Category: Features

Antique Dining Room Furniture: A Short History

A group or family dining experience was an important feature in the wealthiest homes of Georgian Britain, with contemporary sources describing many hours spent around the dining table, and the importance of presentation in both the food and the fixtures! The dining room was an elegant and well fitted room in the Georgian period and …

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Empire Revival Antiques: A Short History

What Is The Empire Style? The Empire Style (1800-1815) originated in the French court of Napoleon I. This opulent style often used a combination of Neoclassical ornamentation and symbols with Napoleonic motifs, and greatly influenced the furniture, arts, and textiles of the day. It is often considered the second stage of the Neoclassical movement. As …

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Antique Stools: A Short History

Antique stools may seem a common feature in homes today, but their history goes a lot further back than you may think! A stool is simply defined by the Oxford English Dictionary as a seat without a back or arms, raised from the ground on a series of legs. With ancient origins dating back to …

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Antique Canterburies: A Short History

What is a canterbury? The canterbury is an 18th century piece of furniture of British design, however its exact origins are a little unclear. There were two forms of ‘canterbury’ made at that time and both were associated with the Archbishop of Canterbury (they may have been designed for him). A ‘canterbury’ can refer to …

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Antique Games Tables: A Short History

Antique games and card tables are some of the most diversely styled tables. Often their designs draw from the most favoured styles of that period – and we have several in stock which show this variety. Earlier examples like this Georgianmahogany triple-top games tablefrom circa 1760, have a simple solid mahogany top with curved edges, …

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Antique Boulle Furniture: A Short History

The term ‘Boulle’ was taken from the surname of it’s most skilled artisan André Charles Boulle (1642–1732). Boulle was a cabinetmaker, sculptor and gilder to King Louis XIV of France, and from 1672 he was granted the royal privilege of living in the Palais du Louvre. ‘Boulle’ work refers to the practice of overlaying furniture …

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Whytock and Reid Furniture: A Short History

Established in 1807 by Edinburgh businessman Richard Whytock, the furniture-making firm became ‘Whytock and Reid’ when he formed a partnership with John Reid in 1876. If you’ve lived in Edinburgh, you might have seen their workshop based in Sunbury House, Belford Mews (near Dean Village). Whytock earned his first warrant from Queen Victoria in 1838 …

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Antique Mirrors: A Short History

Antique mirrors can be one of the most interesting features of any modern home – and they are also incredibly diverse!The mirror is not a modern invention but has instead been used since ancient times, from Egyptian mirrors in polished bronze (2900BC), to Chinese bronze mirrors dating as early as 2000BCE. The complete history of …

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Scottish Clockmaking: A Brief History

From the 15th century onwards public clocks had been erected in the squares and local spaces of larger towns around Scotland, from Peebles to Dundee. The mechanisms of these early clocks were produced overseas, and it wasn’t until the late 15th century to early 16th century that British clockmakers became competent in making and repairing …

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Wood and Metal

We have a large and interesting collection of mahogany and brass furniture in stock at the moment. This type of furniture possibly derived from cabinetmakers fitting out carriages, ships and trains in the last century. Wood and brass was used for various fittings, such as door handles, luggage racks, and coat stands. Some of this …

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Black Forest Carvings

Black Forest carvings usually depict forest animals, particularly bears, and also trees and foliage. A common misconception is that they originate from the Bavarian Black Forest of southwestern Germany, but it has in fact been established that they are the creation of Swiss carvers, originating in the town of Brienz. From humble beginnings of a …

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