.... made mention of Off the List this January edition. I've always been a little weary of drawing the site to the attention of the antiques trade - that said they are a lazy bunch & only likely to look at the pretty pictures - as it has been our firm intention to under-price the pieces on offer. The reasons are twofold a) if a piece doesn't sell online we can generally cover costs by reselling at auction b) why should they be over-inflated like most of the stock on offer by dealers. Oops potential can of worms.
Everything has rather got in the way with the onset of December - yes, yes it's nearly gone - Christmas sales, Christmas presents, preparations for impending three weeks of sun & rubble gazing in Southern India. NON-STOP!
Also, the website has ratched up somewhat, with sales well up on the previous year - whether or not this is due to different stock or more efficiency having been injected by new partner. Good news all round.
Perhaps the most exciting news is our latest acquisition:
Much to look forward to post the Indian extravaganza with a new hang in order.
I've been busy tearing off the bottom of the newly built and painted cabinets in the dining room - this is entirely due to my laziness; basically i have been avoiding bending down to pull open the cupboard doors carefully with my paws and resorting to using the tip off my shoes. Until today that is - issue resolved (& no, I have not overcome my legendary idleness - or terribly bad back). Today i took delivery of
Was what leapt to mind on seeing the aforementioned stool - image care of Martin Sutton / Flickr.
The ultimate in Symbolist Architecture, was built in the late 16th century by Thomas Tresham in Rushton, Northamptonshire. A devout Catholic who was imprisoned for his beliefs on his release he built this ode to the Holy Trinity.
I think the stool is very much in the 'Antiquarian' taste of the mid-nineteenth century.
Yours to bid on at Christies in a few weeks time - I spotted it on the cover of the catalogue this morning at South Ken and wasn't sure whether it leapt out because of the similarity of the dog to mine or because of the wonderful tile panels (see title of blog); anyway catalogue was bought and bank balance checked - NOPE!
www.offthelist.co.uk is the result of years of voracious antique buying around the UK; no auction, dealership or junk shop (a favourite haunt) failed to keep a gem buried or kitsch ceramic unpurchased. Subsequently, the house began to bulge at its seems and my more formal selling outlets were never going to be suitable showrooms for the whimsy and delight of my ever expanding collection. The lady in my life, I discovered, began to dig into drawers and siphon off surfaces suitable trinkets for presents and through her unintended genius Off the List was born!