14 December 2021

The Winter Show: postponed until March 2022

Winter Show New York 2022 The organising team behind the Winter Show has worked strenuously and successfully since the last fair to maintain enthusiasm for this year’s event.  Sadly, the fair has now been postponed until March.  A series of online panel discussions in advance... Read More...

25 February 2021

Some memories of Christie’s in the 1970s

A recent correspondence in the Antiques Trade Gazette about how the art world has changed over the past forty or fifty years brought back happy memories.  The following note is based on my own contribution. *** While I had the... Read More...

13 September 2020

Speaking from Experience: Legacy firms on Navigating Marketplace Ups and Downs

Martin Levy - H. Blairman & Sons

This note appeared as part of a series of ‘interviews’, conducted by Laura Beach, at the end of a front page article celebrating ‘The Liverants of Colchester: Thoughts on Turning One Hundred’ published in Antiques and the Arts Weekly, 18 September…

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12 July 2020

Museums and Mentors, Scholarship and Friendship: Stories from the world of fine ceramics dealing

The organisers of Masterpiece rose to the challenge of keeping this year’s cancelled fair alive through a much admired online programme.  If you missed it during the fair, you might enjoy these entertaining anecdotes from four leading dealers in ceramics,…

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17 April 2020

News from London

H Blairman - News from London April 2020

2020 will be a year we shall never forget. As I write from the relative comfort of my home, it is impossible not to reflect on the millions so less well placed to cope with this pandemic, even in the…

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20 February 2020

TEFAF, Maastricht, 2020: a celebration of Regency design – and more

Blairman at TEFAF 2020

For three generations, H. Blairman & Sons has enjoyed a reputation for Regency design. On the occasion of the bicentenary of the Prince Regent’s accession as George IV, we are devoting a substantial part of our stand at TEFAF, Maastricht…

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6 December 2019

New Address: 15, Queen Anne’s Gate, London, SW1H 9BU

H Blairman Queen Anne Gate Entrance

15, Queen Anne’s Gate is a distinguished early eighteenth-century house in one of London’s most charming streets, to the south of St James’s Park and just a short walk from Westminster Abbey and the Palace of Westminster. The house was…

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17 June 2019

Kelmscott Manor: Past, Present and Future

Kelmscott

Nearly five years ago, the Society of Antiquaries of London organised a small fund-raining auction to kick-start an application to the Heritage Lottery Fund to secure the future of Kelmscott Manor, William Morris’s ‘heaven on earth’. Last November, the Society…

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8 December 2018

As 2018 draws to a close…

Benin bronze at British Museum

Benin bronze on display at the British Museum [Credit: Son of Groucho/Flickr] On the big global issues, 2018 is drawing to an uncomfortable close.  And on undoubtedly more parochial matters, of cultural significance, the zeitgeist seems to be driving us…

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6 March 2018

TEFAF, Maastricht (2018): all set

Blairman at TEFAF 2018

Our shippers, stand builders and lighting specialists have overcome the hazards of late winter weather to help us to create, we hope you will agree, another beautiful display in our familiar corner of the MECC. The backdrop to our stand…

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17 January 2018

Winter Antiques Show: we got there in the end

Winter Antiques Show 2018

It seems that no Winter Antiques Show is complete without the intervention of weather-related issues.  Perhaps the clue is in the timing: winter.  This year, our sea container was diverted to Virginia and only docked in New York on the…

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16 November 2017

A pen (and paint brush) made by William Morris

In 2012, when the Brandon-Jones collection was acquired by the Nation through the Acceptance in Lieu scheme, Red House in Bexleyheath (designed by Philip Webb for William Morris) was allocated several personal items that had belonged to Morris’s close associate…

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