Gifts Today magazine

Antique metalware exhibition announced

A selling exhibition of antique metalware from old master Peter Twining to take place at Soane Britain from November 20th

Over the decades Peter Twining has found a cornucopia of Kashmiri copper trays, Indian lotas, Sheffield plated platters, animalia, copper and brass candlesticks, ormolu table spoons, Bidriware vases and other artefacts which he has kept for this exciting moment.

From November 20th, to coincide with his 80th birthday, over 100 pieces will be on view and for sale at Soane Britain, with the Soane thrilled to have the chance to exhibit such a diverse range of beautiful and useful objects in their Pimlico Road showroom.

Christopher Gibbs writes: "Peter Twining could justly be labelled an Old Master. In the 1960s he had one of the most fascinating and fastidious antique shops in the Kings Road. Here might be found beefy Irish side tables with their original tops of fossil marble, Elizabethan portraits of rare elegance, a fountain mask of gilt bronze from Versailles, or a painting à la Turc of a courtesan sipping sherbet from a cup of Chinese porcelain. There were lacquer trunks, rare carpets; things of magical beauty and rarity. Later in a stripped-to-the-brick house off the Westbourne Grove, Moghul cabinets and Ghiordez carpets softened the spare sobriety.

For years now he has worked with Lulu designing furniture that no one can do without and finding things both great and small to garnish the interiors of Soane’s lucky clients.

Now he presents a glittering array of chiselled and engraved brass vessels from the Middle east and India, useful, graceful, well-wrought pieces; trays, bowls, dishes and lotas, vases that can be used for flowers, all bringing the grace and sparkle of the Arabian and Eastern world into our interiors. Bravo Soane and Bravo Peter!"

The exhibition takes place 20 November 2015 – 2 January 2016 at Soane Britain, London

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