More is more! Why did the Georgians design multi-purpose furniture?

By Daisy Watson “It is the fashion of the present day, to resort to a number of contrivances for making one piece of furniture serve many purposes” Thomas Martin, The New Circle of the Mechanical Arts, 1819 The ingenious cabinet-makers of the Georgian period produced various multi-purpose pieces of furniture that were as beautiful as […]

Current Interior Trends – Get the Look

At Nicholas Wells Antiques, we know that our unique, high-quality, period pieces suit any interior. We are extremely careful to select items that embody a sense of excellent craftsmanship, timeless style, and seamless design. Should you need convincing, we have taken some stock images from Houzz and Pinterest  – our favourite destinations for stylistic inspiration – and […]

The Enduring Taste for Tea

The Tea Caddy The term ‘tea caddy’ came into use c.1800 and is derived from the Chinese/Malay word cati/catty for measurement of weight. Prior to this, they were referred to as ‘tea cannisters’ and could take a more box-like form made of wood, porcelain or metals. These exceptional examples all date from the Georgian period, […]

Get the look: ‘Gilded Interiors’ at The Wallace Collection

  Golden, glistening under the flicker of candlelight; there is nothing quite as atmospheric and decadent as ormolu and gilt-bronze castings. The Wallace Collection has created a glorious exhibition highlighting the excellence of the bronzier. And rightly so; the techniques used and skill required to create such characteristic elements of decorative art are often neglected. Techniques […]