Author Archives: Belinda Chavasse

A Magnificent Example of Marquetry Antique Furniture

Marquetry is the method of decorating the surface of furniture with a panel of veneers. The sheets of veneer are temporarily glued together into a “pack”, and cut with a fine saw, producing contrasting panels of identical design. Woods used were usually the more exotic timbers such as ebony, rosewood or boxwood. Some were dyed, …

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Satinwood … And the Countess of Pembroke

Pembroke tables were named after the Countess of Pembroke, said to have been the first to order one. They appeared as a form in about 1750, but really became popular about 1780. They were considered to be a useful small table, with hinged wooden “fly-arms” to support the drop flaps, a drawer at one end …

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Rosewood Centre Table

This magnificent table was made in about 1830; style wise, it is typical of the late Regency period: the lion’s paw feet are beautifully carved, with a great depth and clarity. The tulip-shaped carving on the pedestal is a nod towards the symmetrical, foliate designs that became so popular during the reign of William IV, …

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Is Antique Furniture Good Value?

Now is a good time to buy! Antique furniture is cheaper in real terms than it has been for many years. It is often the same price, or cheaper, than a modern piece which is worth next to nothing by the time you get it home. There are several reasons for buying antique furniture: it …

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Early walnut – “honey” coloured

Walnut was the most popular cabinet timber during the first quarter of the 18th century. Much prized by cabinetmakers for its strength and decorative figure, “Juglans Regia” or English walnut, was not in fact native to England, but was introduced from Europe, possibly by the Romans. The “curl” figure is found where branches or roots …

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Upholstered furniture – age equals quality

When you look underneath the upholstery, antique sofas and chairs could not be more different from modern pieces. A new sofa, even from a high quality supplier, will be constructed of chipboard, stapled together and covered in foam. They are not built to last. A piece such as this beautiful maple wood setee, dating from …

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Glazed Bookcases – Invented by Pepys?

Amongst new stock this month is this beautiful mahogany glazed bookcase. Dating from about 1810, it is a typical Regency piece in the quality of its construction: the timber is dense, with a wonderful figure, and all the mouldings are crisply executed. The brass locks and hinges are also top quality. Unusually for a bookcase …

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