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- 29 Oct 2015, 10:31 AM
Where: W.R. Harvey & Co. Antiques, 86 Corn Street, Witney
Exhibition: 7-29th November 2015
Opening times: Monday to Sunday, 10am - 5.30pm (from 8 Nov onwards)
Opening: Saturday, 7th November 2015, 3pm
I will officially open the autumn exhibition, ‘The Gentleman’s Library’, at
The selling exhibition will feature a wide range of Georgian, Regency and earlier furniture and accessories.
W.R. Harvey & Co at 3.00pm on Saturday, 7th November 2015.
The exhibition will provide a fascinating insight into the lifestyle of the Gentleman in the classic period of English cabinetmaking, the late 17th, 18th and early 19thC England, as glimpsed through the furniture and accoutrements in the inner sanctum - the library.
Pieces have been sourced over the past year, each being a fine example of their kind and will greatly appeal to anyone looking to furnish their home with truly everlasting examples of fine English cabinetmaking.
Highlights include a superb ‘breakfront’ library bookcase attributed to Gillows of Lancaster and London constructed in mahogany and satinwood and dating from the reign of George III.
It is constructed in eleven sections for transportation and priced at £150,000.
The exhibition will feature many more items, including a number of desks, bureaus, chairs, tables, sets of shelves and accessories.
See you there!
For more info, please visit http://www.wrharvey.com/
- 09 Oct 2015, 5:24 PM
On 22 September, I was invited to Lorfords in Tetbury, Gloucestershire, to attend a press event as their celebrity guest.
The event was part of a bloggers' tour in London organised by the unstoppable Antiques Diva, Toma Clark Haines and Lorfords. I was greeted by a gaggle of enthusiastic bloggers who all have an unrivalled passion for design and antiques.
The day kicked off with a tour of Lorfords, located at Babdown Airfield.
We then sat down for a well-deserved lunch, surrounded by the spectacular antiques on display.
At the end of the day, the bloggers chose their favourite piece from the Lorfords showroom. Here are some of their chosen pieces:
Louisa (Humphrey Munson kitchens) chose a collection of early 20thC architectural diagrams.
Cheryl (In Detail Interiors) fell for a 19thC butcher's table.
Lynn (Decorartsnow) loved these 19thC French artists' palettes.
Flo (Modenus) couldn't resist this Modernist nautilus shape centre seat.
Heather (Heather Jenkinson Design) was rather fond of this 1970s Milo Baughman console table.
Maureen (Modecor) chose this 1920s 'French Flapper' oil on canvas, signed M Bourgeois.
The Antiques Diva herself - pictured here with a 19thC Regency daybed.
And last but not least: here I am with a 1920s stone boxer!
Fortunately, the bloggers didn't go home empty-handed as they were each given a Miller's Field Guide. Lucky them!
- Judith Miller
- 18 Sep 2015, 6:47 PM
When & where: September 25-27, RDS Main Hall
Admission: €10, available at the door.
More info and full programme of lectures available online at www.iada.ie.
Mark Hill and I will head a packed programme which has been organised to celebrate the golden jubilee of the annual fair that manages to combine contemporary design history with the best of Irish antiques.
Over 15,000 people are expected to discover the delights of Irish antiques at the 50th Irish Antique Dealers Fair at the RDS.
The Fair, the second oldest of its kind in the world, was founded by Louis O'Sullivan at a time when most antiques were being exported from the country and it has been acknowledged as the springboard for the success of the indigenous Irish antiques industry.
A special celebratory preview night will be opened by the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys, on Thursday, 24 September.
"For the past 50 years, people have been attending the fair to discover something different, that magical piece that can make a home,” said George Stacpoole, chairman of the Irish Antique Dealers Association (IADA), who has been present at every event so far.
"We have a carefully selected a blend of antique and contemporary exhibitors, allowing all ages to focus on the unique yet affordable design that appeals to them.”
A host of lectures have been organised around the fair, with Mark Hill and I speaking about our favourite things and also presenting our best finds at the fair.
Julian Radcliffe will present a fascinating talk on Fake and Fences – protecting the dealer and their clients, while Ib Jorgenson will present on his life and times as a fashion designer and art dealer.
Other topics covered over 13 lectures include Irish Country House Sales, changing trends in jewellery, Irish furniture, what makes diamonds sparkle and the cult of mourning jewellery in the Georgian era.
See you there!
- Judith Miller
- 01 Sep 2015, 5:41 PM
It’s been a busy summer with the Antiques Roadshow but now the sun is waning and it seems the wet weather is well and truly back making for a rather damp start to autumn. Luckily, there are plenty of events coming up to distract us from these cooler climes. I hope we may meet on one (or many) of these dates!
The Antiques Roadshow continues in only a few days on 10th September at Lyme Park in Stockport and in Harrogate on 28th October – have a good rummage in your cupboards, attics and basements and come along! You never know what you may discover.
I’ll be joining my good friend, Mark Hill, for a Show & Tell event at Henry Wood Hall on 15th September which is free. Turn up with family heirlooms, household treasures and car boot bargains for inspection, free advice and valuation. More details here .
I’m looking forward to delivering talks at the Dublin Antiques Show (24th – 26th September) and, of course, attending the NEC Antiques for Everyone – do visit the Miller’s stand from 18th – 22nd November at the NEC Birmingham.
Finally, I hope you may join me at the Chorleywood Festival on 13th November for a talk and valuation evening. Details to follow.
This autumn, I’ll be updating the blog with further details of upcoming events, round-ups of fairs and talks and much more. Be sure to check back in a couple of weeks to hear all about the next Antiques Roadshow!
Don’t forget you can catch up with all things Miller’s antiques on Twitter at @millersantiques and you can pre-order your copy of Miller’s Antiques Handbook & Price Guide 2016 – 2017 online here !
- Judith Miller
- 03 Jun 2015, 3:59 PM
It's come around to the season of filming the Antiques Roadshow again, and luckily the weather is on our side!
Last week I visited RAF Coningsby at Woodhall Spa in Lincolnshire, and currently am on my way to Plas Newydd on Anglesey for tomorrow's filming.
Later dates I am giving valuations at include:
Broughton Castle near Banbury, Oxfordshire on 21st June
Bolsover Castle, near Chesterfield, Derbyshire on 9th July
Balmoral, Ballater, Aberdeenshire on 30th July
If you have something interesting lying around, do come along!
I will also be at the NEC 'Antiques for Everyone' Summer fair again from 23rd to 26th July, so it's going to be a busy summer.