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

Regal Rosewood: A Closer Look at the Exotic Timber

Rosewood refers to a variety of different species of heavy, dense, dark-streaked timbers.  It is commonly believed that rosewood got its name from its rose-like scent, but this is not the case.  Its signature characteristic is the streaky purple-black figure. Rosewood has been imported from Brazil since trade routes opened in 1808.  Indian rosewood was … Continue reading Regal Rosewood: A Closer Look at the Exotic Timber