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Chelsea Fair postponed

Sadly, due to unforeseen circumstances, we have been forced to postpone the Chelsea Antiques & Fine Art Fair in The Old Town Hall on the Kings Road in the first week of November. This is very disappointing as we were looking forward to seeing old friends again and meeting many new ones. However, not all is gloom and despair as have we have already held another photoshoot, so all the things we would have brought with us are available to view on our website This five section William IV Goncalo Alves bookcase (nearly 10 feet wide) would have been perfect, across the back of the stand, for displaying our extensive collection of 20th century Japanese cloisonne vases and bronzes, if I had had my way. Charlie would doubtless have wanted it for navigational instruments and relics from great naval battleships.

We had earmarked the jaguar panel from last month’s newsletter to hang above the bookcase while the beautiful Victorian pollard oak table above would have filled the central space. This table is in the manner of George Bridgens, who supplied much of the gothic furniture at Abbotsford built on the River Tweed in Scotland by the novelist and poet Sir Walter Scott.

Scotland is also the subject matter of these landscape oil paintings by J R Wallace Orr. One is of Ocharton Bay and the other Auchencairn Bay. James Wallace Orr was well-known painter, printmaker and teacher at the Glasgow Academy. He won the Distinguished Flying Cross in WWII and exhibited at the Royal Academy, the Royal Scottish Academy and the Royal Glasgow Institute of The Fine Arts, amongst others.

This pair of solid olive wood tables are small enough to fit anywhere on the stand and therefore would be ideal for a London home.

As usual Charlie has found some interesting and unusual pieces. Above is a late Victorian ebonized freestanding folio stand with five divisions created by multiple turned spindles.

Our featured work of art this month is a superlative gold and agate snuff box belonging to Anne, first Duchess of Buccleuch which dates from the 17th century.

The Duchess of Buccleuch Snuff Box

This snuff box has a fine engraved armorial on the base. The combination of the crest and the cypher has allowed a precise identification of the original owner of the box to be made. The cypher incorporates the letters B A B for Anne, 1st Duchess of Buccleuch.

This, in combination with the crest which is for the Scott family and the Ducal coronet, means that the piece can only have been made for a member of the Ducal Buccleuch family.

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