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2nd October 2012

I have just returned from a buying trip to France and England, leaving Vanessa in charge of the show including unpacking our latest container. The recent acquisitions button has photos for both the October and December (preview) containers. As always, lots of coffers, mirrors, armoires and French Provincial dining tables, plus three drawer side tables and the new French bed frames now up to 2m wide. I attended the Decorex Design Fair in London and then assisted "Greenie", my agent, at his stand at the Battersea Antique and Decorative Fair. This is where all the rich and famous and the top decorators come to buy. It was very interesting to see the trends in the Antique and Decorative furniture.

Victorian mahogany is completely gone! To that end we have added a Gustavian Furniture button to our website. Gustav, a Prince of Sweden,was living in the court of Louis XVI in Paris, when he was summoned back to be King of Sweden. He took many French cabinet makers and their designers and made a range of painted Louis XVI style furniture (painted because they didn't have the timbers). The washed look of this Swedish furniture combined with very pale English and French decorative furniture and fabrics looks to be the fashion at Battersea. My directoire period chair (#8342) is an example of this desired look. We have also shipped two containers of very old and very gnarly French oak from a dealer who was retiring (almost 30 tonne). We have begun supplying Spanish style dining tables with iron bases to some designers, when we can get Weatherby George to take a break from all the libraries and wine cellars he is making. The French oak is cracked and old looking and gives a wonderful look and feel. The Italian chandeliers are coming back into the shop two at a time from Bondy, our re-wiring expert who certifies them to New Zealand standards (see the Chandelier button on the left hand side of the website). It is great to see many of our Christchurch and Wellington customers up here for the World Cup rugby matches at Eden Park.

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