Regency Highlights

Life in the English Regency period, which, in its broadest sense stretched from the late 1790s until the late 1830s, was more intimate and informal than the periods which preceded it and those which were to follow. The Regency style is known for its lightness and restraint – a far cry from the heavy opulence of…

Autumn Lighting

As the days grow shorter, lighting becomes an increasingly important feature in our homes. For style, atmosphere and drama, antique lighting can be the perfect choice. Here is a selection of some of our loveliest lighting, guaranteed to create a welcoming ambience… This unusual brass lantern with panels of convex glass would be a perfect…

Classical Inspiration

An essential rite of passage for young gentlemen of means and the final step in the completion of their education, the Grand Tour was an important cultural pilgrimage spanning the 17th and 19th centuries. Seen as the transitional step between boyhood and adulthood, those undertaking the Tour would have left a British Port, often Dover,…

Tremendous Tiles

This month we’re featuring three of our most decorative inserts and grates. Adorned with tiles of all colours and sizes, these inserts are a great way to update an existing fireplace, or add a period touch to your home! Manufactured c.1890 by The Eagle Foundry in Oxford, this rare Aesthetic Movement insert is adorned with…

Marble Through the Ages

The story begins approximately 1,600 million years ago in the Mesoproterozoic age, long before any vertebrate creature walked the Earth. Soft white sediments of the long lost, warm Tethys Sea metamorphosed, folded, twisted and refolded into smooth knots of fine lustrous, sphered symmetry. Bands of impurities take on beautiful colours, a profusion of shapes and…

Summer Florals

The Great British Summer is underway, and this month we’re showcasing the best of florals… Florals don’t have to be flamboyant. Carved from limestone, this Victorian chimneypiece possesses the simplest of floral detailing, the Tudor rose: DETAILS HERE With a gently sweeping arch framed by floral spandrels, this marble chimneypiece is the epitome of elegance DETAILS…

Francis I’s Salamander

This month one of our finest new chimneypieces unites exquisite quality with powerful symbolism. It is an enchanting combination, telling the tale of royal iconography and revolutionary ambition. DETAILS HERE The Salamander is a creature cloaked in mystery. In the 1st century AD Pliny claimed that the Salamander “is so intensely cold as to extinguish…