Bargain hunt at Barnwell
WINDSOR HOUSE ANTIQUES, which is based in Barnwell Manor in Northamptonshire, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester’s former residence, is celebrating its 60th anniversary with some tantalisingly large price reductions. There’s an 18th-century German chinoiserie bureau cupboard decorated with warriors and country scenes that has been dramatically reduced from £18,500 to £9,500 (right); a 19th-century burr amboyna geuridon, down from £5,300 to £3,800; a George II walnut and parcel-gilt mirror (£9,850 to £7,800); and a 19th-century china cabinet at £2,200, nearly half the original price of £4,200.
Windsor House was started by D. Kevin Smith in Leeds in 1957 as a one-man operation (www.windsor houseantiques.co.uk). ‘I hope that offering exceptional pieces at attainable prices will encourage new collectors to share the excitement I still feel,’ he says.