I'm giving everyone some advance warning that I will be in Florida in February to give a lecture at the Jacksonville Museum of Contemporary Art. It is planned for 17 February and it will be on 200 years of chairs. As and when i get further details I will of course post them on the blog. In the meantime you can check out the museum's web site HERE.
If you're looking for a special Christmas gift why not think about my Chairs book which is available in our online store for £24, a saving of £16. Click HERE for more details
As I've often said it's as often as not all down to the provenance and tomorrow this is likely, yet again, to be proved to be the case. As auctioneer Nick Burns said recently he has a piece coming under the hammer that is of "rarefied provenance".
It is a table that once belonged to the world's richest family. The Cluny Table was bought by Louise Carnegie, wife of Scottish steel magnate and philanthropist, Andrew Carnegie, at auction, in the 1920s when they were living at their "summer house", Skibo Castle. The Regency-period rosewood octagonal-top vitrine, is expected to fetch £15,000 when it goes under the hammer at Lindsay Burns and Company auctioneers and valuers' Winter Antiques & Fine Art Sale in Perth.
Now here's a piece of trivia for you. Did you know that Coldplay's bass player likes Swedish painted furniture? Well, it's actually Guy Berryman's brother who is the big fan. The brothers and a friend have set up Berryman Antiques to sell Swedish antiques.
The right antiques for the right house is something I've heard people say in the past. It's as though you have to live in a certain type of property to buy certain furniture and collectables. Now I admit that a modern house is perhaps a little difficult to furnish in an arts and crafts style or with Georgian grandeur but I was heartened by an article I saw this morning in the Daily Telegraph about a small Suffolk cottage that has been furnished and decorated in a style more befitting a country pile. You can read the article HERE and it is fascinating
My Financial Times article this week is all about desks and writing accoutrements. Called 'On the Write Lines' you can read it HERE