1 December 2009

Antiquexplorer December/January Issue

Dear Explorer

Welcome to our double issue, combining all the dates for your auction and fair diary throughout the months of December and January.
We first started our ‘Investment’ issues back in December last year, and here we are once again! The idea with these investment issues is to remind readers, new and old, to be discerning regarding their collecting, and even when things are tight, to buy the very best they can afford. Basically, we hear time and time again that those pieces that are securely attributed to an iconic designer or maker, are signed or have provenance, will always be sound investments.
Within this issue we give you a few hints and tips on who, and what to look out for.
This month I’ve spent a great deal of time out of the office, talking to dealers, taking photographs of exciting window displays in the dusky winter afternoons. I find antiques shops such great places to be inspired, not only for presents but more often than not, the dealers have such a good eye, that their Christmas displays can conjure up some fabulous decorative ideas for your own home.
This issue is packed full of gift ideas for the run up to Christmas, from the elaborate designs of Stuart Devlin to the festive designs of Caithness glass; and for your Christmas winter shopping, we have compiled a guide to the most popular antiques centres and shops in the region along with a few ‘hot spots’ for late night opening.
The New Year brings our 10th birthday, an office move, and our February issue, when we go full steam ahead into the sixties. So if you’ve got an interesting collection from the period or something you’d like to see featured, as usual get in touch by early January.
Finally, if you’d like to share your favourite antiques magazine throughout 2010 with a good friend, then a gift subscription is a great idea. Just visit: www.antiquexplorer.com
and go to 'Subscribe' and we’ll do the rest.
Happy Christmas to you and fingers crossed, a prosperous New Year ahead for all involved in this great trade.


4 November 2009

White Star Liners poster auction 12th November

Specialist on-line auctioneers Onslows, celebrated 25 years in business this year, and things look set to get even better, what with a recent discovery that has set up their early November sale to be something of a crowd puller! Thirteen original shipping posters were recently discovered after having been rolled up after many years. They were of famous White Star Liners, including the Titanic’s sister ship the Olympic, the Majestic, Adriatic, Megantic and Albertic, and considering their age are in remarkably good condition.
The posters can be accurately dated to certainly post 1912 and the sinking of the Titanic, due to the additional lifeboats shown on each ship.They probably date from around 1919 when the Atlantic passenger routes were opened up, due to the end of WW1. The finest poster of the group is by Montague B Black showing the RMS Olympic, which is estimated to sell for £2,500 to £3,000. Another is Montague B Black’s White Star Dominion Line to Canada; after the war ended there was a campaign to attract people to Canada to set up home and start farming. The collection is likely to bring the lucky vendor a windfall of £15,000. Not bad for an afternoon’s work clearing rubbish from a house! To find out more about the sale on 12th November, visit: www.onslows.co.uk

Antiquexplorer November Issue

Dear Explorer
Am I the only one, who feels that this year has just run away with them?
The clocks have just gone back and we’re hurtling toward December at a rapid rate of knots; next week I’ll be working on the December/January double issue!
But, before all this happens, what a busy month November is; the calendar reveals I’ll be at one (or two!) shows every weekend, right up until the end of the month.
The wood-themed issue this month came about by pure coincidence. Firstly, a friend in the throws of moving house, asked me of the best way to sell her two African figures, closely followed by meeting my web designer’s neighbour who’d amassed a fabulous collection of African figures over the years; and then of course, there was my own modest collection. I started to research the topic and came across a carving that recently sold at Bonhams, and had achieved a rather jaw-dropping figure. So, I started to wonder what the differences were between the pieces belonging to my friends and myself, and the Bonhams piece? And boy, did I open a can of worms, as you’ll see within the article on page 6. Very quickly it appeared that I had a ‘wood’ issue on my hands, and
the question was, ‘What else should we include?’ Well, there’s nothing like drawing inspiration from your own interests is there? And that’s when I decided to cover Bog Wood. I know it may sound odd, but I’d fallen in love with a piece of Bog Wood I’d bought recently. It was not only tactile and dramatic in form, but as ancient an item as I’m ever likely to own. Of course, it goes without saying that I then wanted to discover what else this ancient material was used for, and so reveal all on page 13. Finally, there are the Burmese Nats! Again, made from wood; these figures have a real organic feel to them, whilst being surrounded by superstition and spiritualism. I’d never heard of a Nat before, and hope that this issue not only brings a new discovery to you, but also a little bit of good fortune! Visit antiquexplorer online to buy your copy, post free!

27 October 2009

Antiquexplorer magazine - October issue

Editor's Note October Issue
Yet again we’ve had a hectic month, what with the deadline and launch of our annual Homexplorer Interiors Guide which has been greatly supported by the Antiques and Interiors trade even during the uncertain time at the beginning of the year.

The Art Editor of the antiquexplorer also had to find the time to publish his first book The Golden Age of Zoo Postcards, and lastly reaching the deadline for this issue, which thankfully we achieved if you’re reading this right now!

The past few weeks have also been rather interesting for the antiques trade on ‘the box’. In particular ‘Trust Me I’m a Dealer’ with presenter Paul Martin on BBC2.

I was hooked straight away I have to say, especially when a number of my regular haunts and favourite customers were featured (mentioning no names Jonny!)

The feedback from most dealers I’ve spoken with has been really positive, and some even saw a dramatic upturn of trade in their town. And of course, the antiquexplorer certainly got a plug or two, described as “A great trade source”, which no doubt instigated the sharp increase in our yearly subscriptions – in turn this can only be of further benefit to our loyal customers. The power of television hey!

Antiquexplorer is coming up to its tenth anniversary in the new year and with this, we’ve made a few subtle changes one of which is our logo, another is our new-look website. So if you haven’t visited it before, take a look.

You can search our back issue catalogue by cover – most people recognise which one they’re amiss by the cover – and you could buy yourself, or a friend, one of the specialist pottery books from our online bookstore.

Our dealer directory is currently under construction, but other than that we are confident the new website will become a great online resource, especially with our future expansion plans.

P.S The November issue will be out Friday 30th October, so watch for the updates!