Shopping for Antiques by Post
Art, architecture, design and antiques are all subjects in the books stocked by Don Kelly
Many people have time to catch up on their reading at the moment and our specialist book dealer Don Kelly has thousands of rare and out-of-print design, architecture, interiors, and art tomes available to send, including books on antiques subjects such as vernacular furniture or collecting drinking glasses. If you are keen to learn more about a niche subject, much of Don’s extensive book collection is listed at here or give Don a call on +44 (0)20 7731 0482 if you can’t see what you’re looking for.
Charlotte Casedejus’s exquisite C19th embroidered monogram linens
One of the most pleasing things about textiles is that they can transform a room with very little effort. Antique curtains, lengths that can be attached to form a valance to a bed, fragments that can form a cushion cover (for those handy with a sewing machine) or new cushions or covers in crisp fresh white linen, can bring intense pleasure. At the Fair, Charlotte Casedejus exhibits with Streett Marburg showing decorative furniture and large Chinese silk embroideries mounted as art, but close to her heart is her love of fine antique French embroidered and monogrammed linen pieces, which she expertly crafts in to cushion, pillow and bolster covers. She has a wide selection of initials available, which would make a wonderful gift. See her web page here.
Katharine Pole’s stand at a recent Decorative Fair
Katharine Pole also loves antique French textiles but with a focus on colour – indigo blue, printed cottons and rustic dyed linens. She also has a penchant for chintzes and ‘tree of life’ hand-painted panels, which you can see on her website and she is very active showing stock on Instagram @KatharinePole
French linen sheeting, and lengths of printed textile at Su Mason
Textile dealer Su Mason @SuMasonLondon collects antique French linen sheets and tablecloths, silk and velvet lengths, and cheery floral prints, alongside wearable vintage workwear. Recently she has established a new Instagram business @masontaylor where she now holds a twice-weekly sale of household, decorative and wearable textiles every Wednesday and Friday, including vintage fashions.
An original 1950s Mobil advertising poster from Phil Taylor Cool Stuff
More gentlemanly pursuits are featured by Phil Taylor on his Instagram @PhilTaylorCoolStuff where you can find original 1950s and 1960s helicopter recognition posters, other aeronautical prints, and advertising material for motorcars such as a 1950 promotion for Mobil oil, amongst industrial lighting and clubroom-esque accessories such as vintage railway lanterns and billiards accoutrements.
A small part of Collier Antiques Ltd’s extensive stock displayed at a recent Fair
Collier Antiques Ltd is one of the most popular stands at the Fair due to their extensive selection of small goods – “antique oddities, curiosities and paraphernalia of interest to gentlemen” – such as scientific instruments, globes, and useable work tools like folding rulers and spirit levels. On their Instagram @collierantiques you will currently also see a fantastic selection of glassware and tableware for everyday use and special occasions, along with fabulous furbelows and trinkets to collect or decorate a dressing table, sideboard or suitable surface!
A collection of antique Moser glass from Richard Hoppé Antiques
Richard Hoppé Antiques is one of our antique glass dealers; he is also a specialist in Art Nouveau and Art Deco decorative and collectable ceramic tiles, and antique perfume bottles. On Instagram @RichardHoppeAntiques he has a Tuesday Tile feature; Make Me An Offer on Thursdays which could feature any item from his collection; and he’s started a new series of informational videos about his different stock specialities such as silver scent bottles by Sampson Mordan, Val St Lambert glass, and useful tips on looking after your antiques including how to clean a cloudy decanter. You’ll find more of his stock at www.richardhoppe.co.uk.
At @silverdancergirl on Instagram is silver specialist Linda Jackson, with tempting treats such as antique and vintage silver and silver-plate flatware and tableware including cake slices, fish servers, berry spoons and toast racks. Her collections of pretty enamelled and silver-topped dressing table bottles and cosmetic pots make perfect gifts.