When I first started out as a dealer in antique silver, without doubt the hardest aspect of my new career was photography. I tried using professional photographers but they were expensive, involved frustrating delays and ultimately took photos that I was not very happy with. It turns out photographing silver is just about the hardest thing to do in the world of photography. It requires a specialist professional photographer – not easy to find. It is not just the myriad of reflections you have to deal with, but getting silver to look like clean shiny silver in a photograph is in fact very tricky. Over the past five years I have crawled up, as well as down, the learning curve. I have reached the point where I am finally satisfied with most of my photographs. By popular demand, and with the time and boredom created by “lock-down”, I thought I would share my experience for others’ benefit. This write up is full of links so that you can see what I mean by clicking on highlighted blue areas. There is a photo of my set up at the end of this article. I am still learning, and if anyone would like to offer improvements to this approach, do please let me know.
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