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Monday, 5 September 2016

Ardingly Antiques Fair, Victorian Bamboo & Our Beautiful Town


Off to Ardingly Antiques Fair in the morning.
We like to go first day...buzzzy
and more things to choose from.






 all sorts go on there

fashion shoots.....













please let the sun shine.........


English Victorian Bamboo.




Here are a couple of our 
English Victorian Bamboo Tables 
in
Homes and Gardens Magazine.


So...how did they come to be in such a prestigious interiors magazine?


When this is how we found them.............


Now.....you may think, its just a tatty 
old table, or bookcase
 lying there in grannies shed
or down at the car boot sale.

You may think its from China, and it's new.
Or maybe, that its old, but also from the orient.

Its a fascinating story and that table has 
been around a lot longer than you have.
Well....unless you happen to be about 150 years old, that is. 

The furniture was made circa 1860,
many of the factories were in London and Birmingham.

There were around 250 factories producing the pieces.

Its a great story and there are a few sites on line you can check it all out.


Gary Sharpe  now lives in 
Edmonton Canada,
though, for 20 years,
 used to be an antique dealer in the UK.

His site is full of interesting, interiors information,
and his knowledge on 
English Victorian Bamboo
is pretty extensive.
Worth checking out...ha ha, and no, he's not paying me 

Victorian Bamboo Table...with lions and leopards
this featured in Homes and Gardens magazine



Victorian Bamboo table....with chickens decoupage


Have a look on this link.
Wow... there is a massive

 list of all the factories and
loads of information.


a bamboo cabinet decorated especially for the magazine shoot


We track down these sad and
 battered bamboo pieces
 and bring them home.

They would probably have rattan on
 the table surface, or lacquer, or sometimes leather..

We clean them up, restore and sturdy them..........












and then we paint and decorate them....






if they are in pretty good shape we like to keep them original as well





and we send them on their way....for another 100 years or more.........

some via some very posh shops in London...he he








many items go off to America to start new lives,
often appearing in some extremely upmarket stores.


Victorian Bamboo Table with chinoiserie ...we had my clever, artist,
 Aunty paint this, and it sits very well with original painted pieces. 

Victorian Bamboo table....with butterflies decoupage


Victorian Bamboo table with leather



We were lucky to find a  bedroom set of almost perfect bamboo.

We just decorated the top ...the rest we left original

Victorian bamboo bookcase with fish decoupage.




 This is quite unusual...we don't often find such large bookcases.
English Victorian Bamboo Bookcase










Victorian Bamboo Cabinet with gilt and dragonflies



This is one of our cabinets in a magazine.
It went to a home via Liberty in London.
The home was featured in a magazine.
I spotted this quite by chance



If you are interested
 in our bamboo
go to the link.
For better trade prices please email us.
To visit outside of opening hours just call or email .


phone for trade appointment...+44 (0) 7973968446
or email



For some of our overseas readers I thought
 you might like a taste of an English summer....which sadly we are coming to the tail end of


Our town is so beautiful any time of the year



Castle, cathedral, river......
and history dating back beyond Domesday,
http://www.localhistories.org/arundel.html














...................but it really comes alive in the summer
 when we have events such as our festival in August
































the next big event for our town will be Arundel by Candlelight
Saturday 3rd December


http://www.arundel.org.uk/arundel-by-candlelight


yes I know,
we cannot bear to think of Christmas in September


Just saying.......



















 Have a great day.





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