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October 2013

Day with a Dealer by Antiques Are Green
DAY WITH A DEALER - SPENCER SWAFFER, Open for business seven days a week for nearly 40 years…….. www.spencerswaffer.co.uk Ask Spencer Swaffer how he got into the trade and he'll tell you: "It feels like I've always been a dealer! Even my dog is called "Dealer." Not my idea, it's his pedigree name that came with him!"’ In fact the road to his 6,000 squa...
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IACF to Fight VAT Attack by Antiques Are Green
A statement from International Antiques & Collectors Fairs Ltd (IACF) NEW VAT RULING COULD RESULT IN PITCH PRICES RISING BY 20% IACF Ltd have joined forces with Nelson Events to fight HMRC - the taxman, on behalf of the antiques trade, about a new VAT ruling that could see dealers across the UK facing a 20% rise in stall charges. The rental of a pitch at a fair has, until now, been exemp...
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Chris Oxley Invites Clients Behind the Scenes o... by Antiques Are Green
Chris Oxley, joint runner up in the National Antiques Week Young Guns of the Trade Awards and son of the late distinguished clock dealer Michael Oxley, talks about the new company web site for www.lapada.org and www.cotswolds-antiques-art.com members P A Oxley Antique Clocks The Sixties was an important decade in human history. For one thing we landed on the moon for the first time and t...
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Antiques & Collectables Expert by Mark Hill
It’s a thorny one, this. I might not make many new friends, but dealers, auction house specialists and other ‘experts’ (if you really want to use that word) will undoubtedly nod knowingly. They may even sigh in agreement. Let me start this off by saying that, like any normal, adjusted and sociable human being, most people who work in antiques, collectables and 20thC design ar...
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My name is George & I am addicted to old Stuff! by George Johnson
‘My name is George & I am addicted to old Stuff!’ it has taken me many years to realise but being an antique dealer is an addiction. I suppose it’s only because of the addictive nature of the trade that some of us still do it, as the antiques trade can be a wicked mistress. How many of us have been soaked to the skin while we tramp around fairs or boot sales looking for t...
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May 2013

A Studio Pottery Vase, A Fantastical Bird & The... by Mark Hill
The only reason you should buy any antique or collectable is because you like it. My problem is that I find objects that I like all too frequently, be they online, at a fair or in a shop. It’s almost like a disease, but a pleasant one I guess! Before last week’s Antiques Roadshow at Polesden Lacey in Surrey, I popped into Dorking to do all the antiques shops and centres along West S...
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March 2013

‘Flower Painter’ Mid-Century Italian Cerami... by Mark Hill
A few months ago, I published a post about some exciting new Italian ceramics by the mysterious ‘Flower Painter’ that I had found. You can read the post by clicking here. As they sadly didn’t reveal the identity of the designer or factory, but just tantalised with more clues, I set the challenge of finding out more. A number of you very kindly got back to me with different na...
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