The last few months have been really exciting for us and still continues into 2017.
We had been working on securing a sale for a superb important late 15th century Venetian enamelled and gilt blue-tinted standing bowl. We felt that the bowl belonged in a Museum, so we started our research covering a number of continents, we designed a brochure as we felt the piece deserved its own special PR.
When we first started we told ourselves that it could take sometime before we found a home. But on a trip to Chicago we made contact with a person who was very impressed and this led to an introduction to a fellow colleague, who we subsequently met in London. He was from the Chicago Institute of Art, and that is where the Venetian Bowl is now homed, naturally, it was sold for a substantial six figure amount.
We have become members of The Cotswold Art and Antiques Dealers’ Association, CADA for short., and will be exhibiting at Blenheim Palace with the Association, from the 30th March to 2nd April.
We have recently sold some early glass to a top dealer in Paris, in fact we are going to Paris to meet a few dealers this week. Also, we have sold to a top glass dealer in Amsterdam.
Movement is being seen in our inquiries and turning into nice sales, so we are hoping that this will continue making a mark in the market for Mayflower Antiques.
We would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a successful 2017.
We have carried out an excellent ‘photo shoot’ for our new pieces and at the same time updating some of our old ‘photo shoots’ on current pieces. The standard is higher, our aim is to have all our pieces taken by ‘Fellows Photographic Services’. The new images will be on our website very shortly.
We have several new projects underway and hopefully over the next few weeks we will be able to share these with you.
We plan to visit Paris later on in the year and are still following up on the sale of our very unique piece of early Venetian glass, at present we are concentrating in the USA.
Social Me still continue to give us a Social Media presence, it is very pleasing to know we have a very strong following through various outlets. At the same time networking continues.
We have deferred exhibiting at fairs until early 2017, but we shall certainly keep you informed when we do.
We had a first class visit to Masstricht, met dealers that we knew and the same time met some new dealers that we did not know.
We took some great stand shots for for inspiration of how we would like to design our stands for upcoming fairs. We love that at Tefafa Exhibitors change their stand ideas each year giving a fresh and exciting appearance.
We purchased two early pieces that will soon be on our website, both are very rare, naturally we are excited with the expansion of out stock.
Four of our pieces were shown on ITV Masterpiece in February and March which was great Fun. These can be seen on our Social Media.
Networking continues running alongside the work of Social Me which is so vital for us.
We look Forward to a busy and exciting summer.
2016 is already building up to be a busy year.
In February we are attending the LAPADA conference at the House of Commons. This year the theme is how we as Antique dealers can be more prominent and utilise our own websites and the Social Media to obtain sales. This method is increasing daily and will be such a force for us, LAPADA have gained some first class ‘speakers’ for the conference.
Once again we shall be visiting Maastricht in March to meet fellow dealers and to gain more ideas for when we exhibit later on in the year.
We shall also be visiting Paris and following up on sales for our very unique piece of early Venetian glass, which we are hoping to home in one of the large museums either in Europe or the USA.
Later on in the year we will be exhibiting in London.
Social Me continue to promote Mayflower Antiques and are giving us new ideas all the time to break into a new exciting frontier.
THE PARTNERS OF MAYFLOWER ANTIQUES
The Autumn has been exciting for us. Our main project was our trip to the USA, combining New York, Upstate New York at the Corning Museum and Chicago.
Our trip was based on our Glass collection which is nicely increasing. We went to Amsterdam in September to a private viewing and bought two beautiful early pieces from a very established dealer.
More photo shoots have been carried out, so our website should be vitalised with new pieces and with combining some upgrading of our original shots. We realise the vital importance of keeping our website ‘alive’ and with high quality photography.
In October we were asked to produce a few pieces for a television programme which will be on air in early Spring. It was a very different day for us, as we watched it being shot, now we have some idea of what goes on when filming and then to see what we see on the actual programme on the television. One must have great patience!!!
We are very much looking forward to the launch of LAPADA’S new website which should be any day now. A great deal of hard work has gone into this and we are confident that it will provide excellent business for LAPADA dealers.
Zara Rowe of Social Me continues to do first class work for Mayflower Antiques, our presence on Social Media is increasing all the time.