In this article, we explore what is meant when an antique is described as 'Gesso', also known 'Italian gesso' or 'glue gesso'.
Traditionally this was a mix of animal glue binder such as rabbit-skin glue, along with chalk, and white pigment. Gesso was also made from a mixture of zinc, dust and glue, plaster of Paris or whiting and glue.
Here at Brownrigg Interiors & Decorative Antiques, we have a phenomenal stock of vintage items, alongside and complementing our beautiful collection of antiques. These are from various origins and in different unique styles. Both stunning and decorative, vintage pieces offer an elegant inclusion in modern homes. Working beautifully as decorative accessories, these are also great collector's items.
Why go for a single coherent look for your dining when you can mix and match and create something truly unique? At Brownrigg Interiors, we have a fabulous variety of French chairs that whilst antique, will blend very well into a modern décor and look beautiful. A carefully curated blend of the old and the new will make your space look aesthetically appealing. If you want to bring in the timeless elegance of French antiques, we have a few sets of matched dining chairs that will certainly achieve this.
The Gustavian style got its name from King Gustav III of Sweden. Gustavian is a furniture style that draws inspiration from the French Neoclassicism.
Why the French influence?
King Gustav was a patron of arts. He held a keen interest in all things related to design and decoration. The French influence was largely due to the Palace of Versailles, which made a significant impression on King Gustav III during one of his visits. The impressive artwork inspired the King to actually create a Paris of the North in the late 17th century.
Brownrigg Interiors is home to an eclectic collection of antique and contemporary items belonging to different places and eras. Our beautiful mix of antiques and decorative pieces are carefully handpicked so that you will find only the very best at our Tetbury Antique Shop and on our website.
If you are looking to liven up your place a little with some small antique tables, we have some superb classic options in store for you at Brownrigg! The kind that deliver functionality and style in spades and are an absolute treat to have around.
Amongst our classic collection of antique armchairs, we also have a good selection that are more recent or vintage, including some very iconic armchair options from the 20th century.
All of these chairs would make the perfect addition to any contemporary decorative theme and will easily improve a room with style and colour. Many of our chairs are reupholstered in bright shades and luxurious fabrics, making an eye-catching inclusion to a room. In our collection, you will find a great variety of chairs in different shapes, designs, colours, and textures.
Have you considered seating options from the world of antiques that are comfortable and yet at the same time quite luxurious? A smart, recently upholstered sofa from the past is precisely what you need! The sofas of old are well made, richly designed and are still comfortable enough to curl into.
Are you considering antiques of Italian origin, or want a little Italian flair?
At Brownrigg, we have good stock and very versatile Italian decorative pieces that will look great in any decor. We have antique, vintage as well as contemporary pieces, so you have the option to go classic, modern or anywhere in between!
When talk turns to the subject of antique painted furniture, you always have two extremes of opinion! There are those who gasp at even the mention of painted antique furniture and there are those who are absolutely in love with the idea of giving a breath of fresh colour to a beautiful period piece.
Want to add a decorative item of interest to your home? Including some style, colour and a little bit of history? Then antique ceramics is a great way to achieve this!
You can create the most eye-catching displays using these fine pieces from the past. The wonderful thing about this is that these can be displayed in any number of ways - from traditional clusters of similar items, mixed in with modern items or a stylish and minimalist statement piece on its own.
Brownrigg Interiors is home to a beautiful variety of antique stools and benches. Amongst our versatile collection of seating options, we have some superb antique benches, stools and daybeds that can bring a practical and stylish touch to your home decor. Small, compact and functional, they can each be used in different ways. Items available in pairs, for instance, can work well as side tables or occasional tables, like this beautiful pair of Oak Stools. The simpler versions can also look great as plant stands.
Antique drinking glasses have been one of the most sought after decorative antiques for a long time. Decorative antique glasses and barware often making it straight into a good collection. Traditional drinking glasses have always been well-appreciated antique pieces.
At Brownrigg we have a very selective collection of beautiful antique drinking glasses. Take a look at this Fine Quality 1960s Engraved Decanter and Wine Glasses.
A big, stuffy and amazingly comfy leather chair is all you need to create that perfect cosy corner where you can put up your feet and relax with a good book or a crossword and maybe even a cup of coffee!
And if you want to create a snug nook for you and your beloved, getting your hands on a pair of leather chairs is just what you need! To create such a space, nothing is better than investing in an antique or vintage comfy leather chair or two.
Looking for antique metal statues or marble statues to add a touch of elegance to your home?
Look no further than Brownrigg Interiors. With us, you will find a wide variety of decorative antiques and antique furniture options including a classic range of metal statues. Our carefully selected antique statues include a classic collection of decorative marble and metal statues. These are all versatile in their potential uses, unique and in great condition.
If you love antiques but are also after something to sit well in your contemporary decor, why not give painted antique furniture a try.
Usually an original antique piece of furniture fits well into a modern home. But there are also times when you need to find something antique and unique, but also making sure that it doesn’t look out of place.
Swedish Mora clocks have a unique design, make a classic inclusion in the home and have become popular in recent years.
Mora clocks come in a variety of shapes and sizes. The difference in their designs depended on the region of their origin. The clocks are known for their tall and slender appearance. The designs are classic and timeless with each and every Mora clock having very unique personality traits.
Pictures can breathe life into any decor.
If your decor lacks the character you desire, pictures are your best option to add drama and bring a space to life. In the modern world of digital prints and replicas, hand painted oil paintings make a very refreshing addition to the home.
Antique suitcases and trunks make a classic addition to any decor. From vanity units to desks, shelves or home bars, these can be used in very versatile ways adding a classic touch to the space and decor.
If you’re planning to buy some antique luggage here are a few considerations to keep in mind while buying:
We are delighted to again be included in an article featuring the best antiques shops in Tetbury.
They cover an antiques trail visiting a few selected antiques shops of most interest.
The Martini table was born somewhere in the early 19th century when the cocktail hour became a daily ritual. The martini tables evolved from the occasional tables of the 18th century. There are quite a few Spanish martini table designs available from the late 19th century. The round ones which usually had a small round top mounted on a thin long pole standing on three legs. Then there are very elegant looking gilded metal tables in ornate designs. You also have options with a rectangular top and a space to hold magazines.
Soft furnishings are as important to a good decor as the rest of the elements. Nothing can create a more homely atmosphere than the soft decorative accessories. Soft textures and subtle design are the details that make a house feel more like a welcoming and comfortable family home. From the world of antiques there are as many decorative Antique and also Vintage Fabric options as there are antique furniture options to transform your place into something that is welcoming and uniquely appealing. With a clever use of a selection from amongst the world of antiques, you can easily infuse your space with a sense of warmth and oodles of charm and elegance.
Soft furnishings add the finishing touches to a beautiful decor.
If you are looking at a mix of the vintage with the modern then that is even better!
Adding carefully chosen vintage or antique elements to a modern decor can add character and warmth and adding cushions is a quick and easy way of achieving this.
Browse our enticing collection of modern and vintage cushions at Brownrigg!
Antique French Furniture has varied throughout history. Here is a guide to the periods from which our French antiques derive
Who said a collection of decorative items should be from the same range?
The magic lies in creating a space that looks eclectic and tastefully done. A room full of versatile decorative items from different eras undoubtedly looks more exciting, unique and aesthetically appealing than a space decorated with matched sets out of the retail stores.
Any element from the world of antiques can add culture and class to a decor and antique stools are no exception.
Quite a few Swedish designs are famous for their minimalism, simplicity and functionality. Often less is more and some fine examples of Swedish dining furniture are the perfect portrayal of simplistic elegance. The designs are basic, yet manage to capture style to their maximum. A dining room is often a place where simplicity is well appreciated. It is a place that should feel inviting, have warmth and where functionality is at its maximum.
We are pleased to announce that we have been featured amongst the 70 of the best antiques and vintage shops by the ‘Home and Antiques Magazine’.
Homes & Antiques’ magazine is a unique blend of editorial offers, great designs and beautiful objects from different eras and is very informative and inspiring. H&A's directory of the 70 of the best antiques and vintage shops features the best attribute of each antique store that makes it stand out.
We have been featured as the Best for… Continental Choices.
Antiques in the form of furniture or decorative antiques help to create aesthetically appealing interiors. Likewise soft furnishings from the old world also make equally handy accessories that can be incorporated in the home decor. Antique tapestries make an interesting element in these modern homes. Tapestries were important in the Tudor palaces and aristocratic homes. These usually adorned the austere walls of the castles giving a pictorial backdrop.
The use of ceramics dates back to as early as the 24,000 BC period. During the initial days, animal and human figurines were made from clay and other materials and later fired in kilns partially dug into the ground. In the later years clay pots and vessels were used for everyday domestic use such as for storing water or food items or rice and grains etc.
Fast forward to today and you have the old world ceramics widely used as decorative items in the modern homes.
The console table orginatated from French furniture origins of the 18th century. These were small crescent shaped tables which could be put up against the wall. While the initial antique console tables came only with the two legs at the front and were fixed against the walls with ornamental brackets, the options later on were self-supporting on all four legs.
If you are looking for a good dealer for genuine antiques and decorative furniture and objects, Brownrigg Interiors is the place to be! Brownrigg offers you one of the best and the most versatile collections including antique furniture, decorative antiques and painted antiques etc. They make up the beautiful collection found at our antique shops in Tetbury. Our stock is updated on a regular basis and hence you will always invariably find something new whenever you visit us.
We all know that most antiques are chic and elegant. They invoke a sense of history and add a mysterious air to your home.
Antique carvings make one of the best decorative inclusions in your home. Often these are kind of offbeat and that is what makes them all the more interesting.
Antique or vintage trunks make great decorative accessories in the home and are often quite functional too. Every antique or vintage trunk is bound to have a story behind its existence and may have travelled far and wide with travellers on carriage rides or their sea voyages and witnessed history. Even vintage trunks will have their story even if it is only as a school trunks used by a boarder. Incorporated in the modern day decor these are bound to have an air of mystery and charm around them and at the same time bring in a certain elegance to the place.
Elegant, charming and often ornate, antique mirrors are the perfect accessories to add a bit of history and character to the contemporary interiors. An antique mirror comes with an intrinsic historic appeal which is classy and elegant. To help decorate your home tastefully with just a bit of the historic air antique mirrors are one of the best ways to achieve success. These are available in plenty of styles and types right from the simple ones with clean straight lines to the rich and ornate ones that bring in with them a very regal charm.
One of the most common features of the homes of the 1950s and 60s is the classic armchair. It still continues to bring in the same kind of charm to the contemporary and traditional home of today. The French armchairs especially are absolute classics in the true sense of the term and are increasingly finding their way into the contemporary and traditional designs these days.
So how would you incorporate these iconic furniture items into your designs?
In the article "An Unapologetically Old-Fashioned New York City Apartment"
At the top of a classic Art Deco building on the Upper East Side, the contradictions of the designer Billy Cotton shine through.
Brownrigg was asked to provide antique French chairs
We are proud to have opened a grand antiques shop in Tetbury at 44 Long Street in a wonderful historic Georgian Town House building. This means that Brownrigg is represented in two impressive high street premises in Tetbury, Longstreet Antiques at number 14 and number Brownrigg at No 44.
We strongly believe in the power of personal shopping where customers can visit the shop, appreciate the fine surroundings, smell the candles, touch and feel the antiques and gather valuable shopping advice from informed shop keepers.
The Gloucestershire Guild of Craftsmen present their spring show at the Market House in Tetbury from 1 to 5 June, 2016. Up to 25 members of The Guild will show off their creativity and craftsmanship in this beautiful hall in our home town of Tetbury.
With leatherwork, ceramics, jewellery, furniture, glass, textiles and more, this is a wonderful opportunity to view and buy unique handcrafted work across all media and see how pieces are made.
Makers themselves are at the show to discuss their craft and inspiration with visitors.
The good weather turns our attention to the garden, courtyards, terraces and balconies
Featuring a particlualry attractive piese of garden antiques certainly works well in outside spaces and creates useful focal points.
Take for example this rare pair of 19th Cent Scottish Cast Iron Troughs / Planters. It is a very unusual pair of 19th century Cast Iron Drinking Troughs from the Saracen foundry of Walter Macfarlane & Co. Glasgow, Circa 1870 with later zinc bowls, that will also make great planters.
This post shall discuss the importance of oil paintings throughout the centuries using examples of pieces we have here in our Tetbury showroom hete at Brownrigg Interiors. Oil painting is considered by many to have created the most significant impact in the development of painting as a visual art form. Due to oil paints versatility and long last colour it has been a favored choice by artists for many centuries. The earliest known example of oil painting is recorded in 11th Century; however, the practice of easel painting with oil colours grew out of 15th century tempera painting.
The furnishings industry has a name for the antique wood-finished and upholstered pieces -"brown furniture." Prices on these items have reduced over the years as many of the young prefer to buy cheaper .. and often shorter lasting!.. furniture or furniture that has been coloured lighter under the banner of 'decorative furniture'
We carry a wonderful selection of brown furniture at realistic prices. Practical yet elegant, this brown furniture often depicts quality. The traditional pieces of brown furniture have always captured the attention of the enthusiasts and connoisseurs alike and have been used as a portrayal of wealth and class in the stately homes as well.
At Brownrigg we are constantly adding new additions to our collection.
Aiming to help you with Christmas present ideas we have a large collection of custome made bespoke leather trunks and boxes that look so good as tables and/or as storage areas. These are in addition to our usual stock of high quality writing tables, mirrors, chairs, commodes, bookcases, occasional tables and trolleys to name a few.
French antiques have always been very popular amongst the art connoisseurs and antique lovers alike. The artistic brilliance, the aesthetic appeal and the versatility of pieces available often makes French antiques stand out. From the relaxed charm of the country style furniture to the beauty of the decorative furniture you have at your disposal a good variety of options from the chic as well as the simple and elegant.
Welcome to the first in a series of blog posts on a number of different styles and features seen in our Brownrigg showroom. This post is about the wonderful world of Chinoiserie, how it originated, and where we think it is going.
Appearances matter... whether you are talking about nice pieces of antique furniture to enhance your interior design or about the look of our website.
Whilst keeping our website 'ontrend' we do however put clients' experiences first. Our previous design ... although very modern .. meant the images were hard to see and navigation was almost too clever for itself so we have changed it again to a more standard layout that is easy to follow.
We hope you like it.
Held in the centre of Cheltenham near Tetbury where our shop is there will be contemporary design and craftsmanship by members of the Guild with daily demonstrations and a special display inspired by "The English Country Garden". Open 10am - 6pm, Free admission, for more information www.guildcrafts.org.uk or Tel: 01242 245212
The Decorative Antiques and Textiles Fair of Spring 2015 is scheduled for the 29 September to 4 October 2015 at the Battersea Park, London. This Antiques Fair is well worth a visit since you will find us there with our classic display of French & Continental decorative furniture, country house English furniture & objects from the 17th to the 20th century. We are one of the many fine exhibitors.
When anyone thinks about incorporating antiques in the house often decorative antique artifacts and furniture items are what comes to mind first. Few first consider the astounding variety of beautiful soft furnishings for the purpose of decoration. The final effect that the soft furnishings can achieve in the décor is as beautiful and timeless as its other decorative counterparts.
Christmas means families get together and obviously plenty of mouths to feed.
It is a time to celebrate around a large dining table.
Here at Brownrigg we have some good variety of antique and decorative country tables and other dining options that fit the bill.
If you do not want to go for tables that are very large, how about an extendable table? These are also a great choice since they provide you with that added flexibility.
Browse our site to get see what we have and what will suit your requirements!
Decorating your room with ceramics is easy and yet adds charm and style. Although furniture has the maximum impact on the feel and the ambience of the room, smaller decorative items here and there often impart life to the room and set a beautiful tone and mood. Amongst the multitude of decorative options available are the beautiful ceramics that can be used in versatile ways as intended or in some innovative ways. Few decorative items let you add a colourful snap as do ceramics. Many ceramics are collectors’ items and are often more functional than the other decorative items.
Armoires from the past are very often reserved only for the bedrooms. But these beautiful armoires, some outrageously decorative while some simple and elegant relics, are quite versatile and can be utilized in a number of different ways.
There’s nothing more rewarding than transforming a room by the addition of a new piece of decorative furniture or a carefully chosen decorative object or two. It’s even more satisfying when you’re furnishing several rooms or an entire house or apartment with decorative antiques.
Our love affair with Swedish antiques continues unabated as we discover still more unusual and exciting pieces like this wonderful Gustavian painted housekeeper’s cupboard .
It’s got everything we like about Swedish antiques’ style.
Vellum books have long been popular with interior designers as well as connoisseurs of antiques as they are such attractive accessories for any room. What sets the antique vellum books apart is the beautiful smooth texture and their gorgeous appearance which gives them their decorative antiques quality.
French furniture has always had an air of a relaxed charm to it. The lighter coloured French country style furniture has become increasingly with the change from formal dining to the more casual kitchen style living. In addition the darker looking French antique tables also add a natural ralaxed feel to an environment.
We are often asked why pairs of chairs, sofas or bookcases are so sought after.
Some people spend years searching for a piece to partner an existing one.
Spanish pottery and ceramics go a long way back…. some almost 4000 odd years. But it was the Moorish initiative of introducing the earthenware and lusterware that changed the face of Spanish pottery and ceramics. Since the Moors had an Islamic background the designs on the ceramics and pottery were initially restricted to their religion alone. Later around the 15th century however, more Christian scenes began to appear on these ceramics.
The French styles have always been the amongst the most appreciated amongst the various other styles for centuries. Be it for the appealing French architecture and their brilliance or the decorative French antiques or the French country style furniture for their aesthetic appeal. When it comes to the antiques, there is a versatile mix of items that manage to easily infuse the earthy coupled with a chic appeal wherever they are incorporated. The French style of designing have been the inspiration for many and even today these styles continue to dominate the décor styles to a great extent.
Spectacular architecture was always a strong point of France. As for art, though initially it was influenced more by the Gothic styles, after some inspiration from the Italians, slowly and steadily French art began to take shape and fine arts started becoming another strong forte of the French. Initially during the middle ages, furniture used to be sparse and mostly improvised.
In the recent times, the antique Swedish furniture items have started gaining a lot of popularity thanks to the appealing designs and skilled craftsmanship. These furniture items are known for their fine lines and sleek appeal and you will often find these in the shades of greys and off whites.
The name Howard and Sons is synonymous with style and finesse. Howard and Sons leads when it comes to superior quality and some of the most sought after items in the world of furniture. Being best known for their upholstered furniture creations, their items have always been defined by excellent quality and finish with beautiful designs and patterns.
When it comes to designing spaces with a graceful grandeur there has to be some careful thought behind it which is coupled with a good vision. Antique and vintage luggage can be put to good use to match up with your elite living tastes. Vintage luggage is highly sought after by interior designers and stylish users alike.
Tetbury is known for the various events that it hosts all year round. This time again Tetbury is playing host to a number of fine musicians who will be entertaining us in Tetbury.
Seating is one of the most important aspects of the contemporary ergonomics. It is as much about the aesthetics as it is about the comfort these days. The seating furniture and the styles have seen a lot of changes over the years.
Some of the towns in the Cotswolds are reputed to be as good as any other of the most beautiful historic and well-known towns and villages in England. There are some interesting market towns with strong historical backgrounds such as Tetbury, Nailsworth, Bath and Stroud. The reason why the Cotswold attracts so many tourists is it offers picturesque streets, striking architecture and stylish shopping all set to a beautiful backdrop of the hills and countryside. It is home to a number of festivals all year round and of course to the famous horse racing in Cheltenham.
Antiques are not very transitory in nature and enjoy an everlasting existence in the interior designs thanks to the variety of ways in which they are usually used. We see a lot of interior designers incorporate antiques in the home décor to give them a contrasting look. With the change in the designing approach, now days even the home offices are changing in design from the modern looking purpose built office units to nice looking antique office furniture.
This French item from the 1920s or 30s is an interesting piece maintaining its original colour and quality. This polished metal desk has original brass handles and cup feet and has a wide glass top. It comes with 6 drawers and two pull out boards which can be of use for writing purpose
We are please to offer this fine example of French antique furniture that wil grace any setting and still provide excellent storage
We are pleased to announce the opening of another showroom, this time at Nailsworth that is close to our main shop in Tetbury Gloucestershire. This together with our lovely antiques showroom in Petworth, West Sussex makes a fine trio of interesting antiques shops.
I love these two quirky, demilune, eighteenth-century console tables supported by satrys with lion’s feet. Carved in the classical style, these two wall-mounted, decorative antique, walnut tables would look stupendous in an ultra contemporary drawing room or dining room. The carving is exceptional. 82cm high, 40cm deep and 114 cm wide.
I came across this delicate terracotta statue of a Greek nymph in Sweden and immediately whisked her back to my shop. She’d set off any terrace to perfection, although she’d need protecting from the elements in winter. Alternatively, you can imagine her gracing the space at the bottom of a grand staircase in a stately home. Made in Italy around 1905. Total height: 224cm. Plinth footprint 69 x 53cm.
Decorative Antiques have always been the first preference for decorators with distinctive tastes. There are many out there who will always look out for something different to add a unique character to their designs. Not only the designers but also individuals on personal levels prefer decorating their own spaces with something that adds a touch of distinction giving it a unique character in itself.
See blogs and articles by Brownrigg Interiors on various subjects relating to our world of antiques.