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Louis XVI Commodes, Including a Highly Important Marquetry Dresser by RVLC 

Firstly, have a look at this: “… The commode having three drawers, the first set in the frieze, mounted with panels of ormolu interlace and rosettes above the remaining two … Continue reading

July 19, 2019 · 10 Comments

Call this number and tell the woman I must see her chest without delay.

That’s the sort of unusual note Mike finds on his desk in the morning. And let me tell you, what a chest it turned out to be! Central or Northern … Continue reading

May 5, 2019 · 40 Comments

In research this week: The Commode en Console

“… It’s French name, commode en console, indicates that it is, in fact, a console table designed to stand against a wall and a commode or chest of drawers. A … Continue reading

June 4, 2018 · 18 Comments

Number 42: Upstairs Landing Update

The bedrooms side of the landing is now painted. Scaffolding will be needed for the stairs side. The Baudson Wisteria mirror (from the charity shop) has a new glass and … Continue reading

May 14, 2018 · 40 Comments

Countdown + the newest family member

  It’s countdown to Holy Week when the family arrives. People from Holland, (the) Ukraine and Britain. One of them is heavily pregnant with this child above! They don’t want … Continue reading

March 7, 2018 · 34 Comments

From a 2014 Sale: An Italian green and gilt-japanned chinoiserie bureau cabinet, Venetian, circa 1750

“This striking bureau cabinet, decorated with chinoiserie scenes imitating Oriental lacquer, takes its inspiration from the form of early 18th century Anglo-Dutch examples, which quickly took root as important pieces of … Continue reading

March 2, 2018 · 30 Comments

Demystifying Maison Jansen by James Archer Abbott

“Befitting its rich heritage, the name “Jansen” has multiple connotations. First, it identifies a century-long, global offering of decorating services that focused on both historical revivals and contemporary trends, largely … Continue reading

March 1, 2018 · 20 Comments

Bidding on the Ritz: Paris hotel auctions furniture

  Artcurial Sale “The Ritz hotel in Paris is auctioning off 10,000 pieces of furniture and decorative objects. The hotel, founded in 1898, reopened two years ago after four years … Continue reading

February 2, 2018 · 33 Comments

Light-hearted things

In the first half of the 20th century there were squads called Einsatzgruppen- HA! Just kidding. No depressing history or politics today. I promised a picture of the Louis Philippe … Continue reading

December 27, 2016 · 25 Comments

A Saturday in Mid-October

I’m politically exhausted. This weekend I don’t want to hear about Trump, Theresa May, Spain’s lack of government- or François Hollande (France’s version of lack of government.) So let’s talk … Continue reading

October 15, 2016 · 16 Comments

Pattern, Colour and Progress

Working with such an intense pattern is not easy. It takes tremendous skill. To be honest I think it’s only brilliantly done in England and in India. Henrietta Spencer Churchill comes to … Continue reading

May 20, 2015 · 14 Comments

Just another mini-update. Of furniture and new homes.

Home alone, as Mike is off to Burgundy to see a double dresser on stretcher legs in Burgundy. Nearly identical to the one above except instead of three drawers it has … Continue reading

February 4, 2015 · 18 Comments
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