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Offline nigel benson

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Harvey Ferry - The Country Seat
« on: March 05, 2015, 03:32:40 PM »
Hello Everyone,

Another great character of the antiques trade, and glass in particular, Harvey Ferry, has passed away. Having heard the rumour this morning, I confirmed it after a short search on the Internet, where I found this:

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It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden death of Harvey Ferry
 on 27 February 2015. Our thoughts are with his family. - Willie & Sally Clegg

Harvey and his partner, Willie Clegg, came to deal in James Powell & Sons, Whitefriars under their trading name 'The Country Seat', having staged an exhibition on the designer WAS Benson. They became fascinated by the quality of the glass lamp shades used by Benson on his domestic lamps, so progressed into the world of glass having dealt in "Signed and Designed" furniture of the Victorian and later periods; in itself this was a progression from their beginnings in fine Georgian furniture in 1971.

Their enthusiasm for glass was self evident and both were infectious in their own way. Indeed they became synonymous with the subject of Powell and Whitefriars through the many exhibitions and meetings they held about the subject, publishing well researched catalogues for all the exhibitions they held.

My thoughts about Harvey converge around him being an old school antique dealer with a deep feeling for the process of antique dealing as well as the items he bought and sold. He was a natural host to all who visited their base at Huntercombe Barn, near Henley in Oxfordshire, making everyone welcome to the wonderful surroundings. It was he who managed the task of getting a brown sign indicating the barn from the main road - both a clever and whiley move to have their base highlighted to anyone searching them out before the advent of sat-nav.

Harvey was charming and a real gentleman who loved his glass (whether full or empty!). Even though it was part of a long journey through various fields in the antique world, you knew he felt glass was a bit special. I'll miss him being around and hope he's found a bit of peace.   

Nigel

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Re: Harvey Ferry - The Country Seat
« Reply #1 on: March 05, 2015, 07:59:51 PM »
Thank you Nigel , I knew Harvey for quite some time , yes he was a true Gent , i will miss his dry humour and wit  he was the perfect host and added so much to the antique world , he would wind you up then give you that smile that said GOTCHA , that's how I want to remember Harvey , God bless you ,  so sorry for your sad loss Willie and Sally . jp john

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Re: Harvey Ferry - The Country Seat
« Reply #2 on: March 05, 2015, 09:12:23 PM »
You got that  GOTCHA spot on John  :)

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Re: Harvey Ferry - The Country Seat
« Reply #3 on: March 06, 2015, 07:29:28 PM »
So sad to here Harvey has passed away. The kindness and hospitality shown to me by Harvey, willie and sally at the country seat was second to none.
R.I.P

Tim Carty.

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Re: Harvey Ferry - The Country Seat
« Reply #4 on: March 07, 2015, 03:54:44 AM »
We will really miss Harvey.  He was one of the greats. We have fond memories of the hours spent with him, debating Whitefriars.
Terry and Peggy
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Re: Harvey Ferry - The Country Seat
« Reply #5 on: April 11, 2015, 05:32:41 PM »
Really sorry to hear this; they don't make them like Harvey anymore!

RIP

G

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