By David Chown
Angela Goodsell now lives in Hampshire on the south coast of England, but when I last visited her at home, it was to her beautiful house in the town of Stuart on Florida’s Atlantic Coast.
At that time her collection was in lots of brown boxes waiting to be shipped to the UK.
Angela lived in the USA for fifteen years until returning to the UK last year.
When I visited her this year in April, her collection was on show, tastefully displayed around her comfortable home. One room particularly is filled with choice Wade figures and forms quite a dazzling collection.
She told me that she originated from the county of Surrey, not too far from London but loves to live near the sea where her present home is situated.
I asked her if she still had pieces she was looking for and she was quick to tell me that she would love to find a complete set of George Wade Animals from the 1930s.
Her favourite piece? She had to think a while - she loves them all, but probably her Faust Lang Polar Bear or perhaps her Faust Lang Rearing Horse, or maybe the Heron.
“It’s so difficult,” she joked. “I love the Sammy Seal too!”
When she was nine her uncle gave Angela her first Wade, a boxed set of early whimsies, and she has never looked back.
She says that she does buy on line but prefers buying from reputable dealers.
Angela also makes a good cup of English tea. Thanks Angela for the tea and the lovely meal we had in a local English pub right on the harbour front near to where she now calls home!
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