Thank you to those of you that were able to visit me at the 42nd Wilton house Antiques fair, it was great to see so many regular visitors as well as meeting some new faces, although feeling a bit low with the old “man flu” I have to say it was a smashing event in a most stunning setting, we received the usual friendly welcome from the Pembroke family and their diligent team, who quite frankly could not do enough for us, it was an absolute pleasure to be there.
On the Friday evening we were treated to a short drinks reception hosted by the Earl of Pembroke, the room where we gathered had the most amazing furnishings and artworks including nine huge Van Dyke paintings that apparently travelled down to the house by Horse and Carriage, when quizzed on the security of such an arrangement the then Earl apparently replied that “it was not a problem, seeing as they owned virtually all the land from Richmond to Salisbury the paintings would not be leaving the safety of their estate” what a great response.
The room also afforded mind blowing views over the acres of sweeping grounds containing seemingly endless historic ancient Yew trees, to the foreground a Palladian stone bridge straddled the River, it was a real treat at the end of a busy day.
On opening day we sold the centrepiece of our stand to private clients, a high quality Japanese Gold lacquer & Shibayama cabinet that we had only recently acquired from a private estate in London.
I personally delivered and set up the cabinet in their magnificent Victorian home in Surrey the following Saturday, with multiple other sales during the three day event, including an Early Meiji period Iron and mixed metal Koro and a large Kutani vase, I must conclude that it was a great success, the Wilton House 43rd fair is already in my 2020 diary.
In other news the large Bronze Elephant and Tiger Okimono arrived safely at its new USA home , the recipients were delighted as you can see from their response below.
“DUMBO HAS LANDED!
And he is JUST MAGNIFICENT! Safe and sound! Beautifully packed!
THRILLED! Thank you, thank you!”
In this months members area we feature a fabulous condition heavy quality pair of Japanese Silver Fruit dishes, weighing almost 150oz and owned by the same UK family for around a 100 years.
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