Journal

18 November 2014

Our new Winter Catalogue #40 has been published and distributed and we have already started work on our Spring Catalogue #41.

However, between these and our couple of major shows, interesting and exciting pieces come and go. Earlier this month for example, amongst other things we sold an extraordinary and documentary massive early Leather Bombard. Measuring 2 ft (61cms) in height, inscribed with name, place and date 1765 and with direct Provenance to two exceptional Private Collections, it was one of the finest and most impressive examples known to exist and a privilege to handle. It has now gone to another remarkable collection. We are permanently on the lookout for such things, as well as previously undiscovered or unrecognised works of Vernacular and Folk Art, but cannot be everywhere.

Happily we have developed a great network of contacts and friends who send us details of works they discover or know to be coming onto the market in out of the way places or from local estates, which they believe will appeal to us and have the qualities we look for. Between them, they help unearth some fine pieces that we may otherwise never get to see or know about. During the course of this weekend for example we were offered pieces from Scotland, the East Midlands, Dorset and Sweden, all interesting in one way or another. From time to time, we like to acknowledge the importance of the people who find such interesting things for us and remind others of how important such relationships are.

In a world that has gone information bonkers and everybody knows what you had for breakfast before you leave home, it’s wonderful to have people with informed and selective eyes, out looking for things to share with us. So while we do the washing up after breakfast on a Monday morning, sometimes we have already started off our week with purchases of things that have been sourced elsewhere, before we head off on the scent of something in another direction.

We never know when we will find or part with anything, such is the excitingly random pattern of our working life.

 

Gallery Tour