Monthly Archives: June 2015

Old friends and old rivals reunited

  The other day while looking at an Old Sheffield Plate salver, a friend identified the marks, a pair of suns, as those of Mathew Boulton. Boulton was, he said, ‘a highly regarded Sheffield plate maker.’ I was fascinated. Why was … Continue reading

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Sacrilegious fun

One day I saw a chair that intrigued me at Maiden & Fosters’ weekly auction. It was a good quality copy of a Chippendale-style chair. By the state of its varnish – yellowy and shiny – I would have dated … Continue reading

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Sussex armchair envy

A friend of mine recently acquired two superb Morris & Co., Sussex armchairs (c1860) Not that I envy him. It’s just one of those events that plays on your mind in quiet moments of décor envy. I had recommended he … Continue reading

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