The ABCs of Decorative Arts: Chinoiserie

As we continue our journey through the ABCs of decorative arts, today we stop to focus on chinoiserie, one of the predominant decorative trends in England in the eighteenth century.  Chinoiserie includes both decorative pieces from China made for the English market as well as pieces made in England emulating Chinese taste and design. Chinese Export … Continue reading The ABCs of Decorative Arts: Chinoiserie

The ABCS of Decorative Arts: Bombé

As we continue our series through the ABC's of decorative arts, it is tempting to focus today's 'B' post on blue-john--but luckily we have already covered it in one of our first posts.  So instead, we are focusing our attention on bombé, which is a basic yet defining feature of decorative arts in the eighteenth century. … Continue reading The ABCS of Decorative Arts: Bombé

A House of Cards: Exploring English Card Tables in the Eighteenth Century

Playing cards is a popular pastime today, but the history of card games dates back many centuries.  By the early eighteenth century, the tables specifically designed for playing cards appeared in England.  The basic form of these tables was a rectangular top that folded in half.  When opened, the top would be supported by legs that … Continue reading A House of Cards: Exploring English Card Tables in the Eighteenth Century