Once more the end of June is promising to be very busy with the opening of Masterpiece in Chelsea. At Wick Antiques our stands are always a similar shape and size the planning does tend to be a bit formulaic so we rely on bringing very differing stock from year to year. Standing against the three walls we have a selection of bookcases, cabinets or chests of drawers. These also supply valuable display space for vases and sculptures, as can been seen above where the breche violette top and ormolu mounts of the large and imposing Louis XV commode ( 57 inches wide) are perfectly complemented by the later Napoleon III imperial porphyry vases. As we are not specialist picture dealers we usually put works of art on the walls – mirrors, embroideries, shibayama or pietra dura. This year we have a large giltwood Regency convex mirror, which will balance the size of the commode and echo the ormolu mounts, and a Japanese embroidery of a sea eagle over rolling waves – eagles are a favourite theme of Charlie’s.
Wick Antiques was established by Charles Wallrock in the early 1980s. Having grown up in the Antiques world Charles developed an extensive wealth of knowledge.