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Letter from Moscow
Posted by David Harvey, Sunday 27 March 2011
It certainly has been a busy couple of weeks what with my return from the USA just in time to spend a few days getting back into the swing of things before my Gallery Manager James flew off to Moscow for the LAPADA trade mission. He returned this morning and was very excited about the new business opportunities presented by this week and it gave us the opportunity to show our wonderful William and Mary Period Kingwood Oyster-veneered Cabinet on Chest to Russian collectors and interior designers alike. They were very taken with the complex nature of this early example and compared it with other items on display at the British Ambassador's Residence.
The international Press Agency, Reuters were there and seemed to have captured the essence of it in their international reports:
"Europe's largest antiques association catered for the Russian elite on their home turf for the first time this week, banking on the growing sophistication of the country's super-rich to rapidly increase demand. The London-based LAPADA, which unites top British and several international antiques dealers, presented 12 pieces to Moscow's champagne-quaffing crowd in the British ambassador's lavish embankment residence.
Although unsold at the event, there was certainly a great deal of interest in the Cabinet on Chest as well as the many fine Georgian pieces in Mahogany, Walnut, Satinwood, Rosewood and Oak illustrated in our current catalogue and available for visitors to view on our website The piece is now on the return journey from Moscow and we look forward to welcoming it back to Witney with a tin of wax polish to reward it for a job well done (and of course James as well!)