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Gold of the North at the NEC

  • Anonymous
  • 14 Aug 2014, 2:45 PM

The Antiques for Everyone summer fair brought in collectors of amber, where Dominican, Burmese, Mexican, Baltic and British amber were on show. The ‘gold of the North’ amber and fabulous, rare Dominican blue amber were displayed. The Dominican blue reveals a rare colouration only visible in direct sunlight. Believed to only be sourced from the Palo Quemado mine in Santiago, it is often described as the most desirable of all amber.

The display formed part of the Feature Display of Amber by expert in the subject, Vanessa Paterson. She stated: “Amber has once again become very desirable. In the last two years there has been seen a ten-fold increase in price with rare opaque pieces commanding the highest figures. There is huge demand being driven by the Chinese and Arab markets."

AmberPaterson has been in the business of acquiring and researching amber for twenty-eight years. The historical significance of amber is something that adds to its exterior beauty, as Paterson explains: "Amber has been traded in European countries for at least 10,000 years. It was once so important and highly valued that it was called the ‘gold of the north’. Sun worshippers wore amber for its warm colour and feel."

"The oldest amber artefacts in Europe have been found in the British Isles, particularly on the Suffolk and Norfolk coasts and the Isle of Wight, so it’s great to be able to bring this display to the NEC for the first time and raise awareness of this amazing fossil that so many people may possess as a piece of jewellery or a trinket and yet know very little of its history and value."

Antiques for Everyone Fair Director Mary Claire Boyd said: “We are very excited to be staging this unique display of amber at the summer fair and particularly pleased to be welcoming Vanessa who has such a wealth of knowledge on the subject. Amber has a fascinating history and we are thrilled that Vanessa will be bringing this to life in her exhibition and in her daily talks." 


Antiques for Everyone Summer

  • Anonymous
  • 23 Jul 2014, 2:18 PM

Today I’m setting up our Miller’s stand at the Birmingham NEC Summer Fair, ready to begin on Thursday 24th July. I’ll also be vetting for quality, authenticity, date and condition.

I am pleased to be judging the stands with the best design and layout. There will be two prizes going out to the best stand. Fellows Auctioneers will once again be sponsoring a Section 1 stand prize, the winner of which will receive £500. There will also be a stand prize for Section 2, sponsored by Birmingham Living magazine, who will award £250 to the winner.

AntiquesThe winners will be announced before the fair opens on Thursday 24th July.

The fair will be open from 11am to 6pm between Thursday and Sunday 27th July. See you there!

 For more information, click here.

 To read about the fair’s most recent news, click here.


Antiques Young Guns Awards night

  • Judith Miller
  • 09 Jul 2014, 3:50 PM

On Friday the great and the good of the antiques trade and a whole host of Antiques Young Guns gathered at The Rooftop Restaurant at Alfies Antiques Market to announce the winners of the Antiques Young Gun Awards.

The winner of the Antiques Young Gun of the Year for 2014 was the owner of the rare and unusual antiques that are Doe & Hope. James Gooch was presented his award by last year's winner, auctioneer and valuer Timothy Medhurst. 

Youn gunsJames commented: “There are many people who've inspired me in the trade and whose work I continue to look up to and, as I see dealing as an art form, I believe there is many an artist out there; many of whom are incredibly underrated. I hope I can bring as much positivity and respect to the trade as I can whilst I am the holder of the award.” 

The winner of the newly founded Judith Miller Award for Outstanding Potential was William Potts of Just William Collection. William scours the UK extensively to uncover the best examples of 20th century design and decorative antiques, so it was a pleasure to award this to someone so willing and dedicated at such a young age.

Youn gunsWilliam said: “To be nominated as a finalist in the Antiques Young Guns of the Year awards was thrilling. However to win the Judith Miller Award for Outstanding Potential and a Lorfords Antiques Special Showcase Award was more than I could have hoped for – I am over the moon". 

Winner of the Special Judges' Award was Marika Clemow who has made a big impression in her role at Antiques Trade Gazette and The

Youn gunsEleven winners were awarded a one-year mentorship with eleven established members of the antiques trade. I was particularly delighted that my Antiques Roadshow colleagues Marc Allum and Steven Moore became mentors to Edd Thomas and Serhat Ahmet respectively. Eight winners also won valuable space at the prestigious Lorfords@Babdown giving them a unique opportunity to showcase their stock completely free of charge at the magnificent 11,000+ square feet of showrooms.

These spaces were kindly donated by Toby Lorford and Lesley Ferguson, owners of Lorfords Antiques and the winners were: Alys Dobbie of NanaDobbie, Edd Thomas of Edd in the Clouds, Henry Saywell of Henry Saywell, James Gooch of Doe & Hope, Lily Trunfull of No1 Lewes, Matthew Wise of Cubbit Antiques, Robyn Alston of On the Wall Antiques and William Potts of Just William Collection

I want to say a huge thank you to all involved. It truly sounded like an exciting, warm event that really proved that the antiques world is far from old!

Antiques Young Gun of the year shortlist announced

  • Judith Miller
  • 16 Jun 2014, 10:15 AM

This year's shortlist for the Antiques Young Gun of the Year awards has been revealed. After five hours of debate and discussion, we chose our seventeen candidates out of forty nine aspiring Young Guns from a vast array of sectors and interests.

Along with the overall winner, this number includes eleven winners of the Antiques Heavy Artillery mentoring awards and eight for Lorfords Showcase awards. The winners of the Lorfords prize will not be included in the mentoring Antiques Heavy Artillery award, although there may be some crossover.

I will be presenting a trophy on the night to one candidate for the Judith Miller Award for Outstanding Potential.

The following entrants have been selected for a general shortlist incorporating all of the above awards: Alys Dobbie, Nanadobbie; Amanda Pickett, Clarke Pickett; Daniel Larsson, D. Larsson Interiör & Antikhandel; Edd Thomas, Edd in the Clouds; Henry Saywell, 52 Meters; James Gooch, Doe & Hope; Jason Clarke, Jason Clarke Antiques; Jon Irvine; Lily Trunfell, No. 1 Lewes; Marika Clemow, ATG Media; Matt Goymer, Delphis Antiques; Matt Wise; Oliver Leggett, Lacy Scott & Knight; Paul Jones; Robyn Alston, On the Wall Antiques; Serhat Ahmet, Serhat Ahmet Antiques, and William Potts, Just William Collection.

The awards are sponsored by Antiques Trade Gazette, Alfies Antiques Market, IACF Ltd, Bath Decorative Antiques FairThe Decorative Antiques + Textiles Fair, and The Hoarde. 

The winner will be announced on July 4 at an awards party hosted by Bennie Gray at Alfies Antiques in London. 

- See more here.


Vintage Posters Make New World Record

  • Judith Miller
  • 27 May 2014, 12:31 PM

Christie's Auctions saw a new world record price being set last Wednesday, 21 May, in the results of their 'Vintage Posters' sale.


vintage posters
The top lot that soared above its estimated price was Henri Toulouse-Lautrec's 'Moulin Rouge - La Goulue' which fetched £314,500. Details of the item can be found here.

The entire section of Russian posters was 100% sold by lot.

Nicolette Tomkinson, director of Christie’s London, said: “We are very pleased with the results of the ‘Vintage Posters’ sale which saw a new world record price being set for a poster by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec."

The team at Christie's are particularly pleased with the prices achieved by avant-garde works, such as Man Ray’s iconic ‘Keeps London Going’ and Edward Wadsworth’s ‘Englische Graphik’.

A fantastic £834,875 ($1,405,930/€1,024,392) was realised for the total sale.

The first exciting annual 'The Art of Travel' sale will be held on 18 June 2014. Information about the sale can be found here.