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

The Perfect Pairing: A Louis XV Bombé Commode & Louis XV Giltwood Fauteuils

In our second instalment of 'The Perfect Pairing,' we are looking at two exceptional examples of 18th century French design that work beautifully in tandem.  Both of these pieces reflect the taste and style of the court of Louis XV with the incorporation of rococo motifs including curved forms and elaborate detailing. This very fine … Continue reading The Perfect Pairing: A Louis XV Bombé Commode & Louis XV Giltwood Fauteuils

With A Stamp of Approval: The French Furniture Market in the 18th Century

We are very (nay, extremely!) fond of English furniture of the 18th century: the development of style from the early William & Mary pieces through to the height of the neo-classical revival leaves little to be desired. However, it is hard to ignore French furniture of the same period and the influence it had on … Continue reading With A Stamp of Approval: The French Furniture Market in the 18th Century

Tuesdays are for Textiles: Antique Needlework Panels & Cushions

In 1770 the French designer Charles Germain de Saint-Aubin published a treatise on embroidery, L'Art du Brodeur, known in English as The Art of the Embroiderer.   As the Royal Embroiderer (Dessinateur du Roi pour la broderie et la entelle) to king Louis XV, Saint Aubin was responsible for crafting dresses, corsets, and festive costumes for the King … Continue reading Tuesdays are for Textiles: Antique Needlework Panels & Cushions