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Established in 1981 by Charles Wallrock. Previous suppliers of Harrods for over 22 years.

Amazing Craftsmanship

 A museum quality cased ship's boardroom model of the Dublin built 1912. £22,000

We have a friend and client who built his fortune on manufacturing. He frequently tells us that the prodigious number of hours and the technical skills required to make so many of our antique pieces – not just furniture but also decorative Japanese works of art – would render them far too expensive to produce today. As these newsletters so often feature overall photographs of our wonderful stock I have decided to focus on the craftsmanship and incredible attention to detail which has created them.
Fig. 1. A Victorian burr-walnut marquetry library table, c1860.  £7,800 Fig.2. A kingwood commode by
de Jeune, French c1760, £48,500
Fig.3. Games box stamped
‘Sormani’, c1880 French, £3,850.
Above we have three details of working with wood.  Each one has multiple wafer thin veneers which are precisely cut and then fitted together.  In Fig. 1 it is easy to see how complicated the work is because of the striking variations of colour in the specimen woods.  However, on close inspection, both figures 2 and 3 are just as intricate with each drawer of the commode requiring four quarter veneers and four borders, while the box has 10 borders on the top alone including the stringing. 
A Meiji period embroidery of a sea eagle, c1880. H 73 ¾ in W 56in,   £48,500

Labour was cheap anyway in the 19th century but after 1868 with the creation of the Meiji dynasty in Japan, which forbade the feudal lords from bearing arms, an enormous skilled work force was effectively made redundant.  However, under the same regime, Japan welcomed American embassies for the first time in several hundred years.  Western fascination with this enigmatic and exotic country fueled a new market for the enamellers, lacquer, textile and metal workers who had previously made weapons and suits of armour.
A superb Italian micro mosaic panel of a family on a donkey, circa 1850.  Panel H 12 ½ in W 16 ½ in  £54,000
Manufacture for export also created employment in 19th century Italy with ‘tourists’ buying micro-mosaic panels and table tops as souvenirs of their Grand Tours.  When we exhibit the piece above most people think it is a painting but the third image, of the basket, shows each tiny piece of stone selected by colour and then cut to make the image.
Please check the Wick Antiques or Barnebys websites as new delights are posted every day.  Charlie will be in the London gallery on Wednesdays so do ring 07768 877069 for an appointment. 

Wallrock and Brooker, 93 Lower Sloane Street, Chelsea, SW1W 8DA

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Having previously supplied Harrods antiques department for 22 years, Charles Wallrock of Wick Antiques offers his expertise and professional knowledge to help you buy and sell your antiques.
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