April Newsletter 2012
Spring has certainly brought many visitors to our galleries all of whom express their delight at the wonderful array of quality items for sale. Our specialists regularly refresh their stock so there is always something new to see.
As mentioned in our last letter Michael Baggott Antiques has now joined our collective with a cabinet full of interesting items of silver, glass and generally fascinating artefacts.
We are currently preparing for our Annual Open Weekend entitled 'The Jubilee Years'. Hopefully you have already made a note in your diaries but just to remind you it will take place on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th May. 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 see below the programme of talks so as you can plan your visit to listen to something of interest to you, however, feel free to attend as many as you wish. Please also 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'
During the Saturday of our Open Weekend, Topfoto Gallery in Edenbridge will be collaborating with us by holding an exhibition of photographs of our present Queen. The Topfoto Gallery, situated at the northern end of the town, has a wonderful archive of photographs and hold regular exhibitions. Please visit http://www.topfotogallery.com
Lennox Cato begins filming the new series of the Antiques Roadshow next month with the first location being the Farnborough Wind Tunnels, Hampshire on 10th May. Why not go along and see how it all works.
We look forward to seeing you soon and if there is anything on our website you would like further information on please do not hesitate to call.
Lennox, Sue and all at the galleries.
Competition of the Month
Last month's competition proved to be perhaps too much of a brain teaser! Not one person guessed it right. The item represents a Panther, which in terms of Medieval Bestiaries was a very sacred animal. Its use cannot be definitely confirmed, but it is possible that it was a Medieval carpenter's Bench Dog, which was a tool that was used to steady timber!
If you would like to receive News Letters from Shaw please email him via the gallery website and he will be happy to add you to the list and then you can learn more about a Medieval Bench Dog!
There will not be a competition this month as our letter is mainly about the Open weekend but please keep a check on next month to test your antique knowledge!
Dates for your diary
Antiques Fairs & Other Events
10th May 2012
Antiques Roadshow at Farnborough Wind Tunnels, Hampshire
12th & 13th May 2012
Open Weekend - 'The Jubilee Years'
Sat. 10am - 6pm
Sun. 10am - 5pm
At The Edenbridge Galleries
7th - 17th June 2012
Olympia International Fine Art & Antiques Fair
Grand Hall, Olympia Exhibition Centre, Olympia Way, London W14 8UX
8th - 10th June 2012
Four Seasons Hotel, Hamilton Place
London W1J 7DR
Please contact us for complimentary invitations for any of the above fairs.