Monday, 26 September 2011

The Decorative Antiques and Textiles Fair - Part 2 - Lorfords Antiques

Toby Lorford and Lesley Ferguson
A lovely couple of passionately dedicated antique dealers

Tetbury, Gloucestershire, UK

17th to 20th Century decorative antiques & accessories
from England, France, Sweden and Italy and....and....

Gustavian pull-out bench/bed from Forsa in Helsinland, Sweden, ca. 1780
with the original paint work

French 'Buffet a deux corps' in light oak, late 18th century

A pair of outrageous,  stunning and statement-filled high-back sofas, English, 1920's
recovered in hessian

Two rare 19th Century child's mannequins, by Stockman of Paris

Pair of late 19th Century French painted iron and brass folding chairs

Early 19th Century French 'buffet a deux corps'


French faux bamboo 'semainiare' in pine, French, circa 1850

Pair of Italian consoles with stone tops, mid-20th Century
and a pair of French silvered mirrors, 19th Century

"sail away....."
   A 19th Century model yacht, the 'Etoile', dated 1868

An early 20th Century artist's travelling easel, complete with the original umbrella

Pair of early 19th Century English cast iron urns in old pinkish paint

Spanish terracotta water jar, early 20th Century

'court yard - snap-shot'

Glazed terracotta olive jars, Spain, 1900-1920

An early George III period dresser and rack retaining the original historic paint work,
English, circa 1770

Large late 19th Century Spanish terracotta olive pot

Set of 12 19th Century Swedish chairs, scraped to traces of the original pale blue paint, ca. 1830
Seats recovered in coarse vintage linen

Rare 19th Century Swedish walnut chair - made from a single trunk

Early 19th Century Swedish bench in original paint

A wonderful late 19th Century Arras garden table of great scale and fabulous color, French

Late 19th Century French 'waisted' and buttoned easy chair

Collection of 19th Century French wine bottles

Early 20th Century French iron cafe table with its original paint

A fine 19th Century English sofa

French Louis XVI. period console table, circa 1780

A superb early 19th Century French terracotta lemon tree planter from Anduze
Although it has lost nearly all of its original green glaze - I love it even more, just as it is!

A stunning French iron and zinc florist's table, ca. 1940's

Pair of  Napoleon III. armchairs, French, circa 1860

Early 19th Century English freestanding bookcase with the original paint work

Early 19th Century farm house trestle table in pine, Sweden

Late 19th Century English black and gilt bookcase, ca. 1880-1890

Early 19th Century Swedish bench in the original paint

A late 19th Century Spanish stool
in glamorously old shabby silk covering

An original hand-painted Bianchini Ferier scarf design, framed, French mid-20th Century

Early 19th Century Estate office cupboard, scraped to the original paint, English

A set of late 19th Century table and benches with early paint to both

Another original hand-painted Bianchini Ferier scarf design

A rare Empire period 'Bureau a gradin' in fruit wood and exceptional condition, French, ca. 1820

A beautiful 18th Century Venetian 'Violin' mirror, 88 cm high x 55 cm wide

Exceptional English Housekeeper's cupboard, early 19th Century,
scraped to the original paint, and retaining its original gilt brass handles, locks and keys

19th Century French mannequin with wire skirt, ca. 1860

Louis XVI. period console table with its original marble top, ca. 1785

A large early 20th Century English log basket with canvas liner

Set of 4 iron garden chairs, 1940's, reputedly from the 'Jardin du Luxembourg' Paris

Set of very interesting and decorative Italian dining chairs, mid-20th Century
rather quirky!

Pair of English armchairs, covered in the original 'carpet-style' fabric, 1930's

Charming Swedish wall cupboard with the original paint, ca. 1760


Southern provençal atmosphere in Lorfords court yard....

French Louis XV. period commode with a stunning yellow/amber marble top, ca. 1760

A late 18th Century Italian carved wood pricket stick with remains of old blue paint....

As so often....less is more

Collection of old water jars and olive pots, Spain

Don't miss!

Lesley and Toby are also exhibiting at the fair
Stand 95

"At the Decorative Fair we like to think we transcend fashion.
Our exhibitors source objects with inspire trends, rather than follow them.
"New" products on the high street have their origins in the art and style of the past;
to anyone who says contemporary interiors have nothing to do with history,
we say "we have to disagree"!
Antiques and vintage stock offer so many benefits: each item is unique, one-off,
has been loved, cherished and survived so well that it deserves to be passed on
to another who appreciate it innate sense of style, its purpose and its craftsmanship.
An antique is the ultimate in ecologically-friendly interior design, as well as in heirloom."
Patricia Harvey, Founder and Organiser of the Fair


I must say that I really do miss these fairs, all my customers, all good dealer friends, the excitement.....
....and London

see also my post about the Fair from January  here


I'm looking so much forward to Toby's and Lesley's next visit in November here again at La Pouyette.
Still remember when Toby on the last visit loaded quietly on his own, just over night, 
an enormously heavy and large stone garden bench from our porch into his van.
When we saw next morning what he done we were 'flabbergasted' that anybody could manage that alone!
 As I said - highly passionate with body and soul!


 I hope that you all enjoy this two posts about the Fair,
the introduction of my friends Jim Jackson, Lesley and Toby, and their antiques.

Bonne Semaine et a bientôt !


  1. Karin these pictures are stunning, there are several pieces I'd happily take home!! I can imagine how much you must miss being part of this.
    Hope you're enjoying the same fantastic weather as we are here in Normandy, and I think you're going to enjoy the same visitor soon too! :)

  2. I've really liked the dinning table + chairs at your "shop-snap-shop" picture. I will be in London next week, but late for the fair and no time to travel to the West country, much as I love it. Next time. Thanks for the tip.

  3. Gorgeous pieces. I love that old mirror, and the first set of dining chairs. Sigh.

  4. To Pet: Whenever you're able to visit the fair I'll send you an invitation, just let me know.
    Thanks for your comment.k

  5. what a wonderful collection of beautiful European Antiques. Some one has a good eye. I have the same bird cage that you show, the muti-storied one. I love it. It would be hard to pick a favorite thing. I might say the deer statues. Thanks so much for letting me tag along. Richard from My Old Historic House.

  6. Thanks a lot for your comment Richard!
    I know that you are a passionate antique collector with a profound knowledge.

    And I love the bird cage as well, could see it in our house just like a 'statue'. And would not mind to have the deers dotting around in our garden amongst some shrubs....You have a good eye!

  7. Another fantastic post, Karin - I must say that Lorfords is always one of my top favourite stands to visit at the fair, and I am so looking forward to seeing them this week!

  8. Karen please take photos! And say hello from me. Will tell Toby and Lesley that you are a very good blogger friend!!!
    Enjoy the Fair.... k

  9. More sensational pieces and beautiful arrangements ......objects of my desire. I would love to have any of the pieces you have shown us in your last 2 blogs in my house in France or here in Australia. One day I may even manage to get to the fair! Thank you.

  10. Wow such treasures! I want that zinc table in the first image, the Italian pricket and those mannequins! It's always a wonderful show and this is proof!

  11. Lorfords is always first on my list when I am in Tetbury...the scale and diversity of their pieces are so inspiring.
    Julie x

  12. what lovely images. i was at the fair for the first time and have not seen so many lovlies in one arena in a very long time. best ever

  13. I love so many of these pieces...the first Louis console, the black and gilt bookcase, the violin mirror...thank you, Karin. ♥alaine

  14. What a lovely Fair that will be! I would love to go and find some beautiful treasures like these... Thank you for the nice comment today. Schoene Gruesse aus Muenchen und ich wuensche dir ein schoenes Wochenende! :)

  15. Hello,

    I love all the beautiful furniture, everything would fit perfectly in my thuistig antiques can go. But, I do not think I have the funds to buy everything. It's a bit sad that you do not go to such a beautiful antiques fair...

    Have i nice weekend in France :-)