We are revisiting one of our favourite topics today: working with antiques allows you to see a piece transform and come back to life, all with a simple change of upholstery. It is incredible to see how much a chair's carved or gilded appearance can be enhanced with the right colour fabric. We thought we would … Continue reading To Pick a Colour…
Today we are sharing a piece that has recently arrived in the gallery. This magnificent William & Mary walnut chest on stand features a lid inlaid with an oval pattern top with chevron stringing with quartering. The lid opens to reveal a lined compartment, and below is a single long drawer. The chest stands on … Continue reading A Piece of the Past: William & Mary Lace Chest
The history of Aubusson textiles dates back to the 14th century. The town of Aubusson is located in the La Marche area of France, which is located at the base of the Creuse River. It was inhabited as early as the Iron Age, and remains from the Gallo-Roman period leave evidence of a thriving and … Continue reading The Art of Aubusson: The History of the Renowned Textile Workshops
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
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
Crewel work is a specific type of embroidery that features wool designs on a tightly woven linen or silk. The origin of crewel in England dates back to the 13th century, and it is thought that the technique began in Egypt before spreading to Greek and Roman cultures. The Bayeux Tapestry is one of the … Continue reading Crazy about Crewel Work: A Medieval Tradition
No chair, settee, or bench is complete without the right cushion. Have a look through below for a wonderful selection of antique textiles, tapestries, and needlepoint of wonderful quality and great variety.