Back into the saddle after the excitement of last week and a couple of days away and this was the first thing to catch my eye. A superb large 19th.c. blonde loggerhead turtle shell. A couple of bits of damage but nicely polished and what a size, 20.5″ x 27″! The origin of these white shells is always the subject of debate but it seems they were a by-product of the 19th.c. fashion for turtle meat. This is without doubt the biggest of the ones we have owned over the years.
Well, I’m afraid we missed out on the top spot at the Homes and Antiques magazine awards for Best British Antique Shop yesterday. But we were very proud to have made it through to the final five – we’ll have to make do with calling ourselves ‘runners up’ (or joint second place!). Here’s our certificate presented by T.V’s Kirstie Allsopp, who revealed herself as a lifelong antiques fiend. Congratulations to Blighty Antiques who won and many thanks to all the (very glamorous) people at Homes and Antiques magazine for putting on such a wonderful event. It created buzz and it was really great to be in a room full of dealers from across Britain who were all so positive about what they were doing and the future of the antiques trade. Well done everyone.
Superb mid 20th.c. French walnut vitrine or display cabinet. Exceptional quality with decorative matched veneers and parquetry detail, shaped top, shaped and bevelled glass and original brass mounts. Useful dimensions, less than 2’6″ wide.
Dimensions: width 29″, depth 14″, height 66″.
New on the floor this afternoon having been restored and French polished in our workshops is this handsome late Georgian mahogany chest of drawers c.1800. Great colour and condition, retaining the original heavy brass swan neck handles and original feet. Solid mahogany sides and drawer fronts, oak drawer linings.
Dimensions: width 43″, depth 23″, height 30″.
Delightfully rustic early 19th.c. French cherrywood farmhouse kitchen table c.1820. Comfortably seats 8 but a single leaf which pulls from one end also allows you to squeeze on a couple extra. On tapered square legs. Good mellow colour.
Dimensions: Length 73″, width 32.5 “, height 29.5”.
Fresh off the van this morning is this mid 19th.c. mahogany chest of drawers c.1850. Plenty of storage in the deeper than usual drawers. Good simple lines with all the original turned knobs and original bun feet, ash drawer linings. A little time in the workshop should see the colour revived.
Dimensions: width 47″, depth 21″, height 34″.
Nicely understated George III mahogany hanging corner cupboard c.1800. Bowed doors of superb colour with original hinges and escutcheons. A well shaped cornice with matching molding to the bottom edge. Oak shelves and backboards and fitted with three small ‘spice’ drawers in the base. Excellent condition. Key supplied.
Dimensions: Depth 16″, height 40″.
Delightful little Georgian style writing bureau with fitted interior of drawers and pigeon holes. An excellent quality reproduction with oak drawer linings throughout, brass handles and bracket feet. Excellent colour and condition and an unusual small size.
Dimensions: width 26″, depth 18″, height 35″.
Freshly restored and repolished and on out on the shop floor this afternoon is this stunning late 19th.c. mahogany dining table c.1890. With three removable leaves, it extends on a corkscrew mechanism from 6′ to 10′ to accomodate 12 people. Good colour, French polished in the traditional manner in our workshops. On a good turned leg with original castors.
Dimensions: length 120″, width 48″, height 29.5″.
Images of a few useful little nests and side tables which have arrived this week. All freshly cleaned and polished.
Low pale oak nest of tables. Dimensions: width 20″, depth 12″, height 18″. £195.
Edwardian inlaid mahogany quartetto nest of tables. Dimensions: height 18″, depth 13″, height 25″. £725.
Late 19th.c. oriental carved hardwood marble top urn stand. Diameter 18″, height 22″. £395