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The Art of Drink – Mayflower Antiques

Mayflower Antiques

We are delighted to present our new Catalogue ‘The Art of Drink’. This showcases a rare and interesting selection of early silver drink related vessels of various origins, styles and types. [Click to view pdf copy] Hard copies of the Catalogue are available on request. Just email your name and address to us and we shall be pleased to send a copy to you.

Over the past two years, we have continued to expand our stock, and to work with The Antique Marketing Company, and the 2Covet, LAPADA and CADA websites to promote it.

A particularly refreshing aspect to the present market is the re emergence of the various fairs, following the lifting of Covid restrictions. We shall be visiting the TEFAF fair at Maastricht at the end of June, to renew contacts and hopefully source some new acquisitions.

Mayflower will be exhibiting at the CADA fair to be held at Compton Verney, Warwickshire, Thursday 13th October to Sunday 16th October inclusive. Tickets will be available in the next few weeks, so please put the dates in the diary and we shall of course be delighted to welcome you.

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New Year – January 2020

We would like to wish all our clients, contacts and friends a very happy, healthy and successful New Year. 2020 does of course mark the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower.

This anniversary will no doubt be the cause of much celebration during the year on both sides of the Atlantic, particularly in the autumn when the voyage took place. 

Our first Catalogue, which is entitled ‘The Art of Imitation – European Glassmaking 1450 to 1700‘, has now been produced, and we have been busy over the past few weeks sending it out to clients, museums and contacts both abroad and here in the UK.

A pdf version of the Catalogue is being attached to this newsletter, please click the link above. If you would like one or more printed copies, please e-mail your details, and we shall be gladly post these to you. Online, we continue to build our presence.

Towards the end of last year, we cancelled our membership with 1st dibs and now work with 2Covet. – We continue to work with LAPADA, CADA and Barneby’s. We have many new acquisitions which we shall be posting on these and our own website during the coming months. The CADA fair which we have exhibited at the last 3 years is changing it’s venue this year to the Compton Verney Art Gallery, near Stratford upon Avon and close to the M40 junction. It will be held 15th to 18th October 2020. Tickets will be available nearer the time.

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Spring Newsletter 2019

Spring Newsletter 2019

We are pleased to report that the CADA fair at Blenheim Palace, 21st to 24th February, was successful for us. We followed it with a visit to the TEFAF fair at Maastricht in mid March.

During the past 18 months we have been fortunate enough to acquire many more rare and interesting early pieces to add to our stock. Silver from Iberia and it’s colonies have always been of particular interest to us, and we include below four such pieces. All of them are marked either with a town or maker’s mark or both. These and several other new pieces can now be seen on our website.

We are pleased to say the business continues to make excellent progress by personal networking and various social media outlets. Available items appear regularly on 1stdibs, Online Galleries, Barnebys, LAPADA and CADA websites.

Our first Catalogue is still a ‘work in progress’. We are expecting it to be ready for launch in the autumn. It will include several new glass acquisitions. The focus is on the early glassmakers’ quest to produce recipes to mimic natural stones and minerals, rock crystal of course being a prime example. Few early rock crystal pieces survive. Our stock now includes a number of such pieces to compliment our glass collection. The research for the Catalogue is proving to be extremely interesting, but far more difficult and time consuming than originally envisaged.

As to forthcoming fairs, CADA next Spring is a must for us. If we decide to do any other fair between now and then, full details will of course be posted on our website well in advance.

We do wish all our clients and contacts a healthy and successful year ahead.

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Summer Newsletter 2018

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.