Vol 50 No.3


The Journal of the Antique Collectors’ Club


July/August 2015



3 Editorial: John Andrews rallies readers to make the most of the

‘Boot Fair’ season 8 Around the Houses:A look at the best-selling and more unusual recent sales, including a stuffed kakapo and an original pram 14 News and Views:A round up of the latest news from the world of antiques and collecting including the sale of a Steggles’ poster and a disappearing doll 25 Top of the Lots:A preview of the highlights from upcoming auctions 30 In with the Old: Edd Thomas reveals the latest collecting craze –

vintage electronics 31 Letters: Including correspondence from Sweden, Las Vegas and Nice 40 Cool and Collectable: Discover how to invest in sporting collectables with memorabilia expert Paul Fraser 50 Market Report: John Andrews reviews Bonhams Oxford’s penultimate oak sale 52 Book offers: Make the most of our exclusive summer deals 54 Fairs Calendar:A round up of the fairs taking place in July and August 58 Auction Calendar: Plan your month with our essential guide 64 Battie by Nature: David Battie considers the Ex Libris and its attempts to unite reader and book

Publisher: Diana Steel Managing Editor: John Andrews Editor: Georgina Wroe Designers: Sandra Pond and Stephen Farrow Advertising: Paul Cawthorn 01394 389956 E: paul.cawthorn@antique-acc.com Subscriptions: Jill Cousens +44 (0)1394 389957 E: jill.cousens@antique-acc.com Published by Antique Collectors’ Club Ltd, Sandy Lane, Old Martlesham, Woodbridge, Suffolk IP12 4SD, England. +44 (0)1394 389950 F: +44 (0)1394 389999 E: magazine@antique-acc.com W: www.antique-collecting.co.uk. Antique Collecting: subscription £32 for 10 issues or £21 for 6 issues. ISSN: 0003-584X





4 True Blue: Antique Collecting looks at the boom in Blue John and profiles an exhibition touring the country this summer 12 Murray Mint:A profile of the ceramicist Keith Murray whose work is back in vogue 18 All at Sea:Art expert Richard Kay considers the work of maritime artists and reveals what to look for in a seascape 26 The Thr-Lille of the Chase: John Wade provides an insider’s guide to the biggest flea market in Europe 34 Art of Stone: Former V&A curator James Yorke on pietre dure and the art of the Italian masters 42 Hart to Hart: How innovative designs from the Guild of Handicraft continue to influence today’s silversmiths 46 In the Bag:Accessories expert Meg Randell on the designer bags which are appreciating faster than wine or property