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Homes & Antiques April 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

Variety is the spice of life, to misquote William Cowper, and here at H&A we are fortunate that the world of antiques is nothing if not varied. From fine furniture and ceramics to scientific instruments and naive art, old things with interesting histories can be relied upon to add ‘flavour’, as Cowper would have it, not only to our lives, but to our homes as well. It is our fascination for the endless invention and diversity within each field of antiques that turns us into collectors. Take the humble butter mould, which we explore on page 107 – you buy one out of curiosity, intrigued by the carving of a cow, then you buy another because it bears the name of a farm in attractive lettering. Before long, you have a…

1 min
this month’s contributors

Polly Eltes photographed ‘In Good Company’ Polly is a London-based photographer. She graduated through fine art and multi-media, to TV and film stills, fashion and personality portraits, then to a career in lifestyle photography. ‘I collect contemporary ceramics, often found through my work, because they are beautiful to arrange and look at as art, but you can also use them to make a cuppa or hold a bunch of flowers.’ Alison Snowdon replied in ‘Ask an Expert’ Alison is a ceramics and textiles specialist at Fieldings Auctioneers and answers your antiques queries on our ‘Ask an Expert’ pages. ‘I collect packaging tins and advertising dating from 1900 to 1945. I adore the typography, graphics, logos and colours. We have an Arts and Crafts house, so I can sneak pieces into our original pantry without them…

2 min

Raise a Glass My mother-in-law, Sylvia, is a subscriber to your magazine. The other day she showed me a small watercolour that she had found amongst a box of old postcards bought at a car boot sale. Sylvia has framed it herself and reproduced a note that was on the back, which said ‘From Stonehenge July 2nd 1921’. We don’t know who the artist is, but on July 2nd 2021 we intend to raise a glass of bubbly to them and wish the painting a happy 100th birthday! Stephen Newman, Merseyside Out of the Blue I have had your magazine for a number of years now and I feel it has really come into its own recently with the articles on antiques. My daughter also reads it and enjoys it. There was an article…

1 min
creative collage

For several years we have enjoyed our subscription to Homes & Antiques. After several readings and careful storage for future reference, their numbers have vastly increased. Our solution has been to use them to update a small freezer room. We selected from your illustrations of rooms, furniture and antiques, and collaged them onto the wall. The walls were primed and painted in a Fired Earth emulsion, several plumb lines were drawn to give straight edges in the very wonky Victorian basement storage room, and a shelf was installed in the deep window recess to display our flat iron collection. Hilary Richardson, Helensburgh…

2 min
enjoy 15% off at roger oates design

Known for its eye-catching striped stair runners and rugs, Roger Oates Design’s ethos is firmly rooted in heritage and craftsmanship. With that in mind, we are delighted to be teaming up with Roger Oates Design to offer readers 15 per cent off the company’s Lifestyle Collection. The range features woven and felted rugs, travel bags, cushions and furniture, all crafted in the UK. Choose from classic stripes and coloured herringbone designs alongside bold geometric patterns. Aside from the choice of rugs and runners, throws and cushions are a great way to inject texture into your home and all Roger Oates Design flatweave cushions are backed with a contrasting luxury fabric and feather-filled. Meanwhile, stylish benches are upholstered in a range of designs and finished with solid oak legs. And the new eye-catching…

5 min
the month april

1 the ANTIQUE GROTESQUE SPOON WARMERS Small, easy to display and colourful, late 19th-century ‘grotesque’ ceramic spoon warmers are fun to hunt for. Toads are probably the most common form, inspired by their appearance in Japanese decorative art, but you’ll also find crocodiles, mythical dragons and winged creatures. Woolley & Wallis specialist Michael Jeffery often offers grotesques in his Arts & Crafts sale. ‘It’s likely that the first ceramic spoon warmers were made by the Martin Brothers around 1879–80,’ he says. ‘The toad was a shape that allowed them to create another form of grotesque evolving from the Wally bird jars they were making in the 1870s.’ Other potteries picked up the novel idea, particularly Bretby, Burmantofts and Brannam, and the popularity of the quirky dining wares reached their zenith between 1885…