More is more! Why did the Georgians design multi-purpose furniture?

By Daisy Watson “It is the fashion of the present day, to resort to a number of contrivances for making one piece of furniture serve many purposes” Thomas Martin, The New Circle of the Mechanical Arts, 1819 The ingenious cabinet-makers of the Georgian period produced various multi-purpose pieces of furniture that were as beautiful as […]

Definitive Guide to Woods in Antique Furniture

Throughout history, many different types of wood have been used in British antique furniture, some native to England and some with exotic provenance. We will cover eight identified kinds of woods used in British antique furniture: oak, walnut, mahogany, satinwood, rosewood, calamander, yew, and elm.  White Oak ~ Quercus alba White Oak is a slow-growing wood that takes between 150 – 200 years to reach maturity. There are over 500 species of oaks in the genus Quercus, with both species indigenous to Britain as well as species that are imported. Oak is a strong durable wood and can resist […]

A horse race inside a lighter?

The Royal Hunt Cup, Ascot 1955, Dunhill horse racing table lighter Post by Daisy Watson The blurred outline of a transparent lighter rests in the foreground of a photograph, sitting at its allocated place on a table. Its reflective raisable arm is lifted, half-lit, only just distinguishable from a black striped blazer it borders. Although […]

WHAT IS AN ANTIQUE TORCHERE?

Historically, the purpose of an antique torchere was to hold candlelit candelabras as a source of light. For such an important purpose of illumination, the designs and creations were rich and varied. These floor-standing antique light stands are designed to hold candlesticks and candelabras, they can be used singly or as a pair to symmetry and framing […]

WHAT IS AN ANTIQUE MARBLE PEDESTAL?

An antique marble pedestal column is made up of a circular or fluted shaft, a turned and stepped base and some may have fixed or rotating capitals, Corinthian, Ionic, Tuscan or Doric or none at all. Antique pedestal columns are designed to provide an elevated stand to display prized antique statues and fine marble busts, […]

THE GRAND TOUR

During the eighteenth century, the ‘Grand Tour’ became an obligatory requirement of aristocratic status and refinement for men and women alike. The idea was that the journey, which could take over three years, would educate the individual in the ways of the world; culture, history, and sociability. Moreover, the studious observer would be able to […]

Snake motifs and their use in the decorative arts

Post by Daisy Watson The snake is a key figure in several symbolic universes and a hotbed of aesthetic activity. For thousands of years, the motif of the snake has been applied to the decorative arts across the world, in almost every civilisation, culture, and time period. Whilst there appear to be many commonalities in […]

The Bartolini Tazza and Column

Post by Daisy Watson Bartolini’s white marble Tazza and Column is comprised of a stylobate, an unfluted shaft, and a capital. A pipe-lined necking and an ornate echinus follows a similar motif to the decorated lower section of the shaft. Atop the capital, stands the entwined snake handled tazza, carved from a single piece of […]

Georgian Manor Houses and their role in the luxury furniture trade

Post by Daisy Watson A brief and sweeping history of the Georgian and Regency style The Georgian era of design, the dominant style of the 18th Century, has become one of the most admired of all historical periods, defined by its consistency of character, order, logic, and elegance. It is a style that can be divided […]