Dressing Decadently: A Queen Anne Black & Gilt Japanned Dressing Mirror

We are delighted to present this exceptional Queen Anne black and gilt japanned dressing mirror.  The shaped mirror frame features turned supports on uprights, the fall front below has a stepped interior of pigeon holes and drawers, and the base drawers contains a nest of compartments and comb slots. The whole is decorated with the … Continue reading Dressing Decadently: A Queen Anne Black & Gilt Japanned Dressing Mirror

Theodore Deck & His Turquoise Treasures

Joseph-Théodore Deck (1823-91) was a celebrated French potter who ran a successful workshop in Paris for many years in the mid to late 19th century.  This workshop, Joseph-Théodore Ceramique Française, produced ceramics in a variety of styles, including in foreign Iznik and Chinese patterns. One of Deck's greatest legacies is the famed bleu de Deck, which … Continue reading Theodore Deck & His Turquoise Treasures

The Precious Pear: A History of Pearwood Furniture

When it comes to antique furniture, the timbers that immediately come to mind may be walnut, mahogany, satinwood, or rosewood.  But there are other timbers that were highly popular in the past that do not get as much attention.  Today, we will look at one of these timbers: pearwood. Pear trees (Pyrus communis) can be … Continue reading The Precious Pear: A History of Pearwood Furniture

France, Rome, and England: A Trio of Design Inspiration

We are delighted to share this superb quality George III Chippendale period carved mahogany open armchair that reflects English craftsmanship with inspiration from both Roman and French design sources.  The rectangular padded back, arms, and seat are upholstered in floral gros-point needlework, and the acanthus and shell-carved frame on foliate-cabriole legs terminate in scroll feet. … Continue reading France, Rome, and England: A Trio of Design Inspiration

Duties & Customs: Thomas Chippendale & His Wily Tricks

Paying duties and customs are part of any modern shipping process: but it certainly isn't anything new.  Back in the eighteenth century, customs and international trade agreements had a significant impact on the way art and furniture arrived in England.  For example, the Seven Years War greatly decreased trade between England and France, but it … Continue reading Duties & Customs: Thomas Chippendale & His Wily Tricks

The Kidney Desk: A History

We are delighted to share one of our latest acquisitions: this very fine 19th century walnut kidney desk with ebonised moulding and parquetry inlay.  The green vellum lined top with its brass gallery surround stands above three frieze drawers and cupboard doors opening to reveal interior fitted drawers.  The reverse of the desk features central open … Continue reading The Kidney Desk: A History