Style Court

Nine Years of Textiles, Art History, Gardens, and a Little Mental Traveling with Courtney Barnes


In Praise of Small Glasses and Other London Finds

My London correspondent, Mary Laura (aka Boomama), just arrived back in Georgia with some helpful antiquing tips. One thing she nabbed for herself on the far east end of Camden Passage was an old set of eight little lemonade glasses with gilt edges. Glasses these days are really too big, says Mary Laura. Eight-ounce cocktails can be a bit much, but "tiny glasses are just right for a cold, stiff drink!"

She recommends Camden Passage as a more peaceful alternative to Portobello Road.

Finbar MacDonnell is Mary Laura's place for small prints, especially botanicals, and personally I think Bertram Cooper might enjoy browsing Japanese Gallery where original prints range from from £10 to museum quality.

[Geese in Flight by Koson Ohara, circa 1900, via Japanese Gallery]

According to ML, Kay Leyshon is a terrific source for fabulous and inexpensive old silver plated things -- flatware, serving pieces. "I brought home a pretty tea strainer," she adds. Shown above is a pair of ball and shell dessert servers engraved Martin Hall & Co., circa 1890.

Tony Cloughlin is one of her favorites for a wonderful array of old glassware: wine glasses, old fashioneds, snifters, champagne flutes and bowls, and tiny little cordials (or "liquor bowls"). And she loves the writing boxes and tea caddies at Christina's Boxes.

[Above, quail and chicken eggs at Daylesford Organic.]

Liberty was also on the itinerary, so next summer Mary Genevieve (aka Gennie) will have a new sundress made with Liberty fabric (ML's mom is very skilled at using a needle and thread).

And the obsession with green leather barrel-back chairs continues; here, a child's highchair spotted at Paul.

I just wish I'd asked ML to grab an extra copy of Indian Florals at the V & A because the book with CD was not released in the U.S. last week as expected.

F.Y.I., Japonism, Japonisme or Japonaiserie are terms that refer to Western art influenced by Japanese design elements, but sometimes the words are loosely used to describe the style of Bert Cooper's office which definitely reflects an appreciation for the Eastern aesthetic yet in the end is still mid-century American.

The Union Jack shown at top is via Ul Marga.


The Peak of Chic said...

Such beautiful finds! It makes me want to cross the pond soon!

Laura [What I Like] said...

I was just having that discussion about glasses with someone the other day! Only we were talking about martini glasses, and how three martini lunches were much more feasible in the days when the glasses were tiny. What beautiful detail on those lemonade glasses!

pve design said...

I love a smaller glass and finding things that look well made and pay homage to a gentler time.
Fabulous finds!

Mélanie said...

Beautfiful treasures . Thanks for sharing

Mrs. Blandings said...

Incredibly impressive to have a foreign bureau! Love her finds.