Monday, 14 July 2014


It's the 14th July,  a big holiday in France. Before and after the French revolution France was a country of wonderful furniture and decoration………………

Less is not always more and antiques add character and warmth to a room. Below are photographs taken in the shop showing some of the new stock that we have in and how we have combined things….
 In the foreground an 18th century blue & white "Pot à Oranger
A large set of framed prints of Switzerland hang above an early French mahogany desk, similar to a desk at Chatsworth at the foot of the bed in the Mary Queen of Scots room…..
 Four early 19th century sporting prints after Carle Vernet are framed in water gilt frames
 Hanging on the wall is part of a large set of 19th century framed Jamaican ferns in water gilt and painted frames. Below are a pair of gilt bronze candlesticks and a pair of gilt bronze urns
 Standing in front of a gilt Règence mirror is a Spanish 18th century carved wooden figure
 I have always advocated hanging prints close together and the shop is no different; we have a large collection of 18th century French engravings most in original frames, visit our print section to view the collection
 A portrait of 'Pomona' goddess of fruitful abundance is hung with 18th century prints above a
 'Le Matin' & 'Le Midi' 18th century prints after Joseph Vernet are framed in original gilt frames

Great pieces of furniture and large tapestries also look good in a modern setting

regence commode
This Règence commode was made in the first part of the 18th century and the richness of the colour of the veneers is wonderful. 
We always have a selection of 18th and 19th century French commodes for the drawing room or the bedroom.

Made whilst Napoleon Bonarparte was ruling France, simple lines make this a great piece for the dining room the doors open to reveal a single shelf.
Baron renouard tapestry

Whilst this 20th century tapestry 'CHANT' by Francois Baron-Renouard woven in Paris in the 60's brings a splash of colour at a fraction of the cost of a contemporary painting!

We have several great pieces arriving in the next few weeks,  to see new arrivals check out our "New Arrivals' section of the webs site. 

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