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1 February 2015

News from New York: WAS was a wow!

The Winter Antiques Show (WAS) drew to a close on Sunday evening.  The fair has been a huge pleasure: well organised, well attended, and active.  The atmosphere between the exhibitors is collegial, with constant conversation and laughter.  Business was done too.

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20 January 2015

The Winter Antiques Show: a warm welcome to New York


Sunday was one of those New York days when to be out on the streets was to be soaked to the skin.  It just rained and rained.  Still, having enjoyed a couple of rewarding hours at the Blind Pig, it was a pleasure to walk into the Park Avenue Armory, where the stands for the Winter Antiques Show were in an advanced state of readiness.

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12 December 2014

A Gordon Russell 'Writing Desk', 1925

Although the popular view prevails that English Arts & Crafts period design derives from the vernacular tradition, the story has, in fact, always been more nuanced.  Stephen Baker, in a perceptive article 'Gimson's Cotswold Furniture and its London Origins' (Apollo, January 1979) discusses the influence of sophisticated metropolitan furniture on Gimson and his Cotswold contemporaries.  As an example, Baker cites a late seventeenth-century cabinet on stand (pl. 2) as a form that eviden...

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29 November 2014

Ivory: the debate on the USA's ban continues, but with inadequate progress

It is nearly ten months since President Obama's executive order heralded a de facto ban in the USA on the import of works of art made of, or containing ivory.  Now, in some administrative and political circles, it is increasingly understood that the applauded effort to stamp out the trade in tusks from the endangered African elephant has had an unfair and unintended impact on the commercial movement of historic works of art.   Curators, collectors and respected figures involved in the market, ...

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17 November 2014

The Destruction of the Country House: a symposium at the V&A, forty years on


With the latest twist in the fate of Wentworth Woodhouse (above) on everyone's mind, the lecture theatre at the Victoria and Albert Museum was packed on Saturday for a symposium, organized by 'SAVE Britain's Heritage' and the V&A, to commemorate the fortieth anniversary of the seminal exhibition 'The Destruction of the Country House'.

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