How to buy into the latest interior design trend

Do you have mushroom for more decorative items in your home?

Toadstools At Battersea

At a recent Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair in Battersea antiques dealer Timothy Langston Fine Art & Antiques sold this collection of toadstools to a US buyer for in the region of £8000.

Well if so, get on board with the latest homewares trend of fungi-, toadstool- and mushroom-related decor.

According to interior design trend forecasters, design magazines and those in the know, the latest whimsical motif to have dotted about your home is the humble mushroom.

Mushroom poster

Buying at auction doesn’t cost the earth. This funghi poster by Worthington G Smith called Mushrooms and Toadstools, Edible and Poisonous Fungi (with two canvas backed folding sheets of illustrations in a case) sold for a hammer price of just £30 (plus fees) on January 14 at Arthur Johnson & Sons Auctioneers.

Here are five fungi-related items coming up at auction.

Mushroom lamp

Mushroom Lamp

A 1970's mushroom table lamp by designer Harvey Gazzini with opaline acrylic domed shade and painted steel mounts. It is estimated at £70-90 at Truro Auction Centre in Cornwall on January 26.

Mushroom stool

Mushroom Stool

The next day at Truro Auction Centre it is offering this weathered Cornish granite garden mushroom/staddlestone stool. It is estimated at £80-120 on January 27.

Mushroom stamps

Mushroom picture

Mushroom Picture

This oil on canvas picture depicting mushrooms is one of three works offered in a lot at Thimbleby & Shorland in Reading, Berkshire. Also offered is a picture of bulbs of garlic and a picture of an interior, all signed PEA. They are estimated together at £20-40 at a timed online sale ending on January 29.

Mushroom dish

Mushroom Dish

This Moorcroft mushroom pattern pin dish is part of a set of three offered at Locke & England on January 26 in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire. It is offered alongside an anemone pattern bowl and a leaf and berry pattern ashtray for a guide price of £50-80.


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