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Monday, November 28, 2011

antique inspiration in Sydney

On a recent trip to Sydney, and with only a few days to spend, I couldn't resist a hunt in a few antiques stores.
This lamp has been made from an 18th century shoe. Isn't it exquisite?
And even more stylish is this lamp made from an plaster corbel. In this case, it can double as a bookend.
These light shades are actually 19th century French glass garden cloches. We have sold out of such cloches in our store, but I will be on the hunt for some more on my next overseas buying trip.
The pair of mirrors above are made from from original zinc window pediments from French châteaux which are known as oeil de boeuf or "bull's eye". These are highly sort after. I didn't check the price but they would have been pretty expensive.
I fell in love with these gorgeous marble topped side tables. They appear to be Italian and early 19th century . Wouldn't they be great as bedside tables? Or perhaps in a very decadent bathroom or dressing room...
And this little antique shop guard dog found a friend in this tiger. Hmmm. Whilst I was watching the dog sniffed around the tiger's head and then jumped back in surprise and fright as one of the tiger's whiskers happened to tickle his face. Too cute.
And we were fortunate enough to catch the wonderful Picasso exhibition at the Art Gallery NSW. It runs until March 2012. For more information visit here. A perfect way to finish a little break in Sydney.


  1. Hi Tammy,

    Wow you are too quick for me. I nearly missed this post.

    So enjoyed seeing everything in your photo's. Nice to see things in magazines but when you see them in the flesh, it gives you a real buzz.

    The coral looks stunning, it's so textural isn't it, although in saying that I don't have any here at home, maybe one day!

    The hanging glass cloches, just stunning, not much more I can say to that except yes please. I really don't think these will date, another classic that will stand the test of time.

    Those bull eye mirrors would be worth seeing in person. I have seen really small cute ones that sit on the top of a sideboard. Difficult to tell but only looked as tall as 15 to 20 cm.

    Anyway, think I'm starting to ramble. Should be asleep. Better go. Thanks for sharing.

    Take care

  2. Hi Janine,

    Thank you for your comments about my latest post, I am glad that you enjoyed the items that I photographed. Gosh, we must have very similar taste. Good taste, that is!

    The zinc mirrors are amazing, warm in some ways but a dark colour. Strange. And coral has long been a favourite of mine, especially just plain white coral.

    Until next time, Tammy