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Bye bye brisk Burford, waiting for Westonbirt Fair

Wednesday 3rd August 2016 at 11:55

Good Morning,

The first Burford 2 day Antiques Fair over last weekend was a very interesting exercise. It was well attended and judging by the cars in the car parks a number of wealthy collectors were present. Several London based visitors came as did others from Wales, the Midlands and the West Country. There was a great deal of local interest too and I am confident that we shall see an increase of footfall here in the shop in Witney. Although my stand was smaller than I normally take, it was an opportunity to display the breadth of stock always on display at Harvey's.

It is always nice to be back home even if the sunshine of two weeks ago seems to have deserted us with temperatures back to normal. From time to time we all have to take stock of things and a couple of clients whose pieces I am selling on commission have now asked me to reduce the asking prices to effect a speedy resolution for them. One of these is the Queen Anne Period Burr  Walnut Bureau Bookcase which has been reduced from £29,950 to £16,950. If you are interested in this, please let me know quickly.

Another example is this delicious Chippendale period Satinwood Pembroke Table originally priced at £27,500 and now for sale at £14,750.  We are also able to reduce the amount required for the Mid 18th. Century Mahogany Secretaire Tallboy from £12,500 to £8250-. The quality of these pieces is undiminished and at these prices they really represent terrific value.

Whilst I am offering a few items at greatly reduced prices this reflects the changes in the market for Antique Furniture that have taken place since 2001 and is an indication that the owners bought these at the top of the market which has shown just how cyclical these things can be. One more piece looking urgently for a new home is this wonderful William and Mary Oyster Veneered Chest of Drawers also going from £27,500 to £14,750.   

As much fun as it is being away at an Antiques Fair and with the Westonbirt Fair starting in 10 days time, it is also nice to be at home and see the garden after a Summer shower when the scents from all the plants carry on the steamy mist from the drying rain. The fuchsias in my hanging baskets have really come into their element in the past 2 weeks. If you have not yet received tickets to the Westonbirt event, let me know and I will e-mail an e-ticket.

Thank you for taking the time to read this newsletter,

As ever,


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