February Newsletter 2012
At last the days are getting longer and spring is, hopefully, just around the corner! As usual we are busy preparing for various events, the first one being this very Saturday 18th February with our first 'Surgery' where Dianne Brick and John Robertson will be on hand from 11am – 3pm to offer free advice on Tunbridge Ware and pictures. Whether you require a valuation, restoration or just purely want to know more about an item, please do bring it along and they will be very happy to offer their advice. No appointment needed.
On 12th and 13th May we will be hosting our Spring Open Weekend entitled 'The Jubilee Years'. Many of our past monarchs have reached 25 years on the throne but only Queen Elizabeth II and Queen Victoria have achieved 60 years. We will be celebrating the years of past Jubilee's by holding a series of rolling talks over the weekend on the various years in which Jubilees have taken place. Beginning with Henry VIII each of our specialists have chosen a Jubilee Year to fit in with their chosen subject. More information on this along with a time table of talks will be featured in our forthcoming newsletters.
Many of our specialists are also preparing for various antique fairs and these are listed in our 'Dates for your Diary' section at the end of this letter. We are always happy to send complimentary invitations on request.
We look forward to seeing you at future events and fairs, and please don't forget you can follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
Lennox, Sue and all at the galleries.
Tunbridge Ware Object of the Month
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.
Visit Dianne's blog for more information on coromandel wood: "A Distinctive Look".
Competition of the Month
Last month's question, 'The watercolour shown is signed F. J. Aldridge, but do you think it is actually by him? Is it fake or forgery?' Well, only one person guessed the correct answer, it is in fact a forgery. The painting resembles that of a Samuel Owen but the forger signed it as F. J. Aldridge. Just wanted to get us all guessing! The forger, who is believed to have resided in Bristol, was known as 'The Master of the Light Touch' and was prolific during the 1970's and 1980's faking marine watercolours. Congratulations to Mr. John Tissington for his observational skills, he has been sent a £100 gift voucher.
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This month 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 or phone. Good luck!!
Dates for your diary
Antiques Fairs & Other Events
18th February 2012
'Surgery' at The Edenbridge Galleries
11am - 3pm
18th & 19th February 2012
Petworth Town Hall
25th & 26th February 2012
Antique Ceramics & Glass Fair
Worcester Porcelain Museum
24th - 26th February 2012
The Luxury Antiques Fair at Tortworth Court
20th - 27th March 2012
BADA Antiques & Fine Art Fair
Duke of York Square
12th & 13th May 2012
The Edenbridge Galleries Open Weekend
'The Jubilee Years'
Please contact us for complimentary invitations for any of the above fairs.