The Tallboy or Chest-on-Chest – a versatile and decorative storage solution!

The tallboy or chest-on-chest was a perennially popular piece of furniture throughout the 18th century, first making its appearance in the late Queen Anne period (c. 1710) as the earlier William and Mary period chest on stand evolved in what was known at the time as a "double chest"- to distinguish it from a cabinet-on-chest. … Continue reading The Tallboy or Chest-on-Chest – a versatile and decorative storage solution!

Small and Very Desirable….Early 18th Century Bureau Cabinets

One of the wonderful things about dealing in antique furniture is that it is often possible to trace the evolution of a particular style by referring to pieces we have handled over the years. It is sometimes also possible to compare those pieces side by side in the gallery at the same time which is … Continue reading Small and Very Desirable….Early 18th Century Bureau Cabinets

Attributions may change but Quality always endures

The study of English antique furniture is an ever-evolving field and new discoveries are made every year which shed new light on cabinet-makers and their work, sometimes leading to radical re-evaluations of styles and the dating and attribution of individual pieces. The systematic study of English antique furniture is a relatively new idea - the … Continue reading Attributions may change but Quality always endures

Chippendale and his Director

First issued in 1754, Thomas Chippendale's The Gentleman and Cabinet-Maker's Director was both the first and most influential English furniture design book of the 18th century. Although it is impossible to ascertain how many of the designs contained within the Director were in fact created by Chippendale himself and how many were re-workings of pre-existing … Continue reading Chippendale and his Director

Chinese Export Furniture & Works of Art

Broadly speaking, Chinese export furniture can be divided into two distinct categories. Those pieces made to conform to a Westernised concept of the Chinese style and those made after Western prototypes-often only distinguishable from their European equivalents because of differences in construction and the use of peculiarly Chinese timbers. The English fascination with the orient … Continue reading Chinese Export Furniture & Works of Art