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British Folk Art

Steam & Sail: two warships by  W.Smith.
Illustrated in James Ayres Book
English Naive Art  1700 – 1900

Our online Exhibition of British Folk Art begins 12th June. It is scheduled to coincide with Tate Britain’s retrospective on the subject which is now less than a month away.

I believe that Tate Britain’s exhibition is possibly more encompassing in it’s scope than perhaps that of the average Antique dealer who specializes in the subject, but of course the museum have the liberty to exhibit things of any period.

I understand they will be exhibiting embroidery by Mary Linwood plus work by the esteemed Cornish naive artist Alfred Wallis and a thatched figure of King Alfred by the wonderfully named Jesse Maycock. There will also be maritime embroidery by the fisherman John Craske and a patchwork quilt by Jane Williams.

While on the subject I am hoping to see Elizabeth Allen’s collage of various materials entitled ‘Population Explosion’ which shows a mother in a maternity ward in a long bed with her seven newly borns lined up down the side of the bed. To all intense and purposes this is a highly amusing masterpiece although in reality alas tells a very sad tale of a woman who had taken a fertility drug.

Interestingly the artist Elizabeth Allen was the daughter of a tailor who busied herself collected various off cuts and scraps to make her art work. There is also an early nineteenth century echo of this behaviour in the work of George Smart the tailor of Frant who also didn’t like to see good materials go to waste and produced some absolutely timeless collage images including most famously ‘The Goose Woman’ who often found herself in the company of ‘Old Bright The Postman.’ His other most famous offering was ‘The Earth Stopper’ depicting the story of a man who had been commissioned to fill up fox-holes and late one evening had a scary encounter with what he believed was the devil!

Additionally to what I have mentioned already Tate Britain’s Exhibition will also include Ship’s Figureheads and painted trade signs which were not only costly but obligatory in London in the 18th century. Toby Jugs will also be on display along with an intricate sculpture of a Cockerel made out of mutton bones during the Napoleonic wars by french prisoners of war.

FOLK ART MAKERSWeekend at Tate Britain

This particular weekend is designed for youngsters who want to take the hands on approach it will include an embroidery workshop : Message on a hanky : A knife carving workshop : Make a spatula : A collage workshop : Make a Home Sweet Home sampler : And finally there is to be sign painting workshop :

Folk Art in British museums  –   basically is dispersed.

Having said that I never go into provincial museum however small without finding something interesting [ that would  fit into the folk art genre ] so it is always worth finding the time to have a look.

Here follows a list of museums that have permanant collections

Compton Verney (Warwickshire)

The Beamish Museum (Newcastle-Upon-Tyne)

Welsh Folk Museum (Cardiff)

Kettle’s Yard (Cambridge)

Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery (Treen Collection)

Football and Folk-Art

Rose Villa Shadow Box

Come June when the world goes flaming made for football, in fact on the very day the World Cup begins, we will be following in the footsteps of Tate Britain by holding an exhibition of British Folk art. Our own cache of treasures will be entitled:-

British Folk Art – a celebration:
Commencing 12th June our online exhibition will include selected folk art, antique country furniture and antique pottery. All items will be of museum quality and will have been sourced throughout the British Isles and all will be for sale.

There will be some exceptional antique treen –  some historically important antique bead-work – some curious and unusual country furniture – and some exceedingly rare English pottery:

In the meantime we will continuing updating our website with the best antique oak and country furniture we can find and replenishing our pottery gallery with the antique slipware and Sussex pottery we are so fond of.

Antique Folk Art

We came to the decision to join Online Galleries as they seemed a bit short of dealers dealing in Folk Art! So I would like to thank Robert Bradley of Robert Bradley Antiques, Richard Gardner of Richard Gardner Antique and Graham Walpole of Walpoles Antiques for their help in this matter.

Call Me Naive Antiques

Shadow Box

It was with great excitement while on my travels this week that I stumbled upon the ‘Shadow Box’ that is ‘Rose Villa’ This castellated creation almost fairy tale in its beauty dates to the mid 19th century.

Size is important

As all antique dealers know size is important and the size of this particular Shadow Box is divine measuring only 14″ X 9″

Tantalizing Provenance

Tantalizingly it may have a connection to ‘Chatsworth’ our greatest country house as the lady who owned it was a parlor maid there until 1920 an association I shall be looking into.

Fall from Grace

Unfortunately the brass-ball-finial that surmounted the right Hand gable has fallen from its perch so I have had to send it to the finial fixer! But on its return it will be photographed and placed on the site. Believe me it is worth waiting for – it is very much a treasure.