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Welcome To an H&A celebrating our 21st Hello and a very warm welcome to our 21st birthday issue. We’re feeling in a celebratory mood and have been delving into our archives and generally revelling in how much we love putting Homes & Antiques together. When we started out 21 years ago, John Major was our PM, Jurassic Park was the hit film of the year, eBay didn’t exist and our interiors were very different. In this issue, we look back at 1993’s home trends (p18) and, to see what the best-dressed homes will be wearing this year, our decorating feature explores three of the hottest trends for 2014 (p42). In our Auction Price Guide (p132), Caroline Wheater takes in today’s covetable lots versus the pieces snapped up in 1993. Elsewhere, we look at the everpopular home buys of antique tribal rugs (p66) and Ercol furniture (p144). We have four gorgeous homes, plus Ask the Experts (p151) and Buy & Sell (p160) are back after their Christmas break. Finally, we’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has supported us over the years: dealers, interiors companies, the creative geniuses who have let us into their beautiful homes, the writers, stylists and photographers who have brought our subjects to life, the antiques experts who have shared knowledge built up over a lifetime. And, most of all, we want to thank you the readers, who have bought the magazine, entertained us with your stories and letters, challenged us at times and have been a joy to meet at fairs and reader events. Happy birthday H&A!

THIS MONTH’S WISH LIST I love the sound of Christie’s South Kensington’s The Art of Food and Drink sale (featured in our Auction Preview) and would particularly like this 1920s lithograph. I was also taken by Edward Bawden’s Wedgwood ‘Heartsease’ range (see Auction Price Guide), as well as Melanie Tomlinson’s metalwork creatures, which are featured in our Antiques of the Future slot.

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February contributors Will Farmer Co-founder of West Midlands auction house Fieldings, Will is a self-confessed ‘obsessive’ collector. He was particularly excited to come across a Mdina glass vase signed by the firm’s founder Michael Harris in our A Closer Look section on page 153. ‘For those hooked on this popular collecting field, nothing beats the excitement of finding a signed example,’ he says.

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Lesley has been immersed in research on furniture company Ercol in preparation for her recent book Ercol: Furniture in the Making. So she was the ideal person to explain why Ercol’s ‘Windsor’ range is as popular today as it was in the Fi ies (p144). ‘I’ve had a so spot for Ercol since I was a child,’ she says. ‘Literally so, as I grew up si ing on their stacking chairs.’

Charlotte Metcalf This month, Charlo e – who is also an award-winning documentary maker – writes about gallery owner Rebecca Hossack’s home, which she explores on page 30. ‘Rebecca’s knack is in keeping her house clean, white and neutral as a backdrop for her numerous collections,’ says Charlo e. ‘It made me want to go home and start whitewashing!’

CONTENTS February 2014




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Chic new looks 42 Homes 30, 54, 80, 94 Antique rugs 66 21 years 18, 40, 129, 132

Your le�ers This month’s reader stories and comments 11 News All the best spring collections and events, plus a look back at 21 years of H&A 23 VIP Tracy-Jane Delaney is bringing rustic French vintage to Warwickshire 25 Shopping Colour to bust the winter blues in modern geometric and pre y paisley prints 40 H&A by numbers Adding up H&A’s history as we celebrate our 21st birthday 9

Homes & Style 30 Home is where the art is Rebecca Hossack’s home provides the perfect backdrop for her many collections 42 Trendse�ing The top trends for the year ahead – and how to use them in your home 54 Mid-century cool When Helle Moyna moved to her Ba ersea house, she brought a slice of her home country with her

80 A change of pace Gretchen and Andrew Oldland’s relocation to a Devonshire farmhouse resulted in the couple ge ing more than they bargained for 94 Borrowed history A turn-of-the-century home has been given a grand feel with reclaimed features and antique furniture

Antiques 60 If walls could talk Why even tiny scraps are precious to period wallpaper specialist Hamilton Weston 66 Discovering antiques: Dream weavers Start collecting antique tribal rugs and you enter the exotic and colourful world of their nomadic creators 74 Antiques of the future: Animal magic Metalsmith Melanie Tomlinson’s jewelcoloured creatures are inspired by folklore and the natural world


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74 90 In a spin How the chance find of a Frank Sinatra 78 led to Tilly Shaw’s passion for collecting gramophones 129 Antique of the month Antique keys make the perfect birthday gi 130 Auction preview We uncover a host of exciting auction buys, from Parisian fashion to miniature motorcars 132 Auction price guide To coincide with our 21st anniversary, we take a look at old classics and new finds 138 Fairs focus We meet gorgeous brides-to-be at the Bristol Vintage Wedding Fair. Plus our guide to this month’s best fairs 144 Instant expert: Ercol’s ‘Windsor’ range Lesley Jackson shines her expert light on the most popular vintage range by one of England’s most enduring furniture makers 151 Ask the experts The UK’s leading specialists share the stories behind readers’ antiques

Ideas 102 Essential guide to… Going green for 2014 156 Vintiquing in New Orleans Unique architecture and antiques shopping

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Your letters CHRISTMAS MEMORIES LETTER Your December issue article on scraps took me straight back to 1959. My family was then homeless and we were offered the use of a two-roomed gate lodge near Jedburgh in Scotland. I attended the local school and all the rage among the girls was collecting and swapping scraps, which they kept tucked loose into the pages of a book. We didn’t have any books in our house so a friend gave me a copy of Alice in Wonderland with a few scraps in it to start me off. Any spare pennies I was given I’d buy scraps. We moved from the area before winter but that gift sparked a lifelong love of reading. I still have the book, but I hadn’t looked at it for many years. On pulling it out I found a few scraps still tucked into the pages, including a Father Christmas, an angel and a nativity scene. Thank you for a great magazine and a very evocative article. Vivienne Ramsey, London

HAPPY�BIRTHDAY�H&A! On receiving the January issue of H&A, I suddenly realised that your February issue must mark your 21st anniversary. Congratulations! I have every issue since the very first and, to my husband’s despair, my collection inhabits various parts of my house (secretly he reads every page, as does my twin sister who borrows them on the condition she returns them post-haste). They have accompanied me through four house moves and are about to undergo a fifth. Keep up the good work. Patricia Ward, Essex

H&A�CALENDAR I’ve been a subscriber to H&A for years and I always look forward to the lovely calendar. I was disappointed that you’ve swapped it for a CD as it had a special place in my kitchen. As nice as the CD is, it won’t be something I can enjoy all year. Belinda Manderson, via Facebook

YOUR�H&A MYSTERY�OBJECT�WINNER Peter L Robins from Wiltshire correctly identified January’s mystery object as a 19th-century straw spli er. It would have been used for preparing straws for plaiting in the manufacture of hats.



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HEARTS FOR VALENTINE’S DAY HEART STOPPER Add a dash of colour to wine time with your beau. Red heart-shaped bo le stopper, £7, Just Slate. 01592 654222; HANKY PANKY These heart-printed hankies are the perfect pressie for a loved one. Ladybird Heart hanky box, £15.95, Thornback & Peel. 020 7831 2878; THE LANGUAGE OF LOVE Bake your way to your partner’s heart with some good home cooking. Hot pink enamel cookbook stand, £17.99, Premier Housewares. 0141 579 2000; premierhouse

Blooming lovely We have to admit to doing a double take when we saw Marks & Spencer’s new home collection. The bright florals and artisan-look furniture look less high street and more as if they have been individually designed. Mix and match big summer florals with its clean white Loopy Lou throw (£225) and a Fair Isle rug (£75) to banish the winter gloom.‘Summer Floral bedset, £49.50. 0845 609 0200;

WOR D �U P I love to use this time to relish in hibernation. My perfect February day? Putting on a slow-cooked meal, rearranging a cupboard and then curling up in front of the fire MARGO�S E LBY��TE XTILE DESIG N ER

A MEASURE OF YOUR FEELINGS There’s always room for a li le cake – made with a sprinkling of love, of course. Red heart measuring spoons, £2.49, Premier Housewares; as before SWEET FANCIES Did we say cake? Make that cupcakes. Love Talk cases and toppers, £6.90, Talking Tables. 020 7627 6767; WARM HEARTS Perfect for a yummy chocolate dessert. Le Creuset Stoneware heartshaped mini ramekin, £16, Selfridges. 0800 123400; �FEBRUARY������H&A����

What’s in a name? Even if the names Paphiopedilum, Miltonia and Cymbidium mean nothing to you, the annual orchid festival at Kew Gardens will still be something to marvel at. Between 8th February and 9th March the tropical Princess of Wales Conservatory will burst with rare blooms, as well as a cascade of highly prized Vanda orchids. Just don’t ask from where the word orchid originally derives – when creating the name, Linnaeus apparently took inspiration from the Greek word for what he saw when he looked down at his nether regions. 020 8332 5655;


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ARTIST’S TREASURES The jewellery of William Holman Hunt, a founding pre-Raphaelite, outshone estimates at Bonhams COSTLY CAMEO This oval malachite cameo pendant showing Bacchus skipped its way far beyond the £800-£1,200 estimate to fetch £4,000. PEACOCK TALES This peacock brooch was part of a collection of silver, paste and gem-set jewels flashy enough to fetch a showy £5,000. BEARING A CROSS A Normandy yellow gold cross pendant, part of another Victorian-era jewellery collection, drew the £600-£800 estimate up to a worthy £2,500.

YOUNG�GUNS� ONLINE Antiques: Fusty? Dry? Not so. The new website for Young Guns of the Antiques Trade, a collective of under-40s, including George Johnson, right, proves that old objects can be as exciting as new ones. And with a blog and online marketplace, it’s easy to keep up to date with these bright young things.

Getting resourceful Not only does Bodminbased furniture shop Re:Source save furniture from the tip, it’s teamed up with addiction charity Addaction to produce a new range of furniture. All the pieces are produced as part of its scheme to teach reformed addicts restoration and maintenance skills. Bedside cabinet, £69. 01208 269296;

ARTIST SIGNED ‘The Millais Ring’ ordered by Holman Hunt to remember his close friend while abroad travelled miles past its £1,500 top estimate to a jaw-dropping £37,500. CUPID’S ARROW A gi from Holman Hunt to first wife Fanny, this shell cameo brooch with Cupid’s face was estimated at £1,000£1,500, but astounded all by fetching £27,500. From Bonhams Jewellery Sale including collections from the Holman Hunt family at Bonhams, 101 New Bond Street, London. 020 7447 7447; ����H&A FEBRUARY�����

WIN! AN�ARTIST�MADE BLOCK�PRINTING�SET Renowned Rutland-based artist Angela Harding has collaborated with the Twenty Twenty gallery in Much Wenlock to produce block-printing kits based on her materials. The gallery is offering three creative H&A readers the chance to win a set, worth £89.99. To enter, simply send a postcard marked ‘Block printing set’ and your full contact details to the address on p162 by 2nd February.


PAPER�SALES The fi�h Works on Paper Fair runs between 6th and 9th February in London’s Science Museum, showcasing artworks on paper from contemporary photographs to rare botanic prints like this 1800s water lily cross-section by Carl Ulke (below). Plus, with price tags from £250, mere mortals like us can afford to take a piece home. Tickets £15.

Cra�y dealer Great news for cra lovers: Bovey Tracey’s fantastic Contemporary Cra Festival has opened a permanent shop on the town’s high street where festival director Sarah James will select and sell work from her favourite makers. 01626 830612; cra satbovey

TWO�FOR�TEA A ernoon tea just isn’t the same without proper cups and saucers but what of the saucers that have lost their cups? For his new range, ceramics designer Richard Brendon has scoured antiques shops Londonwide to find a selection of ‘orphaned saucers’ (his oldest find is a Derby piece dating back to 1800) and has designed delicate teacups gilded in platinum and gold to go with them. Never shall teatime be lonely again. Cup and saucer, £85. 07791 863030;


BALLATHIE�HOUSE�HOTEL�� PERTHSHIRE This old hunting lodge is the perfect place to toast your toes a er a day’s antiquing in the Highlands What be er way to spend Burns Night than in Burns country? And rarely have we found somewhere more authentically Sco ish than Ballathie House Hotel. Even at 7am, weary from the Caledonian Sleeper train with its ludicrously snug duvets ( caledonian), the ever-cheery Ballathie staff were ready to soothe with ‘a wee cup of tea’. The house is an old hunting lodge steadily

being renovated in grand Sco ish country style, with a big focus on its food. Skye smoked salmon and heaps of scrambled eggs at breakfast were perfect for sustaining a day’s rigorous antique hunting. Though antiquing in Perthshire requires a car, driving through the Highlands is a treat. We dropped into the Sco ish Antiques & Arts Centre nestled in the foothills at Abernyte (sco, which has both antique and modern pieces. Homer at The Watermill in Aberfeldy was another pleasure ( Set in an old mill, the shop is piled high with Scandi-design and lovely throws. The mill is also home to a cafe with outstanding cakes: both we and the car returned rather full. 'Prices from £150 for a double room with dinner and breakfast. 01250 883268; FEBRUARY������H&A����

We remember when… Take That ruled the charts and The X-Files was unmissable TV when the first issue of Homes & Antiques came out. Here’s a reminder of the must-have interiors looks of 1993, as compared to today


OTerraco�a was the wall colour OOnce they were white but the trendiest of choice, with sunshine yellow walls have gone grey OFairy lights are not just for Christmas the only other contender OStatement dried flowers were having a moment (especially when artfully hung over mirrors or draped along mantelpieces and the zenith of the and window frames) trend was dried hops – best OThe most recognisable, desirable pa ern displayed draped around a doorway OLaura Ashley was the place to go in today’s homes comes from Orla Kiely OThe mid-century sideboard – is there anyone for curtain fabric and wallpaper and having the same design on both was who doesn’t have one in their home? OAnything goes with woodwork these days – aspirational. Yes, in the same room ONo kitchen was complete without painted, stripped, waxed, distressed – just steer away from pine, especially if it’s orange a substantial Welsh dresser. The OThe 2010s are all about energy efficiency, so no wonder the bigger, the be er OIn wood, stripped pine was the wood-burning stove is now the focal point in the period home thing. The oranger, the be er OA period fireplace with roaring OStatement wallpaper – bold and fire was the pièce de résistance beautiful and a must-have for any in a period home fashion-concious home. It’s also a OWallpaper borders were to die great counterpoint to all that grey OForget curtains and blinds, the for (especially those designed by Laura Ashley) best-dressed windows these days OThe best-dressed windows wore heavy are wearing shu�ers OAn antique trunk used as brocade curtains and the best-dressed brocade curtains had a matching pelmet too a coffee table is clever, OA tapestry footstool was the finishing touch in an stylish and useful (see Are there any p11). What’s not to love? on-trend living rooom interiors looks that OEvery house had spider plants, OHouse plants too high are as fashionable everywhere. Where have maintenance? A bunch of today as when we they gone? hydrangeas in a vintage jug is launched? Write to us ODiscerning shoppers much more the thing these days at the address on ODiscerning shoppers go to the headed to The Elizabeth page 9 David Cookshop in Pimlico Rocke� St George website

AND�MANY�HAPPY�RETURNS�TO… Some of our favourite companies have significant birthdays this year as well. Like us, both Tate St Ives and Cath Kidston turn 21 with exciting projects underway. The Tate’s refurbishment will be finished in June, while the first Cath’s Cafe starts serving this spring. John Lewis reaches the grand age of 150, RE turns 10 and Habitat hits the half-century mark. Watch this space for details of the celebrations…




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We are delighted to be hosting an ‘In conversation’ evening with antiques experts, authors and H&A contributors Judith Miller and Mark Hill. Judith and Mark will be bringing along a favourite object to kick off with, then moving on to talk about current trends in collecting – including the upturn in dark wood furniture and the rise and rise of the Chinese market. They’ll also cover how to tell real from fake, and finish off with some of their best finds and worst misses. It promises to be interesting, informative and, most of all, good fun. What’s more, all guests at the evening will get a ticket to the Decorative Antiques and Textiles Fair included with their lecture tickets. The fair runs from 29th April to 4th May and is in Battersea Park. For more information see

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Bringing rustic French vintage to Warwickshire Step into Tracy-Jane Delaney’s workshop and you feel like you’ve walked into the courtyard of a dilapidated French chateau, not into what Tracy-Jane calls her ‘glorified double garage’ in Warwickshire. The whitewashed space – where she houses and restores her collection of shabby, nostalgic vintage pieces – is filled with old French shutters, Victorian carafes, pretty wire-frame chairs and weather-worn urns. There’s even an olive tree. Dealing in pre-owned furniture and bric-a-brac is something of a change from her previous career as a

nurse. When her children went to university, Tracy-Jane decided it was time she did, too. So, with a joint honours history and history of art degree from Warwick University and a good many holidays spent rummaging in French brocantes behind her, her company Millington and Hope was born in 2010. ‘It sounds cliched but I really am following my dream, she says. ‘I love that rusty, paint-peeling style and discovering the history of the pieces.’ The hardest bit? ‘Parting with things. My house is getting very full!’

Need to Know… WHAT’S�MORE Her most unusual find is a taxidermy puffer fish, which now hangs in her study WHERE�TO�GO Tracy-Jane will be at the International Antiques & Collectors Fair at Ardingly Showground on 18th-19th February. See her website for details of all the fairs she a ends CONTACT�07854 448740; �FEBRUARY������H&A����


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Home is where the art is The bright, white space of gallery owner Rebecca Hossack’s home provides the perfect backdrop for her many collections FEATURE CHARLOTTE METCALF PHOTOGRAPHS ANDREAS VON EINSIEDEL


Sumptuous textiles and rugs from Uzbekistan, Guatemala, Mexico, Ghana and India have been teamed with bold yellow and blue furniture in the topfloor living room of Rebecca’s house. In the back corner is one of her favourite pieces of furniture – her 1638 nonesuch chest. On it sits a tree full of glazed po ery owls, by po er and ceramicist Ann Stokes �FEBRUARY������H&A����

ʀɪɢʜ��Rebecca outside her Georgian home. ‘It’s the only house in the street with window boxes,’ she says ʙ�ʟ���The lustreware jugs have been gathered from junk shops over the years ʙ������ʟ����The bronze cacti are by Lancashire-born sculptor Edward Cronshaw ʙ������ʀɪɢʜ� Rebecca in the entrance hall to her home

here can’t be many people who decide to buy their home because of a comet. Yet gallery owner Rebecca Hossack and her husband, writer Matthew Sturgis, did just that. ‘We stood in the mews behind the house and said, “If we see the comet, we’ll buy it,”’ says Rebecca. ‘And with that, the comet whooshed overhead.’ That was in January 1997 when Comet Hale-Bopp shone in clear, wintry skies. Rebecca and Matthew were living above Rebecca’s gallery in Windmill Street but had spotted that a nearby minicab office was for sale, which included the ground, first floor and basement of a four-storey building. ‘There was a hand-written note in the window,’ says Rebecca. ‘The office was grotty but the original building was beautiful and we fell in love with the mews behind it. We thought we’d be able to play badminton in it – and we have!’ When the couple moved in, there were fibrous cement and plywood partitions everywhere. ‘It had been battered around with institutional use and it was a matter of loving it back into shape,’ says Matthew. The couple stripped and painted the interior white and built the bookshelves for their substantial library. A bit later, they bought the top two floors, putting in

T THE ESSENTIALS �ʜ����ɴ�ʀ Rebecca Hossack, who owns two art galleries in London and one in New York (, lives here with husband, author and biographer, Ma hew Sturgis. �ʜ���ʀ���ʀ�ʏ The couple bought their five-storey Georgian house off To enham Court Road in London in two stages. It now contains a one-bedroom flat for visiting relatives on the first floor. ����H&A FEBRUARY�����

YEARS OF BEAUTIFUL HOMES The unusual kitchen units were designed by Rebecca and fi ed by a local joiner. Tiles by Ann Stokes run round the entire work surface while shelves display her plates and mugs

ʀɪɢʜ��Above the bed is a feather mandala by set designer Simon Costin, who styled Alexander McQueen’s fashion shows. The painting is by aboriginal artist, David Downs ʙ�ʟ���Ceramic swans by Ann Stokes hold Rebecca’s collection of statement rings ʙ������Rebecca and Ma hew designed the stairs themselves to allow in the maximum amount of light. The paintings are by the Spinifex Hill Artists, a centre in the Pilbara region of Australia

‘The house is full of aboriginal art, which adds a sense of rich, earthy, desert warmth to every wall’ a slatted staircase to let in light. On the third floor, the couple created a spacious master bedroom, which encorporates a library area and dressing room. Rough painted builders’ boards insulate and add texture and warmth, giving it the feel of a ship’s cabin while the dressing room provides opportunity to exhibit Rebecca’s vast and colourful collection of vintage, ethnic and contemporary bags, belts and jewellery.

the art of display It’s not just fashion accessories that are showcased in the house though. Twenty-five years ago, it was Australianborn Rebecca who drew the British art world’s attention to aboriginal art when she opened her first gallery. She now has three galleries but her house, in a sense, could be counted as her fourth. The house is full of aboriginal art, which ����H&A FEBRUARY�����

YEARS OF BEAUTIFUL HOMES The master bedroom extends the width of the house. Rebecca and Ma hew blocked in the main flue and used it to divide the room to provide a book-lined area at one end. The painting is by Queenie Mackenzie Nakarra, a contemporary indigenous Australian artist and the antique textile on the bed is from Bihar, India

A CLOSER LOOK aboriginal art The aboriginal art movement began in July 1971 in a remote community called Papunya, over 100 miles from Alice Springs. It started when a school teacher, Geoffrey Bardon, distributed paints and brushes to a small group of aboriginal men and three years later this group had expanded to 40. Since the Royal Academy’s ‘Australia’ exhibition last year, aboriginal art has become increasingly visible and collectable. Rebecca owns one of Britain’s most important collections and the top floor of her Conway Street gallery is dedicated to it. Aboriginal art can also be found at the British Museum and in the Glasgow Museum of Contemporary Art. ‘People accustomed to conceptual and minimalist art love the spirituality in aboriginal art,’ says Rebecca.

ʀɪɢʜ��The interior of Rebecca’s wardrobe, hung with bags ʙ�ʟ���Every sill and surface is home to groupings of ornaments. On Rebecca’s bedside table is her collection of Inuit carvings, which she collects from the Toronto Art Fair, and basketwork ornaments from Africa ���ɪɴɢ���ɢ��Leading from the main bedroom is Rebeca’s dressing room, festooned with her collections of handbags and jewellery. The antique wardrobe and chair are from Jackie Young in Keswick

INSPIRED IDEA wardrobe display Rebecca clad her built-in wardrobes with painted builders’ boards and lined them with pa erened wallpaper, providing another opportunity to display her favourite clothes, bags, belts and necklaces.

‘I never buy anything for style or fashion. Everything is from an artist or is old and so has personality and resonance for us’ adds a sense of rich, earthy, desert warmth to every wall. Her latest collecting passion is for the work of the late aboriginal artist Robert Campbell Jr. Several of his paintings are stacked against a bookshelf in the living room waiting to be hung. ‘I’m always doing a rehang!’ she laughs. Like her galleries, Rebecca’s home is a constantly evolving showcase. Matthew affectionately talks of Rebecca’s ‘enthusiasm for gathering’, which is to understate her passion. ‘I’m an obsessive collector and I’ve got so much stuff that every so often Matthew does a cull. He takes a dozen from each cluster of ornaments and hides them. If I don’t notice for six months, out they go,’ says Rebecca. ‘I don’t decorate but I like filling up the white space. I never buy anything for style or fashion. Everything is from an artist or is old and so has personality and resonance for us.’ ����H&A FEBRUARY�����


ʀɪɢʜ��Not wanting curtains to obscure the south-facing view down the mews at the back of the house, Rebecca started collecting blue glass to form a screen that also lets in light ʙ�ʟ���Most summers we go to the Italian coast to spend time with our friends the Farrellys,’ says Ma hew. ‘James Farrelly is a wonderful painter and he painted these murals on the bathroom wall as a memento of the happy summer days we’ve spent there’

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1 ‘Oriel’ Sofa, from £2,381, Rume 2 ‘Sisy’ rug, £115, Idyll Home 3 ‘Maribowl’, £19, Rume 4 ‘St Antoine’ wallpaper, £98 per roll, Farrow & Ball 5 ‘Julep’ chair, £825, Designers Guild 6 ‘Sherkahn’ deluxe travel wardrobe, £2,195, Alexander & Pearl D For stockist information see page 162 ����H&A FEBRUARY�����



The number of real homes featured in H&A since our launch in 1993, including those of Martha Stewart, Michael York and Jilly Cooper

Combined value of the Indian jewellery photographed for the opulent feature in our February 2012 issue

3 Degrees celsius. The temperature that stylist Kiera and deputy art editor Kirsty had to endure during the nine-hour vintage garden games photoshoot for our May 2013 issue (which was actually photographed in February)

21 Years that H&A has been in publication. This equates to 253 issues and 40,004 pages

1,140 Average number of cups of tea (milk, no sugar) consumed by production editor Ollie at his desk during a year

H&A by numbers To celebrate our 21st birthday, we take a look at how our history adds up – from famous folk’s homes to royal briefs FEATURE KATIE HALLETT ILLUSTRATIONS EMILY SUTTON

360 1 8,271 Votes for vintage and antiques businesses received for our 2013 Homes & Antiques awards ����H&A FEBRUARY�����

14 Miles walked by editorial assistant Alice Hancock while researching her Paris vintiquing feature for our next issue

Words coined by team H&A. Although at the time of going to press ‘vintiquing’ is yet to make it into The Oxford English Dictionary

14,761 Twi er followers, and counting


Litres of paint used each year by our set builders

143 Vintage and antique fairs visited by the H&A team in the last year

2 Number of times a Queen’s underwear has appeared in the magazine. In our May 2011 issue we ran a feature on royal memorabilia, which included the fact that Queen Victoria’s bloomers sold for £5,000 at auction and that a pair of Queen Elizabeth’s briefs sold on eBay for £11,000

2,202 ‘Ask the Experts’ queries answered since our launch (including a set of dominoes made by a prisoner of the Napoleonic War)

243 ‘Prop’ Christmas presents wrapped for our last five Christmas issues by stylist Kiera

20 Pairs of shoes piled under the desk of editor Angela, ranging from snow boots to sling backs

9,441 Miles that our Agatha Christie scoop travelled in 2010. The Indian, Canadian and even Australian press covered our story of how an H&A reader discovered Agatha’s jewels hidden in a locked trunk, bought at auction for just £100. Jewellery specialist John Benjamin valued the treasures at over £12,500



Years that Eric Knowles has wri en for H&A

Combined value of all the prizes we sent out to competition winners during 2013

2 Average number of dogs featured per issue (the exact figure is 1.66666667 – we shall have to up our game)

£24,000 8 The amount a Coco Chanel cocktail dress, originally bought by an H&A reader for just £150, reached at auction in 2010. Claire Hart found the lace cocktail gown at a fair and, a er reading in H&A how much vintage Chanel can sell for, decided to try her luck…

The most press shows a ended in one day by our stylist. They were Christmas 2013 shows held on a hot July day. A few mince pies were consumed and even a mug of mulled wine �FEBRUARY������H&A����

Trendsetting A trio of experts offer their tips on what will be the top three trends in 2014. Get ready to create your new-look home this new year PHOTOGRAPHS JO HENDERSON STYLING MARISA DALY

‘Today, new builds must be aware of environmental issues and meet sustainability standards. This trend is moving from the outside to the inside. Using re-found objects and making them into something useful in the home is big this year, especially in lighting. Try using jelly moulds and colanders or even plastic bottles with raffia and coloured wiring to add wit and appeal’

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Kit is an upcycling champion and loves using everyday objects to create unique and covetable pieces




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FABRICS 1 ‘Astravas’ 168/61/31/02, £78 per m, Susanna Davis at Tissus d’Helene. 2 ‘Sporting Life’ in ‘LF1694C/3 Miss Scarlet’, £69.90 per m, Linwood. 3 ‘Malin Check 331058’, £69 per m, Zoffany. 4 ‘Random Harvest’ in ‘A er All Too 6’, £162.60 per m, Nicky Haslam; 5 ‘Toile Montaigus’ in ‘Taupe’, BUR2525-002, £130 per m, Charles Burger, both at Turnell & Gigon ACCESSORIES Vintage measuring tape, £30, RE. Vintage haberdashery items, from £1 each, bu�ons and string from a selection; vintage tin, £3; vintage book, £4, all vintage market WALLPAPER ‘Ephemera’ in ‘LW49/1 The Measure’ wallpaper, £79.90 per 10m roll, Linwood

Upcycled Create a cosy study area by using reclaimed wood and recycled accessories for a stylish, sustainable look


FURNITURE Reclaimed wood rustic desk with drawer, £495, HomeBarn. Vintage shop drawer unit, £2,115, D & A Binder. ‘Chelsea’ chair, £1,815 plus 7m of fabric, David Seyfried. Blue ‘Tolix’ chair, £250, Li le Paris FABRICS ‘Sporting Life’ in ‘LF1694C/3 Miss Scarlet’, £69.90 per m (on pinboard and roll in bin), Linwood. Chair covered in ‘Rabanna L-125’, £96 per m, Fermoie. ‘Toile Montaigus’ (sample on pinboard), as before ACCESSORIES Blue ‘French Bloc Printed Panels’ cushion, 8284, £420, Guinevere; vintage blue-striped cushion, £15. ‘Li on’ orange cushion, £15, Habitat. ‘Industrial’ grape basket (as wastepaper basket), £55, HomeBarn. Recycled cardboard lights, from £24 each, RE-Found Objects. Similar cardigan: cashmere long line v-neck, £269, Brora. Magazine rack, £16, The Ok Corral. Geometric notebook, ‘Astier de Villa e’, £35, Liberty. All vintage books, £8 each, Pimpernel & Partners. Vintage frame used as pinboard, £20, Sunbury Antiques. Waxed linen thread, £2, Labour & Wait In cabinet: Vintage tape measure, £30, RE-Found Objects. Vintage fabric cushion cover, £20, H is for Home. Vintage Cuban cigar boxes, £10.95, Dee Puddy. Vintage rag ball, £14, HomeBarn. On desk: Brushed steel desk lamp, £110; vintage Keiller stoneware marmalade pot, £10; vintage tea tins, £10.95 each; wire desk tidy, £18; vintage ribbons in slate, fig and faded rose (in jar), £8.95 for set of three bundles, all Dee Puddy. Metal ‘R’, £15; vintage hole punch, £3, both Valentines Vintage. Green stapler, £12, H is for Home. ‘Old Measure’ vintage ruler, from £12; ‘Esq.’ notebooks, £2.50 each, both RE-Found Objects. Vintage darning wool, £4 each; dark blue, speckled lunch box (used for pens), £20; vintage Kilner jars, £10 each, all Pimpernel & Partners. Wooden spools (in jar), £4 each, The Cloth House. ‘Sadler’ coffee pot (inc matching jug), £10; ‘Bilton’s’ cup and saucer set, £8 for set of four, all The OK Corral. ‘Series 746’ phone ‘French Blue’, £49.95, Wild & Wolf. ‘Industrial’ metal cabinet with drawers, £40; small vintage antlers on wooden shield, £40, both HomeBarn. Old toast rack, £17.50, RE-Found Objects. ‘Airmail Packet’ envelopes, £5 for pack of six, Present & Correct WALLS ‘Ephemera’ in ‘LW49/1 The Measure’ wallpaper, £79.90 per 10m roll, Linwood FLOORING Rush ma ing rug, £158 per square m, Waveney Rush. Heavy jute rug, £135, Tinsmiths �FEBRUARY������H&A����









Fuchsia ‘Fuchsia will be big next year, especially as spring arrives. It’s an eye-popping bright. The colour makes you happy: it’s refreshing and reviving. A fuchsia cushion will perk up any sofa; a vase in the same hue will throw in an off note and grab your attention. It’s not for the faint-hearted, but for me the most memorable interiors take a few risks’


Abigail draws inspiration from flowers, whether English roses or more exotic varieties from her travels further afield

FABRICS 1 ‘The Zephirine Fabric Collection’ in ‘Chiaroscuro Fuchsia’, F1747/02, £50 per m, Designers Guild. 2 ‘Impasto’ in ‘Amoura Cerise/Peony’, 120155, £74 per m, Harlequin. 3 ‘Sofia Diamond’ in fuchsia, SKU-68304, £123.20 per m, Schumacher at Turnell and Gigon. 4 ‘Liberty Art Fabrics’ in ‘Merton Sunflower Linen Union in Azalea’, 03573158C, £75 per m, Liberty. 5 ‘Toiles de France II’ in ‘Delices Des Quatres Saisons’ rose/brun, TFQ0306.C92, £72 per m, Les Olivades at Tissus d’Helene. 6 ‘Sarana Linen Embroidery’ in raspberry, SCH67012, £199 per m, Schumacher at Turnell & Gigon. Trims Grey trim at top, £155 per m, from a selection at VV Rouleaux. ‘Chevenon Trimmings’ (on notebook) in ‘lavardin–fuchsia’, T84/04, £77 per m, Designers Guild ACCESSORIES Large glass tumbler, pink, £29.10, English Antique Glass. Tiny tray, £4; bu�ons, from a selection; tiny ceramic flower, 50p, all vintage market. Italian phrase book, OK1427, £5, The OK Corral. Striped notebook, find similar at Paperchase. Door knob, find similar at Bombay Duck �FEBRUARY������H&A����

Fuchsia Use bold fuchsia to create a stunning accent colour to a glamorous dining room with vintage silver items to add sparkle


FURNITURE ‘Milner’ wooden dining table, £450, Habitat. ‘Harold’ dining chairs, £325 each, Oka. ‘Bodiam’ bench (against wall), £950, William Yeoward. Lyon painted bench, £975, I & JL Brown. Frey sideboard, £4,560, Pinch FABRICS Runner in ‘Liberty Art Fabrics’ in ‘Merton Sunflower Linen Union in Azalea’, 03573158C, £75 per m, Liberty. Bench cushion in ‘Impasto’ in ‘Amoura Cerise/Peony’, 120155, £74 per m, Harlequin. Cushions in ‘Toiles de France II’ in ‘Delices Des Quatres Saisons’ rose/brun, TFQ0306. C92, £72 per m, Les Olivades at Tissus d’Helene. Curtains in ‘The Zephirine Fabric Collection’ in ‘Chiaroscuro Fuchsia’, F1747/02, £50 per m, Designers Guild ACCESSORIES Five-arm Marie Therese chandelier with clear almond drops, £950, The Vintage Chandelier Company. Tapered candle shades in pewter ‘Killowen Linen’, £12.50 each, Jim Lawrence. Vintage bevelled mirror, £250, Liberty. On shelf: Pewter lidded caddy, £65; pewter tankard, £45, both A er Noah. Silver glass candle holder with cloche, £60; silver glass pear, £55; pewter plate, £85; Pewter trophy, £45, all I & JL Brown. Pink graphic po ery mug, £10, H is for Home. Vintage cranberry glass tumbler, £12, Sunbury Antiques. Silver-plated coffee pot, £38, Magpie Living. Michaelmas daisies print, £9, The OK Corral. On table: 1960s placemats and napkins, £25 for set of four, H is for Home. ‘White Cube’ cutlery set, £29 for 24-piece set; ‘Sorano’ sugar bowl, £9, both Oka. Large glass tumbler, pink, £29.10, English Antique Glass. ‘Gertrude’ ‘Astier de Villa e’ teapot, £245, Liberty. Grillage vessel (used as flowerpot), £85, I & JL Brown. 1890s cut crystal, mallet-shaped decanter, £550 for pair, Guinevere. Pewter cake stand, £45, A er Noah. On sideboard: Vintage dyed fuchsia napkins, £30, The Conran Shop. ‘Diane’ silver table lamp, £189 (inc shade), both Brissi. ‘Sevres’ coffee cup and saucers, £295 set of six; vintage mini rabbit jelly mould, £6, all Magpie Living. French cake tin, £15, The OK Corral WALLS ‘Cornforth White’ estate emulsion paint, No 228, £34.50 per 2.5l, Farrow & Ball. Shelf in magenta ma emulsion paint, £38.12 per 2.5l, Ecos Organic Paints FLOORING Upcycle rug in fuchsia, £1,549, Woven Ground �FEBRUARY������H&A����

Pattern ‘2014 is the year to be brave. Bigger, bolder prints on fabrics will help to update furniture and accessories giving a makeover without the cost of a total transformation. The launch of our Liberty wallpapers alongside lots of new furnishing fabrics also allows the bravest among us to try pattern with pattern, combining colours and shapes to stamp personality on our homes’


Julie visits countries all over the world to find inspiration for new fabric designs

FABRICS 1 ‘Indira Paisley’ paprika, FD262/v146, £79 per m, Mulberry Home at GP & J Baker. 2 ‘Nomad Spice 120857’, £32 per m, Harlequin. 3 ‘Vita Coral’, £278 per m, Elizabeth Eakins at Tissus d’Helene. 4 ‘Liberty Art Fabrics’ in ‘Rose May’ jade, 03573154A, £75 per m, Liberty. 5 ‘Oriental Collection’ in ‘Ayung’, 10465.65, £150 per m, Nobilis. 6 ‘Arabesque’, 0400100256, £72.50 per m, Flamant at Brian Yates. 7 ‘Basketweave Linen’ in ‘Canard’, £80 per m, George Smith. 8 ‘Pink & Rose’ in ‘vellum/indigo 222531’, £49 per m, Morris & Co. Trim ‘Chevenon Trimmings’ in ‘troussay-cobalt’,T87/05, £22 per m, Designers Guild ACCESSORIES Orange book, £3, vintage market. ‘Swan’ embroidery scissors, £6, John Lewis. ‘Mad King George’ £69 per 5l; ‘Elizabeth’s Parrot’ and ‘See in the Dark’ £39.50 per 2.5l, all super emulsion paint chips, Fired Earth. Co�on reels, bu�ons from a selection at vintage market. Green and red beads, find similar at ‘Burgess Chintz’ blue saucer, £19 for cup and saucer, Burleigh. Green dish, find similar at Also Home ����H&A FEBRUARY�����










Pattern Bold patterened wallpaper sets the tone for a cosy, stylish and colourful sitting room with rich accent tones


FURNITURE Small ‘CBK’ full scroll arm sofa, £5,733; ‘Soho’ baby bu oned drum in ‘Mohair Velvet Green’, £1,583, both George Smith. ‘Chelsea’ chair (foreground), £1,815 plus 7m of fabric, David Seyfried. ‘Pakefield’ wingback armchair, £940 plus 7m of fabric, Pimpernel & Partners. 1970s retro coffee table, £135, The Old Cinema FABRICS Cushions on sofa, le to right: orange cushion ‘Indira Paisley’ paprika, as before; green cushion ‘Liberty Art Fabrics’ in ‘Rose May’, as before; vintage tapestry cushion, £220, Soane; orange cushion ‘Vita Coral’, as before; blue cushion in ‘Oriental Collection’ in ‘Ayung’, as before; vintage tapestry cushion, £220, Soane; blue cushion ‘Pink & Rose’ in ‘vellum/indigo’, as before. Cushions on wingback chair: vintage green ‘Sari’ cushion, £120, Guinevere. Blue cushion ‘Arabesque’, as before. Wingback chair ‘Nomad Spice 120857’, as before. Armchair (foreground) ‘Pink & Rose’ in ‘vellum/indigo’, as before. Sofa ‘Basketweave Linen’ in ‘Canard’, £80 per m, George Smith. Ticking for blinds ‘01 Sage’, £22.50 per m, Ian Mankin ACCESSORIES ‘Angelina’ mirror, £220, Oka. Vintage mannequin, £250, D & A Binder. ‘Armadillo’ hanging light, £3,600, Soane. ‘Finnieston’ standard lamp in oak, £545, Channels. Similar log basket: medium round ra an basket, £88, Jim Lawrence. Art Deco 1930s sofa print, £1,450 for set of three, Guinevere. ‘Birds & Eggs’ tiles 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 and 13 (fire surround), £12 each, Welbeck Tiles. On coffee table: Willow apple tray, £36; Italian coloured tumbler, £42 for set of six, both Tinsmiths. ‘Lhasa’ stoneware jug, £42, Oka. Vintage darning wool, £4; vintage books, £8 each; edelweiss plate, £10; white laminated tray, £22; blue enamel candle holder, £15, all Pimpernel & Partners. Orange pa erned diary, £20, Liberty. Trim in bowl ‘Chevenon Trimmings’ in ‘troussay-cobalt’, £22 per m, Designers Guild. ‘Poole’ espresso cups and saucers, £10 for set of five, The OK Corral. Vintage medicine bo�les, green, £18 for set of three, HomeBarn. On mantelpiece: Recycled cardboard candlestick, £12, Re-Found Objects. Blue glass decanter, £26, Oka. Vintage glass candlesticks, green and orange, £22 each, I & JL Brown. ‘Blue Calico’ teacup and saucer, £19, Burleigh. Vintage po ery money box, £35; ‘Baby Ben’ orange alarm clock, £15; vintage blue po ery planter pot, £25, all H is for Home. Blue stoneware bo�le, £14, Magpie Living. Brass candlestick, £15, Sunbury Antiques. Vintage blue basket, £16, Pimpernel & Partners WALLS ‘Eldblomma’ wallpaper in red, £75 per 10m roll, Svenskt Tenn FLOORING ‘Diagonal Bead Green Rug’ by Neisha Crosland, £5,892, The Rug Company. ‘Sanskrit’ striped co on dhurrie rug, £285, Oka. Wool ‘Iconic Bouclé Hepburn’ carpet, 1512, £57 per square m, Alternative Flooring �FEBRUARY������H&A����

Mid-century cool When Helle Moyna moved to this Battersea house, she brought a slice of her home country with her… FEATURE KATIE HALLETT PHOTOGRAPHS RACHEL WHITING

Helle bought the bergère armchairs in the living room on the Danish auction website Lauritz 15 years ago and reupholstered them in a striking turquoise. The cushions are from By Nord Copenhagen and the coffee table is a vintage design by Grete Jalk, also bought at auction


THE ESSENTIALS �ʜ����ɴ�ʀ Helle Moyna, owner of online homewares shop Nordic Elements, lives here with husband David, who works as an accountant. The couple have two children, Tobias (7) and Marcus (5). �ʜ���ʀ���ʀ�ʏ The four-bedroom 1890 house is located in Ba ersea, London.

�ʙ���﹐�ʟ����Helle and son Tobias outside their Ba ersea home �ʙ���﹐�ʀɪɢʜ��A 1950s teak Hans Olsen rocking chair and 1960s table by Georg Jensen for Kubus add warmth to a corner of the living room. Both were bought from auction website Lauritz. The turquoise bowl is Helle’s favourite piece – it was bought from a Danish antiques fair about 20 years ago. ‘There’s something about the shape that I just love,’ she says


leek organic shapes, richly hued timbers, solid construction – who doesn’t love a bit of midcentury Danish? The furniture may have picked up a few more fans since Mad Men first appeared on our screens six years ago but, for Danishborn Helle Moyna, it’s a style that’s always had a firm place in her home. ‘I love the simple form and brilliant craftsmanship of pieces from that era and have bought a lot of mid-century pieces over the years, mostly from Danish auctions,’ she says. ‘After we moved to this house in 2001 it needed a thorough renovation and, while this was happening, I kept all my 1950s and 60s pieces at my sister’s house in Denmark – it was wonderful to finally have everything in situ when it was eventually shipped over two years later.’ Prices for mid-century furniture have boomed with its popularity but when Helle bought many of her pieces, it was still affordable. Amazingly, the

rosewood sideboard (overleaf) cost just £250. ‘People have offered to buy it from me for £4,000,’ she says. ‘I always tell them that it’s not for sale as it’s one of my favourite pieces. I love how it fits so neatly into the space next to the fireplace: the builders who I asked to move it for me (it weighs a ton) didn’t believe that it was the right size but there’s a centimetre to spare either side.’ Although most of her finds were bought in her home country, Helle also loves shopping at the Midcentury Modern show in Dulwich and has found interesting pieces there, such as the chest of drawers in her bedroom and the mirror above the living room fireplace, which, she says, was love at first sight.

a slick mix To keep things becoming too ‘themey’, Helle has teamed these older pieces with contemporary designs, many of which she champions on her interiors website, Nordic Elements. ‘I’ve always FEBRUARY������H&A����

A CLOSER LOOK ɢʀ������ʟ� As Helle’s home shows, there’s more to Danish midcentury than Hans Wegner and Finn Juhl. Her coffee table is by Grete Jalk, an important but li le known designer who adapted furniture to the times. She was born in 1920 and came to prominence in the 1960s as a furniture designer. Jalk’s designs can be found from 1stdibs, The Modern Warehouse and Lovely & Co.

����ʟ����Helle bought the rosewood sideboard at auction especially to fit this space in the living room. ‘It was a real bargain but I love it,’ she says. The Italian lamp was bought at the Midcentury Modern show and the painting was bought from a gallery in Whitstable ����ʀɪɢʜ��The fireplace was made by Chesney’s and is a replica of the original design. The mouth-blown glassware is from By Nord and the mirror was found at Midcentury Modern: ‘The dealer thought it was probably Dutch mid-century. I love its uniqueness.’ ʀɪɢʜ� A Boffi kitchen, installed 10 years ago, creates a sleek feel in the kitchen. The stool is from an antiques shop on Church Street in London ����H&A FEBRUARY�����

loved mixing old and new but, rather than going in the shabby chic direction, I prefer a more streamlined look.’ The architecture of Helle’s house, which she shares with husband David and sons Tobias (7) and Marcus (5), certainly helps strike a sleek silhouette. The ceilings are high, rooms spacious and windows large – features that attracted Helle and David from the get-go. ‘When we moved here, it was a basket case of a house to say the least: the walls were painted in shiny gloss, the floorboards were stained with a checkerboard pattern and the kitchen was tiny. It was definitely not our style but we loved the proportions.’

transformations The couple got the keys, painted everything in (many) coats of Dulux’s ‘Antique White’ and patiently planned what work needed to be done. The biggest project – and the one that the couple are most proud of – is the kitchen extension, which was built on to the side return. ‘The previous kitchen was a mess, with absolutely no work space, but in a way this was good – it meant that we didn’t feel guilty about ripping


‘The previous kitchen was a mess, with no work space, but in a way this was good – it meant that we didn’t feel guilty about ripping everything out’

The light-filled kitchen extention contains the family dining area. The chairs are Arne Jacobsen’s ‘Series 7’ and the oak dining table was a wedding present. The ‘Wally’ wall storage hanger is available from Nordic Elements

Muted blues, dark wood and hints of gold keep the master bedroom calm. The brass lamps are from Zara Home and the bedside tables from a now-closed antiques shop in south-west London

YEARS OF BEAUTIFUL HOMES ʙ�ʟ���The pencil drawings in the en suite were found at local markets ʀɪɢʜ��A photo of the sky by The Day That, taken on the day that Tobias was born, is displayed above a chest of drawers bought from Midcentury Modern. The vases are by Casalinga ʙ������ʀɪɢʜ� Looking through to the en suite


‘Putting my stamp on a property comes naturally to me. Everyone in Denmark is DIY crazy’ everything out and starting completely afresh.’ That they did. The floors are now black slate, units are stainless steel-topped Boffi numbers and, owing to the sky lights that stretch the length of what was the side return, the room is light-filled. Elsewhere in the house, a spare bedroom was converted into a spacious en suite, windows were replaced and shutters fitted, floorboards upgraded and walls replastered. The crumbling original fireplace in the living room was also replaced with a Chesney’s number as, strangely, it would have cost more to repair the existing design. Although it sounds like an extensive list, Helle took the project in her stride. ‘My dad was forever doing work around the house when I was growing up so putting my own stamp on a property comes naturally to me’ she says. ‘Everyone in Denmark is DIY crazy.’ To find out more about Nordic Elements, visit or call 07730 431546

�ʀ���ɪɴɢ������ʀ������ʀ Helle designed the built-in wardrobes and commissioned a local carpenter to build them. Rather cleverly, the door leading to the en suite is disguised as another cupboard door



If walls could talk Husband and wife team Georgina Hamilton and Robert Weston painstakingly rescue and recreate wallpapers dating from as far back as the 17th century. And every piece they find tells a story WORDS ALICE HANCOCK PICTURES SEAN MALYON


he bulldozers had already arrived at the condemned Georgian terrace on the Strand when someone on site made a surprising discovery. Beneath some modern wallpaper in the old housekeeper’s room was a small patch of a delicate flower and trellis design, much faded by age. The design was pasted directly to the wall, with the plain underside facing out. As the paper was peeled away, small fragments of a repeat pattern emerged revealing a design that appeared to date back to the earliest days of the house. Thankfully the slivers were not thrown away but sent to period wallpaper specialists Hamilton Weston. ‘The scraps dated from the 1780s, around the time the house was built,’ confirms Robert Weston, architectural historian and designer who runs the company with his wife Georgina Hamilton, the business brains. ‘It must have been the end of a roll, used as a lining paper, which is why it faced the wall.’ Robert spent hours redrawing the design – which he named ‘Dashwood’ – sticking to the original grey and white colours that were commonly used in modest homes to hide marks from candle smoke and coal fires. The paper was reprinted and will be unveiled at the Decorative Antiques & Textile Fair in Battersea this January, where it will hang in the foyer as part of a display celebrating the bicentenary of Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park.

a new lease of life ‘Dashwood’ – named after the sisters in Sense and Sensibility – will provide the backdrop for Chawton Cottage, one of two Austen-era interiors, curated by antiques dealers Wakelin & Linfield. Chawton Cottage was the modest farmhouse where Austen spent the last eight years of her life and wrote Mansfield Park. A second paper, ‘Royal Crescent’, an opulent arabesque in a green popular with fashionable Georgians, will be used for the other interior, a

grand room inspired by the fictional Mansfield Park. The design comes from a paper found under a staircase in a house on Bath’s Royal Crescent. Such stories of discovery are common at Hamilton Weston where they are regularly sent scraps discovered as drawer linings or pasted behind shutterboxes. When Uppark, the 17th-century National Trust property near Petersfield, Sussex, was gutted by fire in 1989, Hamilton Weston was asked to recreate five wallpapers. With the original papers all burnt, Robert used a magnifying glass to make out the patterns from old photographs that had been taken for insurance purposes. Once again, luck played a part: the daughter of Uppark’s original

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‘He’s a historian so he’s meticulous about not altering designs’ owners had kept pieces of wallpaper from the house when it was handed over to the Trust and came upon a scrap in a shoebox. ‘It was a subtle mauve colour,’ Robert says. ‘From the photographs it looked battleship grey.’ Another paper, for the Yellow Bedroom, would not have been accurately reproduced had Robert not traced it back to the French national decorative arts archive at the Bibliothèque Forney in Paris, which gave him a fullsize photograph of the pattern. ‘Even then, I had to use 15 different screens [layers of drawing] to get it correct.’

uncovering the past Once a commission is agreed, Robert hand-draws each coloured part of the design and sends them to the printer to make proofs. These are checked for historical accuracy, then blocks are made and the paper is printed. Robert is an encyclopaedia of wallpaper knowledge – how Madame de Pompadour scrapped her French tapestries in favour of English wallpapers to keep up with 1740s fashion; why Napoleon died (because the green pigment used in his wallpaper was mainly arsenic, traces of which were found in the dead emperor’s hair).

When they started out, Georgina was a film script supervisor and Robert worked for the Greater London Council, recording dangerous buildings before they were demolished – which is how he made his first finds. ‘I kept discovering all this wallpaper and some of the designs were lovely and amazingly modern,’ he recalls. ‘I brought bags of the stuff back to the office.’ Robert took his finds to a paper conservator in the GLC’s archives who showed him how to stabilise and preserve the papers. When Margaret Thatcher disbanded the GLC in 1986, he took redundancy and with Georgina, who wanted to work closer to home to look after the children, set up Hamilton Weston. Thanks to a zeal for accuracy – ‘He’s a historian so he’s meticulous about not altering designs,’ Georgina says. ‘He’s not happy with even a minimal alteration!’ – and a vogue for restoration as they started out, the business took off. Going through their book of swatches is like an anecdotal history of interior design from the 17th to mid-20th century. The oldest example, ‘Lambeth Saracen’ (see pic page 60), dates from the 1690s and was discovered in the cupboard of a house in Lambeth, now the site of a car park. It shows a turbaned oriental figure waving a scimitar and although it’s a more creative than accurate interpretation of the Far East, it’s a far more modern design than you might expect. ‘You can imagine a traveller coming back from abroad and telling the wood carver about mosques

��Robert uses the finest pens to get the detail of each fragment ��The final ‘Frognal’ design overlaid with the first pa ern for block printing. The flowers would be added at the second printing stage ��Georgina unfurls a roll of their ‘Twickenham’ print


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��‘River’s Street’ graces the walls of No 1 Royal Crescent, Bath ��The opulent ‘Royal Crescent’ will be at the Decorative Antiques & Textile Fair ��‘Carlyle Damask’ was recreated for the Federal House, Virginia, USA ��The gentleman’s bedroom at No 1 Royal Crescent, Bath, featuring ‘Frognal’, a paper found in a house in Frognal, East London

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with towers and wonderful exotic men who wore turbans on their heads,’ Robert says. He made his most exciting discovery back in 1985, at 26 Soho Square where mid-Georgian furniture maker Thomas Chippendale had designed the interiors. There, under a layer of hessian and plaster, they found a wall of mid-18th-century gold and red velvet flock. From contemporary receipts they have discovered that 414 yards of the paper was bought for the sum of £15 10s 6d – a fabulously expensive purchase, equivalent to spending about £11,000 on wallpaper today.

buried treasures Another piece of wallpaper was hanging loose and on the back was a pencil sketch of a curtain. The paper had been stuck over a sketch that Chippendale had done on the wall and retained the imprint. ‘So we know that Chippendale was there in the room, talking to his client. It was amazing – I gave the transfer to the V&A who put it on exhibition for a while,’ Robert says. In quieter moments, Robert returns to his collection. ‘I like drawing up patterns to see what they look like,’ he says. As he reproduces, he is also safekeeping tiny pieces of interiors history. Pulling out a minutely engraved design of gold flowers from the Smetana Concert Hall of the Municipal House in Prague, he says that there is no way it could be made now. ‘The technology is lost. The fragments are all that survive.’

STARRING�ROLLS Film studios o en use the firm to source wallpapers to fit period film sets. This is where new digital printing technology comes into its own. A paper is chosen from the company’s collection and the colour changed digitally to suit the set. The paper can be printed and up on set ready for filming within days. Hamilton Weston wallpapers can be spo ed in many Jane Austen film adaptations and for Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason a 1950s pa ern named ‘On the Edge’ (see above) decorated the heroine’s flat. On Christmas Day not long ago Georgina and Robert saw the Queen make her speech in front of a wallpaper they had printed for Buckingham Palace’s Belgian Suite, usually given to visiting dignitaries.


��‘Uppark Tapestry’, recreated for the Tapestry Room of Uppark in Sussex a er it was gu ed by fire





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Start collecting antique tribal rugs and you enter the exotic and colourful world of their nomadic creators, as Sue Herdman discovers PHOTOGRAPHS CAROLYN BARBER STYLING KIERA BUCKLEY-JONES


o one knows when the first tribal rug was made but, every now and then, history affords us a clue. Marco Polo described such a rug in his 13th-century account of travels through Turkestan. Study old paintings and you’ll see them draped on furniture or laid on floors in the background of works by Fra Angelico and Holbein. Victorian military men mentioned those they saw in foreign locations: Lt Colonel Stewart of the 5th Punjab Infantry recorded in the late 1880s that the Turkmen tribes in central Asia ‘manufacture carpets that cannot be surpassed’. But being able to pinpoint tentative early efforts eludes us. What we do know is that, for centuries, having rugs and other woven items for their tents was part of the cultural identity of nomadic and semi-nomadic societies. From north Africa, through Turkey, the Middle East, the former Soviet Caucasian and central Asian republics, on to Afghanistan, western Pakistan and east Turkestan, tribes travelled from winter to summer pastures, following the il-rah – tribal routes – seeking grazing grounds. At each encampment, their domestic weavings provided comfort, warmth and an expression of wealth. The better the quality, the higher the standing of the tribe member.

�ʙ��� From top: Timuri salt bag, western Afghanistan, c1880, £950, Brian MacDonald. Orange vegetable-dyed French linen, £300; red vegetabledyed French linen, £300; yellow vegetable-dyed French linen, £300, all 19th century, all Guinevere. Seat cushion £60, Trunk ���ɪɴɢ���ɢ� Rugs, clockwise from le : Afshar rug (against wall), south Persia, c1900, £2,950; Bakhtiari wheat sack rug (under chair), western Persia, 1940s, £950; Kazak Corridor rug (on window sill), south-west Caucasus, c1870, £7,500; orange Baluch rug, north-east Persia, c1900, £1,500; Shahsavan bag (on floor), Azerbaijan, mid 19th century, £1,250; Afshar ‘Star’ rug, south Persia, c1900, £1,500, all Brian MacDonald Other items: Carved wall panel, £525; mini planter (on top), £28, both Trunk. Postcard; bead necklace; chair, find similar at vintage markets. Ribbon, £16, Plümo. Cushion (on le ) made from Suzani fabric, 19th century, £150; cushion made from indigo dyed linen and Uzbeck Sofra striped fabric, 19th century, £140, both Guinevere. Yellow ‘Papeleras’ basket, £34; ‘Santo Dimingo’ basket, £38 for two, both The Conran Shop. ‘Lancaster’ throw (in basket), £50, John Lewis ����H&A FEBRUARY�����

WOVEN GARDENS OF PARADISE To dealer Brian MacDonald, the rugs also provided something else. ‘I was working on an archaeological dig in southern Iran in the 1970s and lived among the Afshar and Qashqa’i tribes, who are Turkic peoples who had arrived in Persia in the 11th century,’ he says. ‘As I entered one of their tents for the first time, it was the colour that hit me. It was almost as if the tribespeople had created a little woven garden of paradise.’ The rugs were ‘king’ of the tribal weavings. The ‘princelings’, if you like, were other woven items, including torba (small bags for personal belongings), chuval (large bedding bags) and uk bash, long bags for tent poles. The women and girls were the weavers. When camp was set, out came small, low looms and, as they sang and chatted, they would weave designs drawn from what they could see: mountains, valleys, nectarine blossom in spring, animals and people. Taught from the age of seven, their weaving was preparation for marriage. What they wove would be part of their dowry – the finer the weaving, the more prized a bride.


‘The designs of the rugs are about a moment in time – what the woman was experiencing when she was weaving’

�ʙ����Baluch rug (backmost on seat), north-east Persia, c1880, £1,500; Kazak Corridor rug (foremost on seat), south-west Caucasus, c1870, £7,500, both Brian MacDonald. Basket; wheat sack (on floor), both as before; ‘Toi et Moi’ chair, £3,795, The Conran Shop; do ed indigo throw, £75, French Connection ʀɪɢʜ��Ersari Turkmen uk bash (tent pole bag), northern Afghanistan, late 19th century, £950, Brian MacDonald. Oil pot, £185, Trunk

RUGS�ON�THE�COUCH Tribal rugs were something of a favourite with the father of psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud. He seems to have had a particular eye for the work of the Turkic-speaking Qashqa’i, one of the powerful tribes of Iran in the 19th century. The tribe moved – and still does to this day – from winter camps at altitudes of some 2,500m (8,200 ) to those at sea level. Their rugs are laden with symbolism and it was this element, it is said, that particularly appealed to Freud. The unconscious suggestions of the symbols, he thought, helped his patients relax and access their subconscious memories with greater ease. He had a beautiful Qashqa’i rug to cover his famous couch and, when he came to London from Vienna when Nazi Germany annexed Austria in 1938, he brought both items with him. Freud Museum, 20 Maresfield Gardens, London. 020 7435 2002;

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‘I love the free expression and individuality of their design,’ says dealer Simon Knight, whose shop in Henley-on-Thames is packed with rugs. Such a space, he says, is perfect for learning about the rugs. ‘Dealers are passionate about their subject and want to share it. That’s how I learnt and came to understand that these pieces weren’t just practical household items, they were an art form. They’re about a moment in time – what the woman was experiencing when she was weaving. The designs were also passed from mother to daughter, each generation bringing subtle changes.’ exceptional weave Within those designs are symbols that had meaning to the tribes, among them the Baluch people of eastern Iran and the Shahsevan of Azerbaijan. ‘Look out for the bird, the carrier of the soul and mediator between the earthly and spiritual world,’ says Brian. ‘The amulet wards off the evil eye and brings good luck, the pomegranate is for fertility, while the peacock represents immortality and divine protection.’ In his shop, Simon has a Luri tribe rug. At its centre sits an eight-pointed star. ‘This is a beautiful example,’ he says. ‘It speaks of the fertile land from where it comes. There is colour – yellow, red, green – from natural dyes, gleaned from local plants. A rug by, say, the Baluch or Turkmen will have limited colours – the red from the root of the madder plant or blue indigo – as the landscape there is more arid and so the colour choices limited. With this, the more you look, the more you see. And you can tell the wool came from well-cared-for animals. You can feel the softness the lanolin brings.’ It’s not just aesthetics but quality that is key when choosing rugs. ‘Look at the exceptional weave,’ says Simon as he unrolls a Qashqa’i rug featuring the tribe’s crab-like motif, which has a price tag of £6,000. Age, too, is important. ‘Look for 19th century or earlier,’ he recommends. It’s easy to make mistakes though, as collector Sandra Joly, who has some 30 pieces, knows. ‘Early on, I bought some Belouch rugs,’ she says. ‘I thought I had the real thing, only to find later that that they were diluted renditions of original tribal designs, probably made for export and not domestic use. Later, I visited the Hali rug fair at Olympia – I could see what authentic rugs looked like and bought not one

DISCOVERING�ANTIQUES Erivan rug (on floor), Armenia, c1900, £1,500, Brian MacDonald. Rugs against wall, from le : Afshar rug, south Persia, c1880, £4,800; Ashfar rug; Kazak Corridor rug, both as before; Baluch prayer rug, south-east Persia, c1880, £2,300; Baluch tribal rug, north-east Persia, c1890, £1,500, all Brian MacDonald. Cushion made from 19th-century indigo dyed linen and orange Uzbek Sofra striped fabric, £150, Guinevere. ‘Tori’ zigzag cushion, £85, Toast. Fabric under cushions, from top: yellow and red French linen, both as before. ‘Brea’ throw, £59, Plümo. ‘Africa’ round baskets (against wall), £38 for two; ‘Hay’ bamboo basket (under table), £59; ‘Habibi’ copper side table, £1,410; ‘Santo Dimingo’ basket (on table), as before, all The Conran Shop. ‘Suri’ jug, £85, Trunk Home. Hand-painted cappuccino cup and saucer, £65, Toast. Gi� ribbon, as before

DISCOVERING�ANTIQUES Shirvan eastern Caucasus kilim (on floor), c1890, £3,000; Tekke Turkmen wedding rug (on wall), Turkmenistan, c1880, £1,800; Yomut Turkmen asmalyk (on sofa), Trans-Caspian Steppes, late 19th century, £3,000, all Brian MacDonald. Leaning shelf, £180, French Connection. Top shelf: ‘Africa’ basket, as before. Penguin books, £2 each, vintage market. Second shelf: Books, as before. Gold bird box, £28, Plümo. Third shelf: ‘Africa’ baskets, as before. Le Calvaire de la Patrie book, £5, Pimpernel & Partners. Vintage book, find similar at vintage market. Bo om shelf: ‘Santo Dimingo’ basket; large ‘Africa’ basket, both as before. ‘The Snowdrop’ sofa, £895, Cushions on sofa, from le : ‘Tori’ cushion, as before. ‘Darya’ cushion cover, £32, Oka. ‘Lahariya’ cushion, £49; ‘Anissa’ cushion, £149, both Toast. Hand-kni ed mesh basket, £39; indigo do ed throw (in basket), £75, both French Connection. French linen (in basket), as before. On mantelpiece from le : ‘Suri’ jug, as before; oil pot, as before; mini planter, as before; sandblasted glass ridges vase, £45, French Connection; carved wall panel, £165, Trunk. On floor: willow carry basket, £60, Trunk; ‘Toi et Moi’ chair, as before. On chair: ‘Bea’ throw, £59, Plümo; indigo do ed cushion, as before


‘The best examples attract deserved attention and achieve high prices. A recent sale saw a south Caucasian carpet of the late 18th century realise £92,450’

but three. My favourite is a mid 19th-century timuri namazlik (prayer rug) from west Afghanistan.’ What appeals to Sandra is ‘the craftsmanship, natural materials and the fact that these pieces represent a past way of life. They are mysterious too, since knowledge in this field is still relatively limited.’ �ʙ����Khamseh Confederacy Baharlu carpet (on wall), south-west Persia, c1870, £7,000; Kazak Corridor rug (on floor), as before, both Brian MacDonald. Chinese armchair, £325, Trunk. ‘Bea’ throw, as before; taper and tin, £39, both Plümo. Yellow and red French linen; mesh basket; book; ‘Tori’ cushion; vase, all as before

FIND�OUT�MORE WHERE TO SEE l The Burrell Collection, Pollok Country Park, Glasgow. 0141 287 2550; museums/burrell-collection l The Victoria and Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, London. 020 7942 2000; WHERE TO BUY l Bonhams, New Bond Street, London. 020 7447 7447; l Brian MacDonald 01451 824447/07980 999114; brianmacdonald l Christie’s, 8 King Street, St James’s, London. 020 7839 9060; l Knights Antiques, 2 Friday Street, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire. 01491 414124;

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Olympia Art and Antiques Fairs, Olympia Exhibition Centre, Hammersmith Road, London. 0871 620 7062; l Sotheby’s, 34-35 New Bond Street, London. 020 7293 5000; l

WHAT TO READ l Hali magazine 020 7657 1201; l Nomad: A Year in the Life of a Qashqa’i Tribesman in Iran by Lois Beck (University of California Press) l Tribal Rugs: Treasures of the Black Tent by Brian MacDonald (Antique Collectors’ Club) l Tribal Rugs of Southern Persia by James Opie (James Opie Oriental Rugs)

FINDING THE REAL THING Another collector, Sue Read, loves ‘the irregularity of these pieces. You know by looking at them that they are made by hand. I first saw such rugs when I was working as an assistant at the Museum of Mankind in London. I learnt then about the looms and dyes that were used and became hooked. Once you understand how they are made, you can visualise the woman at her loom on the floor of her tent.’ That life, though, has come to an end. ‘It’s a world of 4x4s and mobile phones now,’ says Simon, ‘and the tribes don’t weave by hand any more.’ The demand for rugs from the west has seen an increased need for mass production and, says Brian, ‘a decline in standards. Chemical dyes replaced natural ones. Old tribal patterns degenerated into geometric shapes.’ When seeking the real thing, remember that a date woven into a piece is by no means conclusive proof. ‘Sometimes a date may have been copied on to a reproduction rug from an older example,’ says Brian. ‘If there is a date it will usually be in Arabic, Persian or Armenian numerals, and based on the Muslim, Gregorian or Julian calendar.’ Study the rug carefully to see if it is complete, if there are any holes or repairs, or if a worn area has been painted, all of which affect value. Tug the rug too. If there’s a cracking sound, beware: it’s a sign of rot. True tribal rugs are holding their value though. ‘The best ones appear less frequently on the market,’ says Louise Broadhurst, specialist in rugs and carpets at Christie’s London. ‘But when they do, they attract deserved attention and achieve high prices.’ A recent sale saw a south Caucasian carpet of the late 18th century realise £92,450, while a late 18th-century Sayrk from Turkmenistan achieved £22,500. If you are inspired to start a collection, entry figures start lower, especially for smaller items. Begin with a dip khali – a half-rug that sells for £750-£3,000, or a chanteh – a vanity bag starting at £200. However small the piece, it will bring something of those exotic places and lost ways of life to your home.

DISCOVERING�ANTIQUES On wall, top row, from le : Large Sanjabi Kurd salt bag, Kurdistan, c1880, £950; Sanjabi Kurd salt bag with tassels, Kurdistan, c1880, £950, both Brian MacDonald. Bo om row, from le : Baluch salt bag with tassels, southeast Persia, 1930s, £395; Qashqa’i spindle bag, southwest Persia, 1930s, £395; Azeri salt bag, Azerbaijan, c1900, £850, all Brian MacDonald. Other items: Baluch rug (on floor), northeast Persia, c1880, £2,500, Brian MacDonald. Striped wool cushion, £155, The Conran Shop. ‘Indira’ bench, £450; seat cushion, £60, both Trunk. ‘Signal’ blanket, £225, Toast. ‘Brass Knuckles’ table lamp, £210, French Connection. ‘Mandalay’ offering table, £159, Oka. Book; French linen, all as before

�ʜɪ����ɢ��Melanie’s sculpture ‘And Then I Saw a Deer’ sits on a shelf in her studio in Birmingham. Deer symbolise fertility, an important theme in her work ���ɪɴɢ���ɢ��Piles of illustrations, the first stage of her working process, lie on a workbench surrounded by inspirational objects such as decorated eggs from Romania, bu erflies and bird feathers collected on country walks

ANIMAL MAGIC Metalsmith Melanie Tomlinson’s jewel-coloured creatures and mechanical devices are imbued with stories from folklore and the natural world FEATURE CLARE GOGERTY PHOTOGRAPHS ANDREW MONTGOMERY




‘I like how metal is difficult to bend and shape. Working with it is a challenge: it can buckle easily but it’s very satisfying when it works out’ �

��A praxinoscope – a Victorian mechanical device that was the forerunner to the zoetrope – created for the Great Crane Project. The revolving drum sits on top of a cabinet filled with fish, representing the wetland habitat of the wading birds ��Melanie paints images for her 3D work with gouache before transferring the illustrations on to metal via a printing process ��Melanie adjusts the praxinoscope. In the centre is a mirrored column that reflects images of cranes in flight and appears to make them move. She found the glass base in a junk shop and customised it ��Cranes fly through a forest in Brandenburg in the base of a zeotrope. Melanie’s work for the Great Crane Project celebrates the reintroduction of cranes into the Somerset Levels from Germany ��Bu erfly and moth brooches on one of Melanie’s collection of metal trays. She sells the brooches through the British Museum and on her website ��Her studio is packed with references to the natural world

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nter Melanie Tomlinson’s studio and you’ll find yourself in a glittering world of magic, myth and fable. Strange metallic contraptions spin, sparking light and offering glimpses of winged creatures in flight. A copper-coloured fox prowls atop a jewel-like box, its fur hopping with butterflies. A figure of a young girl strokes the ears of a tiger as another in elaborate costume sits and collects autumn leaves. Melanie creates these metal sculptures, dioramas, zoetropes and praxinoscopes (more on these later) from a cabin at the bottom of her garden on the outskirts of Birmingham. A suburban cul-de-sac is an unlikely place to find work rooted in nature and informed by fairy tales but the city is where Melanie has always lived. ‘Growing up here meant that visiting the countryside felt like travelling to another world,’ she says. ‘It had a magical feeling to it. These days, I like the balance between living in the city and country, which is only a couple of miles away.’ A love of the natural world, and of the animals within it, runs through her work. ‘I’m concerned about the destruction of habitats,’ she says. ‘I’m also interested in how animals are portrayed in folklore. They have been done a disservice.’ She points to a shelf crammed with images, many on tins, from the story of Little Red Riding Hood. The wolf does not come out well in any of them. ‘I’ve got a thing about that tale,’ she says, ‘and I absolutely love wolves. How we learn about animals as children affects the way we view them as adults. In Native American stories, animals are seen as teachers. Unlike here, they are seen as wise, not dangerous. They are revered.’

A journey to Romania last year (her husband’s homeland) brought her into close proximity with its wolves. The country is close to her heart for many reasons. ‘There is so much wilderness there, and I love its decorated eggs, costumes, folk art and people,’ she says. Melanie’s artistic journey began when she studied graphic design and illustration at Birmingham Polytechnic. ‘Those were the days before Apple Macs,’ she says, ‘so I learnt techniques such as hand-lettering in gouache that have been very useful.’ Each of her pieces starts with a gouache drawing, several of which are spread across a surface in her studio: they are all brightly coloured, skilfully drawn, fascinating in their detail. Melanie transfers these illustrations using a specialist photographic printer on to sheets of tinned steel. All her work, except for her brooches, which are photoetched, are hand-cut. ‘I’ve taught myself how to work in metal through a lot of trial and error,’ she says.

working WITH METAL Her love affair with the material began in childhood when her fascination for old tins, especially biscuit tins, began. It continued at college, where she cut up recycled tins to make assemblages. ‘After a while, I wanted to print my own metal,’ she says. ‘I like how it catches the light and how the colour shines through when it’s printed, and I like how it is difficult to bend and shape. Working with metal is always a challenge: it can buckle easily but it’s very satisfying when it works out.’ She produces a wing-shaped box that, around its edge, tells the story of a girl feeding a pigeon, an idea inspired by marginalia of medieval manuscripts.



‘Melanie’s work has an illustrative quality and o en incorporates movement – for example her early automata and recent pieces inspired by Victorian zoetropes. Her love of nature is reflected in her beautifully observed drawings and forms. She brings a fresh brightness to her work through the use of colour and her training as an illustrator. Antiques provide pleasure through their style, forms, colours and cra smanship. Melanie’s work does all of this, as well as reminding us of our connections to the natural world.’

��The Kakawahie birds of Hawaii – featured on this diorama created for the exhibition ‘Ghost of Gone Birds’ – have been extinct since the 1960s ��A moth brooch gets a few finishing touches on Melanie’s work bench ��Printed metal strips are cut to form the sides of a box. Melanie regards these illustrations as akin to the marginalia found in medieval manuscripts ���‘Some people find this sculpture sorrowful,’ says Melanie of ‘Angharad October’. ‘But I see her as a girl who loves autumn, searching among the leaves’ ���The Rodrigues starlings featured on this diorama have been extinct for centuries. They once inhabited Rodrigues island in the Indian Ocean ���A representation of a Madonna and Child, picked up in Romania, sits on one of Melanie’s illustrations for the box in ‘Angharad October’

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The pigeon pecks at grain on its top. ‘I wanted to make a complex shape,’ she explains. ‘It was very difficult.’ Last year, Melanie created a further challenge for herself with the introduction of two almost-forgotten Victorian devices into her work: the zoetrope and the praxinoscope. These spinning black cylinders had regular slots through which the viewer watched a strip of images become a moving sequence – an early form of animation. The impetus to use them followed a commission by Somerset Art Works to record the activities of the Great Crane Project, which is reintroducing cranes into the Somerset Levels. ‘The machines are great vehicles to tell the story of the cranes,’ says Melanie, who followed the birds’ journey from the collection of eggs in Germany, to incubation at Slimbridge Wildflowl Trust, to release on the Levels. ‘Cranes have been extinct in the UK for about 400 years, so I wasn’t really aware of them, but the more I found out about them, the more fascinating they became.’

THE COMPANY OF CRANES Melanie’s own versions of zoetropes and praxinoscopes (which have a mirrored centre) are called The Company of Cranes – the name was inspired by Angela Carter’s short story (which was adapted into a film) The Company of Wolves. The revolving drums sit on cabinets inside of which 3D elements tell parts of the story: shimmering fish from the wetlands of Somerset, a blossoming tree, the reed beds where cranes nest. The drums are printed with further scenes and their edges are fringed with photo-etched lettering – ‘A crane did fly by. It was so very beautiful’ – birds and vegetation. Spin the drum and

the cranes appear to take flight. They have the rare, jewel-like quality of medieval reliquaries. Now that the crane project is complete, what does she plan to do next? ‘I’d like to make more pieces based on the cranes and build up a body of work,’ she says. ‘Perhaps I’ll have an exhibition in Germany, and I am also designing lettering based around crane motifs.’ She also hopes to be involved in more participatory projects – last year she oversaw a craft project with newly arrived women in Birmingham. ‘We explored the idea of growth and hope using seed and flower forms,’ she says. ‘The aim was to make the women feel part of the community.’ Meanwhile, she continues to make her popular moth, butterfly and bird brooches and to develop her intriguing sculptural work. ‘I like the idea of hidden elements,’ she says. ‘Concealed compartments, secret messages… That’s something I’d like to explore more.’ As we leave the studio and its drawers of glittering moths, shelves populated with gentle creatures and walls hanging with Romanian costumes, Melanie gives me a brooch wrapped in paper stamped with her logo. The logo is a representation of herself, Madonna-and-child-like, with her arms wrapped protectively around a crow. ‘I wanted to show how precious crows are,’ she says. Rather like her work itself. You can see Melanie’s latest work – Snow Leopard – in the New Walk Gallery, 53 New Walk, Leicester (0116 225 4900; Her butterfly and bird brooches are on sale at the British Museum ( For commissions and sales, visit




A change of pace When Gretchen and Andrew Oldland relocated from London to this Devonshire farmhouse, the couple got more than they bargained for… FEATURE CELIA RUFEY PHOTOGRAPHS POLLY ELTES



THE ESSENTIALS �ʜ����ɴ�ʀ Gretchen Oldland, who runs her own cookery school ( lives here with husband Andrew, a lawyer; their three children, Olive (14), Victor (12) and Evie (11); dogs Oscar (a Jack Russell) and Winston (a labradoodle); and Kiki the cat. �ʜ���ʀ���ʀ�ʏ�This Devonshire farmhouse has a kitchen and living room dating from the 16th century, with additions from the 18th and 19th centuries, giving the house an unusually long frontage.

The living room, which is in the oldest part of the house, was previously the kitchen and retains its ancient flagstone floor. The sofa is from Leather Chairs of Bath. Gretchen bought the La Baule posters when on holiday in Bri any

����ʟ����The views across the countryside from the windows at the front of the house convinced the Oldlands that they wanted to live here ����ʀɪɢʜ��‘The Aga came with the house. It’s more than 50 years old and I find it more aesthetically pleasing than later models,’ says Gretchen ʙ������ʟ����Gretchen keeps an organised kitchen – ingredients are easily identified in clear mason jars ʙ������ʀɪɢʜ��The old walled garden has been turned to lawn against the side elevation of the house, which marries the oldest 16th-century rooms with the converted barn


ixteen years ago Gretchen and Andrew Oldland were two young lawyers living in a basement flat in London’s Pimlico. They felt hemmed in by city life and starting a family was on the cards, too. And so they began, as many young city dwellers do, to think about starting a new life elsewhere. When deciding on where to look, they realised that Devon, with its rounded hills and wooded valleys, had captivated them every time they had passed through on their way to holidays in Cornwall. And when a job for Andrew came up in Exeter, that decided it. Buying a five-bedroom farmhouse with outbuildings was ambitious but the position of the house in the landscape drew a veil over its many shortcomings. ‘The house is nestled in a valley and the view is sensational,’ says Gretchen. ‘We aren’t overlooked and there are always sheep or cattle in the fields. We never tire of the location.’ Turning away from the view to address the house offered a rather different perspective though. ‘We wanted a country house that was old and needed attention so we could put our stamp on it,’ Gretchen explains. ‘But if we had known how much needed to be done, we probably would have run a mile.’

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‘The house is nestled in a valley and the view is sensational. We aren’t overlooked and there are always sheep or cattle in the fields. We never tire of the location’

‘The pine school desk in the kitchen was the first piece of furniture I bought and has moved around with me,’ says Gretchen. ‘I found it at Bell Antiques in Romsey, when I was about 22.’ The light ultramarine blue paint was supplied by Mike Wye

�ʙ����Oscar relaxes by the window ʀɪɢʜ��The colour theme in the drawing room was inspired by the watercolour by Charlo e Ardizzone (bought from Adrian Ager in Ashburton) that hangs above the fireplace. The pair of chairs in the window are covered in ‘Beaton Bouquet Hot Pink’ by Cecil Beaton at Beaudesert, while the sofas were recovered in a GP & J Baker fabric, which has since been discontinued (try Thibaut’s geometric ‘Starburst’ design for similar)

‘It’s lovely to put antique pieces that I grew up with or that belonged to Andrew’s parents into our home – I love the idea of keeping things in the family’ ����H&A FEBRUARY�����


����ʟ����‘I call the landing and stairs the rogues’ gallery, as it’s where I’ve hung photographs from both our families,’ says Gretchen. ‘The old ones are in black and white and those in colour date from when our daughter Olive was born. Each Christmas I give Andrew five or six framed pictures taken during the year. They are always the same size, with the same mount and the same black frame’ ����ʀɪɢʜ��The traditional furniture in the dining room was a present from Gretchen’s mother when she moved to France. The kilim rugs inspired the bold wall colour, ‘Paolo’s Yellow’ limewash from Francesca’s Paints. The painting, Sheep, is by Kat Lightfoot, one of Gretchen’s favourite artists ʙ������ʟ����The chest of drawers on the landing is 18th century and came to them from Andrew’s mother ʙ������ʀɪɢʜ��Cutlery from Andrew’s mother is used alongside pieces that Gretchen has collected

This admission isn’t too surprising considering that, on moving in, the couple needed to rewire, replumb and fit central heating. The couple also decided to ask their builders to link the dairy annex with the house to create a much larger kitchen – the existing room just contained an Aga (which they kept) and a cupboard. The only other significant change they made to the arrangement of rooms was to convert one of the bedrooms into a large family bathroom. ‘I was going to put in reproduction sanitaryware but then, one night, lying in bed, I had a eureka moment and realised that I didn’t want new stuff in my old house,’ says Gretchen. ‘I began visiting local reclamation yards and found the fittings over a period of six months. Prices were then still affordable in the West Country.’ Their patience delivered an extraordinarily large antique bath, a mahogany seated loo and twin sinks said to have come from a nunnery, which Gretchen commissioned a local woodturner to create a mahogany frame for. The result is a far departure from the original family bathroom, which contained pink plastic sanitaryware and a nylon carpet. The rooms were gradually redecorated with the decoration being led by an object in the room. In the dining room, the warm orange limewash on the walls reflects the inherited antique furniture and rugs ����H&A FEBRUARY�����


‘I didn’t want new stuff in my old house, so I began visiting local reclamation yards and found the bathroom fittings over a period of six months’

The antique bath is the centrepiece of the family bathroom and has been painted in a racing green by Gretchen. It, the twin basins and the mahogany seated loo were sourced from Tobys Reclamation in Exeter and Frome Reclamation. The chair is covered in a vintage floral fabric and the blind and window seat in a Mulberry fabric


from a trip to Dubai, while the pinks in the drawing room were chosen to complement the two sofas that belonged to Gretchen’s parents. ‘It’s lovely to put antique pieces that I grew up with or that belonged to Andrew’s parents into our home – I love the idea of keeping things in the family,’ says Gretchen. In 2001 Gretchen had a career change and decided to start teaching cookery classes, something she never would have dreamt of while living in London: ‘If I was planning anything, it was to have a smallholding with pigs,’ she laughs. As her reputation grew, she and Andrew converted the barn at the back of the house into a kitchen equipped for teaching. Although the farm now combines home and business, it is the family touches that visitors notice: boots are lined up at the back door and dogs always give a friendly welcome. Most of all, of course, there is always a delicious smell drifting from one of the kitchens.

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In a spin Collector Tilly Shaw explains how the chance find of a Frank Sinatra 78 led to a passion for gramophones WORDS RUTH ADDICOTT PHOTOS SANTI UDOMKESMALEE


he moment Tilly Shaw set eyes on the 1930s gramophone in its shiny black case, she was smitten. The smell of the 78rpm record as it was taken out of its sleeve, the sight of the turntable starting to spin, the sound of the crackles – it sent a tingle down her spine and she knew she was in the presence of something special. ‘It was like stepping back in time,’ she says. That was in 2007. Since then, Tilly – who lives in Darlington, County Durham – has been building up her collection of wind-up gramophones (nine), vintage record players (five) and antique records (5,000). It is a passion that has given her a second job as a gramophone DJ called Seventy Eight Spin (she also runs a business pressing wedding flowers), playing everything from ragtime and rock’n’roll to the big-band sounds of Glenn Miller. A free weekend is a rarity these days, with most seeing her and partner Joe jumping into the car to provide the soundtrack for a golden wedding party or the music for a bride to walk down the aisle to. She even offers a serenade service called Gram-o-gram. ‘We’ve been as far as Cornwall,’ says Tilly. ‘The other month we were at MIMA [Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art] playing at their vintage tea party. And we recently did a Sixties wedding where the bride walked down the aisle to Do I Love You (Indeed I Do) and left on the arm of her husband to Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now.’

SEDUCED�BY�SINATRA Tilly’s fascination with gramophones began in the mid 1990s when she found a Frank Sinatra 78 in an antiques shop in Stoke. She already had a collection of vinyl but had never seen a 78rpm record made of shellac. It was £2 and she couldn’t resist. ‘I had no idea what it was worth, I just wanted it,’ she says. ‘I thought it would play on my stereo but, when I got home, I realised it needed to be played at a different speed.’ Despite searching it wasn’t until several years later, on that day in 2007, that she found a machine to play it on. ‘We were living on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales and someone in our walking group tipped us off that an elderly man living nearby had a gramophone to sell. We walked into this tiny cottage and there was not one but two sitting on the table,’ says Tilly. ‘The gentleman put a record on and my mouth fell to the floor – it was amazing,’ she recalls. ‘I think they’d belonged to his mum. He knew we’d treasure them and said we could have them for £100.’ The gramophones were HMV models 101 and 102 from the 1930s, and in immaculate condition. Within a few months Tilly bought a third machine, followed by a fourth and fifth. At first she would just play them at home but when her dad’s 80th birthday came up a couple of years later, she found the perfect opportunity to share the experience with others. ‘We arranged a surprise party and took a gramophone along to play the music. It was mostly songs from the 1940s by people like Doris Day. Everyone

���ɪɴɢ���ɢ��Original HMV gramophones – the horned machine dates from around 1910, while the other is a rare blue 102 model from c1930 that is worth around £400 (it’s more usually seen with a black outer casing) ����A blue two-speed Fidelity vinyl autochanger �ʙ����Tilly’s collection of 78s now exceeds 2,500 FEBRUARY������H&A����

‘Gramophones don’t have a volume control. The sound can be adjusted by putting a muffler into the horn’

loved it and they were all singing along. It went down so well that it gave me the idea of playing in public and it all carried on from there.’ Gramophones don’t have a volume control. The sound is adjusted by using different needles or by putting a muffler into the horn (which is where the term ‘put a sock in it’ comes from). It takes about 20 turns to wind one up and it should then play the whole side of a record. Each record requires a new needle each time a side is played. Tilly searched far and wide for a supplier before eventually finding one in Cornwall. She buys 1,000 needles at a time, at a cost of £36. ‘We get through about 50 at each event,’ she says, ‘so I always have to remember to bring enough. I keep a packet in the car now. Everyone else has loose change and make-up in their glove compartments, I have gramophone needles!’ Her favourite gramophone – and possibly the most valuable – is a blue HMV 102 (they usually come in black), which she bought for £60 and thinks would sell for up to £400. The gramophone that attracts the most attention though is the oldest, which has a brass horn and carved wooden base. It is believed to date from 1910 and cost £100 from an antiques shop in Sheffield. Her collection of records, which includes 2,500 78s, takes up most of the spare room and, as well as Glenn Miller, includes artists such as Al Johnson, Gracie Fields, Vera Lynn, Marilyn Monroe and Elvis Presley. The rarest is a Louis Armstrong recording from 1926.

RECORD�BREAKER Made from ground slate and the secretions of the lac insect, the shellac 78s are heavier than vinyl and break easily. Having gone out of production in the late 1950s, they are increasingly difficult to find. Most of Tilly’s come from auctions, online and second-hand shops, although sometimes friends pass them on. Tilly carefully brushes each one, before washing, drying and inspecting it for scratches and cracks. She then checks if it will play right through. ‘It is a lengthy process,’ she says. ‘A lot of them have been in lofts for years. But it’s worth it to bring them back to life and to hear them play again.’


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����Gramophones, from top le : Clarke & Smith ‘Schools’ model with Garrard multi-speed turntable; red Danse e ‘Tempo’, c1962-64; HMV model 2038, c1969-70; Fidelity two-speed in blue leathere e �ʙ����A 78rpm shellac record. The discs are bri le and break easily, which is one of the main reasons why vinyl records replaced them in the late 1950s ����H&A FEBRUARY�����

The first sound reproduction machine available to the public was the phonograph, invented by Thomas Edison in 1877. The following year, Emile Berliner introduced flat discs for recording music. He founded The Gramophone Company to mass manufacture his discs and persuaded artists such as Enrico Caruso and Dame Nellie Melba to record using his system. He later began using an image based on Francis Barraud’s painting His Master’s Voice, which depicts a terrier listening to a phonograph, as part of the company’s branding. HMV gramophones were regarded as the Rolls-Royce of machines – and had a price tag to match. From the early 1930s, gramophones were found in the homes of the upper classes (there is a scene in Downton Abbey when a new horned model is played by Lady Mary Crawley in the drawing room). Today, gramophones can vary in price from £80-£400, depending on the colour and quality. The most sought-a er portable player is the HMV 102, with coloured models in green, red and blue commanding the highest prices at auction.







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Borrowed history Philippe Alric and Sophie Lambert have given their turn-ofthe-century home the feel of somewhere much grander using reclaimed architectural features and antique furniture FEATURE ROS BYAM SHAW PHOTOGRAPHS JAN BALDWIN �FEBRUARY������H&A����

�ʀ��ɪ������ʀ����No one would guess that this drawing room, with its antique stone chimneypiece, is in fact a new extension. Antique double doors open on to the hall of the original building, which contains a wall of reclaimed boiseries (richly carved panelling) ʀɪɢʜ� The gilt barometer on the wall is 18th century and belonged to Sophie’s grandmother ʙ�ʟ���The kitchen is a masterly work of disguise. Reclaimed panelled doors set into the walls conceal the fridge and other storage spaces ���ɪɴɢ���ɢ��The coffee table in the drawing room is made from an old planked door resting on low trestles

ou’d be forgiven for mistaking the home of Philippe Alric and Sophie Lambert for a 17th-century chateau. Indeed, its historic features (cavernous stone fireplaces and distressed carved double doors) do speak of faded grandeur but, far from being previously occupied by nobility, the house was actually built at the turn of the 20th century as accommodation for stable hands. The house is located in Maisons-Laffitte, a town about 11 miles north-west of Paris, which is known as ‘la cité du cheval’ (or ‘the city of horses’) owing to its once world-renowned race course. It was built by an American millionaire and racehorse owner, Frank Jay Gould, as part of his stables and riding school. Sadly, the area was badly bombed during World War II and the stables were destroyed. The site was abandoned, the remaining buildings gradually fell into disrepair and squatters moved in. Then, 20 years ago, Philippe (an international eventing rider and instructor) and Sophie (an antiques dealer)


THE ESSENTIALS �ʜ����ɴ�ʀ� Philippe Alric is an international eventing rider and Sophie Lambert is an antiques dealer. Her shop, Au Temps des Cerises, is in SaintGermain-en-Laye. The couple have two children, Viole e (9) and César (17). �ʜ���ʀ���ʀ�ʏ The house in Maisons-Laffi e (a town about 11 miles from Paris) dates from c1910 and was built as accommodation for stable hands. ����H&A FEBRUARY�����

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ʀɪɢʜ��The wooden sign on the kitchen wall dates from the 18th century ʙ�ʟ���Against the kitchen wall is an antique sideboard, table and wall cupboard, all painted in ‘Blue Gray’ by Farrow & Ball. The only obviously 21st-century intrusions are the range cooker and a coffee maker ���ɪɴɢ���ɢ��Before the drawing room extension was built, the dining room was used as the living room. The furnishings include an 18th-century glazed cabinet with what remains of its original paint

‘We fell in love with the place at first sight. Even though it had been squatted in for 20 years the magic remained intact’ discovered it. They saw beyond the dereliction and planned to restore the whole site, making it a home for their family and also a business for Philippe, who would run it as a riding school and livery stables. ‘We fell in love with the place at first sight. Even though it had been squatted in for 20 years the magic remained intact,’ says Sophie. Because the site had fallen into the hands of a property developer, it took them 10 years to buy it but the couple were determined. ‘It wasn’t easy as many others were interested in it but we stood our ground until luck was on our side,’ says Sophie. Another 13 years on and their persistence and hard work have paid off handsomely. The stables are now fully occupied, two pavilions have been transformed into a clubhouse and an antiques showroom, and the house has been extended, refitted and furnished in the elegant, pale Gustavian style that Sophie’s shop is known for. ‘It was such an enormous project. All our friends and family helped, young and old alike. It was a long but wonderful experience,’ she says. The house was originally modest in size and very plain. Character and beauty have been entirely imported by the couple – not only in the shape of antique tables, chairs, sofas, chests and armoires but also more structural elements such as fireplaces, doors, windows and panelling. The biggest transformation was the addition

A CLOSER LOOK ʙ�ʏɪɴɢ��ʀ�ʜɪ�����ʀ�ʟ���ʟ��ɢ�� Sophie and Philippe have made their early 20th-century house appear older – and grander – by fi ing antique structural elements such as fireplaces, doors and panelling. For similar pieces, try Lassco in Oxfordshire and London (020 7394 2100;, Andy Thornton in Halifax (01422 376000;, or your local salvage yard. Take accurate measurements with you and be prepared to haggle. ����H&A FEBRUARY�����


H&A READER OFFER This feature is an edited extract from Farrow & Ball Decorating with Colour (Ryland Peters & Small, £35). Call 01256 302 699 and quote ‘GLR 8TJ’ to buy a copy for £28 including P&P

‘Seamlessly incorporated, these borrowed architectural features give the house the atmosphere of a much older, grander building’

of an extension that has created a large drawing room and, above it, the master bedroom and bathroom. Central to the design of the drawing room are three arched and glazed doors from an 18th-century orangery. Even older is the 18th-century carved stone chimneypiece, also reclaimed. Seamlessly incorporated, these architectural features give the house the atmosphere of a much older, grander building. The kitchen is a lesson in creating a romantic – yet practical – space. The fridge is disguised behind an old carved door (its once-glazed panels veiled with chicken wire, backed by antique linen); fitted cupboards are fronted by folding doors from an old chateau; and pans are hidden on shelves behind indigo-dyed antique linen curtains. So hidden are all signs of function that a quick glance around the room may leave visitors wondering if the 21st century ever dawned…

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���ɪɴɢ���ɢ�﹐�����Slo ed under the eaves of the master bedroom is a bathtub and sink ���ɪɴɢ���ɢ�﹐�ʙ������ʟ��� Daughter Viole e’s bedroom is painted in pale pink ‘Calamine’ by Farrow & Ball. The oil painting dates from the 19th century ���ɪɴɢ���ɢ�﹐�ʙ������ʀɪɢʜ��Son César’s topfloor bedroom is the only room in the house that deviates from a pale e of so , pale shades of white and neutral. It contains a roll-top bath �ʜɪ����ɢ��The master bedroom is above the drawing room, its network of beams supporting a mansard roof punctuated by dormer windows

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Eco updates Eight fixes to ensure your home is a greener place in 2014 – from heat-loss prevention and more efficient appliances to organic paints FEATURE KATIE HALLETT


Draught-proofing is a cheap – and relatively easy – way to ensure that your home requires less heating and that, when it is heated, energy isn’t lost to the outside. If done properly, draughtproofing could save you up to £60 a year and, according to The Energy Saving Trust, if every household in the UK used the best possible draught-proofing, we would save enough energy to heat nearly 930,000 homes each year. The main areas to focus on are windows (see also facing page), unused chimneys, doors leading outside and floorboards. For windows, fit draughtproofing strips around the frames; for external doors, place escutcheons over the keyhole and invest in a le erbox flap and draught excluders; block any chimneys that aren’t in use (this will need to be done by a professional); and, on gaps between floorboards, seal using a flexible filler that will adapt to the boards changing shape with humidity (try StopGap, made from flexible plastic).

As your boiler is responsible for a significant proportion of your energy bills, it’s worth making sure yours is as efficient as possible. Today, boilers are rated in percentages of efficiency, and most new models will be in the high 80s. Modern designs are condensing, so they have far be er heat recovery and make available around 90 per cent of the heat they generate. It depends on the age – and efficiency – of your current boiler but replacing an old G-rated gas boiler could significantly cut your home’s carbon dioxide emissions and save you up to £300 a year. ADDRESS BOOK l Worcester Worcester regularly tops the Which? boiler rankings. The ‘Greenstar 25Si Compact’ combi boiler (£830) is suitable for smaller properties (it’s so dinky it can fit into a kitchen cabinet) and has an efficiency of 89 per cent. 0330 123 9339; l

ADDRESS BOOK l Nigel’s Eco Store This website sells draught excluders, window and floorboard seals. 0800 288 8970; �����H&A FEBRUARY�����


Gas Safe Register Gas and LPG boilers (liquefied petroleum gas) boilers must be installed by a Gas Safe (previously run by Corgi) registered engineer. 0800 408 5500;


Is there anything cosier than an open fire? Well yes, actually. Most of the heat produced by a traditional fire will be lost up the chimney. Woodburning stoves, however, are up to 80 per cent more efficient. They are carbon neutral and fi ing one will mean that you’ll be a lot less reliant on central heating, especially if your



It’s not hard to fall for the charms of the period sash window but a li le less beguiling are the draughts that can be caused by rickety, unloved designs, which can equate to the equivalent of a six square inch hole. If you aren’t ready to say farewell to your sashes, look into having them draught-sealed (The Sash Window Workshop does this). Or, if you want something even more insulating, look to fit secondary glazing, which can reduce heat loss by 60 per cent and could save you around £105 a year on fuel bills.

ADDRESS BOOK l The Sash Window Workshop This maker and installer of traditional timber windows also offers a full window service, including draughtsealing, double glazing and secondary glazing. 01344 868668; l

house is well insulated and open-plan. The most efficient burners are Defra approved and are room sealable (so no heat from the room can be drawn into the burner and lost through its flue).



ADDRESS BOOK l Morsø Morsø’s ‘S11-40’ (pictured) has a net efficiency of 83 per cent. It costs £1,163. 01788 55 44 10;

Anglian This double-glazing specialist also fits secondary double glazing for casement and sash windows. 0800 954 1203;

Burley The Burley ‘Debdale’ 4kw design, £698, has 89 per cent efficiency. 01572 756956; Charnwood The ‘Cove 1’, ‘Island I’, ‘C-Four’ and ‘C-Five’ are all room sealable, Defra-approved and around 80 per cent efficient. From £756. 01983 537777;


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his is your chance to select from a wide range of high-quality bedding – and to save up to £35 in the process. ‘Riviera’ quilts are machine washable and 100 per cent co on, and offer two looks for the price of one. While one side features embroidered crewel work, the other has so toile surrounded by scalloped edging. Also available are quilted sleeping bags with detachable handles, which double as throws or picnic rugs. Choose from ‘Lucy’, a pre y patchwork design, or the muted blue ‘Charles’. The machine-washable ‘Yve e’ duvet sets feature classic clean looks, with embroidered lace trim in 100 per cent co on. Or choose the easy-care ‘Hampstead’ satin stripe bedding range in 60 per cent co on, 40 per cent polyester, which requires minimal ironing. The sets are available in all sizes from single to super king. One pillowcase is included with the single duvet sets and two with other sizes.






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‘Riviera’ double quilt (215 x 250cm)




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‘Riviera’ pair of pillow shams (50 x 76cm)




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Yes, that’s right. Organic paint. Ecos paint (pictured) is so green that you could – if so inclined – lick it off your walls while it’s drying. The company was founded in 1989 by two paint chemists who hated the smell of paint so decided to produce a range of non-toxic paints and varnishes (which are also completely odourless). Happily, it also has the British Allergy Foundation’s seal of approval. ADDRESS BOOK l Ecos This colour is called ‘Parker Grey’ and costs from £32.58 per 5l. 01524 852371; l




If you’re considering a complete eco overhaul in the form of solar panels, a ground-source heat pump or a heat recovery ventilation system, you may want to call on the advice of an eco consultant. Generally, they will – a er thorough inspections and surveys – supply and fit the appropriate technologies, working with architects and builders where necessary.

ADDRESS BOOK The National Homebuilding & Renovating Show A end seminars on subjects such as heat pumps and using wood as a primary heat source at this show, held at eight venues across the UK throughout the year. The next event is at the Birmingham NEC from 27th-30th March.


Earthborn This British company manufactures paint that contains no toxins. 01928 734171; Pots of Paint Pots of Paint uses renewable raw materials such as beeswax, milk casein and linseed oil to make its paints, which give them a chalky texture. 01544 388535;



Ecospheric Sustainability consultancy specialising in domestic retrofits. 0161 881 4173; Ecoexcel Supplies wind turbines, solar systems, ground-source and air-source heat pumps, and biomass boilers. 01728 621215; FEBRUARY������H&A�����


As well as having a beautiful natural patina that will have developed over time, salvaged floorboards are also the greener option. When shopping for reclaimed flooring, check for broken boards, ensure that they’ve been properly dried and denailed, and treated for woodworm and dry rot. Suppliers will o en include an installation service – don’t a empt to fit yourself.

ADDRESS BOOK l Lassco Lassco stocks everything from mid 19th-century French inlaid parquet floors to Victorian pine floorboards. 020 7394 8061; l


Drummonds Flooring This West Sussex-based company sells and installs 18th and 19th-century reclaimed flooring. 01798 860100; Parquet Parquet Specialists in reclaimed parquet. 01507 313470;

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Miele ‘Knock2Open G6582’ dishwasher, £1,499, John Lewis l A+++ rating for energy efficiency l Its automatic programme uses just 6.5l of water l Anticipates water and energy usage before the cycle begins

‘RB31FERNBSS’ fridge freezer, £599, Samsung l A+++ for energy efficiency l Includes separate fridge and freezer thermostats so you won’t use more power than necessary l Alarms warn you if you’ve le the door open

‘ZTH485’ tumble dryer, £469, Zanussi l Hanging your washing on the line is obviously the greenest option but, if you must tumble dry, this machine is rated A+ for energy efficiency l Warm air is recirculated in the drum, making it cheaper to run

‘Ecobubble’ washing machine, from £549, Samsung l A+++ for energy efficiency l Works well at low temperatures l Mixes the detergent with water before pumping it into the drum, making it effective against stains

‘DSFN6839W’ dishwasher, £399.99, Beko l A+ for energy efficiency l Eco mode, which saves water and electricity consumption l Uses just six litres of water per wash l Speedy 30-minute quick wash se ing




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The latest kitchen appliances are seriously high-tech and most are designed with eco-efficiency in mind. In fact, just by switching to the most efficient fridge-freezer, you could save over £90 per year on your electricity bills. Here’s our pick of the savviest designs…

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TIMELESS SANCTUARY Matki introduces the striking New Illusion designs to its collection of luxurious shower enclosures, combining elegant design and innovation for the very best in showering


he New Illusion collection presents exciting developments in enclosure design with barely-there minimal framing and large glass panels held in place by Matki’s discreet hinges and unique channel in the slimline tray. The hinges are designed and made in the UK by Matki to support the high-quality solid safety glass for a flawless closure time and time again. The innovative channel allows the glass to sit securely within the shower tray, eliminating the need for silicon sealant along the glass and tray junction. New Illusion is offered in a wide variety of sizes with a choice of handle designs. The New Illusion for recess and for corner can either be ordered with the specially designed tray or to fit directly on to a tiled floor or an existing shower tray. The New Illusion for recess shown here is combined with Matki’s new Preference shower tray, available in low level or flat designs. The latter can be set into the floor to achieve a completely flush, wet-room appearance. The Preference trays are rich in ground marble and soft to the touch, and the unique composition of the Solid Surface material allows them to be created made to measure. So whether the tray is required for a special size or to fit around an awkwardly shaped wall or bath, the Preference fits perfectly into almost any space. Matki has also recently launched the Universal 40 Colour shower tray, which can be bought in any colour to order – perhaps bright red to stand out and be noticed, or maybe a neutral stone shade to match a more traditional theme. So whether you want to devote an entire room to a new luxury shower or tuck one into the most unlikely corner, Matki offers it all – from beautiful shower doors and surrounds to shower trays, solid brassware and all the latest technology.

�ʙ���﹐��ʀ�������New Illusion Quintesse, sizes 900-1,400mm, from £1,737; New Illusion for recess, sizes 800-1,500mm, from £1,014 (without tray); Universal 40 Colour shower tray, available to order in any colour, sizes 760-1,680mm, from £264 ʟ����Bespoke Preference shower tray, available made to measure, from £432

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Somnus quite simply has one aim, to make every bed the ultimate in luxury, delivering superior sleep comfort naturally, for the rest of your life

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Handcra ed using natural materials and unique spring technology, Somnus ma resses promise a deeper sleep experience. Every Somnus bed naturally delivers supreme breathability and temperature control for the best night’s sleep – for the rest of your life


he Somnus team of sleep specialists is committed to making only the very best mattresses for total support, comfort and longevity. Somnus handcrafts natural materials, using traditional techniques, into luxurious beds and mattresses with true design integrity, enabling a deeper, more refreshing sleep experience to revitalise mind and body. Somnus has a long-established history of excellence and innovation in unique spring design, construction techniques and using the very best natural materials. It’s these features that make Somnus one of the UK’s finest bed and mattress makers. The state-of-the-art ‘Sensa iP’ intelligent pocket-spring system, where the springs move independently of each other, provides luxurious support, distributing the sleeper’s weight across a higher number of springs and contouring exactly to body shape. The result is fewer pressure points and better sleep. To help guarantee the quality of the upholstery filling, Somnus lovingly nurtures its very own sheep flocks on the Somnus farm. Combining this fleece wool with other luxurious natural fibres creates blends of 100 per cent natural upholstery fillings, which are then carefully layered into each bed. This makes for perfect temperature control all night and ensures supreme comfort. It’s quite simply the healthiest sleeping environment possible.

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JOHN�LEWIS�OF�HUNGERFORD John Lewis of Hungerford makes luxury fi ed kitchens and furniture in a range of beautiful painted colours and solid wood. With a strong heritage in designing and cra ing furniture, the brand is leading the way as Britain’s best


ohn Lewis of Hungerford began with a small workshop and one passionate furniture maker in 1972. Since then, this homegrown British brand has opened 14 showrooms nationwide and curated a core range of kitchens with a look to suit everyone. All cabinetry and furniture pieces for the kitchens are handfinished by skilled craftsmen in Oxfordshire. Pride is taken in building each cabinet with great care using a combination of traditional and modern techniques, to provide customers with furniture that is built to last. This means that individual customer preferences at the design stage are simple to incorporate. The kitchen collection encompasses the ‘Artisan’, the original country painted style, and the ‘Shaker’ style, which delivers timeless simplicity. For contemporary style there’s the sleek ‘Cool’ kitchen. The ‘Pure’ kitchen creates a clean, modern look, while the ‘Steamer Bay’ range is reminiscent of the British seaside. The cherry on the cake is the award-winning 1950-style ‘Crème de la Crème’ retro kitchen, another unique and beautiful style. John Lewis of Hungerford’s talented designers always welcome customers to join them in the showroom to chat through their potential project on a completely no-obligation basis – ensuring that each kitchen exactly matches the customer’s requirements. All kitchens come with a 10-year product and workmanship guarantee, plus a first birthday TLC visit by the designer, providing clients with total peace of mind. Visit one of the brand’s inspirational showrooms to experience the quality of its kitchens for yourself.

John Lewis of Hungerford offers a large choice of paint colours, which have won the award for ‘best independently tested paint’ by a British kitchen company

����ʟ����John Lewis of Hungerford ‘Shaker’ in-frame kitchen in ‘Blossom’ and ‘Earl Grey’ island with granite worktop. £22,000 ����ʀɪɢʜ��John Lewis of Hungerford ‘Artisan’ in-frame kitchen in ‘Earl Grey’ and ‘Antique Blue’ island with ‘Bianco Perfecto’ worktops. From £20,000 �ʙ����John Lewis of Hungerford ‘Artisan Lay-On’ kitchen in ‘Pearl’ with tarnished brass accessories and solid oiled oak worktop. From £20,000

CONTACT DETAILS ��ʟ��ʜ�ɴ��0700 278 4726 ��ʙ�ɪ���


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Head to and register your details to access 2-for-1 entry deals on certain days and times at IACF’s five venues

For the ultimate in antiques and vintage choice for your home, look no further than an event by IACF – organiser of the largest antiques and collectors’ fairs in Europe


his year will see IACF host 29 fairs at five venues across the UK. With an event taking place every couple of weeks, you’ll never have to wait too long to enjoy one of their must-visit events. With Newark, the largest antiques event in Europe, as part of its portfolio, it’s easy to understand why interiors enthusiasts travel from around the globe to take part in IACF’s fairs. Newark is the ultimate hunting ground for goods for the home. With thousands of stalls, how can it not be? You’ll discover everything from textiles to kitchenalia there. The largest fair in the south of England takes place at Ardingly in West Sussex. With excellent transport links (it’s only 12 miles from Gatwick, an hour from London and 90 minutes from Dover) it has a truly cosmopolitan flavour, with decorative pieces a plenty. Shepton Mallet is home to a vintage fair favoured by interiors stylists. Well known for its offerings of quality goods in quantity, it’s a weekend event not to be missed. But if you only have a short time available, why not try one of IACF’s One-Day Monday Fairs? Held at both Newbury in Berkshire and Swinderby near Lincoln, they offer a short, sharp dose of interiors shopping with an eclectic mix of products on offer.

The globally renowned Newark International Antiques & Collectors Fair – covering 84 acres, this bi-monthly fair is one of the antiques world’s must-visit events

CONTACT DETAILS ��ʟ��ʜ�ɴ��01636 702326 ��ʙ�ɪ���




Exclusive to Wallpaperdirect, classic Swedish design from Duro’s ‘Historical’ collection

With its huge range of wallpaper brands all in one place, Wallpaperdirect is the online one-stop shop for all your wallpaper and decorating needs


allpaperdirect carries a wide range of wallcoverings, from simple, plain textures to bold, graphic pop art styles, from modern florals to delightful children’s characters. Whether your style is city living, classic country or retro, the company has the wallpaper for you. Its range includes classic designs from GP & J Baker and Sanderson, through to contemporary looks from Harlequin and Prestigious, along with smaller trend-setting firms such as MissPrint, together with our home brand Albany. A unique room-set facility allows you to view these designs in a variety of rooms, so you can see how they will look in your own home, while a free sampling service means you can see the true colour before you purchase and be sure that your final decision is the right one. With a selection of over 6,000 wallpapers – and more being added all the time – the website has everything you need. Wallpaperdirect also has fabrics, a handmade-to-measure curtain service, cushions, wall art and stickers. Its sister site has paint from Farrow & Ball, Little Greene and its own Albany range, along with many others, to complete your decorating. Its customer service team is there to help with any problems and is happy to give advice on your purchase.

�ʙ����Duro, Historical Wallpapers 085-03 £38 per roll. �ʜɪ��ɪ��ɢ� Albany Conversation, Teresa 262109 £28 per roll

CONTACT DETAILS ���ʀ��� Wallpaperdirect, Maple Road, Eastbourne, East Sussex, BN23 6NY ��ʟ��ʜ�ɴ��01323 430886 ��ʙ�ɪ���



JALI Ever dreamed of beautiful, affordable, bespoke furniture, designed to fit any space in your home and delivered in around two weeks? A company called Jali is making it all come true…


ali is a furniture company like no other. It has an amazing, purpose-built factory in the heart of Kent, which can create furniture to match your exact specifications. Simply go to the Jali website (, choose a product and customise it online. From bookcases and dressers to drawer units, you can specify sizes and change styles and other details. Once you’ve been inspired by the wide range of ideas on the website, you can play with the online Jali Designer to create your ideal item. Choose patterned fretwork, uprights, real wood veneers, mouldings, size and number of sections, drawers or shelves, all down to the last millimetre. Pieces can be free-standing or fitted flush to one or two walls – the choice is totally yours. It’s the ideal way to maximise all your living space. And because you are the designer, your furniture is unique to you. You’ll see the price alter in real time as you amend your design, so you’ll know exactly how much it will cost (including VAT and free delivery to most of the UK) before you reach the checkout. Place an order and it goes directly to Jali’s state-of-the art factory, where it’s made, packed and despatched, usually within two weeks. And Jali is justly proud of its customer service. ‘We don’t believe in call centres,’ says Jali’s founder and managing director, Nicholas Showan. ‘Although robots help in the manufacturing process, our phones are answered by real human beings, to ensure our customers get exactly the results they’re looking for, however awkward the space or complex the project.’ Sustainable and environmentally friendly, Jali furniture is inspired by a fusion of advanced engineering, architecture and design. As it has done since 1990, this company is making beautiful, practical furniture available to all.

From made-tomeasure shelving and storage units to radiator cabinets and wardrobes, Jali has the furniture to suit everyone’s needs – exactly!

����Bookcase with plinth in beige primer, £578.80 �ʙ����ʟ����Decorative shu ers in pa ern 2152 in white primer, 020 x 1250mm, £258.03 �ʙ����ʀɪɢʜ��Radiator cabinet in white primer, 1800 x 900 x 230mm, £296.31 ʟ����Sideboard in white primer with real oak veneered top, 1530 x 870 x 400mm, £691.17. All prices include delivery

CONTACT DETAILS ���ʀ��� Jali Ltd, Albion Works, Church Lane, Barham, Canterbury, Kent, CT4 6QS ��ʟ��ʜ�ɴ��01227 833333 ��ʙ�ɪ���



WINTER WARMERS FROM�JØTUL Jøtul, the specialist wood-burning stove maker, supplies award-winning contemporary and traditional wood-burning stoves, multifuel stoves and gas fires of the finest quality


ince it was founded in 1853, Jøtul has become the leading manufacturer of cast-iron wood-burning stoves, providing high quality and innovative designs to customers worldwide. The most environmentally friendly way of heating your home, or even just one room, is by using a wood-burning stove and, with selected models now having gained DEFRA approval to burn wood in UK smoke-control areas, the opportunity to use wood-burners in both rural and city settings is possible. Add to this the economic savings and you can see why they continue to grow in popularity. Jøtul stoves continue to be made from recycled cast iron in its state-of-the-art foundry in Norway ensuring longevity, minimal maintenance and maximum heat output. Its classically styled signature models feature gothic arch doors and the finest enamel finishes. An enviable choice of styles, sizes and finishes are offered along with stoves that can burn both wood and solid fuel (multifuel stoves), each carefully designed to allow heat control and adjust the burning grate for different fuel types. Scan is the company’s extensive range of contemporary steel stoves, designed and manufactured in Denmark. Specially created to use less fuel with the latest in-burn chamber technology, each stove gives a stunning clear view of the flames, providing the ideal focal point in any home. Whether you choose a Jøtul cast-iron or Scan steel wood-burning stove, each one is environmentally neutral and makes optimal use of energy. Jøtul and Scan have each won the coveted Red Dot Design Award over the past three years on selected models – so you can rest assured you are choosing to warm your home in the most stylish and greenest way possible. ����Jotul F3 wood burning stove in ivory enamel �ɪ��ʟ��ʀɪɢʜ��Jotul F167 wood burning stove with side glass �ɪ��ʟ��ʟ����Scan Anderson 4-5 short leg wood burning stove ʙ������Scan 1002 wood burning inset stove

CONTACT DETAILS For your nearest Jøtul dealer: ��ʟ��ʜ�ɴ��01527 506010 ��ʙ�ɪ���

Fuel saving, cost saving, climate saving and heat efficiency are the keys to wood-burning, and Jøtul is an expert in delivering cu ing-edge stoves year a er year



‘Matisse Mimosa Red’, 1.7 x 2.4m, £499

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Spring sees the introduction of a further 24 stunning new designs. Visit for more details

The name Brintons has always been synonymous with luxurious, design-led carpets but this now extends to an exclusive collection of wool-rich Axminster rugs


n Axminster rug by Brintons brings style, comfort and design to form the centrepiece of any room. The portfolio is a combination of classic design and bold, modern collectables of the future. There are designs inspired by the extensive Brintons archive including ‘Mimosa’, based on a piece created by Matisse in 1951, and the 1950s collection launched as part of the Queen’s 60th anniversary coronation celebrations. There also modern collaborations with outstanding design houses such as Timorous Beasties, which is renowned for its surreal and provocative textiles and wallpapers, and Cristian Zuzunaga, one of the most exciting new brands in interior fashion. The Brintons website ( showcases the designs with a helpful ‘view in a room’ function, enabling you to appreciate the detail and scale of each creation in a variety of settings.

CONTACT DETAILS ��ʟ��ʜ�ɴ��0800 505055 ��ʙ�ɪ���

‘C Weed Mocha’ – Timorous Beasties rugs by Brintons’ 1.2 x 1.8m £699, 1.7 x 2.4m £999



SOFA�WORKSHOP Whether you’re a er a plump, feather-filled sofa or a contemporary looking sofa, Sofa Workshop can create the perfect piece of furniture for you. From its range of 56 standard styles and sizes, it can customise nearly all its designs to suit every customer’s needs


ofa Workshop has been on a mission to make the world a more comfortable place for nearly 30 years. Over that time, the company has learnt an awful lot about what makes a great sofa. It’s learnt that all its customers are different and that comfort is subjective; some of us love to sink into a generous, plump, feather-filled sofa and some of us prefer slicker, less sinky foam. It’s because we’re all so different that Sofa Workshop makes its sofas to order in its British workshops. And it’s because it makes them like this it can offer so many different options. No one can match it for choice. In addition to its 56 standard styles and sizes, it can customise nearly all its designs to perfectly suit every customer. This could be as simple as making a sofa a few centimetres wider or changing the seat filling from feather to fibre. It can change leg colours, heights, depths and put beds in most of its designs. In fact, it can do nearly anything you fancy. You’ll be pleased to know it has experienced teams at the end of the phone and in its shops to offer help and advice. If you want something a little different it’s there to help get it ‘just so’ for you. Of course, you might think it’s got its sofas spot on as they are – if so, it’s a simple case of choosing a lovely fabric.

����ʟ����Large ‘Dashing Duke’ sofa in ‘Slumber Armour’, ‘Slumber Wolf’ and ‘Tobermory Check Grey’. Shown with ‘Miss Behaving’ oval footstool in ‘Verve Garden Party’ ����ʀɪɢʜ��Small ‘Li le Lady’ sofa in Ian Sanderson ‘Rhombi Celadon’ with optional sca ers in ‘DG Calista Acacia’ �ʙ����‘Grande Dame’ small sofa in ‘Moon Earth Airforce’. Shown with optional throw

CONTACT DETAILS ��ʟ��ʜ�ɴ� 0844 249 9161 ��ʙ�ɪ���



BEST�OF BRITISH Renowned for quality and fine English style, The Winchester Tile Company produces hand-cra ed tiles in the heart of Devon


raditional, decorative and contemporary-style tiles are manufactured at The Winchester Tile Company’s factory. A team of highly skilled artists, designers and craftspeople transform the tile bases or ‘bisques’ from blank canvases bearing nothing but the Winchester name. The manufacturing process varies from tile to tile with differing firing temperatures and frequency, with a range of glazes used depending on the final desired result – the alchemy of tile making at its best. Tiles from the firm’s many ranges feature rustic bases, hand-glazed with colours ranging from deep jewel hues to soft pastels and sophisticated neutrals. The recently introduced ‘Chateaux’ range offers beautiful and timeless patterns reminiscent of ancient tapestries. The surfaces of the hand-glazed tiles are softly undulating so they catch the light beautifully, creating depth and interest. A selection of finishes is available for these ceramic tiles, from lustrous to glossy or even crackle for an attractive, softly aged effect. On-trend brick-style tiles create a pleasing blend between old and new, with the contemporary shape offset by the rustic edges of the ceramic. Those who seek a bit of drama will certainly find it in the ‘Foundry Metallic’ range. Striking Roman golds, shimmering silvers and moody Almandine shades are hand-glazed on to rustic bases in a range of sizes. Every single tile is different, so the effect is stunning when combined into a feature wall. Mix and match a variety of sizes or opt for a uniform shape – the choice is yours. This is a look certain to grab attention wherever they are installed.

��� ‘Chateaux’ tiles from the ‘Residence’ collection in a mix of pa erns on a papyrus background. From £3.53 per tile/£249.95 per sq m �ʙ����ʟ��� ‘Crackle’ brick tiles in ‘Dunwich’ offer a pleasing mix of contemporary and traditional. From £1.69 per tile/£99.95 per sq m �ʙ��� ʀɪɢʜ� ‘Roman Gold’ tiles in various sizes, from the ‘Foundry Metallic’ collection. From £249.95 per sq m ʟ��� ‘Field’ tiles in ‘Lazul’ from the ‘Metropolitan’ collection in a gorgeous lustre finish command a ention. From £1.36 per tile/£79.95 per sq m

CONTACT DETAILS ���ʀ��� The Winchester Tile Company, Sowton Industrial Estate, Falcon Road, Exeter, Devon, EX2 7LF ��ʟ��ʜ�ɴ��01392 473005 ��ʙ�ɪ���



JOHN�LEWIS�OF HUNGERFORD The UK’s most trusted name in painted cabinetry and furniture, John Lewis of Hungerford, introduces a beautifully cra ed range of fi ed and freestanding bedroom furniture, combining elegant design with heritage


lthough best known for its kitchens, John Lewis of Hungerford is continually developing by introducing new ranges and furniture pieces that show off its design capabilities while remain true to its handcrafted heritage. Launching bedrooms was a natural addition to the brand’s portfolio and they employ the same carefully crafted, British-made designs. With more than 40 years’ experience creating and installing furniture, the firm has now developed a comprehensive portfolio of fitted and freestanding bedroom furniture. Like its kitchens, the bedroom collection encompasses the ‘Shaker’, ‘Artisan’ and ‘Cool’ styles as well as the new ‘Pure’ collection. There is also a range of freestanding furniture, from bedside tables to glamorous vanity units. The brand has created the dream walk-in wardrobe too, which is uniquely tailored to the customer’s needs. The range is beautifully designed, practical and durable. Each bedroom is created individually by skilled artisans in the firm’s Oxfordshire workshop, so individual preferences are easy to incorporate. All ranges can be carefully tailored to fit the customer’s requirements, and customers can choose from a large choice of paint colours or select a colour match unique to you if required. From concept to completion, the designers manage every level of the project. All John Lewis of Hungerford installed bedrooms come with a combined 10 year product and workmanship guarantee. John Lewis of Hungerford uses the very best natural materials, sourcing only timber that complies with the highest standard of forestry and sustainability. The bedroom collections are housed in Wantage, Oxfordshire as well as at the flagship Fulham showroom.

����Bespoke ‘Shaker’ vanity unit. From £1,600 �ʙ����ʟ����Walk-in wardobe. From £6,600 �ʙ����ʀɪɢʜ��‘Shaker’ lay-on built-in mirrored wardrobe in ‘Fossil’ with silver hammered handles. From £5,000 ʟ����‘Pure’ bedroom collection. From £5,000

CONTACT DETAILS ��ʟ��ʜ�ɴ��0700 278 4726 ��ʙ�ɪ���


Ecos’s new ‘Artisan’ range. From le : ‘Ra y’s Return’; ‘Aces High’; ‘Paloma’; ‘Becky’s Room’; ‘Office Blue’; ‘Artistic Blue’, all £49.55 per 5l from


ECOS�ORGANIC�PAINTS Ecos creates some of the world’s most amazing paints, handcra ed in the heart of Lancashire’s Lune Valley. From air purifying and insulating paints to simple ma emulsion, all Ecos products are completely non-toxic and available in a fantastic range of shades


or the last 25 years, Ecos paint has graced the walls of some of the most fabulous buildings in the world. Its odourless and toxin-free paint has been chosen for Westminster Abbey, the Louvre and the British Museum, as well as countless homes and workplaces – including Google. Unlike many so-called ‘eco’ paints, which can be a little wishywashy, Ecos remains a paint that goes on easily and has won many fans for its functionality. And Ecos lovers are in for a treat as 2014, the company’s silver anniversary, sees the launch of a brand new colourcard. The ‘Artisan’ collection boasts 60 timeless shades, bringing together muted tones of reds and blues as well as ageless pinks and greys, all picked to complement both period and contemporary properties. ‘We created our new collection from the colours we know designers and stylists love,’ says David Gill, colour consultant for Ecos Paints. ‘We’ve cherry-picked a selection of desirable, timeless shades and brought them together in one colour palette. So if you’ve seen a colour you love in a magazine or anywhere else, you’ll most likely find it here.’ The new colourcard takes Ecos’s total number of unique colours to 180.

CONTACT DETAILS ��ʟ��ʜ�ɴ��01524 852371 ���ɪʟ� ��ʙ�ɪ���



OXFORD�STONE.CO.UK Based on the outskirts of Oakley Village in the heart of the countryside where Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire meet you will find Oxford Reclaim Stone, the largest supplier of York stone paving for London and the home counties


xford Stone began life over 20 years ago in the building and construction trade and since then the family business has built a reputation but more importantly knowledge that others simply can’t compete with. The company hopes to inspire you every time you visit and is on hand to advise you on all your projects, ranging from small domestic gardens to huge restoration projects on properties with distinction. The company is proud that it sources materials of the best quality both locally and from around the globe to offer clients a choice of natural products, backed with prices and a service that others find hard to match. It is known nationally for its quality and quantity in reclaimed York stone paving, and even has a separate yard specifically for it. Oxford Stone is very careful to minimise damage to the products and the surroundings through careful consultation and handling, and its showcase of fine garden furniture and architectural items from all over the country is forever changing, meaning that you can

always find unique items. The quality speaks for itself, with many items set in natural stone or cast iron, and the firm is delighted to offer both reclaimed and replica items of the best craftsmanship. Oxford Stone also offers a free brick-matching service, so bring along an example of what you want and it will help you find the rest. Why not also bring photos of your project so it can help with advice and suggestions from its long experience in the business. So whether you require York stone, bricks, roof tiles, quarry tiles, water features, garden features and ornaments, or architectural salvage, Oxford Stone is just a phone call away.

CONTACT DETAILS ���ʀ��� Oxford Stone, Thame Road, Oakley, Buckinghamshire, HP18 9QQ ��ʟ��ʜ�ɴ��01844 239400 ��ʙ�ɪ���



CRUISE�THE�HEBRIDEAN�IS�NDS OF�SCOT�ND Cruise through magnificent scenery in unique style, enjoying the best of Sco ish hospitality on board charming traditional vessels

A typical anchorage at Loch Drumbuie, near Tobermory on the Isle of Mull, only available to smaller cruise vessels


xperience the true beauty and heritage of Argyll and the Hebrides in the best way possible – from the sea! Choose from a selection of six-night cruise itineraries, a three-night short cruise or private cruise charter on board spacious and comfortable mini-cruise vessels, with en-suite cabins. Visit quintessential Scottish castles and spot rare wildlife while enjoying great company and gourmet menus featuring locally sourced food.

CONTACT DETAILS ���ʀ��� The Majestic Line, Holy Loch Marina, Sandbank, Dunoon, Argyll, PA23 8FE ��ʟ��ʜ�ɴ��01369 707951 ���ɪʟ� ��ʙ�ɪ���


CARRON Carron offers the largest range of reproduction cast-iron radiators available in the UK, along with a bespoke build and finish service


killed manufacturer of high-quality cast-iron products since 1760, Carron offers simply some of the finest radiators, stoves and fireplaces available. With styles ranging from the vintage ‘Victorian’ series, to the exquisitely detailed ‘Antoinette’ model, a Carron radiator will enrich any decor. All finishing and assembly is completed in its UK workshop and a full guarantee is offered on all products.

The Carron ‘Duchess’ fourcolumn cast-iron radiator. This is a 10-section radiator painted in ‘Parchment White’ and shown with the Carron ‘Daisy’ valve in antique brass finish. RRP as shown £557

CONTACT DETAILS ���ʀ��� Carron, Hurlingham Business Park, Fulbeck Heath, Grantham, NG32 3HL ��ʟ��ʜ�ɴ��0808 129 2224 ���ɪʟ� ��ʙ�ɪ���



THOMAS�SANDERSON Thomas Sanderson has been making beautiful, handmade window shu ers for over 20 years and is the largest manufacturer of shu ers in the UK


hether your taste is traditional or contemporary, Thomas Sanderson’s handcrafted shutters will complement your home – beautifully. Tailor-made to your individual requirements, Thomas Sanderson offer customised designs, specifications and fitting techniques as well as over 60 gorgeous finishes to choose from. You can discuss your precise requirements in the comfort of your own home with a locally based Thomas Sanderson designer. Call today to book a free consultation.

Superior quality, tailormade and customfinished shu ers

CONTACT DETAILS To request a free brochure or to book a free design consultation, call 0800 051 7711 or visit, quoting Q4436.



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S brings together antiques dealers and customers in a single, online marketplace. It’s great for customers because it enables them to search the inventories of the UK’s leading antiques dealers all in one place. And it’s great for dealers as, with thousands of visitors every day, it puts their products in front of more customers than they’ll ever find on the high street.

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SOUTHDOWN�DUVETS Award winning, exceptional wool bedding from proud Southdowns – a much-loved, ancient breed of British sheep


outhdown wool bedding ticks all boxes: hypoallergenic, cruelty-free, sustainable, free of dust mites, locally sourced supporting a rare breed, and heavenly comfort. ‘This bedding should come with an alarm clock. I am so comfortable with the duvet and pillows that I oversleep every day. Just don’t want to get up. ‘You read such good things in the reviews about this bedding and think, “Yes, they would say that wouldn’t they?” Then you try for yourself and know it’s all true!’ – CH, Biggin Hill, London

All credit to our clever Southdown sheep for their wonderful fleeces, which promote vastly improved sleep

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CONTACT DETAILS Jessica Cross, Southdown Duvets ��ʟ��ʜ�ɴ��01730 827148 ��ʙ�ɪ���


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hether you’re seeking antique furniture, modern decor, affordable artwork or even vintage comic books, LiveAuctioneers has something for you. Since 2002, LiveAuctioneers has made it fast and easy to add new things to your collection with its easy-to-use online auction marketplace. With thousands of fresh items added daily, you’re sure to find exactly what you’re looking for on LiveAuctioneers ʀɪɢʜ��A selection of items recently sold on LiveAuctioneers

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ART APPRECIATION COURSE The Art Institute has recently launched an exciting new online art appreciation course


he art appreciation course is curated and presented by leading art consultant Hilary Kay, who has brought together 12 specialists to create an inspiring and fun programme. The authors have been drawn from major institutions, academia and the international art world. This enjoyable course will motivate you to start a new hobby or even take steps to change your career.

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THE�SASH�WINDOW�WORKSHOP The Sash Window Workshop is celebrating 20 years of providing timber windows and doors to London and the south


he Sash Window Workshop’s experienced team expertly manufactures products to suit your period home. Its windows and doors are hand-crafted to the highest standard. New sash windows, casement windows and doors are made to measure. The company can provide bespoke detailing or match existing styles to retain the character of period homes. It also specialises in refurbishing existing windows and doors, offering draught proofing and overhaul, double-glazing services and secondary glazing.

CONTACT DETAILS The Sash Window Workshop’s traditional box sash windows are designed to complement any period home while providing the benefits of modern double glazing and draught-proofing systems

���ʀ��� The Sash Window Workshop, 4 Kiln Lane, Bracknell, Berkshire, RG12 1NA ��ʟ��ʜ�ɴ��01344 868668 ��ʙ�ɪ���

TOUR EUROPE’S MOST STUNNING LOCATIONS Visit the Loire Valley in France, from £529pp The Loire Valley is known as ‘the garden of France’ and is one of the country’s most beautiful regions, with sleepy towns full of old-fashioned shops, imposing cathedrals and opulent chateaux. While in the area, you will also visit Giverny, the house and garden of artist Claude Monet. Fully escorted price includes: Return rail connections available on selected dates from over 30 regional stations (supplements applicable for some stations) Return standard class seat on Eurostar from London St Pancras International (upgrades available at a supplement) or return flight to Paris from Dublin Five nights’ bed and breakfast at three and four-star hotels, including three dinners

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Six days from only £529pp Selected departures April to October 2014

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Visit Lake Como and St Moritz, from £799pp On this wonderfully varied tour we explore Lake Como, one of the most beautiful lakes in the world, plus some stunning areas of northern Italy and Switzerland. These include the lakes of Maggiore and Lugano, the majestic Alps surrounding St Moritz, the medieval Italian town of Bergamo, as well as a fantastic rail journey on the Bernina Express. An inspiration for both Verdi and Rossini, this enchanting region is sure to captivate you. Fully escorted price includes: Return flights from Gatwick, Heathrow, Luton, Stansted, Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds Bradford, East Midlands, Manchester, Edinburgh or Dublin Seven nights half-board, staying in four-star accommodation Visit St Moritz in the Swiss Alps Travel on the stunning Bernina Express, one of the world’s most spectacular railway journeys

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loveliest medieval town in northern Italy Lake cruise to stunning Bellagio, acknowledged as one of the most beautiful villages in Italy Visit the enchanting Villa del Balbianello and its gardens Escorted by an experienced tour manager

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Finally, a Shine That Lasts (Here’s the latest from the US about a phenomenon now available in the UK)

Miracle Polish Ends Struggle With Tarnishing Metals By D.H. Wagner Lately, I have noticed quite a few newspapers and magazines praising a polish formulated by a housewife. The articles report that Donna Maas grew frustrated with rubbing and scrubbing her silver, brass and other metals only to see them quickly become dull and tarnished again. Determined to put an end to her constant battle with tarnish, Donna formulated a metal cleaner and it’s transforming the industry. Anita Gold, nationally syndicated columnist and expert on the restoration of antiques calls MAAS (named after its inventor) “The best and most amazing polish in the world.” Ms. Gold wrote in her column, “A truly miraculous polish referred to as “miracle polish” that’ll turn the most disastrous pieces into the most debright-ful is MAAS Fine Polishing Creme For All Metals, which cleans, restores, preserves and polishes to perfection any brass, copper, chrome, silver, stainless steel, aluminum, gold or any other metal with amazing results - no matter how badly stained, spotted, discoloured, food-damaged, weathered, dirty, dingy, drab, or dull they may be.” Since I had an old brass lamp in desperate need of restoration, this journalist decided to put MAAS to the test. The lamp had been stored in the garage and was in far worse condition than I remembered. I was flabber-gasted as I watched the polish wipe away layers and years of tarnish. Never

have I used anything so easy. The lamp actually looks better than when I purchased it. Better yet, months later it’s still glowing! The polish worked so effortlessly, I decided to refurbish my mother’s antique brass and copper cookware. The badly stained pots and pans developed black spots that had been impossible to remove. MAAS wiped away years of built-up residue even from the most discoloured pieces. While polishing, I noticed MAAS applying a shine on the stainless steel sink. WOW! The shine is unbelievable and although I wash dishes every day, the shine keeps-on-shining. And it's no longer covered with ugly waterspots water just rolls off the protective finish and down the drain. A consumer study of 28 metal polishes reports, “MAAS Polishing Creme has no equals in all around polishing performance...” MAAS retained its shine longer than every polish tested. The Miami Herald says, “Polishing product can renew old silver.” And The Chicago Tribune headline sums it all up by proclaiming “One Amazing Polish Is The Best At Everything.” How did a housewife come up with something the industry’s experts couldn’t? The reporter in me had to find out. During our interview Donna explained, “I enjoy the warmth that beautifully polished metals add to a home. However, not the hours it took to keep them tarnish free. The harsh cleaners left my hands dry and burning - one instant silver dip smelled so bad I felt sick. That’s when I became determined to find a better way to care for the metals in my home.” And that she did. Her formula developed with a chemist friend, has a mild scent and feels like a hand cream. It’s non-flammable, highly concentrated and leaves a deep, rich one-of-a-kind lustre beyond anything I’ve ever seen. “To my surprise,” Donna reveals, “the formula far exceeded my original goal. MAAS completely renovated a sundamaged fiberglass boat, removed residue from glass fireplace doors, polished up clouded crystal and glass vases, wiped scuffs and stains from linoleum, plastic lawn furniture – it even reconditioned a Plexiglas windshield. The restorations were so remarkable everyone suggested that I sell my invention on television”. Donna sent samples of her polish to televised shopping channels and both QVC and Home Shopping Network asked Donna

to personally appear on TV to demonstrate her product. Within minutes of Donna’s first appearance the phones lit up with hundreds waiting on line to place their orders. As soon as viewers saw how effortlessly MAAS removed tarnish, stubborn spots, and stains from the piles of badly oxidised metals on stage - MAAS hit big time. 17,000 viewers called during MAAS’ debut and encore performances quickly brought a million dollars in record-breaking sales. Sheila Oetting in Florida wrote Donna saying, “Thank you, for a wonderful product! Family treasures with 30 years of tarnish, grime and corrosion are gleaming. I’m so thrilled to see the beauty that had been hidden all those years.” Leona Toppel, was about to throw away a brass chandelier. “No amount of elbow grease could shine it up. With very little effort (a big plus since I suffer from arthritis) MAAS made that chandelier look like new. It’s been years and to everyone's surprise it’s still glowing.” Boeing and McDonnell Douglas tested and approved the polish for use on jet aircraft. The Air Force, Army, Navy, Coast Guard and Department of Defence worldwide have ordered MAAS. If every branch of our military is using this polish to pass inspection, imagine what it will do for your home. “MAAS outperforms every cleaning product I’ve tried,” Donna beams with satisfaction. “So if you’re as tired as I was of cleaning metals just to see tarnish reappear a few weeks later, MAAS it!”

At Last, A Polish That Keeps Metals Shining! Now available in the UK, finally you can restore every metal and more to it’s original beauty with MAAS easy wipe-on, wipe-off, no-wait polish. Obviously a full no-quibble money-back guarantee applies to all purchases. Just £11.95 plus £1.50 P&P for one large 4oz. tube of MAAS. Save when you order two tubes and receive a FREE polishing cloth (total value £27.85) for only £19.50 plus £2.40 P&P. Please make cheques payable to MAAS. Post your order with your full name and address to: MAAS – DEPT HAAJAN 6 Castleham Road, St. Leonards on Sea, East Sussex TN38 9NR Or to order by phone call 01424 797 700 MAAS is available in the UK by direct purchase from us, as above. Money Back Guarantee. Items normally delivered within 7 days but please allow 14. Churchcastle Ltd T/A MAAS. Registered in England no. 4301808.

ANTI�UES This month’s antiques section looks back at 21 fabulous years of H&A’s antiques finds, from William De Morgan tiles to classic vintage furniture



KEY TO THE DOOR H&A has come of age – this month we celebrate our 21st birthday. And my, my, you’d be amazed how much we’ve changed! Now that we’re 21, we’re hoping that someone might present us with our favourite flea-market find: rustic antique keys. Traditionally, parents would give their child a key to the front door on their 21st as a symbol of reaching maturity, a practice popularised in a song wri en by Alec Kendal in 1912 that goes, ‘I’ve got the key of the door/Never been 21 before.’ They look lovely mixed up in a display with other ephemera or tied in big bunches with a thick velvet ribbon. Either way, they make a unique birthday present for antique lovers young and old (hint, hint). Antique French keys, from £4.50 each. Dee Puddy Garden & Interiors (01794 323020;



AUCTION PREVIEW The new year ushers in plenty of tempting buys, from fabulous fashion designed by Elsa Schiaparelli to a record-breaking motoring miniature FEATURE CAROLINE WHEATER

AUCTION HIGHLIGHTS 1st The Century of Style: Vintage Fashion, Costume & Fabrics, Mallams, St Michael’s Street, Oxford. 01865 241 358; 4th Interiors – Style & Spirit, Christie’s South Kensington, Old Brompton Road, London. 020 7930 6074; 5th Collectable Ceramics & Interiors, Halls, Shrewsbury, Shropshire. 01743 450 700; 11th Tribal Art, Woolley & Wallis, Salisbury, Wiltshire. 01722 424500; 13th Asian Works of Art, Lyon & Turnbull, Edinburgh. 0131 557 8844; 18th & 19th Quarterly Fine Art Auction, Rosebery’s, West Norwood, London. 020 8761 2522; 18th Watches and wristwatches, Bonhams, Knightsbridge, London. 020 7447 7447; 25th Fine Porcelain & Po ery, including the Raymond Dennis Collection, Woolley & Wallis, Salisbury, Wiltshire. 01722 424500; 25th Interiors – Masters & Makers, Christie’s South Kensington, Old Brompton Road, London. 020 7930 6074; 26th Interiors to include Paintings, Clocks, Furniture & Works of Art, Drewea s Donnington Priory, Newbury, Berkshire. 01635 553 553; 27th The Affordable Photography Sale, Bloomsbury Auctions, Maddox Street, London. 020 7495 9494; �����H&A FEBRUARY�����

Wardrobe of delights Every now and then, a sale comes up with the power to lure bidders from all corners of the globe. The Personal Collection of Elsa Schiaparelli – cutting-edge fashion designer of the 1920s and 30s, art patron and muse – is one of them. It’ll be standing room only at Christie’s Paris on 23rd January as lots such as a bronze floor lamp by Giacometti (£54,000-£71,000), a portrait of Schiaparelli by Horst P Horst (£9,000£11,000) (right), and many of her clothes go to auction. From the heart of avant-garde Paris, Schiaparelli’s influence stretched as far as Hollywood. Pat Frost, director of Christie’s fashion department, says: ‘To have the opportunity to catalogue the personal wardrobe of Elsa Schiaparelli is a privilege – a peek into the home life of a design icon, where Chinese robes, Ottoman gowns and Persian jackets hung next to couture.’ The collection of 180 lots was put up for sale by the designer’s granddaughter. It includes fashion, artworks and furniture from Schiaparelli’s properties in Paris and Hammamet, Tunisia. Among the highlights are a 1939 violet silk blouse from the Astrologie Collection (£23,000-£27,000), a 1940 pink wool bolero with jet bead trim (£11,000£14,000) (both left), a portrait of Schiaparelli’s daughter Gogo (£27,000-£45,000), and a mid 19th-century French Baroque love seat. 020 7930 6074;





19th-century hanging cabinets and bureaus in pine, mahogany, walnut and oak – great decorative storage for rock bo om prices.

The Arts and Cra s furniture revival continues, with buyers appreciating the quality and understated simplicity of many pieces anew.

Fi ed kitchens have squeezed out freestanding oak dressers from the heart of the home, but the market is bound to recover as tastes change.




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ROSEBERY’S Art & Antiques – 18th January This 19th-century Chinese rouleau vase would have been displayed in a hall or drawing room. Its eau de Nil ground is decorated with panels of birds in flowering branches and squirrels in fig trees. 020 8761 2522;

COMING UP�SOON Here’s our pick of upcoming auction-house buys. Turn the page for our all-time favourite Price Guide antiques.

HALLS Toys & Interiors – 22nd January A house clearance uncovered this 1920s steel model of the Sunbeam 1000 HP, which smashed Malcolm Campbell’s land-speed record at Daytona Beach in 1927. Made in tribute by American toymaker Kingsbury Manufacturing Company, this car is in great condition. 01743 450 700; hallsestateagents.

000 £15, 0 Est £20,00 to

SWORDERS Decorative Art & Design – 28th January This mahogany Arts and Cra s piano was designed by CR Ashbee for the Guild of Handicra s and made by Broadwood & Co. Its stained holly interior is hidden by doors with distinctive iron hinges mounted on vellum. 01279 817778;

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FLAVOURS OF THE PAST Christie’s South Kensington is kicking off the New Year in truly indulgent style with The Art of Food and Drink on 16th January – an auction offering 185 nourishing lots. ‘We’ll have everything from Old Master paintings depicting food and wine, to butchers’ blocks, to corking machines, shop signs, pestles and mortars, and copper jelly moulds... We’ll even have a piece of Charles and Diana’s wedding cake,’ remarks Christie’s director, Nick Martineau, who has been gathering items for the sale since last autumn. ‘Most of the bidders will be private individuals who want statement and quirky pieces to display in their kitchens and homes.’ The 1920s Champagne Joseph Perrier lithograph (pictured below) by artist J Stall (estimated £2,000£3,000), and the 1966 Orangina lithograph (above) by Bernard Villemot (estimated £1,000-£1,500) are part of a batch of 12 posters going under the hammer. Also up for grabs will be handwri en manuscripts by Escoffier, antique recipe collections, grocer’s tea canisters and several early 20th-century picnic hampers. 020 7930 6074;

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SWORDERS Es to £t £1,50 1,8 0 00

SWORDERS Decorative Art & Design – 28th January A framed linocut of Audley End House signed in pencil by Edward Bawden RA (1903-89) is expected to a ract fans of the Great Bardfield Artists. Established in the 1930s, it included Eric Ravilious and continued until 1970. 01279 817778;

Decorative Art & Design – 28th January Created in 1951 by Danish designer Kay Bojesen (1886-1958) ‘Monkey’ is considered a design classic and is part of the V&A’s toy collection. Made of teak and limba wood, this example was given to the vendor in the early 1960s. 01279 817778; �FEBRUARY



PRICE�GUIDE For our 21st birthday, Caroline Wheater gathers together some old favourites and new discoveries from the antiques world to inspire your buying forays

William De Morgan tile

UP TO £500

DATE Ceramic artist William De Morgan (18391917) was a leading light in the Arts and Cra s movement. ‘De Morgan’s work is still very popular due to the variety – he created over 1,000 different tile designs,’ says Michael Jeffery of Woolley & Wallis. Dipped in an iridescent, metallic glaze, his ruby lustre tile range o en featured in fire surrounds and washstands. At 21cm square, this unusually large ‘Rose and Scroll’ design tile would sit beautifully on a shelf.

Poole Pottery ‘Bluebird’ vase DATE Poole Po ery – such as this ‘Bluebird’ vase, possibly decorated by Marian Heath – is a perennial ceramic favourite. ‘The “Bluebird” pa ern is iconic, having been created by Royal College of Art graduate Truda Carter in the 1920s,’ says Ma hew Denney at Duke’s. ‘It was a commercial success and many pieces were made and sold before and a er World War II.’ Referred to as one of Poole’s ‘traditional wares’, ‘Bluebird’-pa ern pieces are affordable and can be sourced without too much difficulty.

Valued at £250-£300 xSold for £450 WOOLLEY & WALLIS

Valued at £100-£200 xSold for £90 DUKE’S

‘Poole Pottery is a perennial favourite. This iconic “Bluebird” pattern was created in the 1920s but pieces are still affordable today’

Elm dough bin DATE MID TO LATE CENTURY ‘As dough bins go, this was a very nice piece, as the elm wood had a beautiful patina,’ says David Houlston of Bonhams Oxford. ‘People buy them for quirky storage to put toys or towels into or, sometimes, to reuse the timber boards.’ Elm is notoriously bad for woodworm but this metre-long bin had no recent signs of chomping. It also had its original li -off lid, allowing the dough to be kneaded then le to prove.

Valued at £100-£150 xSold for £137 BONHAMS OXFORD �����H&A FEBRUARY�����


‘Victorian jelly moulds have kept their value – they are easy to display and loved by kitchenalia fans’

Two copper jelly moulds DATE LATE CENTURY ‘In the realm of antique copper, Victorian jelly moulds have kept their value over the last 20 years – they are easy to display and loved by kitchenalia fans,’ says David Houlston of Bonhams Oxford. The smallest castellated mould (right) is the most valuable and was made by Benham & Froud of London, whose pieces are identified by an orb and cross mark.

Valued at £150-£200 xSold for £325 BONHAMS OXFORD

Still life of a rose bowl DATE Paintings by minor artists working in the late 19th and early 20th centuries can offer excellent value for money. This pre ily framed depiction of a silver rose bowl was one of six watercolours by Alice Macallan Swan (18641939) auctioned by Cheffins. Alice was the sister of the be er-known artist and Royal Academician John Macallan Swan, who taught his sibling how to paint.

Valued at £200-£400 xSold for £380 CHEFFINS

Wedgwood ‘Heartsease’ tea trio DATE The artist and illustrator Edward Bawden (1903-89) designed the ‘Heartsease’ range of Wedgwood bone china for the Orient Line, whose ships sailed between Britain and Australia. ‘The range wasn’t available in shops and was only for the use of clientele on their travels,’ says Michael Jeffery at Woolley & Wallis. As such, ‘Heartsease’ is uncommon at auction and this pre y trio was bought by a collector. ‘Bawden’s work is always desirable,’ says Michael.

Valued at £150-£250 xSold for £280 WOOLLEY & WALLIS

��ʀ�����ɴ���ʜ�� Buying antiques at auction Since H&A was launched 21 years ago, the auction market has moved on significantly. First, auction houses are no longer the preserve of dealers, or ‘the trade’, as more private buyers a end auctions and bid via telephone or online. Second, we’re buying a greater range of things. In our very first Auction Price Guide, Antiques Roadshow expert Eric Knowles presented a mix of collectable ceramics,

glass, silver, toys, dolls and small pieces of furniture to readers. As Fiona Malcolm, former antiques editor of H&A, recalls, ‘The country was just coming out of a major economic downturn and what we collected then reflected the cautious financial climate.’ These days we’re more confident about buying antiques of all shapes and sizes to fill our homes and reflect our individual tastes. Furniture is a

top buy, as auctioneer Simon Chorley of Chorley’s explains: ‘Furniture is an incredible investment now and you’re buying real, solid wood and wood veneers, not laminate or MDF.’ Bargains are also to be had among the ba alions of grandfather clocks, late 19th-century paintings, Victorian jewellery and silver, and po ery and china that are constantly coming to auction.


UP TO £1,000 George Jones majolica cheese bell

Shoe-shaped snuff boxes DATE EARLY CENTURY ‘Condition is important for the value of any small antique and these snuff boxes were in a good state,’ says David Houlston of Bonhams Oxford. From the 17th century, both men and women took snuff – ground tobacco leaves scented with essential oils. The mixture dries out quickly, so portable storage boxes were essential. These three ‘shoe’ boxes, with hinged and sliding covers, would have been made for women to keep in their pockets. ‘Women’s snuff boxes were more ornate than men’s and are o en decorated with brass piqué work or a name,’ says David. While appealing to collectors of tobacco-related antiques, snuff boxes also a ract treen lovers – these were made of (clockwise from top le ) walnut, fruitwood and beech. Treen is popular at auction and refers to a wide range of objects made of plain wood, from love spoons and toddy ladles to bowls and goblets. The book Treen and Other Wooden Bygones notes that shoe-shaped snuff boxes were popular in the 18th century and late 19th century.

‘Women’s snuff boxes are ornate and are often decorated with brass piqué work’ Valued at £300-£400 xSold for £375 BONHAMS OXFORD �����H&A FEBRUARY�����

DATE LATE CENTURY As our Discovering Antiques feature revealed in the October 2013 issue, Victorian majolica po ery is enjoying a resurgence of popularity. ‘Prices are lower than they were 20 years ago but, in the last 12 months, we’ve seen an upturn,’ says Peter Greenway at Rosebery’s. The exuberant antiques, which range from cheese bells such as this to teapots, jugs and pie dishes, are handdecorated and o en have anthropomorphic designs. The big three majolica makers were Minton, Wedgwood and George Jones’s Trent Po ery. ‘I’ve seen about five cheese bell designs by George Jones,’ says Peter. ‘This piece is unusual because of its large size (26cm high).’ It was snaffled by a private collector.

‘Victorian majolica ranges from cheese bells such as this to jugs and pie dishes’

Valued at £200-£300 xSold for £620 ROSEBERY’S

Silver coffee pot DATE Made of 27.5oz of solid silver and standing 26.5cm tall, this baluster-shaped coffee pot is a beautiful survivor from another age, when coffee – as fashionable in the 18th century as it is now – was brewed like tea, with hot water poured over ground coffee beans and le to steep. ‘Early coffee pots are not uncommon but are hard to find in good condition, so this one was hotly contested,’ says Richard Gibbon of Rosebery’s. ‘Chinese collectors are becoming very interested in English silver and this is likely to push prices up, so now’s a good time to invest in quality pieces.’ A wise dealer secured this lot.

Valued at £350-£500 xSold for £610 ROSEBERY’S


Yew wood Windsor armchair DATE EARLY CENTURY The Windsor style of country chair, made in huge quantities and great variety in Buckinghamshire workshops in the 18th and 19th centuries, has been a favourite with antiques lovers since H&A launched. ‘This refined example fetched a good price due to carved decoration on the yew splat (back) and the U-shaped crinoline stretcher fixed between the cabriole legs,’ says Chorley’s Thomas Jenner-Fust.

Valued at £800-£1,200 xSold for £750 CHORLEY’S


Young Girl Seated at the Piano by Ernest Higgins Rigg DATE Bradford-born Ernest Higgins Rigg (1868-1947) was a member of the Staithes group of painters, which included Harold and Laura Knight. From 1880-1910, this loose association of 30 artists lived and worked in Staithes, a quaint fishing village near Whitby on the East Yorkshire coast. A er studying at the Bradford School of Art, Rigg a ended the Académie Julian in Paris, a private art school with an emphasis on impressionism, a style he adopted. The artist first visited Staithes in 1901 and, over the next few years, drew inspiration from its remote location and community of fishermen. ‘Ernest Higgins Rigg is chiefly known for his landscapes and rural scenes and produced a smaller body of portraits,’ says Tennants art specialist Charlo e Conboy. Young Girl Seated at the Piano is thought to be his daughter. ‘A comparable work by Rigg, described as The Artist’s Daughter Asleep While Reading, sold at an Irish saleroom in 2008, so it is likely that he painted his family in this way,’ says Charlo e. Interest in the Staithes group of artists is strong, particularly in the north of England and, a er some competition, the painting went to a local collector. ‘The buyer loved the way in which the painting captures an intimate moment shared between the artist and his si er,’ says Charlo e.

Valued at £1,000-£1,500 xSold for £2,600 TENNANTS

Needlework sampler DATE This sampler was part of a 40-strong assortment of 18th and 19th-century samplers collected over a lifetime by the late Diane Pelham Burn, an authority on historic needlework. Diane’s passion for sewing implements and samplers began in childhood – both her mother and grandmother collected antique samplers. This English example, sewn by Elizabeth Morgan, is mainly cross-stitch with coloured silks on a wool ground.

Valued at £600-£800 xSold for £800 DREWEATTS FEBRUARY������H&A�����

OVER £1,000 Fruitwood tea caddy DATE Tea caddies have always appealed to collectors, being portable and easy to display. In the 18th and early 19th centuries, tea was such an expensive luxury that it was kept in lockable boxes that were lined with lead, tin or pewter to keep the contents fresh. The most common shapes for novelty tea caddies were apples, pears and cantaloupe melons, made by turning fruitwoods such as apple, cherry and pear timbers. ‘This example made from pear wood was honest and original and not over-restored, which helped its price,’ explains Christie’s Kate Flitcro . The hammer went down to a private buyer.

Valued at £800-£1,200 xSold for £2,000 CHRISTIE’S

‘Tea was such an expensive luxury that it was kept in lockable boxes’

Coaching table DATE ‘Early coaching tables are popular because they are small and fold flat, but they are rare – we sell one or two a year,’ says David Houlston at Bonhams Oxford. This example had the unusual combination of a sycamore top and walnut legs. Originally, such tables were designed to stow away in coaches but they proved so versatile they morphed into occasional tables for the home.

Valued at £700-£1,000 xSold for £1,750 BONHAMS OXFORD

Walnut lit en bateau DATE MID CENTURY This handsome French walnut lit en bateau (or boat-shaped bed), 190cm wide, came from the collection of the late Stanley Falconer of Tughill House in the Cotswolds. A man of refined taste, Falconer was a director and designer for Colefax and Fowler, the influential interior design company. He lived at Tughill for 35 years, bringing together a classic English country look. The rococo-style lit en bateau was reupholstered in ‘Toile de Vence’, a co on fabric by Colefax and Fowler.

Valued at £1,500-£2,500 xSold for £2,500 CHRISTIE’S

Scottish bullet teapot DATE Simple, bold style lends this silver bullet teapot a modern edge that belies its age. ‘Bullet teapots are typically, although not exclusively, Sco ish wares and were made from 1711 into the 1760s,’ says Lyon & Turnbull specialist Colin Fraser. Leading Edinburgh silversmith James Ker made this hotly contested example. ‘The market for quality Sco ish silver is as strong as ever,’ says Colin.

Valued at £2,500-£3,000 xSold for £4,000 LYON & TURNBULL �����H&A FEBRUARY�����


Two Staffordshire pottery rabbits DATE LATE CENTURY Adorable is the only word for these two non-matching Staffordshire rabbits. Bidders agreed, quickly ramping up the price. In the second half of the 19th century, many Staffordshire po eries produced a great variety of glazed earthenware animal figures including dogs, cats, birds, plus exotic zebras, lions and leopards, and people. Says Christie’s expert Mary O’Connell, ‘Rabbits are particularly prized. Generally, animals are more collectable than people.’

Valued at £1,000-£1,500 xSold for £4,375 CHRISTIE’S

‘This satin birch bookcase features a classic breakfront design, where the central shelves and cupboards protrude by a few inches’

Edwardian mantel clock DATE EARLY CENTURY Antique clock sales are in the doldrums but there are pockets of hope, according to auctioneer Simon Chorley of Chorley’s. ‘This is particularly the case with Edwardian striking, chiming mantel clocks in good condition, which Chinese buyers are snapping up. Twenty years ago, this clock would have been worth less than half what it fetched this time around, when it was bought by a telephone bidder,’ he says. It helps that the eight-day movement clock is decorative too. Made in the neoclassical Sheraton revival style, it has an arch-top case, flanked by Corinthian columns and topped with small pineapple finials.

Valued at £1,200-£1,500 xSold for £1,800 CHORLEY’S


Satin birch breakfront bookcase DATE EARLY CENTURY This bookcase’s unusual satin birchwood veneer makes it extra desirable. The classic ‘breakfront’ design, where the central shelves and cupboards protrude a few inches, has been recreated in different styles, including Regency, as here. At 174cm wide and 236cm high, the bookcase is large but breaks down into three sections, and the cornice comes off, to ease manoeuvring.

Valued at £700-£1,000 xSold for £1,600 SWORDERS

x Bonhams 020 7447 7447; x Cheffins 01223 213343; x Chorley’s 01452 344499; x Christie’s 020 7930 6074; x Drewea�s & Bloomsbury Auctions 01635 553 553;

x Duke’s 01305 265 080; x Lyon & Turnbull 0131 557

8844; x Rosebery’s 020 8761 2522; x Sworders 01279 817778; x Woolley & Wallis

01722 424500;


f o th ir on a F m e h t

Bristol Vintage Wedding Fair Brides-to-be immerse themselves in antique lace and candycoloured delicacies FEATURE ROSANNA MORRIS PHOTOGRAPHS JASON INGRAM


t the art deco Clifton Pavilion at Bristol Zoo, it appears that a wedding reception is in full swing. There are flowers at every turn; hyacinths, stocks and tulips spill from the basket of a vintage bicycle and overflow from old leather suitcases. Music plays on a gramophone and an accompanying singer croons. A woman in a white dress floats past. Then another appears. And another. Each twirls in front of a mirror. The annual Bristol Vintage Wedding Fair is under way, a bevy of antique lace, pearls, dainty teacups and French fancies. Started by Ali Cook and Katie Daniels, the fair has been held every spring since 2010. ‘We were running a vintage crockery service and started attending wedding fairs but they didn’t feel right so we launched our own,’ says Ali. On H&A’s visit, it’s Mothering Sunday and many brides-to-be and their mums are sampling cake, trying on dresses and making lots of happy ‘ooh’ and ‘ah’ noises. The venue – with its animal-print carpet giving a nod to the 450 species of exotic beasts elsewhere in the zoological gardens – can be hired out for wedding receptions, but today the two floors are filled with an impressive selection of carefully chosen exhibitors. We met women who, with their vintage nuptials drawing close, were here to pick up last-minute headpieces and finishing touches. Others were here to reap ideas while some were rifling through the rails on the hunt for a vintage dress – either one of the immaculate frocks in original condition or one that had been reworked or repaired, priced from £50 to £850. Vintage wedding styling has come a long way since the fair launched five years ago. It’s not simply about chintz, china and bunting nowadays, (although these things are still popular). Stylists at the fair were offering all kinds of props in the form of vintage cameras and typewriters, an old wireless, Bakelite telephones, Babycham glasses, old tins, black and white photographs and place settings made from old Scrabble letters and music sheets. There were cakes with icing that incorporated edible lacework, pearls and faded roses. And you could commission a company to make a bespoke handmade guestbook for you using old scraps of paper, lace and jewellery. Brides-to-be at the fair who were eagerly awaiting and planning their weddings were coming away buzzing with excitement. As for those of us who are already married, we just wanted to do it all over again. �����H&A FEBRUARY�����

IN�BRIEF The next Bristol Vintage Wedding Fair will be held on 16th March at Cli on Pavilion, Bristol Zoo Gardens, Cli on, Bristol BS8 3HA. 10am to 4pm. Admission is free.


�ʟ����ɪ����ʀ�������ʟ��� Spring flowers bloom from the basket of a vintage bicycle; a model shows off a wedding dress; visitor Louisa Knight tries out the photo booth; styling and place se ing ideas; Katie Daniels and her mobile drinks bar, The Dandy Cabin (; Lizzie Melling of Chocolate Delores Cakes (


Lucy Lumsden liked the guestbook from Your Unique Scrapbook. She was looking for the finishing touches for her upcoming wedding

Josephine Campbell thought it was going to be a challenge to buy a vintage wedding dress on a budget but she fell in love with the first one she tried on, a late 1950s number

Buyer’s tip If you try on a vintage dress and fall in love with it, buy it. These frocks are mostly one-offs so you’re unlikely to see the design again £54

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Natalie Dales with her mum. ‘Chocolate Delores is making me a white chocolate cake,’ says Natalie. ‘The theme is festival chic. We have collected old bo les for flowers and will use a vintage picture frame for the menu’

‘I like to think I’ve gone beyond teacups and teapots,’ says florist Claire Nicholson, whose strapline for her business The Wilde Bunch – named a er her favourite author Oscar Wilde – is ‘expect the unexpected’. When you see how her business cards are presented on her stand in an antique bedpan you begin to see why. As well as growing exquisite flowers in a garden on the Somerset/Devon border, Claire arranges them with props you would never have thought would work. Her stand at the fair gives you an idea of what she can do. Yes, there are posies in bo les and vintage cups but there are also ranunculus, anemones, hellebores, alchemilla and narcissi arranged in oil lamps, books, tins and pewter tankards. ‘You name it and we fill it with flowers, whether it’s a bedpan or a bread bin,’ says Claire. Claire has been in floristry for 25 years, training at the Royal Horticultural Society and learning alongside florists in the UK and Holland before starting out on her own. Working with the seasons, she grows or sources stunning flowers that she works up into intriguing arrangements for weddings, parties and events. ‘I started including props in my arrangements and it mushroomed from there,’ she says. 07966 183530;

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Tanya Gibbons, soon to be Mrs Parker, found a late 1950s dress at the fair for her vintage-themed wedding. ‘It needs a li le adjustment but I thought I would just go for it,’ she says

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NORTH & SCOTLAND 1st York Does Vintage, Merchant Adventurers Hall, York. £1. 07824 559272; 16th Discover Vintage Wedding Fair, Old Swan Hotel, Harrogate, £5. 21st-23rd Galloway Antiques & Fine Art Fair, Stonyhurst College, Nr Clitheroe, Lancashire. £5. 01423 522122;

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31st January–2nd Stafford Bingley Hall Antiques Fair, Staffordshire County Showground, Weston Road, Stafford. £5. 01274 588505; 2nd Antiques Fair, Magnus Sports Hall, Bowbridge Road, Newark, No inghamshire. £2. 01636 700497; 3rd-4th Lincolnshire Antiques & Home Show, Lincolnshire Showground, Lincoln. £20 (Monday), £5 (Tuesday). 01298 27493;

6th-7th Newark International Antiques & Collectors Fair, Newark & No inghamshire Showground, Newark, No inghamshire. £20 (Thursday), £5 (Friday). 01636 702326; 7th-9th Luxury Antiques Weekend at The Mere, The Mere Golf Resort & Spa, Chester Road, Mere, Knutsford, Cheshire. £5. 01797 252030; 8th Birmingham Antiques & Vintage Bazaar, The Custard Factory, Gibb Street, Birmingham. Free. 07774 147197; 8th Leamington Spa’s Affordable Vintage Fair, The Assembly, Spencer Street, Leamington Spa. £2. 9th Vintage Village, Stockport Covered Market Hall, Market Place, Stockport, £1. 13th-16th The Chester Antiques Show, County Grandstand, Chester Racecourse, Cheshire. £5. 01825 744074;


16th Malvern Flea & Collectors Fair, Three Counties Showground, Malvern, Worcs. £3. 01636 676531; 16th Leamington Spa Vintage Fair, Royal Pump Rooms, The Parade, Leamington Spa. £1. 07827 228747; northamptonvintagefair. 27th Donington Antiques Market, Donington Park, Castle Donington, Derby. £4 (7.30am-9am), £2 (9am-1pm). 01298 27493;

WALES & WEST 2nd & 23rd Bath Vintage & Antiques Market, Green Park Station, Green Park Road, Bath. Free. 07723 611249; 9th Liberty Green Antiques & Collectables Fair, Beaufort Park Hotel, Mold, Flintshire. £1. 07572 109520; 15th The Roxy Vintage & Handmade Fair, St Andrew’s Church House, Parson’s Pen, Church Road, Cheddar, Somerset. £1. 07808 806573; on. .me/1cjUdtO 21st-23rd The Powderham Castle Antiques & Fine Art Fair, Powderham Castle, Kenton, Exeter. £5. 01278 784912; 22nd Original Vintage & Handmade February Fling, The Town Hall, Chipping Sodbury, South Glos. £1. 22nd Tavistock Vintage & Textile Fair, Tavistock Town Hall, Tavistock, Devon. Free. 23rd Shepton Giant Flea and Collectors Market, The Royal Bath and West Showground, Shepton Mallet, Somerset. £3.50. 01278 784912; 28th-2nd March Wilton House Antiques Fair, Wilton House, Wilton, Salisbury, Wiltshire. £5.50. 01722 746700;

SOUTH 31st January-2nd Petersfield Antique Fair, The Festival Hall, Heath Road, Petersfield, Hampshire. £3. 01825 744074; 1st Vintage & Very Nice Market Bazaar, The Assembly Rooms, North Street, Chichester, Sussex. Free. 01243 531074; 2nd The London Vintage Kilo Sale, York Hall, 5 Old Ford Road, Bethnal Green, London. £1. 6th-9th Works on Paper Fair, Science Museum, Exhibition Road, London. £15. 01798 861815;

8th-9th Antiques Fair, Pavilion Bournemouth, Westover Road, Bournemouth. £2.50. 01590 677687; grandmasa 9th The London Vintage Fashion, Textiles & Accessories Fair, Hammersmith Town Hall, King Street, London. £10 (8am-10am), £5 (10am-5pm). 020 8543 5075; 9th Brighton & Hove Art Deco Fair, Hove Town Hall, Norton Road, Hove. £3. 01273 248739; 9th Adams Antiques Fair, The Royal Horticultural Hall, Lindley Hall, Victoria, London. £4. 020 7254 4054; 11th & 25th Sunbury Antiques Market, Kempton Park Racecourse, Staines Road East, Sunbury-on-Thames, Middlesex. Free. 01932 230946; 16th Sandown Park Antique & Vintage Fair, Sandown Park racecourse, Esher, Surrey. £3. 020 7249 4050; 16th Antique & Collectable Fayre, Phoenix Community Centre, 66 Westow Street, Crystal Palace, London. Free. 020 8771 6023; 16th Frock Me! Vintage Fashion Fair, Chelsea Town Hall, Kings Road, Chelsea, London. £4. 020 7503 9171; 16th Antiques Fair, Lyndhurst Park Hotel, Lyndhurst, Hampshire. £2. 01590 677687; grandmasa 18th-19th Ardingly International Antiques & Collectors Fair, South of England Showground, Ardingly, Nr Haywards Heath, West Sussex. £20 (Tuesday), £5 (Wednesday). 01636 702326; 23rd Discover Vintage Wedding Fair, Chiswick Town Hall, Heathfield Terrace, Chiswick, London. £6.

EAST 15th Norwich Original Flea Market, St Andrew’s and Blackfriars’ Halls, Norwich. £2. 01603 630763; 15th Mainwaring’s Seaside Brocante, St Mary’s Hall, Oxford Street, Whitstable, Kent. £1. 01227 773037 22nd-23rd Detling International Antiques & Collectors Fair, The Kent County Showground, Detling, Nr Maidstone, Kent. £4. 01636 676531; Please check before travelling, as fairs can be cancelled or postponed a er we go to press

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ERCOL’S ‘Windsor’ range In the month we celebrate our 21st birthday, what could be more fi ing than a tribute to one of England’s most enduring furniture makers? Lesley Jackson shines her expert light on Ercol’s most popular vintage range


amiliarity breeds contempt, they say, but in Ercol’s case the opposite is true. The company is regarded with affection by the older generation, who appreciated its merits first time around, and by younger people discovering it through vintage pieces today. Ercol’s ‘Windsor’ range – a collection of contemporary furniture inspired by traditional Windsor chairs – was the bee’s knees in the 1950s and it still looks as fresh and modern today as it did 60 years ago.

Who’s behind the name? Ercol was the brainchild of Italian-born Lucian R Ercolani (1888-1976), who came to England at the age of 10. A designer and entrepreneur, he founded the company (originally known as Furniture Industries Limited), in 1920. Ercolani ran the company for over 50 years. His sons, Lucian and Barry, worked with the ‘old man’ until his death in 1976 and the company is still family-owned today – Ercolani’s grandson Edward has been chairman for the last 20 years.

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High Wycombe in Buckinghamshire – the chair-making capital of Britain – until it moved to Princes Risborough in 2002.

Why is the ‘Windsor’ range special? Considered Ercolani’s supreme creation, it is quintessentially English in materials and design. While other firms such as G Plan jumped on the Scandinavian bandwagon and adopted the fashion for teak, Ercolani used native woods such as elm and beech. The ‘Windsor’ range was so successful that by the 1960s the factory employed 800 people and made 2,000 pieces a day.

Has it always been popular?

The range fell out of fashion in the 1990s but has bounced back over the last decade since the iconic ‘392’ stacking chair – a desgin classic from 1957 – was relaunched (see left). The reissue was instigated by fashion designer Margaret Howell, who is credited with putting Ercol back on the map. ‘The name didn’t mean much to me until 20 years ago when I went into a shop selling Scandinavian design,’ she The iconic ‘392’ says. ‘There were two pieces stacking chair I knew I wanted to live with, sparked a revival except that they weren’t in vintage Ercol

�ʙ����Portrait of Lucian Ercolani by Ruskin Spear, 1965 ���ɪɴɢ���ɢ��Ercol ‘Windsor’ range, 1956-57: sideboard, £475; dining chair, £220 for four; dining table, £220, all Island Modern. ‘Wallpapers by Scandinavian Designers’ wallpaper, £59 per roll, Borastapeter. ‘Randolph’ framed picture, £12; folding fruit basket, £7, both The Ok Corral. Ra an mirror, £60, Pimpernel & Partners. Sunflower painting, £118, Pimpernel & Partners. Purl rug, £580, SCP. ‘Penelope’ ceiling light, £45; ‘Rhythm’ teal cushion, £40; grey table runner, £14; ‘Formations’ cushion, £25, all John Lewis. Ceramic mugs, £9.50 each, Papa Stour. Vase, £4; yellow teapot, £15, both vintage market. Felted cushion, £58, Papa Stour




‘The “Windsor” range was made almost entirely from solid wood – unusual in the era of plywood and plastics’ Scandinavian at all, they were Ercol. It was a great discovery.’

How popular is it today? Chris Clarke, who has spent a lifetime in the furnishing trade and now runs retailer Ercol Collectors, says that there has been a surge of interest in vintage ‘Windsor’ pieces over the last five years, while the darkstained traditional ‘Old Colonial’ range has become less popular. ‘People prefer the natural finish and lighter aesthetic,’ he says. Siobhan Hockton of Harrogate-based Sissy Jupe, which specialises in mid-century furniture and homewares, pinpoints the range’s enduring appeal: ‘It looks fantastic in simple modern settings. It’s a great combination of wonderful design and craftsmanship.’

GOOD An eye-catching piece, the ‘376’ dining chair, manufactured in 1956, is great to sit on. Priced at £75-£125, its springy la ice back is ingeniously constructed from criss-crossing spindles.

BETTER There’s something particularly alluring about this organic trio. The ‘354’ nest of tables, with the oyster-shaped elm tops and jaunty splayed legs, can be picked up for £400-£500.

BEST If there’s one piece that sums up the essence of the ‘Windsor’ range, it’s the ‘349’ love seat: a double ‘Windsor’ chair with two shaped-out seats, 13 spindles and a long curved seatback. It’s comfortable and romantic – a showstopper in any room. Expect to pay £500-£700.

How did the range come about? During World War II, Ercol produced 100,000 ‘Windsor’ kitchen chairs as part of the Utility Scheme. The range developed from this, combining modern design methods and advanced manufacturing techniques with vernacular styling.

What are the defining characteristics? Stick-back seats created from turned spindles are the leitmotif of the range. Some chairs have arched frames, or bows, while others have curved horizontal seatbacks. Spindles were also incorporated as shelf supports on bookcases or as magazine racks on coffee tables. Another classic feature is the ‘wedged-through’ joint, where the top of the leg is visible on the upper side of the seat. The same technique was used to attach legs to coffee tables and armrests to chairs.

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plywood and plastics – which is why it has proven so durable. Frames were made of pale, fine-grained beech, while seats, table tops and cabinets were made from richgrained, honey-coloured elm – a two-tone combination unique to Ercol. Until the 1970s, Ercol’s timber was locally sourced but, following the outbreak of Dutch elm disease, imported wood from the US was used. Ercol’s main upholstery supplier was Tibor, the Stratford-upon-Avon mill run by Tibor Reich, specialising in colourful, textural weaves.

How was the furniture produced? High-speed lathes turned blocks of timber into spindles and legs. Bow seatbacks were shaped by steam bending – the beech staves were saturated with moisture at high temperature to soften the wood and then pressed over a jig. Craftsmen then assembled the machine-made components by hand.

How are vintage pieces priced? It depends on the rarity and desirability of the design and the condition of the piece. ‘The most common pieces are dining tables, chairs and serving cabinets because people tended to buy these as a set,’ says Chris Clarke. Basic kitchen chairs, such as the four-spindle ‘400’ chair, can be picked up for £10-£20. Other dining chairs cost between £50-£125, depending on wear and tear. You’re unlikely to get a dining table for less than £150-£200. Small sideboards sell for around £250-£350 but larger pieces can easily be double that. Highly prized designs are rapidly escalating in price. Expect to pay around £500 for the ‘349’ love seat and the ‘354’ nest of tables (both above), and £1,000-£2,000 for the ‘355’ studio couch (see over).

Should I reupholster a vintage piece? The original foam and webbing will


Sanding a ‘391’ all-purpose ‘Windsor’ chair, c1957-62. All pieces from the range were assembled by hand

probably have deteriorated, so it’s likely to need replacing. The key thing is to replicate the shape of the original cushion. Webbing kits can be purchased from Ercol. The factory also offers a reupholstery service called ReCover for easy chairs and settees, including those no longer in production.


How should I care for Ercol furniture? The finish on the wood is vital, so avoid scratching, scorching or splashing the surface. If you’re renovating a piece, use fine wire wool and Ercol wax (available from the company). Avoid paint stripper and sandpaper. Varnish or paint should only be considered as a last resort.

What shape is the company in today? Ercol has shrunk since its heyday but the company is still in good shape. It is still a model of efficiency, which is why it has survived when most big names from post-war industry are gone. These days prices are higher than they used to be and some production is outsourced. ‘Windsor’ reissues, marketed as Ercol ‘Originals’, are usually more expensive than vintage pieces. If your budget is limited, opt for the ‘Chiltern’ range, an attractive collection of lower-priced ‘Windsor’-inspired designs created by Ercol for John Lewis.

What of the future? Ercolani was the creative driving force

A ‘Windsor’ range room se ing in the Ercol catalogue, 1962. Ercolani’s design philosophy was to make affordable furniture for everyday living

behind the original ‘Windsor’ range and the company continues to rely mainly on its in-house design team but, of late, it has collaborated with several high-profile freelance designers, including Matthew Hilton, creator of the elegant ‘Treviso’ desk, and, most recently, Russell Pinch, designer of the attractive ‘Holland Park’ chair. Ercolani’s grandson Edward Tadros, who heads the company, is proud of his grandfather’s achievements and is determined to maintain the philosphy the company was founded on: ‘Lucian was evangelical in his desire to provide satisfying and long-lasting employment, and to design and create beautiful, honest furniture, and that is still what we do today.’ Lesley Jackson’s book, Ercol: Furniture in the Making (Richard Dennis Publications), is out now

TOP OF THE TREE This four-seater bed-se ee is a real whopper. The cushions rest on rubber webbing anchored neatly in the frame. The ‘355’ studio couch can be found for £1,000-£2,000 and features bow and stick armrests that double up as bed ends. The detachable back is made of solid elm. �����H&A FEBRUARY�����

WHERE TO BUY n Ercol Collectors Peppercorn House, Leeds Road, Langley, Maidstone, Kent (01622 842783; Visits by appointment only. Run by Chris and Liz Clarke, this company is the largest specialist supplier of vintage Ercol furniture in the country and holds a vast stock n The Gosport Furniture Shop 39-45 Stoke Road, Gosport, Hampshire (02392 522431; Large retailer specialising in second-hand branded British furniture, including Ercol, displayed in a massive showroom that takes up three floors n Sissy Jupe 1A Oxford Street, Harrogate, North Yorkshire (01423 313101; harrogate). A small vintage shop specialising in Ercol and midcentury homewares and fashion WHERE TO SEE n Ercol Showroom Summerleys Road, Princes Risborough, Buckinghamshire (01844 271800; n Wycombe Museum Priory Avenue, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire (01494 421895; WHAT TO READ n Ercol: Furniture in the Making by Lesley Jackson (Richard Dennis Publications, £25) n Modern British Furniture: Design Since 1945 by Lesley Jackson (V&A Publishing, £40) n A Furniture Maker: His Life, His Work and His Observations by Lucian R Ercolani (Ernest Benn Limited, 1975)


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EXPERTS Take a picture of your latest junk-shop find or favourite family heirloom, email it to H&A and let the experts tell you all about it…



This brooch of George slaying the dragon belonged to my great aunt. What is its age and value and can you identify the maker and another mark on it? Dot Fyffe, Sco ish Borders It appears to have been cra ed from cast silver gilt with turquoise cabochon decoration in the mid-19th century in the Renaissance Revival manner. The fashion for the Grand Tour encouraged jewellery designs referencing 15th to 17th-century styles and an emphasis on historical jewellery. The chandelier form was used in the 16th century as a stomacher, but in the 19th century it was adapted to be a brooch or pendant. I can’t identify the maker’s mark but the other mark I believe to be a continental silver mark of German or Italian origin. The brooch should make £250-£500. Amy Brenan, valuer and auctioneer, Dukes Auctioneers




Large pieces of 19th/20thcentury French faience that copy earlier styles, often with hand-painted marks, are decorative and modestly priced

My mother owned this plate, which she thought was possibly French. Can you tell me how old it is, who made it and what it might be worth? There are no marks and it has had a repair. Jill Carpenter, West Yorkshire I think your plate dates from the late 19th or more probably early 20th century and the grape design suggests to me it may well have been used for fruit, dessert or cheese. As you guessed, it was made in France, probably as one of a large set, although since there are no marks it is impossible to be sure which factory produced it. You mention the plate isn’t in perfect condition: as a result, although the restoration has been done well, value is greatly reduced. In auction it would sell as part of a group lot for about £30-£50. Addison Gelpey, Criterion Auctions




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An elderly neighbour le me this watch. Can you tell me anything about it? Margaret Lyddy, Worcester Your marcasite wristwatch was most likely produced in the 1930s or 1940s and mounted in silver. The image you sent of the hallmarks clearly shows that it was made in Birmingham but, unfortunately, the date le er is indecipherable. Marcasite was a popular and inexpensive alternative to diamonds. Contrary to popular belief, it is made from tiny, faceted pieces of a hardstone called pyrite and not polished metal. It was mainly used in brooches, earrings and wristwatches such as yours. There are still many examples available but collectors only buy those where the stones are intact. Yours seems in very good condition but value is low nonetheless. At auction it might make £30-£60. Amy Brenan, valuer and auctioneer, Dukes Auctioneers


I bought this wood engraving or lino print in Moscow in 1968. I have no idea if it has any value, or indeed if prints like this were churned out en masse for tourists. I would be glad of any information you can give me. Sue Grier, Bradford on Avon The technique of print-making used here is probably linocut printing. A series of grooves are incised into a lino panel – the same lino that you see as floor covering – paint is applied and the image is built up from various printings on the paper. Lino printing was very popular in Russia and Eastern Europe during the first part of the 20th century at a time of revolution and great change. It is probable that your print, clearly Russian from the Cyrillic label on the back, dates from this era and the use of strong colours and simple form


are consistent with the fashions and artistic movements at this time. Your print is signed in pencil in the margin, so we know it is an original work by the artist himself rather than a massproduced print. I’m unable to identify the artist from the indistinct signature but it is likely to have been produced in the provinces as a souvenir. As such, at auction I would expect it to realise in the region of £50-100. Amy Brenan, Dukes Auctioneers

ASK ERIC This month ceramics expert Eric Knowles explains the history of a Rockingham china tea set


Could you tell me about my Rockingham china tea set? My sister gave it to me on my wedding 60 years ago; I have never used it. Damage-wise, two cups and a saucer have hairline cracks. Ella Reynolds, Perth I am about to film a Roadshow at Wentworth Woodhouse, the home of the Earls Fitzwilliam who were patrons of the short-lived Rockingham factory. Your tea set was made nearby at Swinton where, from 1806, the Rockingham factory was owned by the Brameld family of po ers. To start with, functional earthenwares were


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the factory’s stock in trade but, in 1820, it turned its a ention to making bone china. Sadly the Bramelds’ ambitions led them into financial difficulties and from 1826 they were bailed out by Earl Fitzwilliam. The factory struggled on until 1842 – a Royal commission for William IV took so long to complete it was delivered to Queen Victoria, which provided the final nail in the coffin. The porcelain is famous for its translucent body and decoration, o en lavish bronze tinged gilding. If marked the factory’s output is divided into two periods: the earliest pieces, from 1826-30, have a red-printed griffin (from the Fitzwilliam crest) on the base; the puce griffin mark on your set shows it falls into the second group, from 1831-42.

Rockingham porcelain is rare and in years gone by this translated into value: a single cup and saucer might have fetched £80 at auction. Recently, though, Regency and early Victorian ceramics have fallen from favour and prices have dipped. The present price for a Rockingham teacup and saucer is about £30-£40, so your eight cups, with their few cracks but gilding in good condition, would fetch around £250-£300. But it has never been a be er time to add to your collection and if you want to see the porcelain at its finest visit the Cli on Park Museum near Rotherham (www.cli museum). On view is the Rhinoceros Vase. At 1.2m high and weighing 50kg, it showcases the factory’s luxurious wares and is said to be the largest porcelain item fired in a single piece.


A closer LOOK Michael Harris’s signature on a piece of Mdina glass can increase the value significantly, says expert Will Farmer In 1968, Michael Harris founded one of the leading art glass companies of the 20th century on the Mediterranean island of Malta. His creations were inspired by the surrounding shoreline and the lapping seas: blue, green and ochre shades mingled in mo led and streaked pa erns over fluid forms. A former tutor in glass at the Royal College of Art, Harris learnt his cra under leading studio glassmaker Sam Herman, enabling him to develop a new kind of glassware far removed from the confines of other commercial factory glass on the market. Harris successfully ran the company for four years developing some iconic creations – the ‘Chalice’, ‘Ski le’ and ‘Fish’ vases among them – which continued to be manufactured long a er he departed. A skilled cra sman and team player, Harris

rarely signed his work declaring ‘the best work I shall do will be the work I do tomorrow’, an indication of his modesty and his belief that his skills improved the more he practised his cra . Mdina continues to be popular owing to the volume available and the affordability of entry level pieces. Later examples of the factory’s immense output can be picked up for £10 or £15, however, the holy grail is a piece signed by Harris. Virtually all Mdina glass bears a bold, large signature but it’s Harris’s own mark that transforms the value of a piece by anything up to tenfold. It is distinctive: a fine and delicate inscription to the base, usually reading, ‘Michael Harris, Mdina Glass, Malta.’ The mark reflects Harris’s own satisfaction in creating a fine example.

This Mdina ‘Fish’ vase, signed by Michael Harris, sold recently for £960 at Fieldings Auctioneers (01384 444140;

Transatlantic treasure


This Copeland Spode pitcher was my great grandmother’s (born in the United States in 1880). It may have been a wedding present (in 1902) or perhaps it belonged to her parents, who went to the US from England before 1880. Amy Carmichael, California, USA Your white stoneware jug is decorated with chocolate-brown slip (liquid clay) and applied in relief with a hunting scene. Similar jugs were produced by a number of British makers c1790-1800, including Spode


who produced yours. The marks date it to 1893-1910, suggesting that it was a wedding present rather than an earlier import. The re-issuing of earlier ceramic shapes and designs was common at the time, in line with the Edwardian fashion for 18th-century furniture and decoration. The printed mark and impressed ‘ENGLAND’ confirm the dates I have given. With the crack in the base, it is worth only a few pounds. An original example from 100 years earlier might realise £100. Fergus Gambon, Bonhams

PERSONAL SHOPPER Judith Miller goes shopping: she buys it, you keep it! It’s a delight to find an interesting antiques centre. I recently visited Bagham Barn Antiques (baghambarn. com) at Chilham, Kent, a restored 17th-century barn with 25 dealers and room-sized displays and cabinets. There was everything from Steiff teddies to Joseff of Hollywood costume jewellery, furniture, ceramics and glass. I le with a 1950s Steiff spaniel (which I gave as a christening present); an interesting German Arts and Cra s pewter and glass mustard pot, which I’ve kept; and this Lady Head vase. These tend to feature elegantly dressed ladies and were sold in florists in America from the 1940s to the 1960s. The more expensive examples display fine moulding, realistic painting and demure expressions. This is an excellent 1960s example made by Inarco (International Artware Corporation), probably in Japan. The lady is in beautiful condition with long eyelashes, delicate fingers and loose ‘pearls’ at the neck. The flowers go behind her hat. It is unusual to find examples in this country and £75 is a bargain. If on sale in America I would expect to pay at least $200.

WIN JUDITH’S PICK For a chance to win the vase, send your name and full contact details, along with 50 words telling us why you’d like it, to Personal Shopper (February) at the address on page 9 or to homesandantiques@ by 2nd February.





I bought this in Barmouth in the 1960s. The case has a label for ‘M J Pyke Jeweller of 10 Old Steine, Brighton’. I assumed it was a paper knife although the blade is thin and it seems too wide to be of use as a le er opener – it looks more like a fish knife. Can you tell me anything? Christine Bowen, Pontypridd, Mid Glamorgan




It is a paper knife, but it wasn’t used to open envelopes. During the 19th century, books were o en sold with uncut pages and the reader had to cut each by hand, which is what your knife was made for. Once the pages were cut, the reader o en used a pagenator or page turner to avoid ge ing dirty marks on the paper. Page turners can be similar to this but longer with a rounded end. They were also used for reading newspapers to avoid inky fingers. Both items were must-have desk accessories in Victorian and Edwardian society and were o en made in precious materials such as gold or ivory – Fabergé made paper knives that fetch tens of thousands of pounds. I would expect £100-£200 for your paper knife at auction. Mark Li�ler, Tennants



I found this bowl in a charity shop last year and paid £2 for it as I thought its colour was unusual and I had not seen others like it in this part of Europe. It has an impressed mark that, I think, says Mau 5. Can you tell me where it came from, how old it is and what it is used for? Laurie Guiser, Switzerland The markings don’t tell us a great deal, although this li le bowl was almost certainly made in France in the la er half of the 19th century as part of a set. The worn glaze inside suggests it was made for domestic rather than decorative purpose and it has been well used. The bowl’s decoration is interesting, but its value lies not in the mustard yellow under glaze that caught your a ention, but the transfer printed scene on the side showing a young family playing chess. This image would appeal to collectors of chess-related items and if you were to sell it in an online auction, it could make upwards of £30 – £2 well spent! Alison Snowdon, Fieldings Auctioneers


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This teapot belonged to my Welsh grandmother, who referred to it as her ‘Swansea teapot’. A er reading the article on spongeware in the August H&A, I wondered if it was a Llanelli piece (possibly a Swansea blank), as they lived in and around Llanelli in the early 1900s. There are no marks. Carol Jiggins, Stowmarket Your teapot is decorated in what’s generally known as ‘Gaudy Welsh’ to the British market and ‘Gaudy Dutch’ to the Americans. These names are a bit misleading. ‘Gaudy Welsh’ was developed in Staffordshire in the 1820s. The term covers a range of pa erns, o en floral and with strong iron-red, blue, pink lustre and other colours like yellow, pink, or green. When Welsh po ers noticed that these designs were swi sellers, they copied


them too. Po ers in Swansea were some of the biggest producers, to such an extent that the people of Wales called the style ‘Swansea Co age’. The Welsh name stuck in the rest of the UK, but in America (where much was exported) it became known as ‘Gaudy Dutch’ because it resembled the Pennsylvania Dutch style of decoration. I think this explains why your granny called her Swansea Co age teapot her ‘Swansea teapot’. It’s difficult to say where it was made, Wales possibly, Staffordshire, more likely, loved it definitely was. Its value without a lid is not much on the commercial market, but to you, I have no doubt, it is priceless. Steven Moore, ceramics specialist

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NEW ORLEANS ew Orleans is a cultural melting pot that mixes French, Spanish, Italian, African and Caribbean influences to create a decadent cuisine and cocktail culture, a lively music scene, elegant architecture and an amazing array of antiques. Royal and Chartres Street in the French Quarter are fabled for their shopping, while Magazine Street in the Garden District is a destination in itself. With an emphasis on traditional French, Italian and English architecture, the city – also known as The Big Easy – is home to more than 100 antiques shops, many of which have been owned by the same families for generations.


Street (, it’s impossible to go hungry in ‘Nawlins’. The jazz brunch buffet at the Court of Two Sisters (613 Royal St; heaves with food, while TV chef Emeril Lagasse serves up helpings at his three restaurants Delmonico, Emeril’s and NOLA ( For something more casual, Huck Finns Cafe (135 Decatur Street; offers a taste of alligator and other regional cuisine. But for a true taste of Americana, pop into the Camellia Grill at 540 Chartres Street to see white-jacketed staff flip burgers and pancakes while you watch.

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The French Market (, which is held daily from 7am to 7pm, is one part tourist trap, one part flea market and one part food hall. Go if only to peoplewatch while feasting on crawfish spread

on newspaper-covered tables and to listen to the buskers. At the market you’ll find Mardi Gras masks, T-shirts, African art and jewellery. Vendors have been selling wares here since 1791, making it the oldest public market in America. For a less touristy scene, the Night Art Market on Frenchmen Street sells handmade goods and art from Thursday to Sunday, 7pm to 1am (

Sunday Stroll Soak in the southern charm of the Garden District – the epicentre of high society. Settled in the early 19th century by wealthy Anglo-Saxons, the Garden District was created for the nouveau riche of ‘Nouveau’ Orleans. A walk through it today will take you past the homes of novelist Anne Rice and actress Sandra Bullock, while the neighbourhood’s other residents watch


Toma Clark Haines finds unique architecture, delectable cuisine and a wealth of antiques shopping in Louisiana’s cultural melting pot


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need to know WHERE�TO�STAY We stayed at Maison Dupuy, 1001 Toulouse Street (maisondupuy. com), one of a small handful of hotels set inside the city’s historic Vieux Carré district.

and sip mint juleps from their porch swings overlooking the pristine private gardens after which the area was named. While you’re here, pop into the Lafayette Cemetery at 1400 Washington Avenue and cap off the day with cocktails at the Commander’s Palace (, which is at number 1403.

The Big Build New Orleans is famous for its classic American townhouses, Creole cottages, ‘shotgun’ row houses, double galleries and balconies. But in the wake of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, a new style of architecture has sprung up thanks to Brad Pitt’s Make it Right foundation. Focusing on the redevelopment of the Lower Ninth Ward, which was devastated by Katrina, the foundation has brought in a group of highprofile architects – including Shigeru Ban

and Frank Gehry – to develop affordable, green housing, incorporating the latest in sustainable design. Located in a still ungentrified area, we recommend you take a taxi or a group tour (

Let the good times roll Known as the locals’ version of Bourbon Street, Frenchmen Street is filled with the sounds of bluegrass and gypsy jazz – both inside the music venues and outside, as bands often set up in the street. Come to the area with a pocketful of change and sip inexpensive drinks while listening to local talent. A few blocks away at number 623 is The Spotted Cat, a crowded hole-in-the-wall club guaranteed to get your feet tapping. Turn the page to explore the best vintage and antiques boutiques that New Orleans has to offer…

GETTING�AROUND Fly into Louis Armstrong International Airport 11 miles west of downtown ( Taxis from the airport into town cost approximately $35 (£22), or catch the airport shu le for $20 (£13) (airportshu While the French Quarter can be done entirely on foot, streetcars (tickets $1.25 one way) are a great way to see the rest of the city. Unlimited three-day passes cost $9 (£6). For streetcar routes and more information visit MORE�INFORMATION� Check out the ‘what’s going on in New Orleans’ blog at gonola. com for up-to-the-minute recommendations on boutiques, restaurants, nightlife and culture, or the New Orleans Tourism website (


1. Hazelnut 5515 Magazine Street; Hazelnut’s owners Tom Cianfichi and Bryan Ba (who plays Salvatore Romano in Mad Men and is the author of Big, Easy Style) have created a line of divine souvenirs by replacing French scenes in classic toile de Jouy with vigne es of New Orleans and scenes from the Vieux Carré. Prices start at $16 (£10) for a place mat and $28 (£18) for tea towels.

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Fresh, cosmopolitan and eccentric, Shaun Smith Home is a design martini that’s been shaken, not stirred. Juxtaposing antiques against a modern backdrop and organic elements, Smith is a trendse er at the vanguard of American design. He works closely with Gerrie Bremermann at Bremermann Designs. She is one of the country’s top designers and his neighbour. Though generations apart, they share design ideas and the pair are credited with changing the face of design in the South.




3. Bevolo Shop & Museum 318 Royal Street;

7. Oh Vintage Couture 839 Royal Street;

Picture New Orleans by night and it’s the lanterns do ing the French Quarter that cast a romantic glow in your mind. The city’s iconic copper lanterns are still made locally by hand at Bevolo Gas and Electric Lighting Store, a family-run business that started in 1945. At its Royal Street location you can see how the lanterns are made in its free museum and order custom-made lanterns, creating the ambience of The Big Easy in your very own home.

Ooh la la… Dior, Prada and Vivian Westwood are just a few of the designers whose vintage frocks you’ll find racked alongside authentic flapper dresses and ball gowns – including a pale pink 1950s couture gown handmade in Paris, priced at $192 (£120), that caught our a ention. You’ll also find hats, wraps, jewellery and accessories. �ʙ��� Rare and vintage cookery books galore at Kitchen Witch ʟ��� An array of oyster plates at Moss Antiques on Royal Street

6. Kitchen Witch 631 Toulouse Street; 4. Vintage 329 329 Royal Street; Vintage 329 might just have something for everyone. With the city’s largest collection of fine vintage barware – a silver Napier shaker costs $190 (£118) – the store also stocks Chanel accessories and an assortment of autographed memorabilia, including a signed, first-edition copy of Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and a baseball bearing the signature of John F Kennedy for $1,500 (£940).

5. Moss Antiques 411 Royal Street; When we glimpsed the oyster plate collection at Moss Antiques, tucked away among the continental furniture and chandeliers, we knew we had discovered New Orleans served up on a silver pla er. With prices ranging from $65 to $4,200 (£40 to £2,600), antique oyster plates made a perfect memento of our time in The Big Easy.

It stands to reason that the most foodie-friendly city in America would be home to one of the country’s only bookshops that exclusively sells rare and vintage cookbooks. Co-owner Philipe LaMancusa, formerly a restaurateur, started the shop when his cookbook collection outgrew his home. From a first edition Julia Child for $2,800 (£1,800) to a 1938 Creole cookbook – the definitive tome on cuisine from this region – this charming shop is sure to enchant.

beyond the city Plan to spend one day outside of the city travelling along the Great River Road, visiting Louisiana’s most famous plantations, such as Oak Alley (which is protected as a National Historic Landmark) and Laura Plantation, with its early 19th-century Creole-style house. Then dive deep into the southern

8. Le Garage 1234 Decatur Street Junk, bric-a-brac, vintage and antiques, and all manner of bargains clu er this lively store. We le here with an assortment of items, including a vintage elephant mask, an antique fountain pen, a silver flask and French faience – all for well under $100 (£60).

Louisiana backwoods and bayous for a nerve-wracking ride through the alligator infested swamps. Cajun Encounters Tours ( collects you at your hotel for day trips to the plantations and swamps and drops you back at the end of the day.


BUY & SELL Email your advertisements to us at FOR SALE Furniture Stag Wardrobe with half mirror on door. Three-drawer, 1950s dressing table with mirror. Offers accepted. Buyer collects. 01604 647991 (Northampton) Two Duresta ‘Ruskin’ sofas and a chair. Upholstered in Cambridge pale gold fabric. Guardsman treatment. Very good condition. £850. 01845 537378 (Yorkshire) Harris mangle. On iron wheels with folding table and geared wooden rollers. Unrestored. £150. 01582 833523 (Hertfordshire) Duresta ‘Waldorf’ 3-seater sofa and chair. Light green and cream diamond pa ern. Three cushions included. £350. Buyer collects. 01926 429914 (Warwickshire)

Antique wardrobe and dresser. Painted inlays and ample storage. Excellent condition. Offers around £750. 07818 050258 (London) Oak sideboard. 1950. 5 6in x 1 9in. Excellent condition. £300 ono. Buyer collects. 01354 692648 (Cambridgeshire) Two bedside lockers. Mahogany with two drawers and an extending shelf each. Good condition. £75 each ono. Buyer collects. 01202 258751 (Dorset) Child’s wooden metamorphic high chair with tray. Fair condition. Buyer collects. £40. 01738 624137 (Perthshire) Solid oak CD cabinet. Old charm with linen-fold decoration and folding doors. Holds up to 238 CDs. 102cm wide. Excellent condition. £195. 01403 790159 (West Sussex)

1950’s Bow-fronted display cabinet. Glass and walnut effect. Good condition. £70. Buyer collects. 01952 253481 (Telford) FASHION & TEXTILES Vintage handbag previously owned by Rose Kennedy (mother of JFK). Brown suede with gold trim and clasp. Perfect condition. £500 ono. 0144 384 1320 (Pontypridd) Chinese rug. Cream with black border and Chinese symbols. 9 x 6 . Excellent quality. Buyer collects. £250 ono. 01423 502836 (North Yorkshire) Iranian wool rug. Handmade. Red background with birds. 8 x 5 6in. Excellent condition. £600. 07802 233864 (Oxfordshire) 1960’s Russell & Bromley ‘Martinique’ shoes. Dainty black satin evening shoes. Leather sole and lining. 1.5in heel. Almond toe. Diamanté trim on back. Size 6. £30 plus P&P. 01737 223955 (Surrey) Anya Hindmarch “I am not a plastic bag” bag. In top condition. Used once. Includes book. Offers around £50. 01624 617051 (Isle of Man) DECORATIVE CERAMICS 10 Lesley Anne ivory plates. Eight-inch‘Cats around the world’, plus wooden wall display shelf. £80. 01225 313563 (Bath) Moorcro� Puffin Vase 9in. Perfect condition. Offers. 01724 869 050. (Lincolnshire) Hornsea Po�ery mug. Abraham Lincoln’s Fiscal Policy mug. Gold on brown. Perfect condition. £10 plus P&P. 01737 003955 (Surrey)


Spode bird figurines. Mistle Thrush, Li le Owl, Greater Spo ed Woodpecker. £40 each. 0131 553 5629 (Edinburgh) ‘Eileen’ figurine by Enoch. 1930s Wedgwood. Perfect condition. £50 plus P&P 01743 352 654 (Shropshire) Blue and white china collections. Johnson Bros, Old Britain Castles. 15 pieces. £30. Booths Chippendale. 13 pieces. £30. All in good condition. 01626 868000 (Devon) Royal Doulton ‘Bunnykins’, ‘Lladro’, and ‘Nao’ figurines. Some limited-edition and retired pieces. Private collection. Reasonable prices. Pictures available. Call for details. 07981 435722 (London) Royal Doulton Whyte & MacKay owl decanter set. Barn Owl, Long-Eared Owl, Snowy Owl and Tawny Owl. £200 for set or £55 each. 01625 581448 (Cheshire) TABLEWARE Stainless-steel Old Hall tableware. Two ‘Campden’ table forks, £12; two ‘Alveston’ tablespoons, £11 each; teapot and hotwater jug, both 1.5 pint, £22. Viners ‘Studio’ table knife, fork and soup spoon. £20. 01244 381204 (Cheshire) White Shelley china. Eight cups, 12 saucers, six side plates, six dessert bowls and teapot. Includes stand, slightly damaged. £75. Buyer collects. 01565 634822 (Cheshire) Adams Staffordshire dinner service. Scenic blue and white china. Also cow design coffee service. 100 pieces. Very good condition. £250. 01962 809668 (Hampshire)




Cake stands. Royal Doulton ‘Moonflower’, £20. Blue Hill, £15. 01225 768098 (Wiltshire) Picquot Ware four-piece tea service. Covered sugar bowl and tray included. Very good condition. £50 ono. 01296 770766 (Buckinghamshire) Furnivals ‘Blue Denmark’ cups and saucers. Set of six. Never used £500. 01263 837629 (Norfolk) Wedgwood ‘Etruria’ collection. Napoleon Ivy pa ern (AL4751) in black. 46 items total. Offers accepted. 01252 713776 (Surrey) Marks & Spencer crockery. ‘Spiral’ design (31 pieces). ‘Platinum’ cups, saucers, plates (six of each). ‘Stylo’ teapot. New. Unused. Offers accepted. Buyer collects. 07841 133027 (Essex) JEWELLERY Pair of Butler & Wilson bone carved tusks. Set in silver on heavy, 20in silver chain. £100 ono. 01457 873739 (Derbyshire) Ladies Waltham Dennison pocket watch. Movement: 18013390. Case no 404142. Filigree engraved on the back. £60. 01457 873739 (Derbyshire)

Graduated amber bead necklace, red. 22in. Perfect condition. £100. Two Victorian silver marcasite dress clips/ brooches. Perfect condition. £60 plus P&P. 01625 877266 (Cheshire) PRINTED MATTER Collection of 200 paperbacks published from 1950s-70s. Good condition. Will separate. 30p each. Buyer collects. 01242 862270 (Gloucestershire) Historic newspapers. More than 50 in collection, from 1914 to 1990s. Will sell as collection or individually. Phone for complete list and offers. 01400 273052 (Lincolnshire) Bartholomew Maps. Oxford and Norfolk 1/2in contoured maps mounted on cloth. Also 1950 Ward Lock New Forest Guide. £5 each plus P&P. 02072 672795 (London) MISCELLANEOUS Madame Alexander 9in American composition doll, circa 1944. All original clothes and accessories including straw hat. Offers accepted. 01263 731270 (Norfolk)

Parker pen. Made of brass recovered from RMS Queen Elizabeth. No 1147/5000. Wooden case, certificate and outer box included. £350. 01985844756 (Wiltshire) 1940s Butcher’s/Baker’s shop bike. Small front and large back wheels with stand. Good condition. £250. 01756 749476 (North Yorkshire) Vintage 1940s German composition doll 19in. Neck no 201-7. No head. Hooks in place. Body and limbs in fair condition. Photos available. £20 plus P&P. 01737 223955 (Surrey) Steiff ‘Winnie the Pooh’ bear. Mohair. 680329. Limited edition. 31in. Comes with bag. New condition. £450. 01159 201397 (No ingham)

WANTED Antique glass by John Sandon. Willing to pay double publication price. 0121 554 6542 (West Midlands) Powder compacts. Good condition. Estee Lauder, Stra on, YSL, Kigu, Coty or anything war time, enameled, or silver preferred. 01564 777113 (West Midlands)

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ANTI�UES SHOPPING 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







Dairy House Antiques and Interiors offers an ever-changing selection of antique and vintage furniture, lighting, prints, rugs, pictures, mirrors, collectables, costume jewellery, silver and other decorative items for the home and garden. Dairy House is situated outside Sha esbury, just off the A350 and is about ten minutes off the A303.


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B2B EVENTS B2B Events offers three great events for January and February. There’s something for everyone.

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Malvern Flea & Collectors Fair, Sunday 26th January, early entry at 8.30am, £4, 10am–4pm, £3. Three Counties Showground, Malvern, Worcestershire, WR13 6NW. Antiques & Vintage Bazaar, Saturday 8th February, 10am-4pm, free admission and free parking in Heath Mill Lane car park. Custard Factory, Gibb Street, Birmingham B9 4AA. Malvern Flea & Collectors Fair, Sunday 16th February, 7.30am–3.30pm, £4.




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This leading specialist fair features up to 80 exhibitors selling fine quality collectable glass from all periods, including contemporary artists showing their own work. As usual, there will be an exhibition in the foyer that will highlight a particular type of glass. With refreshments and free parking, a visit to the Cambridge Glass Fair makes an excellent day out.

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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With 2,500 international stalls selling the most beautiful antiques, jewellery, furniture, reclamation items, French linens, vintage clothing and accessories, the world-famous Lincolnshire Antiques and Home Show is the largest in Europe and a racts thousands of buyers from all over the world.

These two centres offer visitors the opportunity to purchase antique furniture, silver, ceramics, paintings, collectables and jewellery from more than 125 antiques dealers. Modern furniture, design-led accessories, gi s and fashion are also available. Enjoy the ambience of the restaurant at Abernyte and Café Circa at Doune for breakfast, lunch or coffee and cake. Ample parking.

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The BathVA market held at Green Park (the former railway station) offers 70 stalls selling antique and mid-century furniture, vintage fashion and jewellery, homewares, curiosities, decorative accessories, silverware, books, collectable vinyl, militaria, Arts and Cra s and much more.

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Visit the home of Europe’s largest range of antiques and collectables, with more than 300 dealers in three buildings, located 10 miles north of Lincoln. A wide range of stock is always on display, including period furniture, decorative antiques, vintage toys, clocks, mirrors, books, lighting, linen, silver, glass, jewellery, ceramics, paintings, and Arts and Cra s. Nationwide delivery available.

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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 a pearl re-stringing service. The centre is 20 minutes from the M5 (J25) and five minutes from Podimore on the A303. Look out for January sale bargains.

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For a cosmopolitan antiques and vintage offering, head to the Ardingly Fair. Being the largest event of its kind in the south of England, its many stalls hold an extensive choice of goods. Only 12 miles from Gatwick, an hour from London and 90 minutes from Dover. 7th and 8th January and 18th and 19th February, South of England Showground, Near Haywards Heath, West Sussex, RH17 6TL


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A fabulous weekend vintage occasion frequented by professional stylists, dealers and interiors enthusiasts alike. Renowned for its high quantity of quality products, this West Country event is one not to be missed.

10th to 12th January, 10.30am–5pm, 10.30–4.30pm Sunday, £5. The Old Swan Hotel, Swan Road, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG1 2SR. 21st to 23rd February, 10.30am–5pm, 10.30–4.30pm Sunday, £5. Stonyhurst College, Hurst Green, Near Clitheroe, Lancashire, BB7 9PZ. 2 for 1 entry with this advert


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The original and unique Newark fair. The largest in Europe, its product list is unrivalled. Everything from textiles to teddies, ceramics to chandeliers and brass to books. Quite simply the ultimate antiques event. Thursday 6th and Friday 7th February, Thursday 3rd and Friday 4th April. Newark & No inghamshire Showground, Newark, No inghamshire, NG24 2NY


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Vintage Wrappings is born out of a love of all things vintage, nostalgic and just plain gorgeous. It has a wonderful selection of vintage and retro gi s, stationery, homeware, traditional style toys and games, cards and gi wrap. Stocking popular ranges such as East of India, Cavallini and retro ranges with a 1950s feel, there is something for everyone at Vintage Wrappings. Why not visit the website to add something beautiful to your day? O 01925 497200 or 07806 465886;

Linda’s Vintage Hire offers everything the modern-day vintage bride could dream of, from vintage trestle tables and mismatched chairs to hand-embroidered 1950s tablecloths, beautiful bunting and a quality eclectic collection of vintage china and props. Creating romance and intrigue on your big day, something your guests will be talking about for months a er your wonderful day! Linda’s Vintage Hire also caters for anniversaries and special birthdays. O 07532 184174;



Jo Barnes boasts a stellar range of award-winning bridal and red-carpet accessories. The timeless appearance of these pieces makes them brilliant for brides planning a vintage wedding, while also being spectacular for modern brides looking for outstanding yet tasteful accessories to enhance their look. Each item is handcra ed by Jo, creating a unique piece that you will cherish forever. O 07958 166723;

There’s nothing quite like surprising a loved one with a beautiful bouquet of flowers on Valentine’s Day. With Flying Flowers you can send the perfect gi from just £11.99, plus with free delivery and a free pop-up vase with every bouquet, it’s so easy to go the extra mile with Flying Flowers! Terms and conditions apply – please see website. O 0844 576 6455;



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Jennifer Barlow will be teaching two classes at Marlborough Summer School in July 2014. First, Tradition Whole Cloth Quilting, where the quilt is made up from one large piece of plain fabric with a complex arrangement of pa erns. Second, Medallion/Frame Quilts, which are of a scrap style using up dressmaking fabrics. The design is set with a block in the centre, surrounded by frames of other pieces joined with simple strips, squares and triangles, or more complex small blocks.

Quirky Workshops offers a fabulous range of courses in arts, rural cra s, longbow making, artisan cheese, sculpture, knife forging, mosaics, calligraphy, porcelain, willow sculpture, real silver jewellery, fused and stained glass, stone carving, whi ling, textiles galore, cookery and bike mechanics! A beautiful location in Cumbria, north Lake District, at a cross-country Cycle Cafe Tea Garden. Excellent tutors and delicous food! Five miles from M6 (J40) and Ullswater.

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Gow Antiques offers three different types of antiques courses for all abilities; a one-day fun course, a three-day course and a four-day advanced course. Each is fun and interactive, and a delicious lunch is provided daily. You will learn about different styles and how to date furniture, understand different woods, recognise adapted furniture and spot a fake, so that ultimately you can invest wisely.

Hand embroidery courses for all levels at Hampton Court Palace. Day classes, where beginners are welcome, offer fun, small group learning. Certificate and diploma courses allow you to learn to a high technical standard (also taught in Glasgow, Durham, Rugby, Bristol, Tokyo and San Francisco). Or study hand embroidery on the degree programme.

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CARTE BLANCHE Carte Blanche offers a range of decorative painting classes, including furniture painting (beginners and advanced), marbling and graining, and decorative wall finishes. The approach is practical, commercial and realistic, teaching small groups in a way that enables students to improve a er they have le the class. These classes are taught by professional decorative painters and are structured to suit all levels. Contact Cait Whitson and Gibson Donaldson. The programme for 2014 starts in March.

Dorset’s Burngate Stone Carving Centre provides courses in traditional stone-carving skills, cra s and family activities throughout the year. Courses include stone carving, sculpture, printmaking, needlecra , life drawing, experimental art, painting and drawing. Whether you are a total beginner or already accomplished, you will find a course to suit your ability and develop your potential in creating beauty in stone and other materials.

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Q&A Angie Lewin The painter and printmaker gives us a glimpse into what inspires and influences her Favourite interiors shop? Tinsmiths in Ledbury. They sell wonderful, well-designed products, housed in a stunning glass and steel building tucked behind Ledbury’s High Street.

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What inspires you? A long walk on a winter’s day, especially if exploring a new route with sketchbook to hand.

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What makes you smile? The early morning view from our Speyside co age and the sound of curlews. Favourite decade? This one. As much as I’m inspired by the 1940s and 1950s, it’s great to work among such an interesting range of contemporary artists, designers and makers. Wallpaper. Love or hate? Definitely love. Though I confess I haven’t used much at home in the past. What do you collect? Where do I start? Feathers, seedheads, shards of po ery – all for inspiration or as reminders of places I’ve visited and landscapes I’ve sketched.

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includes 100s VISIT YOUR HSL COMFORT STORE of chairs . . . FREE parking next to all stores6OPEN MON-SAT 9am-5pm SUNDAY 10am-4pm NORTH BLACKPOOL 378 Talbot Road (one mile inland from North Pier) FY3 7AT ...................................Tel. 01253 305098 BOLTON Bolton Gate Retail Park, Turton Street, Bolton BL1 2SL ..............................NOW OPEN Tel. 01204 860433 CHESTER New Crane Street, Chester CH1 4JE ................................................................................Tel. 01244 314620 DEWSBURY 33 Bradford Road (600 yards from town centre) West Yorkshire WF13 2DU............Tel. 01924 464796 GTR. MANCHESTER Water Street, Portwood (behind Tesco Extra) Stockport SK1 2BU .............Tel. 0161 4805281 LEEDS (Guiseley) (next to Harry Ramsden’s, now Wetherby Whaler) LS20 8LZ ...NOW OPEN Tel. 0113 8199930 LIVERPOOL Brenka Avenue, off Ormskirk Road, Merseyside L9 5AW ............................................Tel. 0151 5230614 NEWCASTLE-upon-TYNE Dutton Court, Chainbridge Road, Blaydon NE21 5ST..........................Tel. 0191 4140089 ROTHERHAM 207 Bawtry Road, Bramley (opposite Morrisons) South Yorkshire S66 2TP ..........Tel. 01709 546705 STOCKTON-on-TEES Portrack Interchange Retail Park TS18 2SP .................................................Tel. 01642 618433 MIDLANDS BIRMINGHAM 282 Hagley Road, Edgbaston (next to Tesco Express) Birmingham B17 8DJ ......Tel. 0121 4296566 HENLEY-in-ARDEN 181 High Street (Exit 15 or 16 off M40) Warwickshire B95 5BA .....................Tel. 01564 795787 NEWCASTLE-under-LYME 196 Liverpool Road, Staffordshire ST5 9ED ........................................Tel. 01782 631953 NOTTINGHAM 255-259 Derby Road, Bramcote, Nottingham NG9 3JA ..........................................Tel. 0115 9394509 LONDON AND SOUTH EAST CATERHAM-on-the-HILL (near Croydon) 46-48 Chaldon Road CR3 5PE.....................................Tel. 01883 332998 HENLEY-on-THAMES 18-20 Reading Road (next to Post Office) Oxfordshire RG9 1AG ..............Tel. 01491 411812 LETCHWORTH Pixmore Avenue (half mile from Letchworth Station) Hertfordshire SG6 1LJ ......Tel. 01462 482310 ROMFORD 270 Hornchurch Road, Romford (next to Tesco Extra) Essex RM11 1PZ....................Tel. 01708 474133 TOLWORTH 2 Red Lion Plaza, 366 Ewell Road (half mile from A3) KT6 7AZ ...........NOW OPEN Tel. 020 85703000 SOUTH COAST BRIGHTON & HOVE Newtown Road Trade Park, Hove, Brighton BN3 7BA ...................................Tel. 01273 711576 POOLE/BOURNEMOUTH Poole Road, Poole, Dorset BH12 1DA ...................................................Tel. 01202 765037 ST. LEONARDS-on-SEA (near Hastings) 1 Marine Court (on seafront road) TN38 0DX ..............Tel. 01424 460511 SOUTHAMPTON 9 Lower Northam Road, Hedge End Village (Exit 7 off M27) SO30 4FN ............Tel. 01489 787851 WALES AND SOUTH WEST BRISTOL 4-5 Concorde Drive, off Greystoke Avenue (Exit 17 off M5) BS10 6PZ............................Tel. 01179 508253 CARDIFF Penarth Road Retail Park (1 mile from Morrisons) CF11 8EF..........................................Tel. 02920 707287 CHELTENHAM Gallagher Retail Park, Manor Road (Exit 10 off M5) GL51 9RR..............................Tel. 01242 578334 PLYMOUTH Ferryport View, Millbay Road (opposite Ferryport) PL1 3FQ ......................................Tel. 01752 263683 SCOTLAND BATHGATE 24 Glasgow Road (Exit 3a or 4 off M8) West Lothian EH48 2AG .................................Tel. 01506 650579 GLASGOW Knightscliffe Retail Park (near Anniesland Cross), Great Western Road G13 2TG .....Tel. 0141 9540290

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