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Loving all stylish and wonderful things in life, fashion and interiors. I am English but living my life in the fabulous city of Melbourne in Australia. Welcome and please read on.... (contact me at sjstubbs19@gmail.com)

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

FONTAINE - wonderful French Antiques

is the name of a absolutely great company owned by my dear friends, Stuart Atkinson and Kiel Shaw.... I used to work for them years ago running their shop in East Sussex whilst they went off to search for more stock in France.....(they now live there). I had the most fantastic fun there - such good times - and when they returned with fresh 'loot' I would 'use up' all my wages before I had earned them if you see what I mean!!

Angel 'Wings"

Selection of French Sheets

Gorgeous white china


Fabulous mirror

French 1920's leather club chair

I know I have posted about these guys before but quite simply they are the best and my most favourite antique people IN THE WORLD... and not because I know them. They now have a website which you can look at so you won't have to take my word for it only! Click HERE to see more.....

The following info. is taken directly from their website and I have shown a few images from there too - they have an enormous selection and it is well worth contacting them directly if you are particularly looking out for something special....

About Us :
...'France offers some great decorative country antiques, some items could be one-off apprentice pieces, a single work of art or a naive carving made with a labour of love - but all of them show provincial craftsmanship at it's best - honest and not pretending to be anything more.... this is what we love'

Stuart Atkinson and Kiel Shaw's taste is broad - from naive 18th Century to contemporary 1970's, from rustic one-off to formal bespoke pieces. They are predominantly Decorative Dealers, with a wide range of clients and over 30 years experience between them of travelling through France and buying at brocantes, antique markets and auctions, they buy for themselves first but of course with their clients in mind, so you are always ensured of a relaxed look with an informal and personal approach that is at place within any interior.

Fontaine is based in France and exhibit regularly at the Battersea Decorative Antiques and Textiles Fair. They also exhibit at the Bath Decorative Fair.

They are happy working alongside trade buyers, private clients and interior designers equally.

I miss them so much... will hopefully be catching up with them again when I am back next in UK.....


  1. I love how you always have an interesting story to tell...its great that you still hold such fond memories of working for/with them.
    And I LOVE that club chair...divine!!

  2. The sheets are MINE! could probably handle the club chair without much difficulty...BUT...I will be fighting my daughters over the angels wings so shhhhh, please don't mention them aloud! Thank you I'm of to their site now. Oh what fun!

  3. I have now been to Fontaine's site and, I have to say, that is a very dangerous place to go. I am surprised you are not still in debt up to your eyeballs after working there!!! I have bookmarked it for future reference. Thanky you again

  4. Anna - pleased you enjoy the blog.. - thank you - oh the guys were (and are) the best .. so sweet... and such good taste too...

    Julieanne - you have no idea how much 'debt' I got into but all of it good (!!) and all pieces of furniture that I absolutely love to this day not to mention other gorgeous bits and pieces too... - glad you liked their website.

  5. And Anna... thank you for 'following' - forgot to say it previous comment... - Julieanne, to you also but have also made comment to this effect previous post...

  6. I need that Mirror! Meanwhile Mr FF brought my paper home and I am LOVING it Thankyou. Sending you a thankyou note xx

  7. Planning on going to the Bath Decorative Fair so will look forward to visiting them! Loved your Steve Martin 'leprechaun' remark!! I spent the whole time he was on the screen just thinking 'OMG Why did he do that'??!!! Susie x

  8. I can understand how you clocked up such a big debt!
    What wonderful things they have!
    Thanks for sharing.

  9. This is great Sarah and I love, love, love that chair! I look forward to doing a bit of research on them!

  10. FF - not sure if they export to Oz but I will ask them... glad you recieved get well soon gift ok...

    Susie - do look out for them there won't you?

    Marina - oh yes, they have THE best stuff ever.

    Jeanne - glad you like their stuff.... Battersea Antiques Fair closest to you I would imagine...(April I think)

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    I am dying over your angel wings you bought from your friends! I was wondering if you own them now if you would be interested in selling them? Or do you think they may still be in the shop? LOVE LOVE LOVE them! Please let me know your thoughts:) Thanks so much for your time.

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