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Antiques for Everyone Winter 2014

  • Judith Miller
  • 25 Nov 2014, 5:24 PM

Join me next week at the NEC in Birmingham for the Antiques for Everyone Winter fair 2014.

 

Find us at the Miller’s stand, G46, for advice, book signing or just a chat.

 

I will be judging the best stand awards for both Section 1 and 2. These will be awarded to the stands with the best design and layout. Judging will take place on Vetting Day and the winners will be announced before the fair opens on Thursday 4 December.

 

Fellows Auctioneers will once again be sponsoring a Section 1 stand prize, the winner of which will receive £500. Birmingham Living magazine will award £250 to Section 2’s winner.

 

Good luck and best wishes!

 

The fair is taking place between 4 - 7 December 2014. Opening times are:

 

Thursday      4th December 2014      11am - 6pm
Friday          5th December 2014      11am - 6pm
Saturday      6th December 2014      11am - 6pm
Sunday        7th December 2014      11am - 5pm

 

Click here for more information.

USA Tour 2014

  • Judith Miller
  • 21 Nov 2014, 5:31 PM

So, I've been having a fantastic time making my way through Toronto, Buffalo and Chicago, and am now in NYC on this year's USA tour!

Here are some of the upcoming events you can find me at as of tomorrow, when I set off for Dallas. I'll be specifically talking about the Arts & Crafts movement:

DALLAS -  Saturday November 22

11-1PM - book signing
Forestwood Antique Mall
5333 Forest Lane
Dallas Texas 75244
www.forestwoodmall.com

 

3-6PM - Classical Architectural and Art groupbook signing and presentation
500 Hazlewood
Fort Worth 
Dallas Texas

http://www.classicist-texas.org/#!dallas/c1u7c

 

HOUSTON - Monday November 24

6-7.30PM -  talk and book signing
Antiques of River Oak
3461 W Alabama St, Houston Texas 75205

 

DALLAS - Tuesday November 25

6-7.30PM - book signing
Sniders Antiques TBD

6929 Snider Plaza

Dallas Texas 75205

 

Harrogate Antiques Fair

  • Anonymous
  • 31 Oct 2014, 12:16 PM

I'm at the Pavillions of Harrogate Antiques and Fine Art Fair today and tomorrow, signing Miller's books and selling a variety of our new books, including the gorgeous new Arts & Crafts book. Along with this, the first in our series of handy pocket guides will be with me, on Art Deco and Porcelain. I will also be judging the 'Best Stand Award'.

The fair is on between Friday 31st October to Sunday 2nd November and takes place at The Pavilions of Harrogate, Great Yorkshire Showground in Harrogate. It's a fantastic opportunity to buy high quality antique fine art, porcelain, silver and furniture.

Among the many fine exhibits going on sale will be a range of fine jewellery from the Victorian period to the mid-20th century from several specialists including Brieve Antiques, Shapiro & Co, and Plaza. 1920’s and 30’s Continental porcelain figures will feature on the stand of Candice Horley, 18th and 19th century oak and country furniture on the stand of Melody Antiques and Persian and Oriental carpets and rugs from M.& N. Rugs Approximately forty-five specialist dealers will be taking part, providing a broad range of pieces for collectors.

Sue, who took over and relaunched this regular autumn event just three years ago, says, ‘We now have fifty specialist dealers from across the country with a vast range of period pieces and prices to suit every pocket, from £25 to £50,000.’

The Pavilions of Harrogate is part of the Great Yorkshire Showground, located just a few minutes from Harrogate town centre. It has ample parking and is well known for its many facilities, which include high quality catering and fine dining.

Doors open at 11am and the fair will close at 5pm. Admission is £5.00.

For more details, click here. 

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.