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Homes & Antiques December 2019

Homes & Antiques is the magazine for people who love great design and beautiful objects from every era, providing a unique mix of the very best of the old with the very best of the new. That's why, as well as being the official magazine of the BBC's Antiques Roadshow, every issue delivers an inspirational blend of heritage and lifestyle.

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United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
Immediate Media Company London Limited
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In this issue

1 min.
a new tradition

I have a love-hate relationship with Christmas shopping. It always starts out joyfully enough, with a few fun, nostalgic trips around seasonal markets and a bit of browsing from the comfort of my sofa. But then, all of a sudden, that joy turns to panic, as I realise that all I did at the fair was drink mulled wine and, despite my planning, I’ve forgotten to factor in delivery times for any online shopping. This year, I’m going to break with tradition and follow Velimir Ilic’s lead. He’s scouted out the best antiques shops for Christmas shopping (p144), each of which offers utterly unique gifts and decorations, all in an inviting atmosphere. Also brimming with festive spirit this month are our four homes. Festooned with antiques and vintage pieces, each of them…

1 min.
my five favourite antiques in this issue…

BEST IN SHOW I saw these award-winning cabinets at the LAPADA Fair and they are certainly worthy of the accolade. TOUCH OF KITSCH Vintage baubles in retro colours like these are hard to come by, but they give a tree a real sense of history. SWEET AS HONEY This delicate honey skep is attributed to the master silversmith of the 18th century, Paul Storr. MAJOLICA MAGIC This 1868 Wedgwood dessert service would look wonderfully festive on your Christmas dinner table. A CUDDLY TOY! While a famous German bear is our ‘Design Icon’, it’s this 20th-century ted I’ve fallen for.…

1 min.
this month’s contributors

Dan Duchars photographed ‘A Home for All Seasons’ Dan Duchars is a respected interiors and lifestyle photographer, and is a regular contributor to many homes titles. ‘Over the years, our family has collected countless Christmas decorations on various trips and travels. We mix traditional and quirkier finds, so this year our ornaments will include a handmade glass hamburger from LA, which will sit at the top of the tree.’ Velimir Ilic wrote ‘Festive Antiques Shops’ Velimir is a freelance writer and editor, specialising in interiors, food and music. He is currently working on his latest book, profiling the UK’s independent record shops. ‘The thing we always put on top of our Christmas tree is a beautiful handmade angel. Commissioned by my mother-in-law, it’s made with offcuts from my wife’s silk and lace wedding dress.’ Ellie Tennant…

1 min.
homes & antiques

Editorial Editor Mel SherwoodSenior Production Editor Rachel NottActing Senior Houses Editor Charlotte PackerSenior Staff Writer Sophie HannamEditorial and Picture Assistant Katy LaytonAntiques Writer Caroline Wheater Design Art Director Christianne RaymerDeputy Art Editor Kirsty Lyons Advertising Group Advertising Manager Laura Jones Advertising Manager Heather Golden Business Development Manager Sophie North Brand Sales Executives Aileen Booth, Olivia King, Phil Wallington Classified Sales Executive Bethany Ogden Advertising Designer Libby Parfitt Marketing & Production Subscriptions Director Jacky Perales-MorrisDirect Marketing Executive Emma HunterDirector of Licensing and Syndication Tim HudsonSyndication Manager Richard BentleyProduction Director Sarah PowellProduction Manager Emily MounterPR Manager Toby Hicks Publishing Managing Director Marie DaviesPromotions and PartnershipsManager Rosa SherwoodPublishing Assistant Lara Von WeberGroup Managing Director Andy MarshallCEO Tom Bureau…

3 min.
letters

Homes & Antiques, Eagle House, Colston Avenue, Bristol, BS1 4ST homesandantiques@immediate.co.uk facebook.com/homesantiques twitter.com/homes_antiques instagram.com/homes_antiques pinterest.co.uk/homesantiques Join the club Hurrah! Someone else loathes Bernard Leach, Clarice Cliff and Jasperware. And those ghastly Martin Brothers ceramics. I agree, I agree! One daren’t admit it, as it’s like saying you don’t like Shakespeare – people just tut. I tried to like Troika when, incomprehensively to me, it was madly popular – then I decided, off my own bat, that it was hideous! Hilary Marshall, via email Totally over Tolix My pet hate is the ubiquitous Tolix chair. To me it is vile in appearance and extremely uncomfortable. Sadly, it is now to be found in many cafes and restaurants – none of which will get my custom! My preferred style is Country House, maybe with a twist. Call…

1 min.
stone deaf staffordshire dogs

I am nearly 84 and have a pair of Staffordshire dogs that I love. My uncle won them at a fair and they used to sit on the›sideboard, on either side of the clock, and I would perch on his knee looking at them as a very small child. He told me one day, ‘Every time they hear the clock strike, those dogs bark’, so every time the clock struck, I used to look hopefully at them. When I had the chance of a keepsake after my aunt and uncle died, the dogs came to live with me. But, does anyone know of a cure for stone deaf Staffordshire pot dogs? Barbara Whitaker, via email DO YOU HAVE AN ANTIQUE WITH A STORY? If you have correspondence from star-crossed lovers, or a clock…