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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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…

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this month’s contributors

Alexandra Aguilar answers your antiques queries in Ask an Expert Alexandra is a French auctioneer at Woolley & Wallis in Salisbury and an Antiques Roadshow specialist. She has a passion for Japanese art. ‘Lyme Regis is definitely at the top of my list. It has plenty of independent shops and fantastic restaurants serving local produce. Looking for fossils is also a great activity for the whole family and Lyme Regis is the very best place for it!’ Richard Gadsby photographed ‘Fairground Attraction’ Richard is a freelance interiors and lifestyle photographer for magazines and commercial clients. ‘I never miss a chance to visit Hive beach and cafe in Burton Bradstock, west Dorset. This shoreline has dramatic sandstone cliffs with views to Golden Cap and Lyme Regis in one direction, and Portland Bill lighthouse in the other.…

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On the Tiles A recent article by Luke Honey explained some aspects of the Chinese game of mahjong. As he felt that ivory sets were rare, I thought you might like to see this c1920 set from my collection which is made up of ivory tiles housed in a beautiful custom-made box. I believe the collection of such sets is not widely known. Bill Price, Buckinghamshire Gorgeous Georgians Commenting on his love of Georgian furniture, Phillip Lucas claims that, ‘It all goes wrong after 1735, pieces become slightly chunkier and fussier’. It could be said that much of the furniture made for the great country houses tended to become elaborate to the point of ostentation and, perhaps, tastelessness. This cannot be said, however, of items made for the ‘middling sort’. We have several later…

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made in miniature

Our dad, John, is turning 75 in July. Not only did we want to wish him a happy birthday, but also a happy retirement. He started working as an antiques restorer at the age of 15 and, 60 years on, has decided to finally hang up his apron. There is nothing he can’t fix and he’s worked on many amazing projects over his career, including many pieces for the royal family. Over the years he has also made lots of miniature-scale pieces, such as the ones in the photograph. We know he won’t stop restoring things but now he can enjoy a lie-in. Happy birthday and retirement, Dad! Amy, Duncan and the rest of the family…

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the month august

1 the ANTIQUE LEAF DISHES As we eat out in our gardens in the sunshine and welcome friends and family for drinks, nibbles and dinner, making a pretty table scene becomes a pleasure we can all enjoy. Leaf-shaped dishes add a seasonal note and would have been a crockery staple during the 18th century, says Caroline Dennard, ceramics specialist at Halls. ‘These pretty dishes were widely produced by factories of the time and come in creamware, pearlware and porcelain forms. From around 1750 onwards, the smallest leaf dishes would have held a savoury, chutney-type relish or pickles served to complement the main course. The larger leaf dishes could also be used as part of a dessert service to hold candied fruit and nuts. There are some beautiful and very elaborate examples with…

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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…