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Ebony and Ivory

 The combination of Ebony and Ivory immediately suggests a sense of refinement and luxury, and as such was much in evidence in furniture of only the highest quality, made during the nineteenth century.   Creamy white, fine grained ivory, turned or engraved with extraordinary delicacy, has been used consistently as a prestigious decorative addition to important furniture and other objects from pre-historic times. Known for its use in the solid, it can also be used as a veneer, often inset with other precious materials. From the time that Ebony was introduced by the Portuguese int...

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Egyptomania

  An Important Egyptian Style Salon Suite, English, Circa 1870.   Egyptomania has become a well-documented phenomenon of the nineteenth century. Whilst travellers to the East had long recorded their journeys in either writing or images, this movement in the nineteenth century surpassed Egyptology and became a movement in its own right, which saw the appropriation of the styles or specifics of ancient Egypt to all aspects of contemporary culture and design.   The origins of this trend can be dated back to the mid-eighteenth century, when, inspired by the Grand Tour and gr...

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Pietre Dure

Pietre Dure or hard stone mosaic was a costly and time-intensive art form perfected during the Renaissance in Florence, under the patronage of the Grand Dukes of Tuscany, the Medici. A Fine Baroque Style Giltwood and Pietre Dure Centre Table. Florence, Circa 1850. Rome in the early sixteenth century was the catalysing centre of high Renaissance culture. It was here that the cult of the Antique, and the excitement of archaeological discovery fostered a lasting passion for the marbles and rare stones that had adorned Imperial Rome in the days of her splendour. In Rome there was also a t...

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BUREAU MAZARIN

The bureau Mazarin is a seventeenth century desk form named after Cardinal Mazarin, regent of France from 1642 to 1661. Jules Cardinal Mazarin was born July 14, 1602 at Pescina, Abruzzi in the Kingdom of Naples and died March 9, 1661 at Vincennes, France. As a member of the papal diplomatic service (1627 – 34), he negotiated an end to the War of the Mantuan Succession between France and Spain. He served as papal nuncio to the French court from 1634 – 36, where he admired cardinal de Richelieu. He worked for French interests in the papal court, then entered the service of France...

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Ebony and Ivory

 The combination of Ebony and Ivory immediately suggests a sense of refinement and luxury, and as such was much in evidence in furniture of only the highest quality, made during the nineteenth century.   Creamy white, fine grained ivory, turned or engraved with e...


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Egyptomania

  An Important Egyptian Style Salon Suite, English, Circa 1870.   Egyptomania has become a well-...


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Pietre Dure

Pietre Dure or hard stone mosaic was a costly and time-intensive art form perfected during the Renaissance ...


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BUREAU MAZARIN

The bureau Mazarin is a seventeenth century desk form named after Cardinal Mazarin, regent of France from 164...


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