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

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

Designer Spotlight: Sheila Bridges Design

Our latest Designer Spotlight takes us across the pond to Harlem, New York, where Sheila Bridges runs a dynamic and world-renowned design firm, Sheila Bridges Design.  Launched in 1994, Sheila has received too many accolades to count -- but the fact that CNN and Time Magazine crowned her as 'America's Best Interior Designer' says it … Continue reading Designer Spotlight: Sheila Bridges Design

Superbly Serpentine: A Sofa Designed in the Manner of Thomas Chippendale

We are no stranger to the designs and furniture of Thomas Chippendale (see here, here, and here for proof... or here, here, and here!).  This very fine 19th century mahogany double serpentine sofa is designed in the manner of Thomas Chippendale. The sofa features upholstered back, seat, and sides.  The mahogany show-frame is finely carved … Continue reading Superbly Serpentine: A Sofa Designed in the Manner of Thomas Chippendale

A Discovery in Durham: John Thompson and his Cabinetmaking Workshop

We recently acquired a superb George III octagonal mahogany library table.  We were delighted to find a drawer fixed with an original trade label for John Thompson of Durham.  Thompson was an interesting character and we are delighted to share our research on him today. John Thompson is recorded as working at Sadler Street in … Continue reading A Discovery in Durham: John Thompson and his Cabinetmaking Workshop