Designer Spotlight: Bennett Leifer Interiors

We are delighted to share Bennett Leifer as our next Designer Spotlight.  He is a perfect fit for our series as he has a background in Art History and understands how art and design of different cultures and periods can work together harmoniously.  It is no surprise that Bennett has been named House Beautiful Magazine's … Continue reading Designer Spotlight: Bennett Leifer Interiors

A Rare Survival from the East: Two Anglo-Chinese Padouk Secretaire Cabinets

We are delighted to share an extremely rare and unusual example of Anglo-Chinese furniture from our collection. This pair of Anglo-Chinese solid padouk secretaire cabinets features a moulded cornice above a pair of paneled doors with radiused upper corners and leaf-carved moulded borders.  The interiors of the upper sections feature bookshelves above pairs of drawers, … Continue reading A Rare Survival from the East: Two Anglo-Chinese Padouk Secretaire Cabinets

Boy oh Boy: Lowboys and Tallboys (and Highboys)

Different types of furniture often have interesting names: Pembroke tables, wake tables, hope chests, Windsor chairs, grandfather clocks... the list goes on.  Today we are looking at two distinctly English forms of furniture: the lowboy and the tallboy. A tallboy is a double chest of drawers, or a wardrobe on a chest of drawers.  (In … Continue reading Boy oh Boy: Lowboys and Tallboys (and Highboys)

Take a Closer Look: A George II Walnut Gainsborough Chair

We recently did a post highlighting the importance of viewing furniture, and in particular chairs, from different angles.  One of the chairs we focused on was a wonderful George II walnut gainsborough chair attributed to Giles Grendey.  Today we are going to take a closer look at this chair and its stylistic influences and historical … Continue reading Take a Closer Look: A George II Walnut Gainsborough Chair

Art from the Emerald Isle: Irish Furniture in the Eighteenth Century

Percy Macquoid, author of the seminal four volume History of English Furniture between 1904 and 1908, wrote the following about Irish furniture in the Georgian era: 'the furniture, decorations, and silver plate of Irish workmanship of this time show great refinement of taste and perception of proportion.'  Much has been written about Irish furniture since Macquoid's … Continue reading Art from the Emerald Isle: Irish Furniture in the Eighteenth Century