Life In The Arts Lane - Week 130 - Prepping And Packing For An Art Fair

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 01.11.2016 | UK Entertainment
Thomas Woodham Smith

The tension starts to rise a week or so before any fair. No matter how often I exhibit I never can be completely blithe about the process. Back in my ...

Antiques - Orange is the New Brown

Elspeth Briscoe | Posted 27.08.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Elspeth Briscoe

Lime greens and oranges typical of the 50s, 60s and 70s, especially in german ceramics, now look very comfortable in a highly contemporary kitchen. It's out with the brown; in with the orange.

Women in Business Q&A: Lesley Ferguson, Co-Founder & Joanna Ferguson, Company Manager, Lorfords Antiques Ltd

Laura Dunn | Posted 25.01.2017 | UK
Laura Dunn

Lorfords Lesley Ferguson is Co-Founder and Buyer for Lorfords Antiques Ltd. She has an exceptional eye for commercial beauty that spans furniture and...

Life in the Arts Lane - week 109 - L'Antiquaire en Vacances

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 08.09.2016 | UK Entertainment
Thomas Woodham Smith

For the antique dealer the word 'holiday' is a tricky one, most people look forward to their summer respite from the daily slings and arrows of the 9 ...

Life In The Arts Lane - Week 104- Come Rain or Shine

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 28.06.2015 | UK Entertainment
Thomas Woodham Smith

Once again finding myself amid the hurly-burly of the confluence of fairs at Montpellier, Avignon and Beziers, I was encouraged to observe how current...

Ten of London's Most Unusual Storefronts

Eilidh Wagstaff | Posted 02.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Eilidh Wagstaff

Britain's high streets are becoming more and more bland. The same chain stores dominate shopping parades across the country. With this in mind, here's a list of ten independent shops in London that don't fit the mould...

Posh Pawn Or Simply Posh Yawn?

Paul Marshall | Posted 17.01.2015 | UK Entertainment
Paul Marshall

The trouble with Posh Pawn (Channel 4, Wednesdays at 8pm) is that you keep wishing someone hadn't tried to be quite so clever-clever with the title.

Life In the Arts Lane - Week 94 - Post Olympia Reflections

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 13.01.2015 | UK Entertainment
Thomas Woodham Smith

The costs of doing a fair are massively high in comparison to the annual rent of a shop. Yet, fairs continue to proliferate.

Collecting Fine Watches

Patrick Van der Vorst | Posted 10.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Patrick Van der Vorst

The watch has become a quintessential item of style and functionality. A popular article of dress, antique and rare watches have come to be considered as collectible items of jewellery, for their ornamental value rather than just for their time-keeping function.

Life In The Arts Lane - Week 90 - The Paris Biennale to Beziers

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 01.12.2014 | UK Entertainment
Thomas Woodham Smith

But Paris is not just about the Biennale - the whole city of art and design sparkles in the early autumn sun and shows proliferate. My friend Sylvain, who has an exquisite gallery on the Quai Voltaire, is putting his best foot forward with a gathering of Meissen porcelain.

Life In The Arts Lane - Week 85- The Dangerous Roads of London and the West Country

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 05.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
Thomas Woodham Smith

As the Tour de France surges forward and the occasional pile-up is reported in the English news, so the domestic daily version of this annual gladiato...

Life in the Arts Lane - Week 61 - NY-Miami-NY-London

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 05.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Thomas Woodham Smith

The New York Winter Antiques Show is a bastion of the New York social scene and the season opener for the local art and antique trade.

Life in the Arts Lane - Week 44 - Fine Art Asia

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Thomas Woodham Smith

A seven hour time difference and an eleven hour flight can mess with your head. I am in Hong Kong and the boxy red taxi is speeding me to the Grand Hyatt Hotel. I'm in a state of confusion about what time it is and how hungry I am.

Life in the Arts Lane - Week 42 - Wish Tree

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 24.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Thomas Woodham Smith

As you leave Uppark there is a 'wish tree'. We were all sorely tempted to put up a wish for scholarship rather than 'amusing' tea towels and branded chocolate.

Life in the Arts Lane - Week 36 - August Workers

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 12.10.2013 | UK Entertainment
Thomas Woodham Smith

There is a strange unnerving sense of inertia in the air. Everyone seems to be anticipating a holiday or is away on one. Those that remain at work app...

The Art of Investing

Anne Somers | Posted 30.09.2013 | UK
Anne Somers

Contemporary art and jewellery are more often seen as investment markets. The rewards here can be greater - sometimes far greater - but they can be more volatile disciplines pricewise, so the risks are also enhanced.

Week 33 - Life in the Arts Lane - Latitude

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 24.09.2013 | UK Entertainment
Thomas Woodham Smith

Having just completed the epic that was Masterpiece London 2013 which consisted of 8 days of control and order, coupled with excellence and elegance, there has to be a ying to the yang, the balance should be restored. And mine was the Latitude festival in Suffolk.

Life in the Arts Lane - Week 32 - The Party is Over

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 08.09.2013 | UK Entertainment
Thomas Woodham Smith

The party is over, the music has stopped and the band is packing up their instruments. Outside, dawn captures the last merrymakers as they wend their weary and uneven paths home. Actually, Masterpiece is not a party, it just feels like it.

Life in the Arts Lane - Week 29 - A New Beginning

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 11.08.2013 | UK Entertainment
Thomas Woodham Smith

The real stars of this show are the soldiers. As they stand there full of dignity, the heat increases and yet they still stand solid and stable despite their years. Kindly, matronly nurses skitter about with cups of water. Your eyes scan the ranks. Some have effulgent beards, some carry a stick.

Life in the Arts Lane - Week 28 - a Tragic Loss

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 02.08.2013 | UK Entertainment
Thomas Woodham Smith

Sitting round our dining room table we are enjoying a bottle of Volpetto and some chicken roast by my wife in honey, mustard and lemon. It has given t...

Life in the Arts Lane - Week 27 - Books, Books Books

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 28.07.2013 | UK Entertainment
Thomas Woodham Smith

Books books books, my house is awash with books. Every dusty corner has a bookshelf. Some rooms have several. By my bed, behind the door, is a vertigi...

Life in the Arts Lane - Week 26 - Rooster Soup

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 20.07.2013 | UK Entertainment
Thomas Woodham Smith

You know you are in a foreign country when you bite down and enjoy your first rooster testicle soup. Okay the rest of the rooster is in the soup too....

Anne Damer: Georgian Transvestite, Lesbian, & Sculptress

Adrian Teal | Posted 13.07.2013 | UK Entertainment
Adrian Teal

One dank Saturday afternoon last year, I snapped up the Georgian portrait you see here in a near-empty Northamptonshire junk shop. I haggled him down to £8. Even so, you might think I was robbed, since it is a fairly unremarkable picture. But the lady shown was one of the more interesting characters of the late 1700s.

Life in the Arts Lane - Week 25 - New York, New York

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 13.07.2013 | UK Entertainment
Thomas Woodham Smith

The taxi ride is worth every penny. The traffic, the terrible roads that make the car bounce and shake in a bone jangling fashion, then the bridge and a view of the ultimate shining high rise city. Anybody who is not elated by their arrival into Manhattan is missing a piece of soul.

Battersea Decorative Fair - Week 23

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 29.06.2013 | UK Entertainment
Thomas Woodham Smith

If you sell Antiques here you face an uphill struggle. If you sell a 'look' you start at an advantage. There are dealers who strive to achieve both, but it is not easy. It is a sort of Holy Grail. It is a credit to the fair that both strands have their place but the team playing in the old, historic, antique way are definitely the B team.