May Newsletter 2013
At last it feels like spring has sprung and what a joy it is to see blue skies as we make preparations for our annual Spring Open Weekend on 11th and 12th May. Entitled 'Birds, Bees & Butterflies' we will have some charming pieces from our various specialists to view and purchase. From delightful carriage clocks to paintings, from rugs to Tunbridge Ware, porcelain to early oak carvings as well as our usual eclectic mix of fine antiques and works of art. As always quality will be at the heart of what you see and all our specialists will be on hand to advise and discuss any of your queries.
As a taster you will see some of the items that will be available in our Signature Pieces at the side of this letter.
Dianne Brick of Amherst Antiques, our Tunbridge Ware specialist, will be presenting a further selling exhibition of items freshly released from the Ken King Collection. You may remember Dianne had a very successful event last year with a large amount of Topographical pieces from Mr. King. She will be replicating a similar event which she will launch at the Open Weekend. This time there will be some wonderfully decorated pieces with, yes, you guessed it butterflies and moths! This will then be the subject of a talk the following Saturday 18th May entitled 'Butterflies & Moths on Tunbridge Ware'. The talk will start at 2pm and tickets can be purchased through the galleries at £12.50 per person. This will include tea and some delicious butterfly inspired cakes! For more information on Dianne's talk visit http://www.tunbridgeware.org/amherst-events
Arash Karimzadeh presented a fascinating talk last month which had the whole audience completely captivated. Arash is extremely knowledgeable on his subject which made the evening extremely interesting. We will be hosting this talk again at some point in the future due to popular demand, so... watch this space!
Disappointingly we did not pick up an award at the Homes & Antiques Awards 2013 but would like to wish the winners many congratulations. We still did well to get into the final ten and in the meantime we would very much like to thank all those who took the time to vote, it was greatly appreciated and we would not have made the finals without that input. Who knows what next year may bring!
Eastbourne bandstand has been chosen to host the Antiques Roadshow on Thursday 23rd May. Lennox Cato will be taking part and if you wish to have something valued or would just like to go along to see how it all works you are most welcome. Entrance is free although you may have to queue for quite some time to have your items looked at!
That seems to be all for now except to add a little picture of Tilly the Labradoodle! She is getting bigger by the day and although full of mischief is a little darling enthralling anyone who meets her. She seems to cause far more interest than any valuable antiques!!!
We look forward to seeing you either at the Open Weekend or at any time that suits you,
Our best wishes,
Lennox, Sue and all at the galleries.
Competition of the Month
Last month's competition was certainly tricky and unfortunately we had no winners! The answer was... city rugs are woven from designs which have been drawn by a designer and the looms are stationary so the rugs are straighter. Tribal rugs are made with designs passed orally from generation to generation and because of the nomadic way of life the looms were continually being moved and this means the rugs tend to be smaller and also less regular in shape. Pars Rug Gallery display a large selection of antique and contemporary rugs at the galleries, some tribal and some city.
There will be no competition this month due to our forthcoming Open Weekend which seems to be taking up much of our time! We will be back on track for next month!