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Into your interiors?

Then you're going to LOVE Foster & Gane, a supercool antiques and mid-20th-century treasure trove in Milton Common. Shall we go inside?

I’ve writing Muddy since, ooh, the 19th century, but let me tell you I still get a thrill when I come across unique that I know you’ll love. And this place is special.

I walked into Foster & Gane on Milton Common a few weeks ago and literally broke into a smile, because the interiors stuff in here is just so searingly gorgeous. Antiques and 2oth century furniture and accessories, all laid out in elegant, high-ceilinged, sash-windowed rooms with an eclectic collection with a strong emphasis on originals, craftmanship and curation and rarity.

This isn’t a place you’re going to stumble across mooching down a high street, but Foster & Gane is well worth putting on your sat nav and driving to, not least because it shares its location with the newly poshed-up LASSCO architectural salvage, so you get two interiors treasures for the price of one.

Don’t expect anything other than a large, non-descript looking building on the Junction 7 of the M40 (you can park onsite) and definitely don’t go inside expecting lunch (the Three Pigeons was a pub and apparently has its fair share of would-be dropper-inners). That said, day trippers will not be disappointed – you’re only 1o minutes from Le Manoir de Quat’Saisons for super-posh nosh, or there’s a decent pub lunch at The Plough at Great Haseley. You’ll reach Thame is 10 minutes one way and Oxford 20 minute away the other.

 

So what’s the history with Foster & Gane? It’s owned by mother and son combo Val and Ed Foster (below), but before you think it’s just a sweet family business playing on the fringes of the interiors trade, these guys have super creds – Val had been running Foster & Gane successfully for years, mostly geared towards the London market before Ed joined her, following his History of Art degree and his Master’s in Fine & Decorative Arts & Design at Sotheby’s Institute, with eight years in high profile London antiques firms.

But enough blather from me, this is what you can expect if you head over for a visit.

I’d buy the pink velvet Kerstin Horlin-Holmqvist sofa, above, in a flash – £4200 for an original Sixties sofa in mint condition is an absolute steal.

And I’m totally in love with this sofa too, below – er, can someone lend me some money for a bigger house?

1960s sofa in patinated cognac leather by Borge Mogensen, £6800

 

A 1710 Piedmont mirror with original mercury glass triple plates

 

Detail from etched glass panel (one of a set of two) by Nils Landberg, 1950 (£7200 for the pair)

  

You getting the idea here?!

Be prepared to pay as these are the real deal one-offs (though, let’s face it, if you take care of them, these will rise rather than fall in value). You won’t make a mistake with your purchase though, as Ed delivers the item for you to try in situ for a week or so – such a great idea. Even better, if it’s not right, he’ll bring it right back.

For those who can’t make it into the store, you’ll find much (though not all) of the stock  online, but I’d definitely recommend going in if you can – Ed is so knowledgeable and passionate about the pieces and if what your heart desires isn’t yet in store, he’ll keep an eye out for it on his travels. What more do you want, the whole showroom transported to your house? OK *sigh*, I’ll see what I can do.

 

Foster & Gane at Three Pigeons, London Road, Milton Common, Oxfordshire, OX9 2JN. Tel: 01494 269829 or 07714 269 719. fosterandgane.com

 

 

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