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2021 is a new year like no other and it started unlike many others, at home. Good thing, then, that online retail is an option, with a range of ways to buy art and antiques through a variety of platforms, including our own, at nicholaswells.com Did you know that 82 % of new art collectors bought online in 2020? Up from just 36 % in 2019. At Nichols Wells Antiques, we have also

The Charm of Genuine Antique Mirrors Exceptionally beautiful and unique antique mirrors evoke a sense of accomplished craftsmanship, detailed and expressive carving as well as intricate emblems and patterning. Such iconic pieces hold their own in historic architectural spaces, and as complementary pieces when arranged with art collections as well. Interior decorators frequently choose mirrors for extending space and light, and as focal points for curated vignettes, and placement might include entryways, above or on mantels, as

London-based NICHOLAS WELLS ANTIQUES sells its antique furniture and artworks solely online. Owner Nicholas Wells shares with EAL his insights into the changing antiques landscape and the many digital options available to interior designers, drawing one particularly promising conclusion: “It is again fun to collect!” What are some of the benefits you offer to designers? How do you develop relationships with them? We, too, focus primarily on high-end interior designers. Since 1998, I have established many

Persia, home to the finest woven carpets and rugs. Persian carpets and rugs are highly popular all over the world due to their high quality and intricate designs. The art of carpet weaving has been an integral part of Iranian culture since ancient times, and is considered an artistic legacy. It would not be wrong to say that Persian rugs and carpets are the culmination of Iran’s cultural and artistic excellence.

Blackamoor figures are small sculptures and representations of usually African males along with other dark skinned figures from European history. Most of them are depicted holding a tray or any receptacle that was intended for practical use. Blackamoors are also incorporated in jewelry and other decorative art while life-size figures were kept as artificial ‘footmen’ in doorways. Also referred to as ‘Nubians', this race has been immortalized in décor and jewelry

If anything, the T’ang Dynasty that ruled China between 618 and 907 AD, is famous for the brightly coloured tomb figurines they brilliantly modelled out of clay. These famous figurines known as mingqui in Chinese were crafted from low-fired earthenware for the exclusive purpose of high profile ceremonial burials to accompany the deceased in the afterlife. These highly admired and distinctive pottery figurines of camels, horses, servants, dancers, musicians, courtesans and

  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

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

I recently came across La Guirlande de Julie whilst conducting some research, and frankly, I had to share it. It is, quite possibly, one of my favourite objects in this world. La Guirlande is a book of love poetry, compiled by a French Noble in a bid to woo the love of his life, Julie. The book is filled with poems, illustrated with the most beautiful hand painted flowers, each one singing her praises

  Standing proudly, a handsome, youthful man is pictured in armour, wearing a red sash over his shoulder and holding his helmet in his right hand. His long hair displays a natural wave, typical of the seventeenth century. The rocky landscape in which we see him,  another characteristic of seventeenth century portraiture, demonstrates his importance and prowess over nature. This young gentleman is sat within a magnificent 17th Century original Dutch giltwood

Leeds's most lavishly decorated historic room has just been reopened to the public following a painstaking restoration and preservation over the winter months. Famous for its panels of fine Chinese export wallpaper, the Chinese Drawing Room was almost entirely decorated by a former resident, Lady Isabella Hertford who lived at the house in the early 19th century. The Chinese export wallpaper had been given to her as a gift by the

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