The homes of antiques dealers tend to imitate their shops or a stand at a fair and this south London house no exception. The owners, who dislike polite, safe furniture, live in an exotic and eccentric setting, filled with plunder from all over the world.
One could say that is less about design and more about haphazard display, but a closer look reveals that order and artistic flair govern the arrangement of this ever-changing collection. Prints and pictures are crammed onto walls from floor to ceiling, cabinets of every style and shape are filled with objects d’art spanning several centuries, and nearly everything has an intriguing story.
Condition is less important than the human connection; provenance is what fascinates these dealers, and relics are sought out in salesroom and markets all over Europe.
Bust, buffalo skulls, a Communist hoarding from the Berlin wall, stuffed animals, ancient brocades and rivets from the Eiffel Tower are just a sample of what is to be seen. The most opulent room, Turkish in style, is a tour-de0force of an adventurer’s dream come true.