Category Archives: collecting

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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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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On Lustreware Teapots

This is a piece called ‘English Silver Lustreware Teapots’ of the late 18th and early 19th centuries, I wrote it for another blog but thought Decor Extremus readers might also like it.  Lusterware is one of those materials desirable for its ability to … 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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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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