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Darwin’s Garden Comes to Millard & Lancaster
We are delighted to announce the imminent launch of a new, exclusive collection of Isis Ceramics which will arrive at Millard & Lancaster in time for Shrewsbury's 125th annual Flower Show on the 10th and 11th August.

Last year we were thrilled that Deborah Sears of Isis Ceramics agreed to supply Millard & Lancaster with her superb contemporary renditions of Delftware - the glorious whimsically patterned tin glazed earthenware which was first popular in Britain and in Holland in the early eighteenth century. Isis Ceramics have been commissioned for some of Britain's most important addresses, including Highgrove House, Castle Howard and Blenheim Palace, whilst the American Museum at Bath has a dinner service of Isis Ceramics for its board room.

We were delighted to meet Deborah last year when making - a long and circuitous! - journey back to Shropshire from Bath (where incidentally we had been to see Timothy Richards, who supplies the meticulous architectural models that we sell). Our co-owner Gareth Williams has had a long term interest in Darwin since undertaking research work for the former regional development agency Advantage West Midlands in 2003 and he thought that Isis Ceramics would be the perfect medium to celebrate Charles Darwin's Shropshire origins. And so, after several jolly chats with Deborah Sears, Darwin's Garden was born!

Deborah came to Shropshire and visited Darwin's birthplace at The Mount, went to the town library - which Darwin attended as Shrewsbury School - marvelled, as Darwin did, at the Bell Stone, admired George Steuart's neoclassical St. Chad's Church, and also swatted up on some of the country houses that Darwin would have known from social and sporting outings. We suggested a reading list and she went way beyond it, adopting climbing vines and finches that had informed Darwin’s researches for the patterns that she was designing - as well as including dogs that might have been Darwin's Sheila or Spark.

The resultant trial pieces, admired at Isis's New Toffee Factory in Oxfordshire on one of the most torrential of the summer's downpours, thrilled us beyond measure and we hope that our customers, both Salopians and those from much further afield, will share our pleasure in these wonderful and unique pieces that commemorate Shropshire's most famous son. As with all Isis pieces, each one is hand painted making them total one-offs.
Summer Colour at Millard & Lancaster
We are delighted to have completed the hang of our summer exhibition, which will run through until 31st August. The gallery store is packed with colour and interest, thanks to Penelope Timmis, Felicity Kershaw, Rob Pointon, Chris Clements, Ivan Taylor, Jason Hicklin, Beth Fletcher, and Alan Joseph Slater. We are also extremely pleased to have been introduced to the Shropshire-based illustrator Louise Tate by one of our clients - in fact the first person to have bought a painting from Millard & Lancaster on our preview night all of those months ago! Louise has travelled widely in South Africa and the Netherlands, and holds degrees in both zoology and illustration. This unusual combination of degrees is all too evident in the series of fish prints that we are now stocking and which will also soon be available as greetings cards! Louise's mounted prints are priced at an extremely affordable £60.00 to make a perfect gift.
Wedding Bells means Wedding Lists!
Since opening our doors we have had several enquiries as to whether we might consider offering a wedding list service. Now we are about to launch the wedding list service which will offer to take at least one element of stress off couples who are engaged not only to themselves but to all of the exciting organisation that a wedding or partnership entails. With an appointment at Millard & Lancaster on an occasion to suit you both, we will pull out all of the stops to offer not only the exceptional service that all of our customers have come to expect but also the full range of William Yeoward Crystal, Sibona bedding and table ware, Dempsey & Carroll stationery and all of the other high quality lines that only Millard & Lancaster can offer. We are also launching a gift voucher service for any occassion, offered with a complimentary gift card depicting Richard Wilson's View in St. James' Park, the sale of which we successfully handled last year. Vouchers will be able to be exchanged against the value of any item at Millard & Lancaster including our contemporary art exhibitions. Please ask at the gallery store, or telephone, or email us for further details.
William Yeoward Crystal arrives at Millard & Lancaster
We are delighted to announce that Millard & Lancaster has become a stockist of William Yeoward Crystal. A collection of both William Yeoward Country and William Yeoward Crystal pieces have arrived today and may be seen in our window and also within the gallery store.

Inspired by eighteenth and early nineteenth century English crystal, each piece is entirely handmade and has a superb contemporary look at the same time as paying homage to earlier pieces.

The outstanding quality of William Yeoward Crystal is such that the company now bears the Royal Warrant for supplying H.R.H. The Prince of Wales, his household and other members of the Royal family. In Jubilee year what more excuses could one need for an indulgence or for the perfect gift? We carry catalogues for the full William Yeoward ranges and so we would be pleased to place orders if we do not have the required pieces in stock.
Chelsea Lamps Light the Way
Millard & Lancaster is thrilled to have been appointed the sole retailer in Shropshire for Chelsea Lamps. This morning we were hugely excited to receive a group of five lamps at the gallery store here in St.Mary's Street. Each lamp is handmade in sycamore here in Shropshire, yet the form of the lamps will be more familiar to many from their appearance in the work of London interior decorators who purchase them directly from Chelsea Lamps.

Of distinguished tall form, the table lamps are hand turned, many having ornamentation of fluting or reeding which is perfectly in keeping with their elegant proportions. Some are ornamented with ebonised or lacquered detailing, and all are elegantly fitted for electricity with brass bulb holders and braided silk flex, upon which is fitted the switch. Chelsea Lamps all have a splendid architectural form which is what has attracted us here at Millard & Lancaster to stocking them. A wide variety of designs are available and Chelsea Lamps can supply to order if the designs are not in stock at Millard & Lancaster.

Lighting truly makes a room and the tall proportions of Chelsea Lamps satisfy not only the need for a good reading light but they also offer an exceptional level of ambient light from their position on a table or other piece of appropriate furniture.
Future luxuries at Millard & Lancaster
When Millard & Lancaster opened its doors in Shrewsbury, we vowed that we would strive to bring some of the very best of products to the gallery store. We have had an exciting and busy first few weeks and, in between welcoming our customers, we have also been listening to their needs as well as our own and doing some seriously enjoyable luxury sourcing. The result has been that we have found yet more items that complement a contemporary existence and which can be found in very few other places in the UK.

First and foremost were the matchstrikes. Threaded glass pots with silver rims for vesta matches were de rigueur in every self respecting Edwardian household, both for smokers and as a means of getting a light with which to light a fire. Finding pots of this type wasn't too hard and so we have a small stock of threaded blue glass and ebony silver-rimmed pots. What have proved equally popular are a more rare range of stunning contemporary glass silver-rimmed pots made by Lucy Cope, which are available in a variety of colours and cuts. We have a small selection of Lucy's matchstrikes and would be pleased to order designs and colours specific to our customers' requirements.

When we opened, we carried a small range of stunning marbled books by Gemma Lewis. We have since added to the range of marbled products that we offer with Visitors Books, pencil pots, blotter pads and photograph albums, all by Compton Marbling.

Leather goods, in particular photograph frames, have been much in demand. So we have added to the range of items that we offer with desk sets, games compendiums and photograph frames by Daines & Hathaway - a traditional leathermaking firm based in Walsall, the home of the finest leather products.

A little more distant as a supplier is Dempsey & Carroll, a selection of whose sumptuous stationery items are now available at Millard & Lancaster. Dempsey & Carroll is based on Lexington Avenue in New York and has been creating some of the world's finest stationery since 1878. That makes them nine years older than the famous Bond Street based British stationers! We are thrilled to be one of only two UK stockists of their correspondence cards and dinner place cards which, unsurprisingly, have proved hugely successful Christmas gifts. Now that we are into the New Year, what better stationery could one possibly wish for on which to write all of those thank-yous?