September 2017

  An important antique Italian marble center table & the grandeur of its patrons William Montagu Hay, 10th Marquess of Tweeddale (b. 1826 - d. 1911) Prior to 1878, Hay was known as Lord William Montagu Hay. Born in Scotland in 1826, he was appointed a member of the Bengal Civil Service in British India, and then later as a Liberal Member of Parliament. Following the death of his brother in 1878, he became

On 26th September 2017, the auction house giant are holding an exciting auction of the Vivien Leigh Collection, and as huge fans of the iconic actress, we had to take a look at the Sotheby's catalogue. With an outstanding collection of film memorabilia and artworks, the Vivien Leigh Collection also offers an impressive array of furniture and decorative arts from the film star's private collections. As a woman of good taste

Nicholas Wells Antiques specialises in 18th and 19th century European furniture, and we pride ourselves on having an expert eye for spotting those unique, exceptional quality pieces. In particular, we think that the Georgian period produced some of the finest examples of furniture design. What makes Georgian furniture interesting, is the immense variety of styles that emerge throughout the period. From the years 1714 to 1830, over a century, we

Thomas Chippendale 1718-1779 18th-century genius, furniture designer, interior designer, and leader of taste.  Thomas Chippendale is England's most famous furniture designer of the Georgian period. He influenced furniture and interior design in England and the world and supplied its richest British clients with exceptional furniture and interior design.   Thomas was the only child of John (1690-1768) and Mary (1693-1729) Chippendale who ran a cabinet making business in Yorkshire. Little is known about

It is not every day that you see people talking about antique japanned furniture. With the fast-paced lives we’re living today, everything from the past seems blurred – just like the objects on the outside of the window appear to the people inside a fast moving train. The art of Japanning has quite similarly faded into the pages of history. We wouldn’t be surprised if the only people who knew about

Did you catch our last blog post, The Masters of Midcentury and Modern: Part 1? All one needs to do is scan an interior decorating magazine, Pinterest, or even Instagram to see that midcentury and modern design remains on practically everyone's list of must haves. In our last post, we looked at Willy Rizzo, Romeo Rega and Syrie Maugham, and in Part 2 we take a look at Milo Baughman,

Nicholas Wells Antiques may specialise in 18th and 19th century furniture, but we absolutely adore Midcentury and Modern design too. We have some truly exceptional pieces - elegant, sometimes opulent, sometimes restrained, they are hugely varied. We are going to take a closer look at some of the designers responsible. Willy Rizzo Possibly the epitome of 'Hollywood Glam'? Willy Rizzo was an Italian photographer who began, in the post-war years, to capture

Nicholas Wells Antiques are excited to announce that we have recently acquired an exclusive Vintage Dunhill Lighter Collection. An established, luxury men's brand, Dunhill is one of the most recognisable names associated with twentieth-century style, glamour, and quality. It is, therefore, no surprise that vintage Dunhill lighters are extremely sought after and collectible. The History of Dunhill Alfred Dunhill inherited his father's London saddlery in 1893. Following the increase in motor car

William Hogarth is best known for his fabulous paintings and print series such as 'A Rake's Progress' , 'A Harlot's Progress' and 'Marriage a la Mode', but he also wrote a book called, 'An Analysis of Beauty' in 1753. In this book, Hogarth expresses his theories of visual beauty and grace in a way that was accessible to many readers, and develops what he calls, the 'line of beauty'. In his

Following on from our last blog post about The Maori Collection, Josiah Martin's photographs of Maori culture and the New Zealand landscape were exhibited at the Colonial and Indian Exhibition, where he won a medal. It's an incredibly interesting event, and seems particularly relevant as we head into the madness of autumn art fairs in London. The exhibiting of art, design, services and one-off pieces is by no means new,

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