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The Royal Wave Continues

There was simply no way to avoid the celebration of the Royal Wedding....At Pickwick, we prepared for all of the pagentry as well. The finest silver was polished,the tea was set, horses groomed to perfection for the day’s event. The Duchess Of Edinburgh made her entrance to the sound of bagpipes. Britannia was poised and the symbols of England, the lion and the unicorn,were positioned for the best view. Of course, HRH Queen Elizabeth the Ist as well as her cousin HRH Queen Mary continue to overlook the festivities. 

If you love Great Britain, you will love Pickwick!

As Always....Design is in the Details

Pam Klepper Sexton Pickwick Antiques                        

Living With Color

When I open my closet, I see colors that I love and have finally figured out...what colors make me joyful. I will be the first to admit ....YES ...I do have a collection of black and white blouses and slacks that I cannot live without throughout all of the seasons.

However, the minute the seasons change....my closet takes on a life of it’s own...Turquoise, azure, chartreusse, pink... a color flash lifts my spirits and come autumn.....More Crimson!

Neutral interiors with a beautiful antique piece next to a contempory item or accent changes something instantly. Art and paintings add color and  interest.Textures, textiles, pillows and fabric add another sensory level. Don't forget the light....Open the rooms with natural light to awaken your soul in the morning....use lamps for direct and indirect lighting...Think outslde the comfort zone with lighting in usual places....(Think closets, and laundry rooms) Use mirrors to reflect the colors and add depth to an area...Make certain the mirror reflects a grouping or interior and not a ceiling. 

I, personally, love a touch of whimsy somewhere within the interiors....life should not be taken so seriously...

Bring nature into your home whenever possible. As Always....Design is in the details!

REDUX…Indeed!

Vocabulary.Com Dictionary defines "Redux", a Latin term, which means "Brought back or Revived" . After two years....I have chosen to be 'brought back' and 'revived' into the blog experience. I have always liked the word"redux, redeaux"..it is a lovely word. It is certainly time for me to get my blogging "ducks in a row".

In the time of painted wood finishes, minimalism and mid century revival...Antiques can blend and add value and interest. ONE quality piece can be a treasure for even the most minimal-minded. Often a simple change of fabric can transform a piece by adding crispness and renewal. 

 

 

As Always....Design is in the Details!

Pam Klepper Sexton

Pickwick Antiques

If you cannot attend Wimbledon…Come to Pickwick…We celebrate the UK Everyday!

FROM TEAPOTS TO BREAKFAST AND TEA  SETS...PICKWICK IS  ALWAYS READY!

We carry all silver that would be a perfect addition for your home as well as a Wimbledon Champion....Love armorials and family crests...come see our antique collections. Step back in history and you may find HRH Elizabeth the First looking over her own special court!

As Always....Design is in the Details!

If you cannot attend Wimbledon…Come to Pickwick…We celebrate the UK Everyday!

FROM TEAPOTS TO BREAKFAST AND TEA SETS...PICKWICK IS  ALWAYS READY!

We carry all silver that would be a perfect addition for your home as well as a Wimbledon Champion....Love armorials and family crests...come see our antique collections. Step back in history and you may find HRH Elizabeth the First looking over her own special court!

As Always....Design is in the Details!

Part Two…The Final Year of Downton Abbey

 I can picture Lady Fiona Carnarvon, the Eighth Countess of Carnarvon using this beautiful Bureau Plat as a desk. The Countess was the featured speaker a year ago for the design conference that I attended.I recommend the two books which she has written. These books will enrich your knowledge of Highclere and its place in history. Note the exquisite pieces in this room that are, like the bureau plat, quite European. The wealthy of the time imported much of their furniture from famous European makers.

 

 

 

A Fond Farewell….Part One The Final Year of Downton Abbey

The PBS Masterpiece series, Downton Abbey, is approaching its final season. No big deal....WRONG! It really is a big deal to those of us who follow the Crawley Family as if personally received by invitation each Sunday evening. ( I have been known to break away from events just to get home in time, forget recording).It is one of the most delightful series I have ever experienced.

To my great pleasure, the series has given the viewer an opportunity to experience the period antiques incorporated within the settings. It is a marvelous study of the evolution of costume and design. Each detail and fabric is perfected to the time periods and changes throughout the course of the episodes.

I will be presenting a particular piece of antique furniture that is featured in the series in conjunction with those pieces that we feature here at Pickwick Antiques. Check our blog for this continued series.

The Carlton House Desk* in its specifc form was supposedly designed for the Prince of Wales( Later King George IV) by George Hepplewhite. The name was derived from Carlton House,the residence of the time for the Prince of Wales.

 

(Reference: Aronson, Joseph, The Encyclopedia of Furniture 3rd ed. New York: Crowne Publishers 1966).*

 

The Carlton House of Highclere(Downton Abbey) as seen in the library.

 

 

Carlton House Desk Pickwick Antiques file

As Always ....Design is in the Details!!!

 

Pam Klepper Sexton 

New Arrivals - October 2014

Each month we have a shipment of New Arrivals that come to our store! Today I wanted to share a few that came in our last shipment. I hope you have a wonderful weekend! Come by and see us at Pickwick Antiques to view all of our New Arrivals!

 

Investing in Fine Antiques

In a world full of  DIY Projects, Flea Markets and Garage Sales it's sometimes hard to determine and define what Fine Antiques really are. Here at Pickwick Antiques we pride ourselves in the Finest of Antiques. Our pieces are true investment, quality pieces and are full of history. Our pieces are 18th, 19th, and 20th Century French and English Antiques. Now let's talk about investing in these pieces...

It is very important to first define what a Fine Antique Piece is. Fine Antiques are objects that were made in an earlier period. At Pickwick Antiques these periods are 18th, 19th and 20th Century French and English. A few of the many styles include: Queen Anne, Georgian, Chippendale, Hepplewhite, Sheraton, Empire and Regency.

When you see a Circa date on one of our pieces that means that we know the time period from which the piece is from. When investing in Fine Antiques it is important to visit several different antique stores in order to see the difference in reproduction pieces and the quality of the finer pieces. Always educate yourself by seeing these pieces in person. 

When you make the decision to invest in a Fine Antique piece you are not only purchasing a beautiful, unique, high quality craftsmanship piece for your home or office but you are also investing in a highly collectible item that will be valued for centuries to come. A few of our highly collectible items include Rose Medallion, Minton Majolica, Old Paris Porcelain, Tantalus Sets from the 1800's, Fine English Bookcases, Imari, Period Armchairs, Tea Caddies, and the list goes on.

Come visit us at Pickwick Antiques at 3851 Interstate Court Montgomery, AL off of Perry Hill Rd. to view our world of Fine Antiques!

Mirror Mirror…

Here at Pickwick Antiques we have a wide variety of mirrors that can quickly transform any space into a focal point. These mirrors not only have a strong history behind them but also undeniable elegance and beauty. Take a look into these mirrors...


(above) 
A George III Giltwood Mirror in the Rococo Style of the Period, the Vigorous C Scrolls are in the Best Chippendale Manner and Reflect the Height of 18th Century Craftsmanship and Design in England. 
C. 1760



(above)
Fine Louis XV Carved and Gold Gilt Pier Mirror. 
C. 1880 



(above) 
Oval Louis XVI Gold Gilt Mirror with Shell and Scroll Pediment and Carved Base.
C. 1860



(above) 
Italian Gilt and Lacquered Mirror with Pierce Scroll Carved Pediment, Sides, and Base.
C. 1900



(above) 
Late Georgian Gold Leaf Mirror with Scroll Carved Shell Pediment. 
C. 1780-1790



(above) 
A Fine George III Giltwood Mirror. 
C. 1760 

Come see our entire collection of mirrors in our showroom located off of Perry Hill Rd. in Montgomery, AL!

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