ANTIQUE, VINTAGE AND RETRO
Quality articles from 1700 to the present day: jewellery,
silver, objets d'art, porcelain, bronzes,
antique and modern designer furniture.
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158 Bath Street,
Glasgow G2 4TB, Scotland
Tel : 0141 3320043/07711708350
Opening hours: Mon-Sat, 10-17
"An object doesn't have to be rare or expensive, for me to love it, as long as it's of a fine quality"
JEREMY SNIDERS premises are not an example of your typical antiques shop. For starters, it is well laid out, very tidy, and while there is a wide range of articles, it is not overcrowded.
It would appear that this is because the majority of his stock has somehow ended up in his home.
"My friends tell me it's cluttered, but I think it's normal. I've tried sorting through all my knick-knacks and placing some by the front door to take into the shop.
But then I pick up each piece, remember why I bought it and how exquisite it is, and think 'No, I don't want to sell it', and it goes back on the shelf."
And there are plenty: Jeremy's house is one large display unit, a space where antiques of many ages and styles are mixed with impeccable taste and an obvious eye for presentation. Jeremy originally trained in mechanical engineering, mostly because of family tradition, although he insists that he uses this skill every day: "If you know how something is made, you can see its innate quality, the craftsmanship." He was surrounded by antiques while growing up in Yorkshire, and his current career came about after some friendly shop owners sold Jeremy an antique diamond ring. "I've always had antiques. In fact, that was why I decided to buy the jewellery in Yorkshire: I knew I'd get twice the quality for half the price." The sellers suggested he visit some antique fairs on the weekends and use the industry as a form of investment. "One thing led to another", and in the early 1980s Jeremy exchanged a comfortable job fixing computers for a small stall in an arcade, later moving to the desirable Bath Street. "My boss was an American and he just didn't get it when I told him what I wanted to do. He said, 'You're going to sell old things?' He couldn't understand."
But Jeremy did. "It's a way of making money that has intellectual value. You have to have a sense of the aesthetic, a sense of design. You have to know what's going to be popular, keep your finger on the pulse."
It is this sense of the aesthetic that dominates Jeremy's work and home life. "It doesn't have to be rare or expensive for me to love it, as long as it's fine quality," he explains. And there is certainly plenty of that. The floors of his apartment have all been stripped and re-varnished to reveal a mellow oak boarding that "gives a sense of continuity throughout". A new kitchen and bathroom were installed by Jeremy himself, who also did the rewiring and placed glass panels in all the doors "to add to the sense of light and space".
Every room is painted in soft, pastel colours, with textiles to match. It is simple and very necessary, due to the furnishings being striking enough in themselves, plus the fact that every available surface is covered with an object or two. The barley white dining-room contains a finely figured Victorian dining-table made from Honduras mahogany, with matching sideboards flanked by marble columns, atop which are two bronzes. Recessed bookcases, a large marquetry picture and a ceiling covered in a Robert Adams neo classical wallpaper complete what is possibly the least elaborate of Jeremy's rooms.For while the albino kitchen white units, white walls, white taps, white sink, white tiled floor-is certainly stark, it is made up of pieces gathered from several different countries, a representation of Jeremy's love of travel and, more specifically, Scandinavian culture and design. The oven is from Italy, the hob comes from Germany, and the units are Swedish and the enamel taps Swiss The sourcing and buying of these products is no problem for a man who speaks several languages, and indeed spends four months of every year living in Sweden and Denmark.
Jeremy is known in the business for being a purveyor of Scandinavian pieces, mostly as a result of his personal love for their design. "It really is unique. I've travelled all round Europe and found nothing else like it. They know when to leave some thing alone, when it's finished, plus the Scandinavians have a superb sense of design through form and function, which I adore, as do my customers". One of his favourite items is a small brass shirt iron, complete with the hard lump of actual iron that would have been heated separately and then placed inside to provide heat. But the real attraction is the handle, where the family engraved the names and dates of each marraige for over 100 years. It is a mixture of function and decoration that perfectly encapsulates Jeremy's attitude to design.
Taken from "At Home" supplement of "Scotland on Sunday" Newspaper dated October 26 2003
A Scotsman Publication
Herald Women Supplement December 2011
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