One of the things I enjoy most working at Tinker & Toad is the far flung places the shop takes us to. Over the last year we have been lucky enough to visit some beautiful places. Here are three of the best:
We visited Bruges on a buying trip at the beginning of the year and whilst wandering the ancient streets, it often amazes me how often I see a striking resemblance between the architecture surrounding us and the many pieces of English and Continental furniture I’ve handled over the years. From the grand stone pediments and pillars to the chunky corbels and elegant domed roof tops.
One item you can immediately see this in is a piece I recently acquired from a large home in Norfolk. It’s the most impressive wardrobe I’ve seen in a long while.
It’s actually a bedroom suite and comes complete with a impressive dressing table in matching walnut. The first thing that struck me with the wardrobe was its size and presence. It’s of good proportions and extremely functional with good hanging space to either side of a wonderful central drawer section with linen press slides above. I love the “campaign” style handles on the drawers. Campaign chests and furniture were made for easy transport, so normally breakdown or fold up. Historically used during military campaigns during the C19th. I have always loved the shape and cut of the brass handles and they are still often used in fashionable pieces of modern day furniture.
You can see from the picture below we found the cutest little chocolate shop in the whole wide world! Such a beautiful, elegant building almost miniature and obviously home to the Borrowers!
In Dorset we visited a beautiful and sumptuous country house hotel in Wimbourne. The grand exterior typical of the Palladian style architecture which became popular in the UK for a brief time in the mid-17th century. The gardens were a real feature beautifully designed and just as inside the house, the art and sculptures are all for sale! In the picture below you will see the triangular pediment right at the top with a single window housed within it. These were frequently used in the design of wardrobes, sideboards and console tables of the C19th. The woven twig Greyhounds in the garden were beautiful and particularly poignant to us as we’d recently lost both our Greyhounds to old age.
Hole Park in Kent
Closer to home we had a stand at The Wealden Times Midsummer Fair which was held at the equally impressive Hole Park. The estate is tucked away between the villages Rolvenden and the town of Cranbrook in Kent. The house is privately owned but the gardens and tea rooms are open to the public in season. Well worth a visit for a nice stroll and a spot of lunch In the summer months or perhaps kill two birds with one stone and come visit us there in June 2017.
Thanks for reading and see you soon 😉