So good being back exhibiting again and special thanks to those that visited and purchased at this magnificent Chelsea Fair. Those that have visited this event in the past would not of recognised its transformation and us never exhibited here before were blown away with the high quality antiques and dealers exhibiting. Really pleased to be part of this new venture with the very flawless 2covet team and looking forward to exhibiting again here in March 2022. We sold items across the board from Georgian Tea Caddies, Rene Lalique car mascots, Cocktail Shakers and many more.
Our next fair is just two weeks away, ran by the "Cotswold Antique Dealers Association" ( CADA ) it will be held at the jaw dropping Compton Verney House from 14th - 17th October. The House sits within 120 acres of stunning parkland and lake surround an award-winning art gallery & gift shop. Complimentary tickets can be downloaded from our website or via the banner below. We very much hope to see you there.
If you intend to visit us at any of our exhibitions and have your eye on a piece or pieces and expect it to be on show, please let us know, we carry lots of beautiful items but sadly can't take everything and only to pleased to bring an item for you to view.
AUTUMN FANTASY – A SWEEP THROUGH MARK’S STOCK
Have you ever fantasised about taking part in a supermarket sweep? Careering round your local emporium with a trolley on two wheels, and barging other shoppers out of the way while you scooped high-priced goodies off the shelves? No? Well, me neither. We used to have a weekend cottage on the outskirts of a county town in the south of England, within half a mile of such a megastore – part of one of the biggest national chains (I shall say no more). There on Saturday mornings I was dragged along by my dear wife to load the trolley and then the car – oh yes, and wield the plastic. It was a gloomy place, staffed by robotic characters and with shelves that stretched into the middle distance displaying a baffling array of dull products. Only when I discovered the wine section – Montagny premier cru for under a tenner a bottle – did my spirits lift a little. When we sold the house and my wife moved the ‘big shop’ routine to a weekday I was told my services were no longer required, which came as quite a relief. But, in a distant echo of those fraught expeditions, I’ve persuaded Mark Goodger to let me try an (online) version of the supermarket sweep through his very much more desirable products. And after a breathless tour of his website, here’s what’s in my virtual basket. You might even call it Mark’s magnificent seven.
Coromandel Games Box. The first thing I ever bought from Mark was a late-Victorian games box, a birthday present for my brother (it was a rather significant birthday). It was a superb box, but still not quite in the same league as this beauty, which includes a chess set, backgammon, draughts, Bezique, playing cards, dice and other accoutrements. The box itself is superbly finished and the contents are immaculate. Just imagine after lunch on Christmas Day (or perhaps, if your Christmas lunches are as indulgent as ours, Boxing Day might be safer) opening this box and impressing family and friends with your exquisite taste – not to mention your mastery of cribage or solo whist.
Dunhill Table Lighter. Smoking may be heading the same way as the dodo and the gas-lamp, but surely any drawing-room would be enhanced by a lighter as exquisite as this one. The theme is aquatic (or, if you want to be pedantic, piscatorial) – each panel features a unique decoration of fish swimming, so that the whole piece is a sort of miniature aquarium. Slightly whimsical – even slightly bonkers, if you’re a practical person – but what a fantastic talking point. So far as the maker is concerned, no firm stands taller than Dunhill, so the workmanship is every bit as impressive as the artistry. And no matter how far you travel, you’re unlikely ever to see another example.
Engineer’s Model Train. I have a confession to make: ever since childhood, I’ve had a thing about scale models. As schoolboys, my brother and I shared a Hornby Dublo train set which during the winter months provided many happy hours of diversion. That layout disappeared during a house move, but I did manage to salvage a few locomotives and coaches which are now safely stowed away in their 1950s boxes. And occasionally, when my wife isn’t watching, I’ve managed to stow away a few newly-bought pieces. But none of these discreet acquisitions is half as impressive as this hand-built scale model which measures almost a metre from stem to stern. For any train fanatic this is surely the ultimate: it isn’t just a work of art, it’s a labour of love. And I’d like to see the looks on the faces of our guests when they spotted this beauty on the sideboard.
Tortoiseshell Card Box. Some say size matters, others say big is beautiful, others again will tell you that quality will always trump quality. On those observations I’m agnostic, but this dainty card box surely proves that exquisite doesn’t necessarily mean enormous. In red tortoiseshell with ivory edging, it’s hardly inconspicuous but don’t let the bright colours fool you – it’s beautifully made, including the interior which is finished in deep burgundy leather. And of course there are two packs of playing cards nestling inside. No bridge party ever got off to a more glamorous start.
Satinwood Tea Chest. Among the many collections that I’ve never quite managed to get off the ground is one comprising tea caddies – although every time I open Mark’s website I’m tempted to give it a try. And if you’re going to start somewhere, where better than this unusual and attractive chest, with its two wedgwood cameos flanking a silver handle. Incidentally, I’ve always had a soft spot for satinwood – we have a side table and display cabinet in the same timber – and as usual with items from Mark the interior, with its two removable caddies (each repeating the wedgwood motifs on the lid) is every bit as attractive as the outside. By the way, if you’re worried about your cleaning lady snaffling the Darjeeling, the chest – like most of Mark’s boxes – comes with a working lock and tasselled key.
Lalique Mascot. As the most famous glass maker of the twentieth century Renee Lalique needs no introduction from me – his art deco masterpieces grace some of the world’s greatest collections. This creation is an example of his fabulous wild boar mascot of the inter-war years – and no car adornment could be less boring (sorry about that). Given its rarity and value, today you might hesitate to attach it to the radiator of even the most patrician motor car (the winged-B on my 1934 Bentley will just have to do), but exhibited on your mantelpiece – or for greater safety in a display cabinet – it will make quite a talking point. Memo to myself: do remember to get the illumination just right, so the shimmering emerald green colour is brought out to perfection.
Walnut Jewellery Box. Last – but very far from least – comes this fabulous jewellery box which has a beautiful mosaic-style border, with a mother of pearl plate and escutcheon. Walnut is another favourite of mine and the finish here is sublime – I bet the craftsmen at Rolls-Royce who create those fabulous dashboards would be hard pressed to improve on this workmanship. The black silk paper inside and padded velvet superbly set off the handsome exterior, and there is a removable tray with numerous compartments so you can be sure your cufflinks are never muddled in with your wife’s pearl earrings – or perhaps it’s the other way round? Anyway, I’m willing to bet that – short of a Cartier diamond necklace – the reaction from anyone lucky enough to open this on Christmas morning is likely to be unsurpassable.
We shall be attending The Costwolds Art & Antiques Dealers Association Fair in October. The Winter Art & Antiques Fair at London Olympia will be going ahead in early November. Followed by the Art & Antiques For Everyone at the NEC in late November
The Cotswold Art & Antiques Dealers Association Fair is held at the Compton Verney Art Gallery and will take place from Thursday 14th to Sunday 17th October. Click on the banner to download your e-ticket
The Winter Art & Antiques Fair held at the Olympia Exhibtion Center in West Kensington, London. From Monday 1st to Sunday 7th November. Click on the banner to download your e-ticket
The Art & Antiques for Everyone Fair is held at the NEC in Birmingham. From Thursday 25th November to Sunday 28th November. Click on the banner to download your e-ticket
Duncan Phillips has written a great piece on the Market Value of those precious tea caddies we all covet. Click on the image above to read the article.
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