Homes & Antiques

Homes & Antiques

August 2021

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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1 min
editor’s letter

Having recently lived through a five-month kitchen , I take my hat off to Michelle and Craig Opperman (p58) and Laurie and Solomon Parker (p74) for their remarkable determination and vision. Both couples took on long-abandoned properties and not only made them habitable once more, but also made their mark whilst allowing the architecture and spirit of these unusual buildings to shine through. Salvage yards and reclamation specialists played a key role in both of these projects, and you can read more about the UK’s thriving salvage industry in our feature ‘Reshaping the Past’ (p40). Architecture is also at the heart of silversmith Vicki Ambery-Smith’s work. She talks to Dominique Corlett about the challenges of working in miniature in ‘Heirlooms of the Future’ on page 33. As I write this letter, plans…

1 min
rare portrait returns to strawberry hill

A rare portrait of Catherine de’ Medici by French court painter François Clouet has been acquired by Strawberry Hill House & Garden, 247 years after it first hung here. The painting of Catherine and her children was bought by Horace Walpole in 1774 and is significant not only because she was one of the most powerful women in 16th-century Europe (she was queen consort to King Henry II of France), but also because this is the only surviving portrait of her and four of her 10 children, painted while she was alive. In the painting Catherine symbolically presents her son Charles IX (crowned king at the age of 10) while keeping him close, reflecting the power she wielded. It is one of several works sold at auction in 1842. It is…

1 min
georgian jewellery

With a handsome cast wearing fairy-tale costumes, Bridgerton has reignited an interest in Georgian-period jewellery. Pre-1750, the focus is on diamonds in ornate Baroque designs, while post-1750 the lighter Rococo style adopts gemstones such as rubies, sapphires, garnet and topaz, as well as coral, shell and pearls. From 1780, jewellers began to use paste or glass as a gemstone alternative, which allowed them to create far more dramatic and elaborate pieces including tiaras, hair adornments, waterfall necklaces and chandelier earrings. Sentimental jewellery designs were popular, too. ‘Lover’s eye’ pieces, painted with the eye of a spouse, a loved one or a child, are sought after. Georgian cameos of coral, agate and shell made into necklaces, brooches and rings are creeping back into favour too.…

2 min
kyre park antiques barn

Tell us about your background I had always worked in marketing until two years ago. I decided I wanted something more hands-on and away from the computer, so I decided to have a go at antiques. I started in a few small antiques centres, then a shop in Leigh-on-Sea in Essex and now I’ve set up Kyre Park Antiques Barn in Worcestershire. Why did you launch your business? Kyre Park was a completely random meeting. I was out buying and stopped at a house call when an initial seed was planted. At this point I was unaware, but I had just purchased from Mrs Gwyn-Jones, the wife of Timothy Gwyn-Jones who had sadly recently passed away. Mrs Gwyn-Jones mentioned her husband had had aspirations of turning a 1618 tithe barn in…

1 min
michelle’s little black book of favourite places

• Clermont Antiquités ‘A favourite of ours, owned by the delightful and knowledgeable M. Javon and his son-in-law, Christophe.’ 31 Avenue de Verdun, 34120 Pézenas, France • ‘The wonderful ‘ville fleurie’ of Pézenas is just 20 minutes from our home and it has a fantastic market on Saturdays where you can buy local fresh produce as well as plants, straw baskets and olive wood chopping boards. There is also a large antiques market that takes place twice a year, in May and October. ’ • ‘The antiques town of L’Isle-sur-la-Sorge is just over the Rhône river from us and is a regular haunt, as is the Marché aux Puces in Paris.’ • ‘The historic Abbaye de Valmagne is 10 minutes away and its old stone floors inspired the creation of the floors and…

1 min
laurie’s little black book of favourite places

• Parnham Park ‘The new venture from the people who brought us Aynhoe Park. It’s like Alice in Wonderland for adults – full of beautiful vintage pieces and antiques.’ aynhoepark.co.uk • Sideshow Interiors ‘My absolute favourite antiques shop. Their eye for remarkable vintage pieces is like no one else I know and I could buy everything in their shop.’ sideshowinteriors.co.uk • Soho House ‘For timeless yet contemporary design, Soho House does things properly. I always come away with new ideas when I stay in one of the hotels.’ sohohouse.com • Trevor Hall ‘It’s Willy Wonka meets Pride and Prejudice – an absolute clash of history and modern carnival fun.’ trevorhall.com • Studio McGee ‘Shea McGee is my design guru. Her passion and addiction to all shades of white is inspirational.’ studio-mcgee.com • Glastonbury Festival ‘The magic and spirit of Glastonbury is…