March Newsletter 2013
As you read this letter many of our specialists will either be exhibiting at The BADA Antiques & Fine Art Fair held at the Duke of York Square, just off Kings Road or the Chelsea Antiques Fair along the road in the Town Hall. These fairs take much organising and effort and we wish all our fellow colleagues great success. However, even though much of their stock will be at the fairs there is still much to see at the galleries and we will still be firmly open for business.
Now that spring has just about sprung and once we have recovered from our various outings our sights will be set on our annual Open Weekend which will take place on Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th May. This year our theme is entitled 'Birds, Bees and Butterflies'. With such a variety of items from the past decorated with these delightful little creatures there will be much to see and buy from our various specialists.
Dianne and Ivor Brick, our Tunbridge Ware specialists, will be showcasing another exhibition with many items once again from the Ken King Collection. Dianne has been able to acquire more from this extensive collection and this time there will be a real focus on items decorated with 'Butterflies'. Just perfect for our weekend!
We are delighted that our rug specialist, Arash Karimzadeh, will be presenting a talk entitled 'The History of Oriental Rugs' on Friday 19th April. Arash has presented talks to the British Museum, the Rug Society, the Third Age Trust and very recently at Brights of Nettlebed. This looks set to be a fascinating talk on such an interesting subject. The evening will commence at 7pm with welcome drinks and Arash will talk for 45 minutes with 15 minutes at the end for questions and answers. Tickets will be on sale at £12 per person from our galleries. Please don't delay in booking your place, these kind of events fill up very quickly!
Before we close we must tell you of a delightful story involving a rare commemorative carriage clock belonging to our clock specialist, Derek Roberts. The clock had been inscribed with a plaque which read:-
Presented to Private W. McKinlay, In recognition of Patriotic Service in the South African Campaign. Helensburgh 1901.
After extensive research Derek found that 22 of these clocks had been commissioned from Elkingtons of Glasgow and hall marked for 1901. They were then presented to 22 soldiers of different rank in recognition of their patriotic bravery in such a cruel war. Derek was able to locate a newspaper cutting dated November 6th 1901 recalling the event. As time went on the Helensburgh Heritage Trust heard about the clock and made contact with Derek to discuss a possible purchase. On Friday 1st March the chairman of the trust, Mr. Stewart Noble, came down from Scotland to meet Derek and view the clock. We are happy to report a deal was done and the clock is now safely ensconced in its rightful home! It is always a very rewarding feeling to know a certain item has been relocated to where its life began.
Please don't forget you can keep up to date by following us on Facebook and Twitter. In the meantime we look forward to seeing you at one of the forthcoming fairs or here in Edenbridge.
Our best wishes,
Lennox, Sue and all at the galleries.
Competition of the Month
Thank you to everyone who entered last month's competition and congratulations to Charles Gillespie. The correct answer was that the box was made of Shagreen with silver mounts and was designed by John Paul Cooper, circa 1920.
This month, as many of you say our questions are too easy, we have chosen something to really make you think! This drawing illustrates a very unusual chair.
Click image above to view in full-size
We need to know:-
Answers please via email by March 31st. Good luck!
- The name of this chair
- What is the period?
- Its country of origin
Dates for your diary
Antiques Fairs & Other Events
13th March - 19th March 2013
The BADA Antiques & Fine Art Fair
Duke of York Square, off Sloane Square
Kings Road, London SW3
13th - 17th March 2013
Chelsea Antiques fair
Chelsea Town Hall
London SW3 5EE
4th - 7th April 2013
Antiques For Everyone
19th April 2013
'The History of Oriental Rugs'
Talk hosted by Arash Karimzadeh
At The Edenbridge Galleries 7pm - 9pm
Tickets £12 per person to include wine and refreshments.
11th & 12th May 2013
Spring Open Weekend
'Birds, Bees and Butterflies'
At The Edenbridge Galleries
Please contact us for complimentary invitations for any of the above fairs.