APRIL 15th NEWSLETTER | Mark Goodger Antiques
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April 2020
Dear Friends

We hope you enjoyed the Easter break. Here in the UK, we had super weather which has been very welcomed. For many, a much stranger Easter; most of us are unable to travel, be with friends, family and loved ones due to the lockdown and the current crisis we are all experiencing. To top it off, I had a fall whilst trying to send out as many parcels as I could, prior to the Easter Holidays. My lovely doggy Roxy always loves to get to the courier and the door before I do!

Whilst rushing down the stairs trying to avoid running into my dog, I ended up missing the last two steps which led to me gravely landing at the bottom (resulting in a few choice words and hopping around thinking I’d broken it…)! Putting a strain on our NHS heroes was the last thing I wanted, so I decided to take matters into my own hands by keeping my foot raised and keeping a cold compress on it for the day. The following morning it was not a pretty sight (that said, my feet have been compared to Bilbo Baggins’ feet from Lord of the Rings), so I made the decision to call the Doctor, my foot was assessed by remote viewing – a first for me! He then advised an X-Ray would be substantial, but with the current circumstances, he left it to me to decide. I am pleased to say I did not end up consuming any more of the precious NHS’ time. Thanks to some tender loving care, my foot is on the mend!.  
The week before last passed us by, and would have been “Antiques for Everyone” our third fair of the year. Sadly this fair has been cancelled along with our Summer Olympia fair in June, and I suspect there will be more to follow. Exhibitions for us, are our temporary shop window where we get to meet new people and reconnect with you, our customers.

In light of the situation we all find ourselves in, our aim is to start sending out two newsletters a month. Keeping it exciting and fresh is what we hope to achieve. We will also be introducing a lot more content, facts, and special offers. As always you, our subscribers will be the first to hear about it. We would also like to invite you to ask us questions of which we will answer and add to the following newsletter. Please feel free to pass on and share our newsletters with friends and family and from this we hope they subscribe. Passing on our details resulting in a sale by recommendations you will be rewarded. 

We hope you are all in good health and staying safe in these trying times.
Closely following government guidelines we are no longer taking appointments at our showroom. Our online services are still operating but there are certain postal restrictions in place due to the coronavirus. Prior to purchasing if you are uncertain of any postal restrictions where you live please get in contact and we will look into it.        

Tel +44 (0) 1604 863 979
Mob. +44 (0) 7779 654 879

We will keep you updated as best we can via these newsletters but if you have the means to follow our social media accounts please do.

Mark Goodger Antiques
Don’t forget to check in to the website regularly so you don’t miss out on our new stock!
We can reached by phone:
01604 863979 (Monday – Friday: 9am – 4:30pm) 
or by email: sales@markgoodger.co.uk.


As you all know, we are unable to exhibit due to COVID-19 and lockdowns, so now we are introducing our first ever flash sale! We are giving you the chance to purchase items from our website up to 50% OFF of their original price.

Every two days, we will be listing two heavily discounted items on the website for a limited amount of time. We are giving you 48 hours from 17:00GMT after the first newsletter release to snap these items up!  After this 48 hours, these items will go back up to their original listed prices.

Please be aware, once the items are listed, they will be available to everyone via my website. However I am giving you, our subscribers a first-look at these items.

Don’t miss out on your chance to purchase some specially handpicked items lower than trade prices!

Amboyna Silver Gilt Dressing Case
£8,500 £5,500
Buy Now
Regency Tortoiseshell & Silver Sewing Box
£4,950 £2,850
Buy Now
Some new items added to our inventory!
  Anglo Indian Ivory Sewing Compendium
  Boulle Scent Bottle Box
  Rosewood Jewellery Box
  Ruddspeed Bentley Decanter
  Tunbridge Ware Sewing Companion
  Silver Spoon Set
  Chinese Export Tea Chest
  Miniature Tea Caddy
  Tortoiseshell Jewellery Box
  Brighton Pavilion Sewing Compendium
  Antique Pear Tea Caddy
  Patek Philippe Jewellery Box
Alternatively, if you are looking for something specific don’t forget to use the search bar on our new homepage.

By Kate Richenburg

To some people, tea caddies are just dinky little boxes that were used for storing tea. But they are so much more than that. In the eighteenth century, many were regarded as serious pieces of furniture. Hence, Thomas Chippendale in his celebrated pattern book The Gentleman and Cabinet-Maker’s Director, first published in 1754, devoted two pages to their designs; likewise George Hepplewhite, over thirty years later, in his posthumous publication The Cabinet-Maker and Upholsterer’s Guide also featured them. In their time, caddies were often relatively expensive. For example, in November 1781 the fashionable London cabinetmaker, George Seddon, issued an invoice to Charles Wren, an attorney in Newcastle-uponTyne, charging £1–14–0 for ‘2 oval caddies’, only two shillings less than the amount for a pair of elbow chairs on the same bill. Several similar documents confirm the comparatively high prices of some caddies while the majority of tea caddies are finished in polished wood, many represent an array of other decorative finishes.

Some are veneered on wood with tortoiseshell, ivory or horn; others are covered with shagreen (shark skin or ray skin). A number represent the handiwork of leisured amateurs in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, who indulged in the pastime of adorning a basic wooden box with penwork, rolled paper or shellwork.

Then there are caddies covered with intricate and, often, lustrous patterns in split straw – namely, straw work – which is particularly, but not exclusively, associated with Napoleonic prisoners-of-war. By contrast, some caddies are wholly constructed in materials other than wood, including silver, pewter, tinplate, papier mâché and, even, glass. So tea caddies provide insights into a great variety of decorative techniques and materials, and also, significantly, into social history.

As rarer tea caddies have gained in value in recent years, fakers have moved in, often cannibalising low-end pieces to convert them into lucrative sought-after so-called rarities. Mark, as an expert on antique boxes, has been tireless (and courageous) in exposing fake caddies; he is also writing a chapter on ‘Fakes’ for a forthcoming major book on tea caddies. Overall, Mark has contributed a lot to the small fascinating world of the tea caddy – a world well worth exploring, not just for its aesthetic delights but for the much broader insights it offers. (Kate is currently working, with others, to complete a comprehensive book on tea caddies, begun by the late Anne Stevens, who was a pioneer in the study of caddies.) More on fakes in our next newsletter.

For those of you who didn’t make it to the Open Art Fair you can go on a virtual tour by clicking on the link below:
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Mark Goodger Antiques

Please don’t hesitate to let us know of any glitches on our website, or how we can help improve your online experience.   

Visits are by appointment only but currently closed due to the current crisis. If you have any questions relating to future appointments or an item you are considering purchasing please get in touch.

We are listening to your feedback and appreciaite some items are a little out of reach, so we are now accpeting layaway payment methods. Contact us for more details about the item you’d like to purchase.     

Email Address: sales@markgoodger.co.uk

Telephone:         +44 (0) 1604 863 979
Mobile:               +44 (0) 7779 654 879

Our 2019 brochure can be viewed by clicking on the image below. A complimentary copy will be sent with all purchases. Please contact us if anything is of interest.
We now accept payments for items online! So if you see something you like please go ahead and purchase the item before it gets snapped up!! 
This can be done by clicking on the “Add to Cart” button on the item you would like to purchase.
Then click on the shopping cart icon at the top of the page and click on “proceed to checkout” button on the dropdown menu.
Payments can also be made by bank transfer, paypal, or by credit/debit card through a telephone call to our office on +44 (0) 1604 863979. Please bear in mind that the facility to deliver an item to an address other than that of the registered card-holder is only available for existing customers.

Send us an email with as much information as possible and we’ll get straight on the case for you. We may even have that coveted piece in our ‘special reserve’! Click the link to get in touch: sales@markgoodger.co.uk

And finally…. thank you for taking the time to read our newsletter. Please forward it on to friends & colleagues who may be interested.

Mark Goodger
& all the team.

Email Address: sales@markgoodger.co.uk

Telephone: +44 (0) 1604 863979
Mobile:       +44 (0) 7779 654879


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