Taki Handa and Cowden Castle Gardens

Taki Handa and Cowden Castle Gardens The wonderful Japanese gardens at Cowden Castle in Scotland-frequently referred to as the best Japanese garden in the west-were created by a great partnership between two outstandingly talented and ground-breaking women, both pushing the limits of their roles in society. The first of these two women was Isabella “Ella” Christie...
An Exceptional marble portrait bust of the diarist and traveller Ellen Hall by the sculptor John Adams-Acton, executed in Rome in 1864
Ellen, along with her sisters Louisa and Emily, moved to Ravenswood House in West Wickham, Kent, in 1842. They had previously spent many years in St Helier in Jersey. Ellen and Emily were  extremely keen diarists and have left many records relating to their fascinating...
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If a Writing Table Could Talk, What Tales Could It Tell?
We have recently purchased an extremely fine and interesting late 19th century French bureau plat or writing table/desk that is exciting on many different levels. Firstly, the piece reproduces a table which was used in 1778 when Benajmin Franklin signed the Treaty of...
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James Peake “The Modern Grinling Gibbons” and his masterpiece
An exceptional carved lime and soft wood plaque by the carver James Peake, signed and dated 1895 James Peake “The Modern Grinling Gibbons” and his masterpiece Last year marked 300 years since the death of the great Grinling Gibbons, regarded by many as the finest...
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Britain On The High Seas - Merchants and Mariners
Click the link below to view the entire PDF book Britain On The High Seas - Merchants and Mariners Foreword The victorious battles of Trafalgar in 1805 and Waterloo in 1815, ushered in an unprecedented period of world stability. Our series ‘Britain on the...
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Britain on the High Seas - Trafalgar, Trophies and Trade
Click the link below to view the entire PDF book Britain on the High Seas - Trafalgar, Trophies and Trade Foreword The Battle of Trafalgar on 21 October 1805 is the most famous event in British naval history. It represented not only the frustration of...
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The World At Your Fingertips
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Britain on the High Seas - From Nelson to Churchill
  Click to read the Full PDF Britain on the High Seas Foreword -  The history of an island is defined by the sea and for a nation like Britain it has shaped its people, and their art. For centuries, the Royal Navy has been at the heart of that...
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Billiard Room Ltd suppliers of The Finest Billiard/Snooker tables and accessories & Wick Antiques - Masterpiece
For the inaugural Masterpiece Fair, Billiard Room Ltd has combined forces with Charles Wallrock of Wick Antiques Ltd, Lymington to showcase the Queen’s Billiard table in a setting appropriate to its status as a true masterpiece. Billiard Brohure Part 1 Billiard...
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Fusion and Fantasy 2011 - Lady Henrietta Spencer Churchill
We are delighted that Lady Henrietta Spencer Churchill has agreed to design our stand for this year’s Masterpiece Fair. Our theme is the ability of art to transcend cultural and geographical borders. Great craftsmanship can be admired by everyone with an...
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Wick Antiques at Masterpiece
Charles set up Wick Antiques 25 years ago and has been trading in Lymington, Hampshire and London ever since. He specialises in 18th & 19th Century fine furniture and works of art as well as the unusual and unique. In 1990 he married Caroline, who was trained at...
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