30 March 2022

The Winter Show, 2022: the same, but different…

Faced with familiar (if unseasonal) sub-zero temperatures, we have spent the last couple of frigid days setting up our stand for the Winter Show, here in New York.  This year we are in the old Barneys department store building on... Read More...

6 June 2019

Masterpiece, London, 27 June-3 July 2019

It is with pleasure that we are, once again, exhibiting at Masterpiece, London. The elegant architecture of Sir Christopher Wren’s late seventeenth-century Royal Hospital forms an appropriate backdrop for a fair that brings a rich and varied display of works…

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11 March 2019

TEFAF, Maastricht, 2019: a full two-day installation

We have been flattered and delighted by the response of our colleagues to this year’s presentation.  But none of this would have been possible with out our team: K-Pak for transport and Nicky Aubury and colleagues for creating a more…

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16 January 2019

English Arts & Crafts design at the Winter Show

During the day on Tuesday, the team made light work of turning tool boxes, lighting tracks and crates containing furniture and works of art into an elegantly decorated black box.  One day, perhaps, I’ll arrive on a stand believing that…

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30 September 2018

PAD London, 1-7 October 2018

Blairman PAD London Sept 2018

London is the next stop for the the international art market circus, with big tops for PAD in Berkeley Square, and for Frieze Masters and Frieze in Regent’s Park.  As ever, October in London is the place to be. Our…

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25 June 2018

Masterpiece, London, 2018

Masterpiece 2018 setting-up

However well we plan in advance, it is always daunting to arrive in a half-built hall, surrounded by machinery, pots of paint and lengths of uncut timber, all of which need to be negotiated by precious works of art.  As…

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1 October 2017

PAD London, 4-8 October 2017

Thanks to some careful planning, and expert technical assistance from Aston Spinks (logistics) and Nicky Aubury (lighting), the set up for PAD 2017 was completed speedily, and with remarkable ease. By 8 am Berkeley Square was lined with trucks grabbing…

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6 March 2017

TEFAF, Maastricht, 2017: still the best

We spent an enjoyable weekend unpacking a truck-full of crates, each revealing a piece of furniture, an object or a picture, soon to be placed or hung on our expanded Maastricht stand.  Thanks as ever to Aston Spinks (see below)…

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18 January 2017

The Winter Antiques Show: ready to go

On Tuesday morning, so far spared the traditional Winter Antiques Show snow, we arrived at the nonetheless frigid Armory. Our shippers battled the mêlée of ‘troublesome trucks’ jockeying for position on a gridlocked Lexington Avenue. But, without the slightest hint…

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3 February 2016

News from New York: that was the WAS that was…

A long stay on the East Coast for the Winter Antiques Show began with a day in Washington.  It seems that fatigue is casting a shadow over many of the groups involved in the battle to retain the free movement…

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19 January 2016

The Winter Antiques Show 2016

The year is barely three weeks old, but here we all are, back in New York for the Winter Antiques Show.  This long running fair, established in 1955, supports the East Side House Settlement, which was itself founded in 1891….

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27 October 2015

The Autumn Season begins: PAD, and an American trip

The atmosphere at PAD, the Pavilion of Art and Design held each October in Berkeley Square, was scintillating. The show was packed for the duration and, quite simply, worked. Visitors from across the globe loved the ambience created by our Parisian organisers, while the equally international exhibitors benefited from the response to their carefully created stands. During a mild autumn week, with Frieze Masters up in Regent’s Park, London’s art market felt in rude health.

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12 October 2015

PAD 2015: first preview this afternoon

As ever, the set up for PAD was a delight.  This may be accounted for by our pleasure in this event; by the friendly atmosphere created by the organisers and exhibitors alike; by the range of fascinating materials brought by…

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22 June 2015

Masterpiece 2015: the lure of luxury in London

Masterpiece looks set, once again, to achieve its ambition of presenting a luscious array of luxurious objects to lighten the chill of a London summer.  The weekend saw a building site being transformed into a glamorous shop window for works…

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9 March 2015

A weekend in Maastricht: preparing for TEFAF 2015

We left London in a somewhat relaxed mood, after breakfast at the incomparable Little Bread Pedlar, but then our Eurotunnel crossing was delayed.  Some two hours later than scheduled, however, we arrived in the MECC to find that the indefatigable…

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15 March 2015

TEFAF, 2015: we are on our way

Creating stands for art fairs never loses its appeal.  Each March, by the time ‘Maastricht’ comes around, we will have spent the previous twelve months or more gathering together a group of fresh objects that we can present in a…

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