January Newsletter from Mallett

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Welcome to the January newsletter from Mallett.

We are looking forward to a busy 2013, beginning with the American International Fine Art Fair in Palm Beach in February and the annual Maastricht Fair in March. More details of where to find the Mallett stand at both of these events are below.

Looking back on last year, 1dibs' Introspective Magazine also named Clare Potter's October exhibition at Mallett New York as one of their 'Favourites of 2012'.

We were also delighted to appear in the prestigious 'White Book' in China this month, alongside Steinway, Breuget and Dom Pérignon to name but a few.  The app, in Chinese, can be downloaded here.

Please do not hesitate to contact us should you require any further details on any pieces below or online.

Giles Hutchinson Smith
Chief Executive


A Silver Condiment Set
Condiment Set

A rare set of silver condiment holders, naturalistically fashioned into the form of acorns. The set is formed of 4 salts as cupules with gilt interiors and spoons, each with an acorn finial, 2 pepper pots with removal nut, and a mustard pot with a hinged lid, all resting on oak leaf sprigs.

Alexander Crichton produced some of the finest whimsical silver in the repertoire of the English silversmith, seemingly inspired by the drawings of Sir John Tenniel for Lewis Carroll’s “Alice in Wonderland” (1865) and “Alice through the Looking Glass” (1872).

Made in 1879 by Alexander Crichton.



Tole Chandelier

A Charles X Tole Chandelier

An exceptional Charles X green and gilt tôle peinte chandelier with Dutch Royal provenance.

The chandelier was previously owned by Queen Juliana of the Netherlands and displayed at Soestdijk Palace, before its acquisition by Mallett.

A four branch colza oil chandelier, the central stem is of baluster form decorated with a band of gilt foliate ornament with anthemion, with further gilt laurel leaf decoration. Each candle arm has a green tôle smoke cowl, each decorated with cornucopia with the candle socles further decorated in a similar fashion. Still retaining the original glass drip pans.

c. 1830



A Specimen Wood Centre Table

A Ceylonese specimen wood, ivory and pewter inlaid carved ebony table. The top is made of various specimen woods including palm, rosewood, calamander and satinwood.

It is recorded that a number of the British Governors in Ceylon and other officials and merchants commissioned local cabinetmakers to produce furniture for their own houses as well as government buildings. The contents of the Governor's residence in Colombo, the King's House, were described in an inventory of 1833 and included 'One table with different woods of Ceylon, with ebony feet', the earliest known reference to specimen wood tables in Ceylon.

The Ceylon Times in 1850 published an editorial which stated that Ceylon's 'infinity of carved wood and manufacturers, the beauty of various specimens of inlaid work in wood and ivory... are well known to many.'

c. 1835



Specimen Wood Centre Table
"A visit to Mallett is like a visit to a National Trust property without the Don't-Touch signs"


Mallett in the Press

Read the double page feature on Mallett, and interview with our Chief Executive Officer, Giles Hutchinson Smith here.

We were also featured in the Mayfair Magazine, which can be read here.

Our Italian readers will see Mallett featuring on the cover of 'Antiquariato' this month.

Masterpiece London

Tickets for Masterpiece London 2013 have now gone on sale.  This year's event will be from 27th June to 3rd July, with a preview on the 26th June.

Masterpiece have also announced that Marie Curie has been appointed as the Masterpiece London 2013 beneficiary charity.


5th-10th February 2013
Henry Neville and João Magalhães from Mallett New York will be at AIFAF in Palm Beach this year and look forward to welcoming you to the Mallett stand, number 210.
For more details on the fair please visit the website: http://www.aifaf.com/ or contact the New York office.
15th – 24th March 2013
We will be at stand 180 at the world’s leading fine art and antiques fair, TEFAF Maastricht.
For more details on the fair, please visit the TEFAF website, or contact one of our London team via the website or email.


Mallett Stand, 2012

Grendey Chest of Drawers


A Giles Grendey Chest of Drawers

A superb George II walnut chest of drawers.
The top drawer bears the label of the maker Giles Grendey, one of only a handful of such labels to survive.

The chest of drawers were with Mallett over fifteen years ago, and have since then been in a private collection.

Illustrated in Adam Bowett, Early Georgian Furniture 1714-1740, p.104.

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