Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Antiquing in England

Going on antique buying trips sounds like a romantic and astronomically cool job, but in reality it can be a bit unsettling.... especially with the economic wildfire raging. But lucky for me, my online antique store has been a true blessing these last 3 weeks and to keep my store looking good I need a fresh infusion of European goodies. Usually three weeks before I leave my contacts begin emailing me pictures of all their good stuff and I start pre-buying or my clients do.

I'll start posting the pictures of some of the English wares on my blog and let you vote as too what I should get...just remember, I am going to focus more on small items this trip, but I'll never turn down a sweet piece. And of course at the moment most of the pictures that are coming in are of the larger pieces....never fear, a ton of smalls will start rolling in.

La Meridiene, Napoleon III daybed with original fabric and passementerie.

Hall stand very decorative, original glass and hooks. height 79ins. width 34ins.

Faux Columns. Circa 1900.

A pair of C18th Italian cartouche shaped Mirrors with scroll cresting.

A pair of Empire style oak and ebonised stools upholstered in black leather. Circa 1920.

A 19th century beechwood bobbin turned four division Canterbury with lower shelf on brass castors.

A 19th century French carved oak wall mirror with pierced foliate border and scrolled cresting.

I'll post a bunch of pictures from around the store so you can see my preferences in another blog. And if you see a piece and just have to have it or have a question, please email or call me.


katiedid said...

OK...these get my votes: the beautiful chaise! The Empire stools, the bobbin Canterbury, and that gorgeous French oak mirror. I need to climb a few financial stairs before purchasing, but one can dream!

Pigtown*Design said...

Just got back from London, and will be posting pix later tonight (as I wait for my missing luggage to be delivered). Went to Portobello Road, as well as to loads of other stores. I did find a sweet little tea cup and saucer at a charity shop for £3, and a dozen silver spoons which match my Mappin & Webb pattern at Portobello Road.

J.Covington said...

Good deal...I love the charity shops. And the exchange rates is quite good for a change!