As you may know, I decided to venture north and exhibit at the Antiques Fair held at Harewood House a week ago. The move into the fair went well and we had a good drive up there in gloriously summery weather. Setting the stand up went to plan and my satnav directed me to the hotel. The fair opened on Friday June 10th. and with the flourish of colour fresh flowers always bring to the stand, we were ready for the visitors on time.
It is a few years since I last exhibited in Yorkshire but it was great to see so many old friends, people who recognised Harveys from previous fairs and to meet so many new collectors. Just about every piece on the stand was scrutinised by many but I think the prize went to the apothecary's box with Judy giving what amounted to almost a running commentary on this.
I have illustrated a view of part of the stand in case you were unable to visit us in Yorkshire so you can see how it looked.
Although 200 miles from Witney, the Fair didn't stop many of us raising a glass to wish Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth a very happy birthday and many happy returns of the day. Down came the rain! The European Football championships started and down came the rain again! To everyone's amusement even a duck sought shelter from the downpour and waddled around the Antiques Fair. It was certainly too wet and windy to do any meaningful gardening. On my return to Witney I was delighted to see a most beautiful Golden Rose had burst into full bloom whilst I had been away. This one is just very special!
We sold a few pieces at the fair and have been following up on a number of enquiries since returning. The move back in to the shop here in Witney was easily accomplished on Monday with a further delivery of two clocks the same afternoon. I mentioned the George III Black LacquerTavern Clock in my last newsletter and this is now available and illustrated on my website. I also previously mentioned the two Mahogany Chests of Drawers but only gave the link to one as the other had not yet been photographed. I am keen to remedy this oversight and can confirm that this too is now available. The George III Chest of Drawers can also be seen on my website.
One of the fun aspects of being an antiques dealer is researching pieces. A very pretty and small Scottish Longcase Clock has also come on show and the dial bears a plaque telling us that the clock was made in Dumfriesshire by Alexander Wyllie. The style and quality are all late 18th. century so it came as a bit of a surprise to note that he appears from records held in Dumfries to have been married in 1749 and if he was still making clocks in about 1790 to 1800 he must have been in his late 60s or early 70s. They do say porridge is very good for one's health!
...and it is still raining a whole week later! Hopefully we will now have a run of bright, sunny days leading up to Henley and Wimbledon at the end of the month.
Thank you for taking the time to read this newsletter and I look forward to hearing from you soon.