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Antiques for Everyone Spring 2014

  • Judith Miller
  • 14 Apr 2014, 10:45 AM



I'm back in the office after a very exciting and busy Antiques for Everyone at the Birmingham NEC.

Thank you to everyone who came to say hello, shared their collections and interests with us and if you came to see a talk of mine or Mark Hill's, I hope you enjoyed it!




For more information about the fair click here.


Photos and a Video from Chicago

  • Judith Miller
  • 13 Nov 2013, 11:03 AM

I’m having a fantastic time on my Canada and US tour. So far, I have visited Toronto, Chicago, Dallas and I’m currently in Houston.

In Chicago I made a visit to The Perfect Thing in Wheaton, Illinois to help celebrate the 10th anniversary of the shop. You can visit the site here. I signed a lot of books, carried out a talk and met some really friendly people. The event was lovely. Here are some pictures of me at the shop:

Perfect Thing  Perfect Thing

I also appeared on on WGN9 News, discussing some common mistakes made when shopping for antiques. I looked at the unlikely objects coming back into fashion, the fads of rarity and the importance of desirability.  You can watch a clip here.

Hidden for a Century - Rare Imperial Chinese Dragon Uncovered

  • Judith Miller
  • 08 Nov 2013, 11:29 AM

Imperial Chinese objects are currently proving they can really sell, and sell for a lot. A striking rare Imperial Chinese dragon flask created for the Qianlong Emperor was unveiled and sold yesterday at Bonhams. It received one of the highest prices achieved for any object in London's Asian Art Week auction sales, going for a staggering £1,482,500.

moonflask1Hidden for a century, the vase will finally return to its home soil, having been bought by a resident of Hong Kong. It exceeded expectations by a long way due to a dramatic and exciting large bidding audience, though the masterwork was estimated at a price of £500,000 to £800,000.

A distinguished connoisseur of ceramics, the Qianlong Emperor presided over one of the greatest flowerings of Chinese art production. As one of less than five such vessels made for the Qianlong Emperor (1736-1795), the object is even further sought after due to its history and its vibrant, striking design.

The magnificent cobalt-blue painting and copper-red minerals against the light translucent turquoise glaze are seen as an artistic and technological triumph. The vessel features the traditional five-clawed Imperial dragon flying amongst clouds which dates back to the 14th century. Its name, 'moonflask,' comes from its circular shape.

moonflask3Colin Sheaf, Bonhams Deputy Chairman and Head of Asian Art, said: “The moonflask is a superb example of porcelain created at the highest level of the potters art for a sophisticated and demanding Imperial Court in Beijing."

Collected in China by Captain Charles Oswald Liddell (1854-1941), the vase was then brought back to England by him. He was fortunate to be present at a time where 2,000 years of Imperial power was ending and Imperial pieces were becoming available to Western collectors astonished by their beauty.

moonflask4It is expected that the moonflask will be fought over by the new generation of collectors emerging from China, eager to acquire a piece of Imperial history and willing to pay such prices for such striking and rare treasures.

Amongst the top ten lots, other rare objects sold well. A very rare 18th century Imperial white and russet jade boulder (pictured) was bought at £962,500 and a fine rare apple-green jadeite bowl Qianlong/Jiaqing (pictured) at £1,202,500.

USA Tour 2013

  • Judith Miller
  • 04 Nov 2013, 11:01 AM

I'm back in the office for a day after a brilliant Antiques for Everyone. I think we sold more books that we've ever sold before, so thank you everyone who came to see us for making the fair such a sucess.

Tomorrow I set off for Canada and the USA. Here are some of the places you can catch me:

TORONTO - Wed November 6
10:30 PM onwards - book signing
Cynthia Findlay Antiques
248 King Street West
Toronto, ON M5V 1J2

6.00 PM onwards - talk, Q&A, book signing
Campbell House Museum
160 Queen Street West
Toronto, Ontario M5H 3H3

CHICAGO - Fri November 8
3:00-7:00 PM - book signing/reception at the shop
The Perfect Thing
131 Town Square
Wheaton, IL 60189

DALLAS -  Sun and Mon November 10-11
Sun Nov 10
1:00-4:00 PM - book signing
Forestwood Antique Mall
5333 Forest Lane
Dallas Texas75244

Mon November 11
11:00-2PM - book signing
Snider Plaza Antique Shops
6929 Snider Plaza
Dallas, Texas 75205

HOUSTON - Thurs November 14
11:00-3:00PM -  appraisals and book signing
Antiques on 8 Appraisers Day
5455 West Sam Houston Pkwy N
Houston, TX 77041

CHARLESTON - Sun November 17
12:00- 3:00PM - book signing
John Pope Antiques
180 King Street
Charleston, South Carolina 29401

WASHINGTON, DC - Wed November 20
6:45-8:45 PM- lecture and book signing
Smithsonian Institution
S. Dillon Ripley Center
1100 Jefferson Drive, SW, Washington, DC for additional information and tickets

Antiques For Everyone Autumn Fair 2014

  • Judith Miller
  • 29 Oct 2013, 11:56 AM

Today I’m making final preparations before driving up to the NEC in Birmingham tomorrow for another exciting Antiques for Everyone. Once again, I’ll be giving talks every day at lunchtime. The rest of the time I’ll be signing Miller’s books at stand F42. Please do come and say hello! I’ll have plenty of copies of all three of our newest books: Miller’s Antiques Encyclopedia, Miller’s Antiques Marks, and Miller’s Antiques Handbook & Price Guide 2014-2015, and many more.

For more information about the fair click here.