12th Cambridge Glass Fair

Can it really be the twelfth fair? I remember going to the first, held in the city centre of this glorious and quintessentially English city. Now they are held in the pastoral environs of Chilford Hall Vineyeard. How time flies when you’re having fun. And, as ever, fun was had at this fair. Despite the cold economic climate, the sun shone and the dealers and visitors came providing the usual perfect chemistry for a successful day. The queue to get in provided a good source of clients to buy my books, but particular highlights included meeting Kim Thrower, Frank Thrower’s son, again, seeing Marcus Newhall who is about to release his long-awaited book on Sklo Union glass, and also the surprise visit of a gentleman by the name of Martin Rosam. Martin and I first met at the Antiques Roadshow at Bexhill-on-Sea, when he brought his superb collection of West German ‘Fat Lava’ ceramics in for me to value on air. It was great enough to see him and catch-up, but I was …

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Riga is where?

At least that was the question that I was asked by some confused colleagues the Friday morning before leaving! Well if you don’t know already, Riga is the capital of Latvia, one of the Baltic states. I have to admit to a personal fascination with these ex-Communist states that curve northwards around the Baltic towards St Petersburg. Having enjoyed Tallinn in Estonia last year, I was keen to experience more. There’s just something about the combination of ancient and Communist architecture, the waves of new business that sprang up after the fall of Communism and, of course, the potential for all manner of new discoveries in the Decorative Arts. Much of what happened behind the Iron Curtain in the second half of the 20thC is a mystery to us. One I’m keen to know more about. Like Tallinn, Riga is riding on a wave of new money and confidence. Okay, it’s not as wealthy as Estonia, but it’s still arguably doing much better than it was under Communist rule. …

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