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Oxfordshire fair postponed

18 October 2021

Joy O’Meara of Jay Fairs has announced that the antiques and collectors’ fair scheduled for Sunday, November 21, at the parish hall in the Oxfordshire village of Benson has been cancelled.

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Oxfordshire fair: Move away from the mass market and reclaim your home

27 September 2021

Taken at the last Reclaimed Home Fair in Chipping Norton’s town hall in October 2019, this image below shows some of the delights that are likely to await buyers to this Cotswolds fair, co-organised by dealers Dorothy Stiven and Heather Lawson.

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The hat fits for Lutyens

13 September 2021

Sir Edwin Lutyens (1869-1944) designed a number of daring light fittings for his architectural projects – all of them rare and desirable objects.

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Meet the Henley upcycling specialist with an eight-week waiting list

06 September 2021

Henley-on-Thames interior designer Sharon Ingoldby, aka The Restoration Queen, is working flat out on upcycling projects.

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Dealer offers Rich pickings

30 August 2021

A new dealer at the Henley Décor Fair later this month will be Alexander ‘Sandy’ Rich of Tregeagle Fine Art.

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Sisters' sampler skills on show at Mallams' auction

30 August 2021

Samplers made by siblings or generations of the same family can attract a significant commercial premium.

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Traditional Boat Festival is back at Henley

16 August 2021

After a year’s absence, Lady McAlpine’s four-day Thames Traditional Boat Festival is returning to Henley to run on Fawley Meadows from Friday to Monday, August 27-30.

Richard Whittle of Whittle Antik

5 Questions: Oxfordshire dealer Richard Whittle

09 August 2021

Richard Whittle founded Whittle Antik in Oxfordshire earlier this year and offers a range of objects from 18th century oak to naïve folk art, Mid-century furniture, taxidermy and Contemporary art.

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Rare Commonwealth goblet makes 19-times estimate at Mallams

05 July 2021

Mallams’ (25% buyer’s premium) Jewellery, Watches and Silver sale included this Commonwealth silver wine goblet.

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Flying in for the Henley Decor after last-minute site change

05 July 2021

Despite a last minute move to a new site, the Henley Décor Fair at the end of May was a big success, said organiser Gary Wallis.

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Room full of affordable options at Mallams

21 June 2021

The Home and Garden sale at Mallams in Abingdon on July 5 includes a range of affordable furnishings from a range of properties in the Thames Valley region.

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Present from Thai king to King of Rock ‘n’ Roll

07 June 2021

A combination cigarette case and lighter given to Elvis Presley by the king of Thailand sold for six times its top estimate.

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Cecil Beaton celebrated as photography show takes place

07 June 2021

With a major photography exhibition under way at Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire dedicated to celebrity portraits by Cecil Beaton, two satellite shows open their doors celebrating the British photographer’s costume designs and theatrical pictures.

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The £36,000 tale of Maud Lewis and her $10 oils

24 May 2021

A group of naive oils found boxed up during a house move drew strong interest at Hanson Holloway’s Ross (25% buyer’s premium), making a combined £36,000.

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Funding call for Cotswold retreat of Arts and Crafts pioneer William Morris

20 May 2021

A funding call for the restoration of the Cotswold retreat of William Morris (1834-96) is underway and the trade have already helped the campaign.

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Fairs updates in Oxfordshire and Bath

17 May 2021

Joy O’Meara of Jay Fairs is disappointed but sanguine about the news that the parish hall in the Oxfordshire village of Benson will close for refurbishment from June to October, thus causing her to cancel her monthly antique and vintage fairs at the venue.

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Henley event causes ripples of excitement

10 May 2021

Organiser of event by the Thames is buoyed up by record number of stands confirmed

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Heroic price at 10 times top estimate

08 March 2021

Given a modest estimate of £100-150 in a January 3 sale at Oxfordshire auction house Jones & Jacob (18% buyer’s premium), an edition of Hero & Leander published in 1949 by Christopher Sandford sold instead at £1500.

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Rare Ernest Townsend still life blooms at auction

01 March 2021

A painting by Derby artist Ernest Townsend (1880-1944) was among the works that caused something of a surprise at auction early this year.

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Arty eccentricity turns heads at Dreweatt's Aynhoe Park sale

22 February 2021

James Perkins, the co-founder of rave music promoter Fantazia, kept an eclectic collection of Contemporary art at Aynhoe Park in Oxfordshire.