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Two new Victorians with no place to go

I aquired this painting some time back, unframed, glued to a backing board and in a not entirely happy state. It is by Frank Holl, one of those romantic English painters who died early and is not well remembered – … Continue reading

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Havelock – Hero of Cawnpore and Parian

A wet Saturday morning and I have an injured Achilles’ tendon. I was pretty determined not to go anywhere much at all but to stay inside. How then did I end up in Hastings – clutching a Parianware bust in … Continue reading

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Avoiding Violet

In order to obey the household rule regarding the purchase of small paintings (no more it is decreed), I’ve been on the look out for larger Victorian paintings. These are few and far between.  What’s more I’ve discovered that we … Continue reading

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In Oscar’s Corner

I was recently asked just how much the townsfolk of Napier would have really know about Oscar Wilde in his own time. I answered pretty quickly that I felt some had very real understanding of Wilde and some perhaps some … Continue reading

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Colonial Idol: and the contestants are …

If this man seems familiar it might be that you have spent too long in the pub. For decades he lived on a shelf above the bar of the Birdcage tavern, in Auckland. I acquired him in the sale of … Continue reading

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How to decorate your hotel room

On a Tuesday night, I find myself at Dunbar’s in Auckland. The catalogue for this sale hadn’t been particularly spectacular and I wasn’t going to go. Dunbar’s Auckland sales are never as strong as their Wellington ones – in part … Continue reading

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Inspiration: Edwardian Bloomsbury & Beidermeier

Visitors often ask where I (and they might) get inspiration for rooms or décor moments. The question arises because too often when searching for decor ideas homeowners simply look at decorating magazines. The problem is compounded in that if you … Continue reading

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