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'Tidings of Comfort and Joy’

Large Giltwood and Vernis Martin Mirror by Louis Majorelle from the Dutch Royal

Tis the season to be jolly, heedless of the wind and weather’ so we will do just that. We will stop worrying about heavy snowfall in the North and other dismal headlines and focus this newsletter on good news. The very best news is that Charlie has just completed a brilliant, but protracted, negotiation to return the large Royal Dutch mirror, made by the great French master craftsman Majorelle, to its original home – Het Loo Palace. Standing 10 feet tall, this imposing piece was part of a suite of over 20 items especially commissioned in 1888.  

A charming gilt bronze group of Dutch children by Foste

Indeed, many people, including King Wenceslas, positively enjoy snow lying ‘deep and crisp and even’ as we can see from these Dutch children in their clogs, modelled by J.D.Foste.

Another of my favourites is this charming Japanese Arita dish, painted in the style of Chinese blue and white porcelain, with a Dutch scene.  Looking closely, two of these figures could be skating! They are evidently on a lake in a dyke as the surface is level with the upper stories of the houses in the village.  

While ‘Christmas bells ring out all over the earth’ this American nautical desk clock and barometer, by the Westbury Clock Company, rings out over all over the sea as well, with its eight day movement striking the ship’s watch bells.

As ‘three ships come sailing in on Christmas day in the morning’ we are in the lucky position to have more than 300 sailing ships to choose from!  There are Beken and Kirk silver gelatin photographic prints, collages, rich oil paintings, mirror-backed half hulls, six foot scale models and six inch desk ornaments.  I have chosen this Thomas Luny painting of H.M.S. Bellerophon because it answers the next line of the carol ‘and what was in those ships all three?’  Bellerophon was carrying the defeated Emperor Napoleon and his entourage, while all three of the battleships were full of officers and sailors, including those strung out along the yardarms setting the sails for departure.
We have not decked the showroom or the new warehouse with ‘boughs of holly’ but this beautiful Regency oak drum table has festive wreaths inlaid in holly wood on three side of the triangular pedestal base.
And lastly, Christmas would not be complete without reference to a star.  The top of this rare New Zealand specimen wood table is centred on a ‘star of wonder’ in that it is actually composed of five layered three-pointed stars and is ‘Westward leading, still proceeding’, as it came from Auckland and will lead us into next year, as it has only just arrived so will not appear on our website until after January’s photoshoot.
Which just leaves us to sing our final carol 'We wish you a Merry Christmas, we wish you a Merry Christmas, we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year’.

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