Antiques expert at Helmsley luncheon to help raise funds for St Leonard’s Hospice

TV presenter and antiques expert Caroline Hawley will be speaker and guest of honour at a summer luncheon in Helmsley in aid of St Leonard’s Hospice next month.

On Friday, July 12, from noon, guests will enjoy a delicious two course lunch at the Feversham Arms.

They can then sit back and hear some tales from the antiques world from Caroline Hawley, star of Bargain Hunt, Flog-it and Put Your Money.

After the talk, Caroline will also be offering valuations, so for anyone who has an object they have always wanted to know more about this could be the perfect opportunity.

Caroline said: “It’s going to be a fabulous event at The Feversham Arms in Helmsley.

“I’m going to give a talk on the antique market today – what’s in, what’s out, what’s hot and what’s not!

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17th-century Chinese incense burner sold for $4.9M

Family used it to hold tennis balls

(CNN) – A bronze bowl that was being used by a family to store tennis balls has sold for $4.9 million (4.8 million Swiss francs).

Experts from Swiss auctioneers Koller Auctions were valuing items at the family home when they spotted the bowl, a parcel-gilt bronze incense burner with phoenix heads for handles.

“When they saw the bowl, they were amazed. They’d never seen anything quite like it,” Karl Green, head of media relations and marketing for Koller Auctions, told CNN.

The bowl, believed to be from the late 17th century, had belonged to the Swiss family for years after being brought to Europe from after a trip to China. According to Green, the family offered the bowl to a museum in Berlin, but the museum had no interest in the piece.

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Why the Round Top Antiques Fair Should Be Your Next Texas Road Trip Destination

Twice a year, hundreds of antique addicts and self-described “junkers” descend upon Round Top, Texas (population 90) for an all-out shopping soiree. The Round Top Antiques Fair started 49 years ago and has since become a spring staple. The 2017 Spring Antiques Fair opens on March 27. Here’s why you should go, what you should know and how to bring home the antique find of your dreams.

Antiques Abound
Usually all that can be seen on the side of Highway 237 in Fayette County is bluebonnets and Hereford cows. But in late March, roadside tents start popping up from La Grange to Schulenburg, part of what’s known as the “Roundtopolis,” where dedicated antique-slingers can be found selling their wares. The massive antique show can be a little overwhelming to the novice shopper, so don’t try to see everything in just one day. To start, here a few of the big names in the world of antique dealers.

The Big Red Barn

This antique show in a 30,000 square-foot barn is part of the Original Round Top Antiques Fair and is known as the show that started it all. The success of the first gathering lead to more and more antiques shows each year. The Big Red Barn show is meticulously curated and specializes in early Americana and Continental furniture. Go here if you’re looking to find the perfect piece to complete your living room set. They even have folks onsite to help you carry and pack up your finds. The show runs from March 27 through April 1.

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The Beauty of Early Walnut

There are two periods of English furniture when walnut was the most popular cabinet timber. The first, known as the ‘Early Walnut’ period dates from 1680 to about 1740, or sometime during the reign of George II, when the newly imported mahogany began to gain in popularity.

Much prized by cabinetmakers for its strength and decorative figure, “Juglans Regia” or English walnut, was not in fact native to England, but was introduced from Europe, possibly by the Romans.


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