Antique lovers are in for a treat later this month with a couple of exciting events lined up in the market town of Richmond.
On Monday 15 August at 7.30pm, valuer and auctioneer David Elstob of Thomas Watson’s auction house will be treading the boards at The Georgian Theatre Royal with a talk about Georgian inventions and antiques.
This is the first event in the town’s Georgian Festival (GeorgeFest16), which runs from 15 August to 2 September and the talk will be followed by an open ‘roadshow-style’ session where members of the audience are invited to present their own antiques for valuation and discussion.
The talk itself will explore the legacy of Georgian inventions. It was a time of great innovation and technological advancement and many of the objects that we take for granted today -– such as wellington boots, accurate clocks, flushing toilets and security locks – stem from that era.
Later in the week on Friday 19 August, David will be hosting a valuation day at another of the town’s historic attractions, The Station, from 10am until 3pm where members of the public can drop in to discover what their treasures might be worth.
This free service provides an ideal opportunity for people to find out more about a whole range of contemporary or antique objects, including silver, ceramics, glass, pictures, sculpture or other collectables.
“I am really looking forward to being in Richmond during the first week of GeorgeFest and taking part in the celebrations,” said David Elstob. “The town has a rich heritage spanning many periods but for many the Georgian era was its heyday both architecturally and culturally. There are still many objects around from that time with exquisite porcelain, elegant furniture and fine paintings to be found not only in the town’s beautifully presented museums but also in our homes.
“Both events encourage people to bring along their own possessions for us to have a look at. It would be fantastic if there were some examples from the Georgian period but all antiques and collectables from any period will be of great interest,” he added.
Tickets for the talk on Georgian inventions and antiques at The Georgian Theatre Royal cost £9 (includes £1 restoration levy) and are available in person at the Box Office, by telephoning 01748 825252 or via the online booking service at: www.georgiantheatreroyal.co.uk
The valuation day at The Station is free of charge and no booking is required.
For more information about Thomas Watson’s valuation services or the event at The Station, please call 01325 462 559 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org