J Collins and Son (Est. 1953)

1. S/3916 Antique Treen 18th Century Spirit or Rum Barrel An important and most unusual Georgian spirit or rum barrel, made from a piece of bamboo, carved with moulded line decoration and retaining its original ends, one of which is fitted with a removable gun metal tap. The top has a white metal corked stopper. The barrel is raised on a shaped solid mahogany stand, which in turn is seated on a stepped and concave foot with a rounded edge. The whole has an exceptional rich colour and patination. 9¾ in. (25 cm.) Wide 7¼ in. (18.5 cm.) Deep 11 in. (28 cm.) High English Circa 1760 £1,100

John and Jonathan Biggs are the third and fourth generations in the trade and specialise in treen and wooden bygones, with the occasional piece of seventeenth, eighteenth and nineteenth century oak, country and formal furniture.  Jonathan’s great grandfather had a shop in harrow in 1912, however it was his grandfather who established the business in Bideford in 1953 located in the High Street till December 2004.  In September 2008 the new gallery was opened in Charles Avenue, Bideford, which has ample parking outside.  Jonathan is a member of BADA (The British Antique Dealers’ Association) and LAPADA (The Association of Art and Antique Dealers).  John is now a retired member of BADA and was vice chairman of the association.  The items viewed within this site may be seen at the gallery in Bideford, Devon or may be viewed on their website along with 600-700 items of stock.  Items of treen can be posted internationally and throughout the United Kingdom.  Having a workshop facility with a skilled cabinet maker, restoration of clients’ furniture and treen may be undertaken.  Restoration of clients’ paintings may also be undertaken by a fine art restorer.  We look forward to you visiting us in Devon or at the NEC.

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