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Black Forest Carvings

Black Forest Group (2)

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 cottage industry in the early 1800s it grew by the turn of the 20th century to become the major employer of an entire skilled community.
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Curator’s Choice Tours


John Dixon, owner of Georgian Antiques for over 30 years, will offer his expert views on antiques ‘Made in Scotland’ as part of the Curator’s Choice Tours at Dumfries House. Thursday 28th January 14.00-16.00.

Festive Opening Times 2015

  • Christmas Eve: 8.30am-5.30pm
  • Fri 25th – Mon 28th Dec: CLOSED
  • Tues 29th Dec: 10am-2pm
  • Wed 30th Dec: CLOSED
  • Thurs 31st Dec: 10am-2pm
  • Fri 1st Jan: CLOSED
  • Sat 2nd Jan: CLOSED

Usual opening hours from Monday January 4th 2016
Best wishes for 2016 from all at Georgian Antiques!

Antique Bookcases

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Antique bookcases come in a wide variety of sizes, styles and woods and remain a functional as well as an attractive piece of furniture to grace any home or office. Continue Reading →

The Orkney Chair

The Orkney chair is probably one of the most iconic pieces of Scottish vernacular furniture.

The chair style that we know today was standardised in around the 1850s by David Kirkness of Kirkwall. It is assumed that the straw back was used in the Orkney, Shetland and Fair Isles as no trees are able to grow due to the extreme weather conditions, and on the older chairs the frames are usually constructed from driftwood gathered from around the coastlines.

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The Furniture of Sir Robert Lorimer

(Robert Lorimer at work in the office of Sir Robert Rowand Anderson. Painted by his elder brother John Henry Lorimer, 1886)

Sir Robert Lorimer is to Edinburgh what Charles Rennie Mackintosh is to Glasgow. Lorimer’s impressively vast body of work covered the length and breadth of Great Britain, as well as venturing into Europe. Here at Georgian Antiques, we love the furniture he designed.

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Charm and Character

The chest of the drawers is one of the most iconic pieces of Georgian furniture. It superseded the previous custom of storage in trunks, colloquially called ‘kists’ in Scotland. Most early Georgian chests were made of oak or oak veneered with native woods such as walnut, and rarely more exotic examples were veneered with laburnum.  With the introduction of mahogany in the early 1700s, it became the most desirable wood for making these chests, which only the upper classes could then afford to have made by specialised cabinetmakers. Relatively few Scottish Georgian chests were made and they are recognised as being of the highest quality.

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Festive Opening Times 2014

Christmas Eve:                                         8.30am-1pm

Christmas Day – 28th Dec:                    CLOSED

Mon 29th Dec:                                          10am-2pm

Tues 30th Dec:                                          CLOSED

Wed 31st Dec:                                            10am-2pm

Thurs 1st Jan:                                           CLOSED

Fri 2nd Jan:                                               CLOSED

Sat 3rd Jan:                                                10am-2pm

Back to normal opening hours from Monday January 5th. 

Best wishes for 2015 from all at Georgian Antiques!

Lapada Object of the Week – SS Lochee Ships Wheel


We were delighted to have our ships wheel featured as Lapada’s object of the week this week.

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Circa 1851, the year Herman Melville published Moby-Dick, this early Victorian teak and brass bound ships wheel was from the S.S. Lochee, the last sail-powered whaling ship to be built in a Dundee shipyard; the same shipyard which built the HMS Discovery.

The wheel is 6ft in diameter and inscribed at various points around the wheel with sailors’ initials and dates giving fantastic character. The wheel is of major historical importance by virtue of its size, where it was made and that it has survived in such good condition. A fascinating piece of history!