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VE45 - APRIL/MAY 2019 - CONTENTS

Home & Garden Kitsch - Part two of a series about 1950s Kitsch ceramics. This time we take a look at how different manufacturers approached the themes of homeware, plants and food in a similar way

Decorative Salvage - Period plant pots, cast iron windows re-purposed into mirrors, decorative copper lanterns and wrought iron garden chairs – bringing salvage indoors has never been more popular!

Holding Their Own - Willy Guhl’s extraordinary Mid-century planters

Ecclesiastical Proportions - If a modern house is your idea of a living hell, then perhaps a converted church could be your idea of heaven above?

Dutch Master - Gerrit Rietveld was one of the most important architects and designers Holland has ever known

Nine Fabulous Vintage Events - A guide to the best vintage and motoring events coming up this Spring /Summer!

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Trading Places - Kieran Mathewson of River & Jones questions four fellow dealers to discover their take on the trade


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TRADING PLACES - APRIL/MAY 2019

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Hard to believe but it was this time last year that I started writing for VE. It has been such a privilege having the opportunity to talk to and get to know so many fantastic dealers, who all have great stories to tell. Although the dealers featured have all developed their own unique ‘look’ and have their own directions, there are a few things that echo from issue to issue, from dealer to dealer. Being an antiques dealer isn’t a choice, not a conscious one anyway. It’s a passion, a calling that couldn’t be ignored, just something that felt right... I often hear: “It’s not a job”. What makes being an antiques dealer special is their motive, their reason for doing what they do.

It’s a feeling, often first felt as a child growing up around ‘beautiful things’, followed by a realisation that the feeling doesn’t have to go away, it can become a way of life, one that offers excitement and most importantly, freedom. It’s rarely about money, but about that ‘feeling’ – it’s a high that dealers continue to chase.

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