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MARGARET CADMAN, 1907 - 2001
Margaret Rigby was born in 1907 in Lancashire, the daughter of a local doctor; she became Margaret Cadman on her marriage in the 1920s. Her early interest in collecting and antiques came through attending local auctions, which in turn fostered a particular interest in European pottery and porcelain.
The post-war years saw Margaret's passion for collecting grow into a small business. Having moved to Brighton in the late 1940s, she began visiting Harrods and Fortnum & Mason's regularly, taking a basket full of small antiques and collectables to offer the famous stores. Over time, the basket was replaced by a hamper as her business grew. Soon, premises became necessary; Margaret opened shops in Beauchamp Place and Ship Street in Brighton. Both shops were cluttered with pottery, porcelain, tea-caddies, jewellery and other small antiques. Margaret soon established a reputation and mixed in the well-heeled society of London and the South Coast. Her reputation was further enhanced by her participation in some of the better antiques fairs. The 1950s saw her as a regular exhibitor at Grosvenor House and the Brighton Antiques Fairs. The heyday of Cadman Antiques saw the Brighton shop run by Margaret and the London shop by her second husband, Major Stewart-Brown, although the style and taste of both shops was Margaret's.
Having scaled-down her business by the mid 1970s, for the next twenty years, rather than retire, Mrs Cadman was a regular at local antiques fairs. With her trusty basket in hand, her career in the antiques business seemed to have come full circle.
THE MARGARET CADMAN COLLECTION OF STAFFORDSHIRE
One can sense a real love for pottery and porcelain animals, and in particular Staffordshire animals, in the Margaret Cadman Collection. Many of the receipts from Mrs Cadman's dealing days are for porcelain 'toy' models, as it seems her regular visits to other dealers in London and across the country usually ended with the purchase of a Chamberlain's or Rockingham model of a poodle or a pug. The full range of 18th and 19th Century Staffordshire and British pottery and porcelain are well represented.