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The 'China' taste was all the rage in Europe starting in around the mid 17th Century and continuing throughout the entire 18th Century, with several 'revivals' following on in the later 19th and the early 20th Cent. This taste was also referred to as 'India work', 'Japanning' or 'Chinoiserie '. The greatest manifestation of the 'China' craze in England is to [...]

Queen Anne Walnut Furniture


If your eye is truly " in " then you will place the English 'Queen Anne Walnut Period' right at the top of your list of preferences. This short reign, 1702 - 1714 produced exquisite, quintessentially English, furniture. All the more remarkable because this elegant and highly disciplined period followed on from the reigns of William [...]

Antique Dressers


Antique dressers were originally made to be used in a kitchen but in recent times they are often upgraded into the dining room. Welsh antique oak dresser A generous arrangement of working drawers along with a plate rack means that these can accommodate cutlery, general table items and even a dinner service. At [...]

Is it American ?


American ? Here are a few key points to look for. Is it American? This fine mahogany secretaire tall chest Ca. 1750 is without doubt English however it could well be a prototype for the American "Tall Chest attributed to Thomas Affleck 1740-1795 " in the New York Metropolitan Museum. Accession number 1975 91 Gallery 751. [...]

Dating Furniture By the Woods Used ( For beginners ).


It is important to grasp that often it is possible to date items of furniture according to the primary woods used. For example oak pre dates almost everything. Generally walnut follows oak with mahogany imported in quantity in around 1700, continuing right through the 19th and early 20th century. Of course one cannot be dogmatic [...]

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