Showing posts with label Antiques. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Antiques. Show all posts

Monday, 2 May 2011

I try to buy one of these




19th century Porter's chair, £2,900

I've always wanted a Porter's chair.  I've been looking for a bargain one for ages.  There was a really tatty pink velour one with a few rips in it on Ebay a year or so ago.  I faffed about it for so long I ended up missing it.  It finally went for £80 which pissed me off.  Mind you it needed completely recovering so would have probably cost a fortune.


I think they're a bit of a statement.  I love the Venetian glass curtain pelmets in this picture too


This one is like an upmarket version of a peacock chair.  I've always fancied a peacock chair as well but I don't know where I'd put it.


This leather one's great but I don't think it would work in my house, it might be too overpowering


This one is currently on Ebay for £5,580!  They're certainly not cheap!  My friend's dad has one like this.


They had one in my favourite 1970's period drama The Duchess of Duke Street.  Anyone remember it?  I love it!  I have the whole lot on DVD if anyone fancies seeing it.

Sorry for the crap picture but you can just about see it here


This one came up on Ebay for £100


I would say this was made in the 1920's


It wouldn't be my first choice of fabric but I don't mind it at all.  I decided to put a bid on.  I'm supposed to be paying the water rates which is £370.  I thought I could probably blag it for another month so put a bid on of, you guessed it £370.  Unfortunately I was outbid and it went for £420.  Still a great price for something like this as original ones are quite rare.  There's lots of repro ones but they're not for me.


I also came across this one.  If you have more money than sense you can have one of these made for your dog or cat.  Fabric and white leather studded mini porter's chair complete with a sheepskin rug for  £1,200!  Hmmm.

What do you think of Porter's chairs?

Is there a particular piece of furniture you'd love to own? xxx


Sunday, 10 October 2010

I'd love a conversation chair like this



I've always wanted a Victorian conversation chair.  My local antiques auction often has beautiful Victorian pieces.  I don't think I have room for any more furniture but I spotted this one which I think is gorgeous.  It's been recovered in velvet in the Thirties and has turned solid rosewood feet and pot castors under the deep fringe.

If you have a big enough space I think this would be wonderful.


I love the fringing and the shape.

What do you think?

I'm a bit behind on reading as I've been out every night so I'm looking forward to catching up with everyone's blogs tomorrow after I've had some sleep.

I hope you've had a fabulous weekend xxx


Sunday, 3 October 2010

George Jones and Betty come to stay




We've had a very lazy weekend and everyone's had lots of sleep.
Here's gorgeous George back in bed this morning.


Betty the poodle wrapped up in a cashmere blanket pretending to be a baby


How cute are these two?


Thank you for the comments about the bed in my guest room.  Here's a picture in case anyone's interested in antique beds.  It's an 1930's Italian Art Deco walnut bed which I bought ten years ago from Ebay for £395.  It's 5'6" by 6'6" so wider than a king size.  I bought it for myself originally but The Actor is too tall for a high footboard so I bought another for my room.  It is a bit too big for my guest room but it's such a lovely bed I didn't want to part with it.  I've never known anyone complain that the bed is too big either.

Hope you've had a great weekend xxx


Tuesday, 23 March 2010

English tea



This caught my eye as I love chinoisserie. Late 18th century tole box from Sibyl Colefax and John Fowler Antiques, £280


After reading Ruth's brilliant post on tea, at Life, the Universe and all that's in it, I've realised one thing that's missing in my kitchen is a tea caddy. We don't have anything to keep our coffee in either... The Actor buys expensive coffee and we just put a paper clip on the packet and put it in fridge.

I am going to buy the teapot that Ruth recommended.  I have a china one at the moment but the new one saves faffing around with a strainer.  At the moment I keep my loose tea in an old Fortnum's tin and my sugar in an old Charbonnel and Walker drinking chocolate tin. Here are some beautiful tea caddies for all price ranges. These are so lovely I'd have them out on the side rather than hidden in a cupboard.


19th century French lacquered tea caddy



I like the ones with two compartments. Currently on Ebay at £22




Anglo-Indian carved and mosaic caddy from 1850




The inside is beautiful. Starting bid is £62.99



Traditional Victorian mahogany caddy, £50




Early Victorian silver plated tea caddy from about 1840, £89




It still has it's original velvet lining




Hallmarked silver lobed shape caddy from 1907, £300



Georgian solid silver tea caddy, 1773. £2,250!

My favourite tea, like Ruth is English breakfast and Earl Grey.  I like the idea of mixing the two together so I'd love a tea caddy with two compartments.  Which one do you like best?