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Some useful tips on how to establish the authenticity of Georgian multiple pedestal dining tables

2018-09-28T12:18:43+00:00

Some useful tips on how to establish the authenticity of Georgian multiple pedestal dining tables. These observations are included thanks largely to conversations had back in the 1950's with old established dealers who often started their careers as young apprentice cabinet makers commissioned to create the numerous 'alterations' we encounter today: In all too many [...]

Do not allow your taste and good sense to be hi-jacked by any one

2018-03-07T14:28:16+00:00

There are many large vested interests doing their best to dictate what constitutes good taste and sophistication in 2018. These powerful groups are determined to control the direction of the antiques market, trying to attract attention to their own ideas of ‘minimalism’ as well as their estimated values which are very often notably wide [...]

Antique Cabinets

2016-11-09T09:33:47+00:00

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 Tables

2016-11-09T09:33:47+00:00

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 [...]

A brief introduction to inlaid furniture (marquetry work).

2016-11-09T09:33:47+00:00

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 [...]

An introduction to mahogany

2016-11-09T09:33:47+00:00

Rare Small George II Bureau Bookcase/Cabinet www.boxhouse-antiques.com 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 [...]

Antique Cabinets

2016-11-09T09:33:47+00:00

Antique cabinets refer to furniture containing one or more doors, often with drawers, shelves and compartments. Cabinets can be partially glazed. Initially cabinet makers 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 Chairs

2016-11-09T09:33:48+00:00

In early times we all sat on the ground gradually elevating ourselves onto low stools or benches. Around the end of the 14th century the first of the chairs as we would recognize them today evolved. They were initially reserved for the clergy, nobility and prominent people who required to be seated at a 'superior' level. The simple bench, of [...]

Late 18th Century French Furniture

2016-11-09T09:33:48+00:00

The tragic Queen Marie-Antoinette loved all forms of interior decoration, and furniture, in particular. Allegiance to her domineering and politically interfering Austrian mother, the Empress Maria Teresa, necessitated much of Marie Antoinette's correspondence to be kept secret, hence the term 'secretaire'. She was known to have commissioned several exquisite examples. Having guillotined their King and [...]

Lacquered Antique Furniture

2016-11-09T09:33:48+00:00

Lacquered antique furniture demonstrates a highly complex and time consuming method of decorating. Lacquer (gum'lac) is derived from a tree which originates in central and southern China, the country considered the 'birthplace of lacquering'. By the Shang Dynasty (Ca. 1766 -1027 BCE) the Chinese had recognized the protective qualities of the thick substance that they extracted from the lacquer [...]

Secretaires

2016-11-09T09:33:48+00:00

The usual definition of a 'secretaire' is a piece of furniture with an enclosed writing surface. Antique mahogany Secretaire circa 1790. For more information on this item view our website www.boxhouse-antiques.com Secretaires, asthey are known in England, are a chest of drawers, the top drawer being fitted with a writing section behind a [...]

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