March Newsletter 2011
As the days grow longer and warmer, spend a day visiting the medieval market town of Edenbridge in Kent set in an area of outstanding natural beauty containing many historic houses such as Chartwell, Penshurst and Hever Castle. At The Edenbridge Galleries you will find one of the largest and most interesting collections of quality antiques and interior design inspiration found outside London. You will be sure to receive a warm welcome at our showrooms, and for those who have never visited us a very pleasant surprise.
If you are unable to visit our showrooms, be sure to visit our website and if you can't find your requirement there, please feel free to contact us. We are happy to try and locate items for you through our extensive trade and dealer network.
Following the success of Lennox's recent Masterclass and by popular demand, he will be holding another equally informative and entertaining class on 19th May, this time entitled The Drawing Room. Once again the delicious lunch will be provided by our regular caterer, Maggie Broad, who uses Kentish produce for most of the dishes. This event will follow our annual May Open Weekend on 7th & 8th May.
We look forward to seeing you soon.
Best Wishes from Lennox, Sue and everyone at the galleries.
Jupiter Antiques acquires the Langmead Collection
Jupiter Antiques is pleased to announce the acquisition of the Langmead Collection of blue and white and transfer printed Worcester porcelain. As the collection comprises over 600 pieces, it will be divided into two parts with items from Part One being shown at fairs and on the website over the next four months. Items from Part Two will be on sale at our annual exhibition at Ceramics Mayfair at the Four Seasons Hotel, Mayfair, London. Visit www.jupiterantiques.co.uk for further information.
Tunbridge Ware Object of the Month March 2011
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.
Derek and Valerie Roberts started their antiques business in Tonbridge in 1968, initially they dealt in general antiques but within a year were specialising in clocks, for which they gained an international reputation, supplying museums and major collectors as well as people who just wanted a fine clock for their home. They became members of The BADA in 1974 and in 1977 Derek became Free of The Worshipful Company of Clockmakers. Some two years later he was invited to become a Liveryman.
Derek's first horological book, 'British Skeleton Clocks', was published in 1987 followed by 'Continental & American Skeleton Clocks' and 'British Longcase Clocks'. 'Carriage and other Travelling Clocks' was published in 1993, this was followed by one on 'Mystery, Novelty & Fantasy Clocks', a subject close to the authors' heart, in which the art of the clockmaker is displayed to its' fullest extent.
Collecting all the material for the three volumes on 'Precision Pendulum Clocks', which is at the heart of horology, took the best part of thirty years and was finally published in 2003-4. It was then that Derek and Valerie decided to retire from their main business but continue to trade and advise clients at The Edenbridge Galleries. Derek is usually in attendance on Saturday mornings or by appointment. Throughout their career they have handled a very wide range of clocks, many of considerable rarity and complexity, and have assisted in the formation of several fine collections. Some of the more interesting clocks they have handled may be seen in their latest book - 'A Life With Antique Clocks.'
Dates for your diary
Events at the Edenbridge Galleries
7th and 8th May 2011
May Open Weekend - Royal Connections, further details to be announced
19th May 2011
Lennox Cato Masterclass - The Drawing Room
Antiques Fairs & Other Events
17th - 20th March 2011
Antiques For Everyone
The NEC, Birmingham B40 1NT
23rd - 29th March 2011
BADA Antiques & Fine Art Fair
Duke of York Square, Off Sloane Street, London SW3
23rd - 17th March 2011
Chelsea Antiques Fair
Chelsea Old Town Hall, Kings Rd, London SW3 5EE
30th April 2011
Tunbridge Ware Day - Walk & Talk
The Spa Hotel, Mount Ephraim, Tunbridge Wells, TN4 8XJ
28th April - 2nd May 2011
The Harrogate Antiques & Fine Art Fair
Harrogate International Centre. HG1 2RD