CORE ONE IN THE COTSWOLDS

Dear Diva Readers,

top: 5px; float: left; color: white; background: #781300; border: 1px solid darkkhaki; font-size: 60px; line-height: 50px; padding-top: 1px; padding-right: 5px; font-family: times;”>Oh bugger… It’s the end of an era!  The eleven dealers who share the space at Core One Antiques, just off the Kings Road in London, have confirmed that they will be closing their iconic Gasworks premises on 24 June 2015. Anyone who is anyone has shopped these hallowed halls… this location was one of London’s best kept design secrets.  Shopping here almost guaranteed you’d bump into the crème de la crème of the design world. Yoo Hoo!?  Martyn Lawrence Bullard anyone?

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They have been unable to renew their lease due to the rampant development of the riverside area adjacent to Chelsea Harbour Design District.  Finding another equally prestigious and established location to trade from together presented a huge challenge until the dealers heard that Toby Lorford and Lesley Ferguson who own Lorfords Antiques in Tetbury and the nearby Lorfords @Babdown Airfield had acquired a second hangar on the site at Babdown, which has a very similar flavour to the artisan community at The Gasworks in Fulham.

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Cometh the hangar…,

Cometh the diaspora of displaced London dealers….

And so Hangar One at Babdown opens for an early bird preview from 8 June 2015 and will be fully open from 15 June 2015.  The incoming Core One dealers who will continue to trade together in vast individual showrooms with the similar industrial chic aura of the Core One premises will be:

Dean Antiques,

Christophe Edwards

Roderic Haugh

Christopher Jones

Simon Pugh

Richard Steenberg

Garoa Zugasti

Core One Antiques opened to acclaim in 2001 with a group of elite dealers sharing the vast building showing an collection of antique furniture and objects from the very grand to the very sleek, the frankly industrial and the hugely quirky.

The dealers came from all walks of life and brought their varied taste and experience to the great mixing pot that was Core One Antiques. The combination of styles and periods provided an eye popping sensory experience equivalent to visiting the best of international antiques fairs.

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Lorfords at Babdown is very much in line with the original Core One idea, to bring together an unrivalled group of dealers to provide a stage for the very best in antiques and design under two roofs @Babdown!

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From left, Toby Lorford, warehouse manager Joanna Ferguson and her mother Lesley Ferguson

Toby Lorford, founder of Lorfords explains, “They say timing is everything, and acquiring the second hangar here at Babdown at just the right moment gave us the opportunity to welcome this important group of dealers from Core One to embellish our impressive line up of resident dealers at Babdown.  We have been told that we now represent the most important trade call in Europe and we look forward to developing this unique space going forward.”

The Antiques Diva ®

Windsor Antique Center – England

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top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>Like many of you, I get a lot of junk email, spam, and unsolicited random requests. I’ve signed up on a million mailing lists and that just adds to the problem, so once a week I click quickly through my spam folder to see if anything of interest got tucked away accidentally before empting them into the trash bin. Typically, it’s all deletable, but recently an advertising email from an antique shop caught my attention.

I’m not sure how I got on their list but I suspect in researching potential antique shopping tours for clients visiting the UK I might have subscribed at some point. Rather than deleting this one advertising email as I usually do, I found myself intrigued by Windsor House Antique Centre in the beautiful Cotswold’s, about 2 hours from London in Moreton in Marsh. This beautiful country market town contains about 30 other antique dealers and a plethora of unlimited free parking, with the Windsor House Antique Center sitting amongst honey-colored stone buildings and astride the ancient Roman Fosse Way. Just thinking about it makes me want to strap on my wellies and go striding through the nearby lush river valleys and rolling green hills!

Within a few clicks I found myself enjoying good quality mahogany Georgian chest of drawers and tea caddies, beautiful Wedgewood plates and pitchers, Edwardian silver dishes and Victorian Toleware. Going back to the e-advert, the newsletter closes with an invitation – Jane Finnegan says “Contact me any Tuesday or Sunday – and when you choose to visit us, let us know and we will be well prepared with tea, coffee and biscuits or for an evening visit we can supply wine should you wish!” Needless to say, the mere mention of wine caught my attention!

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George 3rd Mahogany chest

Mahogany chest on stand of rare smaller proportions. Wonderful condition.
Circa 1780 with original handles
40″ wide x 21″ deep x 69″ high.
£2750.00
(email vendor for delivery costs and options)

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Wedgewood Jug, circa 1830

Pretty ewer with relief molding. Chinoiserie print. Small chip.
9″ high x 8″ high
£180.00
(+ postage of £8.00)

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Wonderful Toleware Tray

Beautiful Toleware tray with wonderful flowered decoration. Victorian.
31 3/4″ x 26 1/4″
£695.00
(+ postage of £12.00)

Normally, if I haven’t visited an antique shop or know someone who has, I don’t like to recommend it – however, I have suspicion that this shop has serious potential and just because I don’t have time at the present to check them out in person, I didn’t want my dear Diva Readers to miss out on an opportunity!!! Plus, as an added benefit for those arm-chair travelling Diva Readers, Windsor House has in interesting online inventory and ships internationally!

I’ll most certainly set aside time to visit Windsor House Antiques Centre on my next trip to the UK. In the meantime, if you make it there before I do, please tell Jane & the gang at Windsor House Antiques that The Antiques Diva™ sent you – and even more importantly, please report back to me with your findings! I’d love to live vicariously through your shopping experience!

Cheerio Mate!

The Antiques Diva™
(seen at right with La Reine and The English Rose)

What are the Cotswolds?

Wiki explains, “The Cotswolds is a range of hills in west-central England, sometimes called the ‘Heart of England’, an area 25 miles (40 km) across and 90 miles (145 km) long. The name Cotswold means either ‘sheep enclosure in rolling hillsides’ or it comes from the term “wold” meaning hills.”

Here are a few photos from my last trip to the Cotswold’s several years ago!

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