Category Archives: Antique Furniture

What is Rosewood?

This elegant Regency rosewood four tier whatnot came into the showroom this week. A question we are often asked is – what is rosewood? Where does it come from and when was it used? Rosewood is a fine grained tropical … Continue reading

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Dovetail Joints: What they can tell us about our Antique Furniture

  Dovetail joints, named due to their resemblance to the bird’s tail, were first used as far back as ancient Egyptian times where they are found on the furniture entombed with mummies. They were first used in English cabinet making … Continue reading

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Commode in the manner of Giuseppe Maggiolini

Amongst new stock this week is this stunning Italian rosewood commode, with finely designed marquetry work. Dating from about 1790, it is decorated with neo-classical urns, flowers and swags in the manner of Giuseppe Maggiolini. Comprising three long drawers, it … Continue reading

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Buying an Antique Chest of Drawers – a Guide

There are several things to consider when buying an antique chest of drawers. Perhaps the most important is the condition of the piece – do the drawers glide in and out smoothly, are there any loose veneers or handles, does … Continue reading

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Georgian Plate Warmers

Nothing beats having your favourite dish served up on a lovely warm plate. This desire for a hot plate is nothing new to British diners, and there are artefacts from the 18th and 19th centuries that suggest we were once … Continue reading

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Portrait of a Young Man

Amongst new stock this month is this exquisite French painting of a young man in 16th century dress. Oil on canvas, circa 1750, in a later, 19th century giltwood frame. Formerly in the collection of the Duc de Persigny. Provenance: … Continue reading

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French Versus Wax Polish

Here at Thakeham Furniture we specialise in pieces with an original ‘patina’; but a question we are often asked is: how was that finish originally achieved? Would the piece have been French polished or wax polished back in the 18th … Continue reading

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Chippendale Period Kettle Stand

Candle stands first appeared in England during the Restoration period, c1680.  About 1735, these rudimentary tables began to evolve into graceful and useful “tripod” tables, with a straight, carved, or baluster shaft and cabriole legs. Tops were mostly circular, while … Continue reading

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Woods and their scents

Every timber has its own unique scent; the crisp freshness of pine to the acidic tang of green oak. Some timbers have smells very like every day scents. Over the 25 years we have had our workshops at Thakeham Furniture, … Continue reading

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Holland and Sons

  Holland and Sons were one of the greatest furniture-making firms of the Victorian period: they were known for fine quality workmanship, and for using the best woods, many of them indigenous, such as the oak and satin birch employed … Continue reading

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