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Monday, April 9, 2012

Fontaine Antiques, UK

I have blogged before about our friends Stuart and Kiel who own Fontaine Antiques but thought I would show you some shots of their new showroom in Margate, Kent.

When we were back in UK at the end of last year and over New Year we managed to fit in a lightening visit to see them and to check out how their fantastic new space had emerged from a run down neglected building which started life as a school in around 1900. (See above). However, this was a special school to teach the craft of 'laundering' to those girls who wanted to learn the skill in order to enter 'service' in a large household. The kind that appeared in Downton Abbey or Upstairs Downstairs I would imagine!

Anyway, back to the inside of the building which they have totally renovated. Smart dark walls and wooden polished original floors are the backdrop to show off their eclectic, collected wares. All in all - perfection.

Love these old decoy ducks from the beginning of last century.

Fabulous French mirror above this old sign.

Stuart Atkinson/Kiel Shaw. Fontaine Antiques - The Old Laundry, Margate, Kent, UK

Wholesale and Retail - call to make an appointment if you are travelling from afar.


  1. What a fabulous place, I am rather grateful that it is so far away otherwise some of those letters and the long table might well be sitting in my place right now....and there is no way they would fit!!!!!!
    Perhaps this is what I need to do, open an antique and junk showroom!!!!
    Thank you for your lovely thoughts they always turn up just when I need them most! xxx

  2. is that a nail head trimmed sofa? omg, it is gorgeous. so is the whole place sarah, thanks for sharing. xo

  3. Wow, what a cool space and so artfully arranged! That's the kind of store I'd spend hours in, and not leave empty-handed!

  4. Our last visit to Margate was to the Turner Gallery a must see...wow how the town has changed from the horrid 'Dreamland' era!

    Am on the outlook for a plinth for a sculpture must contact them. Ida

  5. Ha Ha Jules I know what you mean... and what a good idea - open a store!
    Yes it was Janet... think you would have LOVED it.
    I didn't DP (Leave empty handed that is!) It is too tempting.
    Ida - yes we also went to the Turner Gallery too - amazing. What a place - our friends Stu and Kiel were founding patrons and their names are on the wall as you go in.

  6. Dear Helen Mirren (altho younger)

    I love that shoppe and want it all xxxxxxxxxxxxx

  7. Thank you for "the tour ".
    Several years ago scouring through antique shops was one of my most favorite passions.
    Sadly, that phase is over now. Perhaps I went through it too thoroughly.
    These days I´m more into only few, functional pieces of whatever.

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