Opera L'heure Espagnole
We would like to draw your attention to the video of Grange Park Opera’s latest production of L’Heure Espagnole by Maurice Ravel and an introduction to the composer by Wasfi Kani, the Company’scharismatic Founder and CEO.
L’heure Espagnole opera (in full) – Grange Park Opera:
The opera was filmed with great hilarity despite social distancing – in a Covid free bubble – in our shop whilst we have been closed for normal business. For the duration of the filming, Torquemada took over our shop as proprietor with his signposted over the front door!
In addition to our premises, we also provided two longcase clocks for the clockmaker’s wife’s lovers to carry around and hide in through clever trick photography!
Sally Clarke, our esteemed restaurateur neighbour, generously provided exquisite cakes and bread to sustain everyone during the production. Indeed, one of her cream cakes has a starring role in the opera!
The beautiful singing was pre-recorded at the Wigmore Hall and the singers acted out their roles in our shop. The whole opera is now available for you to view on YouTube.
It was huge fun to be involved with this fantastical production which has also given us and our clocks great press coverage across social and more traditional media. The latter include articles and pictures in The Times, The Sunday Times and the Evening Standard.
With a fanfare of ticking and chiming clocks we are pleased to announce that the shop is now fully open and we hope very much you will be able to visit us.
Stay safe and I hope Ravel’s wonderful music will help to keep you sane as we finally emerge from the last days of Lockdown.
To coincide with the reopening of our gallery on Friday 19th June, we are joining our fellow Antiques Dealers on Kensington Church Street in launching our Summer Showcase “Fit for Royalty”. To mark the 200th Anniversary Year of the death of King George III, we will be presenting a special selection of fine clocks made during his long reign (1760–1820)
Clocks and watches have been collected by monarchs across the centuries, whether as a means to ensure the carefully structured ceremony and routine at court, out of an interest in scientific innovation, or for the enjoyment of their mechanical and aesthetic qualities.
George III had a lifelong passion for horology. As a patron of horologists and scientists, he encouraged some of the most important developments in the horological field, and was a notable supporter of John Harrison and his attempts at finding an accurate marine timekeeper.
George III commissioned, collected and sometimes even designed clocks during his reign, adding the latest cutting-edge clocks and watches to the Royal Collection.
In his early years he expanded the Royal Clock Collection by acquiring a number of precision timepieces of exquisite workmanship and design, to furnish every room in Buckingham House. He purchased the house in 1761 as the family home for his wife Queen Charlotte and it was later expanded to form what is today the world-renowned Buckingham Palace.
Exceptional clocks by Eardley Norton (1728–1792), John Ellicott (1728-1772) and Benjamin Vulliamy (1747-1811) et al were among these acquisitions and a number of similar pieces by these famous makers are included in our first virtual exhibition.
You are also most welcome to come and view them in the gallery. However, due to social distancing could you please call or email us first to make an appointment so that we can manage numbers safely.
We very much look forward to hearing from you or seeing you on a visit.
25th Anniversary Exhibition
25TH ANNIVERSARY SELLING EXHIBITION
Celebrating 25 Years of Buying and Selling The Finest English Clocks in Kensington Church Street
PLEASE JOIN US AT NUMBER 123
Opening Hours: Tuesday 12th November: 2pm - 9pm
13th - 30th November: 11am - 7pm Closed Sundays
A rare opportunity to see some superb clocks by makers including Thomas Tompion, the Knibbs, John Ebsworth, Daniel Quare, John Ellicott, Mudge & Dutton, the Vulliamys et al
LAPADA Art & Antiques Fair
10TH ANNIVERSARY IN BERKELEY SQUARE
|Thursday 12th September||3pm – 8.30pm|
|Friday 13th September||11am – 8pm|
|Saturday 14th September||11am – 7pm|
|Sunday 15th September||11am – 7pm|
|Monday 16th September||11am – 8pm|
|Wednesday 18th September||11am – 7pm|
The LAPADA Fair is a short walk from either Green Park or Bond Street tube stations.
Berkeley Square, Mayfair, London W1J 5AW
|Wednesday 26 June||11.00 – 21.00|
|Thursday 27 June||11.00 – 21.00|
|Friday 28 June||11.00 – 19.00|
|Saturday 29 June||11.00 – 19.00|
|Sunday 30 June||11.00 – 19.00|
|Monday 1 July||11.00 – 21.00|
|Tuesday 2 July||11.00 – 21.00|
|Wednesday 3 July||11.00 – 21.00|
Masterpiece London is a short walk from Sloane Square.
South Grounds, The Royal Hospital Chelsea, London, SW3 4LW
Wednesday 20 March 11am – 8pm
Thursday 21 March 11am – 8pm
Friday 22 March 11am – 8pm
Saturday 23 March 11am – 6pm
Sunday 24 March 11am – 6pm
Monday 25 March 11am – 8pm
Tuesday 26 March 11am – 6pm
LAPADA Art & Antiques Fair
Friday 14th September 11am – 8pm
Saturday 15th September 11am – 7pm
Sunday 16th September 11am – 7pm
Monday 17th September 11am – 5.30pm
Tuesday 18th September 11am – 8pm
Wednesday 19th September 11am – 7pm
OPENING TIMESPreview Day
Wednesday 27 June 11.00 - 21.00
Thursday 28 June 11.00 – 21.00
Friday 29 June 11.00 – 21.00
Saturday 30 June 11.00 – 19.00
Sunday 1 July 11.00 – 19.00
Monday 2 July 11.00 – 21.00
Tuesday 3 July 11.00 – 21.00
Wednesday 4 July 11.00 – 21.00
The Olympia Art & Antiques Fair
OPENING TIMESWednesday 20 - Monday 25 June | 10.30am - 7pm
Tuesday 26 June | 10.30am - 9pm * LATE NIGHT *
Wednesday 27 June | 10.30am - 5pm
We will be exhibiting a fine selection of clocks for the hall, wall & mantel piece.
Some amazing timepieces were produced from the late sixteenth century to the early nineteenth by English clockmakers. These were traded not in the English market by with the Ottomans, a trade that reached its zenith in the second half of the eighteenth century. Three examples of which we will be displaying on our stand.
Celebrating its 45th year in 2017, The Art & Antiques Fair Olympia is recognised as one of the most prestigious and established fairs in the UK, and an annual destination for over 30,000 discerning and sophisticated international visitors.
Our stand A10 is to include a delightful automaton clock by Samuel West, circa 1760, featuring the figures of two men playing an early form of rackets within the arch, flanked by a man chopping wood and a windmill which rotates on the hour.
Highlights are to include an 8-day lantern clock dated 1672 in its original wainscot case which was made for Sutton Court House in Somerset and the finest moonphase quarter chiming lacquer longcase we have owned. In addition, there will be 17th century ebony table clocks by John Knibb, Daniel Quare and Henry Jones and a tavern clock of very rare form.
An opportunity to view fine examples of bracket and longcase clocks, amongst them at classic small ebony clock by Joseph Knibb, one of the principal clock makers of the last quarter of the 17th century and a very attractive classic 18th century (circa 1770) Georgian longcase clock by London maker Jonathan Shaw.
Top quality London made Georgian clocks dating from the mid to late 18th century have a timeless appeal. Visitors to the fair will have the opportunity to view a fine mahogany veneered example by Samuel Stephens, dating from circa 1770 the signed spring driven movement runs for eight days.
Taking place in London’s Duke of York Square, the fair brings together BADA antiques dealers from across the country, allowing antique buyers, collectors and enthusiasts to visit the country’s best dealers all in one place. Every item on sale at the show has been previously vetted for quality and authenticity by independent specialists.
Established in 1918, the British Antique Dealers’ Association is the trade association for Britain’s leading antiques dealers, with each dealer elected and reviewed as members based on the high quality of their goods, their expertise and their integrity. Buyers can therefore buy with confidence when dealing with a BADA member such as Howard Walwyn.
On our stand C44 we will be displaying a collection of fine antique 17th century clocks including the fine William and Mary period marquetry longcase clock with an 8-day duration by Joseph Windmills of London, circa 1690