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Saturday, 21 February 2015

Victorian Bamboo, A beautiful Seaford Antique shop, a drive in the Sussex Countryside & a Random Act of Kindness can make your day.

Good Morning
Arundel Eccentrics

English Victorian Bamboo.

Here are a couple of our 
English Victorian Bamboo Tables 
Homes and Gardens Magazine. did they come to be in such
 a prestigious interiors magazine?

When this is how we found them............. may think, its just a tatty 
old table lying there in grannies shed
or down at the car boot sale.

You may think its from China, and it's relatively 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 online 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 in September

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.

We track down these sad and battered tables 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
Victorian Bamboo table with original lacquer

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

 via some very posh shops in Paris & London...hee hee

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

If you live in the US and you
would like to buy one of our pieces,
please do contact us for stockists.

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 hunting scene. She painted this for us as also

Victorian Bamboo table with leather

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

We 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

So, I had better get myself down to the studio
and resuscitate some more of those sad tables.

Antiques Trade Gazette

We have a write up in the Antiques Trade Gazette on the 27th of this month.

We also have a piece of  furniture featuring in
House and Garden Magazine in April. 

(That's the May edition that comes out on April.)
We are very excited as they asked us to work on this specifically for the shoot.
Our chest of drawers is to be central to the whole feature YaaaY

One of the last items we had featured in a glossy was a bamboo cabinet.
Again it was decorated especially for the shoot.

Rye and Homes and Gardens magazine

Recently I was busily working on a 
19th century bamboo cabinet for a 
Homes and Gardens magazine
photo shoot.

It gave me a few headaches as they wanted a specific
 colour to tie in with the other pieces in the room.
These parrots are all hand tinted and then aged.

the finished piece

The shoot was in the middle of no-where, a few miles from Rye in Sussex,
and I had to deliver the piece and collect it the next day.
I hadn't been to Rye for many years so
took the opportunity to have a wander.

A lot of antique and vintage places to investigate.

sign of the times hey?

its very English..if you are visiting the UK it would be a great place to go

If you ARE a visitor....The old A 259 is a wonderful route,
all old villages and windy roads.

I made the mistake of going through Hastings, 
I'd avoid that next time and go the Battle route heading towards Lewes.

The next day I went to collect my lovely bamboo cabinet,
and went via Seaford as I wanted to look in

Martin Johnson Antiques.

It is such a gorgeous shop.

English Villages

My plan was to meander through the country roads
 from Seaford to Alfriston.

(Another beautiful English Village)
But there were road works...everywhere.

I was sent all round the houses by diversion signs and
 ended up in the gorgeous village of Wilmington.

and that's where I decided to give
 up and head for Kent,
to collect by bamboo.

Random Acts of Kindness

Recently Nass and I were in TK Maxx in Croydon.
After shopping we decided to have a latte.

As we sat watching the world and  shoppers go by, 
a woman came into the cafe with a small boy.

" Lets have a real treat shall we?"
The boy nodded eagerly.
She ordered and then realised she had left her purse at home.
As she turned to go, looking extremely flustered and embarassed,
my lovely Nass said,
"Here darling, I'll get that for you."
" No, no I couldn't," and she turned to rush out the store.

"Think of it as my random act of kindness for the day, you'll be doing me a favour."

The woman smiled,
"Thank you so much."

The little boy ran over to hug Nass.
He wouldn't let him go.
It turned out the boy was autistic and his mum
was terrified of a scene if they hadn't had their treat.

Hence her almost running from the shop.

As they left the little boy gave Nass the thumbs up.
"A million thumbs up to you." he told us.
It made our day.
We left smiling,

......and a million thumbs up to you
 Have a great day.

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