After a little restoration and a good clean and wax this imposing British Art Nouveau carved oak sideboard c.1895, first featured a few weeks ago, is shown here standing proundly in its new spot in the showroom. A real show stopper with carved floral detail in heavy relief, an unusual semi-canopied top on turned spindles and massive, decorative brass work. Outstanding quality typical of the best late 19th.c. British manufacturers such as Lamb or Liberty & Co, unfortunately we can’t find any maker’s mark. Featuring original bottle drawer and slides. The top section is easily removed for ease of delivery.
Dimensions: width 72″, depth 26″, height 59″
OK, after recent distractions its back to basics with a piece of proper antique furniture. This beautiful late 18th.c. Welsh oak box settle is new on the floor today. Good four panel back, unusual arm and a lift up seat with lots of storage inside with original back and floor boards. Great rustic character, excellent colour and condition.
Dimensions: width 63″, depth 22″, height 48″.
We’ve had fun this afternoon putting together a little display of mid-century modern furniture; our limed oak bedroom suite and some nice bits of retro which landed today. Including a fine little dining table and four chairs by the celebrated 1950’s British manufacturer Kandya.
To compliment the black and white theme of our current exhibition we have this beauty. The Vitesse 6 was a sports saloon introduced by Triumph in 1962. Based on the Triumph Herald it was styled by the great Italian car designer Giovanni Michelotti who created the iconic slanted twin headlight front end. This particular car dates from the first year of production, features the original single dial dash, and is believed to be the earliest convertable model in existance. Condition is, as you can see, absolutely superb.
Congratulations to Alan for the very successful preview last night of Empty Spaces and thanks to everyone who came along for what turned out to be a jolly evening. Photograph here of Martin Barlow, chairman of Llandudno’s Oriel Mostyn (Wales’ leading contemporary art gallery), who came along to open the show with a very complimentary speech.
For two weeks starting today we are hosting Empty Spaces an exhibition of fine art documentary photography by Alan Whitfield. We hung the show yesterday and it really looks great. Fantastic contrast between the stricking black and white images of empty interiors and our showroom displays full of object’s which might has once filled the space.
Alan is keen people explore the building to find the work and I think the way pieces have been hung in the less glamorous parts of the building is especially effective. Preview this afternoon from 4.30, everyone welcome.
Link here to BBC website article on the exhibition with images.
A few images here of the interior of a house belonging to Tamara Salman featured in The Guardian Weekend magazine (yes I admit it took me until Wednesday to read it!). Lots of great ideas for unusual ways to use antique furniture, but what really caught my eye was the stacking bookcase used to store and display shoes!
Our triple stack of Gunn bookcases is now restored, repolished and out on the floor today.
Like most of the furniture we deal with, this mid 19th.c four door mahogany chiffonier sideboard, a new arrival this morning, is in need of a little restoration. However, despite the knocks and bumps of 150 years of use the structural condition is very good and, even more importantly, so is the colour – one of the hardest things to reproduce.
With a good simple design, lots of practical storage space and modest proportions. A great item.
Dimensions: length 63″, depth 20″, height 37″.
New for today this unusual late 19th.c. red walnut office or collector’s cabinet of twelve small drawers c.1890. Excellent quality with original brass handles and panelled back. Unusual shaped top with useful half shelf.
Dimensions: width 36″, depth 14″, height 42″.
Images here of a superb set of 8 William IV Rosewood dining chairs. First featured on April 11th minus their seat and back pads, they were returned to us yesterday freshly reupholstered in the beautiful Swedish linen we ordered from the very nice people at The Cloth Shop. As good a set of chairs as we have had for a while, particularly nice carving and a well shaped front leg.