A formidable Frenchwoman at the Linton Antique Society – Linton Antique Society March 2016

The illegitimate daughter of a financier exiled for fraud, the mistress of King Louis XV for 21 years, which gave her huge political influence, Madame de Pompadour spent fortunes on the decorative arts and was responsible for the development of the porcelain manufactory at Sèvres, which became one of the most famous in Europe. On 10th March at 8.00pm at Linton Memorial Hall, Nicholas Merchant will tell the fascinating story of this remarkable woman and her legacy.

The guest speaker at Linton Antique Society’s Annual Lunch on 17 March at Wetherby Golf Club is TV antiques expert James Lewis, who regularly appears on Flog It! and Antiques Road Trip. Open to all, the event costs £25.

Further details on www.lintonantiquesociety.org.uk or by phoning 01937 589020.

Next Meeting and AGM: 14 April, 7.30pm. The Rise and Fall of Georgian York with Julia Mander. Note change of speaker.

A copy of the press release may be downloaded here.

Fakes and Forgeries at the Linton Antique Society – February 2016

A constant problem for antique dealers and auctioneers is how to determine whether the goods they sell are authentic. Robert Soper, in his 30 years in the antiques trade, often dealt with such issues and the identification of items that were ‘not quite right’. A specialist in Chinese Porcelain and Early English watercolours, his talk at Linton Memorial Hall on Thursday 11 February at 8.00pm will cover Chinese monochromes, false marks on porcelain, verifying watercolours and the problem of furniture, where faking takes place on an industrial scale. He will also reminisce about the Harrogate forger Gordon Wright.

Entrance is free to Linton Antique Society members but non-members are also welcome: entrance is £5.00 on the door.

Contact Mrs Barbara Hepburn on 01937 582243 to join or download the form on the Society’s website: www.lintonantiquesociety.org.uk.

Next talk: 10 March 2016, 8.00pm: Madame de Pompadour and Sèvres Porcelain with Nicolas Merchant.

A copy of the press release may be downloaded here.

TV antiques expert to be guest speaker at Linton Antiques Society Annual Lunch

TV antiques expert to be guest speaker at Annual Lunch

The guest speaker at Linton Antique Society’s Annual Lunch on Thursday 17 March will be James Lewis, who regularly appears on TV programmes such as Flog It! and Antiques Road Trip. James, a former Auctioneer of the Year, is head of Bamfords, the Derby firm of auctioneers and valuers, and specialises in furniture, sculpture and pictures. He has organised many country house and estate sales.

The event, to be held at Wetherby Golf Club, starts at 10.30am, with James speaking about his work and, if time permits, giving valuations, and closes with a three-course lunch. It costs £25 a head and is open to all; further information and a downloadable booking form is available on the Society’s website at http://www.lintonantiquesociety.org.uk/Annual%20Lunch%202016.pdf

A copy of the press release may be downloaded here.

Linton Antique Society – January 2016 Event

The emotional torment of Charles Dickens revealed at the Linton Antique Society

Author and historian Suzanne Fagence Cooper has studied and written extensively about the role of women in Victorian culture. She looks into the heart of Dickens at Linton Memorial Hall on 14 January 2016 at 8.00pm, when she explores the tension between the world-famous author’s public persona as champion of the family and socially disadvantaged and his infatuation with a young actress, which led to him abandoning his wife and living in a secret liaison.

Entrance is free to Society members but non-members are also welcome: entrance is £5.00 on the door. Contact Mrs Barbara Hepburn on 01937 582243 to join or download the form on the Society’s website www.lintonantiquesociety.org.uk.

Download the illustrated notice for this event here.

Next talk: 11 February 2016, 8.00pm: Fakes and Forgeries in the World of Antiques with Robert Soper

What’s on offer in Linton Antique Society’s new season

Linton Antique Society has announced the programme for its 2015-16 season, so now is the time to become a member to take advantage of the talks and events that are on offer. Annual membership only costs £20 and this gives free access to the Society’s monthly meetings at Linton Memorial Hall and the opportunity to take part in the group outings – to Ripley Castle on 30 September and to Raby Castle on 12 May 2016, as well as to attend the Annual Lunch on 17 March 2016 when guest speaker, BBC antiques expert David Harper, will be on hand to offer valuations.

As always, there is a strong panel of speakers, among which are curator Nilesh Mistry , art historian and biographer Susan Fagence Cooper, archaeologist Gillian Hovell and antiques expert Nicholas Merchant. You can expect entertaining insights on a range of topics: the painter William Hogarth, Madame de Pompadour and Sèvres porcelain, the history of silver hallmarking , the tricky issue of fakes and forgeries, the fascinating world of Indian textiles, the complex tensions in the life of Charles Dickens and, last but not least, an archaeologist’s vision that may change the way you look at your local landscape.

Details of the Society’s programme can be seen on its website www.lintonantiquesociety.org.uk where you’ll also find a membership application form.

The publicity leaflet can be viewed here.