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Monday, 6 July 2015

The Country Brocante in Petworth Park & Gilt Fish Chest of Drawers

Busy  last week.
Preparing for the Country  Brocante
 in Petworth Park .

Petworth is a beautiful Sussex town about 40 minutes drive from Arundel.
Many trade antique buyers love going to the town.




We loaded the van on Friday.
 Nass and our friend Russ
took it all to Petworth to set up the stand.




It was like the lull before..................



We were  there early Saturday morning to finish off the last minute display .

The first people came through the door at 9.

I was really happy going around the fair with my camera.

Every stand looked beautiful.
Like a Country Living Magazine shoot.

 The attention to detail on every stand  amazing.













 Gorgeous hey?











 The crowds poured in through the gates.














I love the work on this stand.
A calligrapher...just beautiful.




 champagne......


















 The cakes were unbelievable...they are legendary...all the regulars talk about them....I could see why











 The lovely Laura one of the organisors....














Petworth House





















Thank you
Love Lane Vintage
for all the organising.
What a feat.
It was fantastic.

Hope to see you again
 for the Christmas Brocante in Petworth Park..




Gilt Chest of Drawers


Now it's on with finishing pieces we've been working on for orders.
There is a chest we worked on a few years ago that sits in a shop window in Bond Street in Brighton.
A woman from London happened to be in Brighton, spotted it and loved it.

She Googled gilt fish chest and we came up.
Not many out there doing it. LOL


So...heres the chest we started working on.


Then we covered it in gilt.






So beautiful outside I took it into the garden....



Then on with the decoupage.......





Then on with layers and layers of varnish....

and craquelure



Just have the finishing touches to do now before the chest winds its way up to London.
It's a lot of hours work.
Lets hope she likes it!




The first one I worked on I had on my stand in an antique centre in Arundel.
It's now La Campanula Restaurant. 
A mother and her grown up daughter came in and in very Sloane accents here's the conversation I stood listening to:
" Oh look Mummy do look, I love this chest it's gorgeous."
"Dahling," said Mummy in haughty tones,
"I think its absolutely ghastly."
Ha ha but never ignored.
Have a great day

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