Blog Posts tagged with English Furniture

This incredible Pembroke table is one of the handful of pieces created by the legendary Thomas Chippendale that is still in private hands.

A Legacy of Excellence: The Paxton House Pembroke Table Crafted by Thomas Chippendale

Posted: April 05, 2016 15:48 Last Updated: | Bill Rau

The mere mention of “Chippendale” invokes thoughts of sophistication and the absolute finest furniture ever made...and rightly so. Thomas Chippendale (1718-1779) was legendary for his furniture designs that blended English, Chinese and Gothic motifs to create the distinctly elegant style that bears his name. In fact, the English cabinetmaker is the first to have an entire style named after him and not a monarch.   Born into a family of carpenters, little is known about his early career. What is certain is that Chippendale was primarily a designer. His influential treatise of design, Th...


Oysterwood veneers, parquetry and bun feet distinguish this rare and exquisite William and Mary period chest.

Continental Inspirations: The Furniture of William and Mary

Posted: May 19, 2015 16:32 Last Updated: | Bill Rau

When the Dutch William III and his wife Mary II overthrew King James II in the 1688 Glorious Revolution, their victory signaled not only the end to the tensions that existed between the British Crown and Parliament, but also the beginning of a new era of decorative arts. William’s Protestant beliefs opened the door for Dutch, Flemish and French craftsmen to settle in England. These gifted artisans began to work with local cabinetmakers to incorporate their techniques and decorative forms to create a distinctive style of furniture known as William and Mary.   Though the reign of ...


This incredibly rare pedestal desk bears numerous characteristics that suggest its creation by Thomas Chippendale himself.

The Work of a Master:18th-Century Pedestal Desk by Thomas Chippendale

Posted: July 20, 2013 16:35 Last Updated: | Bill Rau

Finding an 18th-century furnishing that can be attributed to Thomas Chippendale is like finding the “holy grail” of antique furniture. This George III Mahogany Twin Pedestal Desk is just such a treasure.  Every inch of this spectacular desk bears qualities synonymous with Chippendale’s signature craftsmanship. A letter of authenticity by appraiser Gary Fowler notates seven characteristics attributed specifically to the master cabinetmaker. The use of the highest-quality Cuban mahogany, his signature "red wash", "triple-wheel" friction casters and locking mechanisms by London met...


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