Annually Alison curates an Important Selling Exhibition held at Court Barn Museum in Chipping Campden. The exhibition is the culmination of 12 months’ work and showcases for the first time carefully selected pieces from factories or designers that she believes to be amongst the finest in their field. Many of these items are sourced from private collections or sold on behalf of clients on a commission basis.
A fully illustrated colour catalogue is produced for each show and the exhibits go live online a number of weeks before the event. Nothing is sold prior to the opening of the Exhibition and Clients come from all parts of the UK and even overseas to attend. The last exhibition saw some determined clients arrive over 6 hours prior to the opening to secure the items that had particularly caught their eye! As many of AD antiques customers are overseas there is also the facility to telephone on the day to participate in the sale.
The exhibitions are typically held in March each year. To date, AD antiques has held 6 Exhibitions that have attracted World-wide press coverage, and items from exhibitions are now housed in International Museums and Important Private Collections.
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From Single items to Complete Collections.
Alison welcomes enquiries from parties wishing to sell quality items or collections; Alison is glad to discuss the options open with any potential vendors and offers assurances of a fair and competitive price.
Bought privately, Alison is almost invariably able to offer higher prices than she would be prepared to pay at auction and without the commissions and other charges, is often able to far outstrip the prices that a private consignor would achieve in a public auction.
In addition she regularly sells on a commission basis. Please contact me if you would like to discuss any potentially suitable item.
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Martin Brothers bird-form vessels (often referred to as “Wally Birds” after their creator Robert Wallace) are, for most of us, aspirational items. Largely made to resemble leading political and industrial figures of their time and rendered in the manner of caricature pioneered by the 19th-century English satirical magazine Punch, these whimsical works were eagerly sought-after by London’s “chattering classes”. Commissions for their production came from aristocrats including Lord Faringdon and Sir William Drake. Robert Wallace Martin, the artist genius behind the sculpting of the birds, began his career as an apprentice for Charles Barry on the redesign of the Palace
It has been 12 months since we exhibited at an antiques fair and I have certainly missed seeing our clients and to exchange news about ceramics, adventures and family. However life must go on and with an already strong web presence we have moved to dealing exclusively online, for the time being at least. Antiques and art are probably regarded as wants rather than needs, but in these times where we have been deprived of the richness of life’s senses the lines are becoming increasingly blurred. The simple pleasure of art – the emotional reaction and engagement – is something
Art and Antiques Spring Fair at the NEC in Birmingham – 2020 Our next Fair is the Art and Antiques Spring Fair at the NEC in Birmingham. Please print this invitation for complimentary entrance. It’s a fantastic opportunity to purchase unique items that are all vetted for authenticity; from classic to contemporary including furniture, paintings, silver, sculptures and bronzes to jewellery, ceramics, Art Deco, classic cars, textiles and more. Above all it’s a fun shopping experience for anyone who is looking for a statement piece for a contemporary home, or a seasoned connoisseur looking to add to their collection. AD
Shortly before the New Year i had the privilege of visiting Winchester Cathedral and had a very inspiring tour by one of their guides Simon Newman who is also a photographer. The building is probably the most intriguing and highly ornate cathedrals I have visited and a particular treat was to be found in an anti-chapel with a series of stained glass windows by William Morris and Company, several of the designs by Burne Jones. Other highlights included sculpture by Barbara Hepworth, the grave of Jane Austin, hundreds of pagan carvings cheekily hidden by the stone masons and wood workers
We have had a busy start to 2015 with the Battersea Decorative Fair and our very own “January Sale”. Both were successful ventures and a lot of stock has been sold. Last week Alison visited London where she viewed and purchased 2 collections which have quickly been featured on the website. During the same trip she sold 8 items to an African Chief; it seems that the appeal of British Art Pottery is growing all the time. Next week will be an exciting one; delivering 3 fine pieces of ceramic in exchange for a number of pieces of Pilkingtons lustre.
AD antiques had enjoyed a lively Autumn with numerous international private and website sales including the featured Martin Brothers Grotesque that flew to America this week. However one of the highlights was the LAPADA fair in Knightsbridge. Sales were strong over all the factories and the contemporary ceramics also sold exceptionally well. After the opening day, Peter Beard’s lovely wife Hillary was on the train, holdalls filled with new pots to restock. There were a number of notable sales, including 7 pieces to a single collector and the rare Wedgwood Nizami Malphry Pot found itself a new home in China!
The exhibition is in full swing in the impressive location of Kensington Gardens opposite the Royal Albert Hall. Our stand came together well with an impressive and varied selection of British Art pottery and contemporary ceramics from Heidi Warr, Peter Beard, Victoria Ellis and Fenella Elms.We are positioned opposite Heidi Warr’s demonstration stand. Heidi’s demonstrations are proving so popular that she’s losing her voice! We hope it holds out for the remainder of the fair, her winning smile and skillful talent may have to see her through. Our ADAntiques stand is also proving popular with constant visitors who vary from