Homes & Antiques December 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

Christmas always takes me by surprise. It’s not a moveable feast, unlike Easter and Eid, so there’s no excuse – just a dogged refusal to engage until at least mid December. This would be fine if I was even a tiny bit organised; but I’m not. So the final run up always sees me in a distinctly bah humbug! mood. This year, however, I went to the other extreme. I embraced the festivities back in July, when Rose Hammick, who styled our Christmas shoot, started calling in decorations and props. I hope you’ll enjoy her magical dose of escapism on page 39, which also contains plenty of simple, seasonal fixes for anyone else with a tendency to leave it all to the last minute. Our houses, from p61, are also…

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this month’s contributors

Charlie Lyon curated H&A’s Christmas gift guide Charlie is a freelance writer and editor with a passion for homes and interiors. ‘On Christmas Eve I always go home to the village I grew up in. I place my presents under the tree for my family, we have a drink, then it’s off for a tour of the neighbours’ homes. In each house there’s usually good champagne, wine and delicious homemade nibbles!’ Catherine Gratwicke photographed our Christmas shoot Catherine trained and worked as a textile designer before becoming a freelance still life and interiors photographer in 1998. ‘I love going to get the tree with my husband and two children. We always get it from the beautifully festive W6 Garden Centre in Ravenscourt Park and then spend the afternoon decorating it while watching a movie.’ Rose Hammick…

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Homes & Antiques, Eagle House, Colston Avenue, Bristol, BS1 4ST Woven History I was over the moon to read the article in your July issue with dealer Ian Pruchniewicz talking about Lloyd Loom furniture. I have been an avid fan since the 1980s. Newly married and living in a flat in Southsea, we inherited a rattan peacock chair from the previous occupants, which soon fell apart. Looking around friends’ and relatives’ houses, I soon spotted Lloyd Loom, and this is how I picked up my first piece – a small laundry box/seat from my sister’s mother-in-law. It sparked my love for the furniture. I have a mix of Lloyd Loom chairs, which I use inside or in the garden, and am lucky to still have some pieces with…

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if antiques could talk...

My great-grandfather was given this dagger, known as a katar, by his employer, the Maharaja of Baroda, in the 19th century. He was the maharaja’s traditional medicine doctor, or hakim. Family tradition has it that, having shot a tiger on a hunt, he climbed from the shooting point in a tree to start skinning it – but it wasn’t dead. Giving it his left arm, he drew the dagger and dispatched the tiger, but his arm became septic. He refused an amputation, because it would mean he could never hunt tigers again, and died from the wound. When my father, who had come from India in 1937, returned in 1949 to collect his possessions, he discovered that his mother had sold them all, except this. It now rests on his travelling…

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the month december

1 the ANTIQUE MEAT DISHES Of all the tableware you might have on your dresser, the star must surely be a decorative meat dish. If you haven’t inherited one, there’s still a good supply at auctions and fairs. In fact, they are better value than ever, as prices have dropped significantly over the past two decades. Depending on quality and rarity, expect to pay anything from £20 to £500 or even £1,000 for rare pieces that you would probably display rather than use. Dishes for roasted joints of meat and fowl were produced in prodigious quantities in the 19th century, and well into the 20th century, too. If proper kitchen antiques are your thing, look out for dishes that have wells and drainage channels for collecting the juices. 2 the EXHIBITION CECILY BROWN AT…

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canaletto-inspired painting fetches £80,000

Picture the scene . You’re in Chorley’s auction room, gazing at The Bucintoro Returning to the Molo on Ascension Day, in which gondolas glide across the lagoon against a backdrop of gleaming Venetian gothic architecture. It has to be a Canaletto, surely! The sale begins and the price rises steadily, doubling its upper estimate of £30,000–£40,000. It’s not by the Old Master, however, but a follower of his, perhaps British artist William James (active 1730–80) who acted as one of Canaletto’s studio assistants during his 1754 trip to England. How did this artwork make such a significant figure? Thomas Jenner-Fust of Chorley’s explains: ‘Paintings of this quality, possibly executed by a studio assistant of Canaletto, don’t often come onto the market. Similar examples have surfaced over the years and they always…