Friday, May 30, 2008

French Consoles

Curved Empire Desk & Bookcase Desk: 94" wide x 25" deep x 29 1/2" tall Bookcase: 136" wide x 46" deep x 105" tall Very unusual 19th century French Empire curved mahogany desk with six drawers, bronze d'ore and patinated bronze stylized cheetahs, and leather top. With matching curved mahogany bookcase with open shelves above 4 doors and 4 drawers decorated with bronze d'ore Empire mounts.

Louis XV Desk Signed by "H Dasson" 78" wide x 37 1/2" deep x 30 1/4" tall French 19th century Boulle Louis XV Bureau plat with ormolu mounts and gold tooled leather top. Signed by "H Dasson"

Louis XV Center Table 64 3/4" long x 38" deep x 29 1/2" tall French 19th century Louis XV carved gilt wood center table with contoured marble top

One of a Pair of Louis XVI Painted Consoles 47 1/2" wide x 20 1/2" deep x 35 1/2" tall Pair 19th century carved and painted Louis XVI consoles with marble tops

Painted Regence console with marble top 83 1/2" long x 21 1/2" deep x 36" tall Painted Regence console with marble top

Napoleon III Gold Leaf Console 59" wide x 18 1/4" deep x 37 1/2" tall Beautifully carved Napoleon III gilt wood console with breche violet marble top. Circa 1870

Chinoiserie Chest Stamped "Dasson" 55" wide x 23" deep x 38 3/4" tall Exquisite black laquer Chinoiserie Louis XVI commode with bronze d'ore mounts and Amarillo marble top; stamped "Dasson" Circa 1890

Monday, May 26, 2008

Antiques Bedroom Furniture

Victorian Birds Eye Maple Bedroom Suite ca 1890

The wardrobe has a moulded cornice above two small cupboard doors (the interior has one removable shelf) and three small over one large deep drawer. All the drawers have original brass rococo handles. The piece has its original bevelled full length mirror, the interior has a brass hanging rail and hooks, and the piece splits into four sections for ease of removals. Height 218cms/86inches Width 150cms/59inches Depth 59cms/23inches

The chest of drawers has a rectangular moulded top above two over three graduating drawers with original brass rococo handles, stands on beautiful shaped bracket feet and has original backboards, unusually the piece splits into two sections for ease of removals. Height 102cms/40inches Width 107cms/42inches Depth 47cms/18.5inches

The dressing table has a shield shaped bevelled mirror above two jewellery drawers and central shaped shelf. The lower section has a rectangular moulded top above a central drawer with kneehole, flanked by two smaller drawers and all have original brass rococo handles. The piece stands on four tapering lags with spade feet and original brass and porcelain castors. Height 170cms/67inches Width 122cms/48inches Depth 56cms/22inches

What is That Piece of Furniture Called?

by Bob Brooke

Do you sometimes get confused with furniture names? If you’re a collector of antiques, you probably have found that the same name can often refer to several different kinds of furniture. If you’re just starting to collect antiques, you’re probably just downright confused. Furniture was named in two ways: After its use or after its maker or manufacturer. Knowing that will help you in purchasing older pieces that may have names that seem strange to you today, for over time many furniture names have changed through use and have become part of the vernacular of English.
For instance, Lambert Hitchcock of Hitchcocksville, Connecticut, created the first mass-produced chair which today bears his name. The Boston rocker originated in a cabinetmaker’s shop in Boston. The davenport, a small desk with a hinged lid that opens out for writing, was originally made by William Davenport. Later, a large sofa which sometimes converted into a bed also became known as a davenport.
In colonial days, a bed meant a featherbed or mattress. The frame was known as a bedstead. Mirrors were known as looking glasses. A chest with four or more drawers was known as a high-daddy.
One of the oddest pieces of furniture is the commode. Initially a French chest of drawers on legs, later called a chiffonier and moved to refer to a movable washstand, with basin, waste pipe, etc. to a piece of furniture containing a chamber pot. Finally, the name became a pseudo-intellectual name for the common toilet.
Sofa, couch, love seat, or divan–all refer to the same type of seating. Or do they? A couch was actually a bed, from coucher, the French word meaning to lie down. A settee was an elongated armchair that accommodated two or more people. Developed in the 17th century, it was often upholstered.
A love seat was and still is a long seat consisting of two seating cushions and intended to accommodate two people. Anything with more than two cushions was called a sofa.
The sofa’s origins appear to stem from the French day-bed, referring to any type of elongated seating, including the chaise longue, or “long chair,” designed for resting rather than sleeping. It usually had a raised end. While most early sofas were upholstered, springs weren’t used in them until the early 19th century.
An ottoman was an upholstered footstool or low bench without arms or back, named after the Turkish influence of the early 18th century.
Case furniture, that is furniture used for storage, came in all sorts of forms. The trendy armoire was originally a large mobile cupboard or wardrobe featuring doors and shelves for clothes storage. A German variation was known as a kas. A more modern version, also containing drawers, came to be called a wardrobe.
Chests also came in many varieties. Originally a piece of squared furniture with drawers, it became known as a commode to the French. A variation used a desk, featuring a fall-front, a cylinder front or a tambour (roll-top) was called a bureau. A low English chest of drawers on long legs was known as a lowboy and later as a dressing table. By mounting a chest of drawers on top of it, it became a highboy, from the French haut bois which means "high wood."
Dining rooms had a sideboard, a table with a wide drawer at the center flanked by drawers or cupboards on the sides and made to be used against a dining room wall for storing and serving food. Sideboards began as credenzas, a serving table with a cupboard below the surface, in the 15th Century. In the 16th Century, an upper, recessed tier was added. This was also known as a “dresser,” where dishes were dressed before serving. Today, this piece of furniture is commonly called a buffet, based on its use as a vehicle for self-serve dinners.
Today’s china closet was originally called a vitrine, a cabinet with a glass door. The sides and top were often also of glass, and it was designed to store and display china and curios.
Lastly, to keep milk and freshly-baked pies protected from flies, simple cupboards, known as pie and milk safes, with doors fitted with decorative, pierced tin panels to let the air circulate through them, were popular from the 1820's to after the Civil War.

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