About Anglo-Oriental Antiques
Anglo-Oriental Antiques was set up in 2002 by Miranda Brankin-Frisby. After studying Islamic Art at Edinburgh University she worked for Bonhams as a specialist in their Islamic department and subsequently as a consultant for Phillips Auctioneers in the same sphere. Miranda then returned to University in London to study for another Masters in Indian Painting before eventually realising her dream of creating Anglo-Oriental Antiques.
The stylistic impetus behind Anglo-Oriental Antiques is based on the enduring European romance with “Orientalism”, a taste and artistic movement initiated in the 18thC when colonial expansion opened the door to a wealth of new experiences and influence. Orientalism encompasses not only the Far East but also the Middle East, Near East and the Indian Subcontinent all of which brought to bear on the evolution of European and mores specifically English Taste.
The love for all things Oriental extended to fashion, furniture, decoration and works of art. Anglo-Oriental Antiques endeavours to evoke a period in British decorative fashion, which is at the same time both quintessentially European and Oriental. Hopefully a true melting pot of lots of lovely things!
The English painted furniture we stock is typical of that which would be found in a fashionable English Interior of this date. This is combined with Indian and Islamic items, which were collected and appreciated by a European market. These were often items, which they personally commissioned in the country of origin.
For example the Vizagapatam Ivory and Satinwood Writing Slope (Stock No: 1002), which bears the initials of a European patron. The total effect should be a homogenous interpretation of the varying elements of interior decoration.
The company sources most items from European shores in an effort to stay true to a European taste.