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Philip Accepts Counter-Offers!

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The July Sale is in its last week and it’s time to move some inventory. So, Philip’s ready to accept your counter-offer on sale items! Come on in and make a tempting offer and watch Philip grin and bear it!!!

Think about all the Christmas presents you can buy this week at ridiculous prices. We’ve heard we have the best English antiques in town.

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5 Days to Snatch a Bargain

Robertson Gallery & Antiques, Springfield Missouri

Robertson Gallery & Antiques, Springfield Missouri

Get excited and grab your Christmas money! Philip has declared everything in the store over $300 is 20% off for 5 days only.

 

Friday, December 26

Saturday, December 27

Monday, December 29

Tuesday, December 30

Wednesday, December 31

 

English antiques included!

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13% OFF Regularly-Priced English Furniture.

Now through the end of 2013, our stock of English Antique Furniture is on sale. (Cash & Carry) Come look around! #sgf

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Sale on Antiques from England

We have only one sale per year and this is it!

Philip is making way for new inventory! Stop by and say "hi"!

Philip is making way for new inventory! Stop by and say “hi”!

It’s back: our annual July Inventory Reduction Sale.
During July, our gallery room will hold a myriad of the best quality antiques from England at rock-bottom prices. This is not a scratch-and-dent sale; the items have come directly from our antique saleroom. This would be a good time to pick up some early holiday gifts at great savings to you.

Stop by and peruse the yellow-tagged items and get your bargains while they last.

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Artist David Plank Visits the Springfield Art Museum.

Drawing Birds since the early 1940s.

David Plank's bird print at the store.

David Plank’s bird print at the store.

I’m very lucky; I’m surrounded by art at home and at work. I sell prints, oil paintings, etchings, etc. That’s what happens when your store has the word “gallery” in its name. However, it’s not often that I deal directly with an artist.
Years ago, my dad hosted exhibitions for Missouri artists, then, following the exhibits, he would sell the artists’ works. Usually, he sold the artists’ prints from the original artwork. One of the artists he had a show for was David Plank.

David Plank during the gallery talk at the Springfield Art Museum.

David Plank during the gallery talk at the Springfield Art Museum.

David is a watercolorist who has a passion for painting birds in their natural habitat. I had the pleasure to meet him several years ago when I was working with my Dad. I remembered him as a quiet, interesting, tall, thin man. One single print from his collection remains in my print cases.
On March 8, he was the featured artist at a gallery talk at the Springfield Art Museum. So, Theresa and I had a date night! I had a chance to listen to David’s talk and enjoy his watercolors and pencil drawings in the Badgley Gallery section of the Art Museum. Even though it had been thirty + years, he remembered me and my Dad and we had a chance to reminisce about the “good” old days.

Philip and artist David Plank.

Philip and artist David Plank.

His exhibits will continue through July 14.

Springfield Missouri Art Museum, located near the Missouri State University campus.

Springfield Missouri Art Museum, located near the Missouri State University campus.

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An Anglican Tradition

Eating a Medieval Cake on Mothering Sunday.

Fr. John Biggs-Chef Extraoridinary

Fr. John Biggs-Chef Extraoridinary

Today is Mothering Sunday in the UK. As Americans celebrate Mother’s Day in May, the English have been celebrating their mothers during Lent since medieval times. Set on the fourth Sunday during the Christian Lenten Season, domestic servants were given the day off to worship at their family church and spend the day with their mothers. It’s developed into a day of honoring mothers with gifts and food.

A simnel cake is traditionally served on Mothering Day. It is a light fruit cake. Different regions of the UK have different versions of the cake, though most are heavy on butter, eggs and dried fruit.

Simnel Cake

Simnel Cake

Since Downton Abbey is between seasons, we’re lucky that we could get our “English” fix at church today. Two sample simnel cakes were made for this fourth Sunday in Lent and served after the late service at Christ Episcopal Church.

To all the English mums – Hope you had a wonderful day.

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Gathering the Clans.

Robert Burns (1759-1796)

Robert Burns (1759-1796)

A taste of Scottish hospitality.

On Saturday night, we attended a program by the Scottish St. Andrew’s Society of Springfield. The occasion was their Annual Robert Burns Supper. Robert Burns is most often recognized as Scotland’s famous poet and the Burns Supper is held each January around the world to pay homage to his written word.

The Burns Supper was comparable to a church service, although Burns is on a pedestal, he was hardly a saint. Sitting and standing, candlelight, listening to the poems and singing the lyrics. Added to this was the addressing and eating haggis; toasting and drinking whisky; bagpipes and guitar; kilts and tartans. Burns isn’t worshipped but he is celebrated.

For the 2013 event, the Springfield group was joined by a group from The Scottish Club of Tulsa for the stories and songs at the Tower Club. The full house was entertained by pipers Jay and Lucinda Goetz and by folk performer Colin Grant-Adams. The highlight of the evening was the presentation of the life and poems of Robert Burns by several members of the society.

Are you Scottish or Scotch-Irish interested in learning more about the activities of the SASS? If so, check out their website at http://www.springfieldmissouriscots.org

At the store: A cabinet from Scotland, featuring the Scottish Thistle carving.

At the store: A cabinet from Scotland, featuring the Scottish Thistle carving.

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Happy Christmas from Us to You

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Get Inspired with Art Prints!

It's like a treasure hunt, plus they're fifty percent off!

It’s like a treasure hunt, plus they’re fifty percent off!

Stop by and browse through our print cases. We’ve pulled out tons of stored prints and filled three print cases with ½ off prints! Starting at $1! Sizes from 8×10 to 30×40.

They Make Wonderful Christmas Gifts! Or find the perfect print for your own blank wall. It could be the starting point for inspiring a room makeover.

We have landscapes, oceanscapes, portraits, religious, botanicals, wildlife, birds, still lifes, architectural, old masters, abstracts, Missouri, etc.

This is not a sale, but an inventory reduction. When they’re gone; they’re gone!

Cash and Carry!!

Cash and Carry!!

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Transferware Collectors Club Meeting at Seattle’s Mayflower Hotel

Transferware Enthusiasts!

 

Tour at Chihuly Garden and Glass

Do you collect a particular item? If so, there are probably others who also collect the same interesting item and chances are that there is a club for these people. Collector clubs are as varied as the items collected. We collect a certain type of ceramics called transferware and there’s a club for that!

 

An example of what we collect.

We joined the Transferware Collectors Club after finding their website on the internet. We had been searching for information and came across their website, featuring an outstanding and detailed database. We joined the club for information from the database. Featuring in depth information, it is edited by experts and pulls together information from around the globe. If you have an unidentified piece of transferware, this should be your first stop!

Sharing information is the key to club membership. The TCC keeps its membership informed by a quarterly newsletter, which we religiously read. In addition, each year, the TCC holds an annual meeting and, this year, the meeting was in a part of the country that we had not visiting previously. It didn’t take long for us to decide to attend our first club meeting at the Seattle Mayflower Hotel in downtown Seattle, Washington from October 18-21, 2012. We were hoping for a broader understanding of our collection and what we experienced was way beyond our expectations.

 

Theresa and Peter enjoying the view of Mtn. Rainer.

While attending the meeting, we visited public and private collections and learned about antique transferware from experts, both professionals and collectors. We made contact with dealers from the U.S. and Great Britain and we meet some of the people whom we had brought from online. It was a great experience for both us.

For Philip, the highlight of his trip was meeting Dick Henrywood. Dick is a published book author, who has a vast knowledge of all things ceramics. He’s the Rock Star! Dick has co-written “The Dictionary of Blue and White Printed Pottery” Volumes 1 and 2, which are outstanding reference books containing many photos and facts. He very generously and patiently answered Philip’s questions.

Philip and Dick Henrywood between lectures.

For Theresa, the highlight was the access into the private collections, where people live with their items and enjoy them daily. One collection was located in a private ranch-style home at the end of a cul-de-sac. Here the items were displayed among the owners’ lovely antiques and framed historical maps. Another collection was found at the top of a retirement condominium, high above the Seattle skyline. The enthusiastic owner had been collecting blue and white since she was 13 years old and every nock and cranny was filled with blue and white. A collection at a beach home featured platters with eskimos and sea life and others featured sailing ships with shell borders. An impressive home on an exclusion island was totally submersed in blue and white and featured transferware in every room, with a fantastic collection of botanical prints and botanical ceramics.

Sharing the love of British transferware.

We had a wonderful visit and met the best people ever! As we reconnected with friends and acquaintances, we also expanded our circle of friends across borders. You can’t spend a week with such wonderful people and walk away unchanged. We look forward to another club meeting.

Check out the Transferware Collectors Club website at www.transcollectorclub.org

Their tagline “Sharing a passion for antique British transferware from 1760-1900.”

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