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Being Alys – An Antiques Guide

Dear Diva Readers,

Antiques Diva Buying Tour in Sussex England

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Alys Dobbie of Nanadobbie pictured with George Johnson, Nicky Haslam and Mark Hill.  Antiques Diva Guide Alys

Alys Dobbie of Nanadobbie pictured with George Johnson, Nicky Haslam and Mark Hill

 

Diva Guide Alys writes:

“I met Shannon at the Lewes train station – how very strange it is to meet someone you’ve never clapped eyes on before. It feels like a blind date when meeting a client for the first time – we’d even told each other what we would be wearing (Purple coat for one and green tights on the other)!

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Once safely into the right side of the car, Shannon told me her wants and her needs for antiquing in England. She’d already emailed a superb list ahead so I could really research and find the ideal dealers to visit in the South East. Upon hopping in the car we were fast friends – it usually works this way on tour with the guide and client as automatically you have so much in common with the shared interest of antiquing.  Plus, our clients tend to be the most interesting people.   Shannon is American but lives in Amsterdam and I was fascinated by her fabulous expat life.

Our first stop was a humble little town on the south coast where you wouldn’t expect to have an exceptional array of buildings all owned by one dealer…. of course that’s why you’ve booked a buying tour with us… to take you those places you wouldn’t find on your own!

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Shannon wanted a statement dining table for her kitchen that would house her and her family comfortably. There were lots and lots of lovely reclaimed railway sleeper tables and others with centuries of history. We were in our element! She also found a beautiful Jacobean chest of drawers – not particularly her style admittedly but it’s hard to find anything better than a piece of furniture that’s over 300 years old (at a reasonable price!). We spent an hour or so here and then moved onto our next appointment.

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Meeting our next dealer was a funny one – he had just moved into a new warehouse that had been newly built that week! But he was friendly and helpful. Shannon fell in love with a French baguette trolley – she told me herself that she has a real weakness for anything on wheels.

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After which we carried on to Brighton passing over The National Park that is The South Downs. It was a typical British day – drizzle and wind, but the great hills still looked fantastic. Shannon was delighted we were going to Brighton for our next visit – seeing the pier even from the comfort of a car was a great treat.

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We next dropped off to a friend of mine’s shop – he had just been on a buying trip to France so the timing was perfect – he had lots of lovely weird and wacky decorative pieces as well as some great tambour fronted storage solutions .

After a quick spot of lunch (no rest for the wicked! we often eat on the run when on a buying tour), we moseyed on out and followed the coast west to Worthing.

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I had been recommended a place by my good friend Henry Nicholls and he came up trumps – the second we walked into the door, Shannon was in her element. She was grinning ear to ear – it’s always so great to meet another furniture enthusiast. She in particular fell in love with a huge gorgeous French grain store – the paint hadn’t been touched and it was in lovely condition.

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I was certainly saving the best until last and we visited a very well known dealer at the next location and were shown around personally. It really was an incredible experience for me, too – as a young dealer, this man has always been something of an inspiration. Shannon fell in love with a lot of his stock! Especially a very large 12′  table which would have been ideal for her kitchen. The patina and condition was beautiful.

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After 8 hours our tour was complete…. sometimes the days go longer because you’re buying on the road so it’s easy to lose track of time!  I love this job – I got to take a very nice woman shopping in my home county!”

Cheers!

The Antiques Diva®

UK

Dear Diva Readers,

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Steve Nobel, Nobelinks, Sourcing antiques in England, British Buying Tours, The Village Pub, Barnsley House, Calcot Manor, The Antiques Diva

Steve Nobel, Nobelinks, Sourcing antiques in England, British Buying Tours, The Village Pub, Barnsley House, Calcot Manor, The Antiques Diva

Barnsley House was the home of one of the area’s premier lady gardeners, Rosemary Verey. Our Diva Agent Gail used to sell to her daughter Denzil who ran a small garden antiques shop in the grounds— what a small world! The house is now an extremely stylish Cotswolds hotel, which also features a restaurant on the premises. Visitors can tour the expertly maintained grounds which include knot gardens, ornamental fruit, and vegetable gardens.

Steve Nobel, Nobelinks, Sourcing antiques in England, British Buying Tours, The Village Pub, Barnsley House, Calcot Manor, The Antiques Diva

Steve Nobel, Nobelinks, Sourcing antiques in England, British Buying Tours, The Village Pub, Barnsley House, Calcot Manor, The Antiques Diva

Steve Nobel, Nobelinks, Sourcing antiques in England, British Buying Tours, The Village Pub, Barnsley House, Calcot Manor, The Antiques Diva

Steve Nobel, Nobelinks, Sourcing antiques in England, British Buying Tours, The Village Pub, Barnsley House, Calcot Manor, The Antiques Diva

The Village Pub where our group dined is much in the same vein as Barnsley House and sits on the enchanting Cotwolds High Street in Barnsley.  The traditional country pub has been refurbished but still retains a cozy atmosphere complemented by excellent service. They’ve reworked classic English dishes, bringing tradition into the 21st century.

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If you find yourself in the area for a few days, another house turned hotel owned by the same company is Calcot Manor which is on the other side of Tetbury and a popular place for US visitors. Complete with a spa, this hotel may be the place to end your Buying Tour with a little R&R!

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If you’re planning an Antiques Diva Buying Tour in the UK, be sure to ask us for suggestions on dining and hotels. We’d be delighted to recommend places that our locally based Guides trust and know. For more information, email us at to:info@antiquesdiva.com”>info@antiquesdiva.com.

Cheers,

The Antiques Diva® 

Olympia Fair in London

Dear Diva Readers,

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Olympia International Art & Antiques Fair, London, Antiques Diva

Thursday, June 5 through Sunday, June 15 art and antiques lovers from around the world will flock to London’s Olympia Exhibition Center to peruse the offerings of 180 top quality antiques dealers.

Olympia International Art & Antiques Fair, London, Sourcing antiques in England, Antiques Diva,

Olympia International Art & Antiques Fair, London, Sourcing antiques in England, Antiques Diva,

First time buyers will rub shoulders with seasoned collectors and connoisseurs.  While this fair is considered one of the most prestigious fixtures in London’s summer season, it also has strong international ties, particularly with America. A social as well as cultural experience, Olympia attracts a strong US VIP following, with guests in recent years including Oprah WinfreyDustin Hoffmann and Kanye West. Design legend Mario Buatta, otherwise known as the “Prince of Chintz”, will be jetting over the pond to promote his book “Mario Buatta: Fifty Years of American Interior Decoration”.

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Gillows of lancaster drum table. c1860, Olympia International Art & Antiques Fair, London, Sourcing antiques in England, Antiques Diva,

Olympia International Art & Antiques Fair, London, Sourcing antiques in England, Antiques Diva,

One of the things I most enjoy about attending fairs is the opportunity to not only see the best inventory in one location, to meet vendors and make vendor relationships but also to have the opportunity to be educated through the lecture series.  Meeting Mario Buatta would be a dream come true for me.  Okay… want to hear a Diva Confession? You know a Diva Never Kisses and Tells and that our client list is absolutely confidential.  Well… while MB has never taken a Diva Tour he has bought some Swedish Antiques through one of our clients whom we help stock their stall at an antiques fair in Nashville!

George III mahogany 6ft wide four poster bed, Olympia International Art & Antiques Fair, London, Sourcing antiques in England, Antiques Diva,

In addition to meeting Mario I’m particularly interested in hearing about Aimée van Kranendonk Duffels’ talk on Post-War American Jewellry.  Red, white and blue definitely is the theme this year at Olympia with American art and antiques being tributed again in a talk entited  American Impressionism – A New Vision.

Enjoy the Fair!
The Antiques Diva®

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