LATE SUMMER Newsletter 2009
Welcome to our Late Summer E Newsletter.
At the galleries we have been recuperating from the various summer fairs many of us take part in and setting out what has become a very hectic autumn schedule. There should be something for everyone, so read on with your diary at the ready!
We were delighted to read this week that Deloitte's, the leading accounting and business consulting firm, has recently concluded that antique furniture is a "proven asset at a low price" adding that the best argument for buying old over new is "simply that antique furniture is better made and cheaper than new furniture".
Confirming what we already new, now is undeniably the time to purchase 'old'. Fashions come and go, but classic design and quality, something the Georgians knew all about, will always remain constant. We can definitely feel a change in the air, and once demand increases so will the value of your antique pieces. If you are considering purchasing, now is most definitely the time, but always remember....quality, quality, quality!
No doubt many of you are readers of the very popular BBC Homes & Antiques magazine. During the coming months they are taking part in the 'Save Our Antique Shops' campaign and you will see that we have signed up to their promotion of offering 10% off ticket prices to anyone coming in with a copy of the November issue during October and November. We are delighted that the magazine has taken this initiative and hope to see many of you armed with your copy! As you are aware we offer a great variety all under one roof and all of a high standard of quality.
Another campaign gaining momentum is 'Antiques are Green'. More and more we read of our thoughtless disregard for our planet and that we must all keep an eye on our carbon foot print. Well, buying antiques couldn't be a greener way to furnish and decorate your home. No more cutting down trees, no more pollution from manufacturing, and what better way to safeguard our heritage for our children.
We will be promoting 'Antiques are Green' along with other events during the forthcoming 'National Antiques Week' to be held from Monday 23rd - Sunday 29th November as you will see as you read on.
This leaves us to say we hope you enjoy our letter and we look forward to seeing you at all or some of our forthcoming events. Or, as many of you live overseas please take time to view our website
Our very best wishes,
Lennox & Sue
Please note that during the month of August we will close on a Monday.
A Master Painter of Marine & Coastal Water-colours
Book launch: Saturday 19th September 2.30pm
The famous 19th century watercolourist, Thomas Bush Hardy, sets the tone for our first event with our marine watercolour specialist, John Morton Lee, launching his much awaited for book on the artist. He will be hosting an illustrated talk and book signing here at the galleries. The book entitled "A Master Painter of Marine and Coastal Watercolours" is a well researched and fully illustrated memorial to Hardy's artistic talents. During his comparatively short thirty year career he painted offshore, harbour and beach scenes in England, France, the Netherlands and Venice. He was one of only a handful of marine painters who had a clear understanding of the relationship between the sea, the sky, the tide, the wind and the main subject of his paintings - the fishermen of Europe.
Co - written with David Kirby-Welch, and in collaboration with Antiques Collectors Club, we feel very privileged that John has chosen to launch this book at the galleries. The hard-cover 'coffee table' book with over one hundred and fifty superb colour plates is a welcome addition to any T. B. Hardy collector's library. Due to reach the bookshops sometime this month it will be on sale at £35 a copy. However, if bought through The Edenbridge Galleries it can be purchased at the reduced price of £30. If you pre-order your book it can be collected at the lecture where John will happily sign it for you.
If you would like to attend the event, please let us know as soon as possible via email or telephone and we will save your place. Further information on the book can be found at www.thomasbushhardy.com.
Tunbridge Ware Day
Dianne Brick from Amherst Antiques will be hosting her 10th Tunbridge Ware Day at Salomons in Southborough on Saturday 5th September when she will be examining the work of the prolific Tunbridge Ware maker, Henry Hollamby. A guided tour and talk about the house is also included. Please visit Dianne's website www.amherstantiques.com for more information.
Selling Exhibition of Worcester Porcelain from the private collection of the late Tim Olney 3rd - 21st October
For all porcelain collectors and enthusiasts this is a unique opportunity to be able to acquire pieces from this wonderful collection of Worcester Porcelain from one of the most respected dealers and collectors of the 20th/ 21st century's.
Tim Olney's main interests were with Dr. Wall, Flight, Barr, Chamberlain and Grainger porcelains, which echoed his family's origins in Worcester. Brad and Kevin from Jupiter Antiques, who have recently become members of the BADA, look forward to welcoming you to the gallery to peruse this interesting collection and will be on hand to offer advice and pass on their extensive knowledge.
Also on view will be select items from three other collections. For more information please visit their website www.jupiterantiques.com.
The teacup and saucer showed in our Signature Pieces is from the Tim Olney Collection and is from the Dr. Wall period.
Esher Fair 9th - 11th October
For the first time The Edenbridge Galleries are exhibiting at a fair collectively. Among those of us taking part are Lennox Cato, Amherst Antiques, Derval, Bourne Gallery, Sanda Lipton, O.F Wilson Ltd., who will be joining the gallery in September and John Morton Lee who will be signing his book on Thomas Bush Hardy on the first day of the fair.
If you wish to receive an invitation for this fair please do let us know.
National Antiques Week 23rd - 29th November
As previously mentioned we will be supporting both 'Antiques are Green' and the 'Save Our Antique Shops' campaigns and will be hosting various events throughout that week. Firstly, during the evening of Wednesday 25th Lennox Cato will be hosting a talk with interior designer John Lusk of Mrs. Monro Ltd., entitled 'How the Interior Designer works with the Antique Dealer'. Lennox and John will offer an insight into how these two aspects of our business come together and show how antiques can be used in the traditional and contemporary home. This wonderful painting offered by the Bourne Gallery in our 'Signature Pieces' shows perfectly how timeless antique interiors are.
Updates of National Antiques week will be posted on our website.
|Robin Yacoubian from Gallery Yacou joined our collective in July as our antique rug and carpet specialist. A family run business, now in it's second generation, Gallery Yacou has been established in the Fulham Road, Chelsea for the past fifteen years. Their extra showroom space at the galleries in Edenbridge will offer a fine selection for those not wanting to travel to London.
Robin offers a comprehensive range of carefully selected carpets chosen for their individuality, elegance and decorative appeal. He is always happy to make appointments for consultations to discuss your requirements.
|| During the coming months we will also be welcoming two more specialists including Peter Jackson from O.F Wilson Ltd. Based in the Fulham Road, London and specialising in 18th & 19th century European and English decorative furniture and accessories. Also joining us is Shaw Edwards who specialises in early English oak furniture, carvings and related items. His stock covers late Medieval and early Renaissance examples of carved fragments sometimes as early as the 13th Century.
Both are members of the BADA and we very much look forward to welcoming them to the galleries.
John Lusk becomes a BIID member
John Lusk of Mrs. Monro Ltd., was recently nominated by House & Gardens, the prestigious interiors magazine, as one of the country's top 100 Interior Designers. With the standard for inclusion on the list being ever higher, we are delighted that he is a part of The Edenbridge Galleries and able to offer his design and decorating services here.
He has also now become a BIID member due to the minister of state recently granting BIDA (British Interior Designers Association), the designers professional body of which he has been a long standing member, the rare and prestigious accolade of the right to include 'Institute' in it's name so becoming BIID. This is granted only to "professional bodies of the highest standing", which have pre-eminence in their field.
BBC Antiques Roadshow
Lennox has once again been busy filming for the Antiques Roadshow, his next date is Thursday 3rd September at Leeds Town Hall. This series is due to be screened in the autumn.
New fair for Lapada at Berkley Square
Many of the specialists at the galleries will be exhibiting at this forthcoming fair which for the first time is being held in a marquee in Berkley Square. If anyone would like complimentary invitations for this or the Esher Fair, please do let us know.
More information on the Lapada fair can be found at www.lapadalondon.com.
Dates for your diary
Saturday 5th September Tunbridge Ware day at Salomons, Southborough, Nr. Tunbridge Wells, Kent.
Saturday 19th September 2.30pm Book signing and talk on Thomas Bush Hardy with John Morton Lee
3rd - 21st October Jupiter Antiques present 'Worcester from the Tim Olney Collection' selling exhibition.
24th - 27th September The Lapada Art & Antiques Fair, Berkley Square, London.
9th - 11th October Esher Hall Antiques & Fine Art Fair, Esher Hall, Sandown Park Racecourse, Esher, Surrey KT10 9AJ
23rd - 29th November National Antiques Week
25th November 'How the Interior Designer works with the Antique Dealer', talk with Lennox Cato and John Lusk
5th & 6th December Christmas Open Weekend