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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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Back on the tools

  A few readers have asked where we’ve gone? The answer is no further than the hallway where I have spent a great deal of time staring into the distance – thinking. The hallway has always been something of an … Continue reading

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The right size but the wrong green

As both Wedgewood and the colour green are constant themes on this blog, I thought I’d write a short posting on two green eggcups purchased today for a dollar. They were found at the local hospice, along with a small … Continue reading

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A Georgian pursuit

It began with my usual Maiden & Foster weekly viewing. This usually happens on a Monday, part of the new week although Douglas has said he prefers Thursday. (The auction occurs on a Wednesday.) Thursday is the official day for … Continue reading

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When pretty and useless collide

  This week I should not have been bidding at the local antique sale. However I was slightly out of sorts, having missed even placing a bid on a painting I’d had been researching and generally keeping an eye on … Continue reading

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Revisiting paint effects, theatrical and otherwise.

I recently acquired a suite of three elliptical Italianate landscape paintings. They were purchased primarily for their frames, which I mistakenly thought were circular – one of the perils of online purchasing but that is, as they say, another story. … Continue reading

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The small travels of Reverend William Gilpin

I recently acquired a little picture frame from the usual weekly source.  It is very nice example, a mottled wooden frame of good proportion. Even better it was in excellent condition without bumps, knocks, scratches or peeling veneer. It has … Continue reading

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