So far I am using my free time effectively and have written this guide to collecting works by Archibald Knox for the LAPADA website. Do let me know if that triggers further questions. Stay safe and well. Anthony
Despite these challenging times, I plan to remain open for business. I hope to use my new found spare time to keep the website moving by posting research snippets in the News section so watch out for those.
I am still buying items and if you have items to sell please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
I will be posting fewer items for sale in the coming months. If you wish to keep updated of my current stock please contact me directly. All items already listed remain for sale.
Stay safe and well. Best wishes
I wanted to let you know that I have decided to withdraw from The Open Art Fair and therefore will NOT be exhibiting. The Fair is continuing and will open as planned on Wednesday the 18th March. The Peartree Collection tickets are still valid.
My decision is an entirely personal one, taken in conjunction with my family, and in the light of increasing concerns over the Coronavirus and the steps necessary to stop its advance.
If you are interested in any item of stock, I will of course be available online and by phone. Subject to how the virus develops, I am always readily available and happy to meet privately to show items. Normality will undoubtedly return and when it does I will find alternative opportunities to exhibit.
I hope everyone is, and stays, safe and well.
Returning exhibitor: Anthony Bernbaum
Delighted that The Open Art Fair chose to feature the Peartree Collection’s own Christopher Dresser teapot in today’s FT. Image attached.
Country Life features the forthcoming Open Art Fair (previously BADA fair) in this week’s issue and I am very proud to say that The Collection’s Georgie
Gaskin necklace is featured as one of the highlights. The full article can be read at this link.
I have written a guide on collecting the Gaskin’s jewellery that has been published in this month’s Antiques Collecting Magazine. It can be read at this attached link
Shirley Mueller, a US neuroscientist and collector, has written in today’s ATG “Collecting gives meaning to life [sorry kids] and gives life a spark, in contrast to the day to day drudgery of life. It encapsulates the thrill of the chase and is overall a very pleasant experience. I believe collectors are lucky. We have a passion that drives us”. Never a truer word said.
Whilst trawling through the British Newspaper Archives (as you do on a dull day over Christmas), I found an unlikely letter in the London Evening Standard written by the one and only Archibald Knox, whilst still in the Isle of Man, dating to 1893. The letter concerns Knox’s regret, even anger, at the demise of the main Peel Cathedral, a theme that was a constant throughout his life. Whilst it is hard to square Knox’s modernist design brilliance with his traditional faith, he clearly found no contradiction whatsoever in the two, an area worthy of more research.
If you were ever in doubt that Christopher Dresser was a “rock-star” of the decorative arts, see this link for further details on Christies’ recent sale of a plated teapot by Dresser for nearly $400,000. I am delighted to list an entire tea set by Dresser, and in sterling silver, at a fraction of that price. A bargain!