Cadogan still Wilde at heart

30 May 2003

“Mr Woilde, we ’ave come for tew take yew Where felons and criminals dwell: We must ask yew tew leave with us quoietly For this is the Cadogan Hotel.” These lines by John Betjeman form part of a poem that marks one of the most notorious incidents in late Victorian society – The Arrest of Oscar Wilde at the Cadogan Hotel.

They sell sea shells...

30 May 2003

OLYMPIA’s Fine Art and Antiques Fair has plenty to interest the decorators but they are guaranteed something eye-catching at the stand of Notting Hill dealers Jay Arenski and Peter Petrou, who have made the unusual and decorative their forte. In recent years the pair caused a stir with a bejewelled mummy case (complete with incumbent) and sold out their stand full of Black Forest furniture, which now graces ski lodges from Aspen to Gstaad.

Relief for Ladysmiths

30 May 2003

Many Antiques Trade Gazette readers will be familiar with the name Francis Raeymaekers of ADC Heritage from his days as a dealer in antique silver. After a sojourn in New York, he is back in London with a new venture.

Souk up the atmosphere at Bazaar

30 May 2003

The Fulham end of the Kings Road in London is already a mecca for decorators with incumbents like Guinevere, Mora & Upham and Fergus Cochrane. They have now been joined by Bazaar Trading Co. at 568 King’s Road, SW6 who say they are offering something rather different.

Enticing mix, with tribal art thrown in

30 May 2003

SELDOM do niche fairs catch on so quickly as the splendid Hali Antique Carpet and Textile Art Fair, the sixth of which which will be held in its new location of Level One of Olympia 2 from June 5 to 8.

Mouton-Rothschild, the gift for a ‘friend’

30 May 2003

Clearly Tony Blair would be best advised to take round a bottle of Wooldings ’94, rather than Mouton ’89 the next time he pops over to the Palace for dinner. As has been widely reported in the media, the Prime Minister recently received half a case of Château Mouton-Rothschild’s 1989 vintage as a 50th birthday present from President Jacques Chirac.

Ambrose Heal, and how he gave quality mass appeal

30 May 2003

HOPEFULLY with a host of international collectors and dealers in town for the fairs, there is business to be achieved back at the London shops, and a number of them will be mounting special selling exhibitions during June.

Contemporary art in da house

30 May 2003

SHOWHOUSES in new housing developments are often a depressing, formulaic affair but this is not the case at the best designed showhouse in town at 20 Aubrey Square, a new residential development of 20 town houses at Campden Hill, Kensington, London W8.

Building on quality, not just on big names

30 May 2003

AFTER three years at the Gateway Arcade in Upper Street, Islington, Modernist dealers David Tatham and Chris Reen have moved into a shop at 25 Camden Passage, N1 where they trade as Origin Modernism.

£500,000 daguerreotype sets new record for photograph

29 May 2003

London’s main photograph auctions took place last week. The high point of the series came at Christie’s on May 20 in a single-owner evening auction of daguerreotypes by the French photographer Joseph-Philibert Girault de Prangey, when this image of the Temple of Olympian Zeus on the Acropolis sold for £500,000, reckoned by the auctioneers to be a new auction high for a photograph.

Alert after robber strikes in Chelsea

28 May 2003

LONDON: POLICE are hunting a robber who escaped with two bronzes from a Chelsea shop after a violent struggle with the dealer. The robber, who struck at the Chelminski Gallery in the King’s Road on Wednesday, May 14, is thought to be the same man who has attempted a number of similar raids at shops in the area over the past two years.

Bond Street Silver Galleries to close

27 May 2003

Downturn in trade blamed: The Bond Street Silver Galleries, a fixture on London’s finest antiques thoroughfare for 40 years, is to close in the autumn. The downturn in the trade for table and decorative antique silver is behind the imminent closure of the 18 strongrooms, more than half of which have been vacated in the last six months.

Contemporary influence grows stronger by the year

21 May 2003

JUNE looms and the annual antiques season is due to get underway. Fairs are at the hub of proceedings and while Grosvenor House initiated this summer celebration of collecting and connoisseurship back in the 1930s, the latest addition to the June roster, artLONDON, has made its mark in a remarkably short time.

Promise of a good mix

21 May 2003

AS announced earlier this year, Beckenham’s own Brian Simons and Philip Thompson, who trade as DECOFAIRS, relaunch their London Art Deco Fair at the Chelsea Village Hotel, London SW6, on Sunday June 8.

Bandana on the run…

20 May 2003

A 71-lot sale devoted entirely to rock memorabilia relating to Jimi Hendrix took place on May 15 at Cooper Owen’s (15% buyer’s premium) Auction Gallery in Denmark Street, the bulk of the material coming from the collection of Bob and Kathy Levine who were part of Hendrix’s US management team.

Charles II silver Crown sets new auction record at £120,000

20 May 2003

A CHARLES II pattern crown from 1663, the Petition Crown(*), has set a new world record for English silver coins at auction.

Marlene on the wall - for £75,000

20 May 2003

IT IS a well-known feature of rock and pop memorabilia auctions, that material relating to the Beatles is easier to sell than that relating to other stars. On this basis, the key to assembling a sale of this genre is presumably to fill it with as much Fab Four memorabilia as possible.

May Avenue charger does it for Clarice Cliff

20 May 2003

THE auction record for Clarice Cliff was sent tumbling last week on May 14 when Christie’s South Kensington sold this May Avenue charger for £34,000, almost double the previous high of £18,000 paid in December 2001 at Phillips for a charger decorated with the Windmill pattern.

New gallery brings a stronger Oriental presence to London

14 May 2003

VERY much a rising star on the international Oriental arts scene, London specialist Ben Janssens moves into the West End next month with the opening of his own gallery right in the heart of the capital’s art dealing district.

Where it all started

14 May 2003

The first, the finest, the rarest – and with an unbeatable provenance. It is not often that an auctioneer can boast this dream recipe for a lot, but Spink offer this heady mix of ingredients when they open their two-part sale of the Slaney collection on Thursday (May 15).