierced. We need your help here! The best answer will win the prize. Your ideas by July 31st please for your chance to win a £100 voucher.

Tunbridge ware Object of the Month

2013-07-05 14:55:28

A painted whitewood box with an applied print of York House, Tunbridge Wells. Attributed to George Wise Senior of Tonbridge.

For more information on York House please see our blog http://www.tunbridgeware.org/p/blog/id/1326

Competition of the Month

2013-06-27 14:52:09 - Last updated: 2013-06-27 15:25:47

 Which Worcester blue and white pattern is more likely to be two Chinese warriors than something matrimonial? The image will help you with your answer. Please email or phone us by June 30th for your chance to win. Good luck!

Tunbridge Ware Object of the Month

2013-06-15 11:31:59


A trinket box by Edmund Nye veneered in ash with a floral mosaic to the lid and frieze. http://www.tunbridgeware.org/tunbridge-ware/d/tunbridge-ware-box/129173 For more information on Edmund Nye please see Diannes blog "Typically Nye" at http://www.tunbridgeware.org/p/blog/id/1306

 

 

Butterflies & Moths on Tunbridge Ware

2013-05-14 16:17:57 - Last updated: 2013-05-14 16:22:12

Dianne Brick of Amherst Antiques will be presenting a talk on Saturday 18th May here at The Edenbridge Galleries about Butterflies and Moths on Tunbridge Ware. For more information please visit  http://www.tunbridgeware.org/amherst-events

Birds, Bees & Butterflies 11th & 12th May 2013

2013-05-03 17:05:48 - Last updated: 2013-05-03 17:08:24

We are fast approaching our annual Spring Open Weekend and this year we have chosen a very 'spring' like title! For centuries these beautiful and delicate little creatures have decorated fine antiques from pictures to porcelain, furniture to Tunbridge Ware and so on.

In the galleries our specialists will be displaying a wonderful selection of items within this theme and all will be for sale.

Please join us for Pimms and canapes and endulge yourselves in our wonderful showrooms.

Opening times: Saturday 11th May 10 - 6pm  Sunday 12th May 10 - 5pm

Homes & Antiques Awards 2013

2013-04-29 10:00:17 - Last updated: 2013-04-29 10:00:47

Thank you to everyone who voted for us in this years Homes & Antiques Awards but unfortunately, although we made the last 10, we did not pick up an award this time! Maybe next year!

Congratulations to all the winners and thank you again to everyone who took the time to vote for us.

 

Homes & Antiques Awards 2013

2013-04-24 11:20:14

We are very much looking forward to attending this years Homes & Antiques Awards hosted at The Decorative Fair, Battersea, London tomorrow evening (25th April) at 7pm.

Keeping everything crossed for The Antiques Centre of the Year Award!!

The History of Oriental Rugs

2013-04-18 15:47:41 - Last updated: 2013-04-18 15:48:39

Last chance to book your seats for tomorrow evenings fascinating talk on Oriental rugs.

The evening begins at 7pm with welcome drinks. Arash Karimzadeh, our resident carpet and rug specialist, will then talk for around 45 minutes followed by a 10 - 15 minute answers and questions session.

Arash will also be in the galleries the next day, Saturday 20th, if you would like to meet him and discuss any rug related queries you have.

Places can be booked by calling the galleries on 01732 864163

 

Birds, Bees & Butterflies

2013-04-03 11:49:55 - Last updated: 2013-04-03 12:50:50

Birds, Bees & Butterflies will be in abundance at The Edenbridge Galleries during the weekend of 11th & 12th May. These wonderful and perfectly formed creatures have been used to decorate antiques and works of art for centuries whether they be for functional or decorative purposes.

Please do join us to see what our specialists will be displaying. As usual Pimms and canapes will be served as you peruse around our beautiful galleries.

Saturday 10am - 6pm

Sunday 10am 5pm

Pimms and canapes

The History of Oriental Rugs

2013-03-23 15:06:39

Arash Karimzadeh, will be presenting a talk entitled ‘The History of Oriental Rugs’ on Friday 19th April. Arash has presented talks to the British Museum, the Rug Society, the Third Age Trust and very recently at Brights of Nettlebed. This looks set to be a fascinating talk on such an interesting subject. The evening will commence at 7pm with welcome drinks and Arash will talk for 45 minutes with 15 minutes at the end for questions and answers. Tickets will be on sale at £12 per person from our galleries. Please don’t delay in booking your place, these kind of events fill up very quickly!

Tunbridge Ware Object of the Month

2013-03-08 11:49:09 - Last updated: 2013-03-08 11:50:48

A rare octagonal games box painted with a floral spray and shell motifs to the frieze. The interior with partitions for cards and with a label for the well-known London print & publishing firm, S & J Fuller.
For more information on S & J Fuller please see Dianne’s blog "Retailer or Maker?" http://www.tunbridgeware.org/p/blog

A carriage clock finds its way back home!

2013-03-08 11:47:12

We must tell you of a delightful story involving a rare commemorative carriage clock belonging to our clock specialist, Derek Roberts. The clock had been inscribed with a plaque which read:-
Presented to Private W. McKinlay, In recognition of Patriotic Service in the South African Campaign. Helensburgh 1901.
After extensive research Derek found that 22 of these clocks had been commissioned from Elkingtons of Glasgow and hall marked for 1901. They were then presented to 22 soldiers of different rank in recognition of their patriotic bravery in such a cruel war. Derek was able to locate a newspaper cutting dated November 6th 1901 recalling the event. As time went on the Helensburgh Heritage Trust heard about the clock and made contact with Derek to discuss a possible purchase. On Friday 1st March the chairman of the trust, Mr. Stewart Noble, came down from Scotland to meet Derek and view the clock. We are happy to report a deal was done and the clock is now safely ensconced in its rightful home! It is always a very rewarding feeling to know a certain item has been relocated to where its life began.
 

Homes & Antiques Awards 2013

2013-02-27 10:20:56 - Last updated: 2013-02-27 10:22:15

Last chance to vote for us for 'Antique Centre of the Year Award'. We would be very grateful if you would kindly vote for us at http://www.homesandantiques.com/webform/antiques-centre-year-2013 for a chance for us to win this award. You will also be entered into a draw to win a 2 night stay at Londons, Draycott Hotel.

Closing date 28th February 2013

Thank you and good luck!

 

Competition of the Month

2013-02-16 11:52:51 - Last updated: 2013-02-16 11:54:49

This month can you give us the name of the Arts and Crafts designer of this box, and what the materials are? Answers please by 28th February and as always…….good luck!

Please reade our February newsletter at http://www.edenbridgegalleries.com/newsletters/february2013/newsletter.html for all our news.

 

January Competition Winner

2013-02-01 12:41:36 - Last updated: 2013-02-01 12:44:25

Congratulations to Lesley Wilson form East Grinstead who is our lucky winner for last month. A £100 gift voucher to spend in the galleries is on its way to her.

Lesley guessed correctly that the table shown in the photograph was originally known as a Lanterloo table. Why not sign up to our newsletter, if you don't already, and have a go ot our monthly competitions!

Our vouchers also make ideal gifts.

Homes & Antiques Awards 2013

2013-01-08 14:42:40

We are delighted to have been shortlisted for this years Homes & Antiques magazine 'Antiques Centre of the Year'.

If you enjoy visiting our galleries please visit www.homesandantiques.com/awards and vote for us in the Best Antiques Centre category. It would be wonderful for us to win this accolade!!

All voters will be entered into a drawer with the opportunity to win a two night stay at London's Draycott Hotel. Visit www.draycotthotel.com for hotel information. Good luck and thank you in aniticipation!!                  

Tunbridge Ware Object of the Month

2013-01-08 14:33:28


A small rectangular pincushion box by Edmund Nye with distinctive chain link border to the frieze and with original pink lining paper to the interior.

For more information on The Chain Link Border please see Dianne's blog "A Link To Edmund Nye" at http://www.tunbridgeware.org/p/blog


 

Christmas Opening times

2012-12-17 10:13:41 - Last updated: 2012-12-17 10:18:47

Please note our Christmas Opening times as follows:-

Closed from Saturday 22nd December at 4.30pm and reopening Monday 7th January 2013 at 9.30am

Happy Christmas to you all and we look forward to seeing you in 2013!

 

Christmas Open Weekend

2012-12-05 15:51:43 - Last updated: 2012-12-05 15:53:55

Thank you to everyone who came by during our Christmas Open Weekend. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did. The teddy event seem to go down a treat with Sue Pearson hosting two fascinating talks on teddy collecting and offering a wonderful selection of new and vintage teddies to buy. We still have a selection of new teddies for sale until Christmas.

The weather stayed kind to us and bought many people through the door to enjoy mince pies, mulled wine and our wonderful array of stock.

Edenbridge itself hosts its Christmas extravaganza this Saturday so if anyone is passing by we will be offering sherry and chocolate brownies.

 

Competition of the Month

2012-11-23 16:17:35 - Last updated: 2012-11-23 16:23:45

This month to coincide with our Teddy theme we have a nice easy question! Can you tell us from whose name the word Teddy originated from? As well as the opportunity to win a £100 gift voucher Sue and Jasper Pearson have very kindly donated this very cute and cuddly Charlie Bear as an extra prize. Please email or phone your answers to us by November 30th and we will draw the winner on Saturday 1st December. Good luck!!

Christmas Open Weekend

2012-11-14 11:18:47 - Last updated: 2012-11-14 11:22:58

Teddy mania has certainly grabbed The Edenbridge Galleries! On 1st and 2nd December we will be hosting our annual Christmas Open Weekend and are delighted to welcome Sue Pearson, one of the countries leading Teddy and Doll specialists. Sue will be presenting talks each afternoon at 3pm and is more than happy to offer advice and information on any teddies you may wish to bring along.

We are very much looking forward to seeing what wonderful little furry friends Sue and her son Jasper will bring along. They will be selling new as well as vintage teddy bears with prices starting from £30. A wonderful opportunity to start your Christmas shopping!

For more information on Sue Pearson please visit http://www.suepearson.co.uk/  

As well as our teddy extravaganza, all our specialists will be on hand to offer advice and help you choose those specail pieces for your home.

With gifts starting from £25 we hope you will be able to find something really individual for your friends and family.

An invitation can be found on this page for you to print out with all the details. We look forward to seeing you at this special event and don't forget your teddies!!

Saturday 1st Dec. 10am - 6pm

Sunday 2nd Dec. 10am - 5pm

 

Download your Invite

Competition of the Month

2012-10-17 11:02:53 - Last updated: 2012-10-17 11:05:10

For your chance to win a £100 gift voucher to spend at The Edenbridge Galleries can you answer this question?

The Tunbridge Ware glove box shown has a view of Warwick Castle. Which other view on Tunbridge Ware featured in Amherst Antiques' Landmarks exhibition is in the same county? To help you with your answer visit www.amherstantiques.co.uk where all the Tunbridge Ware in the exhibition can be viewed on the Christmas List & Previews Page.

Answers please via email or Phone by 31st October. Good Luck!!

Tunbridge Ware Object of the Month

2012-10-03 15:58:56

A rare veneered needlework basket with an applied print of North Foreland Lighthouse, near Margate. The view is surrounded with a geometric inlaid border and the frieze of the basket is veneered with a vandyke pattern.
 

Tunbridge Ware Object of the Month

2012-09-05 15:48:22 - Last updated: 2012-09-05 15:50:49

To coincide with the forthcoming 'Landmarks' exhibition Dianne Brick of Amherst Antiques has produced a fully comprehensive booklet. These are on sale at The Edenbridge Galleries for £5 or £6.30 to include postage and packing. For further information pleas visit http://www.tunbridgeware.org/tunbridge-ware/d/landmarks-a-booklet/109440

Landmarks Selling Exhibition 6th - 20th October 2012

2012-08-31 11:39:52 - Last updated: 2012-08-31 11:45:18

Dianne Brick will be hosting a selling exhibition entitled 'Landmarks'. The exhibition will include over forty examples of topographical Tunbridge Ware from the collection of Mr King, author of a 1980’s publication on mosaic views.

This will be a rare opportunity for any avid Tunbridge Ware collector to view and purchase from a private collection not seen for many years.

Dianne will also be presenting a Tea & Tunbridge Ware event on Saturday 13th at 2pm at The Edenbridge Galleries. During the afternoon she will discuss 'Romantic Ruins on Tunbridge Ware'.

Tickets for the Tea & Tunbridge Ware event cost £15 per person bookable via The Edenbridge Galleries. 

The exhibition will run for two weeks during normal shop opening hours:
Monday – Friday 9.30am – 5.30am
Saturday 10am – 4.30pm.

Please visit http://www.tunbridgeware.org/index.pl?isa=Metadot::SystemApp::EventCalendar;id=10;month=10;year=2012; for further information.

Tunbridge Ware Object of the Month

2012-08-03 13:19:11 - Last updated: 2012-08-03 13:39:22

Amherst Antiques have just released their Object of the Month, this rare whitewood spool box with an applied print of King William IV & Queen Adelaide, probably to mark their coronation in September 1831. In the background of the picture of Adelaide a crown is visible.
The interior of the box has partitions for spools, including space for two multi reels.
Visit Diannes blog at http://www.tunbridgeware.org/p/blog for further information.
 

 

Competition of the Month

2012-07-16 13:39:47 - Last updated: 2012-07-16 14:11:00

Why not enter our July competition and have the chance to win a £100 gift voucher.

This month we want you to give us the correct name for the item shown along with its use and explanation of how it works. Answers please by the end of the month via email or phone call. Good luck!!

Summer Sales!!!!

2012-07-12 16:34:18

Kaye Michie and Shaw Edwards are both holding summer sales this year. Shaw's will start on Monday 16th July and carry on until Saturday 28th July with 40 items of stock greatly discounted. You can either view at the galleries or visit his website at www.shawedwardsantiques.co.uk.

Kaye Michie will be holding a two day sale on 20th and 21st July at the galleries and on her website at www.kayemichie.co.uk With up to 50% off there are some amazing bargains to tempt you.

Please call the galleries if you require further information.

Tunbridge Ware Object of the Month

2012-07-06 15:53:15

A box with an unusual mosaic of a bird on a branch set within borders of geometric mosaic. The bird is depicted in a naive style and has a long tail, a crest on its head and a long beak.

The interior, which is relined, is fitted with compartments, probably intended for two small inkwells and writing materials.

For more information bird designs please see our blog "Early Birds" at http://www.tunbridgeware.org/p/blog/id/965

New specialist joins galleries

2012-06-26 11:57:21

Pars Rug Gallery has now joined our collective with a beautiful display of antique and contemporary rugs and carpets. You will soon be able to view his stock on our website but please do come and visit and see for yourself the varied selection.

 

Competition of the Month

2012-06-19 14:12:40 - Last updated: 2012-06-19 14:14:37

This month Derek Roberts of Derval Antique Clocks has offered this interesting object which we hope you can work out just what it was used for. It measures 18cm square (7ins.) made of oak with a cast iron handle. It has a hinged door with lock and a pierced carved top. This version is a Victorian copy of a George I example.

Your suggestions please by June 30th and you could win a £100 gift voucher to spend at The Edenbridge Galleries.

 

Tunbridge Ware Object of the Month

2012-06-19 14:05:12

A puzzle box with a stylised star motif with a large label for Edmund Nye to the base. Contains a 7 piece tangram puzzle.

For more information on Edmund Nye's designs please see our blog "Star Quality" http://www.tunbridgeware.org/p/blog/id/890

Competition of the Month

2012-05-23 09:52:56 - Last updated: 2012-05-23 09:59:38

This month Michael Baggott has put forward this fascinating object made by John Bell of York in 1851. Is it a spoon or not a spoon? That is the question? The end unscrews to reveal a compartment. What could this possibly hold? If any one can guess what this beautifully made little item was used for they could win a £100 gift voucher to spend within the galleries. You have until May 31st to enter, so get those thinking caps on!

The Jubilee Years

2012-05-14 16:45:11 - Last updated: 2012-05-14 17:03:38

Our Spring Open Weekend entitled 'The Jubilee Years' was a huge success and we would like to say thank you to everyone who came along and supported us. The rolling talks were extremely popular with some visitors staying all day to listen to the various specilalists impart their knowledge to others.

Some great sales were also achieved with visitors coming form far and wide.

The Jubilee Years

2012-04-23 10:51:31 - Last updated: 2012-04-23 10:53:23

We are currently preparing for our Annual Open Weekend entitled ‘The Jubilee Years’. Below is a timetable of the various complimentary talks some of our specialists will be presenting. They all sound fascinating and although we are not taking bookings we would advise that you arrive in good time to reserve your place.

Jubilees have taken place since the time of Henry VIII but were not celebrated as a nation until George III’s Golden Jubilee in 1810. As a response to the loss of the American colonies and the instability in France following the French Revolution, the King gathered the nation together in patriotic spirit and celebrated with feasts accompanied by military processions and festivals throughout the country. Even the newly scored ‘God Save the King’ became the national anthem.
Our specialists have chosen various Jubilee years throughout history to embrace their own subjects.
Please note that the talks will be held upstairs in Taylour House which unfortunately is not accessible for wheel chairs. 
 

Time table of talks
Saturday 12th May
12pm Brad Dover (Jupiter Antiques) - George III (Gold Jubilee 1810)
‘The first celebrated Jubilee and its influence on British Ceramics’
2pm Shaw Edwards - Henry VIII & Elizabeth I (Silver Jubilee 1534 & 1583 respectively)
‘From Henry VIII to Elizabeth I; 50 years of imagery between two Silver Jubilees’
3pm Dianne Brick ( Amherst Antiques) – Victoria (Silver Jubilee 1862)
‘The Legacy of Edmund Nye’

Sunday 13th May
11am John Lusk (Mrs. Monro Ltd.) – Victoria (Diamond Jubilee 1897)
‘The Jubilee Years of Fabric Design from Queen Victoria to Queen Elizabeth II’
12pm Michael Baggott – Charles II (Silver Jubilee 1685)
‘The Alien Invasion of London’
2pm Lennox Cato – George II (Silver Jubilee 1752)
‘The Life & Works of Thomas Chippendale’
3pm John Robertson – Victoria (Gold Jubilee 1887)
‘The Curious Case of Charles Doyle, father of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’
 

We do hope you will be able to join us in what looks to be a fascinating weekend. A wonderful variety of carefully selected stock will be on offer for you to view, and buy, and Pimms and canapes will be served.
 

 

Tunbridge Ware object of the Month

2012-04-11 10:52:20

A very fine waisted needlework box by Thomas Barton. Veneered in ash, it is inlaid with a central floral panel and with a wide foliage border to the frieze. The interior with original quilted silk and with side pockets and a pincushion.

For more information on box linings please go to our blog "Linings Up For Identification". http://www.tunbridgeware.org/p/blog/id/800

New dealer joins the galleries

2012-04-11 10:17:07 - Last updated: 2012-04-11 10:23:15

We are delighted to announce that Michael Baggott Antiques has now joined the galleries with a wonderful display of silver. Some of you may recognise Michael as a regular contributor on Flog It! and various other television programmes. Please go to http://www.edenbridgegalleries.com/dealers/d/michael-baggott-antiques/43833and find out more about Michael and to view some of his stock.

 

Tunbridge Ware Object of the Month

2012-03-16 17:07:26

A most unusual oval tea canister with a walnut carcase and views of Eridge Castle & Battle Abbey Gatehouse within chevron borders. The lid is inlaid with small perspective cubes. Remains of tinning to the interior. Possibly by Boyce, Brown & Kemp.

Visit http://www.tunbridgeware.org/tunbridge-ware/d/tunbridge-ware-tea-canister/98684 for further images and information.

 

Competition of the Month

2012-02-22 10:50:37 - Last updated: 2012-02-22 10:54:49

If you would like the chance to win a £100 gift voucher to spend at The Edenbridge Galleries why not enter our competition. Can you name the artist this beautiful romantic painting on a tole tray is attributed to? It depicts Cupid and Beauty with Dianna the Huntress. Answers please by 29th February via email of phone. Good luck!!

Saturday Surgery

2012-02-20 12:41:01

Our first Saturday Surgery was a huge success, we will definitely be hosting another of these on a larger scale later in the year. Dates to follow.

Facebook

2012-02-10 13:17:52

Don't forget we now have a Facebook page that you can follow. Click on the icon on the homepage.

Lennox announces town Loyalty Card winner

2012-02-10 13:13:10 - Last updated: 2012-02-10 13:16:04

Lennox Cato announced the Edenbridge Loyalty card winner this week in the presence of Peter Kingham, the Chairman of the local Chamber of Commerce.

The loyalty card is a great way to keep people shopping in our town. We have them on offer in The Edenbridge Galleries and every time you spend £10 in one of the supporting shops you get your voucher stamped. Once you have two cards stamped you enter it in the draw and have the chance to win a £50 voucher to be spent in participating shops.

 

Tunbridge Ware Object of the Month

2012-02-06 09:50:18 - Last updated: 2012-02-06 09:55:16

This months Tunbridge Ware obect is a fine quality box by Thomas Barton veneered in coromandel with floral and geometric panels and borders. The interior has the original pink watered silk lining and maker's label to the base. http://www.tunbridgeware.org/tunbridge-ware/d/tunbridge-ware-box/96144

For more information on coramandel visit Diannes blog at http://www.tunbridgeware.org/p/blog/id/694  
 

Januarys Competition of the Month

2012-01-31 14:01:51 - Last updated: 2012-01-31 14:12:09

Last chance to enter our monthly competition. John Robertson has offered this question. The Watercolour shown is signed F. J. Aldridge. But do you think it is actually by him? Is it a fake or forgery? Answers please either via email or phone and you could be the lucky recipient this month!

Luxury Antiques Fair 27th - 29th January

2012-01-25 10:36:53 - Last updated: 2012-01-25 10:39:43

Lennox Cato and Robbie Timms of S & S Timms Antiques are off to Yorkshire this week for the Luxury Antiques & Fine art Fair at Harewood Pavilion, Harewood House, Nr. Leeds. West Yorkshire.

They will be taking a variety of stock and welcome visitors to their stands. If you live in the local area why not pay a visit. Lennox Cato will be presenting a talk on Thomas Chippendale as this most famous cabinet maker suppplied Harewood with one of the best collections of Chippendale furniture in the country.

If you would like complimentary invitations to this fair please either contact us or go to http://www.harewoodfair.com/ticket.php and print out your own ticket.

We look forward to welcoming you there.

Competition winner

2012-01-25 10:25:15 - Last updated: 2012-01-25 10:40:46

Our monthly newsletter has just announced our first monthly competition winner! Congratulations to Sharon Butler form London who is the lucky recipient of a £100 gift voucher to spend at the galleries. To read our January Newsletter please go to the news page and click on Newsletter.Archive. If you would like to receive this regularly please subscribe at the bottom of the home page.

Tunbridge Ware Object of the Month

2012-01-09 12:59:28 - Last updated: 2012-01-09 13:01:32

An unusually large barrel Go to Bed with geometric mosaic to the lid and a striker to the base. Circumference 20.5 cm.

For more information on Go To Beds please go to Dianne's blog Last Into Bed. http://www.tunbridgeware.org/p/blog

Christmas Closing times

2011-12-16 14:21:44

We be closing on Christmas Eve at 3pm. and will resume normal opening times on Wednesday 4th January 2012.

We would like to wish you a very Happy Christmas & New Year.

Competition of the Month

2011-12-16 12:05:38 - Last updated: 2011-12-16 12:12:54

Your chance to win a £100 gift voucher from The Edenbridge Galleries. Simply answer the question below, email or telephone us with your answer, name and contact details. All entries will be entered into a draw and the first correct answer out of the hat will be the winner.

Can you name the stately home in the British Isles that Thomas Chippendale supplied most of the furniture for? The collection was saved for the nation by HRH Prince Charles.

Our Gift Vouchers can be spent with any dealer within The Edenbridge Galleries collective or via our website. They can be put towards something of higher value but change cannot be given for an item of lesser value. They must be used within 1 year of date if issue.

The winner will be mentioned in our next News Letter and on this website.

Go on......have a go, you have nothing to lose and much to gain!!

Good luck!

Tunbridge Ware Object of the Month

2011-11-29 16:00:50

A rosewood veneered tea caddy with a view of Hever Castle within floral borders. The interior has two lidded compartments and a glass bowl. A rare label for Henry Hollamby to the base.

For more information on Hollamby & labels please go to our blog Artisan or Artst? http://www.tunbridgeware.org/p/blog/id/658

 

Christmas Open Weekend 3rd/4th December

2011-11-28 10:51:25

Great activity is taking place this week as we prepare for our Christmas Open Weekend. All our dealers are making extra sure that their display areas look the best they possibly can, the Christmas tree is being decorated and the windows look wonderfully festive.

Two exhibitions are taking place, firstly on the ground floor we have Jupiter Antiques presenting 'Four Calling Birds' with a cabinet full of fine English porcelain depicting birds throughout the past four centuries. Secondly, John Robertson is hosting an exhibition of recent works by contemporary artist David Napp. Please visit www.davidnappfineart.com for further information on this artist and his work.

Please come and join us for mince pies, mulled wine and lots of good cheer!!

Competition of the Month

2011-11-22 12:42:56

Our new monthly competition has now closed and sadly no one guessed the correct answer which was 'A coin holder'! Lots of people thought it was for needles and several suggested for hat pins. 

However, we were really pleased with the responce and hopefully you will take part in our next competition which will be launched in the next newsletter. 

 

Competition of the Month

2011-11-15 11:55:51 - Last updated: 2011-11-15 12:21:22

To add to the interest of National Antiques Week we are launching a monthly competition with the chance to win a gift voucher from The Edenbridge Galleries to the value of £100.
This month Amherst Antiques have offered this fascinating article, can you decipher its use? 
It measures 9cm high x 3cm diameter. For more information please go to http://www.tunbridgeware.org/ To enter email or telephone The Edenbridge Galleries with your answer including your name, address and telephone number. Closing date, Sunday 20th November. The first name drawn out of the hat with the correct answer on Monday 21st November will win a voucher worth £100 to spend within the year either in the galleries or via our website. The winner will be notified immediately and announced in the December newsletter.
Good luck!

 

Buying for Investment

2011-10-27 15:44:03 - Last updated: 2011-10-27 15:50:11

To mark National Antiques Week, on Thursday 17th Nov. Lennox Cato will be presenting a talk to discuss the enjoyment as well as the pitfalls of buying antiques for investment. We are constantly hearing in the media many suggestions of where best to invest your money, well if antiques is your interest you will find this talk both enlightening, enjoyable and interesting. Incorporated into the tallk Lennox will also discuss the subject of valuations.

 Tickets cost £15 (inc. vat) per person and will include wine and nibbles. The evening will commence at 7pm with allowance for a 45 min. browse of the galleries before Lennox begins his talk at 7.45pm. The evening will draw to a close at around 9.30pm

Please purchase tickets via The Edenbridge Galleries or Lennox Cato Antiques by Monday 14th Nov. Please go to http://www.lennoxcato.com/p/events for further information.

National Antiques Week 14th - 21st November

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Your chance to win a prize worth up to £375! To celebrate National Antiques Week a competition has been launched by BBC Homes & Antiques and Antiques News & Fairs to find Britains Best Antiques Shops. If you enjoy visiting our galleries please click on the icon in the news box on the home page or visit the links below and see for yourself just what exciting prizes there are on offer. http://www.antiquesnews.co.uk/page_1.phpse http://www.homesandantiques.com/britains-best-antiques-shops

Good luck and thank you!

 

Amherst Antiques Tunbridge Ware Object of the Month

2011-10-06 16:24:39 - Last updated: 2011-10-06 16:28:17

A small glove box veneered in rosewood with a view of Farnborough Lodge, Tunbridge Wells within geometric borders & motifs.

This view is likely to date from circa 1840, following the development of the Calverley New Town Estate. Having acquired 870 acres in Tunbridge Wells in 1826, landowner, John Ward commissioned architect, Decimus Burton to design the new estate, which included Holy Trinity Church and a remodelled Calverley House, which became the Calverley Hotel.

Three lodge houses were also built on the Calverley Estate and they were named Victoria, Keston & Farnborough. The first was named after the Queen and the other two, after lodges on John Ward’s Holwood Estate at Keston, near Bromley. Farnborough Lodge, which can still be seen at the end of Grove Hill Road, was the last to be built.

Tunbridge Ware makers took the opportunity to document the development of the town by creating views of some of the new buildings. Farnborough is the only lodge to appear on Tunbridge Ware and very few examples of this block are known.

Strangely they all appear to have a rectangular ‘repair’ in the bottom right corner. The ‘repair’ on this example is made up of striped slices of veneer. The only other example we have owned seemed to have a plain slice of veneer and the example in Tunbridge Wells Museum appears to have a rectangle of a uniform colour of tessellated mosaic.

For more information on the Calverley Estate please go to our blog Another First for Tunbridge Wells? http://www.tunbridgeware.org/p/blog
 

The Esher Hall Antiques & Fine Art Fair 7th - 9th Oct.

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Four of our dealers from the galleries will be exhibiting at the Esher Antiques Fair this coming weekend. If you live locally why not pop along and visit Lennox Cato, Shaw Edwards, John Robertson and Kaye Michie on The Edenbridge Galleries stand.

The fair is situated at the Sandown Park Racecourse complex and is all under cover, so rain does not stop play!

Opening times; Fri. 7th. Oct.11am - 7pm, Sat. 8th. Oct.10.30 - 6pm, Sun. 9th Oct. 10.30 - 5pm

If you require complimentary tickets please do contact us.

The galleries will still be open our usual opening times.

Eastwell Manor 15th & 16th September

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Lennox Cato and fellow specialist, Shaw Edwards will be guest speakers at this wonderful country house hotel on Thursday, 15th and Friday, 16th September 2011.

This two night break for £345.00 per person is based on two people sharing a standard Manor or Mews Cottage twin/double en suite bedroom and includes all accommodation, breakfasts, dinners, lunch at The Hythe Bay Seafood Pavilion Restaurant, transport to and from Belmont House and Hythe, reception drinks and VAT. Single occupancy is £425.00.

Champagne Reception and Dinner - Thursday, 15th September 2011

Alternatively you can book just for the evening meal on the Thursday and enjoy an evening in the company of Lennox Cato and Shaw Edwards with a Champagne reception and a superb four course dinner created by our executive Head Chef for only £55.00 per person.

To make a reservation or for further information please telephone Reservations on 01233 213000 or email: reservations@eastwellmanor.co.uk
 

Amherst Antiques Tunbridge Ware Object of the Month September 2011

2011-08-30 13:57:52 - Last updated: 2011-08-30 14:04:59

Sherlock Holmes, the fictional detective created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was noted for drawing large conclusions from small observations. It could well be said that we too are reaching conclusions about our Object of the Month for September from a small observation.

A Tunbridge Ware magnifying glass with geometric inlay to the frame and a stickware handle. England, circa 1890.  For more information on magnifying glasses please go to Dianne's blog 'It's Elementary, Dear Reader'.   www.tunbridgeware.org/p/blog

The LAPADA Art & Antiques Fair 21st - 25th September

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The LAPADA Art & Antiques Fair is set within Berkeley Square, historic heart of the vibrant fine art arena that is Mayfair. Diversity and quality is key, attracting a wide audience of international and local buyers.

Exhibitors are experts in a wide range of disciplines, from medieval works of art to contemporary fine art, rare furniture and clocks to exquisite jewellery, sculptures and silverware, European porcelain to ceramic art, glass, coins & medals, maritime and aeronautical artefacts to objets vertu and all manner of collectors' curiosities. www.lapadalondon.com

Please contact the galleries for complimentary tickets.

September Antiques Fairs

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Antique porcelain specialists Jupiter Antiques will be amongst exhibitors at the following September Fairs:

Worcester Porcelain Museum 3rd & 4th September. Henry Sandon MBE will be in attendance both days for free identification of ceramic items. www.thefairs.co.uk

Petersfield Antiques Fair 9th - 11th September. 42 dealers exhibiting authenticated antiques and fine art. www.penman-fairs.co.uk

The Chelsea Antiques Fair 21st - 25th September. Including an exhibition of Rene Lalique car mascots. www.penman-fairs.co.uk

 

 

Antiques Masterclass at Eastwell Manor 15th & 16th September 2011

2011-08-22 12:25:30 - Last updated: 2011-08-22 12:29:29

On Thursday 15th and Friday 16th September indulge in a two night stay at Eastwell Manor Hotel set in the heart of the Kent countryside, and enjoy a programme of antiques masterclasses presented by Lennox Cato and early oak specialist, Shaw Edwards. The programme will include a champagne reception and dinners with Lennox and Shaw, a visit to Belmont House, an 18th century house by architect Samuel Wyatt, with it's fine collection of clocks, and lunch at Hythe Bay Seafood Restaurant.

For further information please contact the galleries or for reservations telephone Eastwell Manor on 01233 213000 or go to www.eastwellmanor.co.uk/article.aspx?id=95

The Mayor of Tunbridge Wells visits the Galleries

2011-08-09 14:38:43 - Last updated: 2011-08-09 14:40:33

 Councillor Elizabeth Thomas, Mayor of Tunbridge Wells, visited the galleries recently to purchase a gift of Tunbridge Ware for the Mayor of the German twinned town of Wiesbaden.

For further details read Dianne's blog www.tunbridgeware.org/p/blog

Amherst Antiques Tunbridge Ware Object of the Month August 2011

2011-07-29 11:39:56 - Last updated: 2011-07-29 11:41:32

A Tunbridge Ware glove box veneered in coromandel with an overall geometric design by Thomas Barton.
Barton was known to have adapted floor tile designs to be used on Tunbridge Ware both during the time he was working with Edmund Nye and subsequently from his own workshop.

This pattern is an unusual example, not seen by us before.

For more information on Barton tile designs please go to Dianne's blog On The Tiles. www.tunbridgeware.org/p/blog

Amherst Events Tunbridge Ware Day 3rd September 2011

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We are pleased to announce details of our fourteenth Tunbridge Ware Day to be held at the outstanding venue of Cobham Hall. Now an independent girl’s school, Cobham was formerly the home of the Earls of Darnley. Cobham Hall is a sought after topographical subject depicted on Tunbridge Ware dating from the 1870‘s. Set in 150 acres of parkland landscaped by Humphrey Repton, Cobham Hall is a red brick mansion, which reflects Elizabethan, Jacobean, Carolean & 18th century styles. The Elizabethan wing was begun in 1584, whilst the central section containing the Gilt Hall, dates from 1654.

The proposed timetable for the day is as follows:

10.00  The day will commence with coffee and a chance to view our Selling Exhibition of Tunbridge Ware, which will run throughout the day.

11.00  A choice between two informal sessions:

Session 1 on Stamp Boxes

John Downer will discuss the history of stamp boxes with particular reference to Tunbridge Ware. John will also show you examples from his collection. John, who will be known to many of you from previous Tunbridge Ware Days, is an active member of The Stamp Box Study Circle & The Writing Equipment Society.

 OR:

Session 2 on Tunbridge Ware Designs & Their Makers

Dianne Brick will discuss some of the identifying characteristics of the Tunbridge Ware produced by the main makers during the 19th century. Where possible Dianne will use examples from her stock to illustrate the patterns and features associated with individual makers. Participants are also invited to bring along their own pieces of Tunbridge Ware for discussion.

Please note this session is a repeat of the tutorial held at The Edenbridge Galleries in March, so those who attended earlier in the year will automatically be offered the alternative stamp box group.
Every effort will be made to give you your first choice of group but places will be allocated on a“ first come” basis.

1.00  Buffet Lunch

2.30  A tour of Cobham Hall with knowledgeable guides. This will be an opportunity to discover more about Cobham Hall, including its art & architecture, its inhabitants and famous visitors from royalty to Charles Dickens.

4.00  Tea

4.30  Selling Exhibition closes.

There will be a charge of £45 per head with a concessionary rate for existing Tunbridge Ware customers.

 Please note admission to this event is by pre-booked ticket only and the closing date for applications is 24th August 2011. Please contact the galleries for further details and an application form.

 

 

 

 


 

 

 


 

Amherst Antiques Tunbridge Ware Object of the Month July 2011

2011-06-30 14:11:29 - Last updated: 2011-06-30 14:40:14

A Tunbridge Ware box, veneered in coromandel with floral mosaic to the frieze. The lid of the box, which is also inlaid with a floral spray, unusually lifts out and is also veneered on the underside with line inlay.

Attributed to Thomas Barton, it has been suggested this design was intended as a collar box. Alternatively it may have been a Barton design for a handkerchief box.
For more information on unusual Barton designs please go to Dianne's blog Outside Of The Box. www.tunbridgeware.org/p/blog

 

Jupiter Antiques Exhibition

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A Big Thank You to the hundreds of people who came to our exhibition at the Four Seasons Hotel in London, bought from the catalogue or bought online from our website. The whole thing is a huge success. It's not over. We expanded the catalogue this year by 50% to 32 pages and packed it full of highly desirable items. As in previous years not all pieces have sold, yet. The catalogue lives on both in paper and on the website. If you like the look of something, it might be still available, so do contact us. 01732 864 163.

Amherst Antiques Tunbridge Ware Object of the Month June 2011

2011-05-31 12:44:58 - Last updated: 2011-05-31 16:26:08

There is something in our psyche, which thrives on puzzles. Many of us will spend hours on a problem or enigma, which tests our ingenuity and it seems we are no different from our ancestors. From the time when the first jigsaw puzzle was created in the 1760’s by the British engraver & mapmaker, John Spilsbury to the 1980’s when the Rubiks Cube was all the rage, we have often indulged in “puzzle craze”.

 Our Object of the Month for June features one such craze – that of the tangram. The seven-piece puzzle probably originated in China and spread to England, Europe & America. A book called The Fashionable Chinese Puzzle and its companion, The Key, published by John & Edward Wallis in 1817 started the tangram craze, which over the years was favoured by notable people such as Napoleon Bonaparte, Lewis Carroll, Edgar Allan Poe, Hans Christian Anderson, the scientist, Michael Faraday & John Quincy Adams, the 6th President of the United States of America.

Before long boxed sets with the seven pieces of the puzzle and cards with problem drawings were being produced. If you visit www.puzzlemuseum.com you will see a wonderful partitioned mahogany box containing an ebony tangram and a set of 16 hand coloured problem cards together with a key sheet. This originally cost 6/6d (approximately £25 today) and to find a complete set would now be extremely rare.

 Tunbridge Ware makers were well known for responding to the latest fashions and it has occurred to us that they might have produced boxes for similar tangram sets long before they were making the small square puzzle boxes with which we are familiar. Today we might only have the empty box but the giveaway could be its size. The Puzzle Museum box measures 5” x 3” x 1.25” and is divided internally into two unequal sections, one being a square for the puzzle itself and the other for the problem cards. Has anyone seen such a box either in painted or mosaic Tunbridge Ware? We would be most interested to hear from you, if you have.

Tunbridge Ware puzzle boxes each with a seven piece tangram puzzle:
Priced individually.

 1. Top row: Attributed to Thomas Barton with a central star motif. 7cm. square.
2. Middle row left: Attributed to Thomas Barton with a liberal use of green oak. 5cm. square.
3. Middle row centre: A rectangular box inlaid "The Euclid Puzzle". 7.8cm.w x 3.5cm.d.
4. Middle row right: With a stylised floral motif. 4.8cm. square.
5. Bottom row: Labelled Thomas Barton, with a central star motif. 7cm square.

Contact Dianne Brick for further information on 01892 725 552.

 

 

S&S Timms Antiques announces iPhone App

2011-05-31 11:54:15 - Last updated: 2011-06-02 13:32:25

It is now possible to enter a shop full of antique furniture and accessories on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch anywhere (subject to signal). OnlineGalleries.com have just completed developing their first App for S&S Timms Antiques. This easy-to-use App is now available to download free-of-charge on your Apple device from the App store. S&S Timms Antiques are showing this new App on their stand (number D24) at the Olympia International Art & Antiques Fair, which opens in London on Thursday 9 June until Sunday 19 June 2011.
“I believe we may be the first antique furniture dealers in the world to have their own App,” said Robbie Timms of S&S Timms Antiques. “We are very excited, because it should revolutionise the speed with which our clients, collectors, interior designers, and those who like to surround themselves with fine furniture with history, can access what we have to offer any time, wherever they are in the world. They can carry our stock in their pocket! “
Once downloaded, the S&S Timms Antiques’ App offers four categories on the home page –
 STOCK
Either type in the kind of antique, designer name or stock number into the Search Bar, or scroll through the glossary of categories represented by monochrome silhouettes of sofas, occasional tables, mirrors, cupboards and linen presses, children’s furniture etc. Once you have found the item or items of interest, you can bring up a larger photograph and then get all the details, including price and add to your favourites, if you wish, for future referral.
 ARCHIVE
An opportunity to view what stock S&S Timms has held in the past and sold, particularly useful for S&S Timms Antiques’ clients and interior designers, who may be shopping for other items to go with their recent purchases or even to show insurance brokers.
 FAIRS
See at a glance the schedule of fairs at which S&S Timms are exhibiting and when. A touch on the screen will take you through to the relevant fair website and in some cases you can even click to receive a complimentary e-ticket to the event.
 DETAILS
The last category gives some background on S&S Timms Antiques and contact details. Just touch the screen to telephone or email S&S Timms Antiques.
At all times, there are opportunities to click straight through to telephone or email S&S Timms Antiques, to ask further questions or buy. This new App will be rolled out for Blackberry, Android etc in the near future.

Ceramics Mayfair 8th - 11th June 2011

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Jupiter Antiques invite you to a summer selling exhibition of fine porcelain from the 18th - 20th century at The Four Seasons Hotel, Hamilton Place, Off Hyde Park Corner & Park Lane, London W1J 7DR.

Wednesday 11am - 8pm, Thursday 11am - 7pm, Friday 11am - 6pm and Saturday 11am - 5pm.

Jeremy Barlow Exhibition 18th June - 9th July

2011-05-19 16:48:07 - Last updated: 2011-05-19 16:52:54

John Robertson Paintings are pleased to announce a forthcoming Exhibition of paintings by Jeremy Barlow ROI. Jeremy’s unique style of painting is used to brilliant effect in this superb new collection of landscapes and townscapes. An inveterate traveller, especially drawn to the radiant skies and relaxed outdoor life of the Mediterranean, Jeremy spends much of the year painting in France, Spain and Italy. His sensitivity to light and atmosphere emerges fully in his paintings of sun-drenched town squares or shady side streets where his distinctive handling of perspective and dramatic treatment of light and shadow throw the scene into high relief and artfully lead the viewer in to the picture.

A childhood ambition to become an artist led Jeremy to Northampton School of Art where he studied illustration. By the early 1970’s he had become a full-time painter working in oils and watercolour. Concentrating on northern European towns, his following rapidly grew, culminating in the publication of a book devoted to the city of Delft, featuring 24 of his paintings.

His work features in collections throughout the world, including that of the Dutch Royal Family.
 

Jenny Wheatley Exhibition 7th May - 4th June

2011-05-19 13:30:44 - Last updated: 2011-05-19 13:53:39

The current exhibition by artist Jenny Wheatley RWS, who lived for many years in Kent, coincides with the publication of her first book entitled ‘Adventurous Watercolours’. The exhibition will include some of the paintings that appear in the book, as well as a collection of new oils and watercolours.

In the book Jenny discusses idea development and her sources of inspiration including her travels to India and the Far East which influenced her love of glowing colours. Many of the artefacts collected on her travels are used extensively in her pictures. Jenny studied at Farnham College of Art and Design and has since exhibited her works at The Royal Academy, International Contemporary Art Fairs and at galleries throughout the country.

Followers of the television series ‘Water Colour Challenge’ will remember her lively appearances as one of the judges.

May Open Weekend and Jenny Wheatley Book Signing

2011-05-10 10:58:15 - Last updated: 2011-05-19 13:12:20

A warm and sunny weekend brought over 440 visitors to the Galleries last weekend to enjoy a glass or two of Pimms, view our many showrooms and the exhibition of paintings by artist Jenny Wheatley. Jenny signed copies of her new book and accompanying DVD, her paintings will remain at the Galleries until 4th June. 

Tom Samuel's carved wooden objects proved very popular with buyers. Tom is a Brother of the Art Worker's Guild and his mission statement is "to demonstrate that classically trained cabinet making is an art in its own right." His work is on display in the recently decorated Lennox Cato showroom.

Amherst Antiques Tunbridge Ware Object of the Month May 2011

2011-05-03 13:34:33 - Last updated: 2011-05-03 14:59:15

 A simulated rosewood work basket with a printed view of The Chain Pier & Marine Parade, Brighton to the lid. The interior is lined with original pink paper and has an uncoloured print of The Royal Pavilion to the interior of the lid.

From 1783 the Prince of Wales visited Brighton, converting a farmhouse into what was to become The Royal Pavilion in 1822. The Royal Pavilion became one of the Prince Regent's favoured locations and views appeared on many items of Tunbridge Ware in the 1820's.

This box was probably intended for needlework but is unusual in that it has no interior compartments and has a lock (still with a key). Although of a later date, it may be reminiscient of the type of box in which Jane Austen's character, Harriet Smith, in the novel Emma, stored her cherished possessions.

For more information on Royal Connections with Tunbridge Ware please see Dianne's Blog "Royal Connections" at www.tunbridgeware.org/p/blog

May Open Weekend 7th & 8th May

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We are looking forward to welcoming you to our Open Weekend on 7th & 8th May, refreshments will be served and all our member specialists will be on hand to advise and help you explore the showrooms in a wonderfully relaxed atmosphere.

Just for the weekend London based jewellery dealers Anthea AG Antiques Ltd., will also be showcasing a variety of beautiful contemporary and antique jewellery.

Saturday 7th May 10am - 7pm, Sunday 8th May 10am - 5pm

 

 

French Evening at the Edenbridge Galleries

2011-04-21 17:06:30

On Tuesday 26th April Edenbridge Galleries will have a distinctly French flavour when members of the Tonbridge French Circle pay an evening visit for a tour of the galleries with the emphasis on French furniture and decorative antiques. The tour, led by Lennxo, starts at 7.00pm and will include French wine and other refreshments. This event is for members of the Tonbridge French Circle and entry is by ticket only.

Easter Opening Hours

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The Galleries will be closed on Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday. We will be open on Easter Saturday between 10.00am and 4.30pm. With Best Wishes for Easter from all at the Edenbridge Galleries.

H.M. Royal Yacht Victoria & Albert featured in Royal Connections Exhibition

2011-04-11 17:01:51 - Last updated: 2011-04-11 17:02:59

Marine artist Colin Baxter has contributed three paintings of The Royal Yacht  Victoria & Albert I , II and III to The Royal Connections Exhibition which will be held during the Spring Open Weekend on 7th & 8th May. They are all painted on original note cards from the yacht.

Royal Connections Exhibition

2011-04-04 11:52:18 - Last updated: 2011-04-04 11:55:55

A delightful handpainted card is amongst the exhibits in the forthcoming Royal Connections Exhibition at The Edenbridge Galleries Open Weekend on 7th & 8th May. The card, painted on Sandringham headed notepaper, was sent by Prince George to the widow of author Charles Kingsley and is inscribed “For Mrs Kingsley from George with My birthday love. June 3rd 1875” and depicts a guardsman and battle scenes.

His Royal Highness Prince George of Wales, later to become King George V, was born on 3 June 1865, the second son of the Prince and Princess of Wales. His father was the eldest son of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. As a younger son of the Prince of Wales, there was little expectation that George would become King. He was third in line to the throne, after his father and elder brother, Prince Albert Victor. George was only seventeen months younger than Albert Victor, and the two princes were educated together. Neither Albert Victor nor George excelled intellectually and as their father thought that the navy was "the very best possible training for any boy", when George was twelve years old, both brothers joined the cadet training ship HMS Britannia at Dartmouth, Devon.

Clergyman and author Charles Kingsley, a proponent of Christian socialism, was especially concerned with the plight of the poor and down-trodden. Kingsley's controversial philosophy on social reform can be found in his fictional works. In 1854 Kingsley helped establish the Working Men's College. “Westward Ho!” was published a year later, the Crimean War was raging and England delighted in his adventure/romance on the Spanish Main. Kingsley also wrote fiction for children including” The Water Babies” (1863).

 

Amherst Antiques Tunbridge Ware Object of the Month April 2011

2011-04-01 11:03:29 - Last updated: 2011-04-01 11:26:30

A small whitewood writing box with an applied print of Lord Nelson. The interior with partitions and original glass inkwell.

This is an unusual subject for Tunbridge Ware and may well have been a London made item as the popularity of Nelson would have made it a widely applicable souvenir.

For information on Nelson's connections with Tunbridge Wells go to Dianne's Blog - A Well Connected Town.  http://www.tunbridgeware.org/p/blog

Take a Vitual Tour of the Galleries

2011-04-01 10:39:09

A virtual tour of the Galleries is now available to view with accompanying voice-over by Lennox. Click the virtual tour button on the left hand column of this page to access the tour.

The British Antique Dealers Association Fair

2011-04-01 10:31:30 - Last updated: 2011-04-01 11:17:17

We have all now returned from the British Antique Dealers Fair in London. The Fair was well attended with a record attendance on the first day resulting in long queues. We returned to find the newly decorated Lennox Cato showroom near completion. The galleries are now fully stocked again, so come in and see us soon.

Masterclass - The Drawing Room

2011-03-28 13:59:36 - Last updated: 2011-03-28 14:08:01

Join Lennox Cato for an informative and informal one-day Masterclass on 19th May 2011 to learn about antique drawing room furniture and effects.

10.00am Welcome coffee.

10.30am Learn about and discuss the changing fashions of furniture in the drawing room.

12.30pm Two course lunch with wine.

2.00 - 3.30pm Tour of The Edenbridge Galleries with Lennox and informal discussions on the many aspects of antiques.

Tickets £135 each. As places are limited, it is advisable to book early. Please contact us for further details on 01732 865 988.

 


 

The BADA Antiques & Fine Art Fair

2011-03-18 14:03:39

Great activity at the galleries this week as seven of our members prepare for The BADA Antiques and Fine Art Fair. These include Lennox Cato, John Robertson, Kaye Michie, Gallery Yacou, Amherst Antiques, S & S Timms Antiques and Shaw Edwards.

We set up on Monday 21st March and the fair opens on Wednesday 23rd. If you would like a complimentary invitation please do contact us and we will be happy to post you one.

The fair is situated in an elegant marquee in the Duke of Yorks Square, just off the Kings Road, London and closes on Tuesday 29th March.

 

 

 

 

Amherst Antiques Tunbridge Ware Object of the Month March 2011

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A Tunbridge Ware glove box veneered in ash decorated with a mosaic panel of a Berlin woolwork design of oak leaves and a border of water lilies. Labelled Edmund Nye.

Dating to circa 1855, this is typical of Nye's work, with the use of a light veneer and a distinctive border to the lid.

Berlin Woolwork designs were introduced to Tunbridge Ware by Edmund Nye in the 1840's. The examples on this box, which were also used by his successor, Thomas Barton, are finely executed and use 'green oak' liberally.

The green colour was achieved in this design by using veneers, which had been attacked by the fungus, Chlorosplenium Aeruginascens and which stained the timbers a brilliant emerald. It is thought that Nye was also responsible for introducing 'green oak' to Tunbridge Ware.

For information on water lilies please go to Dianne's Blog - One Thing Can Lead To Another at www.tunbridgeware.org

 

 

Antiques for Everyone 17th-20th March

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S & S Timms will be among the exhibitors at Antiques for Everyone at The NEC Birmingham, B40 1NT. We have complimentary tickets for this event, please contact us if you would like one. For opening times go to: www.antiquesforeveryone.co.uk 

BADA Antiques & Fine Art Fair 23rd-29th March

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We will be exhibiting at The British Antique Dealer's Association Fair at the Duke of York Square, London SW3. Over 100 specialist dealers will offer a dazzling range of beautiful, individual pieces in the stylish pavilion that houses the BADA Fair in Chelsea.  For further information go to bada-antiques-fair.co.uk

Amherst Events 'Tunbridge Ware Walk & Talk No.3'

2011-02-10 13:48:50 - Last updated: 2011-02-10 13:57:33

On Saturday 30th April, our first Tunbridge Ware day of 2011, we will be organising Walk & Talk No. 3. Sue Brown & Chris Jones, both active and knowledgeable members of Tunbridge Wells Civic Society, will lead walks. Sue will concentrate on literary connections with Tunbridge Wells and Chris on late 19th century buildings in the town. The day will also include a Tunbridge Ware related lecture and a Tunbridge Ware Selling Exhibition.

 The proposed timetable for the day is as follows:

10.00  The day will commence with coffee and a chance to view our Selling Exhibition of Tunbridge Ware, which will run throughout the day.

10.30 - 12.30
  A choice of two walks around Tunbridge Wells.

12.45 - 2.00  Buffet Lunch

2.15  Continuing the Tunbridge Wells theme, Dianne will give an illustrated talk on the local topographical views, which feature on Tunbridge Ware.

3.30  Tea

There will be a charge of £45 per head with concessions for existing Tunbridge Ware customers. For further details or an application form please go to www.tunbridgeware.org/amherst-events

The closing date for applications is 21st April.
 


 

Petersfield Antiques Fair 4th - 6th February

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Please join marine watercolour specialist John Morton Lee at the Penman Petersfield Antiques Fair. This will be John's last fair before his retirement later in the year. For further details go to www.penman-fairs.co.uk

The painting illustrated is 'Cottage near Brockenhurst'.

 

Tunbridge Ware Tutorial 3rd March

2011-02-03 13:40:35

Dianne Brick will discuss some of the identifying characteristics of the Tunbridge Ware produced by the main makers during the 19th century. During this informal afternoon Dianne will use examples from her stock to illustrate features associated with individual makers. Participants are also invited to bring their own pieces of Tunbridge Ware. The afternoon will conclude with tea and cake. Tickets priced £12 can be purchased from Amherst Events. For further details please contact the Galleries.

Amherst Antiques Tunbridge Ware Object of the Month February 2011

2011-01-31 12:31:45 - Last updated: 2011-01-31 12:41:23

A small stickware barrel with simple straight- line inlay containing a Stanhope viewer. Entitled a ”Souvenir from the Catskills” there are four views from the Catskill Mountains, an area in New York State.

Whilst a modest piece of stickware this little barrel is especially interesting as it is likely to be a rare example from the workshop of Boyce, Brown & Kemp, who were known to have incorporated Stanhope viewers into Tunbridge Ware items post 1880. An advertisement in The Tunbridge Wells Advertiser of 28th February 1892 indicates that Boyce, Brown & Kemp were using Stanhopes with views of Tunbridge Wells in Tunbridge Ware dip penholders.

The inclusion of foreign views in such items of Tunbridge Ware appears to be hitherto unknown but it is not unlikely that Boyce, Brown & Kemp would have been interested in the American market as their business had a similar bias to that of Henry Hollamby. Primarily as a wholesaler, Hollamby had pursued the American market and had gone as far as to produce a block of The Capitol in Washington. On the closure of Hollamby’s business in 1891 Boyce Brown & Kemp took over many of his designs and blocks.

Boyce, Brown & Kemp were working at a time when the Tunbridge Ware industry was struggling to compete with an influx of relatively cheap imports and they were known to favour novelty items in an attempt to retain interest in their products. 

 For further information on Stanhopes visit Dianne's blog www.tunbridgeware.org/p/blog

Watercolour Fair 3rd - 6th February 2011

2011-01-28 16:50:49 - Last updated: 2011-02-03 10:26:27

Join John Robertson and Kaye Michie at the Watercolour and Works on Paper Art Fair at The Science Museum, Exhibition Road, London SW7. This year's Loan Exhibition will explore the history of Southern Railway's iconic posters of Waterloo Station and includes Helen McKie's preparatory wartime sketches and artwork for the posters painted in 1943 and 1947.

For further details go to www.worksonpaperfair.com

Masterclass - Dining Room Furniture of the Georgian Period 1760 - 1800's

2011-01-22 12:29:56 - Last updated: 2011-01-28 15:19:17

Join Lennox Cato for an informative and informal one-day Masterclass on 9th February 2011 to learn about Georgian dining room furniture and effects.

10.00am Welcome coffee.

10.30am Learn about and discuss the changing fashions of furniture in the Georgian dining room.

12.30pm Two course lunch with wine.

2.00 - 3.30pm Tour of The Edenbridge Galleries with Lennox and informal discussions on the many aspects of antiques. 

Tickets £135 each. As places are limited, it is advisable to book early. Please contact us for further details on 01732 865 988.

 

 

Luxury Antiques Fair at Mere

2011-01-22 12:15:09 - Last updated: 2011-01-22 12:21:59

Join Lennox and Sue at the Luxury Antiques & Fine Art Fair at Mere Golf & Country Club, Mere, Near Knutsford, Cheshire WA16 6LJ on 21st - 23rd January 2011.

Amherst Antiques Tunbridge Ware Object of the Month January 2011

2011-01-04 11:28:29 - Last updated: 2011-01-04 12:24:30

The origins of the cup and ball game are obscure and may well have been spread via international commerce. The game came to England from France, where it was called the bilboquet, and first became popular in the Stuart court, enjoying a revival during the early 19th century. Jane Austen was reputed to have excelled in a game of bilbocatch with her nephew.

The aim of the game of bilboquet is to toss the ball, (which is attached to the stick by string), into the cup. Typically bilboquets were made of lignum vitae, boxwood or ivory.

Bilboquets are uncommon in Tunbridge Ware, possibly because, as a toy, they were prone to damage. This handsome specimen is larger than other examples we have owned, measuring some 18cm long, with a ball diameter of approximately 4cm and a circumference of around 15cm. The whole is a particularly fine example of stickware and represents the technique at its best. Learn more about bilboquets by reading Dianne's blog at: www.tunbridgeware.org/p/blog

 

With Best Wishes for 2011

2010-12-21 14:29:46 - Last updated: 2011-01-04 11:20:24

We have now reopened after the Christmas break and have resumed our normal opening times. Monday - Friday 9.30am - 5.30pm, Saturday 10.00am - 4.30pm.

We wish you all a very Happy New Year.

Christmas at The Edenbridge Galleries 11th & 12th December

2010-12-02 17:34:37 - Last updated: 2010-12-07 10:43:36

Despite the very snowy conditions many of our clients and friends came to our Christmas event last weekend. Many others were disappointed that they were unable to make it, so as the snow has almost disappeared, we will be holding another Christmas Open Weekend on 11th & 12th December. We look forward to welcoming you with mulled wine and mince pies.

Saturday 11th December 10am - 6pm, Sunday 12th December 10am - 5pm.

Christmas at The Edenbridge Galleries

2010-11-27 16:14:28 - Last updated: 2010-11-27 16:15:16

You are warmly invited to join us in celebrating the start of the Christmas festivities on 4th & 5th December. Live music will entertain you while you peruse our wide variety of antiques, fine art, decorative items and interior design ideas whilst enjoying mulled wine and home made mince pies.

We hope we can tempt you with our very wide choice of gift ideas to suit any pocket and with all our specialists on hand to offer expertise and advice on any aspect of antique buying we are sure you will have an enjoyable day.

We look forward to welcoming you next weekend!!

Amherst Antiques Tunbridge Ware Object of the Month December 2010

2010-11-26 11:51:11 - Last updated: 2010-11-26 12:17:29

A single compartment tea caddy veneered in Masur birch with the mosaic of a spaniel to the slightly domed lid.

Whilst unlabelled, this caddy has marked similarities to the glove box with a swan, (see Online Gallery), which has a label for William Camfield. The border around the dog and the image on the frieze has a small Van Dyke motif and a disinctive shaped top. This is identical to that around the swan on the glove box. Both items also have light colour veneers.

William Camfield was one of the few Brighton Tunbridge Ware makers, who survived into the mid Victorian period. He traded at 76 St. James's Street, Brighton between 1851 & 1859. In addition to trading as a Tunbridge Ware manufacturer he was also a brush maker. Dr Brian Austen in his book on Tunbridge Ware suggests that his main interest was probably in turned whitewood wares. He continued trading after 1859 but no longer mentioned Tunbridge Ware amongst his products.

This caddy is a rare example from one of the minor Brighton makers. Please contact us for further details.

The Best Small Shops in Britain 2010

2010-11-15 11:35:42 - Last updated: 2010-11-15 16:13:52

Win a luxury break for two by voting for The Edenbridge Galleries in the Telegraph Magazine's competition to find The Best Small Shops in Britain 2010.  Please vote for us in the Best for Interiors category at: www.telegraph.co.uk/shopawards 

Winter Fine Art & Antiques Fair, Olympia

2010-11-12 10:26:42

Lennox Cato Antiques, S & S Timms Antiques, Garret & Hurst, Gallery Yacou and Kaye Michie Fine Art are all exhibiting at the Winter Fine Art & Antiques Fair, Olympia from 15th until 21st November 2010. We do hope you will be able to come and see us at the Fair where more than 140 of the UK's finest dealers will display an exquisite array of over 20,00 items. For further information go to www.olympia-antiques.com

Tankersley Manor Antiques & Fine Art Fair

2010-11-04 10:10:19 - Last updated: 2010-11-04 10:13:17

Specialists in 19th century bronze sculptures our resident dealers Garret & Hurst will be exhibiting at the Tankesley Manor Antiques and Fine Art Fair. They will be pleased to welcome you to their display area at Tankersley Manor, Church Lane, Tankersley, South Yorkshire, S75 3DQ on the 5th–7th November 2010.

Friday 11.00–6.00
Saturday 10.30–6.00
Sunday 10.30–5.00

Mervyn Goode Exhibition Preview

2010-11-02 14:46:59 - Last updated: 2010-11-02 14:49:50

You are cordially invited to the Open Weekend Preview of an Exhibition of Landscape Paintings by Mervyn Goode on Saturday 6th November, 10am-5pm and Sunday 7th November, 11am-5pm. The artist will be present on both days and drinks and refreshments will be served. The exhibition remains open at the Edenbridge Galleries until 27th November. For further information contact John Robertson on 07860 571799.

Amherst Antiques Tunbridge Ware Object of the Month November 2010

2010-11-02 13:22:10 - Last updated: 2010-11-02 15:50:20

A finely painted whitewood Tunbridge Ware needlework basket with swing handle. The pin hinged lids are painted with cottage scenes and the frieze is decorated with a floral border. The interior has original paper lining.

Painted Tunbridge Ware was the forerunner to the inlaid work, which was produced primarily in the Tonbridge & Tunbridge Wells areas in the nineteenth century. Whitewood items were made prior to 1800 and remained popular until around 1830.

Price guide £1,200-1,500. Please contact the galleries for more information.

Tea & Tunbridge Ware 6th November 2010

2010-10-19 10:40:08 - Last updated: 2010-10-21 12:02:24

Due to the huge success of the last Tea & Tunbridge Ware event, we are pleased to annouce that Dianne Brick willl be presenting a master class entitled "A Tunbridge Ware Timeline." Using examples from her curent stock, Dianne will give a guide to dating Tunbridge Ware by reference to the techniques, patterns and veneers employed and also the social circumstances which influenced changes in designs. The event, which starts at 2.00pm, will be followed by afternoon tea. To reserve a place at the cost of £10 per person, please contact us as soon as possible as places are limited. 

Talk at Withyham Village Hall 15th October 2010

2010-10-15 14:16:30

There will be an Antiques Evening held on Friday 15th October at Withyham Village Hall at 8.00pm. Lennox will be discussing antiques generally with the emphasis on items brought by those attending the talk. For further information contact the Galleries.

New members join the Edenbridge Galleries collective

2010-10-06 11:44:22 - Last updated: 2010-10-06 11:49:06

We are delighted to welcome two new member dealers to our collective, S & S Timms and Kaye Michie. Both have been trading for many years and have excellent reputations in the antiques field as well as being members of both BADA and LAPADA.

Established for over 30 years, S & S Timms are always happy to share their vast wealth of knowledge and experience of antique furniture.

Kaye has been dealing in watercolours, drawings and illustrations since 1990. Most of her stock dates from approximately 1860-1980 with a few favoured earlier and later artists. 

 

Thomas Bush Hardy book special offer

2010-10-06 11:04:06 - Last updated: 2010-10-07 10:01:39

Written by Commander John Morton Lee and David Kirby-Welch, this lavishly illustrated book is the seminal work on Thomas Bush Hardy RBA (1842 - 1897), 'Master Painter of Marine and Coastal Watercolours.' Now available for a limited period at the special price of £27.50 plus package and posting.  

The Esher Hall Antiques & Fine Art Fair 2010

2010-10-05 15:38:16 - Last updated: 2010-10-05 15:39:24

Please contact us if you would like complimentary tickets for the Esher Hall Antiques & Fine Art Fair at Sandown Park Racecourse, Esher, Surrey KT10 9AJ, 8th - 10th October 2010.

Opening times: Friday 12.00 - 8.00, Saturday 10.30 - 6.00, Sunday 10.30 - 5.00.

Several of our collective will be exhibiting. For further details go to: www.esherhallfair.com  

 

 

 

Harrogate Antiques Fair 2010

2010-10-04 10:31:25 - Last updated: 2010-10-04 10:32:48

The hugely successful Harrogate Antiques Fair is open today and tomorrow, Monday 4th and Tuesday 5th October. Edenbridge Gallery members Garret & Hurst and Amherst Antiques are amongst the exhibitors at Harrogate International Centre, Hall M - Next to the Royal Hall. Admission: £7.50 including catalogue.

Opening Times:
Monday 4th - 11am - 8pm
Tuesday 5th - 11am - 5pm

Amherst Antiques Object of the Month October 2010

2010-09-28 11:28:28 - Last updated: 2010-09-28 11:31:36

The Tunbridge Ware Object of the Month for October is an unusual watch holder in the shape of a longcase clock, which was intended as a centrepiece for the mantelshelf. It is likely that this example came from the workshop of Boyce, Brown & Kemp at the end of the nineteenth century, when they were trying to introduce a range of novelty items to enhance their range.

Measuring some 9 inches tall, this watch stand has a panel of perspective cubes to the front and the hood opens to reveal the aperture for the watch. (Please note there is no watch included with this item. The watch face is printed on paper and is intended for display purposes only).
For further information please contact Dianne on: 01892 725552, mobile: 07850 350212, email: info@amherstantiques.co.uk

 

Harrogate Antiques Fair 2010

2010-09-28 11:17:15 - Last updated: 2010-09-28 11:19:41

Several of our member dealers will be exhibiting at the Harrogate Antiques Fair, 1st - 5th October 2010 at Harrogate International Centre, Hall M - Next to the Royal Hall. Admission: £7.50 including catalogue.

Opening Times:
Friday 1st - 2pm - 9pm
Saturday 2nd - 11am - 6pm
Sunday 3rd - 11am - 6pm
Monday 4th - 11am - 8pm
Tuesday 5th - 11am - 5pm

Jupiter Antiques "Themed Collections" Event 2nd October 2010

2010-09-21 10:31:53 - Last updated: 2010-09-21 10:34:22

Jupiter Antiques cordially invites you and your friends to our annual "themed collections" event at the Edenbridge Galleries 10.00am - 4.30pm on Saturday 2nd October 2010, to include a collection of Derby porcelain, Worcester blue and white and others. Complimentary refreshments will be available all day.

The collections will remain at the Gallery for three weeks.

LAPADA Fair, 22nd - 26th September 2010

2010-09-20 10:40:20

Several of our member dealers will be exhibiting at the LAPADA Art & Antiques Fair, Berkeley Square, London. Please contact us if you would like to receive complimentary tickets. For further details go to:  www.lapadalondon.com   

Tea & Tunbridge Ware 6th November 2010

2010-09-16 10:31:20

Due to the huge success of the last Tea & Tunbridge Ware event, we are pleased to annouce that Dianne Brick willl be presenting a master class entitled "A Tunbridge Ware Timeline." Using examples from her curent stock, Dianne will give a guide to dating Tunbridge Ware by reference to the techniques, patterns and veneers employed and also the social circumstances which influenced changes in designs. The event, which starts at 2.00pm, will be followed by afternoon tea. To reserve a place at the cost of £10 per person, please contact us as soon as possible as places are limited. 

Luxury Antiques Weekend at Stapleford Park

2010-09-13 15:54:13

The Antiques Dealers Fair Limited are holding a Luxury Antiques Weekend at Stapleford Park, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire LE14 2EF on 17th - 19th September. Exhibitors include Garret & Hurst and Lennox Cato. Please contact us if you would like complimentary tickets. For further details go to: www.staplefordpark.com

Football victory

2010-09-06 14:08:17 - Last updated: 2010-09-06 16:55:20

The annual charity football match between the Antique Dealers and the Auctioneers took place on Friday 3rd September, with over £8,000 raised for Breast Cancer Haven. The victors were the Antique Dealers by seven goals to three with Lennox scoring a hat trick. Look forward to beating the Auctioneers again next year.

Petersfield Antiques Fair 10th - 12th September 2010

2010-09-06 10:38:27 - Last updated: 2010-09-06 10:39:09

Several of our members will be exhibiting at the Petersfield Antique Fair on 10th - 12th September. This will be held at Festival Hall, Heath Road, Petersfield, Hampshire GU31 4EA. Please contact the galleries for complimentary tickets. For opening times and further details go to www.penman-fairs.co.uk

Jupiter Antiques at Worcester Porcelain Museum

2010-09-02 09:48:38

Jupiter Antiques along with BBC Antiques Roadshow expert Henry Sandon will be in attendance at The Antique Ceramics & Glass Fair at Worcester Porcelain Museum on 4th & 5th September. Henry Sandon will be providing a free identification service. For more information go to www.thefairs.co.uk

Amherst Antiques Object of the Month September 2010

2010-08-31 13:07:26 - Last updated: 2010-09-01 12:13:33

The Tunbridge Ware Object of the Month for September is a quality tea caddy with a rare gauge work view. The central panel of the lid has a gauge work view of Hever Castle, which we feel is surprisingly uncommon and has only featured on an item owned by us on one previous occasion – an adjustable reading stand.

This view of Hever is one of a series of gauge work views attributed to Edmund Nye from circa 1845-50. The inside of the lid is also well decorated with the mosaic of a blackbird. It is thought that James Burrows was the first to use bird designs on Tunbridge Ware in the 1830’s.

Birds quickly became popular in designs, which were adopted by other makers.
The interior of the caddy has two drop in canisters with elliptical geometric motifs and a glass bowl.

Please note this caddy is now sold and The Object of the Month has been replaced with a Tunbridge Ware book carrier. For more details go to www.amherstantiques.co.uk.


 

The Edenbridge & Oxted Show 29th & 30th August

2010-08-27 10:26:05 - Last updated: 2010-08-27 10:28:19

Come and visit us at The Edenbridge & Oxted Show 29th & 30th August in the Antiques marquee.

If you would like to meet Lennox Cato he will be there on the morning of 30th August and will be happy to discuss any of your antique related queries.

Please do come and say hello and meet some of the dealers.

http://www.edenbridge-show.co.uk/

Amherst Antiques Object of the Month August 2010

2010-08-03 09:59:24 - Last updated: 2010-08-03 10:09:24

The Tunbridge Ware Object of the Month for August is a cedar lined cigar box.

 Although not labelled, it is unmistakably the work of Thomas Barton from the 1870’s and is a good example of a simple but effective design for which the maker is renowned.
 
Measuring some 6½ inches wide, the cigar box has a background veneer of ebony, often favoured by Barton and the inlay comprises two patterns – perspective cubes and the Van Dyke pattern. 
Perspective cube work first appeared on Tunbridge Ware around the end of the eighteenth century but probably originated in Europe during the Renaissance. The elongated triangular pattern, which features on the frieze of the box, is known as the Van Dyke pattern and named from the shape of the beard of the seventeenth century portraits of the artist. The pattern was popular until the 1840’s with Tunbridge Ware makers and enjoyed a revival in the 1870’s, being used by George Wise and Thomas Barton.
 
Thomas Barton was masterly in his use of veneers, taking advantage of striking colours and grain, to enhance his work. By the 1870’s a wide choice of native and foreign veneers were available, which Barton has used to effect on the cigar box. Included are timbers such as wenge, partridge wood, tulipwood and afromosia, originating from as far a-field as Africa, North and South America and China.
 
A variety of colours and textures have been achieved in the design: grey from sycamore soaked in chalybeate spring water, stripes from zebrawood and a tendril effect from spalted ash. Particularly favoured by Barton is the green from oak attacked by the fungus, Chlorosplenium Aeruginascens, a veneer, which is now known to have been used by 14th & 15th century Italian craftsmen in their intricate intarsia designs.
 
This Tunbridge Ware cigar box represents some of the best features of Thomas Barton’s work, including such refinements as silver plated hinges and escutcheon back plate. It is a fine example of quality workmanship. The cigar box has now sold.
 

Mondays in August

2010-07-23 16:26:28

The Galleries will be closed on Mondays throughout August. We are open as usual between Tuesday and Saturday. Monday opening will resume on 6th September.

Antiques Roadshow new series

2010-07-20 17:07:01

Lennox will be filiming a programme for the new series of the Antiques Roadshow at Hampton Court Castle, near Leominster on Thursday 22nd July. Do go along if you are in the area.

Virtual Tour of the Galleries

2010-07-12 10:25:45

We are at present producing a video vitual tour of the galleries, filming took place last week and the finished result will be available for viewing in a few weeks by clicking the Vitual Tour link on the Homepage.

Amherst Antique's Object of the Month 2010

2010-07-01 10:04:17

We are pleased to present our first Object of the Month, which is a rare example of Tunbridge Ware attributed to Thomas Barton.

This fine octagonal basket is of an exceptionally large size, measuring some 17" x 13½". The swing handle is ¾" wide and has large stickware supports approximately 1¼" high.

Unusually the sides of the basket are strung with thread, which we have been reliably informed by our supplier, was done as an accurate replacement. The rim of the basket is decorated with eight quasi-geometric motifs, each 3" wide.

The base of the basket has the view of Eridge Castle with figures in the foreground, attributed to Thomas Barton and with a tree to the left. This tree (but facing the other way) appears on some versions of Barton's famous view of Battle Abbey Gatehouse.

Eridge Castle has been set in a foreground of oak, which in places appears green and was obviously taken from timber attacked by the fungus, Chlorosplenium Aeruginascens. Circa 1870.

We have never before seen a basket of these dimensions or proportions and wonder if it were specially commissioned. Indeed it is an especially fine piece of Tunbridge Ware.

 

Antiques and Fine Art Fair, 25th - 27th June 2010

2010-06-24 10:26:21 - Last updated: 2010-06-24 10:36:54

Garret & Hurst Sculpture will be exhibiting at the Antiques and Fine Art Fair at Towcester Racecourse on 25th - 27th June 2010.

The Fair will be situated in the beautiful award winning Empress Stand which was built 5 years ago and dominates the surrounding parkland and lakes in this lovely Northamptonshire countryside.

Towcester Racecourse, London Road (A5), Northamptonshire, NN12 6LB

Open Saturday 10.30am - 6pm and Sunday 10.30am - 5pm. Admission £4

 

 

Message from Jupiter Antiques

2010-06-22 10:25:11 - Last updated: 2010-07-01 10:06:10

A big thank you to everyone who attended our London show at the Athenaeum. We hope you enjoyed the event and your purchases give you great pleasure. It was rather frightening this year as we had to "go it alone", shouldering the entire cost of a five star hotel. We haven't done all the paperwork yet but we know it worked and are certain to do something very similar next year.

We have updated the website so you can see what is available and what has sold. Those who attended the show will have realised what a small part of our stock the catalogue is. If you are looking for something, feel free to contact us. 

Brad & Kevin

BBC Antiques Roadshow

2010-06-18 10:05:50

The new series of the BBC Antiques Roadshow is now being filmed. On Friday18th June 2010 Lennox and Susan will be filming the Roadshow at the Naval College in Dartmouth. 

Lewins Garden Open for Charity

2010-06-05 14:40:50

Clock specialist Derek Roberts and his wife Valerie are opening their garden in aid of the Hospice in the Weald on Sunday's 6th and 13th of June 2010 between 2.00pm and 6.00pm. Spectacular views, over 600 roses, a vineyard and teas are all to be enjoyed at Lewins, Crockham Hill, Edenbridge, Kent TN8 6RB.  For further information telephone 01892 820500.

Jupiter Antiques Annual Exhibition

2010-06-04 16:59:22

Jupiter Antiques will be holding their annual Exhibition of antique porcelain at the Atheneaum Hotel, 116 Piccadilly, Mayfair, London on 9th, 10th and 11th June 2010. Please go to www.jupiterantiques.co.uk for further details.

Shaw Edwards Antiques in 'Objects of Desire' final fourteen

2010-05-28 11:20:24 - Last updated: 2010-06-05 14:41:56

A late medieval carving of a mythical creature called a Pard will be exhibited in the prestigious "Objects of Desire" competition at the London International Fine Art Fair at Olympia. The Pard, exhibited by Shaw Edwards Antiques, has been chosen as one of the final fourteen objects that will be displayed at the Fair.

Although to all intents and purposes it is only the tiny fragmentary remains of a larger section of fixed woodwork, it is rare to find carved images of this particular subject in the present day market, particularly of such outstanding quality. 
This small fragment is most probably French, circa 1400 – 1420, carved from a piece of Continental Walnut, and is a typical late Medieval representation of a Mythical creature called a Pard. In the Medieval period the Cat-like Pard is represented with a Lion’s tail and the spots of a Leopard. Looking at the back with its untouched riven state, together with the vertical witness lines indicating the overlap of panels on either side, it would appear to be part of a divider from a section of wall panelling.  Given the mischievous nature of the scatological imagery it is probable that below it would have been some Clerical figure implying that the medieval craftsman was expressing his view relating to the hypocrisy of some local Church Dignitary.  
It is of exceptional quality in terms of its carving particularly given the nature of the timber which has both a knot and the witness of an outward growing branch. The colour is excellent, and the high relief flowing from the sculptural nature of the piece gives it enormous energy. In Richard Barber’s translation from Latin of the Bestiary from “The Bodleian Library M S Bodley 764” (The Boydell Press, Woodbridge 1999), - “the mystic Pard signifies either the Devil, full of a diversity of vices, or the sinner, spotted with crimes and a diversity of wrongdoings.”
This piece was obtained for my personal collection from a very learned Chinese Ceramics collector who showed it to me when he offered me a fragmentfrom a fourteenth Century Choir Stall.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

London International Fine Art Fair at Olympia

2010-05-27 16:02:02

Lennox Cato Antiques, Bourne Gallery, Garret & Hurst and Gallery Yacou are all exhibiting at the London International Fine Art Fair at Olympia from 4th until 13th June 2010. We do hope you will be able to come and see us at the Fair where more than 150 international dealers will exhibit an extrodinary array of antiques, art and jewellery.

Penman's West London Art & Antiques Fair

2010-05-27 15:49:09 - Last updated: 2010-05-27 15:57:19

One of our collective, Shaw Edwards Antiques will be exhibiting at Penman's West London Art & Antiques Fair at Kensington Town Hall from 3rd until 6th June 2010. For further information visit www.shawedwardsantiques.co.uk

Edenbridge Galleries on Twitter

2010-05-19 14:51:18

We are now able to communicate with you via Twitter. To keep up to date with new items posted on the galleries website and to hear of forthcoming events and news follow us at AntiqueGallery.

Tunbridge Ware Day at Tonbridge School

2010-05-19 12:23:02 - Last updated: 2010-05-19 13:42:22

Dianne Brick will be holding her eleventh Tunbridge Ware Day on 5th June. The day will commence with coffee and viewing of the selling exhibition, followed by an overview of Tonbridge School. After a buffet lunch at 1.00pm there will be an illustrated lecture by Dr Brian Austen, author of Tunbridge Ware & related European Decorative Woodwares, exploring the Wise Family and their 130 year involvement with Tunbridge Ware. This will be followed by tea. For further information please contact us on 01732 864 163.

The Daily Telegraph recommends us as "a perfect place".

2010-05-15 10:50:43 - Last updated: 2010-05-15 11:39:59

An article by antiques specialist Judith Miller in The Daily Telegraph newspaper has recommended The Edenbridge Galleries as an ideal place to find a range of dealers under one roof. In an excerpt from the Collectors' Corner column, published on Saturday 15th May 2010, she writes "It is the perfect place to check out what you really want to collect. You can be confident that the dealers will stand by and guarantee their items".  

Clock Master Class by Derek Roberts

2010-05-13 15:54:25 - Last updated: 2010-05-14 10:22:44

Local clock specialist Derek Roberts recently presented a talk to coincide with the publication of his new book 'A Life with Antique Clocks'. A relaxed and entertaining evening was enjoyed by all present. The book is available from the galleries at the reduced price of £24.95, along with a selection of Derek's earlier publications.  

 

Four hundred guests attend Spring Open Weekend

2010-04-30 10:30:18 - Last updated: 2010-05-19 14:28:03

We enjoyed a well attended Spring Open Weekend on 8th and 9th May with around 400 clients and friends dropping in to talk to our collective dealers, enjoy a glass of Pimms and view the 'One Hundred Years of Antiques in Edenbridge' timeline exhibition. We were priviliged to be entertained by harpist Margaret Watson, who played the Schwieso Erard harp currently for sale at the galleries, and by the duo Serendipity. John Biggs, one of our past members, who will be known to many of you, turned up in his vintage MG. 

 

Tea and Tunbridge Ware

2010-04-30 10:26:16 - Last updated: 2010-05-13 16:12:14

A delightful afternoon was enjoyed by Tunbridge Ware enthusiasts on 24th April when specialist Dianne Brick of Amherst Antiques held a Master Class entitled Tea & Tunbridge Ware. A rare and recently acquired Tunbridge Ware basket with what is believed to be an unrecorded view was the star attraction. The Master Class was followed by a champagne tea in the gallery. 

Master Class - A Life with Antique Clocks

2010-04-30 10:24:15 - Last updated: 2010-04-30 10:32:30

On 13th May at 7.00pm renowned antique clock specialist Derek Roberts will entertain us with a lecture to coincide with the launch of his new book entitled ‘A Life with Antique Clocks’. Tickets are now available from the galleries at a cost of £12 each to include refreshments.

The Botleigh Grange Luxury Antiques & Fine Art Fair

2010-04-22 16:35:34 - Last updated: 2010-05-13 15:42:46

A new fine art and antiques fair of distinction, located near to Southhampton, the Botleigh Grange fair will be offering the best in art, antiques and stylish objects from reputable specialist dealers including several members of the Edenbridge Galleries. The three day vetted fair takes place on 23rd, 24th and 25th April with the following opening times: Friday 11.00am-8.00pm; Saturday 10.30am-6.00pm and Sunday 10.30am-5.00pm. 

The Times Newspaper

2010-04-16 12:52:20 - Last updated: 2010-05-13 15:09:49

The Times newspaper, in an article dated 14th April 2010, has recommended the Edenbridge Galleries as having "specialities and expertise selected to complement each other". The illustrated article goes on to promote the forthcoming master classes and the book signing by Derek Roberts at the Spring Open Weekend.

The 50 Best Antique Shops

2010-03-30 17:24:38 - Last updated: 2010-04-01 12:13:14

On Saturday 20th March 2010 The Independent newspaper named The Edenbridge Galleries, Lennox Cato Antiques and The Bourne Gallery among The 50 Best Antique Shops in the country. In an article entitled 'The 50 Best Antique Shops' in The Independent Information supplement, it was gratifying to note that we were among only seven antique shops included from the whole of the south east region.

To read the article please use the following link:

http://www.independent.co.uk/extras/indybest/arts-books/the-50-best-antiques-shops-1923435.html?action=Popup&ino=18
 

Tunbridge Ware on Radio Kent

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We are delighted that Tunbridge Ware is featured as part of the BBC "A History of The World" series. Tunbridge Ware specialist Dianne Brick of Amherst Antiques was recently interviewed on Radio Kent. An important needlwork table from The Tunbridge Wells Museum collection has been chosen to represent the local area. Dr Ian Beavis, of Tunbridge Wells Museum talked on the Mid Morning Show at Radio Kent on Friday 19th February at 11.45am. Following Dr Beavis, Dianne Brick was interviewed about this rare Tunbridge Ware basket with the mosaic of a church, thought to be in the Tunbridge Wells area. The basket is one of the items for discussion at the Master Class to be held at The Edenbridge Galleries on 24th April. (See events page).If you would like to listen to Dr Beavis & Dianne you should be able to access the programme via the BBC website for the next few days. 

Glass Symposium

2010-01-14 11:59:00

We are delighted that Brian Watson of Brian Watson Antique Glass will be holding a Glass Symposium on Friday 15th and Saturday 16th January 2010. The Symposium will consist of three sessions, during the first session on Friday 15th January at 2.00pm Brian will enlighten us about engraved glass from the 17th until the 19th century.

On Saturday 16th January at 11.00am he will advise how to build a libray of books about glass, with the opportunity to purchase relevant books. This will be followed by a discussion at 2.00pm where collectors will be able to talk about their own glass collections and there will be an examination of objects. This should prove a stimulating and rewarding occasion for both experienced and novice glass collectors. 

Brian and Gillian Watson have been dealing in 18th and 19th century drinking glasses since 1991 and the majority of their stock comes from private collections, enabling the discerning collector to view items that are fresh to the market. More recently they have broadened their stock to include Venetian glass from the 16th and 17th centuries and more modern glass, particularly pieces from Murano.

If you wish to attend any of the sessions please contact the galleries.

Christmas at The Edenbridge Galleries

2009-11-30 15:32:46

This weekend 5th and 6th December the galleries are celebrating the beginning of the festive season. why not come and join us for mince pies and mulled wine and soak up the Christmas atmosphere.

All the dealers from the collective will be here to help you make any purchases whether they be a treat for yourself or a special gift for a special person.

We are also delighted to announce the launch of The Edenbridge Galleries gift vouchers which are a great help for buying any special occasion gift.

For an individual gift.....look no further, you won't be dissapointed!

National Antiques Week

2009-10-31 15:48:36 - Last updated: 2009-10-31 15:50:13

To celebrate the first ever National Antiques Week, Monday 23rd to Saturday 28th November, visitors to The Edenbridge Galleries will be offered a glass of wine and the opportunity to win bottles of champagne in competitions taking place throughout the week. The National Antiques Week also sees the launch of The Edenbridge Galleries Gift Vouchers in time for the festive season. The highlight of the week, and with reference to the recent 'Antiques are Green' campaign, is an illustrated talk by Lennox Cato and interior designer John Lusk from Mrs Monro Ltd entitled 'How the Interior Designer works with the Antique Dealer'. The focus of the illustrated talk will be the use of fine and decorative antiques in both the contemporary and period home. With heightened public awareness as a result of the recent green initiative, the use of antiques in furnishing a home is the ultimate in recycling. The event will take place at the Edenbridge Galleries on 25th November at 7pm. Ticket price £12 to include refreshments.

Shaw Edwards Antiques

2009-10-02 15:20:53

We are delighted that Shaw Edwards has joined our collective just this week. Shaws stock shows a fascinating insight into medieval England.

He is well know on the London and provincial fairs circuit and specialises in early oak carvings, furniture and objects of the period.

 

New arrivals at Edenbridge Galleries

2009-09-10 15:15:57

We are delighted to announce that we have been joined by O.F. Wilson Ltd

from the Fulham Road in London, in October we will also be joined by early

oak specialist Shaw Edwards. 

Thomas Bush Hardy

2009-06-16 10:21:28

ON Saturday 19th September we will be hosting the book launch on the life and works of the marine painter Thomas Bush Hardy, this has been written by David Kirby - Welch and Commander John Morton Lee who of course exhibits his stock of marine themed watercolours at the galleries. On the 19th John is holding a lecture on Hardy and will be signing copies of the new book, further details to follow, please also use the link here to take you to the web site www.thomasbushhardy.com where you can find more details on the book.

Lectures

2009-05-19 12:46:00

We hope all those who attended our lectures last week enjoyed them

as much as we did ! we are delighted that we raised £ 300 to be divided

between Edenbridge Hospital and Edenbridge Museum.

Our next lecture is scheduled for September and is by John Morton Lee

on the artist Thomas Bush Hardy, this will  also be the launch of the book on

T. B. Hardy that John has written.

OPEN WEEKEND 9th & 10th of MAY

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We will be holding our annual Spring open weekend on the 

9th and 10th of May, further details under the "events " section. 

This will also be an opportunity to view the stock and meet out new

ceramics dealers Jupiter Antiques who are regulars at quality antique fairs.

Garret & Hurst

2009-01-09 09:55:38

We are delighted to welcome 19th century sculpture specialists Garret & Hurst to the galleries. Based in Sussex Garret & Hurst exhibit at major antiques fairs throughout the UK, including the LAPADA and Olympia Fairs.

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Voyage of Discovery :

Lennox Cato Antiques will feature a very rare and unsual Georgian tankard

made from the wood of His Majesty`s ship Royal George sunk on the 29th of

August 1782. The tankard has silver - gilt bands and the interior has a silver gilt

liner with a glass bottom. The silver is hallmarked by CR - GS Charles Reilly &

George Storer.