Welcome to our July newsletter
As I write this the curtain is about to fall on the London Olympia Art and Antiques show, a week that included Royal Ascot, an unprecedented heatwave and further World cup shocks, yes, England had qualified for the last 16 with a game to spare, whilst across town in SW3 the highly acclaimed Masterpiece previews to the select few prior to its seven day stint 28th June – 4th July.
This year Olympia started on a Wednesday morning, arranged to coincide with the four day house and garden show in the adjoining hall, a marketing initative by the organisers designed to drive business and new footfall between the two events, although met with trepidation by a cynical few, it seemed a natural correlation and made perfect sense to me, in the early days of the show I would say general footfall was up, and included one incredibly famous young UK Pop Diva, who as I understand made multiple purchases, this type of celebrity audience can only be good news for the industry as a whole, and actually goes some way to reinforce what stunning value antiques can be, as well as representing safe investments if hand picked from the leading dealers in their specialist fields, we invest in our Japanese works of art with absolute confidence, it’s really rewarding to see others following suit.
I am sure that many of the more decorative and furnishing stands may have benefitted from this initiative and in my view it can only be applauded, however for ourselves specialising in such a niche market as Japanese works of art the difference may take longer to become tangible. We opened in the manner we have become accustomed to at these events, many of our regular dealer and collector clients snapping up the market fresh pieces in the opening hours, we also met fresh overseas clients leading up to the weekend, with multiple sales to Russian, Japanese, USA and even Chinese collectors, a big thank you to the friends and new clients that visited us during the week.