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Homes & Antiques March 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.

United Kingdom
Immediate Media Company London Limited
12 Issues

in this issue

1 min
editor’s letter

March already, and it’s a year since the first lockdown. At times, working on an interiors magazine celebrating antiques and beautiful homes has felt at odds with what has been happening in the world beyond our glossy pages. But magazines, books and films, offer us welcome escape from the relentless bad news. It’s natural to seek out things that lift our spirits and, for me, that means colour and pattern, and decorative antiques and works of art in which you can sense the hand of the maker. This month, we have several features that tick all of these boxes and more: in ‘Shelf Life’ on page 36, Rhiannon Batten talks to seven artists whose beautiful works are inspired by the antiques they collect; on page 44, Rosanna Morris discusses the art of layering…

1 min
this month’s contributors

Rhiannon Batten wrote ‘Shelf Life’ Rhiannon is a freelance writer, with a degree in archaeology and anthropology, and a focus on travel, design and food. She lives in Somerset. ‘The big project this year is filling an organically shaped gap in the patio with upturned, reclaimed clay tiles. I’m hoping it will look like an understated underfoot sculpture with erigeron and thyme growing between the cracks, and I can’t wait to sit out there in the summer.’ Amander Meade wrote ‘Divine Inspiration’ Amander is a freelance features writer specialising in interiors and property. She discovered a love for interiors after moving home four times in seven years before settling in Rutland. ‘I’m very excited to be having a long-awaited new en suite bathroom fitted this spring. I’ve chosen a classic white suite but paired it…

2 min

Getting quizzical Didn’t I love the Christmas quiz! I thought I would not cheat, but I then saw the opportunity to learn new things and share it with my family as an after-dinner activity. I thought, ‘Let’s try just one of the sections – ‘Crafty Connections’. Everyone will be inspired!’ My enthusiasm was rewarded well, until I got the January issue and could check my answers. What a disappointment to realise that I got some things so totally wrong (Crafty Connections, to name one I was so sure of!) It has renewed interest in your magazine to keep learning! It is a brilliant idea and should be repeated: may I suggest for spring and Christmas specials? Elise Korolev, by email Flying colours I felt I must write to say how delighted I am the…

1 min
enjoy 20% off home accessories from polkra

From fragrant scented candles and hand-printed artworks to decorative glassware and colourful cushions, Polkra specialises in the perfect finishing touches for your home. And we’re over the moon to be offering Homes & Antiques readers 20 per cent off its entire collection of homewares! Polkra’s mission is to produce and to source timeless homeware designs from across the globe that don’t cost the earth, such as beautifully soft towels and face cloths (from £20) or handmade cushions and lavender bags (from £19). You’ll also find an array of exclusive design collaborations, such as scented candles in decorative ceramic pots by artist Katie Scott (£49) or colourful animal-print placemats by Anna Glover (£115 for six). polkra.com Your offer To receive £0% off the entire Polkra collection please enter the code HA£0 at the checkout. Terms…

5 min
the month march

1 the ANTIQUE DECORATIVE JARDINIÈRES With pot plants continuing to be a huge trend, what better present to give on Mother’s Day than an antique jardinière for a prized plant? These decorative ceramic plant holders first became popular with wealthy households in the 17th century, when Chinese blue and white porcelain was all the rage. In the 18th century, the pioneering European porcelain factories, Sèvres and Meissen, produced them in a range of sizes, all beautifully hand-painted. In Britain, jardinières hit their stride from the early 19th century onwards, with demand coming from the growing middle classes keen to pop their parlour palms and ferns into elegant pots – for more on historic room decor, visit the Museum of the Home in London (see p42 for a profile on Director Sonia Solicari).…

1 min
rare miniature dinner service makes £37,800

It may be tiny, but one of the highlights of the recent Thomas Goode: Preparing for the Next 200 Years auction at Sotheby’s attracted substantial bids when it went up for sale in January. The miniature porcelain dinner service was commissioned in 1922 as a gift to Queen Mary for her lavish doll’s house. The exquisite service, created by Thomas Goode & Co, was estimated to reach £20,000–£30,000, as the acclaimed Mayfair tableware emporium opened up its collections for the first time in 200 years. In fact, it exceeded this, going on to fetch £37,800. The company, which has received 28 Royal Warrants since 1858, was requested to create three miniature white porcelain dinner services. Totalling 76 pieces, the sets were required for the state dining room, the nursery and the…