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    Where Does the Name Pub Table Come From?

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    I think most of us are accustomed to seeing draw leaf tables like this one: This type of piece is commonly given the name “pub table” and I am often asked why this is. I believe this term was coined either by dealers in England who sold furniture to American antique stores, or by the American antique stores themselves. It…

  • The Aura of Antique Furniture

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    As the hyper-stimulated pace of modern life swirls around us, carrying with it a plethora of freshly minted synthetic ephemera, many dealers have begun to wonder how today's mainstream culture relates to antiques. It is common knowledge, after all, that most collectors average over forty years of age or more, leading many to conclude that younger generations have lost interest,…

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    Beauty in All the Right Places

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    We have a corner in our showroom that we've set up as an office. Behind a richly finished burl walnut desk and a button leather armchair stands an eight-foot bookcase, wide as it is tall and lined with books. To the left, an oxblood leather Chesterfield sofa; to the right, a burl walnut cabinet with a warm lamp.

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    Historic Otterburn Castle in England

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    Otterburn Castle is currently a converted hotel known as Otterburn Tower in Northumberland, England that is chock full of history, paintings, and beautiful furniture. The original tower was built in 1086, so the site is much older than anything we can find locally here in the United States. The structure has been repaired and rebuilt over the last almost 1,000…

  • English Furniture: Understated or Flamboyant?

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    English furniture style is typically associated with the Georgian period. Lasting for over a century, the Georgian period produced many of the most influential designs still used today. Beginning in 1714 and ending in 1820, this period saw not only the reign of the first four King Georges, but also such famous cabinetmakers and designers as the “Big Three,” Thomas…

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    The Many Faces of Antique Furniture

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    In keeping with our recent post, Antique Furniture of the World, we want to highlight some of the "faces" of antique furniture, which come from France, the Netherlands, England, and parts of Asia. Enjoy!

  • Antique Furniture of the World

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    For thirteen years, we have specialized in period English furniture. Some of our oldest pieces have dated back to the 17th century, although most of our antiques date from the 19th century and onwards. Yet, many of our clients don't know that we also carry non-English furniture. In the past, we have imported antique furniture from the Netherlands, France, Italy,…

  • A Deeper Look at Veneers Vs Solid Wood Furniture

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    We are constantly trying to educate people about the comparison of veneers vs solid wood furniture. I feel the most common misconception among furniture shoppers is that solid wood is always superior to veneered furniture. This is simply not true. Veneered furniture has been around for hundreds of years, starting in the Renaissance, and from the beginning of its use…

  • The Antique Furniture of Downton Abbey

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    Downton Abbey is currently one of the most widely watched television shows in the world. The show is a historical drama about a fictional Yorkshire house named Downton Abbey, its wealthy inhabitants, and its employees. This drama takes place in the post-Edwardian era, offering a glimpse into English life through several different major historical events. The show also features quite…

  • Why We Prefer Antique English Furniture

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    So, why do we prefer English antique furniture? There are a number of reasons, many of them relating to comparisons between English antiques and other traditions.