Homes & Antiques October 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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editor’s letter

Autumn has arrived and with it come thoughts of longer evenings, cooler days and a sense that it’s time to retreat indoors. Strange to be welcoming such a thing when much of 2020 has already felt like a form of hibernation; yet the instinct to withdraw and cosy up remains. Selina Lake’s feature on page 38 is filled with excellent advice on how to ready your home for the coming months, and our heartwarming recipes on page 116 celebrate the fruits of the season. This month’s houses are the perfect antidote to the shortening days. Read our feature on St Benedict, an extraordinary B&B where guests are transported to the 1880s. The restoration has been a labour of love and the interiors are filled with exuberant wallpapers and beautiful antiques…

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this month’s contributors

Amy Kent shares her expertise in ‘The Edit’ Amy is a British designer and the owner of bespoke rug company Amy Kent Bespoke Rugs, which sells beautifully crafted, colourful rugs handmade in India and Nepal. ‘I live in the countryside, so cosy autumns are what we do! Log fires, autumn walks, blackberry picking, family Sunday roasts – most of my family live close by, so we take it in turns to make lunch.’ Dr Hazel Tubman gives her advice in ‘Ask an Expert’ Hazel works at the antiquarian booksellers Maggs Bros Ltd, where she specialises in early European books and manuscripts. ‘Creating cosiness in the flat I share with friends is a collaboration, and we all lean towards bright colours and interesting, eye-catching ‘things’. I’m a little biased, but there’s nothing like full bookshelves to…

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Blooms all year I was delighted to read your article on embroidered table linen in the August issue. As a child, my interest was first sparked by a beautiful cloth embroidered by my grandmother and used only on special occasions. At 14, I embroidered an old printed linen cloth my mother had stored since the early 1940s and I went on to embroider many tablecloths and smaller items over the years. Now retired, I take pleasure in hunting for lovely quality linen napery at antiques fairs and flea markets, buying only items with a design ready printed, but not already embroidered. Stitching these glorious florals in the winter is a tonic and using the completed items on a garden table all summer is a joy. Caroline Innis, Warwickshire Mix and match I thoroughly enjoyed a…

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if antiques could talk...

Dished out gifts My godmother was born in 1915 and, like many country girls, she went into service when she was 15, working her way up from scullery maid to parlour maid. The servants always remained in Scotland when the family travelled to their London home for Christmas, but funds were left for a party and there was a wrapped gift for each staff member. In 1931 she opened her present to find a bowl, not perhaps what she was hoping for, but there was great hilarity amongst the servants as everyone had received a piece of the same dinner service! Lesley Reid, Aberdeen…

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the month october

1 the ANTIQUE TABLE CLOCKS From the early 18th century, table clocks became an essential furnishing for the comfortable home, placed on side tables and mantelpieces, telling the time in drawing rooms and parlours. Not only did clocks mark the hours of the day, the introduction of pendulums reduced the daily margin of error in earlier clocks. This green japanned table clock, decorated with chinoiserie garden scenes, reflects the 18th-century vogue for Chinese style. Made c1770 by the London workshop Markwick Markham, Perigal, the clock has a ‘bell top’ case, brass carrying handle and pierced steel hands, and chimes every quarter of an hour. It was part of the collection of architect Sir William Whitfield, which sold at Dreweatts recently and made £6,000. At auction, you can expect to pay over £1,000 for…

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a world record for rembrandt

In a bout of furious phone bidding during Sotheby’s Rembrandt to Richter online sale at the end of July, a striking 1632 self-portrait by Rembrandt sold for a colossal £14.5m against an estimate of £12-£16m. The small-scale painting is thought to have been created by the artist when he was just 26 and had moved to Amsterdam in order to establish himself in the art world. The portrait is one of 80 or so paintings and drawings Rembrandt made of himself throughout his life, and shows him clad in a smart black jacket and hat with a white ruff – an outfit more typical of one of his wealthy sitters than the painter himself. This sale set a world-record hammer price for a self-portrait by the Dutch master.…