Monday, 20 April 2015

DECORATING WITH ANTIQUES IN THE SPRING


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

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

DECORATING WITH ANTIQUES AND OLD WORLD GLAMOUR

In homage to 1stdibs article Modern Elegance vs Old World Glamour, we side with the latter…….

There is a richness and timelessnes that comes with using antiques when you decorate. The rich colours and textures in old textiles and the patina of antique furniture evoque the historic houses or Europe. There is a warmth that comes with this look that is totally different from the modern interior.

In this drawing room designed by the British designer Henrietta Spencer Churchill the use of colour and antiques creates a grand yet welcoming room flood with light coming in through the large window on the left. Photo by Christopher Drake
Here another London designer, Alidad layers the rich textures and colours of an early 18th century tapestry hung behind a gloriously coloured sofa. Photo by James McDonald.
William Eubanks has chosen a grand French Louis XV commode for this room.

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Always lovers of tapestries we have several in the shop at the moment. Here a figurative Louis XIV Aubusson tapestry takes up a whole wall with furniture in front.
The Chateau de Champ du Bataille decorated by Jacques Garcia has a grandeur that can only be achieved using antiques. Photograph by Eric Sander.
18th Century French landscape in period frame from Julia Boston Antiques
The walls are hung with portraits in carved gilt frames and the furniture is French 18th century.
Here in the shop we have hung a pair of 18th century seascapes in gilt frames above a Louis XVI commode.
William Eubanks uses a grand Louis XV commode to great effect in this room.
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In the shop we have placed a Règence French commode in front of a late 17th century Flemish tapestry. You can see all our stock at Julia Boston or go straight to the latest arrivals

Wednesday, 4 February 2015

DECORATING WITH ANTIQUE BOTANICAL PRINTS

In this month's World of Interiors are photographs of a wonderful house in Cornwall, with photographs by Christopher Simon Sykes, they show a house where the owners have hung the walls with pictures and prints.

I have always been an advocate of close hanging prints, the effect can be wonderful, you can see a similar large collection of small botanical prints, as seen in this luxurious bedroom on our website

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Monday, 26 January 2015

ANTIQUES & ENGLAND IN THE WINTER - 7 TABLES TO INSPIRE

Before the working day starts the shop lurchers get to stretch their legs……….
Ladbroke Square in Notting Hill on a frosty morning, is often followed by a walk in Kensington Gardens

or on the Little Scrubbs where the whippets and lurchers run fit to burst…………….
 Then it's down to work in the King's Road, with the two dogs  are happy in their basket under a desk.
Tables are always something that are needed, for a bunch of flowers or to put your drink on when you relax at the end of the day, these are some of the ones that we have in stock at the moment.
with a diameter of 81 cm or 32" there is room for flowers and a glass of wine
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The same size as the one able but a different look…….
marble specimen table
or for the more exotic, this specimen marble topped table could fit the bill.
georgian library table
this elegant George IV library table, would look good behind a sofa with an elegant bunch of flowers. 

You also need tables against the wall and we always have a good selection of consoles on show, this one was made by the celebrated French 'eboniste' or furniture maker Jacob
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or this elegant console table with a black marble top, seen here with a large pair of candelabra
'Retour D'Egypte' Console table with carved and ebonised sphinx heads from Julia Boston Antiques.
or if you have a large wall this impressive console probably also by Jacob would make a grand statement; seen here below a collection of 18th century black and white engravings.
A view of the important French Console with a marble top at Julia Boston Antiques. The piece, probably by esteemed furniture maker Georges Jacob, is shown with a collection of 18th century framed engravings.
All our stock can be seen at our website Julia Boston or if you just want to jump to what's new click here


Thursday, 11 December 2014

FROM LARGE TO SMALL 8 TAPESTRIES TO DECORATE YOUR WALLS

As the first frosts appear in the mornings, and Christmas is only just over two weeks away what better time than to combine a little luxury decorating with the Christmas preparations.

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Only six feet (183 cm) high this small Brussels tapestry has warm reds and greens and dates from the 1760's

The Rape Of A Sabine' 18th Century Tapestry from Julia Boston Antiques

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With a wonderful decorative border this mid 18th century French 'Verdure' Tapestry is just over 8 feet tall and only just over 4 feet wide.
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If you want large and impressive this 17th century tapestry of Psyche and Cupid with a magnificent border would fit the bill. Measuring 11 feet high by just over 8 feet wide with strong blues and reds.
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This 18th century Aubusson tapestry only 6 feet square with a dark blue border is perfect for a smaller space.
aubusson

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For a large wall this beautiful 17th century Brussels tapestry with fresh colours, a very fine weave, and a highly decorative floral border, it is just over 10 feet high by 10 and a half feet wide.
Brussel's tapestry of Jupiter and Io

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This English Mortlake Tapestry of Apollo dates from the late 17th early 18th century. Finely woven with strong reds, blues and greens and measuring 10 feet by 8 foot six inches.


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For lower ceilings this magical Louis XIV Aubusson tapestry with a procession of figures in a wooded landscape is only 7 foot 6 inches high.
louis xiv tapestry

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For more muted tones this simple 18th century French Aubusson tapestry with the arms of a pre-revolutionary family and the date 1738 is the perfect country house decoration.
18th century Aubusson tapestry with coat of arms

All of these tapestries and more can be seen on our website.

Thursday, 21 August 2014

FRENCH ANTIQUES & HOLIDAYS IN FRANCE IN THE PERIGORD AND PROVENCE

We are finally off on holiday……..Lucy the youngest shop dog has her passport and we are off,  first to the Perigord,  in the south-west of France and from there to our house in Provence. For antiques dealers there are small fairs on all over the place so we could be coming back with some new things for the shop.
Lucy ready for the off……..

It is often difficult to know what to take as presents for friends whom you are staying with and I am taking grouse for dinner, shot in Scotland and cooked in a chateau in the woods of the south-west of France.

Meanwhile there are always new pieces in the shop click on the image to see them
For effortless chic this mid 17thc Japanese screen hangs above a Louis XVI period canapé with it;s wonderful original upholstery in a French country house chic state
More soon …………..