19th Century Egyptian Revival Furniture

Egyptian Revival Furniture Art has always been appreciated all over the world. No matter what time or age we are living in, the beauty of art and culture cannot be dimmed or overlooked. Consequently, Egyptian Revival Furniture is part of our culture. The Egyptian revival in the decorative arts is considered to be one of
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Olympia Art & Antiques Fair – 2018

The Summer Art & Antique Fair that has been taking place in Olympia, London since 1972 is a major art and antiques event not only in the UK, but all over the world. Known for its diverse offerings in a variety of categories, including paintings, ceramics, jewellery, furniture, textiles, contemporary designs, the fair brings the
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BEHIND THE BUSINESS: ONLINE WITH BRITISH ANTIQUES DEALER NICHOLAS WELLS

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
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Japanese Art during the Meiji Period

The Shoguns, who ruled Japan during the Edo Period (1603-1867), had followed an isolationist policy called ‘Sakoku’. During this very long period of isolation, Japan severely limited its relations with the outside world. While this self-imposed isolation helped the country’s economy and also caused the growth of local culture, it produced many negative effects in
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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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Avvocato Faustino Corsi – Important Collection of Decorative Stones

Avvocato Faustino Corsi, a Roman lawyer, who lived from 1711 to 1846, is a name that needs no introduction when we talk about decorative stones. For those who do not know, the term ‘decorative stones’ is used for any rock or mineral that can be made to look beautiful after cutting and polishing. Popular decorative
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Golden Age of French Furniture – A Guilded System

The French are famous for their fine taste in everything, whether it’s food, art, architecture or furniture!! Like French art, French furniture also has a long history, but the eighteenth century is considered as the Golden age of French Furniture. It was during this time that the most refined and beautiful Royal furniture was made
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Ottoman Delights – Power & Trade

The Ottoman Empire, established at the end of 13th century, was one of the largest and most powerful empires of the world. From the 14th century till the early 20th century, most of the Northern Africa, Western Asia and Southeastern Europe were under the control of the Ottomans. The Empire became the most powerful under
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What is it with Persian Carpets and Rugs?

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
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Blue John’s Greatest Regency Master

James Shore of Matlock Bath, Derbyshire was perhaps the greatest maker of Blue John vases & urns. It is believed he was active from the latter part of the 18th Century through to the early part of the 19th Century. Very little is known about him on the personal side, however, history has noted his
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Parquetry and Marquetry Decoration on Antique Furniture

Two techniques that are often confused, they are very similar but by no means the same! Before getting into what either of these terms mean, we need to understand where they originated from first. These refer to a style of inlay that grew in popularity during the 18th century. The terms were used to describe
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Antique Blackamoors in Decorative Arts

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’
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Terracotta Treasures of the T’ang Dynasty

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
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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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Large Contemporary Abstract Paintings for Interior Design

Large Contemporary Abstract Paintings for Interior Design For a vibrant décor, have no fear of mixing periods and materials to create contrast and intimacy, using colour with texture and height in juxtaposition to volume and weight.  A collector’s house never looks decorated as such because it has given a home to a multitude of objects and
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In focus: An Important Antique Italian Marble Center Table

  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,
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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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18th Century Mahogany in English Antique Furniture: Red Gold

  We’re all familiar with 18th-century Mahogany, but most of us don’t know where it came from and how it entered the English Antique furniture market. This article will enlighten you about its rich history. The story of Red Gold.     In the 18th century, Mahogany was the most sought-after commercial timber throughout Europe and
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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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Thomas Chippendale – Master Cabinetmaker to the Aristocracy

Thomas Chippendale 1718-1779 18th-century genius, furniture designer, interior designer, and leader of taste.  Thomas Chippendale is England’s most famous furniture designer of the Georgian period. He influenced furniture and interior design in England and the world and supplied its richest British clients with exceptional furniture and interior design.   Thomas was the only child of
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What do you know about Antique Japanned Furniture?

It is not every day that you see people talking about antique japanned furniture. With the fast-paced lives we’re living today, everything from the past seems blurred – just like the objects on the outside of the window appear to the people inside a fast moving train. The art of Japanning has quite similarly faded
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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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Vintage Dunhill Lighter Collection : In Focus

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
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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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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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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 Perfect Cocktails in London?

It’s Friday, and if you’re like us, you’ve had a hectic week – you’ve faced the pressure of deadlines, had innumerate meetings, and are feeling the heat in the city this August. Come 5pm on a Friday, you’re ready to leapfrog out of the office, find your respective friends/colleagues, bag a table at a bar
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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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The Vienna Secession: in a Nutshell

“To every age its art, to every art its freedom.” The quote above is written above the door of the Secession Building, designed by Joseph Olbrich in Vienna in 1897. The building, purpose-built to hold exhibitions of the ‘new arts’ of modernity, was designed as a sort of visual manifesto of the Secession artists. It
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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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Not all masterpieces are at Masterpiece Fair 2017…

  In its seventh year, Masterpiece London is a well established highlight of the art world calendar. It celebrates the collection of artworks from antiquity through to present day, and has a huge range of works on display. It is so exciting to wander around, eyeing up a drawing that would just be perfect for your bathroom,
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Pascal Bost – “I am an architect who paints”

  Pascal Bost was born in Perigord, France, in 1958. After graduating from the École Camondo in Paris with a degree in Interior Architecture and Design, Bost turned to painting in the late 80’s, encouraged by fellow architects and art lovers, and his friend Diane Deriaz (trapeze artist and muse of Paul Eduard, Man Ray,
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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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The Grand Tour

During the eighteenth century, the ‘Grand Tour’ became an obligatory requirement of aristocratic status and refinement for men and women alike. The idea was that the journey, which could take over three years, would educate the individual in the ways of the world; culture, history and sociability. Moreover, the studious observer would be able to
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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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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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