The ABCs of Decorative Arts: Escutcheons

We are continuing our alphabetic tour of the decorative arts with an often overlooked element on almost every piece of Georgian case furniture: the escutcheon.  Simply put, the escutcheon is a metal plate that fits around a keyhole.  The term escutcheon comes from an old French word derived from the Latin word scutum, meaning a shield. … Continue reading The ABCs of Decorative Arts: Escutcheons

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Getting Down to Brass Tacks: The Exceptional Inlaid Furniture of John Channon

Like William Gomm, John Channon was not known in the cannon of furniture history until the second half of the twentieth century.  Noted furniture historians, including R. W. Symonds, identified the incredible quality of  a group of, specifically brass-inlaid, furniture, but identifying a cabinetmaker eluded them at the time.  John Hayward, the Deputy Keeper of … Continue reading Getting Down to Brass Tacks: The Exceptional Inlaid Furniture of John Channon