Tuesday, 2 February 2016


Dinners at  home are one of my favourite things, whether just four of us in the kitchen or in the grander larger setting of the dining room, impromptu or arranged in advance, the important thing is for everyone to enjoy themselves over good food and wine, for the conversation to flow and for there to be a relaxed atmosphere.

I love to decorate the table with antique linen table cloths and napkins, they add a certain something to the look, in the evenings I always use candles with plenty of candlesticks and flowers are a must….

White table cloth and flowers with 19th century plates and antique French knives and silver…….on the wall behind framed antique prints, we always have a large collection in the shop.

Here, no table cloth but huge gilt bronze antique French candlesticks. Hanging on the wall behind is an 18th century Aubusson tapestry. You see our collection here

 Red roses add a touch of glamour to go with the gilt candlesticks
Our own designed Wilby candlestick with gathered silk shades and re-chargeable tea-lights is added to the table.
In the country I love to use the wild flowers that grow all around to decorate the table

Kitchen meals get the same treatment here with antique blue and white spode plates and lots of flowers and hand dyed antique pink linen napkins.

Monday, 11 January 2016


Finally the cold weather is coming, after the warmest and wettest December in recorded history. We have lots of new stock and the shop is looking great. Tapestries that have become a great love are in the window and hanging on the walls. They are the perfect wall hanging to  keep the cold out.  In the past they were a sign of prosperity as only the rich could afford them. They also  looked wonderful and were a reminder of warmer weather with their luxurious trees and plants,  and cavorting Gods from mythology; they also served as a barrier between the freezing cold walls of the unheated castles and grand houses of Europe in the 17th and 18th centuries.

Decorating many large houses, they are the grandest of decoration and no longer need to serve as insulation…..

Behind a later Empire period commode, an antique tapestry always adds grandeur and warmth to a room.

Here a late 17th century tapestry hangs behind a French Restauration period commode with a pair of Louis XV style gilt lanterns hanging in front

Here the same tapestry as above has a different look with a Louis XV period commode in front of it with a wonderful rococo gilt chandelier hanging above.

Here a large Louis XV Console de Gibier stands in front of a tapestry with a pair of early 19th century chairs on either side.

20th Century Modern Tapestry By Jean Picart Le Doux. Woven in wool with a black, green and yellow cockerel or rooster on a pale blue ground with yellow stars. Available from Julia Boston Antiques, 588 King's Road, London. Decoration both modern and old, furniture, lighting and objects.
Here the 20th century is joined by the 18th century a wonderful tapestry by Jean Picard le Doux, in perfect condition hangs above a beautiful Louis XVI plumb pudding mahogany commode, the white background of the tapestry and the white marble of the commode seem to link the two pieces.
Where ever you hang a tapestry it adds warmth and character to a room they are a fraction of the cost of a large painting and bring with them a history and a grandeur from the past that is unparalleled……
See our collection of tapestries here.

Thursday, 12 November 2015


From 17th century tapestries to warm the walls to lanterns to light the dark evenings see what we have new in the shop.

Saturday, 31 October 2015

BLUE AND WHTE …………a decorators dream

There is something eternally pleasing about blue and white, a family friend, the late and much loved famous decorator, Roger Banks-Pye of Colefax and Fowler adored blue and white……..
Roger Banks-Pye's flat, in London shown in The World of Interiors,  photographed by Simon Upton is a riot of blue and white

18th century blue and white pottery or faience, is a designers dream put it anywhere and it adds something to a room. 

view of the commode in place in a room
See our latest collection of 18th century blue and white here

Wednesday, 7 October 2015


Decorating with antiques is more popular than ever, an indication of this could be the front covers of the major magazines devoted to the art of interior design.

World of Interiors September 2015

House & Garden May 2015
An 18th century commode used by Gytha Nuttall

World of Interiors August 2015

World of Interiors February 2015

House & Garden August 2015

Elle Decor May 2015

Elle Decor June 2105

Our adverts are now to be seen in the World of Interiors 
As seen in the June 2015 Issue
As seen in the October 2015 Issue

Tuesday, 18 August 2015


We are having a week off and these are recent photographs taken in the shop

view of the commode in place in a room
French 18th century marquetry commode with early 19th century gilt bronze lamps. Blue and white 18th century faience with 18th century marine paintings on the wall
Mid 18th century French commode with large candelabra flanking and early 18th century carved figure of the Virgin Mary. On the wall are a pair of mid 18th century prints in gilt wood frames
White faience Capercaillie by Jean Paul Gourdon on an 18th century commode
Early 19th century French console table in front of a late 17th century Flemish tapestry
French Empire commode with an 17th century landscape above
Early 19th century commode with collection of prints above
Early 19th century console with large gilt and patinated bronze candelabra
English 18th century drawing table in front of an Aubusson tapestry
Empire console by Jacob with a collection of framed dried ferns above contemporary table lamps
Large Empire commode with 18th century Aubusson tapestry
Règence commode circa 1715 in front of a 17th century Flemish tapestry
William IV console table with a collection of early 18th century prints above
Horbury table lamps on either side
Louis XV commode and 17th century Flemish tapestry
 World of Interiors June 2015 Advert 
We will be back at work on the 1st September with new stock on the website very soon, in the mean time Lucy the shop Lurcher is looking forward to some water sports…

Monday, 20 April 2015


Unusual 18th century tapestry of figures bathing in a river below a village. As the weather improves get in the mood with this 18th century tapestry of bathing women…..

This is a selection of new arrivals  in the shop for April, the trees are coming into leaf and these wonderful verdure tapestries bring that feeling of tress and flowers into the house.
A Louis XV commode is shown in front of an early 18th century Brussels tapestry, the elegant gilt and patinated bronze candlesticks have entwined poppies and the large 18th century style lantern is decorated with acanthus leaves. 
Here the same Louis XV commode is shown on york stone flags in a dining room. The prints are 18th century of Toulon in the South of France in contemporary gilt wood frames. The figure in the centre is and early 18th century carved wood Spanish processional Virgin, with 19th century massive candlesticks in either side. See them all on our website.

Lucy the shop lurcher