Its Fair time and preparations are well under way! - September 2021

The excitement is building with less than 2 weeks until our show opens in Chelsea. As well as the normal planning for wall colours and carpet choices, selection of pieces to display, cleaning and polishing - we have produced our third catalogue to accompany our exhibits.  ‘Britain on the High Seas: Merchants and Mariners’ continues to focus on the maritime side of ...
Picture Perfect - August 2021
Montague Dawson: Racing Six-Metre yachts August in the Solent always begins with Cowes Week, so what could be more appropriate than to start this newsletter with ‘Sixes’ racing?  The International Six Metre class featured...
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Gold, Silver and Bronze in Japan - July 2021
When there is so much world attention focussed on athletes striving to win bronze, silver and gold medals in Japan, we are taking our own look at Japanese use of these metals in works of art.  The hakko bako, above, are Edo period and would have been made for a noble...
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The Peake of Perfection - June 2021
Once again the highlight of our summer – Masterpiece – in Chelsea is not going ahead in its physical form.  We have been asked to send 12 pieces to their online gallery and this outstanding lime wood carving by James Peake (c.1839-1918) is one of our choices.
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On Top of The World - May 2021
In the week when the media is full of green- and red-listed holiday destinations, optimists are booking, or even beginning, holidays abroad and a brand-new cruise liner is embarking passengers in Southampton, we, at Wick Antiques have our own view of ‘this brave new...
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Storage with Style - April 2021
New stock has arrived at last, including some attractive cabinets, so this newsletter is about traditional storage solutions.  Above is a whole office in a single item of furniture.  There are five shelves across four sections to hold books and ledgers in the top, while...
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In the Public Eye – Media and Museums
This week’s Antiques Trade Gazette leads with an article on Charlie, Steve and Zara in their roles as the founders of 2Covet.  They have secured the Chelsea Antiques Fair and are planning to host their first show in September (excerpts from the article appear at the...
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Masterpiece 2017 - June 2017
Once more the highlight of our year is upon us – Masterpiece. Although furniture is seeing a welcome resurgence in popularity and price in the salerooms, we are putting works of art at the heart of our stand. There is particular focus on metalwork, ivory and textiles, ...
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Flowers for Chelsea - May 2017
We are open at 93 Lower Sloane Street! Notwithstanding contractual glitches and the absence of carpet fitters we have managed to open in time for the Chelsea Flower Show, 23rd-27 May. Please do visit us on your way past the door and celebrate with a glass of bubbles....
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Bronze Bonanza - April 2017
Bronze, an alloy of copper and tin, is a very versatile material. Over the centuries it has been used for everything from armour to aquamanile, from humble cooking pots to huge civic statues and from technical marvels to artistic masterpieces. This versatility is probably ...
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La La Land-scapes - March 2017
Coming back from Florida, a mere week before the razzmatazz of the Oscars, has focused my attention on the various contenders for best picture -\'La La Land\', \'Lion\', \'Hell or High Water\', \'Hidden Figures\', \'Manchester by the Sea\', \'Hacksaw Ridge\', \'Fences\',...
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February means Florida - February 2017
This is the February newsletter so we must be in Florida for the Miami and Palm Beach fairs. The Miami Show has been relocated 30 miles inland from the beaches but is nearer the airport. Time will tell if the VIPs will make the trek. We bought modestly. There was a...
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Not so Boring Brown! - January 2017
Nowadays, with the latest interior design trends being 50 shades of white, shiny chrome, glass or brushed steel, antique furniture has earned the sad soubriquet \'boring and brown\'. While this may be true of the dusty old heirloom in the corner, stacked with yellowing...
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Looking North - December 2016
As soon as Charlie returned from the Palm Beach Design Centre we drove to the Lake District. As the motorway exit signs for Birmingham, Stoke-on-Trent, Manchester, Liverpool, Lancaster, and others, flashed past I began to think about the impact of the manufacturing heart...
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The life and times of Emma, Lady Hamilton - November 2016
On Tuesday 2nd November Charlie and I were lucky enough to attend the opening of \'Seduction and Celebrity\' - the life of Emma, Lady Hamilton. It was a fascinating evening from the opening speech by Joan Bakewell, in which she likened Emma to a present day Kate Moss or...
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The World is Small - October 2016
This week we are attempting a Wick Antiques first - loading two containers on the same day. One is going half way around the world to \'Wallrocks\' in Brisbane, Australia and the other in the opposite direction to Miami. The reason for this extravagance is our latest...
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Back To Work at the LAPADA Show - September 2016
We have spent the summer, as we always do, boating in the Solent on our large floating antique \'Beeleigh\', a 36 foot 1913 Fred Shepherd design gaff-rigged yacht, built in Brightlingsea. She has featured as cover girl for various publications including \'Classic Boat\',...
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Masterpiece Success - July 2016
Masterpiece went very well this year, and we sold to many European countries as well as to Asia and Australia. Could this be partly because our currency is low? Pieces from these newsletters which have found new homes included the Komai jubako, the Safavid ewer and a...
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Royal Connections - June 2016
As the country is celebrating Her Majesty the Queen\'s official 90th Birthday this weekend we are dedicating this newsletter to items of royal interest which we have been lucky enough acquire over the years. The piece above (sold) was made for Queen Victoria\'s Golden...
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Masterpiece Preview 2016 - June 2016
This weekend we are building the stand and papering the walls inside the huge and magnificent marquee that is home to Masterpiece for the next 10 days. Several of the pieces we are taking have already featured in newsletters but others we have kept under wraps until the...
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Provenance means History - May 2016
In the previous newsletter we looked at signatures and maker\'s labels. This time we are highlighting something else which adds \'wow\' factor - Provenance. Pieces which, for example, have come from a famous family, furnished a stately home, been in a renowned collection...
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Designed and Signed - May 2016
After a steep learning curve, some satisfying sales across all media (upholstery, carvings, furniture and a painting) and lots of old friendships rekindled and new ones made, at the Battersea Decorative Fair, we are setting our sights on Masterpiece. As a strictly...
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Battersea Decorative Fair 2016 - April 2016
This is the first time we have participated in the Battersea Decorative Fair - do come and see us under our nautical banner of Anderson Wallrock on stand 105 As the title suggests we are taking fun, quirky and decorative items to suit every budget. The warehouse and...
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Best in Show! - March 2016
This year is the 125th anniversary of Cruft\'s Dog Shows so here, at Wick Antiques, we are holding our own version. In the Toy and Utility Classes (for our purposes \'Utility\' means a work of art with an additional use) we have a Victorian iron hound door stop, a...
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Florida Fair! - February 2016
Well actually Florida has not been fair weather wise. Miami was chilly with such torrential rain we had to purchase an umbrella and the roads flooded instantly. However with the excellent drainage and warmth everywhere was dry by the next day, and of course we do not...
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Happy New Year! - January 2016
We have started 2016 with a cold snap and everyone is wrapped up warmly, rather like the elegant allegorical figure of \'Winter\' on this striking burr walnut cabinet attributed to Lamb of Manchester. The pair of Borzois are also well equipped for the cold with their...
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Merry Christmas - December 2015
Having just returned from a successful show in New York where we sold, amongst other things, our magnificent (and massive) Golden Eagle and the fire irons featured in the last newsletter, we find Christmas is almost upon us. Help! That is just what we intend to do - help ...
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New York! New York! - November 2015
This year the \'New York Jewelry and Fine Art Show\' falls just before Thanksgiving Weekend. Accordingly we are going to promote all things American from a silver mounted Tiffany carriage clock to a charming watercolour of The White House by Arthur Barbosa; from a rare...
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Wick Antiques joins forces with Mr Fogg's at the LAPADA Fair - September 2015
We all know Charles is a character, but his new friendship with the fictional Mr Fogg, from Around the World in 80 Days fame, has taken things to a whole new level. Both being globetrotters in search of the weird and wonderful they have a lot in common, real or...
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Meiji menagerie at the Masterpiece Fair - June 2015
Masterpiece is just around the corner and never fails to impress. Situated in the south grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea, the fair opens on Thursday 25th June and runs until Wednesday 1st July. This year we are showcasing a menagerie of Meiji period bronze tigers,...
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Spring is officially here - April 2015
The blossom has burst, the birds are singing and the sun is very much out in Lymington. If you are planning a trip to the glorious Hampshire coastline or to the New Forest do give us a call to arrange an appointment. We have a mass of new stock that will be going on our...
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Marching in to Spring with a hive of activity - March 2015
This month is all a buzz at Wick Antiques. Charles keeps returning from far and wide travels with collections of the weird, wonderful and spectacular, some of which are extremely rare, and are to be exhibited at the Masterpiece Fair this June. With a now refurbished...
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A new year, new events and new stock. - January 2015
We have much planned for 2015. Next month we are whizzing off to America for the Palm Beach Jewelry, Art and Antiques Show. In the Spring we will be launching the much anticipated new nautical website and later in the year will see us at the prestigious Masterpiece London ...
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Happy Christmas from Wick Antiques... - December 2014
We want to take this opportunity to say thank you to all our clients and associates and to wish you all a very Happy Christmas and we look forward to seeing you in the New Year. Charles and Rusty Latest Acquisitions ...and a Happy New Year from Lymington...
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Hark the herald... Christmas is coming! - November 2014
With Christmas only just around the corner we have picked out a small collection of present ideas, all available to see on our website. Please contact us for more information. Celebrating 20 years working with Lymington Restoration Ltd. Lymington Restoration Ltd, set...
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Globe October, have the world at your fingertips - October 2014
This month sees a large expansion in our antiques globe collection. Charles has been globally foraging to find some of the best on the market. Our selection is a diverse one, from an impressive 30\" library globe by Rand MaNally circa 1938, to a very dinky pair of 6 1/2\" ...
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Join us at the Lapada 2014 Fair at Berkeley Square next week - September 2014
Join us at the Lapada 2014 Fair at Berkeley Square next week. We cannot quite believe it\'s that time again, but one our favourite shows of the year is just around the corner. The LAPADA Art & Antiques Fair in Berkeley Square is this autumn\'s must-visit event for...
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Looking for 'Mantiques'?... - September 2014
Looking for \'Mantiques\'?... ... then look no further.     Lapada dates for your diaries at Berkerly Square. The LAPADA Art & Antiques Fair in Berkeley Square, Mayfair, London is this Autumn\'s must-visit event for sourcing and buying fine art...
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Shop this week's new listings - July 2014
  Watch our new film to get the inside scoop   https://vimeo.com/99321848 Cowes Week is here again We are collaborating with K1 Britannica in the heart of Cowes to showcase a collection of rare and exciting nautical antiques during this years...
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The Wick Antiques Menagerie - June 2014
Step aside Noah. Wick Antiques seems to be attracting animals left, right and center and our website is looking positively ‘Ark-like’. We have a wonderful collection of fine quality bronzes, ivories and carvings, and many more characterful creatures to come...
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