We have always taken the greatest pleasure in putting on our own exhibitions here at Country Seat! If you've visited us here you will know that our mighty tithe barn lends itself to drama .. brilliantly .. and between us we have the inspiration to put on displays that have become a 'must be seen' to our clients!
The first was 'Signed & Designed' back in 1989 with accompanying catalogue where we brought the best of 19th century furniture by known designers and makers and had people crawling under the tables and chairs to see if Holland and Sons, Marsh and Jones, A. Blain or T & G Seddon had left their labels or stamps there. It was after the success of this exhibition that we were invited to exhibit at The Grosvenor House Antiques Fair which we did for the next few years.
The following 'home' fixtures were 'Romantic Interiors' again accompanied by our full colour catalogue and then 'Rival Revivals' [catalogue available at £10], 'The Aesthetic Eye', 'Signed & Designed II, the Origins of Ornament' [catalogue available] and 'Potted Colour' a brilliantly colourful exhibition of Art Pottery including pieces from Ault, Brannam, Bretby, Burmantofts, Elton, Linthorpe, Pilkington [Royal Lancastrian], Upchurch and Watcombe; this exhibition was requested to be shown in Milan [catalogue available] where we took it in March 1998.
In 2000 we made the
brave, some would say foolish, decision to produce the catalogues 'in
house' and in May 'The Neglected Mr Benson' was our first attempt!
'Better be Bretby'
Henry Tooth and Bretby Art Pottery from the 1880s to the 1950s.
'glass act 11', held in 2002 focused on the dynamic period of glassmaking between the wars - the 1920s and 30s. Exhibition catalogues are still available, please email for details and don't miss our sister site www.whitefriarsglass.org - you can go straight from here, just click on the 'friar' logo above left on this page!
'Mixed Media in the Decorative Arts 1840 - 1980' in the autumn of 2002 featured the pictures by The Rowley Gallery, London, the metalwork of Hugh Wallace and gave us the opportunity to celebrate 30 years in business!
'Signed & Designed III - the Architect's taste 1680 - 1980' held in the spring of 2003 saw us return to our furniture roots with architect designed furniture of the very best quality; in spite of the uncertain climate of the world, the exhibition was supported brilliantly by old and new clients. Colour illustrated catalogues are still available.
Glass Act III was held in the autumn of 2003 and concentrated on the colourful post-war Geoffrey Baxter era and catalogues are still available at £10 each plus p&p.
The Cabinet & other notables May / June 2004 featured the Lewis Cabinet by Jackson & Graham and included work by Talbert, Godwin, Waterhouse, Jeckyll, Pugin, Cottingham, Eastlake, Walton, Heal, Punnett, Taylor, Spencer, Cooper, Wallis & Dresser - catalogue available.
What people say about our exhibitions...
"The Country Seat
are one of the few dealers to have the premises to display high Victorian
furniture to its full advantage. Their tithe barn near Henley on Thames
lends itself to room-sets of immense grandeur…"
"Apart from dealing
in very good pieces by such designers as Pugin and Christopher Dresser,
Country Seat … holds regular exhibitions of antiques…"
"The dynamic duo
putting neglected Mr Benson in the spotlight … Harvey Ferry and Willie
Clegg of The Country Seat in Oxfordshire … have always come up with originally
researched, innovative lines."
['glass act' dates] is a 'must see' for anyone interested in the
history of glass production."
"This is a marvellous
opportunity to see two major private collections as well as some outstanding
examples which are for sale."
making is being celebrated in a fantastic new exhibition taking place
at The Country Seat..."
are supremely well qualified to stage Contrasts: Mixed Media in the Decorative
Arts 1840 - 1980."
is a cracking show. Where else could one find a pair of painted ladder-back
chairs by Burges, or the swan-supported table which was the centrepiece
of George Morant's stand at the Great Exhibition?"