Category Archives: auction finds etc.

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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taking care of tapa cloth

Tapa cloth has always played a big role in New Zealand decorating due to its ready availability. Go back thirty years and there was barely a student flat in which someone didn’t have a large tapa (or at least a … Continue reading

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an oft-heard tale of silveriness

I keep telling myself that is it is time to move on and stop posting about items made of silver – their neglect, ridiculous cheapness and how to clean them.  The problem with this all-together sensible thinking, is that I … Continue reading

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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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