Well, atlast a calm day to get some blogging done! The last few months have been very hectic with various events in The Edenbridge Galleries and the Lapada Fair at Berkley Square.
The fair looked amazing and the first night champagne reception attracted a huge attendance and a glamorous one at that! Several celebrities turned up and a much younger crowd which is not generally seen at antiques fairs. Well done to the Lapada team for putting such a wonderful event together.
Since being back in the shop The Edenbridge Galleries have hosted a two week exhibition organised by our Tunbridge Ware dealer, Dianne Brick. Entitled Landmarks, it was a topographical exhibition of items from the Mr. King collection which have not been on the open market for many years. The last day was Saturday and all concerned agreed it was a huge success. Dianne put in an enormous amount of effort including producing a fascinating catalogue and holding a talk mid way through the two weeks. It has certainly given us alot of inspiration to do something similar ourselves for next year. Watch this space!
In between all that Lennox presented a wonderful talk at Chiddingstone Church where atleast 100 people attended, bringing various items for him to discuss. He also took along a few pieces of furniture from our own stock to talk about. It was very rewarding to have so many lovely people coming up to me and saying how much they enjoyed the evening. Hopefully a large amount of money was raised for the church.
On Monday 8th October Lennox and I attended a reception at Somerset House to launch Bucks Conservation. Our old friend John Bly was there and we had a facinating tour of a few of the galleries in the Courtauld Institute. What an amazing collection! Ashamed to say we have never visited there before but will certainly return at some point soon to take it all in properly. We were shown some of the work carried out by some of the university students and it was very impressive. Visit http://www.universitybusiness.co.uk/?q=news/bucks-new-uni-launches-company-alumni/5465 to find out more.
Last Wednesday we were delighted to host the South East Regional BADA meeting in our showrooms. We managed to clear enough space to set up tables and chairs for what turned out to be a very informative and enjoyable evening. Carmine Bruno from Online Galleries gave a presentation about the recent amalgamation with 1stDibs which looks as if they will both be taking over the antiques online world completely! It all sounds very exciting and we very much look forward to being apart of it. Although we still like to deal face to face we have to accept the internet is here to stay and we have to move with it. The antiques trade is always the last to move forward in anyway, but be it at your peril if you don't move with it!!