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Great News- Judith Miller to open Harvey's Annual Exhibition

Saturday 12th September 2015 at 17:04

Good Afternoon,

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. 

I suppose when a real star like the Marquetry Longcase Clock appears it does tend to throw lesser pieces into the background somewhat but other items have also been coming in apace. I cannot remember when I last saw a pair of George II Brass Candlesticks stamped with the date and owner's name and it does beg the question, who was E. Snell? Or there again, with winter approaching is it time for a Regency Brass Fender to grace your hearth and reflect the glowing embers of an open fire?

I have to say however, whilst on the subject of open fires, the best set of mid 19th. Century Steel and Brass fire irons I have seen in years has also come my way. These really invite you to get to grips with any recalcitrant logs
!

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.

As ever,

David

 



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