To those friends who called to ask if I was OK because they hadn't received a newsletter for 2 weeks - Yes! I am fine but held back a week from my usual routine pending some fantastic news. I have already flagged up that my Annual Exhibition will have the theme of "The Gentleman's Library" and we have now fixed the dates as Saturday November 7th. to Sunday November 29th.
On the opening day Judith Miller, the well known author and TV antiques expert will officially open the exhibition at 3.pm and will then talk to guests with me about many of the items on display for over an hour. It is a great honour for her to agree to this and I do hope you will be able to attend. Judith is also so very well known for the series of Miller's Guides to all aspects of collecting antiques
Another reason for the delay in sending out my newsletter is that I have spent most of the last week away from Witney on a wide variety of different tasks and all of them were pleasurable. I am particularly delighted to have put on display the prettiest little William and Mary Period Marquetry Longcase clock by Thomas Wheeler of London. It has a 10" square dial, rising hood, dome top, the hour striking movement of 8 days duration with 5 pillars, outside count wheel and the dial with cherubs head spandrels, matted dial centre, ringed wind holes and chamfered calendar aperture. All of which is fine but, as they do say, a picture is worth a thousand words.
Thank you for taking the time to read this newsletter - do let me know if you can come to the exhibition opening on November 7th. so I can get an idea of numbers to calculate how much Champagne I need to acquire.