Sandra Cronan are about to touch down in New York for a fabulous new antique fair taking place from 27th-30th October. The Art & Antique Dealer’s League of America are hosting an exhibition in New York and we are pleased to be joining 25 other gallerists and dealers bringing Old Master drawings, Indian bronzes, English furniture and rare books, not to mention jewellery of course. This inaugural fair is a must-see.
Don’t miss the chance to explore a wide range of antiques at the first fair overseen by the Art and Antique Dealers League of America.
Dates: October 27-30, 2017
Church of St. Ignatius Loyola
980 Park Avenue at 84th St
New York, N.Y. 10028
New Event Alert! We are thrilled to be taking part in a new event this October with the British Antique Dealer’s Association at The Lanesborough, here in London.
BADA (The British Antique Dealers’ Association) is delighted to be partnering with London’s finest residence The Lanesborough on the launch of an intimate new selling experience for collectors, curators, art professionals and interior designers.
‘BADA Collection at The Lanesborough’, will run from October 6-8, 2017, showcasing an unrivalled selection of art, design and antiques at the masterpiece hotel, overlooking London’s Hyde Park Corner.
The three-day microfair has been designed to complement and enhance London’s existing autumn arts programme which includes PAD London, Frieze Masters and the Battersea Decorative Fair.
The curated event will offer visitors the opportunity to meet with 13 of BADA’s leading experts, benefit from their extensive knowledge and browse exceptional items in specialisms including traditional art, ceramics and fine furniture.
Marco Forgione, CEO of BADA, said: “BADA is committed to creating innovative experiences which offer buyers and collectors fresh opportunities to discover the very finest art, design and antiques. As such, I am delighted to partner with one of London’s most elegant and iconic grand residences, The Lanesborough.
“Situated between Knightsbridge, Belgravia and Buckingham Palace, at the very heart of London’s fine art and antiques community, BADA Collection at The Lanesborough offers a carefully curated experience for guests and visitors to unearth items of exceptional quality.”
2016 was, according to almost anyone you ask, a turbulent year. Political storms aside, we carried on regardless and are pleased to say we survived!
We kicked off our first show in Miami, at the Original Miami Beach Antique Show, as per usual. It never hurts to get a bit of sunshine in late January, not to mention sell some lovely pieces in the Sunshine State, and bring some goodies back home!
We welcomedrenowned jewellery blogger Liza Urla and guests into our gallery for a Valentine’s champagne reception, with Sandra talking on sentimental jewellery, and the theme of love in jewellery. Such a fabulous and fitting subject, with many jewels to talk about, from the romantic language of flowers, to more obviously sentimental heart themed jewels. The event was great fun and we met some lovely new clients.
March brought the BADA Fair, and with Sandra being head of the jewellery vetting committee (did you know she was the first female member of BADA?) it was a successful and busy show. We have done it for many many years now but the new director Marco Forgione and his team have really freshened up the fair in Duke of York Square and we enjoyed a new feel to the fair.
Before we knew it we were gearing up for Masterpiece London in June which opened just as the Brexit result was announced! There was an unsettled mood in the build-up but it proved to be a very successful fair for us, especially with our clients from over the pond. There is no fair like Masterpiece, it is undeniably a high end glamorous affair and we welcomed visitors to the stand from all over the world. We look forward to this year’s fair in Chelsea.
A welcome break over the summer gave us all some much needed time off and we all went our separate ways to enjoy some down time, to prepare us for the busy times ahead. It never fails to surprise me how the phone magically starts ringing again at the start of September! We have taken on some important commissions this year, these projects always take time, from the conception of the design, with all the tweaking involved to get it ‘just right’ and then often again once the piece has been made. We have restored French amethyst Royal suites, upgraded diamond engagement rings, re-modelled necklaces including lengthening a very important diamond necklace from the 1950s and made an incredible 1940s style cocktail ring for a client using her large emerald that her husband purchased for her several years ago, in anticipation of us partnering with his wife to make her dream ring. It’s always a challenge, but an enjoyable one, made so worthwhile by the client who we always ensure is over the moon by the end of it.
A trip to New York in November for the Fall Show proved a source of some wonderful goodies, and gave us a chance to catch up with our lovely clients based over in the States, email and phone is all very well, but it’s great to see people in person!
We were joined once again by Liza Urla and her guests for another event in the gallery in December, this time focusing on a vast collection on ‘Bugs & Butterflies’ that we have acquired, and we were able to give her guests a sneak preview of what was an unprecedented and important collection of jewels. These bejewelled creatures were the sum of a collection built up over 30 years by a client and friend of Sandra, which is now for sale. Liza had great fun modelling these spectacular creations, all antique and of the most wonderful quality.
Not being a shop on the ground floor, we don’t normally experience a huge Christmas ‘rush’, rather, our clients usually buy throughout the year for special occasions and make purchases as and when the ‘right’ piece comes in. Those who love antique jewellery know only too well that these unique jewels need to be snapped up, it’s heart-breaking when a client comes in to ask about a piece they saw a month ago, only to find it has already sold! Saying this, we did enjoy a busy Christmas period, helping some clients out with their gifts and partnering jewels with the owners they were destined for. We can always search for and find anything, given enough time, nothing is impossible!
So Happy New Year, and let’s hope that 2017 is perhaps a little less turbulent, however likely or unlikely that it, but most of all, filled with wonderful jewellery!
We are packing our bags and are off to New York very soon for the New York Fall Show, organised by the Palm Beach Show Group. It is the first time we have taken part in this exhibition and it takes place on Pier 94 on 12th Avenue and 54th Street. The opening night and preview party takes place on Wednesday 9th November and the show opens to the public on Thursday 10th, running until Sunday 13th November.
There is a strong exhibitor list we are happy to join, covering not just fine antique jewellery like us, but much more. The Show will be ”presenting preeminent exhibitors showcasing impressive collections of antique and estate jewelry, Asian antiquities, sculpture, textiles, American and European silver, furniture, fine art and more. The Palm Beach Show Group proudly brings their highly respected production expertise and carefully cultivated dealer relationships to New York City. Enjoy shopping for the unique, the rare, and the one-of-a-kind at a world-class venue.”
Do join us if you are in the area and if you haven’t received a ticket, and would like one, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
On Tuesday 13th September we look forward to the opening of the annual LAPADA Fair, taking place once again in the beautiful Berkley Square. At the heart of the modern, cosmopolitan city yet steeped in historical resonance, the location could not be more fitting. Since its inception in 2009, the LAPADA Art & Antiques Fair has grown to become a foremost international showcase for art and antiques, as well as one of the most prestigious events on the London social calendar. 100 exhibitors present work from across the art, antiques, design and decorative arts spectrum. Including jewellery, furniture, carpets, tapestries, antiquities, clocks, ceramics, silver and fine art, authenticity is assured thanks to a 70-member specialist committee pre-vetting everything on sale. So do come and join us, and please get in touch if we can put a ticket on the door for you.
One particular jewel we are excited to be bringing with us is our beautiful Marcus bracelet:
An important Art Deco bracelet formed from multiple square panels, alternating pavé diamond set sections and sugarloaf cabochon emeralds, framed with calibre cut onyx. Mounted in platinum. American, circa 1925. Signed Marcus.
This bracelet is not only a beautiful example of the bold use of colour that is typical of the Art Deco period, but also displays the popular use of monochrome, seen here in the white diamonds and black onyx. The Art Deco period was primarily devoted to geometry, and here you can see the neat lines and borders, a regular pattern repeated throughout and this jewel epitomises the Movement.
Marcus & Co. was a jewellery house of the very highest esteem, not surprising since Hermann Marcus, the company’s German founder, began his career in America with Tiffany & Co, having left Dresden for New York in the 1850s. He also worked alongside T.B. Star, in the firm Star & Marcus, and it must be said that Marcus had an impressive introduction into the industry. His company prospered throughout the first half of the 20th century and continued to make outstanding jewellery until the 1960s when he merged with Black, Starr & Frost in 1962, although his best work is known to be from the 1920s and 30s.