I can hardly believe how swiftly this year has flown by and here we all are again on the threshold of another New Year. What a year 2016 has been. The forces of nature have once again wrought havoc for millions with storms, volcanic eruptions, floods and earthquakes Worldwide. War and terrorism have again been a major focus of 2016 when man-made disasters contrast in extremis with events over which we have no control.
Talking of which I saw this web earlier today and wondered at the control needed by a spider in sub zero conditions to weave this.
How many would have bet 12 months ago on the result of the EU referenduwith the political fallout from that, David Cameron resigning as PM then a few weeks later as Member of Parliament for this constituency, Theresa May taking over the reins of power virtually by anointment and the ongoing Brexit wrangles within Westminster.
Across the Atlantic, the election of Donald Trump as the next President of the USA was almost unheard of a year ago as he was the rank outsider - or was he? Will anyone ever believe a polling organisation again? Give it time!
For Harvey's 2016 has been a good year with the decision to show at a series of provincial Antiques Fairs with generally good results and greater exposure. Roll on 2017!
It is also clear that the fall in Sterling against most foreign currencies caused a sharp upturn in export business during the second half of 2016 which will certainly continue with the US market being much stronger. Now is very much a buyers market!
So to Harvey's New Year's Honours list. This is in two parts and firstly shows some of the stars of 2016 which have found new homes either being sold through my website, at the shop or at one of the fairs.
These are only a very few of the lovely pieces to have passed through my hands this year but it has also been an important year for acquisitions some of which are now on display. For the second part of my New Year's Honours List I have put together a few shots of some of the special pieces now on show here with lots more to come.
Here then is a taster of things to come finishing with this delightful Regency Rosewood single drawer side table. It is just so wonderfully original and untouched. Watch out for another great oak court cupboard and a mule chest along with a walnut lowboy, several more chests of drawers, a terrific campaign writing box, a two pillar dining table with two leaves, a serpentine sideboard, a regency library armchair, just the best mahogany bureau bookcase and even a satirical long engraving to raise a laugh! The list just goes on and on!
On which note, may I take this opportunity to wish you a Very Happy New Year full of laughs and beautiful Antiques,