This is a very rare feature and indicates that the secrétaire and its matching commode must have been made for someone within Napoleon’s immediate circle such as Jérôme, King of Westphalia or Madame Mère.
F & C Osler, the leading British glassmaking company of the 19th century, was established by Thomas Osler in 1807 in Birmingham. In its infancy, the company only manufactured chandeliers and glass furniture. However, when Thomas Osler’s sons, Follett Osler and Clarkson Osler, joined the business, the company’s operation expanded, resulting in the opening of its second branch in London in 1845. F. C Osler's 8.25 meter crystal fountain made
In 1759, John Mayhew and William Ince formed a cabinet-making partnership firm. Both men set up and signed a formal partnership agreement on January 16, 1759 that declared them to be in a partnership business for 21 years, starting December 25, 1758. They described their venture as “Cabinet-makers and Upholders” and the first property they purchased as a firm was that of Charles Smith. Little did they know that this firm
“To every age its art, to every art its freedom." The quote above is written above the door of the Secession Building, designed by Joseph Olbrich in Vienna in 1897. The building, purpose-built to hold exhibitions of the 'new arts' of modernity, was designed as a sort of visual manifesto of the Secession artists. It was a symbol of modern ideas, aesthetic principles and creativity. A group of artists had made a
James Shore of Matlock Bath, Derbyshire was perhaps the greatest maker of Blue John vases & urns. It is believed he was active from the latter part of the 18th Century through to the early part of the 19th Century. Very little is known about him on the personal side, however, history has noted his pieces were some the finest Blue John works ever produced. A feature of all his
Nicholas Wells Antiques specialises in 18th and 19th-century European furniture, and we pride ourselves on having an expert eye for spotting those unique, exceptional quality pieces. In particular, we think that the Georgian period produced some of the finest examples of furniture design. What makes Georgian furniture interesting, is the immense variety of styles that emerge throughout the period. From the years 1714 to 1830, over a century, we see
Thomas Chippendale 1718-1779 18th-century genius, furniture designer, interior designer, and leader of taste. Thomas Chippendale is England's most famous furniture designer of the Georgian period. He influenced furniture and interior design in England and the world and supplied its richest British clients with exceptional furniture and interior design. Thomas was the only child of John (1690-1768) and Mary (1693-1729) Chippendale who ran a cabinet making business in Yorkshire. Little is known about
William Hogarth is best known for his fabulous paintings and print series such as 'A Rake's Progress' , 'A Harlot's Progress' and 'Marriage a la Mode', but he also wrote a book called, 'An Analysis of Beauty' in 1753. In this book, Hogarth expresses his theories of visual beauty and grace in a way that was accessible to many readers, and develops what he calls, the 'line of beauty'. In his
Our collection of glass sculptures are rather extraordinary, characterful and exceptionally skillful pieces. A selection are designed after Picasso, and take inspiration from his cubism and surrealism. Additionally, we have several equestrian sculptures and a spectacular leaping salmon. Alessandro Barbaro Alessandro Barbaro is Master Glassmaker at the Vetreria Artistica Colleoni on the island of Murano. He has been working with glass for almost 40 years and is an extremely experienced and skilled craftsman.
Louis Comfort Tiffany Louis Comfort Tiffany was born in 1848, the son of a successful jeweller, Charles Lewis Tiffany, founder of the Tiffany & Co. that we know today. He was an artistic fellow and studied art in New York before travelling to Paris, arguably the artistic centre of the western world at the time. In Paris, Tiffany was greatly influenced by the emerging Aesthetic Movement and Art Nouveau styles. It