Monthly Archives: March 2009

April’s Offer: Various Collections From Home

My offer for April is a chance to purchase a collection of ceramics, 19th Century glassware, blue & white Chinese export porcelain, Florentine wrought-ironwork or wooden objects.

These collections have taken years to amass and indeed, the blue and white porcelain I have been collecting since I was 17.

I would offer these collections at my cost prices. Please contact me for further details.

You can view the brochure for this offer here:

BADA Antiques Fair, Sloane Square 25th – 31st March 2009

The 2009 BADA (British Antique Dealers Association) antiques & fine art fair starts tomorrow (Wednesday 25th March) and continues until Tuesday 31st. As usual it is held in a purpose built exhibition hall in the Duke of York’s barracks next to the Saatchi gallery, just off Sloane Square.

Over 100 of the country’s finest dealers will be exhibiting, in what is one of the country’s most imoportant fairs.

There is an excellent restaurant and champagne bar throughout the fair located within the pavilion.

For more information and for tickets, please visit their website here:

If you are in the area, don’t forget to stop by!


March’s Offer: A Selection Of Mid 20th Century Paintings £100 Each

March’s offer is a chance to purchase an original painting by a listed artist for a lot LESS THAN COST PRICE! – this is to create more space in the store and is a great opportunity to purchase artwork at great prices.
A Swedish oil on panel of a fishing port in winter by Kai Christensen. In a painted frame, it measures 69cm wide x 42cm high. It dates to c.1960
A Danish still life oil on canvass by Evynd Olesen. In a painted frame it measures: 79cm wide x 70cm high. It dates to c.1964
A Danish oil on panel entitled ‘Snow Sweepers’ by Evynd Olesen. In a painted frame it measures: 77cm wide x 53cm high. It dates to c.1960
A signed Spanish painting of Rosh Pina, Israel. Framed and mounted it measures: 78cm wide x 56cm high. It dates to c.1950’s
A Ukrainian oil on panel of a young soviet soldier. Framed in rosewood it measures: 64cm high x 43cm wide. It dates to c.1960’s
A signed Russian landscape oil on panel. In a painted & gilded frame it measures: 60cm high x 49cm wide. It dates to the c.1971
A Swedish Still life oil on canvas by Knud Kristensen. In a painted frame it measures: 62cm wide x 60cm high. it dates to c.1940’s
A Swedish oil on panel by Rudolf Ahlem. It is in a painted frame and measures: 35cm high x 31cm wide. It dates to c.1950’s
An English school oil on canvas still life. It is in a limed oak frame and measures: 81cm high x 65cm. it dates to c.1950’s
A Danish Oil on Canvas landscape by John Gunnar. It measures: 79cm wide x 57cm high. It dates to c.1963
A Swedish oil on panel landscape by I Thollburg. It measures: 62cm wide x 51cm high. It dates to c.1942
A Swedish oil on panel of two women by Gunnar S Malm. It measures: 61cm high x 52cm wide. It dates to c.1960’s
A Swedish oil on panel of two young figures by Gunnar S Malm. it measures: 54cm high x 62cm wide. It dates to c.1950’s
A French portrait of a young boy. In a painted frame it measures: 56cm high x 46cm wide. It dates to c.1940’s
A French portrait of a female nude oil on canvas. In a black and gilt frame, it measures: 71cm wide x 60cm high. It dates to c.1930’s
A Dutch still life in gouache. in a painted and glazed frame it measures: 47cm high x 65cm wide. It dates to c.1957
A Dutch still life oil on panel. In a gilt frame it measures: 63cm wide x 53cm high. It dates to c.1950’s

New In – An Extensive Collection Of Cut Glass Decanters

New in today is an extensive collection of various cut glass decanters and water jugs, including:

A pair of hand blown, green glass late 19th Century Venetian decanters, A small pair of cut glass decanters by Baccarat c.1860, A large pair of French cut glass decanters c.1880, A pair of English decanters c.1920, A pair of hand etched English water bottles with tumblers, A Georgian decanter, A square whisky decanter with the initial ‘M’, An English cut glass sherry decanter c.1900, An Australian water jug with gilt edge, with Australian scenes etched around the outside, An English etched water jug c.1900, A dartington crystal decanter and finally a single cut glass French decanter c.1900. The tallest measures: and they can be sold as a collection or individually.

Friend Of The Month, March – Knob Snobs

Knob Snobs was founded in 2000 by 3-D designer Paul Josef Narloch and has risen to become a primary source for interesting and uncommon architectural hardware.

Paul Josef Narloch, born in the historic town of Stirling, grew up in a former mining village surrounded by the picturesque Ochil mountains. Like many of his peers, he was quickly thrust into a Y.T.S (youth training scheme) and dabbled with the idea of joining the army. Indeed he even sat the preliminary tests and physical then found himself ‘dumped’ into the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. However he had other ideas and A jail sentence for A.W.O.L was on the horizon had he not chosen a more suitable role in further education. A wise, life altering decision, but a difficult one to make in the trappings of an area where many people either lack or deprived of aspiration. His education began at the Falkirk College of Technology where he studied Spatial design under the watchful eye of ‘Pa’ – Richard Haigh, to whom he owes a great deal of gratitude. He furthered his education at the De Montfort school of design and manufacturing where he studied 3D design, majoring in Interior Architecture under the guidance and appreciated encouragement of David Hartwell.
In 2000, he began working for Patrick Baty who runs Papers and Paints ltd a well known company specialising in all aspects of house paint and architectural colour based in Park Walk, Chelsea. An eye opening experience that gave him the the opportunity to learn the inner workings of a tin of paint!, the infrastructure of a business, the expectations of a client but furthermore the platform on which to model his own business.
Then in 2003 he began working for Danny Vara, managing director of Farmer Brothers on the Fulham Rd and J.D Beardmore : exciting times lay ahead! He joined Beardmore’s at a time when they were re-branding. He found himself selling Ironmongery and decorative accessories by day and refurbishing the showrooms by night.
In 2005, he went solo with the invaluable knowledge gained from his previous employees. This included setting up stalls in both Camden lock and Greenwich markets trading in decorative hardware of his own designs as well as dealing in antique and salvaged ironmongery under the name of Knob Snobs ‘Creative Hardware Forged By Spirit’.
Also, at this time, he developed his painting skills trading under Bizarrt Workshops where works carried out took him to France, Switzerland, Iceland and Northern Ireland. These projects included shop fronts, residential properties, chalets, artwork, furniture restoration, art galleries and more notably the 2 year restoration of a French Chateau where he led a small team producing paint effects throughout for Candia Lutyens and Paul Peterson: . Before embarking on this project, he was always wary of clients mentioning the words ‘blank canvas’. Both Paul and Candia and their site manager, ‘Cockney Dave’, have since altered his view and he regards it as a cherished experience, as creative building sites are very difficult to find.
What’s next for Knob Snobs? In an ideal world, they would like a showroom with an exclusive London address but for now, they are content with their office location in Chelsea. Most of their orders come via the Internet and they are hoping to produce a brochure before the end of the year as well as looking into antique fairs, so expect to see them on the road in the near future.
What services do Knob Snobs offer?, well, apart from selling door knobs and decorative hardware, they also have their own range of bathroom accessories. Some of their knob collections are produced in a variety of colours an even have matching wall and floor tiles. Knob Snobs are keen to listen to customers and are even able to design products specifically for you and will most certainly be able to outsource products with a view to matching a current fitting that you may have and also offer an electroplating service and can produce brass-ware in any metallic finish.
I can’t recommend their products more highly and urge you to check out their website below for more details and help encourage and support Joseph Narloch’s creative energy!
For more details and contact information:

New In – An English Gilt Bronze Model Of The Warwick Vase c.1840

New in is an English model of the Warwick vase in gilt bronze on an antico verdi marble base and a silver liner. It measures: 23cm high x 30cm wide and dates to around c.1840.

The Warwick Vase

The name of the Warwick Vase is something of a misnomer, in that, strictly speaking, it’s neither from Warwick, nor is it a vase. Originally made for the Roman Emperor Hadrian, it was excavated in 1769/70 – in numerous fragments – from the site of Hadrian’s Villa at Tivoli, near Rome. The excavator was Scottish painter Gavin Hamilton, who had turned to dealing in antiquities to supplement his income as an artist. Hamilton sold the fragments to his namesake, Sir William Hamilton, the British ambassador in Naples, who had it reconstructed at great expense to the designs of the celebrated engraver and architect Giovanni Battista Piranesi (the work took more than two years). The Warwick Vase – named after the Earl of Warwick, who eventually bought it – became one of the most coveted objects in Europe. Indeed, when Napoleon was planning his conquest of Britain, he declared that the first thing he wanted to get his hands on was the Warwick Vase. Standing at ten feet tall, and weighing more than eight tonnes, the Warwick Vase is rather larger than your average receptacle for cut flowers. It was bought by the Burrell Collection in 1979, and now stands in the middle of the museum’s internal courtyard, where it shares space with sculptures such as Rodin’s The Thinker. Its sheer size and presence, however, means that the Warwick Vase always stands out: a relic of Ancient Rome, a towering achievement of marble carving, and the centrepiece of one of the Burrell’s most rewarding spaces.