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Bountiful Blenheim, hail, chairs and bank holiday.

Saturday 30th April 2016 at 16:33

Good Afternoon,

What a couple of weeks we have had just now! Getting everything ready for the CADA Fair, moving in and setting up, thankfully everything went pretty well without incident and with the addition of flowers on the opening morning we were ready for the start. We were lucky and sold pieces on every day of the Fair and have sold items after the fair to new clients who we saw for the first time at Blenheim Palace. In case you missed the Fair, I have attached a picture of part of our stand.

During the course of the Fair it is an excellent opportunity to talk to many  hundreds of visitors and make a note of specific requirements and this last week has been largely taken up with following all of these leads as well as delivering to clients. On my return from London on Thursday, my assistant Judy told me my upholsterer had called to say a chair was ready so I called in to collect that on my trip.  I spent some time yesterday wax polishing this and I would always recommend this to anyone wanting to know more about Antique Furniture.

You really do learn a lot about a piece applying wax and then burnishing it with a soft cloth. You also get to have a really close look at the item which can be so rewarding. In this instance one of the beauties of this chair is the patina with the ebonised finish having rubbed slightly in all the right places to show the wear which I always look for. This Regency ebonised triple rope back chair really does radiate quality

The model of this chair is often called a Trafalgar Chair as Nelson had ordered a set with the rope or cable twist backs and sabred legs before the great battle which cost him his life. Both these motifs are often used as icons of naval power. In this instance there are also the brass bands and applied brass roundels all of which make this a very well executed example.

For the past few days we have been exposed to an Arctic blast of wintery conditions so we have been reducing the numbers of logs to store for the Autumn and the cat has been snoozing in front of the open fire. The hail, snow and sleet showers have been short, sharp reminders of the sort of unpredictable weather we do have to put up with. 

It was good to be going to work through these gates at Blenheim last week. They really are very impressive. I shall  be here over the Bank Holiday weekend as I need to sort out the terraces here and repot some of the plants which I have ignored until now and I have a mountain of paperwork to keep me busy as well so if you want to call by, please do but I would suggest you ring first on 01993 706501 in case I go out for the proverbial pint of milk.

Thank you for taking the time to read this and I look forward to hearing further from you soon.

As ever,


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