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Our little Dacha

Almost a year ago I posted that we were about to get back on the tools and start work renovating the hall. That turned out to be a little optimistic. What I didn’t know then was that within a matter … Continue reading

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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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Mistaken Identity

The other day while viewing an art sale, for someone else, I had noticed (and immediately fallen for), a rather splendid Victorian painting, The Rape of the Sabine Women, attributed to the Irish painter Daniel Maclise. Daniel Maclise (1806-1870) is … Continue reading

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A bowl, a plate, a conversation

  Viewing the local antique sale my attention was captured by a Chinese bowl decorated with two red dragons and with a distinctive disk of gold in the centre. What initially caught my eye was the auction house’s accidental arrangement … Continue reading

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An Easterly Trajectory

We spotted this work in a sale. For me at least, the initial viewing was a bit of blur, as I’d left my glasses behind. I could determine outlines of large pieces of furniture and the distinctive shape of a … Continue reading

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