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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The Masters of Midcentury and Modern: Part 2

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
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The Masters of Midcentury and Modern: Part 1

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
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Hogarth’s Line of Beauty

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
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The Colonial and Indian Exhibition, London, 1886

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
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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 –
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Announcement: Nicholas Wells Antiques now accepting Bitcoins

Nicholas Wells Antiques is delighted to announce that we will now be accepting Bitcoins as a mode of payment for antiques and objet d’art with a minimum value of £5,000.   As the first antiques dealer to do so in the UK, we are very excited about this new venture. Our decision stems from the recent
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The Soho House Effect: the Revival of the Drinks Trolley

Once deemed old fashioned, drinks trolleys have officially made a comeback. Their renaissance has been helped considerably by their appearance in the Soho House group hotels – placing a drinks trolley in individual rooms is a nice touch and who doesn’t like having their own personal ‘cocktail station’?! And it’s not just Soho House that
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Chinoiserie and Brighton’s Royal Pavilion

The Royal Pavilion at Brighton is one of the most eccentric, decadent places to visit. It is testament to the personality of the Prince Regent, later George IV, and remains a spectacle of opulence and regency style today. The town of Brighton Brighton is a mere 50 miles from London, making it a destination for
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La Guirlande de Julie – a floral masterpiece

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
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Dilston Hall, Jacobites and a Treacherous Past

Standing proud on a hilltop, above extensive gardens and a river, this attractive watercolour of an impressive country house is a fabulous new purchase for Nicholas Wells Antiques. Not only is it lovely to look at, but it is actually a very rare depiction of a remarkable property, demolished in 1768. The house in question, however,
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The Enduring Taste for Tea

  The Tea Caddy The term ‘tea caddy’ came in to use c.1800 and is derived from the Chinese/Malay word cati/catty for a 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
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Newly Added Treasures

  We are delighted to announce some fabulous new treasures within the Nicholas Wells Antiques collection! Take a look and let us know what you think: Impressive, Florentine Marble Centre Table To learn more, click here   Bronze Victory, on original Portoro Marble Revolving Pedestal, By Sabatino De Angelis To learn more, click here   Painted French
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William of Orange: A Princely Portrait?

  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
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The Modern Murano Glassmaker: Alessandro Barbaro

Our collection of glass sculptures are rather extraordinary, characterful and exceptionally skillful pieces.  A selection are designed after Picasso, and take inspiration from his cubism and surrealism. Additionally, we have several equestrian sculptures and a spectacular leaping salmon. Alessandro Barbaro Alessandro Barbaro is Master Glassmaker at the Vetreria Artistica Colleoni on the island of Murano. He
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Tiffany & Co. and their Iconic Glass Lighting

Louis Comfort Tiffany Louis Comfort Tiffany was born in 1848, the son of a successful jeweller, Charles Lewis Tiffany, founder of the Tiffany & Co. that we know today. He was an artistic fellow and studied art in New York before travelling to Paris, arguably the artistic centre of the western world at the time.
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Our Top 10 Picks Under £1000

Here at Nicholas Wells Antiques, we have a huge range of treasures to show you. Old or new, big or small – we’ve got it all! But don’t panic, because finding treasures for an interior, or a collection,  doesn’t necessarily mean that it has to have a big price tag! To dispel the myth that
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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
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Magnificent 19th Century Blue John & Ashford Black Marble Tripartite Table

Magnificent 19th Century Blue John & Ashford Black Marble Tripartite Table Important, Extremely Rare & Magnificent Blue John & Ashford Black Marble Tripartite Table, Circa 1845. The Ashford Marble top is inset with the most fabulous variants & veins of Blue John, the colour & depth are truly outstanding. The attention to detail & artistic
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The Russian Ladie’s Manual to Managing Powerless Husbands

Hanging in the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg is a depiction of the youthful Catherine the Great with a scarf of red moiré cutting over her mid-section. Her skin is pearlescent, her demeanor a smidgen flirtatious. Stuck to her brilliant dress is a precious stone crusted silver star—the Order of Saint Catherine, a recompense given
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Glassware – A Glass Act

A recent article in The Telegraph concerning the current market for glassware predicted that we would be seeing a surge in interest in crystal and glassware, in “decidedly contemporary shapes’. Following a period of dust gathering and relative obscurity, Glass appears to be making a comeback. Despite the brittle physicality of this material, its decorative
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‘A Closer Look’ at 18th Century French Furniture

Waddesdon Manor, former Rothschild residence, has an amazingly comprehensive collection of eighteenth century French fine and decorative arts. Throughout the course of the nineteenth century, Edmond and Ferdinand developed immensely lavish residences in which to display their. Today, Waddesdon Manor contains some impeccable examples of French furniture which they are highlighting in their current exhibition,
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