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April 21, 2015 - Filed under: Arts and Crafts — Mandy

Shapland and Petter produced a wide range of furniture in the Arts and Crafts style designed to appeal to the growing market of middle class consumers who wanted tasteful homes and modern artistic furniture in the mid 1890’s to 1900.

The design and decoration of their furniture followed the popular designers of the time such as M.H Baille Scott and C.F.A Voysey who continued to develop the arts and crafts style previously established by William Morris.

Shapland and Petter were influenced by designers such as Bruce Talbert, J.P Seddon and Charles Eastlake who designed a lot of furniture for the Lancashire cabinet makers Gillows in the 1870’s. Some of the features relevant to their designs were as follows

1. Straight lines, long strap hinges and ring handles

2. Applied enamel plaques and painted panels

3. Revealed construction showing dove tails and tenons

4. Cut through work, piercing and repeated rows of spindles

5. Inset decorative panels and inscribed quotations or motto’s, many of the motto’s and quotations taken from relevant writers of the period and poets, such as “Reading maketh a full man”, “welcome ever smiles” and “words are like leaves and were they most abound much fruit of sense beneath is rarely found”.

Arts & Crafts Period Oak Bedroom Suite Shapland & Petter 004

February 10, 2015 - Filed under: Antique News — Mandy

The Black Beauty, which is the prototype for all Gibson Les Paul guitars, will appear at Guernsey Auctions’ February 19 antique sale in New York.
Although the auctioneers have not published an estimate, the question is whether it will make more than the record set by Bob Dylan’s sunburst Fender Stratocaster, the guitar he first played at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival, which sold at auction in December 13 for $965,000.
The guitar left the Gibson factory in December 1953 and Les Paul spent two years modifying it.
Paul played it for the next 22 years and the electric sound that it created is credited as being a major influence on the development of Rock and Roll.
The sale will take place at Arader Galleries on Madison Avenue.

February 2, 2015 - Filed under: Antique Tables — Mandy
  • Loo tables were very popular in the 18th and 19th centuries as candlestands, tea tables, or small dining tables, although they were originally made for the popular card game called loo or lanterloo. Their typically round or oval tops have a tilting mechanism, which enables them to be stored out of the way (e.g., in room corners) when not in use. A further development in this direction was the “birdcage” table, the top of which could both revolve and tilt.
  • Pembroke tables were first introduced during the 18th century and were popular throughout the 19th century. Their main characteristic was a rectangular or oval top with folding or drop leaves on each side. Most examples have one or more drawers and four legs sometimes connected by stretchers. Their design meant they could easily be stored or moved about and conveniently opened for serving tea, dining, writing, or other occasional uses.
  • Sofa tables are similar to Pembroke tables and usually have longer and narrower tops. They were specifically designed for placement directly in front of sofas for serving tea, writing, dining, or other convenient uses. Generally speaking, a sofa table is a tall, narrow table used behind a sofa to hold lamps or decorative objects.
  • Work tables were small tables designed to hold sewing materials and implements, providing a convenient work place for women who sewed. They appeared during the 18th century and were popular throughout the 19th century. Most examples have rectangular tops, sometimes with folding leaves, and usually one or more drawers fitted with partitions. Early examples typically have four legs, often standing on casters, while later examples sometimes have turned columns or other forms of support.
  • Drum tables are round tables introduced for writing, with drawers around the platform.
  • End tables are small tables typically placed beside couches or armchairs. Often lamps will be placed on an end table.
  • Billiards tables are bounded tables on which billiards-type games are played. All provide a flat surface, usually composed of slate and covered with cloth, elevated above the ground.
  • Chess tables are a type of games table that integrates a chessboard.
  • Card tables are used to play poker or other card games.
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- Filed under: Desks — Mandy

A Carlton House desk is a specific antique desk form within the more general bureau à gradin form. This specific form is supposed to have been designed in the 18th century for the Prince of Wales (who later became George IV) by George Hepplewhite. It is named after Carlton House, which was at the time the London residence of the Prince of Wales. This kind of desk is sometimes also known as a Carlton House writing table.

A richly decorated version of a Carlton house desk

The desk is like a normal writing table but the small drawers above the surface form a “U” shape around the user instead of being merely set up in front of him as is usual in a typical bureau a gradin. Unlike other types of bureau a gradin the Carlton House desk usually offers no pigeonholes. There are usually small slopes over the two desktop drawers at the left and right ends of the “U” shape.

Drawings of this type of desk were presented by Hepplewhite in his famous design book the Cabinet Maker and Upholsterers Guide and by Thomas Sheraton in his own famous book of designs, The Cabinet Maker and Upholsterer’s Drawing Book, thus ensuring its popularity


November 23, 2014 - Filed under: Antique Furniture — Mandy

So you’ve decided that you want a vintage feel to your bed room. You have picked out the colours and styles that you want to incorporate into the space, but what sort of antique wardrobe fits your design?

There are so many periods to choose from, such as (more…)

November 21, 2014 - Filed under: Antique Furniture — Mandy

Early and late Victorian furniture was keenly influenced by the revolutionary changes in manufacture and worldwide travel. However, as this period ended and the 20th Century began in earnest, a new look to furniture and interior design ideas came to the fore.

The dark, heavy and cluttered style seen in (more…)

November 19, 2014 - Filed under: Antique Furniture — Mandy

The Victorians changed the world. From steam trains to intricate iron structures, they re-engineered and improved almost everything.

The innovations in manufacturing, of tooling and accuracy in measurements, also found (more…)

November 17, 2014 - Filed under: Antique Furniture — Mandy

To add style, whimsy and uniqueness to home interior design, many people are adding antique furniture pieces to their rooms.

There is a move away from (more…)

November 15, 2014 - Filed under: Antique Chaise Longues — Mandy

If there is one piece of furniture that evokes images of luxury, it’s the chaise longue.

Hollywood starlets from (more…)

November 13, 2014 - Filed under: Antique Furniture — Mandy

The vast majority of antique furniture is acquired by regular people, rather than specialised collectors seeking a profit. Due to this, many of the items sold have been chosen for their usability and aesthetics.

Of course, just because antique furniture is not being bought by experts, it doesn’t mean (more…)

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