Brighton: The Best Festivities this Christmas Season

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Christmas is a time for family, food and festivities – and the best can often be found right on your doorstep. If you’re a fan of art, culture, antiques or exhibitions and want to add a festive flair to it, we’ve collated together a list of some of the best festive events happening in and around Brighton this Christmas.

A Christmas Carol Immersive Dinner

It’s a tale that synonymous with the season: the stingy Mr Scrooge learns of the power of Christmas and faith after being visited by three ghosts during the night before Christmas. Now, the show is brought to a whole new dimension as its classic story is weaved into dinner created by Masterchef winner Natalie Coleman to create an immersive dining experience unlike any other. Located at The Windmill Theatre, you can experience the magic of Scrooge and Dickens’ immortal tale until December 29th.

Royal Collection Exhibition

Held at the iconic Royal Pavilion, this exhibition will feature over 120 pieces of artwork commissioned by the Prince Regent, currently on loan from the Royal Collection in a joint two-year collaboration between the organization and the city. Many of the works have not been put on display for the general public for almost two hundred years and these rare pieces have been a popular staple of their current home in Buckingham Palace. Learn of the Prince Regents love for Brighton and the Pavilion itself through this gorgeous collection of art and antiques.

Burning The Clocks

In a tradition unique to Brighton & Hove, the community is welcomed together to make paper lanterns to carry through the city and burn on the beach as a symbol of the new year. Run by the Brighton based art charity Same Sky, the parade takes place on December 21st- the shortest day of the year- they invite people of all faiths and creeds to build lanterns out of paper and willow and then bring it to the beach in celebration of the festive season.

Christmas Market

Whether you want to get in some last-minute Christmas shopping or want to explore the very best of what Brighton’s local food vendors, craftspeople and artists have to offer, the Paper Daisy Christmas Market, held at the Brighthelm Centre and Gardens is the place for you! With stalls manned by over forty local businesses, you can purchase pieces from local artists or find something to add to your Christmas décor. For those looking to try something new, the Street Food Fair has a variety of cuisines and snacks available for you. It’s the perfect way to support Brighton businesses without breaking the bank.

Peter Pan – The Pantomime

You don’t have to be a theatre connoisseur to enjoy a good pantomime! Peter Pan is flying into the Hilton Brighton Metropole throughout December. One of the biggest pantomimes to hit the Brighton area, this hilarious and heartwarming tale, based on the popular children’s book by J M Barrie, follows Wendy, Michael and John Darling as they’re taken on a magical adventure with Peter Pan, the boy who never grew up, and Tinkerbell, whilst trying to escape the fiendish plans of one Captain Hook. This swashbuckling adventure is perfect for families and young children and is a brilliant way to get into the festive spirit.

Top Picks for December

The world of antiques has never been more exciting. Even though we are living in modern times that are surrounded by technology and the virtual world, we still crave those items from the past that help to decorate and add personality to our homes. Antiques can help to add a focal point to any room, be a decorative item that helps to transform your living space, or they can simply be that statement piece that you love and admire. If you love buying antiques and want to add decorative items with that wow factor to your home, then here we share with you our four top picks for this month.

1. 19th century French clock with cherubs

Every home needs a clock and this decorative gilded Ormolu clock will make a welcome addition to any living room. Place it on the mantelpiece as a decorative statement piece.

The French word ‘Ormolu’, means ground gold that is then finely applied to the bronze clock. This gives the clock its smooth and majestic appearance. Standing at 23cm in height, the clock is decorated with two playful cherubs who are sitting on the top. The large and clear clock face is in good condition with no blemishes or scratches. Beautiful beaded detailing surrounds the clock face and if you look closely, other details can be found, such as two ram heads.

This gilded ormolu clock can be found here.

2. 19th century yellow Cloissone lamp

The Cloissone lamp will help to make your living room, dining room, or even bedroom that restful and relaxing space with its yellow colouring and gentle curves.

This decorative yellow Cloissone lamp dates back to the 19th century. Cloisone is the term used for highly decorative artwork that consists of metals, such as gold and copper that have been soldered onto the surface of the lamp. Intricate detailing, such as Ormolu mounts, can also be seen on the lamp. Measuring 39cm high, this yellow lamp offers something a little different with its bold use of patterns that catches the eye.

You can find the Cloissone lamp here.

3. Pair of 19th-century bronze cherubs

There is something quite magical and captivating about cherubs. Usually we see them in a restful state or being mischievous, but this pair of cherubs offer something a little different to any collection because they have been hunting.

This pair of cherubs are made from good quality bronze that dates back to the 19th century. Each has been mounted on solid marble so that they are stable and suitable to be placed on any surface. Intricate and decorative details can be seen, such as one cherub holding a small scythe, and a bag is slung over a shoulder.

You can find this bronze pair of cherubs here.

4. Pair of 19th century Imari vases

If you love to collect decorative and brightly coloured antiques then this pair of Japanese Imari vases are for you. These porcelain vases can be placed in any room to add that eye-catching focal point, such as above a fireplace, on a side table or in the dining room.

The oriental, decorative Imari design depicts intricate flowers, birds and dragons in orange and blue tones. Dating back to the 19th century, these Japanese porcelain vases measure 43cm high, 20cm wide and each has a sturdy base.

These 19th century Imari vases can be found here.

For more inspiration and ideas regarding the exciting world of antiques then please make an appointment to  visit us here in Brighton. Patrick Moorhead Antiques is a treasure trove just waiting to be explored. You can also browse online. Any questions then please do get in touch with us today.

Discovering the treasures of the Royal Pavilion and Brighton Museum

Patrick Moorhead has secured a well-earned reputation as one of the UK’s finest antique furniture and art dealers in a career spanning three decades. If you are visiting the stocked Brighton warehouse, take the opportunity to immerse yourself in the artistic side of Brighton, most notably the Royal Pavilion.

The Royal Pavilion comes with a colourful history. Towards the end of the 18th century, Brighton was moving away from its reputation as a struggling fish town and became known as a holiday retreat for figures of note, thanks in part to the proximity to London. In 1787, George, Prince of Wales commissioned an architect to transform his Brighton lodging house into a villa fit for a Prince Regent. The decorating consisted of Chinese exported furniture to match George’s extravagant tastes with maximum comfort.

The appeal wasn’t just limited to the building. Dr Richard Russell discovered that the seawater offered therapeutic remedies, which he incorporated into his treatments as a physician. It was this same water that had led George to Brighton on the advice of his physicians.

The expansion of the Royal Pavilion would take place over several decades in multiple instalments, culminating in 1815 with the completion of the oriental palace that stands there today.

George’s presence over this period allowed Brighton to prosper, with residents growing from 3620 in 1786 to 40634 in 1831. Over the years, several monarchs visited the Royal Pavilion, including William IV, who sought to expand the building for his Queen’s household, and Queen Victoria, who would sell the palace to the town in 1850 for £50,000, after which the Pavilion was opened to the general public.

Today, tourists will have the opportunity to visit lavishly decorated rooms such as the Banqueting Room – an opulent dining hall; the Great Kitchen – which lived up to its namesake and the Music Room – which offered the height of entertainments to guests. What began as a Prince’s luxurious vision ended as a springboard to open Brighton up to the rest of the world.

But the Royal Pavilion is also home to many other layers of Brighton history, most notably the Brighton Museum located in the Pavilion’s garden. Some of the many sights to set your eyes on the Elaine Evans Archaeology Gallery, which explores the lives of Brighton and Hove’s earliest residents from the Stone Age up to the Saxon Era. This family-friendly exhibit takes visitors on a series of magical tours in the guise of children’s stories written by local children author Imogen White and illustrated by local artist Jennifer Khatun.

The Museum is also home to an extensive Fine Art gallery, filled with many fine pieces of art such as The Reader, Girl Knitting and Boy with a Cat. But the Museum can also offer a glimpse into the many cultures around the world with their World Art Collection. Collecting items from such countries as Africa, Asia, the Pacific and the Americans between 1860 and 1940, the collection includes masks, sculptures, textiles and agricultural tools. The Fine Art Gallery harkens back to periods where Britain had a colonial presence in countries such as India and West Africa. Its prestige has further been established by Arts Council England, who cited it as a collection of national importance. Some of the most prominent artefacts include ‘kpokpo’ woven textiles created in 1880, a ‘batakari’ gown covered in leather amulets, and an extensive collection of 18th-century and 19th-century beadwork representing Zulu and Xhosa makers in South Africa.

If you’re looking to take a tour of a founding location in Brighton’s history, or maybe lay your eyes on beautifully crafted artefacts with a unique history behind each one, then the Royal Pavilion and Brighton Museum are where you need to be.

Our Five Top picks for October

Buying antique furniture is a significant purchase. It’s an opportunity to invest in a statement piece that combines beauty with exquisite craftsmanship. Choosing the right antique is an important decision and it is worth taking your time: after all, these are more than just objects of beauty or functional furnishings.

Buying an antique is investing in a little history for your home. To help you make the right decision, let’s look at our top picks for October.

1. 19th century French Boulle Card Table

How many fortunes were made at this charming 19th Century Louis XVI style card table? Cast a glance across the busy room and you can see the players, throwing their cards down on the green baize surface and laughing as they reveal a winning hand. Forgive our whimsical flights of fancy, but a delightful card table such as this seems to invite you into a bygone age. Serpentine shaped with inlaid Boulle and ormolu finished brass decoration, it’s a perfect conversation piece for your next Bridge night.

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2. Large Late Regency Centre Dining Table

Buying a dining table is a significant purchase. It will be the place where you entertain, bring the family together, celebrate and make memories. It should be a piece of furniture that you adore; an example of fine craftsmanship that you will want to keep in the family for generations to come. An outstanding example like this late Regency circular dining table in rich Mahogany possesses the clean lines and smooth tri-form base we associate with the period, giving it a look that is unmistakably antique, yet quite ageless. Measuring 190cm across, it possesses six ebonised leaves that clip together to expand the diameter to 236cm.

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3. Georgian Period Satinwood Penbroke Table

Small and beautifully functional, this 18th Century Pembroke table in light satinwood is a delightful example of the Georgian taste for occasional tables. With oval panels, ebony string inlaid legs and a neat bow-fronted drawer, this has a decorative appeal that belies its practical value. The original brass bucket castors remain, allowing you to move this gorgeous example of 18th Century craftsmanship freely. A functional and visually stunning antique with functional purpose, perfect in the Georgian home, perfect right now.

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4. 14 Chippendale Style 19th Century Dining Chair by Morant & Co

Mordant & Co were one of the most successful cabinet makers of the 19th Century. Their work was exhibited at the 1851 Great Exhibition in London and was awarded Royal Appointment status to Queen Victoria. Clearly, this fine quality set of 14 mahogany dining chairs have the calibre of pedigree we seldom find in such an outstanding and complete set (comprising two armed chairs and twelve singles). Chippendale style with foliate carving and blind fretwork decoration make these dining chairs not only an outstanding investment for the serious antique connoisseur, but also an elegant statement piece to complete your dining room.

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5. 18th Century Georgian Mahogany Serpentine Fronted Bachelors Chest

The glorious serpentine curve on this 18th Century mahogany chest of drawers is quintessentially Georgian in style. Its smooth lines require no extra adornment, making this the perfect antique to introduce into a modern home. Originally, the Bachelor’s Chest was intended to be a useful storage space for all the stylish wardrobe essentials required by the young bachelor. One can imagine the collar studs and hog bristle hairbrushes that would have found a home in these drawers. Have we really changed? The clothing, colognes and hairstyles have changed, but a modern gentleman still requires a stylish chest in which to keep his personal things. Of course, you may have an entirely different idea about how you would use this impressive antique, but we can be certain that wherever this chest is situated, it will be a wonderful addition to your home.

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