Journal & Gallery

Victorian Black Mirror

Stylish or Somber?

This week we bought a 19th century ebonised mirror. It was part of a ‘job lot’ of mirrors and frames. Tucked at the back I expect most people didn’t even notice it (due to the pandemic all auctions have to take place online and you can’t go to see any of the lots in person). ...

Rare survivors

Every now and then you come across a piece that you just have to have, and this mirror is a great example. Dated 1721 (on the reverse), it appears to be an exotic flame mahogany frame but in fact it’s pine covered in gesso and then carefully painted to look veneered. It was a really popular ...

Taxidermy Croc 1

The weird, the wonderful and the what..?

I just love some of the weird and wonderful stuff that turns up in antique centres. I’m particularly fond of bad taxidermy (don’t judge me!) like this fabulously camp crocodile, that was found on a pre-covid buying trip… ...

Vintage Valet Mirror

Staying smart with a valet mirror

What we love about this job is sheer variety of restoration and retail items we get to deal with. Today we’ve gone from finishing off an early 20th century valet mirror to treating the rust on a couple of 1950s vintage dog beds. No two days are the same! Valet mirrors are a relic from a lost e ...