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Homes & Antiques March 2020

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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in this issue

1 min.
the possession obsession

The trouble with working for a magazine as beautiful and fascinating as this one, is that the list of antiques I dream of owning grows at a wildly unsustainable rate. Take this month’s photoshoot, ‘ Divine by Design’ (p44) for example. Glorious pieces of ecclesiastical salvage, made by master craftspeople in days gone by, charmingly styled for the modern home. I’d never before considered using a lectern as a plant holder, or dressing my hallway table with a bust of the holy mother, but now I find myself trawling online auctions for affordable examples late into the night! This month’s houses are, frankly, no better for my antiques envy. From a Victorian cottage filled with vintage furniture (p56), to a seaside home packed with a mix of art, folk pieces and…

1 min.
my five favourite antiques in this issue…

CLOCK WATCHING I adore the rich yellow gold that ormolu has, and the surface of this Louis XIV mantel clock practically glows. MAKING A CAMEO When the hammer fell for this exquisite cameo-glass vase, a new world record was made. GILTY PLEASURE Since we covered giltwood mirrors last issue, I’ve developed something of an obsession. ‘S’ IS FOR SOLD! I’m not surprised that this Eric Raviliousdesigned Wedgwood mug soared over its £120-£180 estimate… CLASSIC CHOICE A good old-fashioned ladder back dining chair like this will last for centuries and its style will never wane.…

1 min.
this month’s contributors

Sarah Ellison Spoke to Sophie Hannam in ‘Masters of the Eclectic’ Sarah is the founder of London-based interior design practice Frank & Faber. She has a penchant for mixing styles and eras to create colourful and individual spaces. ‘I 100 per cent aspire to be a constant de-clutterer, but I always have that little voice telling me I might need it one day, so I keep things for approximately six months to a year longer than I need to!’ Ali Heath Wrote about Tom Cox’s home in ‘The Art of Curation’ Ali is a freelance writer and stylist whose work has appeared in many leading magazines and newspaper supplements, from H&A to House & Garden . ‘I would like to say that I am a constant de-clutterer, but the reality is I am somewhat of…

3 min.

Makeover magic Having read Jay Blades’ article in the February 2020 issue, I feel he’s a kinsman when he talks about using leftover pieces of fabric and being inspired by them. I have been known to make patchwork cushions, blinds and tablecloths – all sorts of useful textile items. One of my latest projects may be of interest to Jay – a patchwork chair. I searched for many months to find a suitable candidate – it had to be the right age, shape and be interesting, and most of all, cheap. At last I found something for £3 at a car boot sale. The fabrics all came from my stash, which currently fills two wardrobes, and no piece is longer than about a metre. All the pieces are good quality and, to my…

1 min.
breathing new life

When my granny passed away in 1960, one of the few possessions my mother inherited was her old teapot. When she followed 20 years ago, I packed all her china into cardboard boxes. However, I gave the teapot pride of place on my sideboard. On my last visit to the house, I found another cardboard box. On opening it, I saw a familiar pattern on lots of broken china – it was the lid of the teapot, smashed into many pieces.›I glued them back together and, amazingly, it was complete, albeit with one or two chips. Some years later, I cleared out my garage and found the teapot stand! I’d had no idea it existed, and no memory of packing it. So the teapot is now complete and looks even…

2 min.
the month

1 the ANNIVERSARY 100 YEARS OF ERCOL Sleek, shapely and oh-so stylish, the 467 Windsor Sideboard is a design icon – and vintage versions are lusted after by Ercol collectors the world over. To celebrate the brand’s centenary, Ercol is re-releasing this classic design, with its traditional dovetail and curved handles, in fresh colourways and finishes. The very thing to breathe new life into a mid-century lover’s home. 01844 271800; ercol.com 2 the DESIGNER SOPHIA FRANCES Featuring vivid abstracts and brilliant botanicals, nothing quite ushers in the arrival of spring like Sophia Frances’s eye-catching fabric designs. Her debut collection, No Wallflower, draws upon Sophia’s fascination with intricate flowers and the style of the Arts and Crafts movement, including the work of forgotten 18th-century British silk trader and designer, Anna Maria Garthwaite. Sophia’s zingy fabrics start…