Journal

30 July 2015

Well it has been a hectic and rewarding summer.

Firstly our building and renovation project here in Battersea is finally complete. We have added an extension to the rear of the building at first floor level, completely renovated the old shell of the building and modernised all electrics, lighting and heating. We designed and built a new shop front and have finally hung up our RYA trade sign on the old wrought iron bracket. We are all safely back in the office and the shop is open again Monday – Friday 9.30am – 5.30pm. For the time being we are not re-opening on Saturdays, because after nearly 25 years Odette has finally retired and we are waiting until after the summer holidays before recruiting a re-placement “Saturday person”.

Jen also left us shortly before building work started, as her husband was posted to Switzerland and they and their two boys moved over there. We loved having her back again and all miss having her around. We will also be looking to recruit someone to replace her in the early autumn..

We have had an exciting couple of months and are pleased to have received several awards during the summer of 2015.

Firstly Robert won the Antiques Young Guns Founders Award for his role as “the most outstanding and ongoing contribution”, as Mentor of the Year, to the young, dedicated and talented Swedish Furniture specialist Daniel Larsson. The Antiques Young Guns movement has proved a popular and effective initiative and during 2015 expanded its reach to the United States, where they are also planning a mentoring programme as for the nominated winners of their first annual awards. Robert meantime is continuing his association with Daniel and will be working with him again at the Malmo Fair at the end of August, where in respect of his growing international reputation Daniel has been elected onto the Advisory Board.

At the beginning of July, House and Garden Magazine published their internationally respected 2015 List of the Top 100 Interior Designers Robert and Josyane are listed as a New Entry for their “sought after” design consultancy Riviere Interiors. Having previously been listed by the Financial Times, it is always exciting to be recognized by design industry insiders and journalists for our interior design work. Design is inevitably somewhat subjective and also subject to the vagaries of fashion, so it is pleasing to continue to attract recognition and some critical acclaim for our work.

We also enjoyed showing for the sixth consecutive year at Masterpiece London, we have exhibited at Masterpiece since its inception and have enjoyed watching it grow into the country’s most significant and stylish Art and Antiques Fair. This year we enjoyed even more visitors and sales than in the preceding years, as well as winning the Masterpiece Highlight Award for works of Vernacular and Folk Art, for the remarkable large blue painted, primitive Base Lute that was exhibited at the front of our stand.

For their 7th July “The Country Home” sale, Christie’s at South Kensington featured Robert as part of their “Tastemaker” initiative. Robert was interviewed and photographed in the illustrated catalogue which also included some “Get The Look” images. The auction included several works of naïve and folk art, alongside some vernacular furniture, treen and metalwork, so it was an appropriate publication for us to be involved with. The internet is making the art and antiques market place ever more accessible and we believe there is a valid place for both auctioneers and dealers to exist happily side by side. There are many enthusiastic and knowledgeable people working within our the industry and it seems that a spirit of co-operation can only be a benefit to all. Mark Stephen and Simon Green of Christies South Kensington are both well known to us and regularly vet with Robert and Josyane at leading antiques fairs in specialist disciplines including folk and naïve art, vernacular and painted furniture, treen and base metal wares and we consider them friends as well as valued colleagues. As independent dealers, we are though privileged to be able to individually select the pieces we handle and represent.

Robert is also honoured to have been elected Vice Chairman of the British Antiques Dealers Association. This venerable body of the industry’s leading dealerships, is nearly 100 years old and is currently Chaired by the energetic Chairman Michael Cohen of Cohen and Cohen the leading Chinese Export ceramics specialists. Michael is ambitious to modernise, restructure, and make the association more relevant to the 21st Century art and antiques market. BADA have already introduced some exciting new initiatives and are already working on plans and ideas to expand and update the association. Robert is delighted to be involved in helping to realise this vision.

Finally and just the day after Masterpiece closed, Robert and Josyane flew off to the Rockies in Wyoming, where they enjoyed the untamed mountains, plains, rivers and prairies, spent glorious days fly fishing for wild trout and enjoying the landscape from horseback, whilst also benefitting from the lack of WiFi and mobile phone connections. It is a place and lifestyle that helps us to put things into perspective and blow out some cobwebs.

We hope that you our friends and clients will also be able to enjoy some precious rest and recreation somewhere away from your normal daily lives, to recharge and feel excitingly alive.

 

 

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