We are well into Summer after an exciting few months for Mayflower Antiques.
For the second year running, the CADA Fair at Blenheim Palace was very successful for us. Into its 7th year now, The Cotswold’s Art and Antique Dealers’ Association Fair has gone from strength to strength, and is now a destination for collectors, art consultants, interior designers and the public alike, and we are very pleased to be part of the team.
Next Year the CADA fair is scheduled for the latter part of February, so hopefully we will not get snowed in! Naturally we will be sending out tickets in the New Year.
We have had a number of recent trips to Europe, both selling and buying, particularly some superb glass acquisitions from Paris. A trip also to Belgium to introduce ourselves to Easyfairs, who are the organisers of Eurantica, Brussels and Antica, Namur.
Our recent acquisitions in glass have provided the stimulus for us to start working on writing our first Catalogue to be titled ‘The Art of Imitation – European Glassmaking 1450-1700’. We hope it will be ready to go to print in the Autumn.
We do hope the rest of the Summer will be enjoyable for you.
Our latest pieces can be viewed on our European Silver page.
We do hope you all had a good Festive Season and are now looking forward to a Happy and Prosperous 2018.
In 2017 we purchased some very rare special new pieces which can now be seen on our website, LAPADA’s website and now Online Galleries.
We will be exhibiting again with CADA at Blenheim Palace, the dates are the 19th to the 22nd April, 2018, we will be sending out invitations nearer the time.
So far as fairs are concerned, our other aim in 2018 is to find the right fair in Europe for the Autumn.
We are continuing to carry out research in conjunction with the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, on one of our pieces, which is a very interesting project.
As always Mayflower seeks to find and research these rare early high quality pieces, maintaining the high standard that we have always held.
We plan to visit Lisbon in the Spring and return to Paris and Amsterdam which we hold great fondness for.
We will be sending out a Spring Newsletter with a further update of our activities.
We would like to take this opportunity to wish you all A Very Happy New Year!
In September 1620, a small ship called the Mayflower left Plymouth, England, carrying 102 passengers—an assortment of religious separatists seeking a new home where they could freely practice their faith and other individuals lured by the promise of prosperity and land ownership in the New World.
Mayflower Antiques wish great happiness to all the Pilgrims
and their children who were so brave in seeking a new life.
We are proud to specialise in this exciting period of history and
we will always remember their courage.
We will be bringing new and exciting pieces to our website over the next few months and are looking forward to 2018, which is shaping up to be a very exciting year for Mayflower Antiques!
We had a very good CADA fair at Blenheim Palace in the Spring. Besides
a magnificent venue the atmosphere and the intimacy of the fair was really
Later on in the Spring we had a few days in Paris, on two occasions searching
for early glass. On one visit we were delighted to bring back a very early glass
Ewer and on the other an early mirror and casket, all depicted in the below
images, we are returning to Paris at the end of the month to collect two more
very beautiful pieces.
We are now members of Online Galleries, this will enable us to reach a wider
international audience, pieces from our website will continually be updated by
In the Autumn we are exhibiting with LAPADA at Berkeley Square. We are
excited to be there this year after a break of two years. You can find us on
We are building up our connections with Europe and are hoping to exhibit at
a fair there next year. There is plenty on our agenda for the forthcoming months.
We wish you all a very happy summer.
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.