Tuesday, 11 April 2017

BLUE AND WHITE FAIENCE FOR SPRING TIME DECORATION

We have a wonderful collection of 18th century blue and white faience jardinieres to fill with flowers.

This two handled jardiniere from Nevers in France dates from the end of the 17th century, a time when tulips were all the rage.....at 17" wide and 7" high it would look wonderful filled with flowering spring bulbs



I love to mix the different shapes and blues together these are both 18th century from the Toulouse area of France, originally designed as a wine coolers  but wonderful as vases for flowers.


This pair of early 18th century wine coolers from Rouen in France are exquisite with delicate decoration and fresh colours.


And this  is  the latest stock on our website....
The website has large photos, information about each item and prices.

Whilst our blog has been rather neglected recently our Instagram page is updated daily with new stock and inspiration, please come and have a look!!



Monday, 13 February 2017

IT'S TIME TO THINK ABOUT TAPESTRIES IN INTERIOR DESIGN

What better decoration for your walls than antique tapestries, they bring warmth and atmosphere to any room. Over the centuries the  great houses of Europe have been decorated with large, highly decorative  figurative or pastoral tapestries bringing a feeling of luxury and grandeur to the rooms where they hang.
This months World of Interiors shows a flat in Paris decorated by the Spanish designer Isabel López-Quesada with a large Chinoiserie tapestry on the drawing room wall.

Here the renowned British decorator Robert Kime uses a beautiful tapestry when decorating Clarence House for the Prince of Wales



























One of our favourite designers Alidad, loves tapestries and often uses them to great effect in his beautiful schemes.











This is the latest edition to our collection late 17th century Flemish, 'The continent of Africa'




















You can see our collection of carefully curated tapestries here



Thursday, 9 February 2017

NEW IN THE SHOP - DECORATE YOUR WALLS




These are the latest framed prints to go up on the wall in  the shop. Amazing colour, they are a large set of early 19th century prints of mushrooms with wonderful original colour. We chose to frame them in water gilt frames with ivory coloured paint and cracked gessoed mounts with gilt bevels.

The prints were published in France in 1832....the mushrooms are depicted life size....give the dining room walls a fresh look and add some colour.
     

Friday, 8 July 2016

As you all know we in the UK are facing the chaos bought about by the recent referendum. There is a bright side, the pound is now at  a 31 year low against the US dollar, so for all of you on the other side of the pond we are now cheaper than we have been for years! It's also pretty good for the Euro zone.
If you are looking for some great European furniture  we have a good and stylish selection in the shop and on our website.
Visit our website to see what we have, it is easy to navigate, has super large photographs  and prices.





Tuesday, 26 April 2016

ANTIQUES & GAS PIPES

This blog is supposed to be about the everyday life of an antiques dealer on the King's Road in London........well, at the moment, we have the unenvious pleasure of being in the middle of huge works to replace the old gas mains with vast shiny new yellow ones. This entails digging huge holes in the road and sending the traffic off in the opposite direction.....well at least around the block, so getting here can be a bit of an adventure at the moment. Though I don't remember the London cab driver calling it an adventure last week....when I jumped into his taxi. The works, which started at the end of February,  are destined to last until October this year. So shopping from the website might be less stressful for the time being! We have a page with new items that is updated regularly click here to see it




Next week the saga of the gas main escalates as our part of the King's Road becomes one way heading into town, for the rest of the works. They have very kindly put up placards to tell the passers by that all the shops are open "as usual" not sure I would agree about the usual part but we are all open and here!
More soon.........

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

HOLIDAY IN FRANCE

We are back in London after two weeks away at our wonderful house in the Haut Var that I featured back in February. We drove south through France and stayed in southern Burgundy on the way at the 13th century Château d'Igé a small charming hotel with wonderful food and dog friendly like almost everywhere in France set in the most beautiful countryside.



Arriving the next day at our house where we had a relaxing 10 days in the sun of Provence, reading going for long walks through the vineyards and having cosy dinners with close friends.


You can check out our Instagram account for more photos and what we are up too and what is new in the shop. All too soon it was back into the car with dog and cases for the drive back north, but more about that soon….




Monday, 22 February 2016

A HOUSE IN PROVENCE

Hidden in the hills of the Haut Var in eastern Provence is our French retreat. Set in a grounds with mature Cypress trees, oleanders and native oaks lies this little gem that we disappear to when we want some peace and quiet.
The smell  of the cypress fill ones soul on arriving and then the wonderful southern aromas of the wild thyme and rosemary kick in and you know that you have arrived. the winding drive takes us up to the house..

The house isn't large just three bedrooms all giving onto the garden with a wonderful large terrace with views over the local vineyards towards the coast with the Massif des Maures in the distance.
All year round it is warm enough to have lunch outside on this terrace and in the summer we move to the pool house for lunch with friends in the shade over looking the pool.


The garden is half wild and half formal with clipped hedges, spectacular wisteria, roses, jasmine, oleander and so many other plants I can't remember them all. In the spring and then again in the autumn the wild flowers come out and the grass below the house is covered in small dots of colour



All to soon it is time to pack up and head back to London, the memories of sweet smells, good food, and the wonderful friendly locals in the village follow us back; and so it is back to London where we are very luckily surrounded by fabulous French antiques to remind us of times away. The next blog will be back to how to use antiques in decorating …….