The name’s Bond... Samantha Bond in fact, the actress famous from the James Bond films and countless other dramas such as ‘Downton Abbey’, who is special guest at a festival of music and antiques in London next weekend.
The event takes place at Nightingale House in Clapham, organised
by 'hat queen' Joy Meier, a fundraiser for the Nightingale
Hammerson Jewish Care Homes, and it looks set to be very busy on
Sunday, June 29.
There are roaming musicians, including classical jazz guitarist
Jamie Moore, an opera and jazz afternoon concert, Punch and Judy
and a magician as alternatives, and around 15 hand-picked antiques
and vintage dealers selling jewellery, silver, gardenalia,
'40s/'50s French kitchenware, small furniture and vintage clothes
Another plus is that one of the dealers will be Joy herself -
despite being retired from dealing - after I have persuaded her to
take a stand selling some of the vintage hats for which she was
renowned at the main London vintage fashion fairs, where sharp
elbows were needed to get to her busy stand as buyers jostled to
Her headgear was once memorably described by milliner Philip
Treacey as "wearing a party on your head".
Joy's mother is a resident at the Nightingale Hammerson homes,
whose existence dates to the mid 19th century. Nightingale House,
once called the Widows Home Asylum and the Hand in Hand Asylum,
were in Hackney and they merged in the late 1870s to become the
Home for Aged Jews, moving to Clapham in the early 1900s. Hammerson
House is in Hampstead.
The Festival of Music with Antiques takes place
indoors and outside under canvas at 105 Nightingale Lane, London
Email Ruby Fernandes on firstname.lastname@example.org
for more details.
Antiques Trade Gazette is the weekly bible of the fine art and antiques industry. Read articles like this every week in the Antiques Trade Gazette or ATG app. Click here to subscribe today.