Posts Tagged ‘Antique fairs’

    • This week Spotlight on vintage moneybox
      Captain America cars for sale
      Burglary at the Gardnerville antique shop
      Charles II coin find inspires new hunt for treasures at antique valuation days
      An Extraordinary Display of Masterpieces Announced for This Year’s Edition of TEFAF
      £34 million heist in Russia
      The way to save art deco venue is to turn it into a house of prostitution
      Despite economic downturn art and antiques market remains strong
      Britons undervalue contents of their property
      New Chinese tycoons trawl UK antiques market for treasures
      2011 January Antique Fairs UK
This week Spotlight on vintage Starkie JOLLY BLACK MAN moneybox

Starkie Jolly Black Man moneybox

The bank was patented in 1920 by Robert Eastwood Starkie of Burnley, England (British Pat No 152,588). All known banks were made of Aluminum. In 1945, a patent was issued to Robert Patterson Starkie for a similar bank. This is the bank that is most often seen in Antique and Collectible circles and is often mistaken for the Bank from 1920, even by major auction houses. At first glance from the front, the banks look identical.

However, there are at least 8 differences:

  1. Bank from 1920: Ears are located closer to the eyes. A “V” shaped section from the back half of the casting fits into a “V” groove in the front half. Later 1945 Version: Ears are located in the middle of the castings.
  2. Bank from 1920: Back has the inscription: “Starkie’s Pat No 152,588” Later 1945 Version: Blank back.
  3. Bank from 1920: Base plate has circular holes and is unmarked. Later 1945 Version: Base plate has square waffle type holes and is inscribed: “Reg. No 844,290 Starkie’s Pat No 32,537 Patented in Foreign Countries”
  4. Bank from 1920: Holes in the back of the head. Later 1945 version: No holes in the back of the head.
  5. Bank from 1920: Moving the ears cannot make the arm move up. Later 1945 Version: Moving the ears makes the arm move up.
  6. Bank from 1920: Bow tie and ears are larger that the Later 1945 Version.
  7. Bank from 1920: Thumb is part of one casting of hand. Later 1945 Version: Thumb is separate casting from hand.
  8. Bank from 1920: Right arm is raised up a bit from the elbow. Later 1945 Version: Right arm is not raised up from the elbow.

So…you can see that identifying the 2 Starkie’s banks is easy, but, as a practice not done in the antique world.

20 January

Captain America cars for sale

The team behind the upcoming film Captain America: The First Avenger is selling off more than 50 cars that it used in filming at Shepperton Studios and in Manchester and Liverpool.

The collection was painstakingly assembled by the producers and is made up of a host of 1930s and 1940s Americana, including a 1933 Dodge Tow Truck that the team found in the Nevada Desert that comes with original and genuine bullet holes.

Many of the vehicles are hefty commercial vehicles, including a 1942 Dodge Ambulance, a trio of Berliet military trucks and a fully restored 1938 Harvester Van. However, there is also a large selection of passenger cars up for sale.

20 January

Burglary at the Gardnerville antique shop

Downtown Gardnerville was the target of a brazen pre-dawn heist early Tuesday when a burglar broke into Cheshire Antiques and lifted an estimated $15,000 worth of sterling silver goblets, a silver tea set and a silver urn, according to business owner Karen Campbell.

Burglary occurred around 4 a.m. Tuesday. Cheshire Antiques spans two buildings, and the perpetrator broke through the front door of the south building, which faces Highway 395. Business’ security alarm sounded, but the culprit was gone by the time anyone arrived on scene.

20 January

Charles II coin find inspires new hunt for treasures at antique valuation days

IF YOU think there may be cash in your attic, then two antique valuation days later this year could be right up your street.

Following on from last year’s event, which unearthed several gems including a Charles II gold coin, Walsall Leather Museum has joined forces with auctioneers Biddle and Webb to announce two further dates this year.
Around 400 to 500 visitors attended the free valuation at the museum in Littleton Street West, prompting them to hold further events on Friday, May 20, and a second on a date to be confirmed.

The organisers will be looking to build on the success of last year’s event where one of the coins identified was a first issue Charles II gold Unite, in good condition, which auctioneers estimated as being worth between £1,200 and £1,800. After the valuation day it was sold at auction for £9,750.

Charles II had returned from exile in 1660 and restored the monarchy but obviously the introduction of machine-made coinage in 1663 reflects just how revolutionary the Restoration era was.

18 January

An Extraordinary Display of Masterpieces Announced for This Year’s Edition of TEFAF

An extraordinary display of masterpieces will be on show at TEFAF Maastricht when the world’s most influential art and antiques fair opens its doors at the MECC (Maastricht Exhibition and Congress Centre) in Maastricht in the southern Netherlands from March 18-27, 2011. Among the highlights of the 24th edition of The European Fine Art Fair will be the imposing and important Henry Moore sculpture Mother and child block seat, Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s superb depiction of his son Claude, and an extremely rare Greek idol made about 7,000 years ago. They will be among more than 30,000 works of art at TEFAF Maastricht, all rigorously vetted by teams of international experts to maintain the Fair’s reputation for exhibiting only the best pieces.

17 January

£34 million heist in Russia

Assailants stole as much as £34 ($50) million of luxury goods from businessman Alexander Tarantsev’s home during a nighttime raid on his compound near Moscow, his holding company, Russian Gold, said Friday.

The robbers took diamonds, antiques and paintings by Russian artists including Ilya Repin and Ivan Shishkin.
Four armed and masked men infiltrated the walled property early Thursday, while Tarantsev was abroad, after tying up security guards, said Anna Zuyeva, a spokeswoman for the police in the Moscow region.

Investigators believe that about £14,000 ($20,000) in cash was taken from a safe in the house, though they have no information about the stolen goods.

17 January

The way to save art deco venue is to turn it into a house of prostitution

The downtown Vallejo (California) Empress Theater needs $20,000 a month to break even, the only way that’s going to is if they turn the art deco venue into a house of prostitution.

Not a bad idea, actually. You’ve got the window displays and really cool neon marquee for publicity.
And it gets the girls off0 Sonoma Boulevard and away from the thousands of curious tourists that visit each day.

17 January

Despite economic downturn art and antiques market remains strong

The market for art and antiques remained buoyant during the fourth quarter as investors looked for alternative homes for their cash, according to aresearch.

Around 24 per cent more chartered surveyors said the price of art and antiques rose during the final three months of 2010 than those who said it fell, according to the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.
The group said the higher end of the market was particularly strong, with a balance of 42 per cent of surveyors reporting price jumps in the £50,000-plus category, more than double the 20 per cent who said the same thing during the third quarter and the highest level since the second quarter of 2008.

Within the market, the silver and jewellery sector continued to outperform other categories, due to the current historically high price of precious metals, as well as the fact that they are seen as safe havens. A balance of 66% of surveyors reported a rise in silver prices, while 63% said the cost of jewellery had increased. But other sectors did not perform so well, with the price of oils and water colours falling during the quarter, with a balance of six per cent of surveyors reporting a drop, while 23% more surveyors said the price of books had fallen than those who reported a rise.

17 January

Britons undervalue contents of their property

Nearly half of Britons are undervaluing the contents of their property, leaving them financially exposed if they have to claim on their home insurance, a survey suggests.

Around 26% of people have under-insured their clothes, furniture, electrical goods and other possessions by an average of £20,000, according to insurer Direct Line.

A further 20% of households have no home contents cover at all, with this group having possessions valued at an average of £14,000.

When calculating how much home insurance cover they need, people often only think in terms of the value of items that may be stolen. But it is important to plan for the worst case scenario, under which all your possessions are destroyed by a fire or flood, to ensure you do not end up out of pocket.

Direct Line estimates that the typical household owns £4,000 of furniture, £3,000 of electrical goods, £2,000 of white goods and nearly £2,000 of clothes. On top of this, most homes contain jewellery worth £1,800, while replacing carpets and rugs would cost £1,700 and buying new curtains and blinds would set people back around £1,000. In addition, people also typically have items in their garage and garden that are worth a further £1,200.

Four out of 10 people had not adjusted the value of their home insurance policy to reflect the value of inherited items, such as jewellery, furniture and antiques, with many not realising they had to adjust their cover to take these items into account.

Kris Coombes, valuer at Direct Line, said: “It is worrying to see the level of under-insurance in British homes. People are putting treasured possessions at risk.

“Day to day items, furniture and clothes can really add up, let alone an expensive watch. In addition, items households may have invested in, or inherited heirlooms, can push the contents limit over the amount covered for on their policy.

“Householders should think about the replacement value of their home’s contents, room by room and item by item, the total will really mount up – and it might be a shock to realise how under-insured homes are.

16 January

New Chinese tycoons trawl UK antiques market for treasures

Chinese art collectors are now buying antiques in UK auction houses at an unprecedented rate, transforming trade across the country as millionaires trawl low-profile stocks for stunning treasures. Regional sellers, who used to strive to reach an annual turnover of a few million pounds and hardly ever sold anything for more than £1m, have never seen anything like it, as single items go under the hammer for as much as auction houses once made in a whole year.

Prices have exploded over the past year or so. Just a few years ago, top prices were being paid by the world’s leading dealers, who had a select group of serious collectors as clients. Now there is a burgeoning collector base emerging directly from China, with huge sums to spend on reclaiming the nation’s heritage, and they or their representatives are turning up in the provincial rooms themselves.

Auctioneers in the UK report that imperial jade and porcelain are proving a particular draw for the new breed of antiques enthusiasts.

With ever-growing demand comes intense competition. The buying base is developing so quickly, and suppliers have not been able to keep up – an important factor in sparking bidding battles that lead to enormous prices.

It also explains why so many Chinese works of art are coming out of the woodwork. People can see huge multiples of what they would have made even two or three years ago – and are keen to cash in on the boom before the boom busts, although that does not appear to be on the horizon yet.

Most of the collectors are individuals who have grown wealthy on the back of China’s huge export trade. In 2009 it was estimated that the number of Chinese millionaires had reached 450,000.

2011 January Antique Fairs UK

January 21 – 23

  • SHEPTON MALLET INTERNATIONAL ANTIQUES & COLLECTORS FAIR, Royal Bath & West Showground, Shepton Mallet, Somerset, BA4 6QN (Tel: 01636 702 326)
  • LUXURY ANTIQUES WEEKEND – MERE, The Mere Golf and Country Club, Chester Road, Mere, Nutsford, Cheshire, WA16 6LJ (Tel: 01797 252 030)

January 21 – 30

  • 56TH BRUSSELS ANTIQUES & FINE ARTS FAIR 2011, Museum Mayer Van Den Bergh, Antwerp (Tel: 07944 601 406)

January 22

  • STRATFORD ANTIQUES MARKET, Rother Street, Stratford Upon Avon CV37 6LP (Tel: 07896 186 847)
  • DORCHESTER ANTIQUES FAIR, Corn Exchange, High Street East, Dorchester, Dorset, DT1 7EP (Tel: 07790 126 967)

January 22 – 23

  • OXFORD PBFA BOOK FAIR, Oxford Brookes University, Gipsy Lane, Headington, Oxford OX33 1HX (Tel: 01763 248 400)

January 23

  • FROCK ME! BRIGHTON, Corn Exchange, Church street, Brighton, West Sussex BN1 1UE (Tel: 020 7254 4054)
  • LEIGH ANTIQUE & COLLECTORS FAIR, Leight Sports Village, Leigh, Lancs, WN7 4JY (Tel: 0161 283 1255)
  • PUDSEY TOY AND TRAIN FAIR, Pudsey Civic all, Leeds, LS28 5TA (Tel: 0161 283 1255)
  • DURHAM ANTIQUES & COLLECTORS FAIR, New College Durham, Durham, DH1 5ES (Tel: 0191 261 9632)
  • HARLEQUINS ART DECO & ART NOUVEAU FAIR, Harlequins Rugby Stadium, Langhorn Drive, Chertsey Road, Twickenham, TW2 8SX (Tel: 020 8894 0218)

January 25

  • SUNBURY ANTIQUES MARKET, Kempton Park Racecourse, Staines Road, East Sunbury, Middlesex, TW16 5AQ (Tel: 01932 230 946)

January 28 – 29

  • THE 2011 TWICKENHAM POSTCARD FAIR, The Stoop Rugby Ground, Langhorn Drive, Twickenham, Middlesex, TW2 7SX (Tel: 020 8892 5712)

January 29

  • HUNGERFORD ANTIQUE & COLLECTORS FAIR, Corn Excange, Town Hall, Hungerford RG17 0NJ (Tel: 01235 815 633)
  • AYR ANTIQUE & COLLECTABLES FAIR, Citadel Leisure Centre, South Beach Road, Ayr, KA7 1JB (Tel: 01764 654 555)
  • ANTIQUE & COLLECTORS FAIR, Lowther Pavilion, West Beach, Lytham St Annes, FY8 5QQ (Tel: 07802 297 768)
  • BOURNE ANTIQUES FAIR, Spring Street, Epsom, Surrey KT17 1UF (Tel: 07580 858929)

January 30

  • ANTIQUES FAIR, Chelsea Town Hall, Kings Road, Chelsea, London, SW3 5EE (Tel: 020 7254 4054)
  • MALVERN FLEA & COLLECTORS FAIR, Three Counties Showground, Malvern, Worcs, WR13 6NW (Tel: 07771 725 302)
  • CARLISLE ANTIQUE & COLLECTORS FAIR, Shepherds Inn Conference Centre Rosehill Estate, Carlisle, CA1 2RS (Tel: 0191 261 9632)
  • LEEDS ART DECO FAIR, Leeds Grammar School, Harrogate Road, Leeds, Yorks LS17 8GS (Tel: 0151 653 8606)
  • STRATFORD ON AVON PBFA BOOK FAIR, Levi Fox Hall, King Edward IV School, Chapel Lane, Stratford On Avon, CV37 6HB (Tel: 01763 248 400)
  • DONCASTER RACECOURSE ANTIQUES FAIR, Exhibition Hall, Doncaster Racecourse, Doncaster, DN2 6BB (Tel: 0161 283 1255)
  • ANTIQUE & COLLECTORS FAIR, Cisswood House Hotel, Lower Beeding, Nr Horsham, West Sussex (Tel: 01903 734 112)
  • NEWARK ANTIQUES FAIR, Magnus Sports Centre, newark, Notts, NG24 4AB (Tel: 01780 410 286)
  • NEWMARKET ANTIQUES & FINE ART FAIR, Newmarket Racecourse, Cambridge Road, Newmarket, CB8 0TG (Tel: 01263 888 111)
  • BOTTLEIGH GRANGE ANTIQUES FAIR, Botleigh Grange Hotel, Hedge End, Southmapton, Hants SO30 2GA (Tel: 01590 677 687)
  • KM ANTIQUES FAIR, The Park Lane Hotel, Piccadilly, London W1Y 8BX (Tel: 020 8674 8557)
  • V&A ANTIQUE & COLLECTORS FAIR, Dunes Leisure Centre, The Esplanade, Southport, Merseyside, PR8 1RX (Tel: 01938 580 438)
  • HERTFORDSHIRE ART DECO & 20TH CENTURY FAIR, Ramada Jarvis Hotel, St Albans Road West, Hatfield, Herts, AL10 9RH (Tel: 07812 510 298)
  • PENSILVA ANTIQUE & COLLECTORS FAIR, Millenium House, Pensilva, Nr Liskeard, Cornwall, PL14 5NF (Tel: 07887 753 956)
  • WATFORD VINTAGE FASHION FAIR, Watford Leisure Centre, Peace Prospect, Hempstead Road, Watford, WD17 3HA (Tel: 01727 855 040)

January 31 – February 2

  • LINCOLNSHIRE ANTIQUES & HOME SHOW, Lincolnshire Events Centre, Showground, Grange De Lings, LN2 2NA (Tel: 01298 274 493)