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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

18th Century Mahogany in English Antique Furniture: Red Gold

  In the 18th century, Mahogany was the most sought commercial timber throughout Europe and England. The very finest timbers from Cuba and Honduras were literally as valuable as gold and spared for the finest English Antique Furniture. The straight-grained, highly figured reddish-brown hardwood was imported as massive trunks that produced the widest boards. And […]

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 […]

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 […]

What do you know about Japanning?

It is not every day that you see people talking about antique 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 into […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]