mount and evans studio 1967
We have moved from London
after 10 years ...
our address is:
47 The Old High Street
shop open from thursday to sunday 11am to 5pm
otherwise we could be HERE or HERE or LOOKING ROUND THE TRIENNIAL .... 2014
or even at a RENAULT 4 RALLY.
please check we are open before travelling long distance!
We do try to update our website regularly.
Items for sale are added all the time.
Paul and Karen Rennie met at Sothebys back in 1980 where they worked
for 6 years before becoming country auctioneers. They left their jobs to
open their shop in London, first at Butlers Wharf and then 10 years in
Bloomsbury at French's Dairy. In 2006 they moved to Folkestone to open
their ship's cabin of a shop. Paul received his doctorate and is now teaching
at Central Saint Martins London. He can of course be found in the shop
at weekends too, and is a very handy delivery boy for items taken to London!
If you want to see some press coverage about us... please click HERE!
If you want to see one of Karen's previous Triennial contributions... please click HERE orHERE or HERE
MORE RETAIL BACKGROUND...
I suppose it is inevitable that we both have shopkeeper blood.
Paul's French family, Courvoisier, were Parisian furriers. Karen's paternal grandfather,
Alex Fishman, was a flatcap maker in Brick Lane London, and family ran the postoffice there.
K's maternal grandfather, Julius Slonims was an importer of Bohemian crystal and had a photographic studio off Rosebery Avenue London,
also in the East End of London. (Julius was also rather an accomplished painter,
copying the old masters!)
And here we are, two generations later.
2009 at the De La Warr Bexhill
photo at home © edmund clark
photo in shop © matt rowe
Paul and Karen in Calais 2014
Paul proudly holding Martin Parr photo of him in shop
and wonderful photo by Paul's student Claire Køster taken with Hasselblad!
outing to see Great Globe Swanage 2016
outing to Compton Verney 2016
outing to Bredgar & Wormshill Steam Railway 2016
Kand P in Calais 2017
The shop shows a selection of vintage graphics, furniture,
ceramics and textiles by British artists of the 20C. We cover
the period between WW1 and the Festival of Britain in 1951.
In 2013 we were nominated for best vintage shop in Britain,
and were awarded 'Bronze'
Here is our homemade medal as Homes & Antiques only gave us
a paper certificate - we were very proud nevertheless.
Thankyou to everybody who voted for us.
We're interested in all the things artists have made that aren't painting,
drawing and sculpture. The willingness of artists to create new kinds of
work has its origins in the avant-gardist desire to escape the bourgeois
values of salon painting and to engage with audiences beyond the gallery.
Coincidentally the 1920s and 30s was a period during which different
forms of modernism emerged in consequence to the political and social
upheavals of WW1. The character of English modernism depends as much
on the landscapes of garden and seaside as on the vistas of the metropolis.
It's distinguished by a modest, low-key scale that finds expression in the
home-made, beach hut, garden shed and artist's studio. It's a comfy modernity.
Anyway, it's lovely stuff for home and not too expensive
Some of these items have been sold - we're sorry for any disappointment
but hope you'll be inspired by the possibilities.
We have many other exciting things for sale too.
rennies seaside modern
47 the old high street
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t - (01303) 242427 or (0)7986 834084 anytime