Suffragette (R) Jewellery Collection new additions

We are adding new necklace and bracelet designs to the Suffragette Jewellery Collection this week, including “Kamala” – a beautiful piece which features citrine, amethyst and white freshwater pearls. In the early American suffrage movement, gold (yellow) symbolised hope – while green was adopted by the British Suffragettes; purple stood for dignity and white represented purity of purpose and spirit.

At the Inaugration Day in Washington, references to the women’s movement were highly visible: President Biden saluted the early women’s marches; Vice-President Harris wore a purple coat; and performers Lady Gaga arrived at Capitol Hill in a white cape-coat by Matthew Williams for Givenchy, and Jennifer Lopez was glamorous in head to toe white Chanel and white diamonds.

Call to Purchase and for Delivery and Collection

Happy New Year! During sales restrictions, if you would like to purchase an item, please call Chrissie or John on 07974322858 / 07785 503044. We are happy to arrange delivery, or for you to collect the items from the Marsh Green showroom by exclusive appointment.

John, Chrissie and Roger The Design Gallery and Period Designs

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PLACES TO VISIT NEAR EDENBRIDGE KENT

KENT: Chartwell, home to Sir Winston Churchill and his family for over 40 years, is 15 minutes’ drive from the showroom. The National Trust property is decorated as it was in the 1930s and includes glorious gardens, Churchill’s art studio and the largest collection of his paintings. https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/chartwell

Quebec House in Westerham, was the birthplace of General James Wolfe who achieved victory over the French army in 1759 at Quebec. Like Sir Winston Churchill, there is a statue commemorating him on The Green. The National Trust property has a pretty garden, second hand bookshop and activities for children. The house is open by tour only and closed some days  https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/quebec-house

The font in which Wolfe was baptised and a memorial window to him, “The Adoration of the Magi”  by Sir Edward Burne-Jones, can be seen in the Church of St Mary the Virgin in Westerham.

Down House in Downe was the home of Charles and Emma Darwin. http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/home-of-charles-darwin-down-house/

Hever Castle, the childhood home of Anne Boleyn, boasts 700 years of history and 125 acres of glorious gardens. https://www.hevercastle.co.uk/

Eden Valley Museum, Edenbridge features the social history of West Kent and has the recently discovered “Chiddingstone Hoard” of 10 gold coins on permanent display. It is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays and on some mornings. http://www.evmt.org.uk/

WEST SUSSEX: Standen in East Grinstead, is a beautiful Arts and Crafts house designed by Philip Webb, with interiors by Morris & Co., lighting by WAS Benson and William de Morgan ceramics. https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/standen-house-and-garden

EAST SUSSEX: Charleston, West Firle, near Lewes: the home of the Bloomsbury group’s Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant. Closed Monday and Tuesdays (except Bank Holidays). https://www.charleston.org.uk/  You can combine Charleston with a visit to Virginia Woolf’s Monk’s House in Rodmell https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/monks-house and the Berwick Church murals http://www.berwickchurch.org.uk/bloomsbury%20at%20berwick%20home.html

Farley’s Farmhouse and Gallery, Chiddingly, near Lewes: the former home of American photographer Lee Miller and surrealist painter Roland Penrose. Open Sundays only until the end of October. https://www.farleyshouseandgallery.co.uk/

SURREY: Watts Gallery and Chapel, Compton, near Guildford: A remarkable Arts and Crafts Movement chapel, the gallery of Victorian painter/sculptor George Frederic Watts and Limnerlease, the home of Mary Watts and GF Watts. The Watts Gallery and Limnerlease are closed on Mondays (except Bank Holidays), the house requires pre-booked tour tickets. Mary Watts’ chapel incorporated early Christian art and Celtic symbolism, hand-crafted by the village residents. The gallery also shows paintings by their friends Evelyn De Morgan and ceramics by William De Morgan. https://www.wattsgallery.org.uk/

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Westerham Remembers

Join us at the weekend 26 and 27 July as residents and the retailers of Westerham turn back the clock to the ‘summer of 1914’

All kinds of remembrance features and events throughout the town.

You’ll be very welcome. Extra parking has been arranged.

John and Chrissie

Coming Soon – Art Nouveau

We are expecting soon a number of pieces of Art Nouveau Sculpture which we intend to feature in a dedicated display. These will include bronze, art metal (spelter), terracotta and plaster items by Continental names including Goldschieder.

Art Nouveau (1895 – 1910) was a very distinct style of organic, curvilinear, feminine and individual design with it’s roots in the British Arts and Crafts movement, particularly embraced in France, Belgium and Austria, also including eastern Europe and the Baltic states. Names who excelled in this style were; Lalique, Horta, Hoffman, Mackintosh, Majorelle, Galle, Mucha and Gaudi. Many other extraordinary artists flourished in this historically short design period encompassing architecture, furniture, sculpture, decorative items and jewellery. It’s unique flowing, asymmetric nature and the consequent difficulty in producing large numbers of pieces brought the period to a close and would have developed to Art Deco much sooner had the First World War not intervened. We’ll keep you informed as to dates and pieces in the next few weeks, John and Chrissie.

Eltham Palace Art Deco Fair

The biannual Eltham Palace Art Deco Fair dates are may 10 and 11, 10am to 5pm both days. Come and visit the most attended Art Deco Fair in the country and see the Courtauld’s family house and gardens too, managed by English Heritage. Selections of all aspects of this most popular design period including furniture, lighting, jewellery, sculptures, ceramics, glass and much more will be on display and for sale. A terrific day out.

Reminder!!! Warehouse Sale this weekend 26 and 27 April

Warehouse Sale this weekend 26 and 27 April – Come and browse 2000 sq.ft. of Art Deco, Arts & Crafts and Gothic Revival furniture at our Open Weekend and Sale on Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 April. The pieces, which are mostly unrestored, are displayed over several large rooms so that you can view them at your leisure. Each piece is keenly priced to sell. Opening hours are 10am – 5pm on both days at EASISTORE, ENTERPRISE WAY, EDENBRIDGE, KENT TN8 6HF. Telephone: 01732 862626. The gallery is open as usual on Saturday 26 April 10am – 5.30pm and extended hours on Sunday 27 April from 11am – 5pm.

Eltham Palace Art Deco Fair

The biannual Eltham Palace Art Deco Fair dates are may 10 and 11, 10am to 5pm both days. Come and visit the most attended Art Deco Fair in the country and see the Courtauld’s family house and gardens too, managed by English Heritage. Selections of all aspects of this most popular design period including furniture, lighting, jewellery, sculptures, ceramics, glass and much more will be on display and for sale. A terrific day out.

Furniture Warehouse Open Weekend and Sale in Edenbridge – 26 and 27 April

Come and browse 2000 sq.ft. of Art Deco, Arts & Crafts and Gothic Revival furniture at our Open Weekend and Sale on Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 April. The pieces, which are mostly unrestored, are displayed over several large rooms so that you can view them at your leisure. Each piece is keenly priced to sell. Opening hours are 10am – 5pm on both days at EASISTORE, ENTERPRISE WAY, EDENBRIDGE, KENT TN8 6HF. Telephone: 01732 862626. The gallery is open as usual on Saturday 26 April 10am – 5.30pm and extended hours on Sunday 27 April from 11am – 5pm.

Happy 2014!

Happy 2014 to all our Customers. We have just received our first Contemporary versions of the wonderful original Art Deco Phenolic Dome Table Lamps. They are available in a wide range of colours. Please see the website for photographs or email us for further details.

Christmas Evening Friday December 6

Our annual Christmas preview party date is Friday 6 December. You are very welcome to come 6pm to 9pm enjoy a glass of champange and view our latest stock with a particular emphasis on 20C jewellery and beautiful objects that may make that special present or just something for the home. Arts and Crafts and Art Deco are just as much in demand as ever as timeless design pieces. Hope to see you here!