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Homes & Antiques July 2020

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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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12 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
editor’s letter

A warm welcome to the July issue of H&A , which is filled with our usual mix of antiques news, beautiful interiors and stylish accessories. This month’s houses epitomise all that we love about great interiors: filled with colour, character and charm, they reflect the personalities of their owners rather than passing trends. During the long weeks of lockdown, many of us have been spending more time in our kitchens and, with that in mind, we are excited to be launching a new food section – on page 114 you will find a selection of delicious Sardinian cakes and ices. We also reveal the bucolic charm of the cow creamer in a new collecting feature dedicated to kitchenalia (p118). Naturally enough, July brings with it thoughts of travel and sunshine…

1 min.
this month’s contributors

Lawrence Hendra gives his advice in ‘Ask an Expert’ page 106 Lawrence is an art historian and Director of Philip Mould & Company in London. He is also a specialist in Paintings and Prints on BBC1’s Antiques Roadshow. ‘The thing I’ve missed the most in lockdown is being in our gallery space on Pall Mall. The most enjoyable part of my job is being able to handle paintings and study them first-hand – something which working remotely does not allow!’ Selina Lake wrote ‘Natural Beauty’ page 38 Selina is a successful stylist, author and columnist.›Her work has been exhibited at RHS Chelsea Flower Show and RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival. ‘I’ve missed botanical hubs with lovely gardens, a shop and cafe all in one place. Top of my list are Daylesford, Petersham, Long Barn…

3 min.

Eco-conscious credentials I was so pleased to read the supplement in the April 2020 issue: the Guide to Eco-conscious Decorating. For years I have been checking ingredients in paint. The question is though, why are manufacturers still allowed to produce the products that are clearly bad for the planet? Isn’t it about time that there was more regulation and more prevention of manufacture in the first place? If they’re advertised, and have cut prices, aren’t the public going to buy them anyway? If they weren’t available, the planet (and we) would be better off, and sooner. I am having some decorating in my flat done soon and have been collecting colour cards from companies mentioned in the supplement and will be buying from them, for sure. I’ve been a subscriber to…

1 min.
if antiques could talk...

A pot with a secret In the mid 1960s, my husband and I were young teachers working in East Africa. On a camping trip to the ‘Mountains of the Moon’ [the Rwenzori Mountains] in western Uganda, we bought this pot for a few shillings from a local man on a bicycle. It is made of polished clay with an etched pattern. During the six years we worked in East Africa, the pot sat on a high shelf next to a kerosene lamp. We lit this lamp every night, which attracted swarms of flying ants and mosquitoes, and the geckos in the roof came down to eat their fill. In due course we returned to the UK and, almost 50 years after its purchase, giving the pot a polish, I realised there was something…

5 min.
the month

the COLLECTION 1 NORDIC & NICE You can always bank on the Scandinavians to be one step ahead when it comes to design. And the latest collection from Nordic House, with its gentle colour palette and plenty of soft, rustic textiles, has relaxed summer living at its core. We’re particularly enchanted by this curved rattan bench (£399), which would make a lovely additional perch in a hallway or garden room. 01872 223220; nordichouse.co.uk the EXHIBITIONS 2 A REMARKABLE OLD MASTER & EARLY ROYAL PHOTOGRAPHS Online exhibitions are making it easier than ever to get a cultural fix from home. For an up-close view of Rembrandt’s seminal work The Night Watch, head to the website of the Rijksmuseum, where you can view an ultra HD image of the painting (and even zoom in on individual brushstrokes). Meanwhile,…

1 min.
shaken, not stirred...

Though bars may be shut for the time being, social distancing hasn’t stopped us from enjoying a midweek tipple. And, thanks to the dawn of the ‘Quarantini’, we’re all getting a little more experimental with the drinks cabinet. With negronis and sours on our minds, this recent online sale from Sotheby’s New York caught our attention. Presented in collaboration with Alan Bedwell, owner of watch and jewellery specialist Foundwell, this auction commemorated the 100th anniversary of Prohibition in America by highlighting some of the finest examples of vintage and antique barware. Some of our favourite lots included a c1930s James Dixon & Sons binocular spirit flask, a 1927-1929 lighthouse cocktail shaker, and a pair of Hukin & Heath lockable glass decanters dating from 1923-1928. sothebys.com Courtesy Sotheby’s; Getty Images…