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Footprints in the work of Canadian Painter, Christopher Broadhurst

A beautifully appointed room would be incomplete without including a cherished work of art. We believe a painting that speaks to someone stands on its own merit and does not need to conform or fit into any interior design style. The work of Canadian painter Christopher Broadhurst is a case in point. We have seen his work grace traditional and contemporary interiors alike with equal power and aplomb. Rogues' Hollow[...]Read more

Two Collectors of Early Ontario Chairs – Children’s Chair Focus

What a rare treat it was for Rogues' Hollow Antiques to spend the day with two collectors of early Ontario chairs. Due to the sheer volume of examples, we decided to focus on children's chairs. We don't often see such a large collection of early children's chairs in one place because many didn't survive their usage. The variety of forms and styles in this collection provides an interesting snapshot of[...]Read more

Portneuf and Spongeware Pottery – A Celebration

Dr. Peter Bell has a collection of rare Portneuf pottery (shown below) that he displays in his kitchen. It features a fine selection of plates, bowls, mugs and cups - export wares that were produced primarily in Scotland for domestic use by our early settlers. Canadian collectors often refer to spongeware pottery as Portneuf pottery. An official definition of spongeware from the The Encyclopedia of Pottery & Porcelain 1800-1900 could[...]Read more

Collecting Antique Staffordshire Figures

  There is something utterly irresistible about antique Staffordshire figures. It could be the naïf, folk art appeal of a pair of dogs for the mantle, a figure of a member of the royal family riding a goat, or just an unknown child standing with a dog and a bird that catches the eye when you purchase your first, or most recent, piece. Perhaps what contributes to their charm is[...]Read more

About Eastern Ontario Coverlets

Rogues' Hollow Antiques recently came across an early coverlet that got us thinking about the history of coverlets in North America. A woven overshot coverlet is defined in Wikipedia as, a type of bed covering with a woven design in coloured wool on a background of natural linen or cotton. How could the coverlet we found, something so necessary and practical for our early settlers, have survived relatively unscathed? So[...]Read more