Holt Antiques at
Walsingham Mill
The Old Mill
Cokers Hill
Little Walsingham
NR22 6BN

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04/09/20 - An Important Update Regarding Coronavirus (Covid-19) 4th September 2020

Holt Antique Furniture Ltd and its related Companies would like to update you on what's happening at our antiques store “Holt Antiques at Walsingham Mill” with the continued threat of Coronavirus (Covid-19).

Dear Customers...

As you are probably aware, the Coronavirus outbreak has caused unprecedented turmoil to the retail shop / High Street sector since 23rd March 2020 with all non-essential shops being forced to close. The UK Government took the decision to allow this sector which, includes Antiques Stores, to re-open from 15th June 2020, but only if we are able to meet specified criteria set out in the "COVID 19 HEALTH & SAFETY GUIDELINES". 
We must act responsibly during this challenging period, to ensure that the safety and wellbeing of both our staff and customers continues.

With the above in mind, we have had to make the difficult decision to keep our store at Walsingham closed for the time being to the general public. This situation will again be reviewed at the end of September 2020.

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The Management Team at Holt Antiques would like to thank every one of you for your continued support during this time.

Robin Dunkley

Managing Director, Holt Antique Furniture Ltd

A Fine 18th Century English Antique Dummy Board, Previously sold by Christies, London, in 1998

  • Reference : 5357
  • Availability : On Hold
  • Dimensions : Height 40" x Width of Dummy Board 12" x Width of Base 14" x Depth of Dummy Board 3/4" x Depth of base 3 1/2"
  • Price : £2250


A fine 18th Century English antique dummy board depicting a girl in a green dress trimmed with lace, with a white veil and red satin gloves supported on a later 19thC wooden base.

Previously sold at Christies, London, from the collection of Diane and Thomas Berger, 12th February 1998, lot 49.

A similarly dressed figure can be found at Pallant House, Chichester, England belonging to a group of three children whose history can also be tracked back to the 18thC.

Condition - surface wear commensurate with age. Please refer to the images for further information.  All in all a charming period item.

Dummy boards - A Brief History:

Life-size wooden dummy boards most likely originated from 17thC tromp l’oeil paintings produced in the Netherlands and remained very fashionable until the 19th Century. The original boards produced in the 17th and 18th Centuries are often life-sized although sometimes smaller and vary in quality. The figures usually resemble servants, soldiers, children or animals. 

During the 18th and 19th Centuries, these decorative objects were highly fashionable among the European elite, especially amongst the English and the Dutch. They were produced up until the 19th century. They were often placed in the corners of rooms and on stairways of houses to surprise (uninvited) visitors. They were also known to reside in-front of empty fireplaces during the summer months. Some even suggest that the figures were used to ‘protect’ the house when the owners were away.

Until the late 18th Century, these painted wooden figures and animals were made by professional sign-painters who also produced hanging street signs.

However, at the beginning of the 19th Century, with improvements in mass production, quality declined, values fell and they fell out of favour. Many dummy boards were discarded and re-used as menu holders in restaurants and pavement advertising signs.


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