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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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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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