Millington Adams - Fine Art & Antiques - Newsletter September 2011

Lawrence Stephen Lowry - A Group of People. - signed and dated 1965 Oil on board - an unmistakable work by one of the 20th century's greatest British artists.

A worthy contender for cash placement instead of the more usual troubled times fair of bonds, precious metals and student lets.  This picture bought in the same year as it was painted from Lowry's London agent, until recently it has not been seen in public for over 45 years.
With the current financial turmoil bubbling away in both the Eurozone and the USA, with the credit rating of the world's largest economy being downgraded and government bonds in some of Europe's major countries being effectively given junk status, the jitters are rightly pulsing the veins of traders and investors alike.

Will my savings be trashed by some hothead at the bank belligerently trading with my hard earned cash, or my pension fund manager, throwing it all to the wall and getting into cactus flowers rather than the few remaining stocks that remain worthwhile investments? Who knows he or she might play it safe and put it all into gold, right at the top of the market. Reality tells that there are many factors in play to successful and enjoyable investing, but we are going to take a quick look at the second part of that statement - enjoyable! 

Antiques & Fine Art is a boring pursuit for people who like lots of clutter and old things lying around their house - well that's what some of our younger countrymen may think. The large umbrella covering the term "Antiques & Fine Art" does not mean clutter, it means wonderful things created by artists and craftsman, with skills that often surpass anything today. Paintings, clocks, furniture, porcelain;  just about anything that oozes quality and that a person has created as a labour of love, skill and devotion. Things that can be appreciated for the genius and skill of their creator, whether made or painted 350 or only 50 years ago.

This quality can be enjoyed for generations, and I will re-iterate - enjoyed. Art & Antiques are not just a piece of paper locked away in a safe or a gold bar in a vault. Art & Antiques could be something that is hanging on your wall or standing  in the corner of your living room, admired and loved every day. Finally, when it is decided that it is time to part with something, it may well be that the particular painting, piece of furniture or timepiece will be worth considerably more than  when originally acquired, quality always shines through fashion. An imploding market maybe, there is however an alternative.

A superb pair of Chippendale period mahogany serpentine concertina action card tables
Lawrence Stephen Lowry
"A Group of People"
dated 1965
George I carved walnut & needlework foot stool
Lawrence Stephen Lowry
"Flint Castle"
dated 1945
George II Irish Cuban mahogany tray top
silver table

The LAPADA Art & Antiques Fair is staged in a glamorous purpose-built marquee in Berkeley Square, in the heart of London's Mayfair - a very short walk from Bond Street and Piccadilly and ideally situated for both smart shops and some of London's finest restaurants.  Held this week from 21st to 25th September 2011.

The premier fair for LAPADA, the UK’s largest association of professional dealers,  some 90 dealers will present paintings and objects of exceptional quality. From medieval works of art to contemporary fine art, from the finest furniture to exquisite jewellery. Quality and authenticity are the hallmarks of everything offered for sale. All LAPADA members abide the Association’s strict Code of Practice and in addition every piece offered for sale at the Fair is fully vetted by a team of experts so visitors can buy with complete confidence. Millington Adams will be exhibiting this year on stand C41. A complimentary e-Ticket for two can be found by clicking here.

J F herring Jnr
"A Lunchtime Meeting"
George III mahogany gilt brass mounted bracket clock by Henry Hopkins, Deptford, London.
George III mahogany architects table formerly belonging to John Carr of York
Dame Laura Knight
James II miniature figured walnut table cabinet

The week after we finish the LAPADA Fair we move to North Yorkshire, where the Harrogate Fine Art & Antiques Fair is held from the 30 September to the 4th October at the International Centre, right in the middle of the Yorkshire spa town.

As usual it is run in conjunction with the British Antique Dealers Association (BADA), with some of the top dealers from around the UK exhibiting a wide variety of fine art, jewellery, antiques and period furniture.

With a fine dining restaurant and an opening day evening party, it really is an event not to be missed if you are in the north, even if you live further afield it certainly is worth the journey to Harrogate.

Millington Adams are exhibiting on stand 14 as normal at the back of the hall, we look forward to seeing you there. For a complimentary e-ticket click here.
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