February Newsletter 2011
According to recent statistics published by the RICS, buyers are investing in art and antiques, rather than other forms of investment. 'Buyers are looking to invest in more tangible assets to guard against the uncertain economic picture'. Surveyors are expecting to see a rise in demand for antiques over the next 12 months.
If you have visited our ever expanding website recently, you will be aware of the diverse range of antiques and decorative items offered by our collective. If however you are unable to find exactly the item you are seeking, do let us know and we will do our utmost to source the perfect piece.
Dianne Brick of Amherst Antiques was chosen as Online Galleries January Dealer of the Month. To read the Online Galleries article about Amherst Antiques go to: www.onlinegalleries.com/dealer-of-the-month.
Dianne will be holding a Tunbridge Ware Tutorial at the galleries on 3rd March. Visit our website for further information.
We have a full agenda for the coming year including a series of Masterclasses by Lennox and our Open Weekend on 7th & 8th May. We look forward to seeing you at one or all of our events soon.
Best Wishes from Lennox, Sue and everyone at the galleries.
Tunbridge Ware Object of the Month February 2011
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 Tunbridge Ware 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.
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 more on Stanhope viewers & The Catskill Mountains go to Dianne's Blog - www.tunbridgeware.org/p/blog
S & S Timms
Sue and Steve Timms set up S & S Timms Antiques in a small shop in Ampthill during the mid 1970's. Antiques had always been in Steve's blood, growing up with both his grandfather and father in the trade. (The latter actually had a shop on Sydney Street in London during the early part of the 20th Century and was a founder member of the BADA).
For many years they dealt almost exclusively with the trade, but gradually they began to also deal with the public. The business continued to evolve and in 1998 Sue & Steve's son Robbie joined the family business as an apprentice, becoming the fourth generation of his family in a row to be involved in the antiques trade.
In May 2007 the Timms family took the difficult decision to close down their retail showrooms to allow them more time to concentrate on dealing from fairs and their new extensive website. We are delighted that they have recently become part of the collective at The Edenbridge Galleries where you can view their selection of 18th & 19th century furniture.
Dates for your diary
Events at the Edenbridge Galleries
9th February 2011
Lennox Cato Antiques Master Class - Now fully booked
3rd March 2011
Tunbridge Ware Tutorial - 2.00pm
7th and 8th May 2011
May Open Weekend - Royal Connections, further details to be announced
4th - 6th February 2011
Petersfield Antiques Fair
Festival Hall, Heath Road, Petersfield GU31 4EA
23rd - 29th March 2011
BADA Antiques & Fine Art Fair
Duke of York Square, Off Sloane Street, London SW3