Spellbound By Vintage Dunhill Aquarium Lighters

Many years ago my great friend and colleague at Mallett, Piers Woodnutt, introduced me to a field of collecting that I knew very little about. Since seeing and handling the first Dunhill Aquarium lighters, I have been spellbound by them ever since. They cross the divide of a functional luxury object combined with a quirkiness
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An Introduction to Orientalism

Orientalism is a term that refers to the Orient i.e. the East, in reference to the Occident i.e. the West.  Orientalism is the study of cultures, peoples and languages of Eastern societies as viewed by Western scholars. In particular, it has been used to refer to works of 19th century scholars, especially British and French,
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Really excited about my discovery with Pascal Bost!

Just back from France where I went to meet Pascal Bost in his studio for lunch. He’s a great cook, not surprising since cuisine and art have long been close allies – the love of ingredients and pigments and experimenting! A great many artists have been fabulous cooks, but, being vegetarian, I had asked him
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The Vivien Leigh Collection Sotheby’s Catalogue

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
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Georgian Furniture Style Guide

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
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Josiah Martin and Elizabeth Pullman: the Maori Collection

Nicholas Wells Antiques is  proud to present a sneaky peak into some exciting new stock – Josiah Martin and Elizabeth Pullman: the Maori Collection. Please do get in touch if you are interested in any of the photographs shown, as all are currently available! Josiah Martin and Elizabeth Pullman’s photographs of New Zealand, the surrounding
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Paul Jacoulet – the “perfect synthesis of the Eastern and Western worlds”

Paul Jacoulet (1896-1960) has an immensely abundant legacy of over 160 woodcut prints in addition to an excess of 3,000 watercolours and drawings. His works are a triumphant harmony of both Eastern and Western cultures that he was exposed to throughout his lifetime, recently acknowledged in an exhibition at the Bibliothèque Nationale de France in
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