Common to several European cultures, a loving cup is a drinking vessel commonly used at weddings to celebrate the happy couple’s union and to symbolise the pledge they have made to one another. They are also frequently used at livery companies and City of London banquets as a toast to friendship and fraternity.
Despite her humble origins, Hester Bateman is widely revered as one of England’s finest silversmiths and the founder of a dynasty that lasted for nearly a century. Her exceptional flatware and ornamental silver remain much in demand today.
She was born Hester Nedem (or Needham) and was baptised in London on October 7, 1708. Little is known about her formative years, other than her parents Elizabeth and John Needham were poor and that consequently she received no formal education.
In the latest of our series of videos showcasing the broad membership of the BADA, John Howard shows us around his Woodstock gallery. John and Linda Howard founded the business in 1976 where they specialised in antique English, Welsh and Scottish pottery from the 18th and 19th centuries. Browse a selection of objects from John Howard here.
In the latest of our series of videos showcasing the broad membership of the BADA, Charis Tyndall of the Charles Ede gallery introduces us to some of their New Collectors pieces, all under £5000. Browse a selection of objects from Charles Ede here.
The Japanese themselves call their country Nihon or Nippon, which literally means “origin of the sun”.
It is believed that Marco Polo (1254-1324), the famous merchant explorer from the Venetian Republic, was the first to introduce a word for Japan – Cipangu (from the Chinese Ri-ben-guo) – to Europeans in his book Il Milione.
Repoussé, or repoussage, is a metalworking technique where a metal is shaped by hammering it from the reverse side. This creates a design in low relief. Embossing is a similar technique in which the malleable metal is hammered on the front side, creating a sunken effect. The two techniques are often used together.
Many metals can be used for repoussé work, including gold, silver, copper and alloys such as bronze and pewter.
The British Antique Dealers’ Association (BADA) is thrilled to announce the winner of our inaugural BADA Art Prize: Katie Surridge. Katie’s work exemplified the criteria and highlights our core principles of conservation and sustainability. We would like to congratulate her on this achievement.
“Will you still love me tomorrow?”
Cast bronze takeaway container 2020 edition.
From the Artist:
In 2019 I was the lucky recipient of the BADA Friends Prize. My intention was to fund in 2020 a summer school course at Cambridge University in 'Japanese early-modern palaeography', however, it was unfortunately cancelled last year due to the pandemic. After over a year of uncertainty, it was moved online and I was able to participate from a distance this August. The long wait was certainly worth my while! Whilst the course was incredibly intensive (classes started at 7am and preparation for the next day took up the remainder of the day), I couldn't have asked for better tuit
K: Some of our readership won’t be aware of the Edward Bulmer brand, so tell us a bit about your history with antiques, your involvement with the industry, and how it all started. How did you get into this?
Cloisonné is a technique dating back to ancient times, where metalwork was decorated with coloured material that is held in place, or separated by, metal stripes or wire. Gold is normally used. In recent centuries, vitreous enamel has been used, but inlays or other cut gemstones, glass or materials were also used during older periods. Cloisonné enamel very likely began as an easier imitation of cloisonné work using gems. The resulting objects themselves can also be called cloisonné.