Historical Information

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English Chinoiserie, japanning & lacquering.


www.boxhouse-antiques.comThe lacquered objects and screens brought back to Europe by the East India Company in the late 17th century created a demand for larger, more practical objects which shared the same colourful and highly decorative surfaces of their Eastern counterparts. In order to try to recreate the rich and highly finished effect of oriental lacquer work, European [...]

English Chinoiserie, japanning & lacquering.2019-04-30T19:39:46+00:00

Antique walnut furniture


"Queen Anne period English furniture epitomises the highest pinnacle of sophistication and good taste". I heard this time and time again from many long time friends, collectors and dealers in antiques.Furniture of this period was often veneered in walnut laid down on pine. It's a lot to ask for this combination to survive 300 years [...]

Antique walnut furniture2019-04-16T10:52:49+00:00

The evolution of the antique dealer/collector


It is interesting to speculate as to how antique dealers and collectors evolve. Most do so through a long family tradition of being encouraged at an early age to appreciate beautiful things. As a guest on last summer’s Rolls Royce 20-Ghost Club Tour of Poland I was reminded of the parallels between owners of these [...]

The evolution of the antique dealer/collector2019-05-10T08:04:48+00:00

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


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 [...]

Some useful tips on how to establish the authenticity of Georgian multiple pedestal dining tables2019-01-18T08:35:08+00:00

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

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 Pictures


Antique pictures created by humans date from pre-history, some cave examples date from 40,000 BC. Probably most at that time were associated with tribal rituals. Few early paintings survive, some for example on Roman murals and on Greek Attic vases. Medieval and early European painting focused largely on religion. During the Renaissance in Italy, 14th [...]

Antique Pictures2016-11-09T09:33:47+00:00

Objets d’Art / Vertu


  Objets d'Art can also come under the general heading of curio, ephemera or (objets de) Vertu. This word is from the French for 'virtue' carrying the meaning of 'merit'. www.objetsdevertu.tumblr.com/ Origins of the Terminology Objets d'Art The French translation literally means works of art but it is use to describe items that are not [...]

Objets d’Art / Vertu2016-11-09T09:33:47+00:00