Country Life

Country Life 02-Jun-2021

Published by TI Media Limited Country Life, the quintessential English magazine, is undoubtedly one of the biggest and instantly recognisable brands in the UK today. It has a unique core mix of contemporary country-related editorial and top end property advertising. Editorially, the magazine comments in-depth on a wide variety of subjects, such as architecture, the arts, gardens and gardening, travel, the countryside, field-sports and wildlife. With renowned columnists and superb photography Country Life delivers the very best of British life every week.

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4 min
dear reader...

I CANNOT remember when I first discovered Cecil Court, WC2, which runs or, more properly, strolls, between St Martin’s Lane and the Charing Cross Road, but I was not long out of short trousers. There are antiquarian and second-hand bookshops and dealers throughout the country, but, even if there are few now in the court, for many people what was once known as ‘Booksellers’ Row’ represents the soul of the trade. Cecil Court’s first recorded bookseller was a Huguenot, Nöe Bouquet ‘à l’ensigne de la Bible’ in 1704, and there have been bookshops there, as well as publishers, printsellers and antique dealers, ever since. Among my favourite school-holiday haunts were Fletcher, Storey, Seligmann and Suckling, together with Wheeler and Meier’s antique shops. I’d enjoy illicit cigarettes in Meier’s back room with…

6 min
each to their own

IT is tempting to think of collecting as a universal human trait—possibly even Trappists collect, if only prayers (they are unlikely to contradict me). Naturally, collectors come in as many guises as the things that they collect, and motivations differ widely. The reasons for dispersing a collection are as diverse as the spurs to acquisition; appropriate to this issue’s theme, I present a choice collection of collectors. On display we have an antiques market trader, a scientist, a former museum director, a ‘professional’ collector and an inventor and entrepreneur, each collecting in a different field. Annie Marchant (1951–2020), widely known as ‘Breadboard Annie’, is not to be confused with Rosslyn Neave and her daughter Madeleine, who set up the Antique Breadboard Museum in Putney. Neave dealt in kitchen objects in Portobello,…

5 min
a walk on the wild side

IT’S 9am on a Friday morning and I am being stared at by a gorilla. He blinks, I blink back, and then hastily look away, not fancying my chances against a great ape. This is a normal encounter at ZSL London Zoo, which re-opened in April after restrictions were lifted. Once upon a time, it had a bear pit, but the raucous crowds of the 18th century are long gone. Instead, a Covidcompliant one-way system is in action, guiding visitors decorously from penguin to post. ‘In 1828, the zoo had an orangutan, an Arabian oryx and a now-extinct thylacine on display’ The zoo was established in Regent’s Park, NW1, in 1826, by Sir Stamford Raffles, the founder of modern Singapore, and the chemist Sir Humphry Davy. In April 1828, it opened for…

1 min
local heroes the indiscriminate collector

What started as a childhood interest in stamps, coins and vintage comics turned into a lifelong obsession for Roddy Carr-Boot. Anything is fair game: taxidermy, coal scuttles, ancient pub signs, you name it. His first wife described their marital home as the ‘Pitt-Rivers on acid' and cited his collecting as ‘unreasonable' behaviour in their divorce. Thankfully, the second Mrs Carr-Boot came to the marriage with a farm, complete with a capacious barn. Having rapidly filled it to the rafters, he's looking to create a legacy and is eyeing up an old chicken shed as the site for the Carr-Boot Museum. ‘The British Museum will rue the day it turned down my generous offer of my life's work,' he thinks, sipping from one of his 273 Henley rowing tankards, a collection…

3 min
future perfect

Lights fantastic Made in Collier Webb's foundry in Eastbourne, East Sussex, the Armoury Globe, £14,000, is created from 48 frosted-glass facets framed in Antique Brass and inspired by the hanging globe lights in the hallways of the New York Public Library, founded in 1895 (020–8051 6790; Military bearing The Elizabeth side table is made in green English oak crowned with a pippy oak top, created by British artisans Stride & Co. It forms part of the Chelsea Barracks Collection of bespoke furniture and lighting produced in collaboration with interior designers Albion Nord and costs £2,000 (07834 711945; Leaf it out Ceramic artist Amy Hughes says she aims to bridge the gap between past and present, creating pieces that provide fresh and lively interpretations of 17th- and 18th-century porcelainware. Acanthus II, £5,500, is available…

1 min
are you for real?

• Original pieces have underglazed and overglazed colours. Only black and cobalt blue were used under the glaze; all other colours were painted on top often chipping or flaking over time. Repro figures have all the colours under the glaze • A pre-1890 figure almost never has makers' marks • Check the air holes—original pieces have holes made by the end of a paintbrush, about 5mm in diameter; fakes often have bigger ones, about 20mm • Study originals as much as possible-most modern reproductions don't get the faces or the colours right • against an original piece. Replicas if made from a clay mould, will often be smaller • The Staffordshire Figure Association or a reputable dealer will be able to offer advice-try Damon Revans-Turner (0151–733 3071;…