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Over 30 of the Dealers from the now closed Woburn Abbey Antiques Centre have banded together to form The Antiques Association in a fabulous five storey Georgian townhouse at Market Place in the village of Woburn.

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We are lucky to have been joined over the past year by several interesting dealers specialising in small Georgian furniture, treen, glass, instruments and tools.  

 

Paula Raven from London is another recent addition to our collective.   Her speciality is an eclectic mix of fine fans, bijouterie, haberdashery and many other interesting items

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 Fans and haberdashery

 

Our dealer here is an expert on this fascinating area of collecting being a member of The Fan Circle International and of The Fan Museum in Greenwich London.

She also has a large range of haberdashery accoutrements including buttons, lace and vintage trims from the Victorian era to the 1950’s. As well as appealing to private collectors, fans in addition to varied and diverse items have been supplied for period film and television productions including Mr Selfridge and Downton Abbey.

A popular and interesting area of collecting today still remains the fan.

Historically the fan was a utilitarian object to help keep cool in hot climates and to fan fires but evolved from antiquity as a status symbol and indicator of rank and protocol.

Fans discovered in ancient Egyptian tombs were of this nature and can be seen depicted in their art, used to cool the high ranking officials and royal persons.

It’s believed that the folding fan that we are all familiar with, was invented in Japan and introduced into China during the 9th century.

The use of fans would migrate over the continents during antiquity as status symbols and ornaments of fashion. Certainly by the Renaissance Period fans were firmly an essential luxury for high ranking ladies in Europe.

The golden period for the fan in Europe is widely considered to be from the middle of the 18th century and through the 19th century.

The world famous jeweller Faberge also made fans which were noted for their high levels of artistry and quality, especially distinguished by the enamelled and jewelled guard sticks.

The 1st World War effectively saw the fan disappear from use as society changed and during the 1920’s saw the end of the fan as a fashion accessory.

 

An Unusual scientific instrument

For those with a passion for old scientific equipment, here is something a little different, an EBullioscope by the French maker Levesque.

The apparatus pictured is late 19th early 20th century and was used to observe the boiling point of liquids.

First invented by Honore Brossard-Vidal in 1838, the equipment was especially used to determine the alcoholic strength of a mixture by the temperature at which it boils.

 

This example is made of predominately of brass with the original glass testing tube and with its original box complete with paper label.

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Gilt Bronze by Emmanuel Fremiet

The bronze depicts Pan putting out a honeycombe for two bear cubs. This example is rare, as it still retains the original “teasing stick”.

This quality piece is stamped E.Fremiet and F. Barbedienne and mounted on a marble base circa 1880. A full size marble of this subject can be seen in the Musee d’Orsay in Paris.

Fremiet was just nineteen when he first exhibited in the Paris Salon in 1843 and was to continue on over his career to win numerous awards and medals. He received his first public commission from the French state in 1849 at the age of just twenty five and was to go on to receive many more. His many state monuments can be seen all across Paris.

After Fremiet's death in 1910, all his models were sold to F. Barbedienne the world famous Paris foundry who cast this particular piece.jbpc1jbpc2

 

 

 

 

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