Seeing Double: A George II Walnut Double Back Settee

We are delighted to share this magnificent George II walnut double back settee.  The back features two vase shaped splats and shepherds crook arms.  The settee stands on a shaped seat frame with three cabriole front legs headed by carved shell and husk decoration, terminating in ball and claw feet, with three splayed rear legs. … Continue reading Seeing Double: A George II Walnut Double Back Settee

Designer Spotlight: Jared Hughes Design

Jared Hughes of Jared Hughes Design in our next Designer Spotlight, and we couldn't be more excited to share his work.  Hailing from Atlanta, GA, Jared is a rising star in the design world with accolades including House Beautiful's Next Wave Designer and Traditional Home's New Trad Designer already under his belt.  Jared's designs are … Continue reading Designer Spotlight: Jared Hughes Design

It Runs in the Family: The Incredible Gillows Family of Cabinetmakers

Today we are shining a spotlight on one of the most successful cabinetmaking firms of the 18th and 19th century: Gillows of Lancaster & London.  (For information on other cabinetmakers, look here: Thomas Chippendale, William Gomm, and Pierre Langlois).  The Gillows family firm was established in Lancaster as early as the 1730s.  Throughout the eighteenth … Continue reading It Runs in the Family: The Incredible Gillows Family of Cabinetmakers

Flora & Fauna Catalogue Highlight: A Pair of Cantagalli Wyvern Candlesticks

Today's Flora & Fauna catalogue highlight is this rare pair of candlesticks by Cantagalli. The candlesticks are modeled as wyverns, which are winged two-legged dragons with a barbed tail, and decorated  in a lustre glaze of red on white.  The candlesticks feature Cantigalli marks to the base. These candlesticks were previously with The Fine Art Society, London. … Continue reading Flora & Fauna Catalogue Highlight: A Pair of Cantagalli Wyvern Candlesticks

The ABCs of Decorative Arts: Needlework

We are officially half of the way through our alphabetic tour of the decorative arts.  What better way to kick off the back half of the alphabet than with a great topic: needlework. The term needlework applies to handicraft that incorporates decorative sewing and textile arts.  Medieval needlework in the form of embroidery was often … Continue reading The ABCs of Decorative Arts: Needlework

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

The Perfect Pairing: A Giltwood Bracket & Blue and White Charger

We are starting a new series on the blog entitled 'The Perfect Pairing' where we will look at two pieces from our collection that work well together.  Whether it is a desk and chair, mirror and chest, or lamp and table, the idea is to demonstrate how antiques from different periods and styles can come … Continue reading The Perfect Pairing: A Giltwood Bracket & Blue and White Charger