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have a confession. One that doesn’t make me very cool… The back-to-school season is my favourite time of year. An invigorated mood, and a chance to covet the new season’s trends as we prepare for cosy days at home, are all to relish. It’s time to try something fresh and to explore, and we hope to help you do just that by bringing you the best that autumn has to o�er. In this issue of H&A we guide you through the latest homeware trends and their roots in history on p115, while our timeless house features – from rustic retreats to grand halls – are filled with rich textures, cosy touches and beautiful ideas for autumn interiors. This is also the season to enjoy the great outdoors and we hope to inspire you to pull on your wellies and crunch through the fallen leaves of a beautiful arboretum with our guide to the best the country has to o�er on p104. Though that alone is enough to get me in the back-to-school mood, if you’re looking to swot up on antiques, we have plenty of informative and entertaining reads to o�er you, from the story behind the sale of a Degas bronze to the history of the clock. Having returned to our desks with renewed energy and a fresh eye, we’ve decided it’s time to invite you to give feedback on H&A on p14. We hope you’ll join in, so we can continue to make this a one-stop destination for antiques and interiors every season.

BEHIND THE SCENES Marisa Daly styled our shoot on collectable fruit and vegetable ceramics, which was photographed by Katya de Grunwald (p50). We love the fact that these vessels range from 18th-century Chelsea Pottery pieces to a new collection by designer Tory Burch.


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Dumfries, saved by Prince Charles in 2007, is home to over 50 pieces of furniture by Thomas Chippendale

Quills were not replaced by reeds until the Middle Ages and the pen didn’t catch on in Europe until the 1600s

The Egyptians planted foreign trees in honour of the Pharoahs – an early form of a collection

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Rosanna Morris This month freelance writer Rosanna uncovered both the history of the clock (p138) and the story behind the sale of Edgar Degas’ Petite Danseuse (p144) for H&A. ‘It’s riveting how this seemingly innocent sculpture caused such a furore on a par with reactions to Warhol and Hirst’s work so many decades later,’ she enthuses.


Ellie Tennant Ellie is an interiors journalist whose new book, Chic Boutiquers at Home, will be published this October. Ellie penned our feature on antique vegetable ceramics (p50). ‘They have a fascinating history,’ she says. ‘Fruit and vegetables were status symbols in the 1800s. People hired pineapples in order to impress their guests.’

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O N T H E COV ER ‘Fornasetti II Chiavi Segrete’ wallpaper, £140 per roll, Cole & Son. Terracotta pots, from £4; vintage books, £6 each; Gladioli & Dahlias booklet, £5; English Gardens booklet, £5, all Mason & Painter. Cream jug, £15, Sunbury Antiques Market. Ceramic hand, £78, The Old Cinema. Garden propagator, £195, Meldon House.Home. Lead plant label, £30; Sutton’s seed tin, £95; enamel and arboretum tree labels, £25 each; seed sower, £30; William Swift billhook, £68; axe, £110, all Garden & Wood. Glass vase, £75; green jute ribbon, £3, both The Conran Shop. ‘Camperdown’ elm tray, £150, Pentreath & Hall. Brown jug, £21, The French House. Wooden dibber, £5.50, RE. White stool, £175, Orchid. PHOTOGRAPH: KATYA DE GRUNWALD. STYLING: MARISA DALY

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Nature’s table Ceramics decorated with fruit and vegetables, and even made in their forms, have been cultivated for over 200 years. H&A uncovers a fruitful history – and provides inspiration for displaying your collection


The finest autumn homewares and auction lots. Plus the best exhibitions to see this month


Chateau chic H&A’s columnist, antiques dealer Gordon Watson, muses on the exquisite interiors nouse of a friend with a much-loved French home


Shopping Cool Scandinavian design classics, plus cosy autumn looks and beautiful pens that make writing a pleasure


A world of pattern Emerging designer Stephanie Lawton is making her mark on all kinds of surfaces with her intricate pattern designs



Attention to detail A lifelong love of Palladian architecture led Will Fisher, founder of chimneypiece company Jamb, to create an elegant and understated home



A work of art Saskia Spender has converted an anonymous terraced house into an exotic treasure trove of creative endeavours COVER STORY


The old curiosity shop Nothing about Shelly Elson’s home is ordinary. But you wouldn’t expect anything less from the owner of a cool vintage homewares store

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The simple things A converted 18th-century mill in Burgundy has been lovingly restored over 36 years COVER STORY



A royal restoration To celebrate the eighth anniversary of saving Dumfries House, we explore this magnificent Georgian gem


Blaze of glory It’s the perfect time of year to visit the UK’s dramatic arboretums. Discover the best to visit




The H&A guide to the new season’s collections Take your pick from autumn’s most desirable trends and discover their historical predecessors


8 ways to add comfort and style with wool To coincide with British Wool Week, our guide will show you great ways to bring this ecofriendly fibre into your home



Auction focus: movie memorabilia A Bonhams sale of Richard Attenborough’s silverscreen souvenirs throws the spotlight on a popular collecting area



10 key stories in the history of the clock Rosanna Morris takes a moment to uncover horology’s intriguing history


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The Little Dancer The story of Edgar Degas’ beloved bronze Petite Danseuse de Quatorze Ans and its recent auction success


Travel diary First-rate days out and autumnal escapes


The inside track Liberty managing director Ed Burstell shares the places that inspire him


Let’s visit… Brussels A city brimming with art nouveau is ideal for an inspiring weekend away


October’s fair dates Our guide to the month’s best fairs, plus exclusive ticket o�ers



Mailbox Reader stories and the latest from Homes & Antiques online


Reader survey Tell us what you think of H&A for a chance to win a £250 John Lewis gift card COVER STORY


Competition 10 readers will each win £300worth of Sanderson cushions


Competition Win a luxury break to the Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair


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Shopping directory Full details of this issue’s stockists COVER STORY


The final lot Interior designer and icon Iris Apfel tells us about her beloved European antiques

Sir Jacob Epstein, 1932 Estimate: £ 5,000–8,000 Bellmans

Auto Union DKW Type F7 Cabriolet Estimate: 50,000 Auctionata

Sapphire and Diamond Ring Estimate: £ 200–300 Fellows

Iván Navarro Estimate: 20,000–30,000 Tajan

Portrait of Alfred Hitchcock Estimate: £ 2,500–3,500 Dreweatts & Bloomsbury

Rolex, circa 1989 Estimate: £ 16,500–18,500 Watches of Knightsbridge

Gerard Dillon Estimate: 20,000–30,000 deVeres


Balvenie Vintage Cask 1966 Estimate: £ 900–£1,100 McTear’s

Andreas Gursky Estimate: $ 600,000–800,000 Phillips

Doucai ‘Lotus & Bats’ Vase Estimate: £ 150,000–200,000 Peter Wilson

Bernard Leach Dish, circa 1950 Estimate: £ 1,200–£1,800 Maak

Troika Pottery Mask Estimate: £ 600–800 Chorley’s

A Tahitian Necklace Estimate: $ 2,000–3,000 Aspire Auctions

Robert Indiana ‘Golden Love’ Estimate: $ 3,000–5,000 Wright

Hans Wegner Swivel Chair Estimate: $ 8,000–12,000 LA Modern



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Reach for the sky Just wanted to say many thanks for the free packet of Sunflower seeds that came with July’s H&A. They have grown… And grown! NINA ARCHER, SUFFOLK

H&A REPLI ES That’s incredible, Nina! If the size of those flowers is anything to go by you must have enjoyed a lot of summer sun over in Suffolk. Either that or you’re blessed with some of the greenest fingers to have ever flicked through a copy of H&A. Eat your heart out Capability Brown.


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I have a complete collection of Liberty of London Year Mugs. My first mug is dated 1875–1975 and thereafter the mugs are dated for each year from 1976 up to, and including 2007 (a total of 33 mugs). Each mug is perfect and has never been used. I now want to sell my collection and would be grateful for your advice as to the best way to go about this. Should I sell them as a collection or singly? could you also give me a rough figure as to the value of the mugs?

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I haven’t seen one of these mugs in real life but my research suggests that the auction pricing would be that of collector’s plates and other limited-edition wares produced by the likes of Halcyon Days and Crown Derby. The pricing seems to start at about £10 per mug going up to £40 each. They don’t appear to come up at auction very often or, if they do, they don’t have a strong financial following, and so these prices are from the web sales only. If you are looking to sell your collection then the internet must be the way to do it because of the complete lack of any regular auction results to set a form by. Taking the £10 price per piece seen on the internet, your collection must be pushing towards £400 with the best selling option. I wouldn’t advise trying to sell them at a regular antiques auction.

Your ‘Children’s Book Illustrations’ feature in the August issue was inspirational. I’ve always enjoyed the creativity of these illustrations and so it was a surprise to learn that so many are available to collect. I’m now trying to find some of the illustrations from one of my most loved childhood reads, The Little White Horse, by Elizabeth Goudge, illustrated by C Walter Hodges. The pictures in it are most attractive. Thank you for the idea! JO HARDY, NOTTINGHAM

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Mailbox Correction In the ‘Behind the brand’ article on Osprey London published in September’s H&A, we erroneously stated that, before founding Osprey London, Mr Ellisdon had been a door-to-door salesman in Hertfordshire selling plastic belts. This was inaccurate and we’re sorry if Mr Ellisdon felt any embarrassment as a result. We regret letting him and our readers down on this occasion.


We like this LAPADA, the UK’s largest trade association for professional art and antiques dealers, is the authority when it comes to antiques shopping. While you can rest assured that their stamp of approval means high-quality antiques, you can also peruse their covetable Pinterest account at your leisure. Scroll through their pictures and you’ll find LAPADA’s object of the week, a board of dreamy Asian and Islamic artworks, and get a peak at what happened at their 40th anniversary party last year. Visit the website for an online store and have a read of their blog, too.


TOP POTS Last month, H&A paid a visit to Wedgwood, a company renowned for its craftsmanship. It was a thrilling insight behind the scenes of an iconic brand. One of our followers was particularly excited by the photo that we Instagramed…

homes_antiques Location: World of Wedgwood 39 likes 6d homes_antiques Master craftsmen at work @ Wedgwood_UK #potteries #craft #design #vase milky_moon_fog Woo hoo Stoke on Trent represent! My step dad used to work for Wedgewood and all my family were potters!



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The finest pieces of tribal art on the market now


A photographic tour of Charleston Farmhouse

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There’s a delight in the chill of the crisp autumn months. ALICE HANCOCK finds the new season is an array of rich colours and interesting finds, from furniture to fashion

THE FINISHING TOUCH Part of the pleasure of an antique find is the patina acquired over years of use. Run your hand along an old wooden table and it tells the story of hundreds of meals. Add to your table with an array of textures for both eyes and hands. Cole & Son’s Fornasetti archive ‘Chiavi Segrete’ wallpaper (£140 per roll) is the ideal setting for a vintage garden propagator (£195 from Meldon House.Home) and other harvest treasures. *;



A limited edition of the ‘Faaborg’ chair by iconic Danish designer Kaare Klint marks the seat’s centennial year



Brighten the autumn days with pops of colour, courtesy of carefully chosen circus and fair-themed pieces


27 Charles and Ray Eames were the most prolific designers of their day. The Barbican’s extensive new exhibition pays tribute


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The best way to show off an old object is not to shy away from blemishes. The marks of age only add to a piece’s story. My tip is to get to know a couple of dealers whose style you like so that each visit is a joyful exploration.

Gone are the days when Kilner jars were solely found on grocery store shelves containing all varieties of dried goods. Though this is what they have become synonymous with since Yorkshire bottlemaker John Kilner & Co set up in the 1840s, with industrial interiors so à la mode, they’ve found a new lease of life as good-looking light fixtures too. Pleated glass ‘Plug & Go’ Kilner jam jar light, £95. * 01386 257654;

Suzy Hoodless, interior designer



GREAT DANE These elegant chairs were designed 100 years ago by Kaare Klint, the father of modern Danish design, for the opening of the Faaborg Museum. There are 100 numbered pieces in a walnut centenary edition (£3,792). * 020 7632 7587;



The centenary edition ‘Faaborg’ chair will be on show at the Carl Hansen & Søn showroom in Clerkenwell, London


SUNNY SIDE UP With the new-season collections beaming with deco graphics (see our trends guide on p115), the sunburst designs of Sabrina Shah Hakim’s cushions are bang on the money (£25 each). *

Philip Mould – portraiture expert and art adventurer on BBC’s Fake or Fortune? – will move his gallery from London’s Dover Street to a new home on Pall Mall, opening on 6th October. Full of fascinating art gems, it also has a library where art-world tales are unspun. * 020 7499 6818;


In need of a quick interiors fix? Find galleries of Homes & Antiques’ inspiring imagery and expert decorating guides on our new website at HOMESANDANTIQUES.COM

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PICASSO’S GOAT Sworders’ 20th-Century Decorative Art and Design sale, 13th October Made at the Madoura Pottery in Vallauris in France, this Goat’s Head in Profile charger was designed by Pablo Picasso in 1952 during his most prolific period of ceramic design. The restored plate, from an edition of 100, was broken a couple of years ago, putting its pre-sale value at £700–£1,000, compared to £15,000 if it had been in mint condition. It’s still a Picasso though, so expect competitive bidding. * 01279 817778;



A BADA MEMBERSHIP The British Antiques Dealers Association was established in 1918 to maintain the high quality of antiques sold on these shores. The best way to get exclusive insight into these treasures is with a BADA Friends membership, providing free entry to antiques fairs, visits to private collections and access to industry experts. Upcoming events include a reception at Gray MCA, for its exhibition of Irwin Crosthwait’s fashion drawings (pictured) and a masterclass on antique carpets. To win one of eight memberships worth £30, send a postcard with your contact details, marked ‘BADA membership’, to the address on p177. * 020 7589 4128;



One of the many joys of autumn is the excuse to curl up with a good book come a rainy evening. Avoid dog-eared paper bookmarks by investing in a set of Nkuku’s sweet animal-topped brass page markers. ‘Stag’ bookmark, £7.95. * 01803 866847;

For years, English beech has been the wood of choice for butcher’s blocks, so it was a natural choice for Sebastian Cox’s kitchen collaboration with deVOL. The kitchen (base unit, wall cupboards and free-standing furniture) has fine visible dovetails and woven panels – marks of both Cox’s commitment to craftsmanship and deVOL’s traditional manufacturing at its mill on the River Soar. * 01509 261000;

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A sumptuous range of Roman blinds and curtains in rich, intense shades.




At the circus Roll up! Roll up! Brighten up the autumn months with a showcase of circus-inspired antiques and homewares LEFT Trifani circus

elephant brooch, £360.79, Vintage Luxury. RIGHT Fairground sign, £485, Argent & Sable. 0800 587 7645;

1950s Italian cinema seats, £650, Dorian Caffot de Fawes. 020 7386 9386;

‘Malvern Stripe’ organic cotton, £18 per m, Ochre & Ocre. 01684 833146;


BIBELOT Nothing to do with holy books or books at all, in fact. Bibelot refers to a small decorative object, which is valued for its personal significance LOTS TO LOVE

THE NAME’S BOND… Special Auction Services’ Quarterly Fine Art sale, 17th September

ABOVE 19th-century

toleware hat shop sign, find similar from David Levi at The Decorative Fair. 020 7616 9327;

ABOVE LEFT ‘Ampersand’ marquee light, £65,

House Junkie. 01886 884091; ABOVE RIGHT ‘Circus Cat’ side plate, £36,

Rory Dobner. 020 7734 1234;

Multi-coloured ‘Gipsy’ mango wood chest, £299.90, Maisons du Monde. 0808 234 2172;

The interest in Ian Fleming books shows no signs of abating, particularly as the new Bond film hits screens this month. This 1963 version of On Her Majesty’s Secret Service is number one in a special edition of 250 books signed by the author and is estimated to fetch £400–£600. * 01635 580595;

ABOVE 1950s Pollux theatre light, £2,400, The Old Cinema. 020 8995 4166; theoldcinema. LEFT Doll’s head candlesticks, £10.50, The Contemporary Home. 0845 130 8229;

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Over 35 years of quality British craftsmanship Extensive fabric and customisation options Luxury 20cm deep easy roll-out sofa bed Exceptional value compared to the high street

The Appley 1, 2 & 3 Seater Sofa Bed in House Linen Peppercorn

Call 0845 468 0577 Sofa Beds | Sofas | Beds



CAT’S EYES Duke’s Coins, Militaria and Collectables sale, 15th & 16th Oct A collection of 24 mid 20thcentury posters published by The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents offers bidders the chance to enjoy the work of Leonard Cusden, one of the best-known poster artists of the 1940s–50s. Estimates range from £50 to £200. * 01305 265080;


DO TRY THIS AT HOME AuctionMe is a new online auction house set up to live stream monthly auctions. Because the sales are internet-only, you don’t have to drive to distant locations yet still get the auction room buzz from watching the auctioneer’s patter on screen. The next sale is on 26th September. * 07484 269256;

B U Y O R S E L L?




Georgian coffee pots of the early to mid 18th century have taken a dive in value due to the popularity of coffee machines, so now’s the time to pounce. Look out for baluster-shaped pots from the period of King George II (1727–60), which are slightly smaller than standard pots and currently fetch £800–£1,200 at auction. A well-known maker would push the price up.

Jewellery made from jade (an umbrella term that describes both emerald green ‘jadeite’ and paler celadon green ‘nephrite’) is increasingly popular with collectors, and includes bangles, brooches and earrings. The stone was particularly fashionable in the art deco period. Good pieces can fetch £2,000 or more at auction, depending on quality and rarity.


McCully & Crane East Sussex’s most brilliant – and bizarre – interiors destination is a riot of fun finds WHO Florist Marcus Crane and visual merchandiser Gareth McCully sold up in east London in 2009 and headed to Rye. When it came to sorting through what they’d put in storage, they decided that they’d try their hand at opening a shop. WHAT Regularly redecorated, the shop, which sells everything from antique taxidermy to glitter balls, changes with Marcus’s mood. The current vibe? ‘Soft. Pink and nudey colours.’ FIND Having expanded the shop into a double-fronted property just six months after opening, the pair are set to open a new gallery this month. It will display canvases by Luke Hannam, and photography by H&A contributor Katya de Grunwald. BUY The zebra head (which Marcus secretly hopes won’t sell) is £3,000 but the 60s co�ee table (above) is a more attainable £375. * 07932 478383;

LEFT The shop is nothing if not eclectic. Finds range from 1920s Iranian rugs to enlarged magazine pages and taxidermy – they even sold a unicorn head (with a narwhal tusk) last year

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ONE-STOP GUIDES Be prepared for your next gallery visit or antiques hunt: these tomes are packed with information and look good on the shelf too

Behind the brand

Moon One of the last vertical wool mills in Britain launches its latest collection at this year’s Decorex

A A new edition of The Thames & Hudson Introduction to Art goes from the prehistoric to the digital with sections on themes, visual language and over 800 images. Plus, it contains in-depth dissections of eight iconic works. (Thames & Hudson, £39.95)

Six-hundred of the world’s greatest works of art, ranging from more traditional sculpture and painting to contemporary installations and the decorative arts, are contained within the sweeping 30,000 Years of Art – surely the ultimate art reference book. (Phaidon, £24.95)

In true DK style, Design: The Definitive Visual History is one of the most clearly laid-out books on the market. Encyclopedic in its coverage, it bounds from Pantone colours to Liberty vases to the penny-farthing. A design nut’s dream. (Dorling Kindersley, £25)

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braham Moon was already using his business acumen and bountiful energy for the benefit of the town of Guiseley when he founded luxury wool and fabric company Moon in 1837. Before opening his own mill, he supplied local families with yarn to weave cloth on handlooms in their own homes. Once the cloth was woven, Abraham collected the pieces, paid the weavers and sold it in Leeds markets. It was this same enterprising attitude that helped him to build the fabric company that exists today. As the firm grew steadily, so did the need for more space. Bales of raw wool were arriving at the factory by the truckload and, in 1868, the decision was made to build a three-storey mill just 300 yards from Abraham’s home. Before long, Moon was a ‘vertical’ operation, with the dyeing, blending, carding, spinning, weaving and finishing all taking place on site. When Abraham died in 1877 his son, Isaac, took over the business but in 1902 the mill burned to the ground. Undeterred, Isaac rebuilt with great success and in

1920 the Moons sold their shares to the mill manager, Charles Walsh. Now run by the fourth generation of the Walsh family, Moon is one of the last remaining vertical woollen mills in Great Britain. In 2009, the company ventured into home accessories with a new brand, Bronte by Moon, which features soft furnishings, throws and cushions in cosy tweeds. This year marks the debut of the ‘Naturally’ range, a pure wool collection that is being launched at Decorex. Giving traditional plaids a fresh twist, the collection showcases earthy tones in classic check and ombré designs. After nearly 180 years in the business, Moon shows no sign of slowing down – just as Abraham would’ve liked it. * 01943 873181; ABOVE Female workers mending in the newly built

Moon factory in 1912; Bronte by Moon features luxury cushions in bright colours and geometric prints BELOW Moon’s latest collection, ‘Naturally’, uses earthy tones for a seasonal twist on traditional plaids

Behind the brand words: Emma Jolliffe






here’s something for every budget in Christie’s annual Australian art auction, with estimates on the 70 lots ranging from £700 to £200,000, and periods spanning 1870 to the 1990s. ‘The golden age of Australian art was the late 19th and early 20th centuries, an interesting period when a lot of Australian artists travelled to Britain and Europe and returned with ideas and practices such as painting en plein air,’ says Christie’s art specialist Amanda Fuller. Some of the most charming and a�ordable works are by Archibald Bertram Webb (1887–1944), a Kent-born artist who emigrated to Perth in 1915. ‘His works – of which we have 18 for sale – portray the distinctive coastal scenery at Nedlands, where he settled,’ says Amanda. One such landscape painting is The Hills, a pencil and watercolour piece (65 x 50cm) estimated at £4,000–£6,000. At the other end of the scale is the magnificent Maori oil painting Reverie, Ena te Papatahi, a Ngapuhi Chieftainess by Charles Frederick Goldie (1870–1947). It is estimated at £200,000–£300,000. * Australian Art, 24th September, Christie’s,

A FINE TIME Britain’s constantly changing weather gives you every excuse to invest in one of Loaf’s new ‘Lovebird’ barometer clocks (from £275), which rotate through five forecast-appropriate illustrations. * 0845 459 9937;



8 King Street, London, SW1Y 6QT (020 7839 9060;

LEFT Archibald Bertram Webb’s The Hills THIS IMAGE

Reverie, Ena te Papatahi, a Ngapuhi Chieftainess by Charles Frederick Goldie

Roseberys’ Art, Antiques & Vintage Fashion sale, 3rd October This canvas and leather Louis Vuitton suitcase (estimate £400–£600) is one lot among many covetable Hermès and Louis Vuitton 1950s and 60s bags for sale. * 020 8761 2522;

5 of the best: Mixing bowls If The Great British Bake Off inspires sticky fingered adventures, stir up a storm in smart bowl






Mauviel ‘M’passion’ copper egg white bowl, Divertimenti. 0330 333 0351;

19th-century spongeware mixing bowl, East Meets West Antiques on 1stdibs.

‘Baker St’ pudding dish, Imperial War Museum Shop. 020 7091 3119;

Mason Cash ceramic mixing bowl, Kitchens Cookshop. 02920 227899;

Non-slip mixing bowl, John Lewis. 03456 049049;





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PURE PIZZAZZ Kerry Taylor Auctions’ Antique & Vintage Fashion & Textiles sale, 13th October Go Jazz Age for the Christmas party season with an authentic outfit from the period. This pretty coral pink chiffon beaded dress, c1927–28, with an approximate UK dress size of 12-14, is going up for sale with a dramatic gold and black sequin evening coat from the 1920s, also a UK 12-14. The dual lot carries a pre-sale estimate of £400–£600.


A NEW HOME John Lewis’s flagship homeware department has had a £14m makeover. This month the Oxford Street store opens the doors of a new 94,000 sq ft space showing the country’s largest selection of homewares. And, if you need any more excuse for a visit, this season’s collections are among the shop’s most glamourous to date. * 03456 049049;

* 020 8676 4600;


ROUND TWO In 2013, inspired by his Jacobean folly, Nicky Haslam teamed up with Oka for a range of fresh, gothic-inspired pieces. Now he is back with a second collection, which includes this pretty Victorian-look side table (£375). * 0844 815 7380;


A BLANK CANVAS Just when it seemed that there might be enough artisan homeware brands to satiate our needs, Canvas Home launched in the UK. Founded by Brit Andrew Corrie in the US in 2008, its useable, tactile wares are being stocked at Selfridges. Snap up the metallic cutlery ahead of the party season rush. ‘Oslo’ cutlery sets, £63 each. * 0800 123 400;

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TOP LIGHT The lucite green of Jonathan Adler’s new ‘Barcelona’ lamp (£1,095) deserves glowing reviews. * 020 7589 9563;



Charles and Ray Eames

HIGH STANDARDS The emphasis is quality craftsmanship at Chorley’s special autumn sale

An extensive exhibition of Eames designs opens this month, putting this prolific American pair at the top of the style agenda Charles and Ray Eames going through slides at the Eames Office in Santa Monica, California Art deco diamond jewellery is fetching good prices at auction. Designed in the shape of cornucopias, these jewels are lapel clips estimated to fetch between £2,500 and £3,500.

Eames Office LLC


ay ‘Eames’ and it’s likely that furniture springs to mind. After all, the Eames ‘LCM’ moulded chair (1946) is among their most iconic pieces. Yet Charles and Ray Eames’ practice also encompassed everything from the production of military equipment to films, exhibitions, architecture and toy making. The pair met at Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan when Ray came to assist Charles in 1941. They married that same year – the start of a formidable personal and professional collaboration that lasted for four decades. In 1945, using Charles’s training as an architect, the pair set about designing the Eames House in Santa Monica, part of a programme initiated by Arts & Architecture magazine as a way to showcase new ideas in residential design. The Eames’ concept was to create a home for a married couple working in design and graphic art. They used pre-fabricated materials in line with their philosophy of a�ordable design for all, and lived in the house for the rest of their lives. ‘They worked on a lot of self-initiated projects,’ says Lotte Johnson, assistant curator of The World of Charles and Ray Eames, which opens at the Barbican this month. ‘But they were also sought-after as both designers and thinkers by the government and bigger companies.’ The Barbican exhibition brings together an unprecedented array of Eames work that, alongside their renowned furniture designs, includes collaborations with designer Alexander Girard and film-maker Billy Wilder. It also features a restoration of their experimental projection Think, which was originally created for the New York World Fair in 1964 and has not been experienced by an audience since. * The World of Charles and Ray Eames, Barbican

Art Gallery, London, EC2Y 8DS. 21st October to 14th February. 020 7638 8891;

The work of Sir William Russell Flint remains highly sought-after. He probably painted The Bath (above), a watercolour on silk, in the early 1930s. It has an estimate of £30,000–£50,000.

As tea grew in value, so lockable tea caddies, such as these fine examples, became an essential household item. Regency tortoiseshell caddy (left, est £2,000–£3,000); George III satinwood caddy (right, est £600–£800). * The Connoisseurs’ Collection sale, 13th October at Chorley’s, Prinknash Abbey Park, nr Cheltenham, GL4 8EU. 01452 344499;

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AFTER THE AUCTION Track the trends in the salesrooms with our round-up of the latest prices

CHILD’S PLAY Estimate: £1,000–£1,500 Hammer: £3,250 As you may have learned from our August issue, children’s illustrations are a burgeoning collecting area and Sotheby’s recent sale underlined the fact. Perhaps unsurprisingly, given the 150th anniversary of Alice in Wonderland this year, this Charles Folkard illustration nigh-on tripled its estimate. * 020 7293 5000;

BRONZE POSITION Estimate: £800–£1,200. Hammer: £1,000 Lynn Chadwick is better known for his monumental sculptural works (see them in situ at Chatsworth on p31) than smaller work such as this 1983 struck bronze medal. It was an usual addition to Fellows’ Coins & Medals auction but its ‘as issued’ quality gives it a brighter yellowgold colour than others in the 128-medal run, which tend to have a more bronzy appearance. * 0121 212 2131;



Estimate: £200–£400 Hammer: £210

Estimate: £300–£500 Hammer: £805

This 19th-century Indian bone and ivory inlaid dressing box was quite a find in Halls’ July sale. Made in campaign style, with brass corner protectors decorated with scrolling leaves, it was exported from the Vizagapatam region of India, famed for its delicate wood and ivory work.

This travel clock, featured in our July issue, chimes in well with the current trend for art deco pieces. Its Orient Express-style glamour saw it double its estimate. * 020 8313 3655;

* 01743 450700;

HOT COFFEE Estimate: £10,000– £15,000 Hammer: £80,500 Christie’s Centuries of Style sale really was just that. The array of historical beauties included this white baluster Chelseaware coffeepot, which fetched a huge sum. * 020 7752 3122;

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RACING OFF Estimate: £80–£120. Hammer: £600 The tinplate Meccano ‘No 2 Motor Car’, a highlight of Special Auction Services’ 30th July Toys for the Collector sale, zoomed off with more than seven times its estimate, despite minor wear and tear. It dates from the 1930s, when the company expanded its range of metal toys to include plane and car constrctor kits with powerful clockwork motors. * 01635 380595;



SANDERSON CUSHIONS The Sanderson range of cushions reflects the elegant colour palette and classic English design that distinguish Sanderson’s exquisite wallcoverings and fabrics



he perfect finishing touch, cushions are a lovely way to transform an interior – and 10 lucky H&A readers will each win £300-worth of cushions from Sanderson’s latest ranges. Carefully created from the ‘Aegean’, ‘Voyages of Discovery’, ‘Fabienne’ and ‘Vintage 2’ collections, nine statement prints feature as exquisitely designed cushions, and are complemented by eight

jewel-toned velvet cushions in the sumptuous ‘Icaria’. You could also choose from a new capsule range of ‘Little Sanderson’ cushions – four designs from the ‘Abacazoo’ collection have been made into cushions for children. For more information, visit

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OCTOBER K3rd Art, Antiques & Vintage Fashion, Roseberys, 74-76 Knights Hill, West Norwood, London. 020 8761 2522; K6th Oriental Rugs & Carpets, Christie’s King Street, St James’s, London. 020 7839 9060; K6th & 7th Fine Art Sale, Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood, St Edmund’s Court, Okehampton Street, Exeter. 01392 413100; K8th British & Continental Ceramics & Glass, Tooveys, Spring Gardens, Washington, West Sussex. 01903 891955; K13th Antique & Vintage Fashion & Textiles, Kerry Taylor Auctions, Bermondsey, London. 020 8676 4600; K13th, 14th, 15th Fine Art Sale including Silver & Vertu, Lawrences, The Linen Yard, South Street, Crewkerne, Somerset. 01460 73041; K13th 20th-Century Decorative Art & Design, Sworders, Cambridge Road, Stansted Mountfitchet, Essex. 01279 817778; K 14th Postcards, Halls, 2 Barker Street, Shrewsbury, Shropshire. 01743 450700; K19th Furniture & Works of Art, Mallams Abingdon, Dunmore Court, Wootton Road, Abingdon, Oxfordshire. 01865 241358; K21st 20th-Century Design, Woolley & Wallis, 51-61 Castle Street, Salisbury, Wiltshire. 01722 424500; K22nd Victorian, Edwardian & Scottish Jewellery, McTears, 31 Meiklewood Road, Glasgow. 0141 810 2880; K22nd 20th-Century Books & Works on Paper, Bloomsbury Auctions, Bloomsbury House, 24 Maddox Street, London W1S 1PP. 020 7495 9494; K 22nd Art & Design from 1860, Cheffins, Clifton House, 1 & 2 Clifton Road, Cambridge. 01223 213343; K24th Vintage Costume, Textiles, Dolls & Teddy Bears, Tennants, Harmby Road, Leyburn, North Yorkshire. 01969 623780; K24th Decades of Design, Fieldings, Stourbridge, West Midlands. 01384 444140; K 28th Specialist Watches, Gardiner Houlgate, Corsham, Wiltshire. 01225 812912; K 28th Decorative Arts: Design from 1860, Lyon & Turnbull, 33 Broughton Place, Edinburgh. 0131 557 8844; K29th Old Master & British Paintings, Christie’s South Kensington, 85 Old Brompton Road, London. 020 7930 6074;

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THE DIARY NORTHERN BRIGHTS The 10th Northern Design Festival opens in Newcastle’s Assembly House in October. Be first to see the work of emerging makers and a site-specific installation by Newcastle’s renowned lighting designer David Irwin to launch his ‘M’ lamps. * 21st to 25th October. The Assembly House, 55 Westgate Road, Newcastle upon Tyne. 01912 762227;

Terrarium-inspired cushions by textile designer Sophie Thompson

Chinese master China has always been associated with ceramics and the activist and artist Ai Weiwei has been fascinated by the ceramic industry since his return to the country in 1993. Coloured Vases, a piece that Ai created this year that considers the production of fake Chinese porcelain using traditional techniques, is among the work to be shown in the first major survey of his oeuvre. As an artist who is fascinated by the tensions between traditional techniques and contemporary practice, this promises to be a fascinating exhibition. * 19th September to 13th December. Burlington House, Piccadilly, London. 020 7300 8000;


BATTERSEA DECORATIVE ANTIQUES FAIR Sometimes you see a piece you love but you can’t quite imagine where it fits at home. The beauty of the Battersea Decorative Fair is that the antiques are displayed in roomsets, so it’s easy to get of sense of where they might work. It’s the 30th anniversary this year so the fair will be in full celebratory swing with the themed foyer displaying the fair’s 30-year history. On sale you’ll find everything from art deco and English country furniture, both mainstays of the fair since it started, to TICKET rarities such as an early 20thOFFER century Stei� cockerel and the SHOW THIS PAGE ON back of a late-1600s Italian ENTRY TO GET 2-FOR-1 celebration cart. ON TICKETS, NORMALLY * 29th September to 4th October. Battersea Evolution, Battersea Park, London. 020 7616 9327;



Coming up roses To see pictures of Hitomi Hosono’s delicate porcelain is one thing (as you might know from our feature on her in September’s issue) but to witness her work in the flesh is quite another. The furling leaves and coral tones are a perfect foil to the elegant antiques and fabrics in the Colefax & Fowler townhouse where her work goes on display this month. Originally inspired by Wedgwood’s Jasperware, what Hitomi describes as the ‘softness and delicacy’ of rose petals in some of the Colefax & Fowler patterns has given rise to new pieces with ‘sweeping porcelain petals’ that will be on display amid the period pieces. * 6th October to 27th October. 39 Brook Street, Mayfair, London. 020 7493 2231;

Hitomi Hosono’s ‘Feather Leaves’ bowl is by inspired by Colefax & Fowler interiors

Lynn Chadwick’s Pair of Walking Figures – Jubilee (1977) stride away from the greenhouses at Chatsworth


For the past 10 years, Chatsworth has provided a baroque backdrop to an exhibition of contemporary sculpture in the early autumn. To celebrate the 10th anniversary this year Tim Marlow, artistic director of the Royal Academy, is curating a selection of pieces by the greats of 20th-century British sculpture. Works by the likes of Barbara Hepworth, Lynn Chadwick and Anthony Caro will be set amid Chatsworth’s rolling landscape garden. * 14th September to 25th October. Chatsworth, Bakewell, Derbyshire. 01246 565300;

Travelling right Richard Gardner Antiques’ selling exhibition is a tribute to travel’s golden age. Over 25 of the most valuable vanity cases made by the likes of Asprey, Thornhill and Garrard, including one that belonged to Jane Duchess of Marlborough, Churchill’s great-grandmother, will be on show. * 1st September to 3rd October. Richard Gardner Antiques, 3 East Pallant, Chichester. 01243 533772;

Don’t miss Events to make an extra-special trip to see GREAT NORTHERN CONTEMPORARY CRAFT FAIR The GNCCF seems to expand every year. 2015 sees over 125 designer makers gather in Manchester from 8th to 11th October for a packed schedule of talks and workshops.

PAUL STORR’S SILVER 18th-century silversmith Paul Storr was one of the great masters of the trade. See his work, which still graces Buckingham Palace and the White House, up close at Koopman Rare Art from 13th to 31st October. koopman

An 1874 Jenner & Knewstub dressing case

LONDON ANTIQUE TEXTILE FAIR The Textile Society’s annual fair on 4th October is one an opulent array of antique fabrics and passementerie. All money from ticket sales goes into funding bursaries for new designers. 020 7923 0331;

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Ones to watch at





Last month we featured Elizabeth Ockford wallpapers, one of a family of brands under the umbrella of The Paper Partnership. This month we focus on Smith & Fellows wallpapers, which will also be showcased on The Paper Partnership’s stand, G20A, at Decorex. Renowned for a traditional design style that reflects the heritage and refinement of the past, Smith & Fellows create elegant wallpapers of the finest quality. Graceful florals and sophisticated damasks feature in abundance, with complementary textured plains and stripes adding versatility to each collection. The diversity of the Smith & Fellows range can be previewed online:



ARMOURCOAT SURFACE FINISHES Combining stunning looks with incredible durability, Armourcoat decorative wall finishes offer something no less than spectacular. These handapplied finishes can be used to create a wide range of decorative effects, either standard or custom, to suit your contemporary or traditional interior style. The stand at Decorex will showcase the new Signature Collection. Devised by

company founder Duncan MacKellar, this exclusive range of polished plaster finishes reflects his unique creativity and passion. Creating rich, opulent and luxurious interiors, the Signature finishes represent the highest level of product mastery, redefining the technique and underlining Armourcoat’s leading role in the industry. /


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ABRAHAM MOON & SONS LTD. Established in 1837, Abraham Moon & Sons is the last remaining fully vertical woollen mill left in England undertaking every process to transform raw wool into luxury furnishing fabrics at their site on the doorstep of the Yorkshire Dales. At this year’s Decorex, Moon will be showcasing two new furnishing collections for 2015; Elemental and Naturally Moon. Elemental is a furnishing collection featuring over 40 new fabrics in stunning Gemstone colours. Combining vivid shades, including petrol blue, jade, mulberry red and amethyst, signature plaids integrated with on-trend ombre diamond and patchwork designs come together to create an interior that will catch the eye and bring accented elements of a






room together. Naturally Moon brings together traditional plaid patterns with mottled twills and modern geometrics in natural shades of warm grey, taupe, ivory, mocha and hessian, bringing a unique yet tranquil feel to both modern and classical interiors alike.

BLACK EDITION Since launching in 2013, Black Edition has continued to forge its own identity creating designs with a distinctive edgy style and characteristic colour palette, further establishing itself as a trend setting brand in the world of high-end interiors. For its third highly anticipated launch, Black Edition has created five bold, new collections that take inspiration from beautiful blooms, atmospheric landscapes, modern photography and abstract watercolours. Innovative layering and a mesmerising palette of powerful shades including rich jewel-like tones and soft pastels come together to create an avant-garde display of colour and design. To view the collections in full visit the Black Edition stand A40 at Decorex or visit the website.


Gordon Watson

CHATEAU CHIC As many of us yearn for a last-minute trip to enjoy sunshine and a little luxury, Gordon shares the details of his annual pilgrimage to an exemplary home


very year for the past 15 years I have made a trip to Provence in the south of France to stay at the home of my best friend Janet de Botton. Here, she and her late husband Gilbert created an oasis of tranquility amid the flat grasslands outside St Remy and, to my mind, one of the most comfortable and luxurious houses in the world. It is a place of restrained elegance: it feels hundreds of years old, and the impression that generations of the same family have left their mark pervades, yet it is entirely modern. To achieve this is surely a sign of the most sophisticated of eyes. It is also the place where I have whiled away many a happy hour under the painted Saracen tents playing the time-honoured card game Oh Hell. Many times I have shouted that and much worse, as yet again I have lost. Lucky in love, unlucky at Oh Hell, I guess. The house, lovingly converted from a tiny farmhouse flanked by barns, sits on land covered by ancient gnarled olive trees and acres of sunflowers. Once through the iron gates and past the 12th-century chapel, the small rocky outcrop of the Alpilles, with their ruined sentinel Crusader towers, is behind you and in front stretches the reclaimed swamplands. In the far distance, hundreds of small bulls graze under the Provençal sun. The house overlooks a huge basin with fountains and an enormous clipped box maze. An ivy-clad bullring nestles to the right, while an alley of trees leads to an 18th-century stone folly. Janet is an art collector and philanthropist. She and her husband Gilbert were avid fans of modern art and served as trustees of the Tate. To furnish her eight-bedroom home, Janet, often accompanied by me, spent four years scouring auctions, fairs and shops all over the world. Astonishingly, when the time came to install the lanterns, chandeliers, sofas, chairs, tables and consoles, virtually everything found a place. The layered look she has created is one that decorators around the world frequently attempt but, sadly, rarely achieve. Antique Indian and Moroccan fabrics are subtly mixed with the best of modern fabrics, 18th-century faded French painted chairs nestle harmoniously with a Swedish Gustavian commode, a huge Howard sofa sits in front of an enormous Balinese raised platform

that serves as a co�ee table. Everywhere you look is a feast of colour, texture and beauty. It even smells divine, thanks to the many vases filled with huge displays of cosmos, roses, dahlias and zenias and to the twice-daily spraying of the property with lavender oil, pressed from the glorious sinewy curved lavender beds that flank the house. This is without doubt a country house of many delights. However, my absolute favourite place is the small breakfast room. When the al fresco nights creep up, this room becomes the focal point of the house. From the ceiling hangs a plaster chandelier inspired by an example seen in a Swedish castle. Janet had the walls panelled with narrow open shelves painted sludgy white and she was away. Like a woman possessed, she scoured, hunted, begged and cajoled every dealer in the world specialising in Marseille faience of the 18th century. Slowly the shelves began to come alive with the most beautiful handpainted plates depicting roses, peonies and wild flowers. Hues of soft pinks and reds mix with tones of green and yellow. The four corners of the room have deeper, larger shelves and here Marseille tureens, jugs and sauce boats sit proudly. Hundreds of plates and 10 years later, the final piece was installed. The collection was complete and my great friend and amazing hostess was free to devote herself to her other passion in life: bridge. Q

Illustration: Matilda Harrison. Photograph: Woolley & Wallis

The layered look is one that decorators around the world frequently attempt but rarely achieve

Gordon’s London gallery specialises in 20th-century design. He also appears on the television series Four Rooms

GORDON’S PICK OF THE MONTH This mid 18th-century Moustiers faience plate, painted in shades of green, ochre, blue and manganese, with grotesque figures and floral sprays, sold for £380 at Woolley & Wallis.

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me and my morsø I simply don’t need anything else. Just me and my Morsø. The gentle warmth of the fire, a cheeky glass of something special and the crackle of the flames, there’s no better way to round off a great day.


every stove has a story



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‘Rikki Tikki’ jug, £26.95, The Scandinavian Shop. 01436 673623;

‘Nordic’ charger, £12.50, Marks & Spencer. 0845 302 1234;


‘Duster’ rug, 200 x 140cm, £245, Loaf. 0845 468 0698; OL D

‘Contrast’ pendant light by Poul Henningsen, £1,645, The Modern Warehouse. 020 8986 0740;


‘Axel’ rosewood bookcase, £349, Swoon Editions. 020 3137 2464;



Reupholstered 1940s Carl Malmsten sofa, £4,400, Sigmar. 020 7751 580;

‘Kraka’ vase by Sven Palmqvist, 1955, £1,150, ZigZag Modern. 07768 025320;

COOL SCANDINAVIAN Refresh mid-century design classics with accents of icy blue, mint and soft grey this season


‘NJP’ desk light, £325, Louis Poulsen. +45 7033 1414;


Shopping pages compiled by Bethan John

‘Harlequin’ cushion by Niki Jones, £100, Amara. 0800 587 7645;



Mid-century Danish sideboard with tambour door, £1,150, The Old Cinema. 020 8995 4166;

‘Wall Wonder’ clock, £129, Ferm Living. +45 7022 7523; fermliving.comw


Mid-century Danish iron and teak magazine rack, £395, Førest. 020 7242 7370;

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The UK’s largest stocks of Afghan Rugs & large Rugs

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Mid-century glass dish, £450, Matt Mitchell.

Rich Repose of Autumn print by Walter Spradbery, 1924, £10.95, London Transport Museum Shop. 020 7379 6344;


Bauhaus bookcase, £695, The Old Cinema. 020 8995 4166;


‘No 1’ oak pendant light by Tom Raffield, £295, John Lewis. 03456 049049;



French cameo vase, c1890, £4,450, Hickmet Fine Arts. 01342 841508;

Russets, warm oranges and golden yellows define this cosy seasonal trend


‘Leopard’ glassware, from £4.99, Zara Home. 0800 026 0091;


‘Lucas’ lamp base, £70; ikat shade, £105, both Pooky. 020 7351 3003;


‘Amazilia’ velvet cushion by Harlequin, £75, Amara. 0800 587 7645;


Red pen-work sewing cabinet, c1810, £3,750, Hampton Antiques. 01604 863979; hampton


1970s ‘Rabarbaro’ floor lamp, £1,250, Fears and Kahn. 01949 851736;


‘Alanya’ cushion, £178, Oka. 0844 815 7380;


‘Tudela’ mohair blanket in tangerine, £89, Urbanara. 0800 779 7527;


‘Alwinton’ sofa in ‘Romo Suvi Clementine’, £2,371, Sofas & Stuff. 0808 178 3211;

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Centuries of stains, dirt and grime. What better partner for Cif than English Heritage. After years of taking the nation’s dirty worktops, bathtubs and ovens comfortably in its stride, Cif is ready for a new challenge. Well, actually it’s ready for some very, very old ones. Because Cif is going to help English Heritage to restore some of the country’s most treasured historic buildings and monuments. And it all begins with Cif supporting the task of restoring the Quadriga the spectacular bronze statue on The Wellington Arch in central London. We can’t wait. Ndj XVc [daadl djg egd\gZhh VcY ÐcY out more about how Cif and English Heritage are making England shine at

Making England




Waterman ‘Ideal 412’ fountain pen, c1905, £2,300, Vintage and Modern Pens. 07731 766747;

Conway Stewart ‘Number 22 Floral’ fountain pen, c1955, £1,795, Penfriend. 020 7499 6337;


Sterling silver fountain pen, £430, Smythson. 0845 873 2435;



Montblanc ‘Masterpiece 142’ fountain pen, c1956, £625, Hepworth Dixon. 01473 784500;


Tiffany & Co gold ‘Bamboo’ pen, 1960s, £920, Robin Katz.

Combination sliding pen and propelling pencil, mid 19th century, £995, Steppes Hill Farm Antiques. 01795 470699;




‘Clouds’ fountain pen, £22, Cath Kidston. 0845 026 2440;

From luxury vintage nibs to contemporary ballpoints, the pleasure of writing with a beautiful pen never goes out of style NE W

‘Alligator’ fountain pen, £630, Georg Jensen. 020 7499 6541;


Parker ‘IM Premium’ fountain pen, £41, John Lewis. 03456 049049;


‘Feather’ ballpoint pen, £7, Unique & Unity. 0845 605 9699;

Not many objects can take credit for immortalizing Romeo’s pleas to Juliet or recording the thoughts of Darwin, but such is the might of the pen. Its origins lie with the ancient Egyptians, who used sharpened sea rushes to inscribe hieroglyphs on to papyrus. Quills replaced reeds in the Middle Ages and were still in use when John Hancock scrawled his enormous signature on the Declaration of Independence in 1776. Despite a record being made of the 10th-century caliph of Egypt demanding a writing implement that wouldn’t stain his hands, the nibbed pen didn’t catch on in Europe until the 1600s. Since then, finding the perfect flow of ink has been a source of fascination for engineers and designers alike: there have been 150 pen-related patents granted in the last century in the US alone.


Pelikan ‘Souveran M101’ fountain pen, £485, Selfridges. 0800 123 400;



‘Mirage’ silver fountain pen inlaid with pink sapphire, £1,595, Jack Row. NE W

Tom Dixon ‘Cog Hex’ brass ballpoint pen, £55, Amara. 0800 587 7645;

Waterman ‘Celluloid’ fountain pen, c1935, £150, Shabbir Solanki Antiques. 07789 693626;

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A WORLD OF PATTERN Maker: Stephanie Lawton

Stephanie in her Salford studio, above the Hot Bed Press printing studio, with one of her screen-printed designs and her mood board in the background

Emerging designer Stephanie Lawton is making her mark on all kinds of surfaces with her intricate pattern designs F E AT U R E D O M I N I Q U E C O R L E T T P H OTO G R A P H S K A S I A F I S Z E R

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tephanie Lawton has only been out of art school for a year but her detailed pattern designs are already winning fans. She was picked from her graduation show to display her work in the ‘emerging makers’ slot at the 2014 Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair and will return to the fair this October to show her new designs inspired by Indian henna patterns. The past year has also seen her selected for the Craft Council’s Hothouse Maker Development Programme (which mentors young designers in business skills) and the Future Makers exhibition at the Manchester Craft and Design Centre. Stephanie produces a range of screen-printed cushions and laser-printed coasters for sale but can apply her patterns to almost any surface, from ceramic tiles to glass, wood panelling and upholstery fabric. She is also planning a range of stationery and gift wrap. As Stephanie says, ‘It’s been a busy year.’

WHAT’S YOUR BACKGROUND? As a child growing up in the Midlands, I loved painting and drawing. My grandad was a great art enthusiast and practised calligraphy. He was probably the person who inspired me. During the holidays he would run craft days for me and my sister, and I always had something art-related for birthdays. From focusing on art through school I then went on to do a foundation course, and later a textiles degree at Manchester School of Art. My family wanted me to do law but I had this passion and wanted to make it my career.

WHY SURFACE PATTERN? I really like the idea of creating designs that can be applied to all kinds of surfaces. Before I did textiles I used to spend hours doing detailed pencil drawings. I think of myself as much as an illustrator as a maker. With pattern design I can

explore lots of different processes and make lots of different things but it still allows me to indulge my passion for drawing and for detail.

HOW DID YOUR LATEST COLLECTION COME ABOUT? It was inspired by a close friend’s Asian wedding. I was asked to do the henna body art for the bride. Henna patterns are very detailed and repetitive and I had to do a lot of practice beforehand. I got so drawn in that it inspired me to create a body of work. I drew on other Indian inspiration too: the embroidery on saris and the patterns in Indian architecture and, from this, created my own designs. The finished patterns have an Indian feel but are also very much my own.

TALK US THROUGH YOUR MAKING PROCESS I will use a design across textiles and hard surfaces, so customers can buy matching pieces if they like. Once I have finished the drawings I scan them and work on them digitally. I really like the geometric mirror effect, which I do digitally. For the cushions, I go for luxurious fabrics such as linens and wool blends in neutral colours, which I think show off the patterns best, and screen-print them in my studio. My studio is above a printing works, so I can also go downstairs and use their printers for bigger designs. When the fabric is ready I make the cushions myself. I like the fact that the process has been completed by my hands from start to finish. For the coasters, I laser engrave the patterns on to slate, glass or wood. I love experimenting with the laser engraver to see what different effects I get. With slate it looks like the pattern has been printed as it comes out pale grey and close to the surface. With wood you get a nice deep burnt effect.

CLICK HERE To see our short film of Stephanie at work

ABOVE A cutting tool and ruler for tidying edges BELOW Indian architecture has influenced her latest designs. Lace is an inspiration she returns to time and again; she enjoys the burnt effect of laser-cut wood; screen-printing a design in her studio. Her hand-drawn patterns can be seen on the wall

WHERE DOES YOUR INSPIRATION COME FROM? I’ve always had a fascination with lace. I have boxes of the stuff in my studio that I get out for inspiration. Manchester Art School also has a fantastic archive, which I have done lots of drawing from. I was really inspired by Lost in Lace, an exhibition of contemporary lacework at the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. It made me feel that it was OK to look at lace and work with it but to put a modern spin on it.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR WORK? It’s classic and ornate but, with the laser engraving, I’m also using technology to push the boundaries of what I can create. It’s all handmade, so no two pieces are exactly the same. I’m passionate about handmade work. I think it gives a piece a special value and makes it something to treasure.

WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS FOR THE FUTURE? To keep exhibiting – it’s such a great way to get feedback from buyers – and to develop a larger product range, maybe moving into kitchenware. I would also love to get involved in some private or public renovation projects. I think floorboards with my designs on would look fantastic. Q * Stephanie’s coasters cost from £35 to £50 for a set of four. Cushions are £45 to £70. Stephanie’s work is available to buy from the Manchester Craft and Design Centre, 17 Oak Street, Manchester, M4 5JD.

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ABOVE, CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT Stephanie’s desk and her tools;

a selection of her fabrics. She screenprints the smaller pieces by hand and uses printing presses for larger pieces; one of Stephanie’s cushions

WHERE TO SEE STEPHANIE’S WORK K Hatched, Manchester Craft and Design Centre, 11th September to 9th November. 0161 832 4274; K GNCCF 2015, Old Granada Studios, Manchester, 9th to 11th October (see p45). K Design Event, Newcastle Assembly House, 55 Westgate Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, NE1 1TS, 21st to 25th October.


WIN A CULTURAL OVERNIGHT SHOPPING AND SPA TRIP WIN! Win a luxury break courtesy of the Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair




Manchester; The Botanist; a stand at the GNCCF; the Royal Exchange Theatre BELOW

Cushions by Sian O’Doherty


ne lucky H&A reader will win a luxury overnight shopping and spa experience in Manchester courtesy of the Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair (GNCCF), which features over 175 designermakers showcasing the best in jewellery, glass, interior products and more. New features for 2015 include demonstrations, workshops and installations, as well as a retail exhibition of museum-quality collectable craft. 8th–11th October, Old Granada Studios, Manchester. THE PRIZE INCLUDES: O Two tickets for the GNCCF on Saturday 10th October O A one-night stay at the fourstar INNSIDE Manchester on Friday 9th October O A massage for two, courtesy of City Spa Escapes O Dinner for two and a Mad Hatter’s sharing cocktail at The Alchemist in Spinningfields

O Two tickets for The Crucible at the Royal Exchange Theatre O Lunch at The Botanist, a laid-back bar and restaurant O A cushion handmade by award-winning textile artist and designer Sian O’Doherty O PLUS! Five lucky runners-up will each receive a pair of tickets to the GNCCF

TO ENTER Answer the following question: What is the name of the graduate showcase at the GNCCF? A Top Graduates B Ones to Watch C Great Northern Graduates BY POST: Send a postcard with your answer, name and email address to: H&A GNCCF Competition, Great Northern Events, 23 Belfield Road, Manchester, M20 6BJ BY EMAIL: Send your answer to with the subject ‘H&A GNCCF Competition’ CLOSING DATE: 1st October 2015

Terms and conditions The prize is non-transferrable and there is no cash alternative. The prize will include all elements as stated but no other food, drink, personal expenditure or any other incidental costs will be given. Neither travel to Manchester nor travel insurance are included. 1 This competition is not open to employees of Homes & Antiques, the Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair, INNSIDE Manchester, Living Ventures, City Spa Escapes, the Royal Exchange Theatre, or any agency connected with this competition or family of staff working for any of these organisations. 2 Only one entry per person. All entrants must be aged over 18. 3 No cash alternative is available. Prize is non-transferable, non-refundable, non-changeable and subject to availability. The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. 4 The competition will close at 12pm on 1st October 2015. The judges cannot accept responsibility for late entries. No entry can be accepted if mandatory fields are not completed. 5 All elements of the prize have to be redeemed by 10th October 2015. 6 The winner will receive one night’s bed and breakfast at INNSIDE Manchester on Fri 9th October, a massage for two at INNSIDE Manchester on Fri 9th October, a meal for two at The Alchemist plus a Mad Hatter’s sharing cocktail on Fri 9th October 2015, two tickets to the 7pm performance of The Crucible at the Royal Exchange Theatre on Fri 9th October 2015, two tickets to the Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair on Sat 10th October, lunch for two at The Botanist on Sat 10th October, and one cushion by Sian O’Doherty. 7 Entrants acknowledge that their first name, surname and county may be released or displayed to the public by the Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair or any agency connected with the competition and assign all rights necessary for promotion and/or publication of such entries to the Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair. Winners agree to grant the Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair or any agency connected with the competition the right to use their name and likeness for advertising and publicity purposes without any additional compensation. 8 Booking is subject to availability for each element. 9 The competition shall be governed by the laws of England and Wales. 10 These terms and conditions do not confer any rights to any third parties under the Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Act 1999. 11 The winner will be contacted on Mon 5th October via phone and email. 12 For details of the winner, send an SAE to: FAO H&A GNCCF Competition, Great Northern Events, 23 Belfield Road, Manchester, M20 6BJ within two months of the closing date. 13 Promoter: Great Northern Events (NW) Ltd

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Discover this month’s eclectic and atmospheric homes, take our tour of Dumfries House in Scotland and learn about the fascinating history of fruit and vegetable-decorated ceramics HOME OF THE MONTH WILL FISHER has had a passion for antique fireplaces since he was 12 years old. Today he and his wife Charlotte own Jamb, the antique and reproduction chimney piece company. Their home in Camberwell is – reassuringly – filled with beautiful examples of these, as well as many a curio. We especially love their ‘cabinet of curiosities’, featuring antique ginger jars, taxidermy and coral. TURN TO PAGE 60


Nature’s table


A work of art


The old curiosity shop


The simple things


A royal restoration

We take a look at the 200-year history of fruit and vegetable-decorated ceramics

Murals, mosaics DQGRULJLQDODUWZRUNĆ“OOV the London home of Saskia Spender

Shelly Elson is attracted to vintage industrial and midcentury design classics – as her home shows

This 18th-century converted watermill is the perfect autumnal retreat

We take you on a tour of the Palladian masterpiece that is Dumfries +RXVHZKLFKLVĆ“OOHGZLWKHDUO\ Chippendale furniture


Blaze of glory

Celebrate the arrival of autumn by visiting the UK’s most enchanting arboretums

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Ceramics decorated with fruit and vegetables, and even made in their forms, have been cultivated for over 200 years. ELLIE TENNANT uncovers a fruitful history



A sideboard in your dining room makes the ideal spot to group together pieces of your collection – a contemporary, understated piece of furniture offsets the unmistakable look of the ceramics, prices of which start at just £12

first noticed Wedgwood’s wacky cauliflower teapots when I was in my teens, simply because I thought they were so bizarre,’ recalls design historian and Antiques Roadshow expert Paul Atterbury. ‘I remember wondering: how on earth does such an object get made? Why would anybody want it?’ Eccentric vegetable and fruit ceramics have always ba�ed and bemused, but their popularity is unrivalled. From the 18th century until the mid 20th century, weird and wonderful designs have been highly sought-after and, today, they’re back in fashion once again. Hip highstreet stores, from Anthropologie to Divertimenti, are now selling vegetableinspired tableware to the masses. Antique pieces are fetching huge sums, too. When Rachel ‘Bunny’ Mellon’s collection of 18th-century vegetable ceramics was sold by Sotheby’s in New York last November, prices far exceeded expectations. A pair of Chelsea asparagus tureens (c1755), for example, sold for $118,750 (£76,000) against an estimate of $20,000–$30,000 (£13,000–£19,000). (See the August 2015 issue of H&A for more on Bunny Mellon’s collection.) It’s clear the appeal of these pieces is far from waning. But how did it all begin?

Natural inspiration ‘The birth of English porcelain in London in the mid 1740s, developed at the Chelsea manufactory, provided an unparalleled opportunity for enlightenment and the arts to fuse together,’ says Paul Crane, author and porcelain specialist at the Brian Haughton Gallery in London. ‘The new natural rococo style they developed recreated animals and plants modelled or drawn from life.’ Nestled in the district of Chelsea, the porcelain factory was built on the flood plain of the Thames, an area covered with rich, alluvial silt – the most fertile corner of London. ‘The factory was completely surrounded by farms and market gardens H&A O C T O B E R 2 015 51


These early vegetable pieces by Chelsea have been collectable since the 18th century supplying Londoners with fruit and vegetables,’ says Crane. ‘The designers at Chelsea were directly influenced by their surroundings. Today it’s built up but place names like Strawberry Fields o�er clues to the past.’ Celebrated naturalist Sir Hans Sloane leased the nearby Physic Garden to the Society of Apothecaries. ‘It was here that Philip Miller came, to become head gardener,’ says Crane. ‘Botanical artist Georg Dionysius Ehret was chosen to illustrate Miller’s book Figures of the Most Beautiful, Useful and Uncommon Plants Described in the Gardener’s Dictionary (1752). These illustrations, together with those he did for Plantae Selectae (1750) by Dr Christoph Trew, provided a source for Chelsea painters to copy and their range of naturalistic tableware was named in 1758 after Sloane himself.’ Exotic ‘new’ fruits such as pineapples, cocoa beans and bananas were presented on this hand-painted Chelsea porcelain, all bearing the red anchor mark (c1752–56). The Brian Haughton Gallery’s recent sale, Nature, Porcelain and the Age of Enlightenment, included a very rare Chelsea Hans Sloane dessert plate, featuring a co�ee bush. Plates from the same era are decorated with almonds, fruiting fig branches, grapes, rhubarb leaves, parsnips and asparagus forms. ‘Since the 18th century, these early vegetable and botanical pieces by Chelsea have been incredibly collectable and today they are as popular as ever,’ says Crane.

Three-dimensional forms In the 1740s, the Sta�ordshire potters began to use vegetables as three-dimensional decorative forms. ‘Whieldon and later Wedgwood were producing quirky creamware cabbage and cauliflower-shaped teapots, while Chelsea and Derby were producing porcelain vegetable shapes for a much more extravagant market,’ says Atterbury. For the 18th-century aristocracy, table decoration was theatre. ‘The meal was a long performance in several acts


welcoming hallway with a decorative display of plates and bowls FACING PAGE Use open shelves to display your collection of statement plates and vases. A fabric in the same theme pulls the look together

and the table would be relaid a few times to keep the diners interested,’ he says. Exotic fruits and vegetables were served as status symbols. ‘Porcelain creations in the shape of tropical fruits such as melons and pineapples were as popular as the real fruits because they hinted at wealth and empire.’ The Brian Haughton Gallery currently has about a dozen such pieces in stock, all dating from the red anchor period, including a melon tureen – with incredible details such as a realistic, lobed body, crackled ‘skin’ and tiny tendrils – for £18,500. Dealer John Howard has a small, unmarked, melon-shaped Sta�ordshire creamware teapot (c1770) in stock for £7,850. ‘The diminutive size reflects the high price of tea at that time,’ he says. More usually, the three-dimensional designs feature just one type of vegetable


with fruit and vegetable ceramics

GO GREEN Colourful fruit and vegetable designs look best against a natural background, so paint walls a leafy green or cover your table with a green tablecloth in a textured fabric.

CREATE A FEATURE WALL Plates have impact when hung on the wall, so stock up on invisible adhesive disc plate hangers (£2.50 from Hobbycraft). If your plates are too precious to hang, prop them on a shelf using wooden plate stands (£3–£6 each from John Lewis).

SET THE STAGE Take inspiration from theatrical 18th and 19th-century dining – style your quirky tableware with real fruit and vegetables to match.

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or fruit, though Bonhams sold a rare lettuce tureen by Longton Hall (c1755) for £3,840 in 2008, which featured a cauliflower floret as a finial.

Inventive Victorians By the 19th century, lead-glazed earthenware majolica pottery, produced by the likes of Thomas Minton, George Jones and Wedgwood, had flooded the market with a�ordable, colourful designs, featuring all manner of flora and fauna, including fruit and vegetables. ‘The Victorian majolica period (1851–1900) was the era when enquiry into all things natural was in its heyday,’ points out majolica dealer David Tulk of Madelena Antiques & Collectables. ‘Charles Darwin’s publications fanned the flames.’ The rise of the middle classes meant that specific vegetables became especially fashionable. ‘I have a Minton aubergine vase (c1875) in stock for £1,005,’ says Tulk. ‘Aubergines signalled taste and discretion at the same time as being

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decorative, exciting and modern. They had been known to English botanists, travellers and gourmands for centuries but could not be brought to ripeness in the English climate. When the middle classes started adding conservatories to their homes in the 19th century, they had the right conditions to grow them, so they became a fashion craze both for cuisine and as ornaments.’ Collectors of majolica vegetablewares are drawn to the rarer items, such as Joseph Holdcroft’s ‘triple beetroot’ vase, or they seek out the more common but timelessly stylish green Portuguese leaf-like designs. Laurie Wirth-Melliand, president of the Majolica International Society, collects these. ‘I love the very lifelike Palissy ware pieces by Rafael Bordalo Pinheiro,’ she says. ‘The Palissy cabbageware water jug and lid by M Mafra Caldas are incredibly popular pieces for collectors when they are available. I have the cabbageware co�ee pot, teapot, and matching



smart, ordered look by displaying a set of plates above a fireplace and framing them with a bold paper border FAR LEFT Place unusual plates on the bottom shelf of a glass coffee table for a display that’s easy to update and experiment with mixing old and new ceramics

Wedgwood lettuce leaf plates were in production from the 18th century to the 1950s

A plate rack filled with vintage pieces creates a striking focal point in the dining room. As well as being an intriguing display, it also means you have your favourite pieces close to hand for setting the table

CLUB TROPICANA Pineapple-shaped ceramics might seem eccentric but pineapples have long been associated with wealth, status and even royalty. ‘From the 17th century onwards, if you were wealthy, serving a pineapple was a real statement of your position in society,’ says Antiques Roadshow expert Paul Atterbury. Pineapples were grown in ‘pits’ – deep greenhouses heated by fresh horse manure – and it was a labour-intensive and expensive process. There is a restored, early-1800s pineapple pit at the Lost Gardens of Heligan in Cornwall, which grew a pineapple for the Queen

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in 1997. Each costs over £1,000 to produce today. ‘It’s really hard work because you have to shovel 90 tonnes of manure a year,’ says productive gardens supervisor Nicola Bradley. ‘We’ve got 20 plants flowering at the moment. Today, pineapples are £1 in the supermarket but, in the 1800s, if you couldn’t afford to grow your own, you could hire one for a special occasion to impress your guests.’ A stone pineapple topping a gatepost was a way to convey hospitality and wealth. John Murray, fourth Earl of Dunmore, went a step further and built a 75ft-high stone pineapple folly in 1761. It is now a holiday home, owned by The Landmark Trust. The pineapple entered everyday language, too. In Sheridan’s 1775 play The Rivals, Mrs Malaprop exclaims, ‘He is the very pineapple of politeness!’

cups and saucers. I display them against a Minton platter.’ In the 1830s and 40s, the rococo revival was in full swing. Although he admires the majolica makers for being ‘inventive and original’, Atterbury points out that 19th-century vegetable majolica was directly influenced by 18th-century designs. ‘Minton copied Derby shapes, which in turn had copied Chelsea shapes. There was a direct line of descent.’ In the 19th century, people made a conscious e�ort to match their food to their tableware – curious trompe l’oeil pieces emerged, where plates for vegetables were made to look like plates of vegetables. ‘Fitness for purpose became an important concept,’ says Atterbury. ‘For example, a Minton majolica asparagus dish, covered with realistic asparagus stems in relief, was used to serve asparagus. These designs reflect the great diversification of the market and show that far more people had money to buy luxury goods. The asparagus season lasted a month at the most but it was important to have all the right wares.’ Some vegetable ceramics had greater longevity. For example, in the 18th century, Wedgwood started to produce a series of green lettuce and cabbage leaf plates. ‘They were in production non-stop right up until the 1950s,’ says Atterbury. ‘They were a best-seller. What in the 18th century was high fashion – a reflection of your status in society – by the 19th and 20th centuries became almost universal fashion.’ In the 1960s, a�ordable flights and international travel going mainstream meant that lettuce ware and cabbage ware enjoyed another revival, thanks to holidaymakers picking up pieces on their travels to southern Europe. Fast-forward to today and a new collaboration between chic retailer Tory Burch and American potter Dodie Thayer, who learned her craft in the 1960s, means lettuce ware plates are once again gracing table settings the world over. The organic growth of vegetable ceramics looks set to continue for years to come. Q Turn the page for full details of the items in the images accompanying this feature


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Top shelf, from left: Charles Graffart crystal lamp base, c1950, £780; vegetable-dyed linen shade, £350, both Guinevere. Green pedestal dish, £35, Sunbury Antiques Market. French majolica asparagus server dish, £75, Crol & Co. Green Bitossi tumblers, £8 each, The Conran Shop. Portuguese ceramic cabbage leaf salt and pepper pots, £99 (includes butter dish and plate set), Old But Exciting. Georgian decanter, £550; Victorian cut-glass decanter, £450, both Guinevere. Majolica grapes planter, £15, Old But Exciting. Bottom shelf, from left: Mushroom casserole dish, £20, Old But Exciting. Pineapple jug, £40; cabbage leaf salad bowl, £30; squash lidded pot, £12, all Sunbury Antiques Market. Crown Devon cabbage leaf platter, £12.50, Mostly China. Bordallo Pinheiro cabbage leaf bowl, £18, Gilbert & Crick. Other items: ‘Kyoto’ console table, £385, Oka. George III-style ebony and cane dining chairs, £1,800 per pair, Guinevere. Chevron throw, £29, Rockett St George. ‘Shiraz’ wallpaper in ‘Rose Pink’, £59 per roll, Osborne & Little


On shelves, from left – second shelf down: French asparagus and artichoke dish, c1890, £250, Funny Bone China. Lettuce ware bowls, £130 for four, Tory Burch. Crown Devon cabbage dish, £10.16, Floral Street. Midwinter tomato dish, £5; Carltonware lettuce dish (just seen), £5, both Old But Exciting. Third shelf: Lettuce ware dinner plate, £90 for two, Tory Burch. Cauliflower leaf preserve pot, £8, 20th Century Stuff. Green leaf dish, £25, Sunbury Antiques Market. Green glass vase, £20, Rockett St George. Fourth shelf: Antique cream majolica plate, £10, 20th Century Stuff. 1960s Royal Art Pottery cabbage ware jug, £30, Queens Park Vintage. Lettuce ware salad bowl, £130, Tory Burch. Chelsea moulded leaf dish, c1756, £2,660 for six, Aurea Carter. Bottom shelf: Royal Winton cabbage

leaf preserve pot, £13, Crabtulip. Vintage green majolica plate, £12, 20th Century Stuff. Pineapple jug, as before. Berwick celery dish, £15, Old But Exciting. ‘Bubble’ tumblers in ‘Damson’, £54 for four, Oka. Other items: Curtain in ‘Soft Manaos’ in ‘Onyx’, £143 per m, Designers Guild. 1950s steel dining chair, £600 for four, The French House. ‘Empire’ bookcase, £1,350, India Jane. Wall painted in ‘Alterior’ matt emulsion in ‘H21 Vilnius’, £36.50 per 2.5l, Eicó


On wall, from left: Antique majolica leaf plate, £18; antique cream, pink and green majolica leaf plate, £18, both 20th Century Stuff. Majolica asparagus plate, c1900, £380 for eight, Salisbury Antiques Centre. Majolica fern leaf plate, c1880, £115 for two, Shaun King Antiques. Majolica orange segment plate, £6, 20th Century Stuff. Apple picture, £200; green leaf plate, £10, both Sunbury Antiques Market. Asparagus plate, as before. On table, from left: White cabbage leaf bowl, £45, Sunbury Antiques Market. Apple picture, as before. Majolica grapes planter, £22, Old But Exciting. Portuguese majolica salad bowl, £45, Teacup Fairy. Garden twine, £8, Homebase. Other items: 18thcentury oak board console table, £1,800, The French House. Wall painted in ‘Alterior’ matt emulsion in ‘D3 Wedgwood Green’, £36.50 per 2.5l, Eicó


On table, from left: Lettuce ware cup and saucer, £110 for two, Tory Burch. Vintage book, from a selection, Oxfam. Vintage Wedgwood majolica leaf plate, £12, 20th Century Stuff. Bottom shelf, from left: Majolica cherry plate, £8, 20th Century Stuff. Leaf-shaped dish, £12; lobster cabbage dish, £15, both Sunbury Antiques Market. Other items: ‘Garcon’ coffee table, £1,671, Julian Chichester. ‘Luna’ rug in ‘Blush’, £300, Cox & Cox. Vintage books, as before


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On wall: John Buck cabbage leaf dinner plates, £99, Old But Exciting. ‘Rose Petal’ paper border, £30 per roll, Pure Style. Wall in ‘H21 Vilnius’ emulsion, as before. On mantelpiece, from left: Hyacinth vase, £10, Pimpernel & Partners. Books, as before. Soapstone votive, £24, Rockett St George. Vintage buttons, £4, Pimpernel & Partners. Lettuce ware bowl, as before. 1960s pineapple trinket box, £25, Crabtulip. Hyacinth vase, as before. Charcoal etched vase, £24, Rockett St George. Antique brass candlestick, £175 for two, I & JL Brown. Other items: ‘Louis’ chairs, £3,188 each; covered in Raoul Textiles ‘Rosa Spring’ fabric, £243 per m, all George Smith. Cushion covered in ‘Soft Manaos’ in ‘Onyx’, £143 per m, Designers Guild. Peacock fireguard, £70, eBay. Half Burlington console table, £299, Oka. Books; lettuce ware cup; ‘Luna’ rug, all as before. Apple picture, £15, Pimpernel & Partners



Ceramics on wall, from left – top row: Vintage Wedgwood glazed leaf plate, £5; SylvaC ivy leaf dish, £12, both 20th Century Stuff. Middle row: Thomas Till English majolica leaf plate, c1850, £185 for six, Shaun King Antiques. Artichoke motif plate, £10, Old But Exciting. Vintage majolica glazed leaf plate, £8, 20th Century Stuff. Bottom row: Vintage majolica leaf plate, £12; 1870s majolica leaf dish, £18; vintage red berry majolica plate, £6, all 20th Century Stuff. On table, from left: Vintage linen tablecloths, £25 each, Sunbury Antiques Market. George Jones majolica strawberry serving dish, £890 for a pair, Xupes. Cabbage leaf bowl, £30, Sunbury Antiques Market. 19th-century Staffordshire majolica cruet set and stand, £295, Xupes. Vintage Melba ware cabbage leaf divided dish, £8, The Whistling Man. ‘Reuben’ candlestick, £59, The Conran Shop.

Cauliflower majolica lidded dish, £16, 20th Century Stuff. 19th-century napkin, £210 for six, Guinevere. ‘Brushed Gold’ cutlery, £16 for four pieces, Rockett St George. Victorian corn maize jug, £42, Crabtulip. Portugese cabbage leaf butter dish (part of set), £99, Old But Exciting. Vintage walnut cruet set, £20.15, The Vintage Mart. Art deco Carlton Ware cabbage leaf salad plate, £20, Collectable Classics. Other items: Figs painting, from a selection, Isabel Hamza. Plate rack, £79, Rockett St George. ‘Shiraz’ wallpaper in ‘Rose Pink’, £59 per roll, Osborne & Little. Dining chairs; chevron throw, all as before. ‘Vintage Mauve’ cushions, £20 each, Cox & Cox. White table, £150, Sunbury Antiques Market. Wooden stool, £50, Lewes Antiques Centre


Matt emulsion paint; pineapple trinket box; pineapple jug, all as before

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THIS PAGE Will Fisher

and Charlotte Freemantle’s ‘cabinet of curiosities’ — filled with skeletons, ginger jars, taxidermy and some more shells — is ‘the kind of thing you would find in the downstairs corridor of an English country house, but here we’ve given it an upgrade, it’s been promoted to our living room!’ The ginger jars are ‘particularly charming because there are obvious riveted repairs.’ The antique badger was bought by Charlotte at The Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair at Battersea Park from Josephine Ryan FACING PAGE Will and Charlotte stand in front of their c1740 English chimney piece

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Attention TO DETAIL A lifelong love of Palladian architecture led Will Fisher – who owns the chimneypiece company Jamb with his wife Charlotte – to painstakingly create a home that’s understated and elegant F E AT U R E C H A R L O T T E PAC K E R P H OTO G R A P H S S I M O N U P T O N

The sofa in the living room is the ‘Holland’, a Regency style made by Jamb based on an 1810–20 original. The rug was bought at a car-boot sale and the stool is early 19th-century


ntiques dealer Will Fisher can’t pinpoint the exact moment his passion for antique chimney pieces began. But by the tender age of 12, he had bought, restored and resold his first fireplace. ‘I must have been a bit of a pyromaniac,’ he says, describing how at around the same age he also restored the fireplace in his bedroom, installing a grate and regularly lighting the fire. And in a lovely role-reversal that any child of antiques-loving parents will appreciate, Will frequently begged his parents (both of whom were Marxist teachers), to take him to visit stately homes. Ragley Hall in Warwickshire, was a favourite and is the source of his abiding passion for all things Palladian. Antiques-related jobs filled his teenage years, including a brief stint at Christie’s, which led to the realisation, he says, ‘that basically, I’m unemployable!’ He started and then quit an art history degree in favour of the hands-on education that only the world of dealing and collecting could provide: working shifts driving a forklift truck while running a stall in Bermondsey. He also worked as a runner, which he loved. ‘Runners are the lifeblood of the trade. They’re single sole traders who “run” between antiques shops and auction houses, independently buying and selling,’ he explains, recalling the buzz. ‘It was addictive and I’ll never forget the first £80 I made.’ Although it was an object so awful he won’t say what it was, ‘but, God, the 80 quid was lovely.’

Elegant aesthetic These days, business is conducted from a smart showroom on London’s Pimlico Road, rather than the back of a van. Jamb, which he runs with his wife, Charlotte Freemantle, is renowned for its antique

Profile T H E OW N E R Will Fisher and Charlotte Freemantle live here with their children, Eliza (eight) and Monty (five), and their Labradoodle, Cookie. Will and Charlotte are partners in Jamb, the antique and reproduction chimney piece company (020 7730 2122; T H E P RO P E RT Y The house was built in 1780 and is located in Camberwell, south-east London. It has a sitting room, living room, dining room, kitchen and four bedrooms.

TOP Steps lead to the garden, where the spire of the local church can be seen ABOVE

Will likes this Chinese vase as a decorative piece, but explains that it is badly damaged. The model of the Taj Mahal, carved from soapstone, is hard to date says Will – it could be late 19th-century or early 20th-century

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Little black book The Conran Shop, 81 Fulham Road, London. 0844 848 4000; ‘I really love the Conran shop under Jasper’s stewardship,’ says Will. Pentreath & Hall, 17 Rugby St, Bloomsbury, London. 020 7430 2526; ‘Ben Pentreath’s shop in Bloomsbury was a real groundbreaker in terms of changing the area, which was stylishly rejuvenated some years ago.’ Pimlico Road runners, London ‘There’s nothing more fun than experiencing the banter and excitement of buying antiques from today’s favoured runners outside our shop on Pimlico Road.’

FACING PAGE The walls of the sitting room are painted in the lightest slate shade from Paint Library. ‘It’s one of those colours that works in shade and also in strong light and contrasts fabulously with stone reliefs. It also looks lovely with gilt and the grubbiness of the marble,’ says Will. The very plain chimney piece paired with the ornate panels (mostly taken from antique chimney pieces) above is a play on the way that early chimney pieces were designed. These were clean and simple with ornate decoration saved for the area above the mantelpiece ABOVE The island unit was made to Will’s design stipulations using reclaimed teak, to which he attached antique handles. The Scholar’s lamp is from Jamb and made to a design taken from traditional reading lamps in libraries and museums. The oak table and stools are made to an Arts and Crafts design also by Jamb RIGHT The table and the benches in the dining room are both late 19th-century/early 20th-century Heal’s. The vases on the table are brush pots, which Will picked up in China, and one is heavily riveted. The 1820 mercury glass mirror came from a friend

The concept was to completely alter the house in such a way that it felt as though nothing had been touched English chimney pieces and its exquisite reproductions. Their home in Camberwell, south-east London, epitomises the company’s elegant aesthetic. Will describes it as ‘a faded country house in miniature’. But nine years ago, when they moved in, the house was beyond faded. It was in a parlous state and ‘very much the ugly duckling of the street’. Charlotte was pregnant with their daughter Eliza, so they waited a year before embarking on a six-month renovation. The concept, says Will, ‘was to completely alter the house in such a way that it felt as though nothing had been touched’. To that end they opted for bare, unpainted boards and muted colours. ‘It’s a lazy man’s way of doing things,’ says Will. ‘Make it look timeless and then you only have to do it once.’ Timeless it may be, but lazy it wasn’t. The project took two and a half years, rather than six months. Work on the kitchen alone involved sourcing tiles that originated from the New York subway, via a New York reclamation yard, H&A O C T O B E R 2 015 6 5

which were sent back because they didn’t have enough crackle in the glaze. Fortunately, a second, older, batch made the grade. Will also agonised over how best to lay the 18th-century Purbeck slabs on the floor – deciding on courses after much painstaking research, which involved dragging the family round numerous stately piles. ‘I fell out with my wife, fell out with my neighbours and fell in love with my builder,’ laughs Will, summing up. Despite his obsessive attention to detail in terms of materials and finishes, Will has taken a quietly anarchic approach to the way that they are deployed. ‘It’s an old cliché,’ he says, ‘but rules are there to be broken. And as long as it’s not pretentious or try-hard, turning things around can read quite well.’ This can be as subtle as reversing the hierarchy of materials (pine floorboards upstairs, oak in the basement), or an unexpectedly dramatic touch, such as the fireplace in the dining room, which ‘shouldn’t really work proportionally,’ says Will, yet somehow it ‘makes’ the space. Three years ago, Will auctioned 500 of his pieces at Christie’s – both from his home and business. ‘I found myself wanting to sell everything, by the end I’d 6 6 H&A O C T O B E R 2 015

Will and Charlotte decided to keep the floorboards exposed throughout the house


The chimney piece in the bedroom is 18th-century. The sofa is 1835 colonial and the mirror above is c1820. The painting over the fireplace came from a house sale in Scotland and is Italian 18th-century

have pulled out the kitchen sink if they’d asked for it,’ he says. Once the wheels were in motion there was no going back, but it o�ered one big positive that any collector can empathise with: ‘once it had all gone there was room for more. There is always something else to covet, to purchase.’ So he was able to start again – finding new pieces that fitted his very specific look: beautiful antiques, elegant curiosities and, unsurprisingly, Georgian chimneypieces in every room. A self-confessed despot and perfectionist when it comes to all the decisions relating to the house, Will is surprisingly sanguine about mixing young children and priceless antiques. ‘I’ve given up entirely on trying to child-proof the house. What they don’t destroy, they gra�ti,’ he sighs. Occasionally, however, the antiques retaliate. While mucking about with the 19th-century sawfish that resides in the corner of the sitting room, Monty dropped it on his foot and the bite marks necessitated a trip to A&E. Q FACING PAGE, TOP The Carrara marble fireplace is English, c1720 and Will chose

matching Carrara marble to create the splashback for the bath. The 1890 painting of the fish was a hunting trophy. The art deco-style dish light featuring antelope heads is by Jamb, while the bath and basins are from Water Monopoly RIGHT The pool was one of the first things that Will created when moving into the house

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A VIEW ON A ROOM Antiques expert JUDITH MILLER talks us through Will Fisher and Charlotte Freemantle’s classically-inspired living room – from a sarcophagus to an Italian baroque painting


is a leading antiques expert. She is one of the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow experts and has written more than 100 books covering antiques, collectables and interior design. Here, we ask her to choose her favourite room from the houses featured in the issue and explain what makes it so interesting.

TURTLE SHELL AND SMALL DEER SKULL The turtle shell at the left end of the mantelshelf and the small deer skull just to the right of it, are displayed here for their sculptural qualities. Historically, such displays have also often had symbolic significance. In classical Greco-Roman ornament the skull of a ram, ox, bull, or goat – collectively known as ‘bucrania’ – was an emblem of fertility.

THE CHIMNEYPIECE The statuary marble chimneypiece with a contrasting convent Sienna marble frieze dates from c1740. It’s in the elegant, Classical-revival Palladian style fashionable in Britain during the early 18th century, which was promoted by the works and designs of the English architect William Kent. Inspiration for the style can be tracked back from Kent, via the 17th-century English architect Inigo Jones, to the 16th-century Italian architect and stonemason Andrea Palladio (hence ‘Palladianism’).

THE HEARTH In urban housing during the 18th century, wood was increasingly passed over in favour of coal as a source of heat. Initially, coals were burned in the hearth in a fire basket or ‘dog grate’ originally intended for logs. It was soon discovered, however, that for efficient combustion coals required a smaller hearth with canted sides and a smaller and higher grate – the latter also making it easier to clear ashes from under the fire.

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PAINTING OF A HOUND The splendid oil painting above the mantelshelf of a hound in a wooded landscape is from the Bolognese School, and dates to the 17th century. This Classical movement was at its most influential during the late 16th and 17th century and was led by the Italian painter Lodovico Carracci and his cousins Agostino and Annibale Carracci. The school was created in reaction to the contrived artificiality of the Mannerist artists that preceded it, and was a driving force in Italian Baroque painting. Its followers always drew from the actual model, to produce direct, honest paintings.

SARCOPHAGUS AND PANTHEON MODEL At the centre of the mantelshelf is a carved model sarcophagus, and to its right is an alabaster model of the Pantheon in Rome. Both are 19th-century mementos of the Grand Tour, which was at the height of fashion from the late 17th to the mid 19th century. The tour afforded affluent Europeans and Americans the opportunity to see at first hand the art and architecture of Renaissance and Classical antiquity – specifically in the Italian cities of Rome, Florence, Pisa, Siena, Pompeii, and Venice. It also provided an opportunity to bring back antique artefacts.

PUTTI HEAD Continuing the Classical theme, the fragment of a small sculpture on the right of the mantelshelf is a putto, a small, chubby, and angelic infant derived from the attendants of Cupid or Eros – the Roman and Greek gods of Love in Classical mythology. Putti were especially prevalent in Renaissance and Baroque art and ornament. This example probably dates from the 18th century and is carved in English stone from an Italian Renaissance model.

BUTTONUPHOLSTERED ARMCHAIR Although numerous variations abound – some have higher backs, some open sides, others plain seats – this is a classic example of a 19th-century Victorian ‘easy’ chair. Raised on turned mahogany legs with castors, its underlying beech wood frame is sumptuously upholstered – the deep buttoning on the seat, arms, and back, together with sheets of hessian and stretched webbing, necessarily containing generous layers of felt, wadding, and horsehair above coiled steel springs. Characteristically, the emphasis is very much on ease and comfort.

UPHOLSTERED STOOL This stool, with red velvet-upholstered seat was made in the early 19th century, during the English Regency. Its construction is in the neoclassical style and recalls, in its pair of crossed or ‘X’frame legs the ‘diphrros okladias’ stool of ancient Greece. The originals would have had an unpadded leather seat, and their legs, often terminating in carved animal hoof or paw-style feet, would have folded (unlike these fixed Regency examples), for ease of transportation. In Greek art and literature, they are depicted as humble stools and seats for the gods and heroes.

RUG Will bought this rug at a car boot sale for £15 , which is certainly a good price. It’s Moroccan, 20th-century, and probably woven by a nomadic Berber tribe as much for utility as for its decorative purposes. The rug sits well here, in what is essentially a 17th to 18th to 19th-century period interior.

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The mirror above the fireplace in Saskia Spender’s living room is from Alfies Antique Market. Sculptures by her father adorn the mantelpiece, while the painting to the right is by her mother, Maro Gorky. The Victorian chairs were bought at Portobello Market and covered in fabrics bought in Cairo, and the pink curtains were made using fabric from The Cloth Shop

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A WORK OF ART Saskia Spender has transformed an anonymous terraced house into an exotic treasure trove of creative endeavours F E AT U R E A N D P H OTO G R A P H S TIM BEDDOW

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Saskia covered the walls of Carter’s study in a fabric from Vlisco. The Fritz Hansen chair was a gift

ehind the unprepossessing facade of Saskia Spender and Carter Coleman’s west London terraced house is an extraordinary one-of-akind home, which has been brought to life in unusual ways. It is no surprise that Saskia is full of creativity – she comes from an illustrious family of artists. Her father is the sculptor Matthew Spender, son of the poet Sir Stephen Spender, and her mother, the painter Maro Gorky, is the daughter of abstract expressionist painter Arshile Gorky. Her parents were at the vanguard of a counterculture that fled London for a more rural existence, and they moved to an isolated hilltop house in Tuscany in 1968 to raise a family. Saskia was born two years later and her childhood was one of dreams. Brought up under the Mediterranean sun, she became fluent in Italian, helped her parents and craftsmen in restoring the house, and spent time with the flow of writers, musicians and artists who came to visit – Bruce Chatwin, James Fox, David Garnett and Bernardo Bertolucci, among others. The designer John Stefanidis and painter Teddy Millington-Drake were 72 H&A O C T O B E R 2 015

neighbours. It was a kind of Italian Charleston, the Sussex haunt of the Bloomsbury group. Hers was not an art-school upbringing, it was simply in the blood. What is rare about Saskia though is the range in her work – not just life drawing and oils, but painting murals, designing ceramics, mosaics and tiles, and even making clothes. As she says modestly, ‘You get “clever hands” if you learn how to draw at an early age and then there is nothing you cannot do.’ Her home bears the fruits of her talent. ‘This is very much a DIY place. You won’t find too many designer pieces here,’ she says.

Collecting antiques Saskia’s art is complemented by a soulful collection of varied antiques, from upholstered Victorian armchairs to an art deco bed. ‘I used to shop at Alfies Antique Market and developed relationships with the antiquarians there. When they had a gem that they couldn’t place, they would drive to us on their way home and show me pieces in the back of their truck,’ says Saskia. ‘Now I mainly shop on eBay. I bought


CLOCKWISE, FROM TOP LEFT Clay tiles, made by Saskia, are displayed behind the Aga; ‘The entire kitchen was made to my design by a now-retired Italian antiques restorer,’ says Saskia. ‘I’d spotted his handiwork on an 18th-century Welsh dresser and begged for his name from the antiquarian. In those days my father worked in marble, so he made the worktop using double thickness Arabescato statuary marble. You rarely see such a special marble in a kitchen, which is a pity if you use the kitchen a lot, as I do’; the dining table is from eBay and was stripped by Saskia. The pendant light and table lamps are from Nick Heyward at 9 Antiques, while the antique sofa was brought back from a trip to Siena

Profile T H E OW N E R Carter Coleman and Saskia Spender live here with their two daughters, Ondine (10) and Clepoatra (13). Carter runs a sustainable farm in Tanzania. Saskia is a multi-faceted artist. T H E P RO P E RT Y The house is a late-Victorian terrace in west London. There are three bedrooms and bathrooms, a kitchen-diner, and first-floor sitting room and studio.

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Saskia decided to recreate a depiction of a garden from the Villa of Livia in Ondine’s bedroom our great big dining table there and stripped it myself with my steam machine. I’m a quarter Armenian and sometimes the Armenian antiquarians phone me if they find a great deal in an auction that they love but can’t take home themselves.’ Leaving Italy for the first time, aged 17, for London was, she says, ‘an exciting shock’. Soon after meeting her future husband Carter, she bought this house in an area of west London that was then ‘a pretty down-atheel part of town, unlike what it has become today – a haven for well-to-do young families.’ She rented it out and she and Carter travelled to Memphis, New York and East Africa, where Carter subsequently created a socially responsible rice farm.

Artistic impulses A year later, their daughters, Cleopatra and Ondine, were accepted into school in London, so they moved into the house. ‘At that time, my creativity had to be channelled into child-rearing,’ says Saskia. She did have time to paint the walls with pigments and cover some sofas and chairs with Tuscan fabric, but that was it. Now, with the children aged 13 and 10, she has had time to revitalise her artistic impulses in different ways. On a visit to Rome, Ondine fell in love with the magical painted depiction of a garden from the Villa of Livia (an ancient building near Rome) at the National Roman Museum. Saskia decided to recreate it in her bedroom but using the trees of her grandmother’s garden as models. In Carter’s study, Saskia took inspiration from work by the artist Yinka Shonibare in the Hayward Gallery and covered the walls in a batik-style dressmaking fabric from the Dutch firm Vlisco. ‘It ensures Carter’s farm can never be far from his mind when he’s in London,’ she says. Perhaps even more spectacular is the mosaic that she’s created in the bathroom. ‘From the moment you enter, you sense a mirage flickering in the distance,’ says Saskia of the scene depicting the Niger River. There’s no doubt that Saskia has a rare gift, ‘A kind of Renaissance hand,’ she says. So whether it is painting, sewing or pressing shards of glass into coloured cement to catch light on a wall, it is all done with great originality, deceptive ease and, above all, fun. Q 74 H&A O C T O B E R 2 015

ABOVE The beds in Ondine’s bedroom are 1890s French oak and were bought in Alfies Antiques Market, while the wrought-iron palm tree lamps are vintage Florentine BELOW Saskia was given a tall exotic matchbox tin from Penhaligon’s, which became the inspiration for the design of the mosaic walls of the bathroom


RIGHT The 1920s German bed is from Alfies Antique Market. The silk suzani hanging behind is from central Asia and was bought in Israel in the early 1990s. The paintings are by Saskia’s mother

Little black book 9 Antiques, 9 Church Street, London. 07768 893109 ‘What I love about Nick Heywood – who owns this shop – is his attitude, which is completely uncommercial,’ says Saskia. ‘His shop is stu�ed with maps, curios and lights from a particular time – whichever era is still “undiscovered”. It always takes a couple of visits to get your eye in. Then all of a sudden it hits you: everything in there is real treasure!’ James Hoyle & Son, 48–50 Andrews Road, Cambridge Heath, London. 020 7254 2335; ‘This architectural iron founders makes traditional cast-iron products and has used the same techniques for over 300 years.’ Long & Ryle, 4 John Islip Street, London. 020 7834 1434; ‘When all is said and done, it is the art that makes a room and, for me, that means the work of my mother, Maro Gorky, whose work is available from this contemporary art gallery.’

ABOVE Cleopatra’s bed is covered in a geometric fabric from Vlisco and the painting is by Maro Gorky RIGHT The bathtub is a new cast-iron design, painted by Saskia using a bright yellow paint from Papers and Paints. For a similar rug, try Anthropologie

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Saskia’s art is complemented by a soulful collection of varied antiques, from upholstered Victorian armchairs to an art deco bed

The sculptures in the master bedroom are by Saskia’s father, Matthew Spender, while her mother, Maro, painted the trunk and the portrait

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make a quirky alternative to wallpaper. Ghanan wax print, £14.40 per m, The African Fabric Shop LEFT Emulate the exotic look of Ondine’s bedroom with Cole & Son’s ‘Palm Tree’ paper, £78 per roll

Team palm tree lights with tropical print walls. This gold example costs £83.40 from Dar Lighting

A copper saucepan is a design classic. The ‘Mauviel M Heritage’ pan costs £156 from David Mellor

THIS IMAGE A yellow tub takes centre

Copper pieces accessorise Saskia’s kitchen. These coasters, £24 from Mia Fleur, are a simple way to tap into the trend

stage in Saskia’s colourful bathroom. This aluminium boat bath costs £4,434 from BC Designs RIGHT The bust on the side table is surprisingly classic. We love the ‘Diana’, £98, The French Bedroom Company

Creative combinations

Style spy Emulate the diverse look of Saskia’s home with these pieces LEFT Create a wall of

unique colour with the ‘Setting Plaster’ paint, £38 per 2.5l, Farrow & Ball RIGHT Add interest to your bathroom with a suzani blanket. This one from Barefoot Gypsy costs £272

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Plants help create a worldly vibe. The faux ‘Sacramento’ cactus costs £232 from Abigail Ahern

RIGHT Saskia uses vivid textiles to add to her bold colour schemes. This large ‘Monserrate’ cushion, £69, India Jane, is reminiscent of suzani textiles of the 19th century

Saskia bought her wingback armchair from Portobello Road Market but you can find this ‘Kubrick’ in ‘Rose Red’ design at Made. It costs £459

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Shelly Elson stuck to a monochrome palette in her sitting room. The fireplace was bought at Alberto’s Antiques in London. ‘It was one of the original fireplaces from The Grand Hotel in Brighton,’ she says. The artichoke on the mantelpiece was bought from a flea market in Brussels, as was the deer on the hearth

THE OLD CURIOSITY SHOP Apothecary bottles, dolls’ heads and antique paintbrushes – nothing about Shelly Elson’s home is ordinary. But then you wouldn’t expect anything less from the owner of a cool and quirky vintage homewares store… F E AT U R E R AC H A E L S M I T H P H OTO G R A P H S V I C T O R I A T U N S TA L L

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love the buzz that you get from shopping at a flea market like Sunbury Antiques Market at Kempton Park or at a French brocante,’ says Shelly Elson. ‘Vintage furniture has a soul to it that new or reproduction pieces can never have.’ Happily, Shelly has plenty of excuses to feed her love of buying old pieces – she owns, with her husband Sean, homeware store Etcetera, which specialises in ‘all that’s unique’. Prior to opening her first shop seven years ago (after buying a shop in Margate on a whim), the couple would rummage around antiques markets in their spare time but they now find themselves visiting the brocantes of

France and Belgium every couple of months for new pieces. ‘It’s so handy living in Broadstairs as we’re so close to France,’ says Shelly. ‘We can actually see it from the end of our street.’ Of course, the hazard (or perk) of owning an interiors shop is that many items find their way into Shelly’s home. Her particular weakness is for industrial vintage, although she loves mid-century design classics, too. ‘We’re supposed to have a one-in-one-out policy but that rule is often broken and I do find it very hard to part with some pieces,’ she admits. ‘There’s always a story behind each piece and memories attached – such as where I was when I bought it or how I carried it home.’ The vintage skeleton in Shelly’s o�ce (see page 82)


The 1940s bookcase was originally in the British Library; Shelly’s glass display cabinet contains her collection of dolls’ heads. The 1940s optician’s test came from the International Antiques and Collectors Fair at Ardingly; the facade of Shelly’s Victorian home, which is filled with her quirky collections

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Profile T H E OW N E R Shelly Elson lives here with her husband Sean and her children Ryan (18) and Yazmin (24). Shelly and her husband run Etcetera in Margate, which sells vintage furniture and accessories, plants and flowers (07977 161915; T H E P RO P E RT Y Shelly and Sean’s home is a five-bedroom Victorian villa, built in 1890, located in Broadstairs, Kent. Downstairs, there is a large dining room, sitting room, garden room, two offices and a kitchen.

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was shipped from a dealer in Germany, while she’ll never forget struggling to bring the early 20th-century stone artichoke (which now sits on the living room fireplace, p78) back from Brussels. ‘It’s so heavy but I wasn’t going to leave the country without it,’ she says. The couple moved here two years ago. They had spent eight years admiring the Victorian villas around the corner from their previous home before the ‘for sale’ sign popped up in front of this house. ‘The front-to-back sitting room swung it for us,’ says Shelly. ‘It just felt like home straight away.’ They made an o�er the same day and moved in a few months later. Rather than rushing into transforming the dated interior, peppered with 1970s florals, pelmets and swirly patterned carpets, the couple waited a few months before redecorating. ‘We had made the mistake before of painting CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT Shelly painted the kitchen walls in ‘Railings’ by Farrow & Ball and gave the existing cabinets a refresh with a lick of mid-grey paint. Industrial-style freestanding furniture adds further character to the space; taxidermy ducks (dating from 1930), a globe and a pair of antlers are displayed on Shelly’s sideboard, which she bought from one of her favourite local antiques shops, Junk Deluxe; Shelly sits with her cat Bob in the garden room. For similar wall lights, try Skinflint


The double aspect in Shelly and Sean’s dining room allows Shelly to use her beautiful wooden shutters, which she bought in a French antiques market. Her most extravagant purchases for the house were six Arne Jacobsen ‘Series 7’ dining chairs, which she bought from a dealer in Denmark

We’re supposed to have a onein-one-out policy but that rule is often broken and I do find it very hard to part with some pieces

The medicine bottles were found at a flea market in Belgium. For similar, try Rockett St George. The skeleton (which was probably used in a school) was shipped from a dealer in Germany. Elemental sells salvaged shelves and cabinets similar to this design


They worked their way through the rooms, injecting a modern palette of moody greys and fresh neutrals into each as soon as we moved in and then regretting our colour choices, so we decided to take our time here,’ says Shelly. Gradually, they began to work their way through the rooms, injecting a modern palette of moody greys, dramatic blacks and fresh neutrals into each. ‘When deciding how to paint each room, we looked at how the light entered it,’ says Shelly. ‘The living room has high ceilings, so we amplified that with a Parisian monochrome scheme, while the hallway, which is always very dark, we cocooned with black paint. We actually painted it three times, getting progressively darker each time.’

Visual difference One of the most expensive transformations was provided by the black slate fireplace in the sitting room. It took several weeks to source


bought the swivel chair in her office from Junk Deluxe, while the desk is from a brocante in Belgium; on the mantelpiece of Shelly’s office, a black rabbit from Abigail Ahern shares shelf space with a vintage bus routes sign; black paint creates drama in the hallway. The copper light in Sean’s office is by Tom Dixon, while the Work Hard poster is by Anthony Burrill

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Little black book Earl of East London, Netil Market, Westgate Street, London. 07813 115256; ‘I love Earl of East London – the owners sell a great selection of candles and homewares,’ says Shelly. Junk Deluxe, Scott’s Furniture Mart, The Old Ice Works, Bath Place, Margate, Kent. 07963 892041; ‘This is my favourite shop. It sells a brilliant mix of cool items, from vintage to industrial, as well as mid-century modern finds.’ Marolles flea market, Place du Jeu de Balle, Brussels, Belgium ‘I always find original, quirky pieces from the Brussels flea market. There are great cafes around the square, too.’ The Shop, 4–5 Market Place, Old Town, Margate. 01843 231300; ‘I’ve bought lots of kitchenware from The Shop, which is based in Margate. It also sells a good selection of lighting.’

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CLOCKWISE, FROM ABOVE Chalky blue walls and romantic French furniture create a soft, feminine feel in Shelly’s bedroom. For faux hydrangea stems, try Oka; a shell and starfish add a coastal feel to the bathroom, while a gilt-framed mirror and Annie Sloan’s ‘French Grey’ paint keep things sophisticated; the striking bamboo tasselled lampshade at the top of the staircase is from Ikea. Vintage cinema seats from Junk Deluxe lend a playful feel to the landing

but the perfect design – one of the original fireplaces from The Grand Hotel in Brighton – was eventually found at Alberto’s Antiques in London. ‘It may have been a splurge but it’s made the biggest visual di�erence to the house,’ says Shelly. To balance out the costs, instead of ripping out the existing kitchen units, Shelly decided to give them a modern feel by painting with Annie Sloan’s ‘Paris Grey.’ Similarly, previously orange tiles were covered in an o�white kitchen paint. Walls painted in the blueblack ‘Railings’ by Farrow & Ball are the final push in bringing the room firmly up to date. Shelly is no happier than when she’s at home, surrounded by her carefully chosen treasures. ‘For some people, their home is just a house but for me it’s much more. I’m passionate about all my belongings and the stories attached to them. Sometimes I don’t leave my house for a week: I could move things around all day, every day.’ And who can blame her? If we had her collection of curios, we would be inclined to do just that, too. Q


The door shutter, propped against the wall of Shelly’s bedroom, is from Fontaine in Margate and the painted chest of drawers and mannequin’s head are both from Etcetera. The stool and picture are from brocantes in Belgium and France

Shelly has displayed vintage apothecary glass bottles in a metal display cabinet, bought from a local factory. The map is from Junk Deluxe and the carrot educational print is from a flea market in France


Collecting EDUCATIONAL POSTERS Tap into the industrial trend with scientific charts and maps. Here are some of our favourite attention-grabbing designs to start your collection

This vintage map of the ‘Alpen und Alpenlander’ (The Alps) was drawn in 1969. It costs £140 from Blom & Blom This scientific pulldown chart depicts the development of moths and bugs in a rather stylish way. £261.64, Vintage School Charts at Etsy

ABOVE LEFT This 1950s anatomy poster is part of a set of 10 from Pamono. It costs £446 ABOVE RIGHT

Words: Katie Hallett

This steel-framed French school map shows the Persian empire conquered by ‘Alexandre le Grand’. It costs £150 from The French House

hen the very swish Ham Yard Hotel in London opened last summer, hip interior designer Kit Kemp decked a hallway in a wallpaper inspired by 1950s botanical posters, while Liberty has recently started selling botanical wall charts. It’s fair to say that educational posters – designed as teaching aids for classrooms – are experiencing something of a moment. In Shelly’s home, the charts and maps provide the perfect foil to her collections of industrial furniture and, displayed en masse, pack a punch. Shelly adds to her collection during trips to brocantes, flea markets and local store Junk Deluxe, and spends £75–£150 on each. We love the vintage (and striking reproduction) zoology and botanical charts from online specialist Wallography. As for vintage school maps, these can be bought online from Vintage French.


Relive biology lessons with this framed botanical school poster, c1950. It costs £350 from The Old Cinema

ABOVE This vintage wall chart was

originally used to educate pupils in Germany and the Netherlands and is part of the ‘Dr Lipps Plan of the Animal Kingdom’ range by H Arches. We think it makes a striking piece of art. It costs £70 from Wallography

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THE SIMPLE THINGS A converted 18th-century watermill in Burgundy, filled with beautiful pieces amassed over decades, has been treasured by its owner for 36 years F E AT U R E M O N I Q U E VA N D E R PAU W PRODUC TION WILMA CUSTERS P H OTO G R A P H S T O N B O U W E R

Most of the walls in the attic were repaired after Anneke and her husband bought the property 36 years ago, but not this one. It makes an intriguing contrast to Anneke’s collection of books and paintings. You can find a similar rush-seat chair from Tim Bowen Antiques


Profile T H E OW N E R Anneke Janssen, a retired teacher, enjoys her French holiday home with her family – her three children and four grandchildren.

THIS IMAGE The old mill seen from the river Yonne BELOW, FROM LEFT Anneke’s cleaner

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Anita came up with the idea of wrapping an old stool with a piece of fabric; a jug of flowers brightens a shady nook in the grounds

T H E P RO P E RT Y The former mill is located in a small village in Burgundy. It has a living room, kitchen, four bedrooms and two small bathrooms.

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There’s room for the whole family at the antique dining table. Anneke painted the walls with big brushes for a robust effect. An ikat, a colourful woven textile from Indonesia, hangs from the wall. The original tomettes – traditional flooring tiles – are still in place



or decades Anneke Janssen cooked in her French home, a former watermill, on a simple three-burner gas stove. ‘Now, in my new Dutch home, I have a range cooker. But to be honest, my gas stove serves me just as well,’ she says. Those few words sum up Anneke who isn’t won over by luxury. This intelligent, charming Dutch lady finds comfort in the little pleasures of life – reading her books next to the fireplace in an old armchair that she upholstered herself, playing cards and having tea with her friends and, of course, cooking delicious meals on her three-burner gas stove. Anneke and her late husband Hilgo found the mill, which they initially used as a holiday home, in 1979. Without the internet the house hunt wasn’t altogether straightforward. Anneke had to track down French phone books and write to estate agents located in Burgundy. ‘We chose Burgundy because of the beauty of the landscape – all rolling hills, lakes and forests,’ she says. ‘As far as the actual house was concerned, we wanted a place where old trees were growing and water was flowing. This was surprisingly di�cult to find as mature trees tended to be situated next to grand houses that we couldn’t a�ord. We joked that we should place an ad saying, “Wanted: a chateau CLOCKWISE FROM ABOVE The kaftan

was a gift from Hilgo’s colleagues at the hospital where he worked a long time ago; Anneke opted for a simple, honest kitchen. ‘Simplicity fits this house,’ she says. Fine meals are prepared on a simple three-burner gas stove. A homemade curtain hides kitchenware. Find similar fabric from Beyond France; Anneke’s dog roams his territory

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Instead of sofas, Anneke has placed several armchairs around the fireplace. She upholstered the striped chairs herself. The wooden elephant-shaped stools were bought in Africa. The old beams have been painted white to brighten up the room


lend a sunny feel to this bedroom. Anneke painted over the original wallpaper. ‘I discovered a piece that I had missed when a small mirror was replaced. I’d simply painted around it,’ she says; terracotta tiles and unfinished walls create a rustic look, complemented by vintage storage jugs; Anneke has decorated a small alcove with two textile scraps and a miniature birdcage

The former owner had left everything behind – furniture, textiles, curtains, crockery, bedding… We could move in immediately and so we did brûlé”, which translates to “a burned castle”.’ Finally, this romantic old mill appeared. It was built in the 18th century for grinding wheat and nuts and, indeed, was surrounded by old trees. ‘The location was great and we loved the grounds. The old mechanism was still there, as was the old tile flooring and a huge chimney in the grande pièce, the big living room. There was another small salon which was perfect – our teenage children could stay there without bothering us with their noise!’ Incredibly, the house was in good shape. The mill had served until the Second World War and after that had been converted into a home. ‘When we bought it, it had been abandoned for years but all we had to do was renew the electricity and create a second bathroom,’ says Anneke. ‘The former owner had left everything behind – furniture, textiles, curtains, crockery, bedding... We could move in immediately and

Little black book Dijon Antiques Fair, Parc des Expositions, 3 Boulevard de Champagne, 21 Dijon ‘Over 120 antiques dealers display their furniture and decorative pieces at this Dijon fair,’ says Anneke. Grands marchés aux Puces de la Grange Rouge, 142 Le Vauvret, 71500 La Chapelle-Naude ‘This huge flea market is held on the first Sunday of July, August and September in the town of La Chapelle-Naude.’ Saint-Florentin brocantes ‘These charming brocantes are held on the first Saturday of July, August and September in the square of the pretty town of Saint-Florentin.’

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We went to many brocantes. It was a lovely way to find antiques but also to discover the neighbouring small villages so we did.’ Eleven years later the couple decided to move there permanently and made some bigger changes, such as updating the roof and redecorating throughout. ‘The walls were papered in dark, sombre designs and, as the trees block the light, the interior benefits from light colours.’ So dreary doors were painted in a creamy white hue and all the wallpapers were painted over in sunny yellow, using large paintbrushes for a rustic e�ect. Over the years most of the furniture, left behind by the previous owners, has gradually been replaced. The furnishings, accessories and art are now a wonderful mix of family pieces and flea market finds. ‘After we moved here permanently we went to many brocantes. It was a lovely way to find antiques but also to discover the neighbouring small villages,’ says Anneke. The couple also brought pieces from Liberia where they had lived for five years. Musical instruments, antique kaftans and brightly coloured textiles add a touch of the unexpected. Anneke moved back to The Netherlands two years ago but still uses the mill as a holiday home. Today, the place is filled with wonderful memories – as well as beautiful objects. ‘We had lovely times here,’ she says. ‘I have memories of the children swimming in the river, us reading, gardening, cooking on my three-burner gas stove, enjoying the company of friends and family. I’m happy where I am now, back in Holland, but selling our French home? Oh no, it doesn’t even cross my mind.’ Q CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT For years, Anneke and her late husband, Hilgo, slept in this room in the attic. A similar throw can be found at Oliver Bonas while salvaged ladders are sold at Lassco; an old Ricard jug is now serving as a vase for a bouquet of leaves picked from the garden; ‘The wallpaper in the study was already here when we moved in,’ says Anneke. Louise Body designs similar bird-motif papers. The desk and chair were bought from local brocantes

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Curiosities add personality. This 19th-century birdcage is £1,001 from 1stdibs

LEFT A rare modern design

lights Anneke’s guest bedroom. The ‘Bubble Pear’ pendant lamp by George Nelson is similar. It costs £380 from SCP BELOW Use a floppy sun hat as a piece of art. We love this number, £20, Oliver Bonas


Anneke displays flowers in a Ricard jug. Buy this design from Etsy for £18

ABOVE Enliven plain

walls with delicate paper swatches. ‘Eleonora’, £63 per roll, Zoffany

French rustic

Style spy Emulate Anneke’s simple yet sumptuous interiors style

Style Spy compiled by Emma Jolliffe

RIGHT Red-and-white fabric injects a classic French look. Upholster your furniture with ‘Devon Stripe’, £24.50 per m, Ian Mankin

Opt for mismatched armchairs rather than one big sofa. This vintage library chair by Ines Cole costs £1,095 from The Old Cinema

RIGHT Anneke uses her rustic ladder as a decorative piece. This modern design doubles up as a shelving unit. £155, Garden Trading

These ‘Lanta’ candlesticks (right) cost £8.95 from Nkuku and the Irish spongeware bowl (below) is £125 from Hirschhorn Antiques

BELOW This collar box, c1920, would have been used to protect the removable collar of a shirt. Today, it makes for a handsome piece of storage. £195, Bentleys

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A royal


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The 18th-century hall was painted and gilded in the second half of the 19th century, a scheme that has been respectfully preserved by the Trust. The furniture is by the Scottish cabinetmaker Alexander Peter from Edinburgh while the hexagonal brass lantern is by Thomas Chippendale. A grisaille painting by Jacob de Witt hangs above the Roman-style fireplace

With the passing of the eighth anniversary of the saving of Dumfries House earlier this year, we explore this magnificent Georgian gem, which plays the lead role in a modern fairy tale F E AT U R E C H A R L O T T E R O S T E K P H OTO G R A P H S A N D R E A S VO N E I N S I E D E L

hen the Prince kisses Sleeping Beauty and she awakes, that is the point at which the fairy tale ends. Not so at Dumfries House, the Ayrshire country house which was saved by the Prince of Wales in 2007. That was the moment that sparked a whole new and exciting chapter. The house, the first commission by Scottish architect Robert Adam, had enjoyed an undisturbed aristocratic slumber since its completion in 1759. It may have never been seen by the public had it not been for the dramatic episode eight years ago when its last owner, the 7th Marquess of Bute, launched it for sale on the open market with a £45m price tag. The Palladian mansion was virtually unknown until then, yet held one of Britain’s most spectacular collections from the golden age of furniture making. Over 50 pieces of fine furniture from Thomas Chippendale’s early career and a comprehensive body of furniture from the three leading 18thcentury Edinburgh cabinetmakers (Alexander Peter, William Mathie and Francis Brodie) had survived fully documented for two-and-a-half centuries in the very house for which they had been bought. With the original contents almost unchanged, the house represented a unique and largely untouched time capsule.

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In the parlour, newly woven yellow silk damask has been used to recreate 18th-century style festoon curtains and to recover the suite of Chippendale mahogany elbow chairs and stools. In keeping with historical records the vibrant colour has reinjected life into this north-facing interior where Chippendale furniture (he also designed the mirrors) abounds

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The fifth Earl described it as a bold undertaking, confessing that perhaps the venture was more bold than wise

complicated history but a neat and beautifully poised mid-Georgian house with splendid rococo interiors, which were largely the work and vision of one man, William Crichton Dalrymple, the 5th Earl of Dumfries. The retired soldier, Knight of the Order of the Thistle and widower had commissioned it in 1754 to celebrate his social status, and, rather romantically, to help him fulfil his desire for a wife and an heir. The stylish new home was designed to work for Dalrymple as a kind of ‘honey trap’. The fifth Earl described it as ‘a bold undertaking’, confessing that ‘perhaps’ the venture was ‘more bold than wise’ but after five years of planning, bidding and buying he triumphed. Even the waspish Lady Elisabeth Percy, later Duchess of Northumberland, following a visit, enthused that the house was ‘handsome thoroughly

Visiting Dumfries House Near Cumnock, East Ayrshire, KA18 2NJ; 01290 429595; The House is open to visitors daily from 10.45am until 31 October. From 1 November-31 March, it’s open on weekends only. Visits are by guided tour. Tickets cost from £9 for adults for the house tour. Children up to 15 pay £4 and under fives are free. See our special ticket offer on page 103. ABOVE The Palladian mansion was

designed by Robert Adam in the 1750s. It is set within a 2,000-acre estate

convenient and furnish’d with great elegance and expense’.

Exceptional quality Today, after a period of extensive restoration and conservation by a newly formed Trust, the full glory of the 18th-century can be experienced once more, just as Lady Percy did when she first saw the completed interiors in 1760. She recorded ‘charming tapestry… very fine marble… stucco’, among colourful English carpets and the elegant ‘blue damask settees and chairs’ with their crisp and fluent carving style. The exceptional quality and variety of Lord Dumfries’ furnishing scheme extended to his bedchambers on the upper floor with their ‘night closets and dressing rooms’ where modern conveniences such as commode stools, washstands, shaving tables, towel airers and bidets can still be seen. H&A O C T O B E R 2 015 9 9




ABOVE John Fladgate’s 1770 longcase clock is a notable feature on the east wall of the hall where we also find Francis Brodie’s trademark eagle table. Fladgate had a workshop in St Martin’s Lane in London, near Chippendale’s own business and this architectural clock was inspired by the cabinetmaker’s director FACING PAGE The pink dining room is one of the most complete 18th-century rooms at Dumfries House, in terms of its furniture, furnishings and architecture. The ornamental carving on the walls of

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the dining room is closely related to the original Robert Adam drawings of this interior. The solid suite of 18th-century furniture, which was made by the Edinburgh cabinetmaker Alexander Peter from Jamaican mahogany, is complemented by flamboyant rococo pierglasses carved and gilded by William Mathie, also from Edinburgh. The rich colours of the mid 18th-century Axminster carpet resonate beautifully with the red silk damask curtains, the table setting and the 18th-century Murano glass chandelier

his fine walnut musical bracket clock (above) was made by John Ellicot, the celebrated Royal clockmaker, between 1750 and 1770. It is one in a group of 23 exceptional antique clocks, which were bought by the Dumfries House Trust from the London clock dealers Ra�ety & Walwyn in 2012. The belltop case retains all the original gilt brass mounts, pineapple finials and brass-moulded feet. It is veneered in the finest figured walnut veneers. The brass dial eight-day musical movement strikes the hours on a single bell and there is a choice of an ‘air’ or a ‘gavotte’ which plays on the three quarters and the hour. The clock features some beautiful foliate rococo spandrels, inset datework and a subsidiary dial in the arch for the choice of tune. For more information on antique clocks, see our feature on page 138.

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The pewter corridor is part of the late 19th-century extension of Dumfries House, which was decorated in an exuberant Adam revival pattern thought to be by Horatio Walter Lonsdale, collaborating with Lord Bute’s architect Robert Weir Schultz. The wall decoration was obliterated in the 1960s when a battle ship grey scheme replaced it. The Trust has part-revealed the original decoration and reinstated it with the help of the Conservation Studio in Edinburgh and a team of artist painters and decorators

The attention to detail lavished on the interiors excites visitors who can get close up to the furniture

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ABOVE The Duchess’s bedroom still contains all of its 18th-century Scottish furniture. The Trust has introduced new soft furnishings: the curtain fabric is ‘Blush China’ by GP & J Baker. The chair and stools by the dressing table are covered in ‘Watermelon’ linen by Susanna Davis at Tissus d’Helene LEFT Lady Bute’s bath dates from the late 19th century. An 18th-century towel airer by the Scottish cabinetmaker Alexander Peter is part of the modern conveniences with which Lord Dumfries’ dressing rooms were equipped

One of the most distinguishing marks of an 18th-century house, however, was its fine upholstery and Dumfries House was no exception. The vivid pink, blue and yellow silk damasks recorded in 1760 have been rewoven by Humphries Weaving in Su�olk and are the high notes of the interiors today. The damasks are based on a pattern that survived on an 18thcentury chair in the house, and cover the iconic mahogany elbow chairs and sofas by Chippendale (page 98). The blue and yellow damasks have also been used to replicate 18th-century festoon curtains draping from original Chippendale window cornices. But was all the e�ort originally bestowed on the house worth it? Not entirely for the Earl. Although he did find love again, no heir was produced and the house passed to a nephew through the Bute family line. Their meticulous stewardship of the property over two-and-a-half centuries had documented and preserved the Earl’s original vision to such an extent that restoration by the Trust was not only possible but imperative. The attention to detail lavished on the interiors excites visitors who can get up close to the furniture, not held back by barriers or ropes. There is immediacy to the experience – a result of Prince Charles’s wish that Dumfries be presented as a home, rather than a museum. And this, one might guess, would make the 5th Earl of Dumfries very pleased indeed. Q



For 2-for-1 entry to the 60min house tour of Dumfries, show this page at the visitor centre or phone 01290 421742 to make a reservation (you will need to show this page when collecting your ticket). Subject to availability. Valid from 17th September to 17th Oct 2015.

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BLAZE of GLORY It’s the perfect time of year to visit the UK’s best arboretums, to take in the autumn leaves turning from verdant green to a fiery mass of golds, oranges and reds, says CINEAD M�TERNAN espite their stature, trees can often be overlooked in a garden scheme. Tall, elegant and statuesque, they usually play a supporting role, providing shade or a backdrop for the showy stars of the herbaceous border. However, autumn is their opportunity to steal the limelight. As much in the garden starts to fade in preparation for its dormant winter state, deciduous trees enjoy one last hurrah. Depending on the weather the autumn show can range from a muted palette to a vibrant explosion of colour. Climate change is helping here, and as we enjoy warmer, drier summers in Britain, the trees respond by producing a riot of colour. While individual specimens such as dogwood, American red gum and Boston ivy pack a punch in any plot from September to the first frosts, the best way to see the true beauty of this natural phenomenon is to walk in the countryside, or better yet, in an arboretum where a carefully selected range of specimens have been planted en masse. The concept of an arboretum dates back to the Egyptians, who endeavoured to transplant groups of foreign trees together to create exotic collections in honour of the Pharaohs. However, it was the ingenuity and ambition of the Victorians that led to the term arboretum being used to describe a collection of trees. The renowned Scottish botanist, garden designer and writer, John Claudius Loudon, (1783–1843), first coined the phrase in 1833 in his magazine publication The Gardener’s Magazine. Inspired by the influx of plant

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introductions of the day, Loudon’s style was to display individual plants as specimens and he grouped and labelled trees in informal groves, allowing them to develop their natural form. One of his most influential and important commissions came from the Liberal industrialist Joseph Strutt, who approached Loudon to create a pleasure ground for his workforce. The result was Derby Arboretum, Britain’s first public park, which opened in 1840. It featured planted labelled tree specimens (as well as opportunities for leisure, education and moral improvement) and became the prototype for public parks throughout the world.

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BEDGEBURY NATIONAL PINETUM An Historic Arboretum Grade II, the National Pinetum at Bedgebury, Kent was created in 1925 and is now home to a staggering 1,800 di�erent species and five NCCPG National Collections (yew, juniper, thuja, lawson cypress and leyland cypress). Bedgebury is a recreational and conservational arboretum, totalling over 12,000 trees and shrubs, many of which are rare and endangered. It contains some of the oldest and largest examples of conifers

in Britain and is recognised as the most complete collection of conifers in any one place in the world. Originated by Kew botanist William Dallimore in the 1920s, the 320-acre site was chosen over Kew Gardens (which su�ered from smog and air pollution), for its marshy land and drier ridges, which better suited conifers. Largely evergreen, there are some interesting deciduous species, such as larch, that turn a vivid yellow.

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at Marshall’s Lake in Bedgebury National Pinetum with its mix of conifers and broad-leaved specimens contained in 350 acres of rolling Wealden countryside

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DERBY ARBORETUM PARK A botanical tree garden that set the blueprint for many others around the world, Derby Arboretum Park was created by John Claudius Loudon at the request of local cotton mill owner, Joseph Strutt. It was given to the city of Derby in 1840 to provide an area for ‘exercise and recreation in the fresh air’ at a time when industry dominated – and polluted – towns and cities, and ‘to o�er the means of instruction to visitors’ with the labelled collection of trees and shrubs. Interestingly, no one species was originally repeated throughout the park in an e�ort to encourage the visitors to walk all around it. Today, the arboretum is Grade II-listed and maintains the same philosophy that was shared by Loudon and Strutt. While some of the original specimens have not survived, highlights include the red oak, introduced from America, the Indian bean tree and the silver pendant lime. 10 6 H&A O C T O B E R 2 015

Derby Arboretum was created in 1840 and was the first public park in Britain

National Trust Images/James Dobson; Robin Weaver/Alamy; Stone Lane Gardens

A view from Sorbus Hill, looking across The Bowl and Rowe’s Flashe Lake with the countryside beyond from Winkworth Arboretum, Surrey



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Created by the Veitch family, this is a gem in the Scottish Borders, with over 300 years of tree planting that has benefited from the cooler temperatures of its location. Highlights in the 62-acre site include exotic conifers dating back to 1680, the unique dawyck beech, horse chestnut, Japanese maples, sequoiadendrons that are over 45 metres tall, yellow birch and a large Japanese katsura tree, which overhangs the Scrape Glen. Don’t miss the beech walk, which a�ords exquisite views of Dawyck House with Trahenna Hill in the distance.

heart of the Scottish Borders, Dawyck Botanic Garden has a stunning collection of trees and shrubs


WINKWORTH ARBORETUM GARDEN The only dedicated arboretum in the National Trust’s portfolio of properties, Winkworth is set around a magnificent lake and wetland area in the picturesque Surrey Hills and features spectacular views across the landscape. It was created in the 1930s by amateur gardener Dr Fox, who was passionate about trees and today there are over 1,000 specimens. The Japanese, American and Norwegian maples, sweet gum, tupelo, katsura and sorrel trees are noteworthy for their striking colour. Free guided walks take place on the first Wednesday of the month (check the website for times).

ABOVE Native to North America, the white birch is among the many species at Stone Lane Gardens Arboretum to provide an abundance of autumn colour

The incredible work of the late Kenneth Ashburner, who began his arboretum on the edge of Dartmoor National Park in 1971. Astonishingly, he planted out trees that were grown from the seed he had collected on expeditions around the Northern Hemisphere, as well as from other nurseries and botanic gardens. Today, among over 1,000 trees in the five acres of woodland, there are 34 alder and 69 birch species, and this collection was awarded National Collection status in 1995. Stone Lane Gardens Arboretum also features pools, streams and an impressive variety of shade-loving plants. H&A O C T O B E R 2 015 107

GLENWHAN GARDEN AND ARBORETUM Created by plantsperson Tessa Knott, this 12-acre garden boasts a range of mixed conifers and deciduous trees, such as the Chilean fire bush, eucryphias and olearias from New Zealand and eucalyptus, which benefit from the gardens proximity to the Gulf Stream and its mild climate.

While visiting Glenwhan, take a moment to appreciate the breathtaking views over Luce Bay, the Mull of Galloway and the Isle of Man. Follow the new tree trail, which features over 130 specimens, and wander around the neighbouring 17-acre moorland wildflower walk, which o�ers opportunities to spot red squirrel and peacocks.

WESTONBIRT, THE NATIONAL ARBORETUM Westonbirt is arguably the most widely-known arboretum in the UK and was created by wealthy estate owner, Robert Stayner Holford, in 1855, largely for pleasure and to show o� his status. Holford initially laid out the Old Arboretum, then 40 years later his son, Sir George, expanded the site across the valley into Silk Wood, planting rhododendrons and maples, among many other specimens. Managed by the Forestry Commission since 1956, the arboretum has one of the most important collections of trees and shrubs in the world, with over 16,000 specimens – some of the oldest, rarest and largest in the UK. Visitors can enjoy 17 miles of paths and a calendar of events and festivals. LEFT Westonbirt is well known for its magnificent autumn

displays from around mid-October to mid-November

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Glenwhan Garden and arboretum; Forestry Commission Picture Library/Isobel Cameron; Gap Photos/Richard Bloom; University of Oxford Botanic Garden

An interesting array of trees and shrubs in the heart of Dumfries and Galloway with a tree trail listing over 130 specimens


As much in the garden starts to fade in preparation for its dormant winter state, deciduous trees enjoy one last hurrah


BLUEBELL ARBORETUM & NURSERY, SMISBY Despite its name, this isn’t a bluebell wood! Created over 20 years ago, the arboretum is filled with choice, rare and unusual specimens that are a delight to behold. Initially designed to form a shelter-belt of native varieties for the award-winning family-run nursery, the arboretum now covers nine acres. Highlights include maples, rare oaks, flowering dogwoods, cercis cultivars, redwoods and many other rare woody plants, all of which are available to buy. The woodland garden is fully labelled and guided tours are available, while sta� are on hand to answer questions. ABOVE Autumn border with styraciflua ‘festival’, pinus and prunus at BlueBell Arboretum in November

THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD, HARCOURT ARBORETUM Dating back to 1835, this arboretum has been part of Oxford University since 1963 and spreads across 130 acres. Originally laid out by William Sawrey Gilpin, it contains some of the oldest redwoods in the UK as well as early introductions from the Pacific North West region of North America. In the last 15 years, award-winning landscape architect Kim Wilkie was commissioned to restore the picturesque glades and serpentine ride and ‘develop a modern landscape’. This work alone makes Harcourt a must-visit arboretum, but there is also the native woodland with oak, lime, birch and pine specimens to enjoy. Walk through the acer glade, lime wood or bluebell wood to see Harcourt Arboretum’s magnificent autumn displays

KBedgebury National Pinetum, Lady Oak Lane, Goudhurst TN17 2SL. 01580 879820; bedgeburypinetum. Open daily, check website for seasonal opening times. KBluebell Arboretum and Nursery, Annwell Lane, Smisby, Ashby de la Zouch, Leicestershire LE65 2TA. 01530 413700; Open Monday-Saturday, 9am-5pm from March to October; MondaySaturday, 9am-4pm from November to February. KDawyck Botanic Garden, Stobo, Peebles, Scottish Borders EH45 9JU. 01721 760254; Open daily 1 February to 30 November from 10am to 4pm/5pm/6pm. KDerby Arboretum Park, Rose Hill, Derby DE23 8FZ. Open daily. KGlenwhan Garden and Arboretum, Dunragit, nr Stranraer, Wigtownshire DG9 8PH. 01581 400222; KHarcourt Arboretum, Oxford Lodge Peacock Gate, Oxford OX44 9PX. 01865 343501; harcourt-arboretum. Open daily, MondaySaturday, 10am-5pm, Sunday and Bank holidays, 11am-5pm. KStone Lane Gardens Arboretum, Chagford, Newton Abbot, Devon TQ13 8JU. 01647 231311; Open seven days a week from 2pm to 6pm in the summer months and noon until dusk in the winter. KWestonbirt, The National Arboretum, Westonbirt, Tetbury, Gloucestershire GL8 8QS. 01666 880220; forestry. Open October-February, from 9am-5pm and March-September, from 9am-8pm. KWinkworth Arboretum Garden, Hascombe Road, Godalming, Surrey GU8 4AD. 01483 208477; Open all year – dawn to dusk. Hascombe Road, Godalming GU8 4AD

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How to create autumn colour IN YOUR GARDEN If you’re feeling inspired to recreate an autumnal spectacle, a carefully chosen combination of trees and shrubs will produce a small-scale tapestry of fiery hues


hatever size your garden, trees provide plenty of bang for your buck. More than just providing autumn colour, planting a tree is a wonderful investment for future generations, not to mention the environment. Just one tree will provide a habitat for hundreds of species of wildlife and insects, while a group can provide a shelter belt to protect other trees and shrubs. Trees can be used to screen unsightly parts of a garden as well as provide a feature and they are, of course, a valuable source of oxygen — a mature leafy tree produces as much oxygen in a season as ten people inhale in a year — and help clean the air, filtering dust and pollution. Now’s the perfect tree-planting season, as cheaper bare root and whips (small saplings) are readily available from garden centres and nurseries, and there’s plenty of time for young roots to get established before spring and warmer weather arrives. So why not use our easy-to-follow guide to help you choose the right tree to bring colour and interest into your garden.

THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL Nothing beats blossom and the winterflowering cherry, Prunus subhirtella ‘Autumnalis’ is a perfect specimen for this time of year as it has both copper and yellow leaves with the added bonus of soft pink blossom that appears on bare branches from November to April. Cornus kousa var chinensis packs a double punch in autumn too, with dark green leaves that turn crimson-purple and strawberry-like fruits that are in abundance on mature specimens. For the best leaf colour, grow in fertile, well-drained, neutral to acid soil. Similarly, stag’s horn sumach, Rhus typhina, puts on an extraordinary show with burntumber leaves and pinnacles of velvetlooking fruit that stay on the branch of female plants throughout autumn and into winter. Keep on top of suckers that appear to prevent troublesome spread and, if you

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have a small plot, try Dissecta, which grows to about six feet. For true colour-fanatics, the Persian ironwood, Parrotia persica, puts on a glorious show with wavy-edged leaves turning first bright yellow, then orange and then a blazing red. Multiple-stemmed, it can become a large shrub so give it plenty of room. Alternatively, try the psychedelic American redbud, Cercis canadensis lavender twist, which is smothered with magnificent purple blossom in spring, mid-green heart-shaped leaves in summer that transform into bright yellow in autumn, or the beauty berry, Callicarpa, with its striking autumnal colour that is followed by clusters of vibrant, metallic-lilac berries that appear on bare branches in winter.

LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION It’s important to consider the position and soil type when it comes to picking the best tree for your garden. Amelanchier laevis copes with some shade as it can be found at the edge of woodlands in its native habitat, making it a great candidate for the numerous gardens that aren’t southfacing. It’s also fine in heavy clay soil while the strawberry tree, or Arbutus unedo, is tolerant in alkaline, chalky soils making it an excellent, if not slow-growing, specimen for coasts as well as sheltered spots. Come the autumn it’s covered with pinktinged, white flowers as well as bright red, ‘strawberry-like’ fruits.

INCREDIBLE EDIBLE TREES Rowan, Sorbus aucuparia, is a popular choice because it is ideal for small gardens, provides an edible crop of orange berries that make a delicious jelly and puts on an autumnal firework display with its orange, red and purple leaves. Malus ‘John Downie’ is another excellent way to combine stunning colour and a delicious crop, with white blossom in May, followed by scarlet fruits in summer and yellow and burntorange leaves in autumn.


THIS IMAGE Acer palmatum, Japanese

maple, its foliage turning red in autumn BELOW Acer palmatum ‘Fall Fire’ BELOW LEFT Cercis canadensis ‘Forest Pansy’

Gap Photos/Nicola Stocken; Jason Ingram

TREE KNOW-HOW You don’t need to spend a fortune and buy large specimens when it comes to planting trees in your garden. Smaller bare root trees or whips, which are available during autumn and winter, will establish quickly and catch up with the larger trees in no time. You can still buy containergrown trees, which can be treated in exactly the same way and can be planted at any time of year. Plant bare root trees immediately to prevent them from drying out. Ideally, prepare the planting hole, which should be no deeper than the roots but at least three times the diameter of the root system, by

loosening the soil at the bottom of the hole and adding some fertiliser or organic matter to improve the nutrient levels. Tease out the roots prior to planting and place in the planting hole, refill the hole with soil, making sure that any gaps around the roots system are filled. Small trees won’t need staking but larger, top heavy ones will. Firm the soil gently and water in well. Continue to water regularly for the first year, keeping an eye on the weather conditions to ensure the tree doesn’t dry out. A wet, cool summer won’t provide enough water to properly hydrate the young tree and dry windy weather can stress it by removing any excess moisture.

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Noticeboard Don’t miss these exciting sales taking place at auction houses around the country



Fellows Auctioneers

Fellows holds over 120 auctions each year. As specialists in a variety of fields and with an auction to cater for every need, its continually changing inventory makes Fellows a hub of excitement for lovers of watches, jewellery and antiques.

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Forthcoming sales:


29th September – The Watch Sale 5th October – The Blue John Sale 15th October – Antique & Modern Jewellery 22nd October – Fortnightly Auction of Jewellery ` Augusta House, 19 Augusta Street, Birmingham, B18 6JA

0121 222 7666; 020 7127 4198


Midland Furniture Auctions

Midland Furniture Auctions holds one of the UK’s biggest weekly furniture auctions every Wednesday in the heart of the country. Packed to the brim with the latest ranges and types of furniture, bidders can expect a fantastic choice and great prices. Conveniently located off the M1 (J28) near Alfreton, Derbyshire. For further information visit the website or contact Dean Carpenter or Liz Darrington-Mosley. ` 10 Grange Close, Clover Nook Industrial Park, Alfreton, Derbyshire, DE55 4QT



As proud holders of the Britain’s Best Auction House Award, McTear’s has become one of the UK’s best-known independent auction houses. The company’s auction calendar is brought together by 10 specialist departments covering Scottish, International and Contemporary Pictures, Watches, Jewellery, Whisky, Wine, Asian Art, Silver, Ceramics, Furniture, Clocks, Instruments & Militaria. The auctions are promoted on national television and press, and in 2015 every single lot offered at McTear’s will be available to bid live online, providing a truly global audience for selling and buying. McTear’s is also a proud pioneer of timed bidding auctions in association with and ATG Media, the world’s leading online bidding platform. These timed auctions are different from traditional auctions in that no auctioneer calls the sale; rather bidding is done solely online from across the globe. ` 31 Meiklewood Road, Glasgow, G51 4EU

01773 832555


Cato Crane

5 Counties Valuation Company, based in Chester and Wirral, is a division of Cato Crane Fine Art Auctioneers, established 28 years ago. It covers all the North West and Wales and has agents nationwide. Well established, it offers to sell higher value goods from works of art to antique furniture at an extremely low rate of commission. Specialist auctions are held regularly. Forthcoming sales: 22nd Sept: Antiques & Collectors 7th Oct: Antiques, Fine Art & Collectors 13th Oct: Antiques & Collectors

` Cato Crane Fine Art Auctioneers, 6 & 33-41 Stanhope Street, Liverpool, L8 5RF

0151 709 5559

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From practical decorating advice to expert insights on antiques, let this section be your guide CLOCKS Running like clockwork – take some time to learn about the evolution of the clock in our 10 key stories PAGE 138

DEGAS The French Impressionist’s most-celebrated sculpture sold for a record sum this summer. We find out more PAGE 144

WOOL To celebrate Wool Week, we show you how to add comfort and style to your home with this versatile natural material PAGE 123

MOVIE MEMOR ABILIA The late Richard Attenborough’s desirable collection of mementoes from his life in film comes to auction PAGE 132

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TO THE NEW SEASON’S COLLECTIONS As the new season collections launch, ALICE HANCOCK finds the most desirable trends are based on historical precedent t may have been a court quip when Marie Antoinette said that there is nothing new but what has been forgotten – but in the design world, shape, colour and material are nearly always derived from historical precedent. As furniture designer Christopher Guy says, ‘It’s about a perfect balance between modernism and classicism. I am constantly inspired by the elegance of the 1920s and 30s, in particular


the work of French furniture designer ÉmileJacques Ruhlmann and glass artist René Lalique.’ Whether it is because we are trying to find our footing in an ever more technological world or because we have better knowledge of the work of our ancestors, this season is all about fresh takes on our rich interiors heritage. We pick out autumn’s five biggest trends and set them against their historical backdrop.

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GOLDEN DECADENCE ‘All that glisters is not gold,’ wrote Shakespeare, but the opposite seems true in interiors this season. Gold is everywhere, be it in the subtle ‘Crab’ wallpaper by Barneby Gates (inspired by Victorian curiosities discovered on antiques hunting trips) or the bold lustrousness of Blackpop’s ‘Henry’ fabric, which was spawned by an idea to reinterpret portraits of the Tudor monarchs in the National Portrait Gallery. It’s not only the 19th and 15th centuries that have provided a source of glittering inspiration. Designers have looked back to the carefree art nouveau and art deco eras too – think Gatsbyesque shapes, gilded organic forms and other extravagant delights. It’s no coincidence that this year’s Decorex International is taking ‘the future of luxury’ as its theme.

Visiting historic houses provided inspiration for the ‘Artisan’ collection. Antique gold combined with a modern palette allows reflective plays of light. Nina Tarnowski, stylist, Graham & Brown



CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT Graham & Brown’s ‘Artisan’ collection ‘Quill’ wallpaper in gold, £25 per roll; ‘Lotus’ pendant lamp, £199, Marks & Spencer; Barneby Gate’s ‘Crab’ wallpaper, to be launched at Decorex, £78 per roll; The Sculpture Gallery at Chatsworth House; dinner plate from Legle’s ‘Moonscape Gold’ collection, which will launch at Decorex, collection from £370; Jonathan Adler’s autumn/winter range, including ‘Bacharach’ swivel chairs, £2,750

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Our fascinaton with gold is age-old. See the Sta�ordshire Hoard, one of the biggest collections of AngloSaxon gold ever found, in a new display at the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery (0121 348 8007; sta� For gilded interiors, head to Wilton House (wiltonhouse. near Salisbury (the house used as the set for Pemberley in the 2005 film of Pride and Prejudice) or to Chatsworth in Derbyshire, pictured above (




SOFT MARBLE Marble has been highly prized for centuries. From its alabaster variants to the richer tones of porphyry (which, though not strictly a marble itself, is often referred to as ‘Roman marble’), you’ll find it often in autumn’s interiors collections – a soft approach to a hard material. It’s one of many tributes to late Georgian interiors in the new season. Chesney’s launches two new fireplaces based on the drawings of 18th-century architect Sir Robert Adam at Decorex, while Bodo Sperlein pays tribute to the marble-washed skies of JMW Turner in his ‘Décor Tempest’ porcelain collection. Lapicida, which is renowned for its work in marble, presents a more modernist approach in its collaboration with jewellery designer Lara Bohinc. The ‘Lunar’ collection tables are inset with seven di�erent marbles and, though contemporary in shape, it was to Venice’s ancient buildings that Lara looked for inspiration.

Venice has such an exciting visual mix, with classical stone marquetry alongside contemporary designs in marble. Marble is an extraordinary material. I love slabs that are heavily veined and strongly coloured, full of natural character. Lara Bohinc, jewellery designer


National Trust Images/Dennis Gilbert; National Trust Images James Mortimer; Sorendls/iStock


‘Montfort’ and ‘Vienne’ towels by Fable, from £15; marble vase, £15, Gray & Willow by House of Fraser; prototypes for Hallgeir Homstvedt’s new ‘Fauna’ collection, launched at 100% Norway in September; Lara Bohinc’s ‘Sun and Moon’ coffee table for Lapicida, £5,995; ‘Tane Pomona’ porcelain in ‘Décor Tempest’ by Bodo Sperlein, from £25; the Marble Hall at the National Trust’s Kedleston Hall; 1780s painted decoration surrounds the marble fireplace in the boudoir at Attingham Park; marble ‘Ball’ clock, £89, Bo Concept

The marble fireplaces at Kedleston Hall are fine examples of Robert Adams’ work in situ, while you can find more opulent examples of chimneypieces at the House of St Barnabas on Greek Street, London, which is of a similar period. Head to Tate Britain, where designer Bodo Sperlein goes to see his beloved Turner canvases (tate. and see the full setting of his new-season pieces in the opulent 18th-century interior of Mallett Antiques headquarters, Ely House, which will host the Design House exhibition (21st–26th September). It’s a celebration of 21st-century design amid antique predecessors (

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The ‘Arcadia’ collection was inspired by the beauty of classic British country gardens, including those at Arley Hall and Loseley Park. ‘Wakehurst’ references an ornamental style garden with semiarchitectural elements, while ‘Torosay’ uses the Scottish thistle motif.

National Trust Images/John Hammond; Kodachrome25/iStock; Natouche/iStock

Ella Richards, head of design, Linwood Fabrics & Wallpapers

Extending the fashion for Victorian botanical prints, plants in their most fantastical and leafy forms are a key trend for autumn. They range from the rich blooms of Liberty Arts Fabrics’ ‘Secret Garden’ range to the fresh fronds threaded through Linwood’s ‘Arcadia’ collection. Right from the Roman obsession with the acanthus leaf, artists have looked to the natural world. This season, South African designer Justin van Breda has taken inspiration from 18th-century English country homes, when motifs of Chinese blossoms were just beginning to be interpreted for English sensibilities and the neo-classical aesthetics (vine and acanthus leaves included) of John Soane and Robert Adam ruled. Meanwhile, in celebration of its 25th year in the industry, Timorous Beasties has released a tribute to the foliate designs of William Morris.


BE INSPIRED A trip to the glasshouses of Kew Gardens is in order for this trend (, though it’s also well worth a look at the intricate paper mosaics of plants by Georgian artist Mary Delany at the British Museum ( For more of William Morris’s leafy wallpapers head to Standen House or, for a Regency take, Saltram near Plympton is a Robert Adams interior with early Chinese wallpaper (

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT Justin van Breda’s ‘English Fabric’ collection, from £120 per m; ‘Angelica’ linen in ‘Ruby Juniper’, £88.80 per m, Lewis & Wood; 19th-century tiles in a hearth at Red House, Bexleyheath; ‘Tamed Spirit’, from £26.50 per m, Olivia Bard Fabrics; ‘Gosfield’ chair by Multiyork in Linwood’s ‘Wakehurst’ from the ‘Arcadia’ collection, £1,759; Sanderson ‘Poppy Damask’ wallpaper from the ‘Sojourn’ collection, £56 per roll; Chinese wallpaper screen, £8,172, Gracie on 1stdibs; Kew Gardens

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BOLD GEOMETRY Rhomboids and triangles adorned Mesopotamian pottery as far back as the fourth and fifth millennia BC and geometry was a dominant style of both Islamic and Roman art. Since then, designers have had a recurrent interest in the mathematical, which plays into a prevailing love a�air with art deco this season. Cole & Son has produced a second collection of geometric wallpapers, for which its designers found ideas everywhere from ancient Egyptian tombs to the art deco Delano hotel in Miami. Collier Campbell also harked back to a mix of ancient and 1930s aesthetics with the new ‘Kandi’ range. The colours were taken from ancient cities in the hill country of Sri Lanka, while the designs came from Bauhaus aesthetics and the work of Sonia Delaunay, a leading artist in the Orphism movement.

We were captivated by the bold lines and colours of the 1930s, and particularly the work of Gunta Stolzl, the only female member of the Bauhaus movement. The designs remain as appealing and relevant today as when they were first produced.


‘Tile’ wallpaper from Cole & Son’s ‘Geometric II’ collection, £76 per roll; ‘Hatton’ pendant, £499, Original BTC; ‘Deco Hommage’ wallpaper in ‘Palm Midnight’ and ‘Basket Weave’ wallpaper in ‘Stone Onyx’ by Robin Sprong; the 19th-century mosaic tabletops at Attingham Park; ‘Kaleidoscope’ teapot, £25, Collier Campbell; ‘Cubist Peacock’ fabric by Miles Redd for Schumacher; tiles in a Damascus mausoleum, c1420–30; ‘Gregory’ fabrics by Zimmer + Rohde

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BE INSPIRED There is nowhere better to see a pristine art deco interior than Eltham Palace in Greenwich ( Another mansion worth a look is the Regency-era Royal Pavilion in Brighton ( uk/royalpavilion), or head to Attingham to see its mosaic tabletops ( attingham-park). If you happen to be in Paris, don’t miss the Musée des Années 30 – a tribute to the brilliance of art deco decor (


National Trust Images/John Hammond; Edward Gibbs/Damascus tiles/prestel; Korinoxe/iStock

Judy Lever, CEO, Collier Campbell

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To coincide with British Wool Week, PAULA WOODS looks at ways to bring this versatile, hardwearing and eco-friendly fibre into your home

Vanessa Arbuthnott’s new ‘Birds and Beasts’ collection (from £48 per m) champions authentic Harris Tweed, made from pure virgin wool that has been dyed and spun in the Outer Hebrides then handwoven at the home of a weaver




Woven, knitted, felted, crocheted, knotted or cut, wool, when combined with colour dyeing, can be used to create fabrics and forms in every conceivable shade, pattern and texture. But it is not only wool’s design flexibility that makes it a must for the home. Bridgette Kelly of the Campaign For Wool points out that its ‘unique resilience ensures that it withstands wear and tear over a long period’ and, as a natural crimped fibre, it guarantees exceptional shape retention. Wool can also absorb and release up to 30 per cent of its weight in moisture, making it a highly e�ective insulator. Having an innate resistance to bacteria, mildew and mites is not only great for allergy su�erers, but makes wool the perfect material to enhance both our interiors and our wellbeing.

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Studies show that wool mattresses and bedding can improve how we sleep. Companies such as Hästens, Hypnos and Vispring use wool fillings in their superior sprung beds and mattresses to ‘ensure added resilience, comfort and support,’ says Chris Ward of Hypnos. And, according to Vispring’s Mike Meehan, ‘Sprung mattresses made from quality materials and natural fibres should last around 10 to 15 years.’ For a continental alternative take a look at traditional Italian-

Vispring was the first bed maker to be awarded the Wool Mark in recognition of quality and guaranteed wool content. Its 100 per cent wool bed and mattress range (from £3,815) includes ‘The Shetland’, filled with wool from the Shetland Islands

style all-wool mattresses. Abaca’s mattresses have no springs, just generous layers of Welsh organic wool. When it comes to bedding, easy-care wool duvets and pillows are o�ered by a growing number of retailers, including John Lewis, Soak & Sleep and The Wool Room. For guaranteed wool provenance, Southdown Duvets only use wool from Southdown sheep and are British Wool Marketing Board (BWMB) a�liated. While Devon Duvets use 100 per cent BWMB Platinumcertified wool from sheep reared by British farmers.

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THIS IMAGE John Lewis’s new ‘Croft’ collection offers traditional crafts-style woollen textiles in a warm palette RIGHT Thermafleece has a comprehensive range of natural and sustainable sheep’s wool insulation for your home




For those looking to upgrade their home, insulation is one of the best ways to increase energy e�ciency. Incorporating natural materials such as wool into the fabric of a building is now a viable option. Wool will often prove a better performer than man-made alternatives, thanks to its impressive thermal conductivity. Meanwhile, the use of coarsecoloured hill flock wool by the likes of Thermafleece helps sustain a material that would otherwise be di�cult to use. However, ‘the benefits go far beyond heat loss prevention,’ says Mark Lynn of Thermafleece. ‘Wool insulation can significantly help improve the sound characteristics of a building, while an ability to lock away some harmful organic compounds ensures a healthy, breathable living environment.’ Modern treatment techniques also mean that wool insulation will resist any form of pest infestation. Plus, it won’t go up in smoke, as wool fibres are naturally flame resistant.


When it comes to curtaining credentials, not only does wool hang beautifully, but it is surprisingly lightweight and can o�er superb noise, draught and light insulation. All this while still allowing interiors to breathe – a definite boon for many older homes. Those with a penchant for delicate furnishings prone to fading may also wish to note that wool has a naturally high level of UV protection. Weight, weave and finish will always determine form and function, with thicker, denser weaves inevitably o�ering better insulation properties. Textile designer Vanessa Arbuthnott suggests classic Harris Tweeds can be ‘used unlined as they look as beautiful from the back as they do the front’. Such reversible weaves should also prove ideal for today’s more simplistic window dressings. However, textile printer Stephen Lewis of Lewis & Wood favours ‘merino wool that o�ers the weight and drape but has a fineness invaluable for curtains’. Stylistically, layering can also be a useful device when introducing finer woollens as it can add flexibility over light levels and insulation. While, for those requiring privacy, designer Liz Clay’s delicate felted textiles provide an innovative and textural alternative to sheers.

Woollen fabrics such as Linwood’s ‘Salmon Jacquard’ (£93.90 per m) provide the perfect insulator for less than perfect period windows

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With a weaving heritage spanning over a century, Melin Tregwynt is transforming traditional Welsh wool design with innovative colours and designs that tap into today’s trends

Think soft furnishings and wool will no doubt feature highly on any list of desirable materials, thanks to its innate warmth and soft texture. However, today’s designers also recognise its potential as an exciting and innovative design medium. Time-honoured weavers, such as Melin Tregwynt and Moon, increasingly o�er recoloured and reworked traditional designs, while a burgeoning industry of artisans is taking advantage of wool’s ready propensity to absorb dye and retain shape. Tori Murphy, Joy Bates and Eleanor Pritchard use British wool and British weavers to produce their original graphic designs, while Cushlab and Selina Rose prefer to exploit the exciting design properties of 3D felted forms and Melanie Porter often experiments with oversized knits. A renewed interest in crafted items has also seen knitted and crocheted creations return to the high street and, where once these may have been regarded as hand-wash only, many items can now be machinewashed – although damaging alkaline detergents should ideally be avoided.

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1 ‘Simple Shade Wool 03’, hand crocheted in 100 per cent Shetland and Aran wools, £1,606, Naomi Paul 2 3D floral cushions, from £150, Rebecca Barton, Cushlab 3 Handknotted 100 per cent wool ‘Chess’ rug, £500, Niki Jones 4 ‘Hembury’ side table, made from a mix of coarse upland wool and bio-resins, £245, Justin Floyd, Solidwool 5 Eleanor Pritchard’s ‘Easterley Throw’ in 100 per cent wool, woven in Wales, from £240, Heal’s 6 Zara Day’s ‘Memories’ hand-stitched, embroidered and embellished British wool fabric, £2,768 for a bespoke chair, Saffron Interior Arts 7 ‘Poppy’ vintage standard lamp clad in 100% merino wool felted knit with textured hand-knitted shade, £950, Melanie Porter

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According to David Cormack of Cormar Carpets, ‘Britain produces some of the best carpet wool in the world, as the harsh conditions survived by British sheep make the wool ideal for withstanding the rigours of daily living’. Not only will such carpets prove hard-wearing, but the pile will retain its shape and even recover from furniture compression. Tim Booth, marketing manager for the British Wool Marketing Board also advocates ‘a fitted wool carpet to help reduce noise, heat loss and improve energy e�ciency’. Traditional woven Axminster and Wilton carpets o�er the highest quality whereas tufted carpet – where yarn is stitched through a backing fabric – can be a more a�ordable option. In terms of wear, the heavier the pile, the more yarn that is used and the more hard-wearing the carpet will be. Look for products carrying British Wool Marketing Board’s quality logos. Patterned carpet designs tend to be woven, while cut piles can be used to create smooth and sculptural surfaces or twisted to introduce textural finishes. Berber loops also add texture underfoot – but are best avoided by cat owners.

Brintons Carpets have delved into their archives to create ‘City Plaids’ (£80 per sq m), an Axminster collection inspired by Welsh plaids and Harris Tweed


Sanderson’s ‘Byron Wools’ collection is woven in the UK and teams large-scale plaids, small checks, a pinstripe and herringbone with a re-interpretation of its classic ‘Squirrel & Dove’ design. Ideal for upholstery, throws or curtains



The British landscape has been shaped by centuries of sheep farming and has more breeds than any other country. As wool is a 100 per cent natural fibre, buying British wool products lessens your carbon footprint. The use of eco-friendly dyes can further enhance green credentials. The British wool industry also supports the use of unique yarns and fabrics such as Shetland wool and Harris Tweed, which enjoy protected status. And when this versatile fibre comes to the end of its useful life, it biodegrades.

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For a classic tailored finish, Neptune’s ‘Eva’ headboard (from £250) can be upholstered in ‘Angus’ (£45 per m) – a smart felted wool that can also be used on sofas and chairs



‘While it can be perceived as being an expensive home furnishing material, the longevity of wool will far exceed that of most other fibres,’ says Caroline Dulko of Heal’s. Favoured by furniture makers and designers for its natural flame-retardant and hardwearing characteristics, wool’s durable, springy fibres are not easily crushed, stretched, creased or flattened, so finishes tend to maintain their appearance and structural integrity. Having an inherent resistance to staining and dust makes wool a must for busy interiors. For period authenticity, traditional hardy weaves abound – be they plain, patterned or plaid and experimenting with weight, finish or texture can always o�er a fresh approach. Marrying heritage and mid-century modern design is also a growing trend, with tartan and Welsh weaves both recent recipients. Alternatively, smart flat felted finishes impart a more contemporary look, as do bold patterned wools by designers such as Bailey Hills whose textile designs are digitally printed onto woven woollen and worsted cloth. Meanwhile, the latest knitted statement pieces, such as Cox & Cox’s capsule collection of stools and poufs, exploit the chunky knit look to great e�ect.

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perfect for perching or resting your feet on – a great accent for a relaxed home

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PERIOD SETTINGS Six of the best wool furnishing fabrics to enhance period style

1. VICTORIAN PARLOUR ‘A woven baroque-style jacquard in blanched shades of old gold, smoke and verdigris, “Traquair” is an updated, sophisticated take on a classic 19th-century manor house motif,’ says Jane Young of Johnstons of Elgin. * c1890 walnut card table, £1,950, Debenham Antiques Ltd

2. DECO BEDROOM ‘Inspired by mosaic floor patterns typical of medieval Italian churches, “Cosmati Stripe” has been developed into a blush pink and black striped design that takes on an art deco Hollywood glamour look,’ says Jane Walker of Bailey Hills. * c1930 British walnut dressing table, £750, The Old Cinema

3. GEORGIAN DRAWING ROOM ‘A variation on the classic ticking theme, “Strete” is woven with wool and linen. Its rich colouring and texture works well with dark wood, damasks and velvets,’ says Helen Sanderson of Ian Sanderson. * c1810 George III mahogany side table, £495, Collinge Antiques

4. MID-CENTURY LIVING ROOM ‘A combination of neutral tones with more saturated colours of rose and turquoise, “Kilnsey Rhodolite” sits beautifully with the minimalist clean lines and smooth curved angles of mid-century modern furniture,’ says Martin Aveyard of Moon. * Ercol rocking chair, £165, Raspberry Mash

5. ARTS AND CRAFTS DINING ROOM ‘Designed by William Morris, “Peacock and Dragon” was originally manufactured in wool twill and used for wall hangings. Now, reduced in scale, this wool jacquard is ideal for curtains and upholstery,’ says Alison Gee of Morris & Co. * c1905 Arts and Crafts oak sideboard, £3,500, The Design Gallery

6. EDWARDIAN STUDY ‘Windowpane checks offer a lighter, less formal finish than heavier tartans, and our “Ewan” weave works well with Edwardian interiors, where fresher patterns and colours were often favoured,’ says John Sims-Hilditch of Neptune. * 1910 ‘Amberg’s Imperial Letter File’, £1,275, English Salvage



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£3,000–£5,000 Playing John Hammond in Jurassic Park Attenborough carried an amber-topped cane containing a prehistoric mosquito

A large collection of press and private photos of films that Richard Attenborough acted in or directed, includes stills from the 1963 film The Great Escape (right) and images of the actor in his youth

MOVIE MEMORABILIA As Bonhams prepares to call action on a sale of Richard Attenborough’s movie memorabilia CAROLINE WHEATER

throws the spotlight on this ever-popular collecting area that’s sprinkled with Hollywood stardust

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rom the silent films of the early 20th century to the blockbusters of today, the art of cinema has us spellbound and film ephemera is more sought after than ever. ‘Movie memorabilia is huge for collectors at the moment,’ confirms Jon Baddeley, managing director of Bonhams Knightsbridge and an Antiques Roadshow expert. ‘We’re drawn by the movie-star allure and the mystique of Hollywood.’ You can collect posters, publicity photographs and film stills, props and costumes, scripts and storyboards, animation cells and artwork. Top grossing names at auction include Audrey Hepburn, Judy Garland, Grace Kelly, Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, Rita Hayworth, Richard Burton,

Humphrey Bogart and Charlie Chaplin, and anything associated with the movies Top Hat, Gone With The Wind, Casablanca, The Wizard of Oz, and the James Bond and Star Wars films. Bonhams holds regular moviememorabilia sales in New York, curated by Turner Classic Movies. Recent lots included the Cowardly Lion costume from The Wizard of Oz, which fetched an over-the-rainbow price of £1,996,085 in November 2014. At the same sale, lot 368, the wizard Saruman’s sta� wielded on set by Sir Christopher Lee in The Lord of the Rings trilogy, commanded a staggering £80,000. Don’t be put o� though, there were plenty of more a�ordable things to bid for as well, such as a French Butterfield 8 poster featuring Elizabeth Taylor that

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£1,000–£1,200 John Howell had a long and successful career as a set designer and created this kitchen interior concept in charcoal, pencil and gouache for the 1947 film Brighton Rock, starring Richard Attenborough, made by Pathé Pictures


£200–£300 Also up for auction is this 30 x 39cm black-and-white photograph of actor Ben Kingsley and director Richard Attenborough on the set of the 1982 film Gandhi


£800–£1,200 In his role as Squadron Leader Roger Bartlett, Richard Attenborough got a top-line billing on this quad-size 76 x 102cm poster for the 1963 film, The Great Escape

sold for £684 and a signed photograph of Humphrey Bogart from the film Key Largo, which went for £1,772. Mementoes of a long life with many facets Against this dynamic canvas, Jon has high hopes for the upcoming Bonhams Knightsbridge auction, Richard Attenborough: A Life Both Sides of the Camera. ‘Richard Attenborough was a much-loved public figure and admired the world over as an actor and director. This sale illustrates the many facets of his long life,’ says Jon. The sale comprises 470 lots of movie memorabilia and personal e�ects, art and furniture from Lord Attenborough’s London and Scottish homes, with estimates ranging from a highly a�ordable £100 up to £18,000 for super-collectable and rare items.

Bonhams began preparing for this sale over two years ago, when Lord Attenborough sold Old Friars, the family house on Richmond Green in London that he and his wife, the actress Sheila Sim, had shared from 1949, and the neighbouring mews house, Beaver Lodge, which provided o�ce space, a library and a soundproofed cinema in the garden. ‘Following the sale of his Rhubodach estate on the Isle of Bute in 2011, Lord Attenborough put both his London properties up for sale in late 2012 and engaged Bonhams to deal with auctioning selected contents, including movie memorabilia and the mementoes he collected over the years,’ says Jon. The Bonhams team spent a week sorting through everything and packing it up so that it could be kept in storage

until the auction. Now, just over a year after Lord Attenborough’s death in August 2014 at the age of 90, the items are going under the hammer. ‘What gives this sale a special edge is that, as an actor and then a film director, Richard Attenborough had a remarkable career, starring in films such as Brighton Rock [1947], The Great Escape [1963] and Jurassic Park [1993], as well as directing classics such as Young Winston [1972], A Bridge Too Far [1977] and Ghandi [1982], which scooped eight Oscars, including Best Director and Best Picture at the 1982 Academy Awards ceremony,’ says Jon. ‘If Richard was a hero of yours or you’re in the British film world, you may well be tempted to bid on something that he owned. In sales like these, provenance is everything.’ H&A O C T O B E R 2 015 13 3


Play it again, Sam The piano from Casablanca



£10,000–£15,000 Serious movie poster collectors will be falling over themselves to bid on a rare US cinema poster for the Charlie Chaplin film, The Kid (1921)

Richard Attenborough was quite a connoiseur – he built up the largest collection of Picasso ceramics in Europe, giving much of it to the New Walk Museum and Art Gallery in Leicester in 2007 (see ‘Picasso’s Pots’ in the July issue). He invested in the work of modern artists such as LS Lowry, Barbara Hepworth, Ben Nicholson and Graham Sutherland too. Pre-sale estimates for the 200 lots of movie memorabilia range from £100–£15,000, leaving the bidding field wide open to any cinephile with a passion for collecting. Highlights include a black and white photograph of lead actor Ben Kingsley and director Richard Attenborough on the set of Ghandi (Columbia Pictures, 1982), estimate £200-£300; a set of 17 publicity stills from Brighton Rock (Pathé Pictures, 1947), estimate £1,000–£1,500; and dramatic storyboards created for A Bridge Too Far (1977), estimate £400–£600. It’s likely to be a good investment too, advises Jon. ‘Like anything you buy at auction it’s a gamble but these items are unique because of their association with Lord Attenborough.’ A sprinkle of stardust is just a bid away. Q * Richard Attenborough: A Life Both Sides of the Camera, 21st October at Bonhams, Montpelier Street, Knightsbridge, London, SW7 1HH. 020 7393 3900;

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e asked Bonhams specialist Jon Baddeley to choose a piece of movie memorabilia he wishes he’d bought for his own collection if money was no object. He picked the piano from the 1942 film, Casablanca, starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, on which the pianist Sam plays As Time Goes By, sold at Bonhams New York last November. ‘It’s an iconic prop that was central to the plot and overall mood of Casablanca, and it appears throughout the film,’ says Jon. The piano was a studio prop made with wood and plasticine keys. It was pulled out of storage from the Warner Bros prop room for the film, and decorated in Moroccan-style patterns by George James Hopkins, the set decorator on this and many other Warner Bros films. Given its starring role in Casablanca, perhaps it’s no surprise that the piano sold for an astonishing £2,183,946.

RARE COLLECTABLE Poster advertising Top Hat


intage movie posters are highly collectable, especially rarities such as this one for Top Hat, the most successful film featuring dancers Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. The film was made in 1935 by the Hollywood studio RKO and featured songs written by Irving Berlin, including Cheek to Cheek and Top Hat, White Tie and Tails. Backed with linen, the joyful poster reflects the art-deco styling of the film, which took just three months to shoot. The poster, 27 x 41in, set a new world record price for a Top Hat poster at auction in July this year, fetching £24,167 at Bonhams.

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BEST DRESSED Gown from Gone With The Wind


Big-hearted character Mickey Mouse artwork from the Walt Disney Studio


riginal artwork from the Walt Disney Studios is perennially popular with collectors and this gouache of Mickey Mouse on trimmed celluloid has been applied to a studioprepared background. At just 30 x 36cm, the artwork is small and it remains unknown as to exactly what production the artwork was destined, which lessened its value – it sold for £750 at Christie’s South Kensington. Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks created Mickey Mouse in 1928. Iwerks was a gifted animator who had previously worked with Disney on the Oswald the Lucky Rabbit series of cartoons from the 1920s.

n anonymous bidder paid just over £88,000 for the iconic cotton dress worn by the British actress Vivien Leigh in her role as Southern belle Scarlett O’Hara in the 1939 hit movie, Metro-GoldwynMayer’s Gone With The Wind. The dress, which has faded to light grey from its original slate grey shade, was part of the James Tumblin Collection of Gone With The Wind costumes, props and behind-thescenes rarities, collected over the past 40 years and sold by Heritage Auctions of Beverly Hills, California in April of this year. Tumblin was head of hair and makeup at Universal Studios and began collecting the memorabilia in the 1960s. He bought this dress for $20 from the Western Costume Company in Los Angeles just as it was about to be thrown out. What a save!

Glamour couple Signed Dr Faustus theatre programme


ilm stars don’t come any glitzier than Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, married twice from 1964–1974, and again in 1975–1976. In 1966 the couple appeared in a production of Dr Faustus put on by the Oxford University Dramatic Society (OUDS) to raise funds for the University Theatre Appeal Fund. The supporting cast was made up of Oxford undergraduates. The souvenir programme, printed in February 1966, included a black-and-white print of the couple, here signed by both of them as ‘Elizabeth Taylor Burton’ and ‘Richard Burton’. The dedication by university lecturer and OUDS theatre director, Nevill Coghill, reads: ‘I would like to add the special gratitude felt by the cast and myself for the privilege of working with two such artists in a common cause.’ The programme sold at Christie’s South Kensington for £275. H&A O C T O B E R 2 015 13 5


Collecting movie memorabilia Whether you have a penchant for costumes or posters and photographs, the world of cinema is a kaleidoscope of collecting options so why not have a dabble?


Artwork Look out for storyboards drawn by set designers and cinematographers, plus animation cells for cartoons – productions by Walt Disney are the most collectable. Costumes While the most iconic costumes go for eye-watering sums, there are plenty available for lower prices, from hats and accessories to dresses and suits. Also look for original watercolour and pencil costume designs starting at under £1,000. Posters Original posters, not reprints, 13 6 H&A O C T O B E R 2 015

in good condition, will hold their value best, so consider your buy as an investment. Expect to pay over £1,000 for posters of celebrated films of the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s, while posters for minor or more recent films may cost much less. Photographs You’ll find film stills and publicity shots starting at a few hundred pounds. An actor’s signature will add value, such as the signed photo of Humphrey Bogart that fetched £1,772 at Bonhams last November. Props Furniture, ornaments and thousands of other film props regularly come up for sale. Collectors look for items associated with particular movie stars, or that come from favourite films. Watch out too for clapperboards and studio spotlights. Screenplays and scripts These can be found in the hundreds to low thousands, especially if annotations are in an unknown hand. Notes in the hand of a star or director will send the hammer price soaring upwards. Sometimes, film scripts signed by a whole cast come up for sale, a lovely remnant of movie history.



£1,000–£1,500 One of Richard Attenborough’s most celebrated roles was Pinkie Brown in Brighton Rock and Bonhams has a group of 17 stills from the film to auction in October’s sale

WHERE TO SEE KFind lots of movie memorabilia at The Cinema Museum in London. Pre-booking for a guided tour is essential to see photos, posters and cinema paraphernalia from every era. 2 Dugard Way, Kennington, London SE11 4TH (020 7840 2200; KSee classic films in big screen comfort at BFI Southbank, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XT, which shows over 2,000 films every year (020 7255 1444; KView the National Cinematography Collection at the National Media Museum in Little Horton Lane, Bradford, West Yorkshire BD1 1NQ. You can also catch a flick at the museum’s IMAX screen (0844 856 37978;

KBonhams London and New York (020 7393 3900; KChristie’s South Kensington, 85 Old Brompton Road, London SW7 (020 7930 6074; KEwbank’s, Burnt Common Auction Rooms, London Road, Woking, Surrey GU23 7LN (01483 223101; KHeritage Auctions, Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California (001 310 492 8600; KPaul Fraser Collectibles, 50 Clifton Down Road, Clifton, Bristol BS8 4AH (0117 933 9500)

DEALERS KAt The Movies, 18 Thayer Street, Marylebone, London W1U 3JY (020 7486 9464; atthemovies. KChris Beetles Gallery, 8 & 10 Ryder Street, St James’s, London SW1Y 6QB (020 7839 7551; KThe Collector’s Lot ( KMovie Bits, 19 Kings Road, Braintree, Essex CM7 5RG (01376 326977; moviebits. KThe Reel Poster Gallery (07970 846703; reelposter. com)


In 1970, a huge, threeday auction of more than 25,000 props and costumes held by MGM at their LA studios established the market for movie memorabilia. Highlights included the full-sized ship from Mutiny on the Bounty (1935), a trench coat worn by Clark Gable, Johnny Weissmuller’s loincloth from the Tarzan films, and the ruby slippers that Judy Garland wore in The Wizard of Oz (1939). Since then the movie memorabilia market has not looked back. When you buy a piece, remember to keep the catalogue, if you can, and a record of the lot number to add to the provenance if and when you come to sell it.


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THE CLOCK BACK AND FORTH The greatest leap in the evolution of clocks was made by Dutch scientist Christiaan Huygens, who patented the pendulum clock in 1656. Although the Italian scientist Galileo Galilei (1564–1642) had experimented with pendulums after comparing the constant motion of a swinging lamp in Pisa Cathedral with his pulse, he didn’t get round to applying it to a mechanical timepiece before his death. Huygens, however, took the idea and attached a pendulum to the gears of a clock so its hands were turned by a falling weight, enabling it to achieve greater accuracy through regular oscillations. The 1955 oil painting below by Hugh Chevins depicts Huygens admiring one of his creations with clockmaker Salomon Coster, who helped him turn the invention into a commercial product. For centuries the pendulum clock was the world’s most-precise timekeeper.

RAILWAY TIME The Industrial Revolution and the arrival of the railway made it essential for all stations to be operating on the same time. Up until the mid 19th century there were di�erent local times in use across the UK but from 1840 onwards rail companies adopted Railway Time (otherwise known as Greenwich Mean Time) – a single standard time to reduce the chances of travellers missing their trains. As a result, over 55,000 clocks hung above platforms in British train stations by the mid 1950s and many are now collectors items. Railway clocks have become a symbol of the romance of train travel, in particular the clock at Grand Central Station in New York City. Another good example is the giant Dent clock found in London’s St Pancras station, which is actually a replica as workmen dropped the original in the 1970s after it was sold to an American for £250,000. Thankfully a retired train driver bought the fragments of the broken clock for £25 and managed to piece it back together. Perhaps one of the most well-known and admired station clocks is the golden clock inside the Musée d’Orsay in Paris (pictured), which was originally a train station. 13 8 H&A O C T O B E R 2 015

SANDS OF TIME Early devices used to measure the passage of time were sundials, water clocks and hourglasses. The first known depiction of an hourglass appears in The Allegory of Good and Bad Government, a 1338 series of frescoes painted by Ambrogio Lorenzetti in the Palazzo Pubblico in Siena. Meanwhile the earliest reference to the use of an hourglass is in receipts for supplies to the English ship La George from 1345. They were used widely on ships as they were not affected by the motion of the sea. This late 17th-century hourglass with slightly opaque green glass bulbs sold for £2,000 at Bonhams in 2013.

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Humans have been measuring time for thousands of years but it wasn’t until the middle ages that mechanical clocks were developed. ROSANNA MORRIS looks at how horology has evolved from hourglasses and sundials to accurate clocks made for royalty and the railways

MAN OF THE HOUR Many clockmakers made their name during the golden age of English clockmaking in the 17th century, but Thomas Tompion is acknowledged as the best. His name is engraved on some of the finest clocks ever made and many of his works command high prices when they appear at auction. The eldest son of a blacksmith, Tompion was appointed clockmaker for the Royal Observatory by Charles II when it was established in 1675 and he also ran a successful business from Fleet Street. One of his clocks known as The Medici Tompion sold at Carter Marsh & Co in July for over £4m as part of The Tom Scott Collection, the most important collection of English clocks to come to market in the UK since 1928. It was presented by William III to his cousin Cosimo III de’ Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany, in 1700. However, nobody had paid for the striking table clock by the time the king died in 1702 so the king’s successor Queen Anne had to pick up the bill of £564.

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Harold Lloyd desperately clinging to the minute hand of a giant clock above the busy streets of New York City is considered one of the most iconic stills from the silent-film era. Audiences wondered how on earth Lloyd had performed such a daring act in his 1923 film Safety Last! The film’s story centres on Lloyd’s character scaling a tall building for a publicity stunt and was shot long before the days of special e�ects. What’s more, Lloyd only had full use of one hand, as he’d lost a thumb and finger in 1919 when a prop bomb exploded in his right hand. With only a mattress to catch his fall and carefully controlled camera angles, Lloyd pulled o� his illusion with great aplomb. Modern-day films have given a nod to the scene, including Martin Scorsese’s Hugo (2011), in which the lead characters sneak into a cinema to watch the silent classic before the character Hugo swings from an enormous clock in a similar fashion. H&A O C T O B E R 2 015 139

SHOWCASE CLOCKS We’re all familiar with the sort of wooden cuckoo clocks that originated in the Black Forest in Germany. But not so well known are the much more elaborate automaton clocks that featured complex mechanisms and, in some cases, could even play music. Numerous clocks of this kind were made in Europe in the 16th century and, by the 18th century, rulers in India and China had fallen for the contraptions. Emperor Qianlong (1711–1799) apparently had 4,000 clocks and watches created by London jeweller James Cox imported from Europe to his palace. Elephants were fashionable and when the Shah of Persia saw Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild’s elephant automaton at Waddesdon Manor in 1889, it inspired him to buy the George III musical automaton clock pictured here. It was made by Peter Torckler, c1780 and sold for £1.6m at auction in 2012. It plays six tunes and the elephant is able to flap its ears, swish its tail and roll its eyes. AT THE THIRD STROKE… A clock telling the time with a recording of a human voice was unveiled at the Paris International Exhibition in 1900. By 1936 a similar system designed at the Post Office Engineering Research Station had been incorporated into Britain’s telephone network. It used recorded announcements that were coordinated hourly with Greenwich Mean Time signals. Prior to this, people could ring an operator to find out the time to the nearest minute but the speaking clock enabled them to dial a three-digit number and hear the clock’s ‘voice’ and three pips counting down to the precise second. The first voice of the speaking clock was Ethel Jane Cain, a Post Office exchange worker from Croydon. She was followed by Pat Simmons in 1963 and the actor Brian Cobby in 1985, whose voice was apparently so calming that fans would call just to listen to it.

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The name Breguet is synonymous with exquisite timepieces so it comes as no surprise that the most expensive clock ever sold was designed using principles developed by the Swiss horologist Abraham-Louis Breguet (1747–1823). The Duc d’Orléans Breguet Sympathique clock, pictured, sold at Sotheby’s New York for £3.92m in December 2012, beating its own record from when it was auctioned in 1999. It has one of Breguet’s complicated mechanisms known as a sympathique, a system that adjusts and rewinds a docking pocket watch in the top of a clock. This particular clock, originally commissioned in 1835 by the Duc d’Orléans for his Parisian home the Pavillon de Marsan, has the most complex sympathique mechanism of all known examples. It can wind, set to time and regulate the docking watch via the integrated cradle.

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An invention by Charles Shepherd is considered one of the most important clocks ever made. Shepherd patented a new form of electric clock system that consisted of a master clock sending regular electrical impulses to a number of ancillary or ‘slave’ timepieces. He showcased his design at the Great Exhibition in Hyde Park in 1851 where it was seen by the Astronomer Royal, George Airy. Seeing it in action, Airy was convinced he could use this system to synchronise time for the railways and distribute a standard time from the Royal Observatory at Greenwich through the railway telegraph network across Britain and further afield (by 1866, time signals were sent to Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts via the new transatlantic submarine cable). Airy put in an order and in 1852 the master clock was installed at the Royal Observatory where it drove slave clocks in other parts of the building. One such slave was the large clock at the gates, which was the first to show Greenwich Mean Time directly to the public. It became known as the Shepherd Gate Clock and its fame grew as people would bring their timepieces to Greenwich to check them against its time, as the German tourists are doing in the picture above from 1910. The Shepherd Gate Clock has a 24-hour dial so the hour hand rotates once a day and, unsually, points to the bottom at midday. It’s still there today and has earned Grade I-listed status along with the wall it hangs upon.



Think digital clock and you’d be forgiven for picturing an electronic timekeeper. In actual fact, a digital clock is one that displays the time using digits or other symbols rather than rotating hands that point to numbers, as you’d find on an analogue clock. The Plato Clock patented by Eugene L Fitch in New York City in 1903 was one of the first digital clocks and appeared at the 1904 St Louis World’s Fair in Missouri. It had a cylindrical glass case with a brass base and lid, and a mechanism that flicked over cards at the appropriate intervals to display hours and minutes. This sleek way of telling the time was ideally suited to the art-deco designs of the 1920s and 1930s when clocks such as the one above emerged. H&A O C T O B E R 2 015 141


Caring for old clocks Regular servicing and cleaning is the best way to preserve an antique clock


the clock from the room. Many clock that’s properly mantle clocks have a fretted back oiled and adjusted every door, which should have a fine few years will last for cloth stuck to it. Longcase clocks decades and retain its benefit from a quick vacuum value,’ says clock-restorer Simon inside to prevent any build Boyd of Timsbury Clocks near up of dust and spider webs. Bath, who has been looking Carriage clocks should never after and restoring clocks for be polished with metal polish, over 30 years. as the fine polishing dust left ‘It’s not until a clock stops in the gaps will get into the that you appreciate how often movement and cause wear. you look at it. When clocks ‘I’m often asked about that haven’t been looked after where’s best to place a for a long time are brought clock. People worry that to me they usually need a mantel clocks might become complete clean and overhaul, too hot, for example. The which can be quite time best way to tell is to feel the consuming and costly. top of the mantel when the ‘As with all things, fire is lit. If it feels warm prevention is better than then it’s too hot and the heat cure and clock owners can will dry out the oil, causing help themselves by taking the clock to stop. If clocks simple steps to care for their ABOVE The ‘lyre’ are placed in direct sunlight clocks. Dust is the biggest clock was a variation this will fade the wood. enemy, as it gets into the on the ‘banjo’ movement and grinds on the design – named for Longcase clocks need to be set up on a level floor where bearings. Make sure you shut its resemblance to they won’t get knocked, the clock doors properly and, the instrument – if you’re doing any work that patented in 1802 by while wall clocks only need a firm fixing on a flat wall.’ will produce dust, remove the Willard brothers

WHERE TO SEE KBelmont House, Belmont Park, Throwley, nr Faversham, Kent, ME13 0HH. 01795 890202;

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Carriage Small and portable rectangular travelling clocks developed by Abraham Louis-Breguet at the turn of the 19th century. Lantern First made c1620, these were the original domestic wall clocks. Constructed almost entirely from brass, they resemble a lantern.

WHAT TO READ KClocks by David Thompson (British Museum Press, 2005) K Longcase Clocks by Joanna Greenlaw (Shire Publications, 2005) K The Golden Age of English Horology: Masterpieces from the Tom Scott Collection by Richard Garnier and Jonathan Carter (The Square Press, 2015)

 Mantel Describes any footed clock that’s intended to sit on a mantelpiece and can vary from extravagant 18th-century French ormolu examples to mahogany-cased Edwardian balloon clocks.

Longcase A weight-driven clock regulated by a pendulum housed in a protective case with the movement and dial in a hood, introduced c1660. Also known as a grandfather clock.

K British Horological Institute, Upton Hall, Upton, Newark, Nottinghamshire, NG23 5TE. 01636 813795; K British Museum, Great Russell St, London, WC1B 3DG. 020 7323 8299; K National Museums Liverpool, 127 Dale Street, Liverpool, L2 2JH. 0151 207 0001; K The Worshipful Company of Clockmakers, The Clockmakers’ Museum, Guildhall Library, Aldermanbury, London, EC2V 7HH. 0207 332 3859;


K Ben Wright Clocks (online) 07814 757742; K Bonhams, 101 New Bond St, London, W1S 1SR. 020 7468 8364; K Carter Marsh & Co, 32a The Square, Winchester, SO23 9EX. 01962 844443; K Gavin Douglas Fine Antiques Ltd, 75 Portobello Road, London, W11 2QB. 01825 723441; K Railway Clocks (by appt), Evesham, Worcestershire. 01386 760109; K Worboys Antiques, 86 London End, Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, HP9 2JD. 01494 673055;

Bracket Originally a term to describe clocks set high on a bracket to leave room for the pendulum, it now refers to small spring-driven clocks with a short pendulum designed to stand on furniture, shelves or wall brackets.

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1857–58, by Edgar Degas (1834–1917), oil on paper on canvas, 26 x 19cm FACING PAGE Edgar Degas’ Petite Danseuse de Quatorze Ans, at Sotheby’s. The sculpture was sold for £15m as part of the Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Sale on 24th June

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DANCER Edgar Degas’ Petite Danseuse de Quatorze Ans was ridiculed when first unveiled in 1881. Today it is much admired, as a recent sale of one of the bronzes proved when the hammer went down for £15m. ROSANNA MORRIS investigates

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ABOVE As well as ballerinas, Degas depicted bathing women and other performers such as Miss La La at the Cirque Fernando (1879) oil on canvas. BELOW A self-portrait photograph of Edgar Degas (1834–1917), the French impressionist painter, sculptor and photographer taken in 1895

Enduring value It is quite an event when one of the 28 bronzes cast of the original wax, which measures just over a metre tall and was found along with dozens of other wax sculptures in Degas’ Parisian studio when he died in 1917, comes up for sale. ‘It always causes a great deal of excitement,’ says Samuel Valette, Sotheby’s impressionist and modern art specialist who was involved in the sale in London in June. ‘It consistently achieves the record price for a sculpture 14 6 H&A O C T O B E R 2 015

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hen French artist Edgar Degas showcased a wax statuette of a little ballet dancer in a glass case at the Sixth Impressionist Exhibition in Paris in 1881, eyebrows were raised. People were horrified. Critics mocked and ridiculed the work. ‘They called it immoral and ugly,’ says art historian and Degas scholar Richard Kendall. But how could the Petite Danseuse de Quatorze Ans, a seemingly innocent sculpture of a young Parisian girl named Marie van Goethen, cause such controversy? ‘Because she was not beautiful, elegant nor a model for the youth to base themselves on,’ says Richard. ‘She was not a curvaceous, simpering sweet little girl but a skinny, undernourished poor ballerina from the lower classes who looked sullen and bored, who was tired of her ballet class and wanted to go home.’ Ironically, over 130 years later this figure of a teenager with her ungainly posture and defiant look is one of the most iconic and celebrated sculptures of the modern age, as confirmed by the sale of a bronze cast of the original wax at Sotheby’s in June for £15,829,000 – a new record for any Degas sculpture. In 1881, however, the reaction can be compared to when Damien Hirst unveiled his stu�ed shark in a glass tank in 1991. ‘People were a�ronted,’ says Richard. ‘But it was a deliberate ploy by Degas. He knew it would be shocking – that it would arrest people and grab their attention. Like Hirst, he enjoyed being provocative and controversial. He was proposing that art needed to do something new and tackle the real subject of everyday life somewhere like Paris.’ Rather than present an idealised version of a female that the late 19th-century public was accustomed to, Degas showcased a young dancer drawn from everyday life who, says Richard, ‘has no cute pirouette, no beaming smile, no charming curtsey’, who would have modelled for Degas in order to earn money to survive. ‘Its realism took modern sculpture in a new direction.’

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by the artist at auction. We have sold several of the bronzes. In February 2009 in London, one realised £13,257,250, which established a record for a sculpture by Degas at auction at the time.’ The sculpture that sold in June has been in private collections and was bought by an anonymous buyer. Meanwhile the majority of the bronzes are in major museums across the world, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Musée d’Orsay in Paris and the Tate Modern in London. The original wax is in the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. It had belonged to Paul

Mellon (1907–99), an American art collector and philanthropist who owned the largest group of Degas sculptures (49 waxes, 10 bronzes and two plasters) and left them to the gallery, which was founded by his father, banker and United States Secretary of the Treasury, Andrew W Mellon. ‘The little dancer is a work I’ve always loved,’ says Dendy Easton, Antiques Roadshow fine art specialist. ‘I’ve worked at Sotheby’s for 30 years and have seen this sculpture come up a lot. It has always commanded high prices and the sums have increased with inflation over the decades. Art


Known as the painter of dancers, Degas captured their movement, as seen in Ballet Rehearsal On Stage, 1874, oil on canvas ABOVE RIGHT A drawing of a ballet dancer c1876

OTHER WORKS BY DEGAS SOLD AT AUCTION The bronze sculpture Danse Espagnole, which was executed in wax c1881–95 and cast in bronze from 1919 in an edition of 25 known casts, sold for £602,500 against an estimate of £350,000– £450,000 at Sotheby’s London in June 2013.

The pastel and gouache Danseuse Au Repos c1879 sold for $37,042,500 (£23,985,800) at Sotheby’s New York in 2008, the highest sum ever paid for a Degas work.

The bronze sculpture Position de Quatrième Devant sur la Jambe Gauche, which was conceived c1885–90 and cast in bronze between 1919 and 1921, sold for $1,565,000 (£1,013,600) in Christie’s New York in May this year. The original wax is at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC.

In the same sale, in Christie’s New York, the bronze sculpture Cheval Marchant au pas Relevé, which was made in wax c1870 and cast in bronze by 1923, realised $905,000 (£586,200).

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Most impressionist auctions have a second part with more affordable lots – you can invest in pieces for £3,000–£4,000 comes in and out of fashion and prices fluctuate as a result but the impressionists are always popular. Most impressionist auctions have a second part that has more a�ordable lots, so you can invest in pieces by minor artists for around £3,000–£4,000.’ But why is a sculpture that was so loathed by the public in the late 19th century so admired today? And why does it command such high prices? For one, it challenged the establishment of the day. ‘It went down in history because it stood out for Degas and his contemporaries and it stood out for decades afterwards as an event – a moment when art shifted,’ says Richard. ‘The impressionists said a new kind of art was needed for their age. It’s similar to Pop Art in the 1960s–70s. Everyone was horrified by David Hockney’s painting of two gay boys, We Two Boys Clinging Together (1961), and Andy Warhol’s Brillo Soap Pads (1964) because these works dared to show the world as it actually was.’

ABOVE The Dance Foyer at the Opera on the Rue Le Peletier (1872) is one of Degas’ early paintings dedicated to the ballet RIGHT From the 1870s, Degas frequented the Paris Opera, first at Rue le Peletier before it burnt down in 1873 and then at the new home of the national ballet company on Place de l’Opera, pictured

WHERE TO SEE THE COURTAULD GALLERY Somerset House, Strand, London, WC2R 0RN. 020 7848 2526; The Courtauld is well known for its impressionist and post-impressionist paintings, including works by Monet, Manet, van Gogh, Gauguin, Degas and Cézanne. The Degas collection includes sculptures, paintings, pastels and drawings, some of which are on display.

at the gallery along with other bronze sculptures, pastels and oils. Among the oils on display is L’Absinthe (1875–76).

THE NATIONAL GALLERY Trafalgar Square, London, WC2N 5DN. 020 7747 2885; The National Gallery’s collection includes a selection of Degas paintings and pastels, such as La Coiffure (1896), a work that was once owned by Matisse.

THE NATIONAL GALLERY OF ART 6th and Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20565, USA. +1 202 737 4215; The National Gallery of Art holds the original wax sculpture of Edgar Degas’ Petite Danseuse de Quatorze Ans and has the world’s third largest collection of works by Degas and the world’s greatest collection of this artist’s sculpture made during his lifetime, donated by the renowned philanthropist Paul Mellon, whose father founded the gallery.

TATE MODERN Bankside, London, SE1 9TG. 020 7887 8888; One of the 28 bronzes of Petite Danseuse de Quatorze Ans resides

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MUSÉE D’ORSAY 1 Rue de la Légion d’Honneur, 75007 Paris, France. 33 01 40 49 48 14; Also holds a bronze of the Petite Danseuse de Quatorze Ans along with other Degas works.

Secondly, the work, which had hair and was dressed in fabric clothes, was also a remarkable piece of sculpture that looked incredibly lifelike. Could it also be that the little dancer was the only sculpture Degas displayed to the public? The impressionist artist is best known for his pastels and paintings of everyday life, particularly racehorses, women bathing and ballet dancers. But when he died, his heirs and executors found in his studio around 150 wax sculptures, ranging from horses and nudes to portrait heads of friends as well as dancers, including the Petite Danseuse de Quatorze Ans. They took the decision to cast many of them in bronze as some of the waxes were in a poor state. No one is entirely sure why Degas turned his hand to sculpture. It is believed that the majority of his wax models were used to help with his pictures. ‘He was rather seduced by the medium of sculpture and he was good at it,’ says Richard. ‘Horses were his first interest as sculpture at a time when he was doing horse paintings and pastels. It enabled him to look at the subject from di�erent angles instead of bringing an actual horse into his studio.’ Conversely, it is believed Degas took a di�erent approach for the little dancer, as a whole series of preparatory drawings of Marie were found in his studio. ‘He must have been working towards a sculpture of her,’ concludes Richard. Q

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TOP Pendennis Castle on the west side of the estuary of the River Fal is one of the finest fortresses built by Henry VIII ABOVE Falmouth is renowned for its picturesque harbour

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trading port for centuries, Falmouth abounds with romantic tales of piracy, intrigue and fortunes gained and lost. In the historic high street you can browse in antiques shops while elegant buildings on Arwenack Street house independent shops. Don’t miss Grade II listed Arwenack House, the oldest building in Falmouth and home to the Killigrew family. Pendennis Castle was built as a coastal fortress for Henry VIII in response to threats from Spanish and French armies. However, its strategic position ensured its role in defending English shores up until the Second World War. Visitors can trace its place in history through exhibitions and enjoy views over the River Fal. Cream teas and pasties are de rigeur on a visit to Cornwall, but these are not the only culinary treats. October is the start of the oyster season and Falmouth celebrates with its annual Oyster Festival. From 8th to 11th October, the streets ring out with sea shanties as chefs create delicious dishes and oyster-lovers compete to be crowned the best shucker in town. Falmouth is also home to the National Maritime Museum Cornwall. The museum is home to hundreds of maritime objects from ships’ silverware and Spanish dollars (known as pieces of eight) to watercolours.




o inject some heritage into the autumn half-term break, the National Trust has organised a host of child-friendly activities at some of its most inspiring properties. In 1922 Winston and Clementine Churchill bought Chartwell in Kent and the property remains as it was when it was a much-loved family home. From 24th October until 1st November young visitors can brave the Hallowe’en trail, which winds its way around the estate, follow in the footsteps of the Churchill children along woodland paths and take a peek inside Marycot, the playhouse built for Churchill’s youngest daughter, Mary. Churchill asked his children’s approval before buying this house, where Henry VIII is believed to have stayed. We are certain your o�spring will be equally appreciative. * 01732 868381;


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rom 23rd to 30th October, the Lake District is the place to be if you are an Arts and Crafts aficionado. To mark 150 years since the birth of architect and designer MH Baillie Scott, Blackwell House is throwing a week of workshops, guided tours and even a sleepover. Baillie Scott designed and built Blackwell, by the shores of Lake Windemere, for a wealthy client. It is considered one of the most impressive houses in the Lake District, famed for its collection of furniture and its nature-inspired Arts and Crafts details. During the week you can take a guided tour of the house to discover its treasures and learn skills in embroidery, printmaking and stained glass making. The week culminates with a family sleepover, giving a new perspective on this museum.

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WHITECHAPEL GALLERY, LONDON A lot of the other bigger art institutions have to play to a much wider audience so their collections need to have a greater common denominator, but Whitechapel Gallery pushes your boundaries and makes you think. My love for it probably comes from when I used to visit this part of London when I first started coming here as a buyer. You never knew what you were going to find in that end of town. It’s interesting what the area has morphed into today but the Whitechapel Gallery still retains the same spirit. * 020 7522 7888;

TOKYO Tokyo feels like a city on steroids – in a good way. I think it’s an acquired taste. It’s so loud and big and in-your-face that it provides a jolt. We see the extremes, the street cults rather than the beautiful designs of Comme des Garçons or Yohji Yamamoto where everything is done to such a high level of detail. I have a lot of Tokyo addresses in my book located in the Shibuya and Shimokitazawa neighbourhoods, including antiques and art store Aquvii ( and fashion boutique Candy ( My address book is totally my own view on things – if you go where everyone else goes you’ll see what everyone else sees. *

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MALTBY STREET MARKET, LONDON Under the railway arches near Bermondsey Station, this market is o� the beaten track which is what I like about it. I like to pick up a grilled cheese sandwich from The Cheese Truck. I have an unsophisticated cheese palette as everything’s processed in America. I do really love Stilton though. * 020 7394 8061;

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New Yorker Ed Burstell, managing director of Liberty London, reveals places in the world that inspire him

Feature: Eleanor O’Kane. Photographs: Franckreporter/iStock; Guy Montagu/Whitechapel Gallery; The Cheese Truck;


H&A GUIDE: Travel Ed Burstell has been managing director of Liberty since 2008. His autobiography, At Liberty: From Rehab To The Front Row, is published on 1st October

LES PUCES DE SAINT-OUEN ANTIQUES’ MARKET, PARIS I think this is still the place to go. The dealers rotate stock so you’ll find something different each time you visit. I like playing contemporary design and antiques off against each other, for example, leaning a heavy French mirror against a brick wall, next to some art you’ve collected along the way. * +33 140 11 77 36


When I go to the Louvre I go to the top floor. It is really quiet and has a gallery of Flemish art, full of incredible tiny details. You could stare at one work for an hour and still not take it all in. You are so uninterrupted while below are millions of tourists.

This great little paper store in Berlin’s Mitte neighbourhood has a queue outside it on the weekend – in an age where there’s no paper. Lots of people have migrated to the east of the city to areas such as Mitte and made their own, new Berlin. Creativity still tips the balance and I think Berlin is the cultural crossroads of the world.

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DUNGENESS, KENT One of my favourite places I’ve visited so far in the UK has been Dungeness. I first became aware of it when I was reading something by Derek Jarman. It’s very bleak. It has a pebbly beach and is in the shadow of a power plant but, for some reason, when I stroll around I feel my blood pressure lowering. Derek Jarman’s garden is amazing.

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BRUSSELS The European capital of art nouveau has all the ingredients for an inspiring weekend away, says ELEANOR O’KANE


t’s well known for its flu�y wa�es, artisan beers and superior chocolate but, when it comes to design, the modestly sized country of Belgium also punches above its weight. The pan-European art nouveau movement took root in Brussels in the early 1890s as a group of artists and designers sought to move away from the ethos and aesthetics of industrialisation. Victor Horta and Paul Hankar were two of the city’s most prolific architects – Horta taking his creative cues from nature, while


THE ART NOUVEAU AND ART DECO BIENNIAL Brussels pulls out the architectural stops during October as buildings from the late 19th and early 20th centuries open their doors for the Art Nouveau and Art Deco Biennial. Visitors get to peek inside some of the best historic private residences and enjoy guided tours around the city. Highlights include Bozar (below), the art deco cultural centre created by Victor Horta. * +32 25 63 61 51;

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Hankar favoured geometry. Horta, Hankar and their contemporaries each put their individual stamp on the style and, today, their extraordinary vision makes Brussels a joy for art nouveau fans. To drink in the finest examples, book one of the tours run by nonprofit organisation ARAU ( Conducted in French and English, the guided walks focus on di�erent neighbourhoods. Among the mustsee sights are the Hankar-designed TURN Ciamberlani House, with its facade THE PAGE of metal, brickwork and natural FOR UK stone; Hôtel Otlet, designed by FAIR Octave van Rysselberghe; and DATES Tassel House, the city’s first art nouveau house, built in 1893 by Horta. Find out more about the architect’s life and work at the Horta Museum, based in his former house and studio ( Whatever your artistic tastes, there’s bound to be a museum devoted to it in Brussels. Belgium is home to Tintin and the Smurfs, so it’s no surprise there’s a Comics Art Museum (, housed in a Hortadesigned art nouveau wonder, formerly the Waucquez Warehouse. The Magritte Museum ( pays homage to the surrealist with more than 200 of his works, from painting FROM LEFT A stained-glass window on Rue de l’Arbre and sculptures to musical scores. Even Bénit; the Winter Garden in the Royal Greenhouses of if you’re tone deaf, take a stroll to Laeken; the late 19th-century Hôtel Otlet has an unusual MIM, the Musical Instruments asymmetric facade; the Musical Instruments Museum Museum (, if only to admire The square is UNESCO listed and the exterior, which retains the original a popular place to grab a beer and signage from its days as the Old England a plate of mussels. Bargain hunters department store. and collectors should make a beeline In the unlikely event that your eyes to the Marolles and Sablon districts, tire of superlative late 19th and early known for their flea markets and 20th-century design, fear not – at the antiques shops. You might just find city’s heart is the medieval Grand-Place, an art nouveau treasure of your own. a wide square lined with opulent civic buildings including the town hall, the spire of which soars to a height of 96m. *;

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Brussels’ main square, the Grand-Place, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is surrounded by buildings dating from the late 17th century


MAISON NOBLE A cosy townhouse in the design quarter


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You can take the Eurostar directly to Brussels from St Pancras International – journey time is two hours. Alternatively, fly from airports across the UK to Brussels International or Brussels South Charleroi airports with BMI Regional, British Airways, Brussels Airlines, easyJet or Ryanair.

This 19th-century townhouse is set in the lively and artistic Dansaert district. Built as a hôtel de maître in 1826, the house is now a comfortable B&B run by Brendon Noble and Matthieu Segard, who are on hand to advise on the best places to shop, visit and dine. The traditional features are balanced by modern bathrooms and other contemporary touches. In pride of place in the guests’ sitting room is a breathtaking stained-glass window dating from 1900, which floods the room with light. The B&B is the perfect location for exploring Dansaert’s many bars, restaurants and galleries, while the design shops of Rue des Chartreux and Rue Antoine Dansaert are close by. The nearest metro station is a five-minute walk away, rendering the whole city and beyond right on your doorstep. Due to its historical significance, the house is participating in the Art Nouveau and Art Deco Biennial (see facing page). * +32 2 219 23 39;

FROM TOP Maison Noble, a typical hôtel de maître, is located in the historical centre of the city; its stained-glass window dates from 1900

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October NORTH & SCOTLAND 2nd-4th Galloway Antiques & Fine Art Fair, Duncombe Park, Helmsley, North Yorkshire, YO62 5EB. 10.30am-5pm. £5. 01423 522122; 4th Then & Now Fair, The Glenesk Hotel, High Street, Edzell, Brechin, DD9 7TF. 10.30am4.30pm. Free. 07541 442556; 4th Discover Vintage Fair, Victoria Baths, Hathersage Road, Manchester, M13 0FE. 11am-4pm. £3. 0113 3458699; 10th Chic Vintique Fair, High Street, Stockton-on-Tees, TS18 1LP. 10am-3.30pm. Free. 07779 342782; 10th-11th The October Seaside Vintage Fair, Exhibition Hall, Whitby Pavilion, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO21 3EN. 9.30am-4pm. £2. 07985 181120; 11th Vintage Home Show, Pudsey Civic Hall, Pudsey, Leeds, LS28 5TA. 11am-4pm. £3. 0113 345 8699; 11th Vintage Village, Stockport Covered Market Hall, Market Place, Stockport SK1 1EU. 10am-4pm. Free.

20th Chic Vintique Fair, The Town Hall, Market Place, Richmond, North Yorkshire DL10 4QL. 9.30am-3.30am. 50p. 07779 342782; 22nd-25th Chester Antiques Show, Chester Racecourse, Watergate Square, Chester, CH1 2LY. 10.30am5.30pm Thu-Sat, 10.30am-5pm Sun. £5. 01886 833091; 24th-25th The Great Wetherby Racecourse Antiques and Collectors Fair, Wetherby Racecourse, West Yorkshire, LS22 5EJ. 8am-5pm Sat, 9am-4pm Sun. £5, £6 before 9am on Sat. 01332 830444; 25th AdVintageous Vintage Fair, The Spa, Scarborough, South Bay, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, YO11 2HD. 10am-5pm. £2.50. 25th Vintage Home Show, Victoria Baths, Hathersage Road, Manchester, M13 0FE. 11am-4pm. £3. 0113 3458699; 30th-1st November The Pavilions of Harrogate Antiques & Fine Art Fair, Railway Road, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG2 8NZ. 11am-5pm. £5. 01278 784912;

CENTRAL 2nd-3rd Peterborough Festival of Antiques, The East of England Showground, Peterborough, PE2 6XE. 10am-4.30pm Friday, 9am-4.30pm Saturday. £5. 01664 812627; 3rd Birmingham’s Affordable Vintage Fair, The Custard Factory, Gibb Street, Birmingham, B9 4AA. 11am4pm. £2. 5th-6th Lincolnshire Antiques & Home Show, Lincolnshire Showground, Grange-de-Lings, Lincoln LN2 2NA. 8am-5pm. £20 Mon, £5 Tue. 01298 27493;

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Accessories for all styles of clothing to match fashions from any period can be found at fairs for eagle-eyed shoppers

8th-9th Newark International Antiques & Collectors Fair, Newark & Nottinghamshire Showground, NG24 2NY. £20 Thu, £5 Fri. 01636 702326; 10th Olney Vintage Fair, The Church Hall, Church Street, Olney, MK46 4AA. 11am-4pm. £1. 07827 228747; 10th-11th Antiques Fair, Northants County Cricket Ground, Abington Avenue, Northampton, NN1 4PR. 9.30am-4pm. £3. 01636 700497; 11th Art Deco, Art Nouveau, Post War Design Fair, Stoke Rochford Hall, Lincolnshire, NG33 5EJ. 10am-4pm. £3. 07812 510298;

11th Malvern Flea & Collectors Fair, Three Counties Showground, Malvern, WR13 6NW. 7.30am-3.30pm. £4. 01636 676531; 17th-18th Derby Roundhouse Antiques & Collectors Fair, Pride Park, Derby, DE24 8JE. 9am-4.30pm Sat, 10am-4.30pm Sun. £5. 01332 830444; 18th Antiques Fair, Petwood Hotel, Stixwould Road, Lincolnshire, LN10 6QG. 9.30am-4pm. £2. 01636 700497; 18th Antiques in Tents, Burton Court, Eardisland, Leominster, Herefordshire HR6 9DN. 10am-5pm. £3. 01544 267033;

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Our guide to some of the best fairs around the country this month, from fine art to antique furniture, from vintage textiles to luxury gifts. We’ve also arranged some special 2-for-1 ticket offers for H&A readers

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Whether toys, furniture or ornaments, fairs are a rich hunting ground if you’re searching for that oneof-a-kind item

SOUTH 18th Sunday Antiques Market, Exhibition Hall, Lincolnshire Showground, Grange-de-Lings, Lincoln LN2 2NA. 9am-3pm. £2. 01298 27493; 25th Antiques Fair, Wicksteed Park, Wicksteed Pavilion, Barton Road, Kettering, Northamptonshire, NN15 6NJ. 9.30am-4pm. £2.50. 01636 700497;

31st-1st November Detling International Antiques & Collectors Fair, The Kent County Showground, Detling, nr Maidstone, Kent, ME14 3JF. 8.30am-5pm Saturday £5 (£6 before 10am), 10am-3.30pm Sunday, £4. 01636 676531;

WEST & WALES EAST 3rd & 17th Mainwaring’s Seaside Brocante, St Mary’s Hall, Oxford Street, Whitstable, Kent CT5 1DD. 10am-5pm (till 4pm on 17th). £1. 01227 773037 18th Willow & White Brocante, Kent County Cricket Ground, Old Dover Road, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 3NZ. 10am-4pm. £1. 07856 432212

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3rd Original Vintage & Handmade Autumn Fair, Chipping Sodbury Town Hall, Chipping Sodbury, South Glos, BS37 6AD. 10am-4pm. £1. 3rd Matford Centre Antiques and Collectors Fair, The Matford Centre, Matford Park Road, Marsh Barton, Exeter, Devon, EX2 8FD. 9am-4pm. £4 (£3 after 10am). 01363 776600;

29th September-4th The Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair, Battersea Park, London, SW11 4NJ. £10. 020 7616 9327; 3rd Antiques & Collectors Fair, Mill Hill Village, St Paul’s Church Hall, The Ridgeway, London, NW7 1QU. 9am-4pm. £1. 07887 648255; 3rd Vintage & Very Nice Market Bazaar, The Assembly Rooms, North Street, Chichester, PO19 1LQ. 10am-5pm. Free. 01243 531074; 4th London Antique Textile Fair, Chelsea Old Town Hall, Kings Road, London, SW3 5EE. 10.30am-4.30pm. £4. 020 7923 0331; textilesociety. 6th The Decorative Living Fair, Chelsea Old Town Hall, Kings Road, London, SW3 5EE. 10am-6pm. £5.

11th Mid-Century Show East, Erno Goldfinger’s Haggerston School, Weymouth Terrace, London, E2 8LS. 10am-4pm. £9. 13th & 27th Sunbury Antiques Market, Kempton Park Racecourse, Staines Road East, Sunbury-onThames, TW16 5AQ. 6.30am2pm. Free. 01932 230946; 16th-18th Galloway Antiques & Fine Art Fair, Hatfield House, Hatfield, AL9 5NE. 10.30am-5pm. £5. 01423 522122; 25th Sandown Park Antique & Vintage Fair, Sandown Park Racecourse, Esher, Surrey, KT10 9AJ. 10am-4pm. £3. 020 7249 4050;

THIS MONTH’S TICKET OFFERS 4th 2-FOR-1 Lingfield Antiques, Collectables and Vintage Fair, Lingfield Park Resort Racecourse, Racecourse Road, Lingfield. Surrey, RH7 6PQ. 9.30am-4.00pm. £5 (£3 after 10.30am). 01293 690777; 18th 2-FOR-1 The National Vintage Wedding Fair, Victoria Baths, Hathersage Road, Chorlton-on-Medlock, Manchester, M13 0FE. 11am3.30pm. £4. 07817 855287; 11th 2-FOR-1 Frock Me! Vintage Fashion Fair, Chelsea Old Town Hall, Kings Road, Chelsea, London, SW3 5EE. 11am-5.30pm. £4. 020 7503 9171; frockmevintagefashion. com 18th 2-FOR-1 Adams Antiques Fair, The Royal Horticultural Hall, Lindley Hall, Victoria, London, SW1P 2QW. 10am-4.30pm. £4. 020 7254 4054; 2-FOR-1 Present this page on entry to buy two tickets for the price of one VISIT for current fairs listings

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3rd-4th Derwen Antiques Fair, National Botanic Garden of Wales, Llanarthne, Carmarthenshire, SA32 8HG. 10am-4.30pm. £4. 01267 220260; 4th, 18th & 25th Bath Vintage & Antiques Market, Green Park Station, Green Park Road, Bath BA1 1JB. 9.30am-4pm Free. 07723 611249; 4th Liberty Green Antiques & Collectables Fair, Beaufort Park Hotel, Mold, CH7 6RQ. 9am-4pm. £1. 17th-18th Autumn Antiques & Collectables Fair, RHS Garden Rosemoor, Great Torrington, Devon, EX38 8PH. 10am-5pm. 01363 776600; 17th-18th Anglesey Antiques Fair, Mona Showground, Holyhead, LL65 4RW. 8.30am-5pm Sat, 10am-5pm Sun. £4 (£8 before 10am on Sat). 01584 873634; 25th Purbeck Antiques & Collectors Fair, Furzebrook Hall, Wareham, Dorset, BH20 5AR. 10am-4pm. £1. 01929 761398; 31st The Vintage Bazaar, Cheese & Grain, Frome, Somerset, BA11 1BE. 9am-3pm. £2. thevintagebazaar.


WIN TICKETS TO THE DECORATIVE LIVING FAIR What better way to spend an autumn day than being inspired by a feast of decorative antiques and vintage finds in Chelsea? We have 50 tickets to give away to the Decorative Living Fair, a great place to find the best new designer-makers and dealers


n 6th October, Chelsea Old Town Hall will be buzzing with stalls selling a fabulous mix of decorative antiques, authentic French brocante and collectables of the future. Decorative Living Fair organisers Hetty Purbrick, who specialises in vintage textiles and ceramics, and Caroline Zoob, who is an embroiderer, are careful to curate the fair so that it offers an enticing mix of old and new. Exhibitors such as the Useful Vintage Company are chosen not only for the quality of their stock but also for the way in which they present it. ‘We want the fair to be truly decorative and to show people how antiques and vintage finds can be displayed in the home,’ says Caroline, who will be selling some of her handembroidered pieces at the show. ‘We are also committed to showcasing the work of vintage-

THE DETAILS The Decorative Living Fair, Chelsea Old Town Hall, Kings Road, London, SW3 5EE. Tuesday 6th October, 10am–6pm

inspired designer-makers, such as Marna Lunt’s extraordinary lampshades and the exquisite hand-embroidered bird sculptures by Sarah Perry.’ ‘We want the fair to become known as a place to find exciting new dealers and makers,’ adds Hetty. For more information go to Tickets can be bought in advance from

CABBAGES & ROSES Cabbages & Roses creates beautiful yet functional fashion, homeware and fabric. The company will be showcasing its vintage-inspired collections at the fair, with exclusive discounts and offers for ticket holders.

RECEIVE FREE TICKETS Entry is normally £5 but Homes & Antiques has 50 tickets to give away to the first 50 people who send an email with their name and address to Applications limited to two per household.

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Spend 11 amazing nights on board the Queen Elizabeth sailing from the Canary Islands to Southampton, from only £1,399 per person


oin Strictly Come Dancing star and Antiques Roadshow expert Tim Wonnacott for an unforgettable antiques-hunting experience that begins in the Canary Islands. Once on board Cunard’s luxury liner Queen Elizabeth, you’ll embark on an 11-night cruise that takes in some of Europe’s finest antiques fairs, retailers and flea markets. As we sail, you can meet Tim at the welcome cocktail party and listen to his amazing tales of TV antiques hunting in a special Q&A session. When the ship next reaches land, the first of the three antiques-hunting excursions begins. Each one takes you to a different destination where you can sample the local culture and pick up many exotic items. Tim will also be on the lookout for new pieces to

add to his collection, so feel free to stop him and ask for his advice. Tim will also be hosting an assessment session where your latest acquisitions will be valued and the best put forward for a grand charity auction. There will also be plenty of time for you to enjoy the wonders of the sea on this incredible cruise adventure. FROM TOP Tim Wonnacott

THE CRUISE INCLUDES: l Three unique land excursions l Purchase assessment sessions by Tim l Welcome cocktail party l Front-row seats at a charity auction in aid of The Prince’s Trust l The chance to win a free cruise and more surprises Go to for more information and to read the complete terms and conditions

will be bringing his Antiques Roadshow expertise along for the trip; the second of the cruise’s three antiqueshunting excursions brings you to the beautiful Portuguese island of Madeira; you’ll travel in the height of luxury aboard the Queen Elizabeth

HOW TO BOOK The Antiques Quest Cruise with Tim Wonnacott begins in the Canary Islands on 7th November 2015 and ends in Southampton on 18th November 2015. To book your place, go to or call 02393 880025 PLEASE QUOTE THE CODE CFTIM15 WHEN BOOKING This special offer is only available when you book through Cruise Focus

Terms and conditions All offers and prices are subject to change and availability at time of enquiry. Prices are based on two passengers sharing unless otherwise stated and are subject to the tour operator’s terms and conditions. Cabin and flight supplements may apply. Other supplements may apply in addition to the price shown above. Flight details, timings and routing may be subject to alteration. Other tour operator charges may also apply. 2.5% credit card fee applies. Any on-board spending money or drinks package value shown will be per cabin, again based on two sharing.

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Head off to one of these antiques centres or fairs around the UK and enter the world of fascinating antiques and collectables, from vintage kitchenalia to antique jewellery


Market Cross Antiques & Decorative Furnishings Antique centre The centre is situated in the heart of historic Somerton, with more than 25 dealers offering a wide range of antiques, collectables and decorative furnishings at competitive prices. There is also an in-house jewellery repair and pearl restringing service. The centre is 20 minutes from the M5 (J25) and five minutes from Podimore on the A303.

• Monday to Saturday, 10am–5pm. West Street, Somerton, Somerset TA11 7PS 7


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The Vintage Bazaar Antiques fair The renowned Vintage Bazaar returns for two dates this autumn. Firstly at The Cheese and Grain in Frome, Somerset on Saturday 31st October and then The Corn Exchange in Devizes, Wiltshire on Sat 28th November. With Christmas on its way it’s the perfect opportunity to find that perfect vintage or handmade gift you won’t find on the high street.

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Newark International Antiques & Collectors Fair Antiques fair Visit Europe's largest antiques fair – a massive 84 acres of antique hunting ground! With every kind of product you could be searching for it's not to be missed.


Home & Colonial Antiques Store Antiques centre

• Thursday 8th & Friday 9th October; Thursday 3rd & Friday 4th December. Newark & Nottinghamshire Showground, Newark, Nottinghamshire, NG24 2NY

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Five floors of inspirational antiques and vintage shopping for you and your home. A delicious lunch in the Attic Cafe is the perfect way to complement a visit to one of the UK’s most attractive and innovative antique shops.

• Open seven days a week. 134 High Street, Berkhamsted, Herts HP4 3AT. Approximately 45 minutes north of central London and very close to both the M1 (J8) and M25 (J20).

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Field Dog Fairs Antiques fair

A single day fair, perfect for satisfying your thirst for all things antique and vintage. Over a hundred stalls inside and out await your perusal.

Field Dog Fairs Ltd have a diary of 35 antiques, collectors and vintage fairs for 2015. Full event details on the website.

• Monday 26th October; Monday 7th December

• The Big Antiques Weekend. 18th, 19th & 20th September. 9.30am–4.00pm. £4 Adults; £3 Concessions (Acc under 16s free). Stamford Meadows, Lincs, PE9 2WE.

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• Antiques Weekend. 10th & 11th October. 9.30am– 4.00pm. £3 Adults; £2.50 Concessions (Acc under 16s free). Northants County Cricket Ground, NN1 4PR


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Astra Antiques Antiques centre Astra Antiques is one of the top independent antiques centres in the UK. Astra’s diverse range and best trade prices makes it the go-to place for trade and public. With over 170 dealers dealing in silverware to furniture, tribal to retro and the largest vintage clothing collection in the area, you’ll be stretched to find anywhere that can rival Astra’s assorted selection.


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Jubilee Hall Antiques, Lechlade on Thames Antiques centre A friendly shop with a wide range of 18th, 19th and 20th-century stock. Google ‘Jubilee Hall Antiques for All’ to see our virtual tour. Lechlade, in the Cotswolds, is the last navigational town before the source of the Thames. It has two riverside pubs, a good coffee shop, open spaces and river walks.

• Open seven days a week. Easy parking. Lechlade, Gloucestershire, GL7 3AY

• Open seven days a week. Gibson Road, Hemswell Cliff, Lincolnshire, DN21 5TL


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The Harrogate Art & Antique Fair Antiques fair


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Ardingly International Antiques & Collectors Fair Antiques fair

At the Harrogate Art and Antique Fair this autumn, you'll find a huge range of antiques from fine art and porcelain to vibrant Persian carpets and stunning jewellery. With experienced dealers who are happy to discuss the objects they love, this fair has something to interest everyone.

Discover a flavour of the continent at this fantastic midweek fair. Over a thousand stalls offer quality goods, from chic to the unique.

• Tuesday 3rd & Wednesday 4th November; Tuesday 5th & Wednesday 6th January. South of England Showground, Ardingly, West Sussex, RH17 6TL

• Wednesday 14th October, 2pm–8pm; Thursday 15th, 11am–6pm. Harrogate International Centre, Harrogate, Yorkshire, HG1 2RD


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The Edenbridge Galleries Antique centre

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Dairy House Antiques Antiques centre Dairy House Antiques and Interiors offers an everchanging selection of antique and vintage furniture, lighting, prints, rugs, pictures, mirrors, collectables, costume jewellery, silver and other decorative items for the home and garden. Open seven days a week, with free parking, Dairy House is set over three floors and also offers tea, coffee and homemade cakes. Two miles from the A303 on the Wiltshire/ Dorset border. Don't forget to find us on Facebook.

Situated on the borders of Kent and Surrey and with easy access from London, the M25 and the coast, this unique antiques centre is well worth a visit for those seeking quality and expertise. All specialists showcased are members of BADA and LAPADA.

• 1 The Square, Church Street, Edenbridge, Kent TN8 5BD

• Station Road, Semley, Shaftesbury, Dorset, SP7 9AN

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Fellows Auctioneers Auction house Founded in 1876, Fellows is one of the UK’s leading auction houses, holding over 100 auctions each year. As specialists in a variety of fields and with an auction to cater for every need, its continually changing inventory makes Fellows a hub of excitement for lovers of watches, jewellery and antiques. See website for sale information and free valuations.

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Adams Antiques Fairs Antiques fair The Royal Horticultural Hall Antiques Fair in Victoria, London, is a great discovery. Over 140 exhibitors from all over Britain and Europe have been packing this vast hall with interesting and affordable antiques every month for more than 40 years. It’s only a couple of minutes from Victoria station and you can park for free right outside the hall.


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This leading specialist fair features up to 70 exhibitors selling fine quality collectable glass from all periods, including contemporary artists showing their own work. As usual there will be an exhibition in Hall 1 which will highlight a particular type of glass. With refreshments and free parking a visit to the The Glass Fair @ Knebworth makes a great day out.

At the monthly Antiques and Collectors Market in the Stable Yard at Hatfield House you will find a range of stalls selling furniture, silverware, china, glass, books, prints, postcards and the unusual. The market runs from 10am to 5pm with free entry and free parking.

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Hemswell Antiques Centres Antiques centre Visit the home of Europe’s largest range of antiques and collectables, with approximately 400 dealers in four large buildings. A wide range of stock is always on display, including period furniture, decorative antiques, vintage, retro, clocks, mirrors, books, lighting, linen, silver, glass, jewellery, ceramics, paintings, and leather and sporting goods. Nationwide delivery available.

Timed to take place before the huge, international fair on the adjacent Newark & Nottinghamshire Showground, the Runway Monday event will keep you topped-up with vintage delights.

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London's largest Sunday antiques fair, not only features a great mix of antique and collectable goods, it also features a pop-up vintage fair and complimentary valuations.

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• Edinburgh Antiques, Vintage & Collectors Fair, Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th September. Saturday Early Entry 8am– 10am. £6; Public 10am–4.30. £4; Sunday 10am– 4pm. £4. Royal Highland Centre, Ingliston, Edinburgh, EH28 8NB. Good antiques, vintage, retro and collectables.


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Bath VA Undercover Vintage & Antiques Markets Antiques fair

Quality fairs in truly majestic settings. A wide range of antiques and vintage items as well as contemporary fine art will be offered for sale by some of the country’s leading dealers. Cumbrian Antiques & Fine Art Fair. 10.30am–5.00pm. £5. Durbar Road, Carlisle, CA2 4TS

The BathVA Markets, held at Green Park (the former railway station), offers 70 stalls with free entry. What's on offer: vintage, retro, mid-century modern, antiques, furniture, vintage and retro fashion, jewellery, vinyl, decorative homewares, kitchenalia, silverware, prints, fine art, plus designers, makers, artists and foodies.

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Antiques centre With 80 high quality, genuine stockists of antiques, Station Mill is an ideal place to shop. They have a wide variety of antiques, vintage and collectables beautifully displayed over two levels in a large open plan building. Come along and spend the day browsing, stopping for lunch in our coffee shop and purchasing something special and unique.

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Scottish Antique & Arts Centre Antiques centre These two centres offer visitors the opportunity to purchase antique furniture, silver, ceramics, paintings, collectables and jewellery from more than 250 antiques dealers. Modern furniture, design-led accessories, gifts and fashion are also available. Enjoy the ambience of Cafe Circa for breakfast and lunch or coffee and cake. Ample parking.

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Amorini Antiques Centre is on the Wirral Peninsula with easy access to Liverpool and Chester. With 40 dealers under one roof, its maze of 10 rooms is crammed full of antiques, vintage, shabby chic and retro items as well as militaria, silver, toys, pens, jewellery and much, much more! See website for more details.


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Shepton Mallet Antiques, Vintage & Collectors Fair Antiques fair Renowned for the quantity of quality goods on offer, you don't want to miss this fantastic weekend event. From leather goods to decorative pieces you'll find them here.

• Friday 13th to Sunday 15th November; Friday 15th to Sunday 17th January. Royal Bath & West Showground, Shepton Mallet, Somerset, BA4 6QN

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IRIS APFEL The American interior designer, fashion icon and businesswoman tells us about her favourite European antiques I NTE RV IEW A LICE H A N CO CK PHOTO GRA PH KE ITH MA J O R


saw the screen on my way to dinner one night. I was in Paris and I noticed it in the window of an antiques shop. I flipped out and I went back as soon as it was open the next day and bought it. It’s simple – I just loved the way it looked. It was amusing to find this gentleman with all his lady friends. I have no idea who they are or whether they are his wives or concubines. The seller told me it was late 17th-century but frankly I don’t care. I just like it. Last spring I had a big sale of my collection at One Kings Lane [in New York]. I sold about 800 pieces but I had to keep the screen.

It still has the original upholstery but the cushions have been built up over the years. Some are antique cushions while others, like the needlepoint one, are pieces that we manufactured at Old World Weavers, which I set up with my husband Carl. I have so many cushions I change them around all the time. I like all the di�erent textures. My New York apartment is very di�erent to my home in Palm Beach. Both are eclectic but Palm Beach is more humorous. I have some serious antiques there but it has a much lighter feel with brighter colours. One room is done in French country style with Native American artefacts. I also have a mixture of all kinds of period furniture and stu�ed animals and crazy toys that sing and dance. It’s fun. Bruce Weber says it’s a perfect apartment for two children. I used to make two or three trips a year to Europe to buy antiques. I would fill up two 40ft containers for my interior design business. Of course, I would sometimes see something that I loved and had to keep but everything else would go to my warehouse in New York for clients. What else would I do with two containers’ worth of antiques? I don’t have an old palazzo to fill up. 178 H&A O C T O B E R 2 015

Putting together the apartment in Palm Beach was like a big jigsaw puzzle. I’ve always lived in New York so, when I got the place in Palm Beach, I sent everything I didn’t have space for there. Then I set about putting it all together. That’s how I work when I’m decorating. I don’t do a plan. I’m not uptight. I cannot resist 17th and 18th-century French and Italian pieces. I love Venetian furniture and painted Italian stu�. My apartment is full of it. I have three harpsichords, chairs, commodes, all kinds of things. Do I play the harpsichords? God, no. I only live in the 17th-century technologically. The first piece of jewellery I bought was an antiqued brooch. It had been a button but a very unusual one. It was silvery gold and studded with Ti�any-set diamonds. I was 11 years old and had lusted after it for months and months. Eventually I bought it for 65 cents. It was a bargain even though that was when dinosaurs were roaming the earth, so prices were a little di�erent. I still have it over 80 years later. I always love to hunt for a bargain. I don’t like going into shops where everything has been preselected for me. I find that totally witless. I attach memories to things, which is why I like the pieces I have. I don’t like new things, they have no soul. I like to look at things and think, ‘Where did you live before? Were you happy there?’ My pieces are like friends. * Iris, the documentary about Iris Apfel’s life, is out now on DVD. For more on Iris, visit

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The settee is a 19th-century copy of an 18th-century piece. It has a lovely old paint finish that has improved with age. I have a gilded settee at the other end of the room. I found this one in a shop on Second Avenue in New York before I first got married, so I must have had it over 50 years. I often sit on it. I love strangely shaped pieces.

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