Finally, a little time to catch up with some BLOG writing on yet another wet and windy day!
Lennox is on his way to Bristol for an Antiques Roadshow Christmas gathering. He will be back tomorrow to finish packing for the Olympia Winter Antiques Fair which starts next Monday evening. This goes on until the following Sunday so please do come and visit us on stand E16.
Last week we attended the BADA Biannual Banquet, this year held at The Vintners Hall. A wonderful evening was had by all amongst beautiful surroundings, great food and ofcourse an excellent selection of wine.
Baroness Rawlings, as usual, gave an excellent speech regarding the difficulties of dealing today and the competition most antique dealers are up against. Particularly with the auction houses who have much capitol to promote their business directed at private clients. She so rightly pointed out that the majority of dealers offer a very personal service and through their many years of dealing have gained experience in their chosen subject second to none, of which they are usually happy to pass on to potential clients. The dealer, having put his own money on the line, is prepared to stand by his goods. The auction houses, on the other hand, sell on commission, in other words they have very little to lose.
It was very refreshing to hear these words of wisdom and understand the dealers plight. That being said there is still a place for the auction house and I suppose at the end of the day, we just all have to learn to live together!