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September 27, 2014 - Filed under: Collectibles — Mandy

We all know that collecting antique items can be a valuable investment of both your time and money, plus such pieces are usually aesthetically pleasing to boot. However, it can often be quite difficult to determine what modern objects may (more…)

September 26, 2014 - Filed under: Games/Card Tables — Mandy

There has been a growing trend of late for antique collections to take on a more masculine element. From old machine parts, such as biplane propellers and ejector seats, to memorabilia of the Grand Tour and past sporting events, a number of antique dealers are beginning to cater to (more…)

September 24, 2014 - Filed under: Walnut — Mandy

While many antiques may be made of metals or more contemporary materials, a great number are made from wood, such as numerous pieces of late Victorian furniture.

However, while some of the (more…)

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

While it may seem to have an obvious answer, the question of what exactly is an ‘antique’ can quite often stump people.

Many objects, for instance, could be considered fairly old but not (more…)

June 10, 2014 - Filed under: Antique Revolving Bookcases — Mandy

Revolving Bookcases were once considered the ideal solution for housing a small library in a parlour, a traditional piece of furniture that was easily adapted to a number of decorating tastes and uses. It is a four sided unit which is mounted on a revolving base, sometimes referred to as a carousel bookcase, useful and functional storage solution for books in several rooms of the house.

Most are made from high quality wood such as mahogany, and are employed in a study as a means of keeping favourite books near to a comfortable reading chair. Ideal to keep a large amount of books in a small space, while keeping the books easily accessible, most having two shelves on each side and being the same height as a table.



May 7, 2014 - Filed under: Antique Sideboards — Mandy

lazy Susan is a turn table (rotating tray) placed on a table or countertop to aid in moving food or bottles. Lazy Susans may be made from a variety of materials but are usually glass or wood. They are usually circular and placed in the centre of a circular table to share dishes easily among the diners. Owing to the nature of Chinese cuisine, especially dim sum, they are especially common at formal Chinese restaurants both on the mainland and abroad.



An example of a “Lazy Susan” is here inside the cupboard of our Liberty Style Arts & Crafts Oak sideboard


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

We have lots of new items of furniture coming through our workshops………………………………….

keep an eye on the website and take advantage of our “Try Before You Buy” and free delivery service to any UK Mainland address

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- Filed under: Marquetry Furniture — Mandy

Marquetry and parquetry as an overriding influence in the design of English furniture came with the return of Charles II after his exile in France.

The court of Louis XIV provided the inspiration for floral and seaweed marquetries, geometric parquetries and juxtaposed veneers in early antique marquetry furniture produced by French designers such as Gole and Boulle to create this revolution in English cabinet making. Boulle’s bombé commodes inlaid with fine marquetry and intricate inlays of brass and tortoiseshell called Boulle-work in the trade are upheld as some of the finest pieces of antique marquetry furniture.

In England it was the beginning of the 18th century in the reign of Queen Anne that saw an explosion in antique marquetry furniture, many being veneered and decorated with walnut and other naturally dyed woods.

From 1750 onwards, the rococo and neo classical styles demanded fine inlay-work and antique marquetry furniture was complementing the architectural qualities of the houses in which they sat at that time. Architect decorators like William Kent and Robert Adam remodelled houses with designs that permeated through from the fabric of their buildings to the hand crafted marquetries and veneers of their furniture. Kent’s work had an Italian baroque quality where Adam’s moved more towards the finer lines of neo-classicism and the excavations of Rome and Pompeii.

French rococo influences also were mirrored by furniture designers such as Thomas Chippendale, where Thomas Sheraton and George Hepplewhite followed the more restrained neo classical designs of Robert Adam. During the Victorian era, Thomas Jordan’s woodcarving machine enabled a huge resurgence in the manufacture of antique marquetry furniture to satisfy the growing middle class market who wanted their houses to emulate these past styles.

At Christian Davies Antiques we are able to provide a good selection of period and revival pieces of antique marquetry furniture that reflect many of these cultural influences and changes. Our antique marquetry furniture is ideally situated for antique furniture lovers in Preston, Lancashire and across Cumbria.

March 6, 2014 - Filed under: Antique Chinese Furniture — Mandy

The forms of Chinese furniture evolved along three distinct lineages which dates back to 1000 BC, based on frame and panel, yoke and rack (based on post and rail seen in architecture) and bamboo construction techniques. Chinese home furniture evolved independently of Western furniture into many similar forms including chairs, tables, stools, cabinets, beds and sofas.

Chinese furniture includes Chinese antique furniture and Chinese classic furniture, usually, the former is made in softwood and the latter is made in hardwood.

What is now considered the Chinese aesthetic had its origins in China as far back as 1500-1000 BC. The furniture present in some of the artwork from that early period shows woven mats on elevated floors, sometimes accompanied by arm rests, providing seating accompanied by low tables. In this early period both unadorned and intricately engraved and painted pieces were already developing.

Buddhism, entering China around AD 200, brought with it the idea of (the Buddha) sitting upon a raised platform instead of simply mats. The platform was adopted as an honorific seat for special guests and dignitaries or officials. Longer versions were then used for reclining as well, which eventually evolved into the bed and daybed. Taller versions evolved into higher tables as well. The folding stool also proliferated similarly, after it was adapted from designs developed by nomadic tribes to the North and West, who used them for both their convenience and light weight in many applications such as mounting horses. Later, woven hourglass-shaped stools evolved; a design still in use today throughout China.


Some of the styles now widely regarded as Chinese began appearing more prominently in the Tang Dynasty (618-907 AD). It is here that evidence of early versions of the round and yoke back chairs are found, generally used by the elite. By the next two Dynasties (the Northern and Southern Song) the use of varying types of furniture, including chairs, benches, and stools was common throughout Chinese society. Two particular developments were recessed legs and waisted tables. Newer and more complex designs were generally limited to official and higher class use.


These Chinese stands can be purchased through our website www.christiandaviesantiques.co.uk/miscellaneous stock

It was from this basis that more modern Chinese furniture developed its distinguishing characteristics. Use of thick lacquer finish and detailed engravings and paintings as well as pragmatic design elements would continue to flourish. Significant foreign design influence would not be felt until increased contact with the West began in the 19th century, due to efforts on the part of the ruling elite to limit trade.

During the Ming and Qing dynasties previous bans on imports were lifted, allowing for larger quantities and varieties of woods to flood in from other parts of Asia. The use of denser wood led to much finer work, including more elaborate joinery.

- Filed under: Sevres Porcelain — Mandy

The Sèvres company was founded in 1738. In 1740, the Vincennes manufactory was created, with the support of Louis XV and Madame de Pompadour.

In 1756, the factory moved to Sèvres, near Madame de Pompadour’s Bellevue Palace. This new building, 130 meters longer, was built between 1753 to 1756 with Lindet as architect. It became a royal factory in 1759.

Jean-Claude Chambellan Duplessis served as artistic director of the Vincennes porcelain manufactory and its successor at Sèvres from 1748 to his death in 1774. Louis-Simon Boizot was director between 1774 and 1800; Alexandre Brogniart director between 1800 to 1847; and Henri Victor Regnault director beginning in 1854

Sèvres manufactured for Louis XVI a series of vases. This example, with the infants and a “bleu nouveau” ground color, bear classical scenes and an additional decoration of “jewels” composed of enamel drops over gold foil. (see left)

Sèvres dinnerware from the service “riche en couleurs et riche en or” ordered in 1784 for the queen Marie-Antoinette.(see right)

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