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Magazine    March 2001

The Legend of Guinevere

Once again, the Weavers have outdone themselves. The new catalogue from Guinevere, scheduled to reach selected mailboxes in March, is full of pictures of beautiful room settings that seamlessly mix the old and the new, the crystal with the glass and the rare with the everyday.

Kevin and Marc Weaver, with their colleagues, produced the catalogue. Their mother, Genevieve, who founded the shop in 1963, died last year. She had built up a clientele that, at various times, has included Elton John, Jerry Hall and many interior designers from throughout the world.

“As far as the shop is concerned, we are full steam ahead,” says Marc Weaver. “We have just received containers from India and China and shipments come in monthly from France, Belgium, Holland and Italy. This doesn’t include the items we buy in this country and other places around the globe we also visit. So if you came two days running there would be something new to see.”

The pictures tell it all. In the 8,000-square-foot shop are 18th- and 19th-century Chinese blue porcelain set up on a French Louis XVI chinoiserie commode, a circa 1900 Venetian Baroque-style blue-glass-frame mirror, a Napoleon III gilt swan armchair and Burmese bibles (left).

In another room is a large Tibetan painted cabinet next to an Anglo-Indian rosewood bed dressed in French linen with a tablecloth used as a sheet, all from the 19th century (right). “The linens, which my mother and Heather, my wife, started, have been a huge success,” notes Weaver.

Some things photographed for the catalogue by an illustrious group of British lensmen, including Fritz von der Schulenberg, are sold, such as a circa 1920 French wrought-iron table with a grape-and-vine design on the apron, shown with a large Bavarian painted armoire and Chinese celadon porcelain from about the same period (top).

To coincide with the new catalogue, the Weavers had the famous shopfront on King’s Road painted black with silver detailing. Their clients from the United States, United Kingdom and elsewhere are in for a surprise as they walk down the official route that Charles II took when he was going from St. James’s palace to Hampton Court.

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