Kieran and Amanda Mathewson are the new generation of dealers that run their business from home. We find out how that works, and how they started out on their adventure that has become River and Jones...
Almost 12 years ago, as a young man, Kieran Mathewson started up his antiques business. He took inspiration from everything he loved about life, his childhood adventures in Africa and his rural life in England. He began by buying interesting items that reflected his personality, and it soon became apparent that others were drawn to these items too!
So, have we all been dead busy here putting together a spectacular issue for your delight and delectation? Have we searched high and low for the top stories to keep the VE reader’s nger on the design pulse? We certainly have!
We give you the low-down on Ray Harryhausen – master of model stop-motion animation – and check out his incredible creations of movie monsters and artefacts going under the hammer in Surrey this month. But that’s just the beginning, because this issue is bursting with so many goodies.
Step through the small door at 135 All Saints Street, and you'll journey back in time to a forgotten and truly magical world.
Once, long ago in the depths of winter, when the sun had left the sky and the sea had ghosted into grey, threads of smoke began to rise from the dwellings huddled in Hastings’ old fishing quarter. Fires were being lit, bread was being baked and little lights began twinkling behind the tightly shuttered windows at 135 All Saints Street – a Christmas tale had begun.
If you’ve ever owned a piece of costume jewellery, it’s most likely to have its origins in Czechoslovakia. Gemma Redmond explains why.
Many pieces of Czech jewellery feature metalwork designs. These were often created from machine stamps, engraved so that the metal would represent elaborate and delicate fliligree work. There was a lot of technique involved in the creating of these stamps, the cutting, forming and setting of the metal, and those who produced these components were called ‘Gürtler’ or belt makers – because these were the items that were made in abundance.
Concrete buildings, replaces, furniture, lighting, sculpture and jewellery – once you start looking, Brutalism can be found just about everywhere!
But what exactly is Brutalism? The Brutalist label can be applied to the work of a number of architects working in the 1950s, 60s and 70s – such as British couple Alison and Peter Smithson, Swiss-French architect Le Corbusier, and Miles Warren from New Zealand. They all used contemporary materials and techniques to create buildings that sat comfortably with the geography.
You don’t need to be an explorer to embrace the exotic at home, explains Karyn Sparks The arrival of tribal art in the first half of the 20th century awoke something in the Western world. The cultural diversity of these beautifully shaped objects captured the eye of the collector and art lover and has been one of the most interesting sectors of the trade to evolve over recent years.
At midday on 6th October 1990 John Trevillian stepped into a three-bedroomed, semi-detached, ex-council house in Essex and started a personal journey that grew into a 25-year project: To take a standard English dwelling and transform it into a wonderland of inspirational locations, each set in a different time and place.
A rare John Bartlam teapot has been discovered by Ceramics and Glass specialist Clare Durham at Woolley and Wallis. A fascinating find, it is only the seventh piece of Bartlam porcelain to have been unearthed, with the other six now residing in the US, spread between private collections and museums.
Duke’s of Dorchester are delighted to be handling a private collection of over thirty works by artist Edward D’Arcy Lister A.R.C.A. painted during his life in Dorset. Lister was born in 1911 in Horsforth, Leeds, he studied at Leeds College of Art between 1928-33 and at the Royal College of Art under Gilbert Spencer between 1933-37. He exhibited at the Royal Academy and also in the Provinces.
Peter Francis are a professionally qualified, long established company of Valuers and Auctioneers operating throughout Wales and the UK . Specialising in regular auction sales of Antiques, Fine Arts, and Collectors items, with general Effects and Chattels. Their online bidding systems attract buyers from across the UK and around the World.
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