As we reported directly through our twitter feed (artiquesforum),
Early afternoon Thursday 12 June the winner of this year’s Object of the Year was
An exquisite seventeenth century beadwork basket; celebrating the Restoration of the Monarchy.
Runner up was a re-discovered Art Deco turban brooch designed by Paul Iribe in 1911.
Choosing winner and runner up was apparently so tricky and closely called that Third Prize was eventually awarded to two items of furniture. One is a Victorian billiard table made to order in the late 1800s for James Blyth, 1st Baron Blyth; the other the epitome of English Modernism – Gerald Summer’s 1930s Bent Plywood Armchair.
This year also saw three winners of the People’s vote – collected through an online voting system. Most votes cast were for a piece which has not only a material value but is also imbued with military history and a personal tale. It was the campaign trunk owned by Captain Blackwood who perished at the battle of Waterloo.
In Second place – ironically – came an Olympic Gold Medal awarded at the 1912 Olympic Games celebrated in Stockholm. The medal was awarded to Henry Maitland Macintosh and it was in fact his grandson Patrick Macintosh who submitted the medal as a contender for Object of the Year.
Third place was clenched by the infamous duo of Piglet and Pooh. Surely one of the very earliest 3D incarnations as these were prototypes made ahead of the merchandising deal signed by A. A. Milne in January 1930.
Congratulations to all the winners who were selected by a learned panel of independent experts.