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The History of the Mirror

The mirror has long been a crucial component of interior decorative schemes. Throughout history it has been highly prized as an important and valuable possession, often acting as the focal point for a room. A clear indication of its historical significance is apparent in the production of increasingly elaborate frames, a practice which evolved out of the original need to protect the precious mirror surface. Mirror-making has, for the most part, been an expensive, complex, and often dangerous process. Legend dictates that the concept of the mirror was formed in the ancient Himalayas when a ...

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Empire Style - Splendor Symbolism and Power

Conceptual and all embracing, the Empire Style combined a passion for antiquity with the grandeur and elegance of pre-revolutionary neo- classicism. n 1804 Napoléon I, crowned himself Emperor of France, ending years of political instability and signalling the dawning of the Empire period. During this time, the economy was booming and a new aristocracy was forming, with Napoléon's court as its cornerstone. The period was to see the revival of classical ideas and influences, primarily in the decorative arts. Napoléon's court was quick to adopt the classical designs discovered ...

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Chandeliers - A Short History

For centuries the chandelier has been the most iconic lighting form to grace our interiors, balancing a decorative and aesthetic function with practical illumination. From its beginnings it was associated with wealth and power and a burning symbol of success and social standing. Click here to read about the fascinating history of the chandelier.  

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The Dining Room

Leading up to the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries, dining had been a communal affair. People sat at long tables, now called "refectory" tables, in the Great Hall. Modern dining, and the tables it required, only emerged in the late Seventeenth century. The change in the English home can be traced to the restoration of the monarchy in England in 1661. Charles II and his court had spent the Cromwellian period in exile in France, and they brought many changes to English lifestyles upon their return. One was the habit of dining more intimately and privately. By the ninetee...

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Marchand-Mercier

  L'Enseigne de Gersaint, (1720) by Jean-Antoine Watteau Marchand-Mercier is the French term from the eighteenth century, for a dealer who sold luxurious furniture and objects in Parisian shops. They were members of the Parisian Mercers' Guild, who combined the functions of today's antique dealer and interior decorator. These men were key to many of the greatest collections of the period, acting as agents for clients, as well as initiating and influencing fashions through their control over craftsmen. Guild regulations prevented them from having their own workshops, so Marchand-Merc...

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