It’s All Greek (or Latin, or Celtic) to Me: The Origin of Furniture Vocabulary

We use basic furniture vocabulary every day without thinking twice: chair, table, mirror... the list goes on.  But when you pause for a minute and think about the origins of these words, you have to go back several thousand years.  Today we will look at just a few of them. Chair The word chair dates … Continue reading It’s All Greek (or Latin, or Celtic) to Me: The Origin of Furniture Vocabulary

Reflecting on Verre Eglomise

Verre eglomisé is a term applied to a process of decorating glass from the reverse with metal foil, usually gold or silver, engraved with pictorial or geometric designs.  The technique was known as early as the 3rd century BC in Alexandria and was widely used throughout the Roman Empire and in early Christian times. The … Continue reading Reflecting on Verre Eglomise

The Director Himself: Thomas Chippendale & His Designs for Mirrors

It is impossible to talk about antiques without talking about Thomas Chippendale.  This preeminent cabinetmaker of the eighteenth century has become synonymous for all things Georgian.  There are plenty of biographies of Thomas Chippendale that you can read here and here (PS: The Chippendale Society is a great resource for all furniture enthusiasts.  We are proud to … Continue reading The Director Himself: Thomas Chippendale & His Designs for Mirrors