Know-How: Antiques on London Haymarket

On 29th May 2003 Shirley wrote:

Can anyone tell me how many different colour variations there are of the Antiques building? I have pink, blue and green so far, but I'm not sure if there are more.

Marilyn replied:

Pink, blue and green were all original colours. The colour designation generally refers to the 'shopfront'. In the case of Antiques this would be the area under the bow windows and other varying trim details. The three colours were done in different shades: the pink could be pale, medium or dark, the blue tended to be pale or medium early on. At the start walls were sometimes a very pale version of the trim colour (not shown here) or natural clay (as below) which became the norm. The front doors tended to be a darker version of the main colour - but not always.

From around 1998 the Georgian Green was discontinued and replaced by Dark Green. This was the final standard Antiques colourway and had yellowish walls (shown below). Also about this time the blue became deep blue only - with brown or blue curtains.

Summary of Standard Colourways

1990 - circa 1998

1998 - circa 2000

Examples in Chronological Order

Antiques Dark Pink Antiques Blue

Antiques Green Antiques Blue Antiques Brown

The two top pieces, front-signed Hazle Boyles, have "painted ridges" on the shopfront. Technically difficult, this was discontinued around 1991-2. It was well before the front was signed Hazle (from 1st January 1993) as there are many HB pieces without painted ridges. The lower three have the space between the ridges painted instead.

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