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18 January 2017

The Winter Antiques Show: ready to go


On Tuesday morning, so far spared the traditional Winter Antiques Show snow, we arrived at the nonetheless frigid Armory. Our shippers battled the mêlée of ‘troublesome trucks’ jockeying for position on a gridlocked Lexington Avenue. 

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12 December 2016

Sitting comfortably, on chairs designed by Thomas Chippendale the Younger


During a recent visit to Salisbury, I took some time to enjoy the magnificent cathedral.  Walking past the north transept, my eye was caught by a life-size seated figure.  On inspection this turned out to be a funerary monument to Richard Colt Hoare (1758-1838), the antiquarian owner of Stourhead, Wiltshire (above). 

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10 November 2016

Variations on a theme: two armchairs designed by C.F.A. Voysey (1857-1941)


C.F.A Voysey’s armchair, with a heart-shape in the back, is one of his most recognisable designs.
The armchair with rush seat (above) is a close variant of this widely published model, which is itself known in various forms; see, for instance, Wendy Hitchmough, C.F.A. Voysey, London, 1995, p. 155, fig. 28, showing examples in an interior at Voysey's The Homestead, Frinton-on-Sea.

A version dating from 1906, with a leather seat, is in the collectio...

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7 November 2016

Charles Lepec: two recently identified works


As was acknowledged during their lifetimes, the crucial relationship between the fabulously wealthy patron and collector Alfred Morrison (1821-97), and the supremely talented enamel artist Charles Lepec (1830-90), led to much of Lepec's artistic output, during the 1860s, finding a home at Morrison's Fonthill House, Wiltshire.  A number of the pieces commissioned or acquired by Morrison, many of which were exhibited at the Paris Exposition Universelle, 1867, have been traced; see Olivier Hurst...

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2 October 2016

PAD London 5-9 October 2016


By the time we arrived on Saturday morning, Berkeley Square was knee-deep in trucks and vans jostling gently for position.  Inside the elegant temporary gallery constructed for PAD, exhibitors maneuvered cooperatively around the stand builders completing their tasks.  And by mid-afternoon many installations were taking shape.

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