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Fine English William & Mary period walnut and marquetry furniture


Fine English William and Mary period walnut and marquetry furniture. Seaweed marquetry is usually associated with Dutch master cabinet makers working in the latter half of the 17th century. However some early Italian pieces display a cruder form of seaweed marquetry.  Furniture made in England will have certain distinguishing features whilst always demonstrating the close links that existed [...]

Fine English William & Mary period walnut and marquetry furniture2019-01-18T08:46:42+00:00

How to buy antiques:


The introduction of fine antiques into your home will lift your living environment to another level. You and your family will derive lasting enjoyment from the pieces you have acquired, and your taste will be admired by discerning friends, as well as your having made a shrewd long term investment. These items will very probably be valued by grateful generations to come.   "But [...]

How to buy antiques:2016-11-09T09:33:47+00:00

Queen Anne of England 1665-1715


Queen Anne of England 1665-1715. It has always been a matter of wonder to observe the various changes in design which came along in parallel with the accession of a new monarch to the throne of England. None is more thought provoking than the rise of Queen Anne to be Queen of England, and the dramatic [...]

Queen Anne of England 1665-17152016-11-09T09:33:47+00:00

Antique Bureaux – A Brief history


A brief history of antique bureaux Antique bureaux are pieces of furniture which always have a writing function. More usually referred to in England as a 'fall front' bureau. Originally it was a simple box with sloping, hinged lid which had evolved from a 'bible box'. This was transformed later into a writing slope on legs or [...]

Antique Bureaux – A Brief history2016-11-09T09:33:47+00:00

Antique Dressers – A brief history


A brief history of antique dressers Antique dressers first appeared in the mid-17th century replacing plain storage cupboards and separate plate racks fixed to a wall. The dresser initially was destined for the kitchen and servants area. Later the better examples have been up graded to many a hallway and dining room. Quite apart from [...]

Antique Dressers – A brief history2016-11-09T09:33:47+00:00

Antique Chests – a brief history


Any medieval household  in England would have possessed at least one antique chest. Large houses would have had many. They were used mainly for storage of linen, clothes and documents. Some functioned as strong boxes to store valuables. Sometimes they featured iron carrying handles so that they could easily be taken on journeys . They would have had [...]

Antique Chests – a brief history2016-06-26T08:50:17+00:00

Antique Cabinets


Antique cabinets refer to furniture containing a door or doors. They often have drawers, shelves and compartments. Cabinets can be partially glazed. Cabinet makers initially were provincial estate carpenters working mainly in oak and walnut. In the 18th century their trade became more of an art form, especially in London. Several eminent cabinet makers emerged in [...]

Antique Cabinets2016-11-09T09:33:47+00:00

Antique Tables


Antique tables as we know them evolved gradually after the appearance of the refectory table in the early medieval period. The word 'table' is derived from the Latin 'tabula'. Later in medieval English the table was known as a 'bord'. The oldest tables or platforms were used simply to keep food off the ground. Many [...]

Antique Tables2016-11-09T09:33:47+00:00

A brief introduction to inlaid furniture (marquetry work).


Hardstone inlays : 'Marquetrie' work was rare in England until the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, 1533-1603, but had been practised in Italy in the 16th century when hardstone inlays were highly fashionable. This technique was generally known in England as 'Pietra Dura', Italian for 'hard stone'. It could be claimed that the Romans were [...]

A brief introduction to inlaid furniture (marquetry work).2016-11-09T09:33:47+00:00

An introduction to mahogany


Rare Small George II Bureau Bookcase/Cabinet Of all the numerous woods used in the making of English antique furniture you are most likely to encounter mahogany. A brief introduction : Many different varieties of mahogany originated in widely differing geographical locations. In the Americas it was found in South Mexico and on through [...]

An introduction to mahogany2016-11-09T09:33:47+00:00

An introduction to ‘Chippendale’ for enthusiastic beginners


A general and very elementary introduction to 'Chippendale' for enthusiastic beginners: "Chippendale" is a rather overworked description attached to anything vaguely similar to some of his designs and could have been made anywhere between 1750 and 1930. 'The Gentleman and Cabinet-maker's Director' was published in 1754 and details much of the actual designs carried out [...]

An introduction to ‘Chippendale’ for enthusiastic beginners2016-11-09T09:33:47+00:00

Antiques and humidity


Winter is approaching : With the onset of winter antique furniture may suffer in your centrally heated rooms. If you do not take some relatively easy precautions you may regret it! In the old days rooms were heated by fires. The draughts resulting from fireplaces meant the drawing in of plenty of moist air from [...]

Antiques and humidity2016-11-09T09:33:47+00:00