Category Archives: auction finds etc.

Shine on Hester Bateman

Because I’m lucky enough to have birthday and Christmas close but not so close that the presents are combined, I have recently been on the receiving end of a few small silvery items gifted by thoughtful friends. Together they tell … Continue reading

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The great silver rush of May 2013

Recently we spotted a little silver tray – three legs and in good solid plate with a little copper showing through – but otherwise unmarked. It was lot 2 in the local sale so it didn’t take long to acquire. … Continue reading

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The House in Good Taste.

I discovered the book almost by accident. Stooping to look through a box of indifferent books at the local auction mart I came across its very strange cover. Elsie de Wolfe’s The House in Good Taste, has an almost defiant … Continue reading

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William IV – the overlooked.

Despite this blog’s subtitle, Douglas Lloyd Jenkins and Peter Wells decorate an Edwardian house, there doesn’t seem to be too much going on around here that’s Edwardian – well not recently. Things seem to have settled into a period around 70 years … Continue reading

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Blue and White [and Broken]

Today’s haul from the auction house was spotted the day it was unloaded from the truck, a whole week prior to the general estate sale. My eyes went immediately to an old wooden apple box filled with old plates. My … Continue reading

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Candle Power

Readers of this blog might well be lead to the conclusion that there is something bargain-led about the décor selections here – particularly as buying things cheap at auction is a reoccurring theme. However although we might be a little … Continue reading

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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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silver and sunshine

I am thrilled with this week’s auction haul. Maidens & Foster had a good estate showing this week and I left a long list of absentee bids. Although I didn’t get my number 1 item – a lovely big Winchcombe … Continue reading

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Operation Yellow Sofa

We have a yellow sofa. It is a Victorian piece picked up at a Cordy’s sale. When we saw it we were bowled over by its rugged attractions and amused to hear that it had passed unloved through a least … Continue reading

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Grandmother’s couch

Sometime ago Douglas and I began to think we probably needed a couch in our bedroom. We wanted to read in more comfort than we could sitting on a chair and wanted something on which you could also slump, in … Continue reading

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