Our Five Top Picks for September

Many people do find that antiques are like old and treasured friends, in that their life feels a touch better when they are present in it. They add much to any room or corner, lifting the spirits each time they are appreciated, whether by their owners or those just visiting.

Here at Patrick Moorhead Antiques, we are passionate about first finding examples of unmatched craftsmanship, and then sharing the finest results of such labours with you.

September is the start of the season that draws you indoors more, a perfect time to add further style to your collection, your choices to become cherished by you and admired by others. From our landscape of choices, here are our five top picks for September…

1. An Outstanding 19th Century Meissen Porcelain Clock

When you are keen to add an elegant timepiece to your home, if you spot the Meissen signature logo of crossed swords, such as on this stunning timepiece, you will be looking at one of the oldest trademarks in existence. In fact, Meissen is about to celebrate its tercentenary next year. With such an enduring reputation, it’s little surprise that this 19th century mantel clock is a stunning example of their craft. Featuring children as representations of the seasons, clambering amongst flowers and C-scrolls; and with an eight-day striking movement, you can appreciate it more fully here 

2. Pair Fine Sevres Style 19th Century Ewers

For more than a quarter of a millennium, the manufacture nationale de Sèvres has been recognised as one of the finest of European porcelain producers. This classic example features a pair of ewers, with classical hand-painted romantic country scenes. They stand out perfectly from a cobalt blue background, finished with superb ormolu mounts. Admire how each element adds to the finished piece here 

3. 19th Century Louis XVI Style Mantel Clock

Your home may not be an actual palace, except in your eyes, but in a style admired by Louis XVI, the final French monarch to sit on the throne, this 19th century ormolu mantel clock adds a lightness of appearance to a regal depth of style. Its pink Sevres style porcelain panels offer visions of cherubs, musical instruments, and a mother and child. The style is accented with its turquoise jewelled borders; and this charming clock can be fully admired here 

4. Pair Large 19th Century Vienna Vases, 34.5″ (88cm)

This fine pair of large Vienna porcelain lidded vases could find their way from the late 19th century to your home. Each features the classic scene of Venus, the Roman goddess of love and beauty, and Helena, empress of the Roman Empire and mother of Constantine the Great, meeting at the temple. Check them out here

5. Walnut Grandmother Clock, Late 19th Century

Truly a statement piece for any home, this late 19th century Queen Anne style grandmother clock is crafted in burr walnut. This is considered by many to be the most attractive to use in the creation of truly fine pieces. It certainly brings a striking warmth and richness to any setting. This is added to by a stunning silvered arch dial clock face, and offers a swan neck pediment and three train striking movement (a style shared by Big Ben). To best consider where to place this magnificent timepiece in your home, examine it fully here 

Stunning Examples Of Our Expertly Curated Collections

Five great choices have been featured above, but so many more await if you have not yet found that special piece. Whether your passion is English, continental or oriental; or your favourite period is any time from the 18th through to the early 20th century, you can explore all possibilities here

 If you have any questions, our expert team here at Patrick Moorhead Antiques are always ready to help; simply call 01273 779696

Brighton: Exploring the Town’s Key Historical Sites

Shopping for antiques reveals a lot, not just about the items you’re browsing or purchasing, but about the area in which they’re from. This is particularly true when you visit Brighton and head to Patrick Moorhead Antiques: since the early 1950s, our antique dealing has been entwined with Brighton’s rich cultural history.

With this in mind, if you’re visiting our warehouse, it makes sense to explore the best Brighton has to offer in terms of other outstanding historical and culture-rich locations. And vice versa: if you’re in Brighton to explore its incredible buildings and key historical sites, be sure to come and view our exquisite range of antiques.

Aside from our antiques, here are some unmissable treasures of Brighton’s streets.

The Brighton Pavilion

The Royal Pavilion was initially built as the seaside pleasure palace for George, Prince of Wales. It is entrenched in over 200 years of history, with this history reflected in its design, style and furnishings. George turned his Brighton lodging house into a beautiful but modest villa, with inspiration from his love of visual arts and a fascination of the then-mythical orient. This has led to various antiques on display in the Pavilion, such as Chinese export furniture and wallpapers.

After George was disallowed to reign (called incapable of performing his duties), his son George IV was sworn in as Prince Regent. This led the Pavilion to being converted into the modern oriental palace that it is today. It had been carefully decorated with galleries, beautiful oriental decorations and Regency Era furnishings.

When Queen Victoria took over, she thought that the pavilion was too extravagant for its own good, and so she stripped it and placed the furniture and decorations in other royal homes. However, when Brighton became prosperous and of symbolic importance because of this pavilion, Queen Victoria returned many of these items (chandeliers, wall paintings and fixtures), as well as other items, to go on show for visitors to the residence.

The Brighton Pier

A must-see for visitors is the Grade II* listed Brighton Pier. Opening in 1823 and having been through (ravaged by and then rebuilt) both World Wars, this is an excellent scenic spot for visitors. With its rich history, such as its shared grand ceremony in 1899 with the Brighton Marine Palace and its transformation into an amusement park, those coming to the area should feel inspired by such an iconic Brighton structure.

The Grand Hotel

Standing for over 150 years, The Grand Hotel Brighton has stood for long enough to be an important historical monument in Brighton. With a lovely balance of modern and traditional design and furnishings inside, this is not just a place to stay when visiting Patrick Moorhead Antiques in Brighton, but also a place to enjoy exploring (with bars, restaurants and a lovely lobby space). The hotel has a surprising and intriguing history, including the 1984 bombing and the assassination attempt on the life of Margaret Thatcher and the first-ever electrical lift in the United Kingdom outside of London.

The Lanes

The Lanes is a series of twists and turns in the form of alleys. A curious district of town that now hosts a myriad of independent shops and cafes, this is a definite must-visit when coming to Brighton. It’s the ideal place to get lost (in the loveliest of ways!) and take pleasure in, as well as obtain the best impression of the wares Brighton has to offer.