UK Antiques Dealer Travels Back In Time

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A superb collection of fine antiques from the greatest period of English cabinetmaking features in ‘A Midsummer’s Day, Sunrise to Sunset in a Georgian Home’, the Annual Summer Exhibition to be held at W.R. Harvey & Co. from 1st - 30th June 2013.

"There has never been a better time to invest in authentic Georgian antiques." - David Harvey

A Midsummer’s Day, Sunrise to Sunset in a Georgian Home

This timeless display transports the visitor from the present to the past through specially created room sets at W.R. Harvey’s showrooms at 86 Corn Street. Carefully assembled using a wide range of fine quality period pieces, the room sets take the visitor on a journey through the daily life of a home predominantly furnished and decorated in the Georgian style.

The exhibition welcomed VIP guest Carole Ann Ford, who played Susan Foreman, Dr Who’s granddaughter, in the first series of Dr. Who, broadcast in 1963. David Harvey explained:
‘In this 50th anniversary year for Dr. Who, I am thrilled to welcome Carole Ann Ford to our summer exhibition. I recall Carole in her role as Susan Foreman, the Doctor’s young granddaughter, and it seemed most appropriate to invite a former time traveller to help us transport our visitors back to an important period in English history. Carole is also a personal friend so this makes the occasion double the pleasure.’

Speaking about the summer display David Harvey continued: ‘The Georgian home exerts a timeless fascination for so many collectors and designers. This summer exhibition features many of our finest pieces displayed in ways that illustrate how these glorious items would have been used in daily life when they were first made and acquired. It is an opportunity to create that typically English home where pieces from different periods and with different styles are brought together to produce a very harmonious feel.

‘So often such wonderful items would have been bought from new, inherited or acquired as a dowry or wedding gift. For me, this assembly of so many fine pieces is a total delight and the opportunity to re-imagine period interiors complete with so much detail is a pleasure that I am sure will appeal to collectors and interior designers the world over.’

Each room set will be highly authentic, complete with period fitments including fine paintings, needleworks, fabrics, books, and the day-to-day accoutrements found in any home. Together, they have taken many months to assemble. All exhibits will be for sale.

Among the many highlights will be the most exquisite George III period mahogany four-poster bed. The size of the bed implies that it was made for a very good home in about 1780 and investigations suggest the family history goes back that far and further.

The bed has many desirable and historic attributes. Carving on the front posts is identical to the Gillows examples illustrated in Susan Stuart’s important two volumes on the Lancaster family and the bed has the most fantastic decorated cornice to finish off the whole effect.

Among many more outstanding more pieces is a William and Mary period chest of drawers in oyster kingwood, rosewood and with Arabesque/ seaweed marquetry, attributed to the maker Gerrit Jensen (1680-1715), priced at £45,000. Jensen was a Low Countries born craftsman who moved to London and became one of the most fashionable and influential designers of his time. Jensen created furniture for King Charles II for a royal gift to the ruler of Morocco and subsequently the crown employed him repeatedly after 1688. Many of his creations for William and Mary have survived including pieces made around 1701 for the state drawing room at Windsor Castle.

Also very eye-catching will be an extremely rare and fine George III period mahogany adjustable duet music/folio reading table. With its rectangular top and swing-out candle stands, this elegant piece dates from around 1800 and is priced at £4,000.

An important set of four Hepplewhite period mahogany salon armchairs are also very special. With cartouche shaped carved backs, wavy carved uprights flanked by carved shaped scrolling arms and raised on extremely fine carved cabriole legs, this set dates from around 1785 and is priced at £25,000. The importance of the set is underlined by its inclusion in “Going for a Song: English Furniture. Arthur Negus talks to Max Robertson”, a BBC publications book from 1969.

Also very special is a rare George II period card table of exceptional quality. Made from burr walnut and the top with crossbanding decoration, it features the much sought-after concertina action. It is priced at £9,500.

W.R. Harvey & Co. (Antiques) Ltd was founded over sixty years ago by Walter Harvey. Walter Harvey is still actively involved with the company whilst his son, David, is the Managing Director. Harvey’s specialise
in fine English antique furniture dating from the reigns of Charles II through to George IV in addition to a wide range of fine quality smaller items. David Harvey is available for interview.
Exhibition Open Times: 10am - 5.30pm or by appointment, 7 days for the exhibition.

David Harvey of W.R. Harvey & Co. (Antiques) Ltd. Tel: +44 (0)1993 706501 / Mob: +44 (7)7967 649958.

*Susan Foreman is a fictional character in the British science fiction television series Doctor Who. The granddaughter and original companion of the first Doctor, she was played by actress Carole Ann Ford from 1963 to 1964, in the show’s first season and the first two stories of the second season. Susan is Gallifreyan like the Doctor as well as his natural granddaughter.

*Carole Ann Ford (born 16 June 1940) is a British actress best known for her role as Susan Foreman in the BBC television series Doctor Who, and for her appearance in the 1962 film version of The Day of the Triffids. Ford has had a long and varied acting career. Her theatrical work includes many comedies, dramas and musicals, including The Jungle Book, Stranger in the House, Bakerloo to Paradise, The Owl and the Pussycat, The Rumpus, Pride and Prejudice, Inadmissible Evidence, Enrico, Expresso Bongo, Sleeping Beauty, You Never Can Tell, Ned Kelly, Mother, MacBett, The Boy Friend, Have You Seen Manchester, and Private Lives.

She originally gave up acting in 1977, and has since taught voice and presentation skills and dialogue coaching to politicians, businessmen, after dinner speakers, and actors. In recent years she has made a limited return to acting, reprising the role of Susan in several Doctor Who audio plays. In the BBC docudrama An Adventure in Space and Time, due to be broadcast in the autumn of 2013 and telling the story of the creation of Doctor Who, Ford will be played by newly-graduated actress Claudia Grant. Ford also has a small role playing a character named Joyce.

W.R.Harvey & Co (Antiques) Ltd.
86 Corn Street, Witney, Oxfordshire OX28 6BU Tel: +44 (0)1993 706501 / Mob: +44 (7)7967 649958
http://www.wrharvey.co.uk e-mail:antiques(at)wrharvey.co(dot)uk

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