14 highlights from next week’s fab house & garden auction
I've had all sorts of goodies from the Mallams House & Garden Sale before - gifts for friends, statement furniture and treats for me! So, here's my pick of this month's sale... Fill yer boots
Oh, the joy when the catalogue for the Mallams House & Garden Sale – all the fun of a good old browse in a vintage or antiques store, but you can do it at your desk, and it comes without the high street mark up. It’s a win, win! I thought I’d share with you some of my faves from next week’s sale on Oct 18 (hey, no outbidding me!) , but to browse the full catalogue, click here. You can also book appointments to view any of the lots in Abingdon on Fri 15, 9-4pm, Sat 16, 9-3pm and Sun 17, 9-midday.
Forget the Anthropologie repros, these are the real deal – three Royal Majolica jardinieres – a zebra, a ram and a leopard, signed at the bottom to show (off) authenticity – AB Italy.
Box of tricks
It’s only Lot 1 and already we’re in love with this George III green stained tortoise shell tea caddy, which we’d reinvent as a chic jewellery box.
Thou art awesome
Perfect foil to your F&B neutral palette… this vivid Henry Cliffe (1919-1983) still life of vegetables and pipe on a table is unsigned but it has the Henry Cliffe Studio stamp on the stretcher and frame.
Festive tipple time
Booze cruise stymied by the PLF/Day 2 test palava? Get your Christmas wine at auction this year – including these two bottles of Chateau Palmer 1983, bought en primeur and kept in an Oxford wine cellar since. Check out lots 475-498 for more wine.
On the shelf
Beautify your pantry with these characterful 19th century storage tins. There’s a tin for everything… even tapioca, which we’re calling 19th century quinoa.
Is it a chair? Is it a cabinet? I tell you what it is… flipping gorgeous, and sure to delight house guests of any age. This George III Irish oak country chair most definitely has a story or two to tell.
Light of my life
Want to make a wow feature of your entrance? Voilà! This large copper hall lantern should do it, with its copper fretwork floral and foliate frame. Yeah go on, try saying that in hurry.
Take a pew
Need a chair to curl up in during the long autumn evenings? We’ve found the perfect one. It even has wing backs that you can fall asleep behind, and your house guests will be none the wiser.
Birds of a feather
Loving this season’s jungle vibe? Nail it with this mid-20th century taxidermy preserved green parrot, mounted in a glass case. Your new living room talking point.
Keep them as a set or give one to each of your globetrotting or nature loving friends. These David Tomlinson figures of African hunting dogs are all named and signed, in original boxes, each 8cm high.
Who’s the fairest?
This 19th century style giltwood cushion framed mirror is just gorgeous, no matter who’s looking back at you! We love the ribbon tied urn and bevelled edge.
Say it with flowers
Split them up, hang them together, give them away… this set of six decorative antique floral prints with silver foil decorated frames is oh so pretty.
Back (garden) bencher
Forget a common-or-garden bench, this Paul Elliott pair of scrolling benches made from galvanized steel are both use and ornament.
One of a number of rugs in the upcoming sale, this mid to late 20th century Middle Eastern polychrome rug won my heart for its muted but striking colour palette and central star motif.