Journal

19 December 2013

The Christmas period is a busy time of year. We have Interior Design Project commitments to meet, as well as compiling our Spring Catalogue and preparing for the New York Winter Antiques Show. On top of that, this year we have had the introduction of our new “Signature Candle” and the amazing demand that it has met with. We created it in a limited edition, but it seems as though we may need to review that decision and think about creating a second edition! Everything is running full on.

It has been another exciting year for us here as we have continued to be so ably supported and driven by our talented, dedicated and inspiring colleagues Ilse, Jen, Odette and Kanak, without whom the running and management of RYA and Riviere Interiors would simply not be possible. On top of their already demanding and multifarious roles, Ilse and Jen have arranged and managed the installation of a new IT system (we are officially in the clouds), a new Database and led us into the curious but exciting worlds of both Twitter and Pinterest, whilst concurrently updating, editing and monitoring an increasingly active Website and creating three Catalogues. Life has changed so fast.

Between them Ilse, Jen, Odette and Kanak have worked with us for over 30 years, wow! So much has changed in their time and yet somehow we have retained our individuality as designers and our style as a specialist dealership, whilst developing and adjusting to this constantly changing world. Almost everything is touched by the power of fashion and our perceptions, tastes and ideologies are somehow inevitably influenced by it. We are in awe of the creative energy and vision of those who work at the cutting edge of fashion and manage to create two or more entirely new collections every year, as well as those who develop technology and keep endlessly innovating and pushing the boundaries.

We of course are inspired by the old, yet keep finding it relevant and powerful in the present. It continues to be exciting and rewarding to find wonderful survivals, great old things hewn, painted, woven and fashioned by our forbears and still here to tell their story. The most exciting feeling for us is that these things are increasingly admired and collected by a younger generation. Whilst the works we source have not changed or been developed since they were made, the perception and understanding of them has been influenced by the vagaries of fashion. No longer considered tired or obsolete, they are increasingly understood for their unique individuality and honest quality. They have been given a new resonance by changes in perception and presentation. Indeed the nature and style of art we handle has not changed radically over the years, but the way we present it, juxtapose and contextualise it is always changing and moving on. The interest in antiques is also subject to the power of fashion and as specialists we need to be as alert to this as any other industry.

It becomes clearer as time passes that the actual age or period of something is not that relevant. Throughout history architects, artists, and designers in all media have taken inspiration from the past and marched bravely forward with their own individual and personal visions. What we have really come to understand is that people have always and will hopefully continue to create great things, wonderful unique and personal works that amaze, move and inspire us. Our mission has and will continue to be to source such things and to create a context for them to be understood and appreciated in.

Suddenly, having been on the “outside” for so long, genuine works of Naive, Primitive and Folk Art are taking their place in the overall art historical narrative and no lesser institution than Tate Britain will be hosting the first National Exhibition of British Folk Art in the Summer of 2014. After nearly forty years of believing that such works represent the roots of our cultural heritage and form a powerful and exceptional archive of native British artistic expression, it is wonderful to be able to celebrate this unprecedented initiative and the awakening of the art establishment to the values and relevance of this indefinable “school” of the unschooled.

We would like to extend seasonal greetings to all who help us find, transport, conserve, photograph, research, curate and display our discoveries. But most importantly to thank you our clients, who again with your loyal custom and genuine enthusiasm continue to make it all possible and in this way help to preserve and honour these works.

Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas,

Robert, Josyane, Ilse, Jen, Odette and Kanak





 

 

04 December 2013

ROBERT YOUNG "SIGNATURE" CANDLE.

EVOCATIVE, NOSTALGIC, DISTINCTIVE.

When Josyane and I began dealing and founded RYA in the mid 1970’s, the landscape of the established art and antiques market in London and the UK was completely different from how we know and experience it today.

Then it was somehow exclusive, perhaps a little elitist, dusty, clubby and aloof. However there was a consistent interest and steady demand for antiques and works of art and a kind of working hierarchy had developed within the trade.

In certain circles of society classic mainstream art and antiques were seen as symbols of refined good taste and connoisseurship. There were Antiques Shops in every town and in many villages, to some degree one could say that Antiques were then “fashionable”.

We found it curious that the majority of these independently owned and run business were barely discernible from one another, as the “fashionable taste” of the time spawned a host of showrooms displaying traditional, largely well polished and fully restored English Furniture together with C18th and C19th oil paintings and watercolours in carved gilt frames, with shelves and surfaces scattered with a profusion of decorative “collectors” ceramics, the spines of leather bound books, well polished silver and shiny copper accessories.

We rushed and stumbled enthusiastically into this world with ideas and visions of our own. Josyane, came from a colourful southern French background, had seen and explored the new wave of “lifestyle” art and antiques galleries that emerged in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s on The 'Rive Gauche' in Paris. She was inspired by their stylish almost irreverent inventiveness and was determined that we could also follow our own ideals and create interesting sympathetic spaces to exhibit our selected examples of genuine early vernacular, primitive and naïve pieces, with integrity and “dans leurs jus”, originally in our shop and subsequently at Antiques Fairs.

It may sound ridiculous almost 40 years on, but at that time such a concept was both innovative and intimidating to the art and antiques establishment, as was the principle of exhibiting and championing works in well used, genuinely age worn and naturally weathered “as found” condition.

We travelled regularly and widely in search of fresh undiscovered examples and befriended like minded, slightly bohemian folk at flea markets, buzzy French “deballages” and wherever the scent of something exciting led us, both here and in Europe. In this way we gradually developed the confidence to back our judgment and follow our eye into the field we now happily inhabit in a professional sense. Almost imperceptibly gathering a quietly loyal clientele who encouraged our direction and development.

The journey was never straightforward but always exciting. After struggling with grudging peer group disapproval early on, usually for our “unfairworthy” pieces which “could have been improved with some tidying up and proper polishing”, we gradually established a niche somewhere on the outskirts of the establishment as they slowly accepted us for “at least offering something different, however unlikely” and “maybe appealing to a younger market”. It was not comfortable, but we were young, harboured a vision and were fuelled with passion.

Our shop and stock were small and tightly edited, but one thing travelled with us wherever we exhibited and has since accompanied us and our exhibits everywhere from Battersea to San Francisco, New York and ultimately back to Masterpiece London, via any number of London based and regional fairs and exhibitions……. The Smell..... our unique "Signature" fragrance. We believe it has always been part of the experience of visiting us.

In the early days, being unable to pay our electricity bill punctually one month, the supply was cut off. Our neighbour hooked an extension lead up through our kitchen window to keep the fridge going and we ran the shop, flat and our lives by candlelight for over a week. We enjoyed a good week’s business and paid the bill, but have never stopped lighting candles in the shop since then.

Then, as now, the shop is heated with an open fire from October until April and after lighting it, we begin every day with a touch of our own recipe scented oil. We believe that smell is as important to the quality of our lives as any of the senses. It can be evocative, exciting and memorable. So both candlelight and our "Signature" fragrance have been synonymous with us for nearly half a century.

Many of our visitors and friends have responded enthusiastically to the scent over the years and clients have frequently said how much they love it when we deliver pieces to them which still “smell like the shop”. So we eventually set out to develop and create a traditional wax candle combined with our "Signature" fragrance.

The process started nearly two years ago, as we searched for skilled and sensitive artisan candle-makers, based in England, who would devote the necessary care and attention to creating the perfect, high quality product for us. After several unsatisfactory experiments we finally found them, in delightful converted agricultural buildings in a rural setting, which is where the work and olfactory alchemy really began.

The brief was simple, we wanted to make a top quality candle, one that would burn slowly and give off the scent of our family recipe of essential oils. The complexities and specialist skills required to create such a unique and specific fragrance, in a traditional wax candle, amazed us but we have loved the discovery, the journey and the result.

Each stage of the production was analysed, tested and approved, to ensure that the blend of fragrance and wax was perfect, the correct thickness of wick was selected to burn at the right temperature, before each candle was individually poured, had its wick hand trimmed, the glass hand polished and labelled. Finally each one was inspected by a specialist for quality, consistency, cold fragrance and finish, before being individually packed in our specially designed, presentation box. The box is covered in a print of one of our bespoke hand painted and textured artists canvases, with the bottom half in our house style matt grey.

So the Robert Young Studio “Signature” candle is born, the scent of our history and our future in a box. We set out to produce the highest quality candle possible, a candle that burns to give off a pure clean fragrance, that is pleasurable to own, look at, light and enjoy in a log cabin, cottage castle or even a tent. We hope and believe we have achieved it.

The "Signature" candle is now available from our Gallery priced at £37 or by mail order £42 (including Postage & Packing worldwide).

To order your "Signature" candle through paypal, please click here. The candle will be mailed to you in 3-5 working days.












 












 












 












 

07 November 2013

Old Friends Meeting for the First Time.

Simply the idea of Twitter was incomprehensible to us, but the advantage of working with younger people is that they are happy to nudge and push us in intimidating directions.

Hence we have an established Website and people visit it regularly. This was their initiative, as were the introductions of an ansaphone, a fax machine, mobile telephones and then our first computer!

Now many more people visit our site than come to see us here at the gallery. An amazing amount of you read this Journal and our “The Way We See It” introductions, whilst also exploring the  Available Stock, Sold/Archive Pieces, Portfolio of Interiors Projects and the pages of our archived Press Coverage. On average you look around our site for about 4 minutes per visit, some for over an hour or more,  a lot for between 6-10 minutes and others for only a few seconds. Some of you are regular visitors, which is particularly rewarding and we are glad that you enjoy the site.

Even in our busiest times, we have never received over two hundred people on one day in the shop, nor averaged over 50 daily visitors as we do on our Website. So we embrace this technology and enjoy keeping in touch and showing pieces for so many of you to enjoy. We know that nearly half our visitors are from the UK, with the others spread over the world, but the majority are from the USA, Switzerland, Scandinavia, France and Japan. Of course the site is up and running 24/7 so we are never closed.

Likewise we are now enjoying a regular contact with a growing number of you on Twitter. It surprises me how enjoyable this media is. Little bite size views into the interests and events of peoples daily lives, their views, recommendations and sometimes spontaneous musings. Some of our “Followers” on Twitter have gone on to explore our website and we are hopeful that this will continue.

The most satisfactory surprise of all this is that gradually our virtual world is becoming real. We had visitors from the USA last week, regular visitors to our site who had never come to see, feel and smell the gallery and the works we show. We knew each other only from emails and images, going back several years. We have enjoyed doing business with them and helping to source exciting pieces for their growing collection, but we had never just chatted, laughed or eaten together. We lunched together at “Augustine”, the lovely new French restaurant which recently opened opposite us and shared a relaxed convivial time with them.  We had a similar moment a week or two ago with friends/clients who we met at our first New York Winter Antiques Show in 2001 and have been in touch with ever since, yet this was their first visit to us in Battersea.

We really enjoy these occasions, when people take time out of their busy schedules to come and look at, touch and talk about the works we have . It is the reward we get for sourcing the things we believe have something special about them. Identifying and chatting about the qualities of form, design, surface integrity or rarity and sharing them with enthusiastic visitors. This is how we have always felt it should be.

Curiously, although we probably now enjoy fewer visitors here, we have an expanding international clientele and enjoy more valuable and rewarding times together with those who do visit.  So we will continue “Posting”, “E Newslettering”, “E Cataloguing”, “Tweeting” and writing this Journal,  in the hope that we will continue to keep in contact with you virtually and develop new friendships with people who we will eventually meet. It is like greeting old friends, when you meet for the first time!

 

 

09 October 2013

Everything happens so fast after the summer and although Battersea Park is still green and leafy, with the little boats still out on the lake, the Autumn season is now really upon us.

London has already hosted the September LAPADA and Decorative Antiques and Textile Fairs and PAD London and Frieze/Frieze Masters will be opening their posh tent doors shortly.

The Art and Antiques market is busy and alive. Along with many other specialists we are receiving more visitors to the shop and to our website. The struggle continues to be the difficulty in sourcing exciting new material.

However over the long summer we were lucky to find some great new pieces, many of which are included in our forthcoming Winter Catalogue #37, which has has gone to press and will soon be posted out. We will also be posting a digital version online as we found that many of you enjoy that facility.

Interior design work is equally busy as we aim to complete two current projects before Christmas and are working on new designs for 2014, then we have The New York Winter Antiques Show in January. Generally things are hectic, positive and full on.

Our immediate neighbourhood here, in what is now known as the “Battersea Arts District”, is buzzing and booming. Of course we now have the Royal College of Art opposite us in the splendid new Dyson Building, with the energy and colour that both the students and staff create, but we also welcome “Queen” boutique to our parade and Augustine Restaurant opposite. Sadly the old Buchan’s restaurant site remains empty for the time being, but we understand that it has now been sold and we are expecting new neighbours here shortly. Thriving nearby are the Vivienne Westwood Studio, Foster and Partners Architects, DesignSpace London, Street Kitchen, Doodle Bar, The London Distillery Company, with Victoria Beckham’s new studio opening shortly in Parkgate Road and a new Gordon Ramsey venture in Battersea Square. These are exciting times.

As our photography sessions increase in frequency, we are gradually uploading more images onto the various sections of our site, which seems in turn to have driven more traffic to it. We are always happy to receive feedback and to know if visitors are navigating the site easily, enjoying it and if there are other elements you would like to find on it. So please let us know, the site is for you, our visitors and clients and it is important to us that you find what you are hoping for when you visit us.

We also now have a presence on Twitter which we are finding curiously enjoyable, so please do follow us if you would like to read some of our incidental observations, recommendations and irrelevant nonsense. It is a forum in which we can let our hair down a little and keep in touch with the ideas, responses and observations of like minded, bloody minded, humorous or controversial Tweeters.

“Hour Glass Figures” illustrated on the left are images and details of two recent acquisitions, from the top down;

A rare and extraordinarily fine quality display mannequin made by The French Bust Company and bearing their original embossed gilt brass label, with provenance to The Hermitage in Hexham. This is one of the finest examples we have seen, in wonderful condition and with an appealingly sculptural full bodied form and retaining its original wire work skirt.

Embossed Makers Label for The French Bust Company
Figure Modellers to 20 Royal Families
The French Bust Company
Patents
14 Goodge St
London

Early C18th English Ale Coaster with original brass banding to the “hour glass” or “guitar” form single plank body. This lovely example retains all four original castors, has a generous well with delightful geometric flutes for channelling spillages and is in untouched original condition. These coasters were used for large communal leather jugs or bombards. Full of ale they would have been placed at the smaller end directly over the spillage well and on the larger side there would have been a quantity of leather, horn or pewter beakers. Individuals would have served themselves from the large jug and rolled the coaster on down the table for others to do likewise. They were used in Taverns and other hostelries and also “downstairs” in large households where senior members of staff were permitted to drink on feast days and special occasions. Few were made and they are rare collector’s items, particularly for those interested in early treen and drinking vessels.
















 

















 

28 August 2013

So we have been spoilt again.

As the summer holiday season draws gradually to an end and most of us are back to work, my mind wanders through thoughts provoked by the change of pace, scenery and environment when we were away.

Masterpiece London 2013 was the best yet. It was well attended every day, yet never felt crowded. The wide aisles and spacious catering facilities helped make it feel relaxed yet classy, but the real change was the enthusiasm of visitors and their appetite to variously look at, enjoy, study and buy the works on show. We met new and existing clients from all over the world and sold to visitors from Korea, France, Switzerland, both coasts of the USA, Australia, Norway and the UK.

The London summer art/antiques exhibition/show season is now cluttered with events, each searching for a following, an individuality and identity. We visited most and still feel confident that Masterpiece is the best for us. It is now established, confident, stylish, and most importantly is now also “buzzy”, “cool” and commercially successful.

The morning after Masterpiece closed we boarded a flight to Denver, Colorado, the first stop on our way to the Rockies in southern Wyoming. The first night we spent in the venerable Brown Palace Hotel where we ate in the “Churchill Bar”, (curiously a place where guests eat, drink and smoke in the same room, because they always have! Love it and we don’t even smoke). After skittering around Denver filling up the hire car with “ Fat Tyre” beers, whiskey, vodka, tonic water, endless fishing flies, leaders and other lovely but unnecessary accessories, we headed up the I 25 towards Fort Collins and then took the Cache Poudre Canyon Road up through the mountains towards Walden and Saratoga Wyoming.

Now already a long way from Masterpiece London and so excited that we didn’t suffer any jet lag.

The landscape, scarred by huge forest fires last year is already healing. Of course there are a few scorched and charred trees left standing and many fallen, but the greenery is returning and without so much forest the plants are getting more sunlight and rain which help promote regeneration. The Poudre River, was quite low, but tumbling and bubbling its way down the canyon, looking bright sparkling and full of life. This narrow winding uphill road is annually our ritualistic pathway to another world, a world without a mobile signal or bleeping I pad or emails, no newspapers or television. An increasingly unfamiliar place.

Once settled in our modestly appointed, simple and cosy timber cabin at the Ranch, we settle into a new life pattern. Dominated by huge skies and invariably hot sunny days, followed by cool nights and bright starlit skies, occasionally punctuated by magnificent short thunder and lightning storms with gusting winds, brooding dark clouds and heavy rain. We lose ourselves in rivers and on mountains, we live for a couple of weeks in splendid isolation from all that normally consumes our lives and concern ourselves only with weather and water temperature, wild fish and well trained horses. The evenings start with a shower and a beer, to wash away the dust from both inside and out and are generally filled with laughter, tuck, music and wine. Sometimes rounded off beside a log fire sharing a whiskey or two with family and Ranch friends. These are luxury times and yet seem so real. Then inevitably we have to come back down through the mountains to the busy world, gradually the mobiles and lap tops come back to life and old habits and our real lives come back into focus.

Of course we are spoilt to be able to enjoy these trips and we are hugely conscious of the privilege. Ultimately it is these days and weeks that we work for and they are so precious simply because they allow us to be together, to leave our working lives behind and to clear out everyday concerns by concentrating on the immediate excitements and dangers of the outdoors, the wonderful and imperious power and beauty nature and sharing precious convivial time as a family and with friends.

They also help us to breathe and see things from a slightly new perspective, maybe just a new angle. Somehow they always refresh our enthusiasm, make us brave and possibly even innovative again and ready for another year’s work. It also makes us conscious of how lucky we are to work in our chosen profession, to work for ourselves, to work with pieces we respect and that excite us, to learn that others now share in our passion and that the pieces and works we have championed for years have become widely recognised and admired and ultimately to have enjoyed such loyal, enthusiastic and discerning clients, who have invested their confidence in us for so long.

We have already started work on our next Catalogue #37, along with other projects and initiatives and head into the autumn refreshed, full of energy and hoping as always that we will discover some wonderful pieces and create exciting functional and inspiring spaces.

We will keep you posted!






 






 






 






 

15 May 2013

Robert and Josyane Young are listed in The Sunday Times 12th May 2013, Britain’s Top 30 Interior Designers.

In her article entitled “Now it’s Personal”, in the Sunday Times “Home” supplement, specialist interiors journalist Katrina Burroughs listed us among the Top Ten of Britain’s Top 30 Interior Designers. At a time when as she says the interior design trade has gained a reputation for a “type of inter-continental, manicured monochrome”, she remarks that “the design of easy-going family spaces, full of colour and individuality, is flourishing again. So in honour of this revival, Home has identified the top 30 designers who are doing inspiring work in real homes”.

We are named in the Top Ten and the article comments particularly about our work “Fantastic paint finishes and tactile surfaces strewn with curiosities, from Swedish clocks to folk art”.

It is an honour to be nominated in such a prestigious and selected listing and we are delighted that our work has been recognised in this way. 

13 May 2013

“Highly Commended”. On the evening of 25th April at a well catered and polished Awards Ceremony, held in the bespoke marquee at the Decorative Antiques Fair in Battersea Park, Robert Young Antiques were nominated in the Homes and Antiques sponsored “Best Antique Shop of Britain” Category, in third place and have received our Highly Commended Certificate to hang in the Gallery. We understand that many of you, from both home and abroad, voted for us, which helped enormously for us to achieve this recognition and award.

It is rewarding to know that so many of you thought we merited your vote and took the time and trouble to register your support, we genuinely appreciate your confidence. For us it is also particularly rewarding that our relatively niche or fringe area of the art and antiques market has been recognised so publicly as being significant, just as Tate Britain has announced that they are to host the first National Exhibition of British Folk Art, under the curatorship of Martin Myrone with assistance from Ruth Kenny and the contemporary artist Jeff MacMillan.

These are exciting times for us and for antique Folk Art in general. After nearly 40 years specialising in these unique and previously often overlooked and neglected works it is wonderfully rewarding to feel that they are beginning to take their rightful place in the overall art historical narrative and given the attention and prominence we believe they deserve.

05 April 2013

We have recently learnt that Robert Young Antiques are on the final shortlist for the British Antique Shop of the Year Award 2013, sponsored by Homes and Antiques Magazine.

There are four categories of awards supported and nominated by Homes and Antiques; “Antique Shop of the Year”, “Vintage Shop of the Year”, “Antique Centre of the Year” and “People’s Choice”, (an award voted for entirely by the general public, for any company that has not been nominated in any of the previous categories). These are the only National Awards in our industry.

The initial shortlist is selected and nominated by leading figures in the Art and Antiques industry from BADA, LAPADA and the Antiques Trade Gazette and subsequently the general public, ( including industry professionals, collectors, designers and other interested parties), who are invited to vote for their preferred Dealership.

These votes have now been collated and counted and the final shortlists announced. We feel honoured to be among them.

The Awards Ceremony takes place on Thursday 25th April at the Decorative Antiques and Textiles Fair in Battersea Park, appropriately during National Antiques Week.

There are many enthusiastic, scholarly, sensitive, knowledgeable, creative and inspired individuals working in the antique decorative and fine art sector, many of whom we like and respect enormously. It is obviously difficult and inevitably subjective to judge who may be among the “best”, but we applaud this initiative which draws closer attention to the Antiques and Art Trade.
Antiques, Vintage and Decorative Arts dealerships are generally small specialist firms, run by passionate individuals or partnerships. We believe they are a valuable asset to the wider Art Market and also serve to identify, protect and promote works from our cultural heritage, as well as to inspire future generations of designers, artists and collectors.

It is hugely rewarding to be considered to be among the ten best Antiques Shops in Britain, however subjective this may be and we would like to thank any and all of you who considered us worthy of your vote and voted!

04 April 2013

May 2013 issue of House and Garden features an article by Marcus Field, illustrated with atmospheric light filled images by Elizabeth Zeschin, (pages 98 - 103), of our first “new build” design commission. A romantic lakeside location, just half an hour outside Amsterdam, was the setting for local Architect Rene de Vries to create this wonderful contemporary “escape”.

It was a huge pleasure working for our enthusiastic and trusting clients and to be so ably, professionally and sensitively supported by both Dutch and English, craftsmen, artisans, artists and specialist tradesmen.


Our friend and "on location project manager" Rene Daanen, of Arends Menssen, the master of detail, function and dimensions, was dedicated and invaluable throughout the project


The magical and visionary cabinet maker, woodworker and architectural interior alchemist Ari Bocxe and his capable and conscientious team from Creavorm, turned design dreams and ideas into reality with quiet confidence and a smile.


Finally of course our friends and ridiculously energetic and talented team of specialist painters from DKT Artworks, were there to work on acres of rough boarded wooden walls and ceilings and bring the reflected light, natural textures and materials together and harmonise into something that felt like it could never have been any other way.

It was altogether an inspiring and rewarding experience. A journey made paying great attention to space, light, materials, function and detail, in the belief that we would ultimately create something unique, worthwhile and yet perfectly functional, to honour the brief and fulfil the dreams of the family.

We believe it worked.

We want to thank everyone involved and especially House and Garden, for now making it possible for many others to be able to see and enjoy. 

 

Read the Article Here

 

 

28 February 2013

Today is the last day of voting for 'Britain's Best Antique Shop Award', for which we are honoured to have been shortlisted.

If you feel we merit it , you have a final opportunity to cast your vote below. (The voting is now closed. The Winner is announced on 25th April 2013.)

We would also like to thank all of you who have already voted and for registering your support.

We genuinely appreciate your kindness and the confidence you have shown in us.

21 February 2013

We are tweeting! Well nearly.
While we were away in New York City in January and early February, Ilse and Jen opened a Robert Young twitter account (@ryantiques) and I am shortly going to join them in the new ever chattering world.
They tell me that fresh fish at the market, pieces of theatre, bus rides, restaurants and possibly even occasional comments on football are all possible subjects, as well as just things we do, look at, smell, taste and see in the normal course of our lives.
Until now Josyane and I have been illegal immigrants in the virtual world, but we are gradually and tentatively gravitating towards embracing it more positively..........watch this space, (or at least the space where twitter lives).
We are all safely back from New York and missed the snowstorm. The Winter Antiques Show 2013 was very positive. The overall gate was twenty five percent up on 2012, there was a lot of energy, interest and activity. At Robert Young Antiques we made sales every single day of the show, eleven consecutive days including the preview, a first in twelve years.
Now we are back and looking ahead for 2013 in London.
"Timeless" our annual in house Exhibition will open at 11 am on Thursday 9th May and then we will be showing at the fourth incarnation of the celebrated Masterpiece London, 26th June - 3rd July, having shown there since the inaugural year.
In the meantime we are sourcing ,searching, working on an exciting new design project and learning to tweet.
 

31 January 2013

The New York Winter Antiques Show 2013. Are we becoming fashionable again?

The venerable New York Winter Antiques Show is in the seventh day of its fifty-ninth year and will celebrate its Diamond Jubilee in 2014. The celebrations seem to have started early as the attendance at this years show is currently showing an amazing 25% increase on 2012.

We managed to slip out of Heathrow on 19th Jan, just before the British snow closed it down and arrived in a bitterly cold, but snow free New York. Since then we have enjoyed generally warm weather, with occasional light flurries of snow, but surely this unseasonably hospitable climate is not responsible for the greatly increased visitor numbers, interest and business that are marking this years show?

We have been visited by Designers, Celebrities, Socialites, Fashionistas, Collectors and a generally interested and enthusiastic public at our stand. We have witnessed them being drawn to various individual pieces, their history, style and quality. People from all over the United States with an enthusiasm and appetite for pieces we are showing and those of many of our Co-Exhibitors.

We have also noticed that many Interiors, Style and even Fashion periodicals are featuring antique pieces and works of art in their editorial pages here, in relative profusion. Antique and vintage pieces are used in settings and back drops in fashion shoots, incorporated within contemporary interiors and featured in standalone interior articles.

Maybe taste is moving away from the minimal, plastic, mass produced, abstract and conceptual, it is too early to tell. But certainly there is a visible and tangible appreciation of older design, historic craftsmanship and the exciting textures and patination of age that are found on the finely edited and selected pieces on exhibition here. Maybe people are simply becoming more aware of "antiques" and appreciating their relevance and compatibility with contemporary decoration, lifestyle and collections.

It is exciting and rewarding to be here and we hope that taste and sensitivity will continue to look back and embrace the quality, style, narrative and aesthetic qualities of these pieces which have withstood the test of time and live to tell their story.

As we have long maintained, there is an exciting cocktail created by juxtaposing the old with the new and it looks as though others now share that view and antiques are suddenly becoming "cool" !

The 2013 New York Winter Antiques Show is open all week and closes on Sunday 3rd February at 6.00pm.

 

08 January 2013

2013 Spring Catalogue No. 35

It is always exciting to start the year with a new collection of recent acquisitions and to exhibit at the venerable New York Winter Antiques Show, America’s longest established and most prestigious antiques event. Our new Catalogue illustrates and describes 33 pieces, most of which we have selected for Exhibition in New York and have been put aside especially for the show.

All of the works included are for sale on receipt of the Catalogue and as usual are offered Guaranteed as Described, Customs Cleared and Available for Collection/Delivery in New York from Friday 25th January 2013 and Subject to Prior Sale. We are always happy to provide more detailed information than is given in the catalogue captions, either by phone or email and make every effort to respond speedily and in enquiry order.

Many of the pieces in Catalogue 35 have distinguished Provenances and are being exhibited for the first time in a generation or more, others are more recent discoveries, which will be shown for the first time.

We hope that you will enjoy browsing through and also that we will again see many of you, our friends and clients in New York. In the meantime, we would like to thank all of you for your loyal enthusiasm and custom, without which we would be unable to continue to seek out, discover, conserve, research, catalogue and present these pieces, which we believe to be variously extraordinary, beguiling and compelling and which will hopefully continue to tell their story and give pleasure for many generations to come.

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Robert, Josyane, Ilse, Jen and Odette

Battersea, January 2013.

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