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The Louis XVI style is one of the most prominent and most often imitated styles for furniture and interior decoration. The style, of course, is named after the French King Louis-Auguste who succeeded Louis XIV and Louis XV, both of whom are also associated with their own iconic styles of furniture and interior decoration. Marble and Bronze Wall Cameo of Louis XVI The Louis XVI style dates from around 1760 to 1790, and follows the ideals of the English Neoclassical style with which it coincided: a return to the principles and aesthetics of Classical Antiquity. The style is characterized by an emphasis on straight lines and classically inspired decorative motifs. Opulence with Restraint There is a restraint in decoration compared to the previous Louis XV and Rococo periods, though it is no less opulent or lacking in gilded surfaces. Louis XVI furniture features less floral marquetry, instead showcasing solid veneers…

The various features of furniture sometimes have practical and straightforward names, words that are easily understood. If a chair has four curved ‘legs’, or ‘arms’ that are covered in upholstery, we know what that means. We can associate those words with features on objects in our own home and easily visualise what that chair may look like, without seeing it. However, many other terms used to describe the anatomy and physical characteristics of furniture and decorative objects do not relate to everyday words or aspects of the human form like legs and arms. Rather, they draw from Classical architecture, ancient art techniques, and languages such as Latin or French. It is these terms that define what is special about a particular object and help distinguish its individuality and fine craftsmanship. Allow the images below to aid you in connecting meanings to such names.  —– Asian Influence —– Chinoiserie The word…

Holland & Sons were one of the largest and most successful English cabinetmakers in the 19th century. Founded in 1803 by Stephen Taprell and William Holland, they were always at the forefront of fashion, and collaborated with many of England’s best furniture and decorative art designers. This Bonheur du jour demonstrates the variety of materials they used, and their fashionable taste for English furniture in the French style — constructed of imported South American wood, Bois Citronnier and Purpleheart, fine ormolu mounts, and hand painted French Sèvres porcelain plaques. They occupied premises in London’s prestigious Mayfair neighbourhood at 23 Mount Street and employed over 350 people — an extraordinary number of staff for a furniture maker of the time. The firm participated in all of the esteemed International Exhibitions of the 19th century, winning a prize at the 1851 Great Exhibition for a bookcase. Their early success was gained through commissions for private clubs…

Sometimes, working in the antiques business can feel more like we’re living in a thrilling detective story! Here at Butchoff Antiques in London’s Kensington Church Street, we are surrounded by beautiful objects which all have individual fascinating tales – some are still mysterious and have yet to be fully discovered! Take, for example, this 19th-century secretaire, or writing cabinet. The decoration features extensive marquetry inlay, illustrating architectural scenes of Classical Roman inspiration, and interlaced with bouquets and garlands of flowers. It embodies the exuberance and prestige of the Louis XVI taste, being dressed in elaborate gilt bronze mounts. Its design thoughtfully interweaves the motifs of the marquetry work and ormolu mounts, joining together the imagery of past and present stories. Masterful Intricacy of Details The central mount is eye-catching, with its masterful intricacy of details and intercut composition. The human eye can see its dimensionality. However striking its design, it…

The neoclassical style was a late eighteenth-century European movement in the decorative arts that embraced a revival of ancient principles derived from the classical Roman and Greek architecture. In England neoclassicism is also known as the ‘Adam Style’, named for two brothers, Robert and James Adam, who created ingenious designs and decorative interiors for English houses, some of which remain today, such as Kedleston Hall, Harewood, Kenwood, and Syon houses. Delicacy, Gaiety, Grace and Beauty It was during Robert Adam’s four years of architecture training in Italy that he was greatly influenced by the interior decoration of private Roman interiors, and the ‘delicacy, gaiety, grace and beauty’ of their ornamentation. He translated this inspiration into his own distinctive ideal, establishing a complete harmony of exterior and interior decoration. Adam closely studied and drew antique examples, objects and wall paintings found in recent excavations at Herculaneum and Pompeii, and illustrations from…

Conceived and produced by Sotheby’s and presented by Huntsman, ‘Treasures from Chatsworth’ celebrates the Cavendish family’s centuries-long passion for art and collecting Collecting is an art form in itself. For over 16 generations the Cavendish family has commissioned and collected contemporary art. Their passion for the present as well as the past is what makes Chatsworth one of the world’s greatest collections. The seat of the 12th Duke of Devonshire and home to the Cavendish family since 1549, Chatsworth is where the past and present co-exist, with a collection at once steeped in history and forward looking.At Chatsworth, visitors encounter works by Da Vinci and Damien Hirst, breath-taking monumental sculpture, cutting-edge portraiture and remarkable design pieces. The legacy of commissioning inspiring contemporary pieces lives on. Sotheby’s 13-part series Presented by Huntsman Sotheby’s 13-part series, presented by Huntsman and produced by Chrome Productions, explores the diverse works of art in the…

This is the first article in a twelve-month series by Butchoff Antiques on discovering English and European eighteenth- and nineteenth-century furniture and decorative objects. We begin with English Georgian furniture: its quintessential charm, major characteristics, and enduring influence. English Georgian Furniture Thinking about English furniture brings to mind pieces that are finely crafted, mostly brown in color, and representing an epoch of comfort and the grand country house. Such pieces are what the Georgian period is best known for. This extensive period witnessed some of the greatest and most influential designers and furniture makers in England’s history, such as William Kent, Robert Adam, Thomas Chippendale, George Hepplewhite, and Thomas Sheraton. Named After the Rein of Four Consecutive British Kings Named George Georgian furniture takes its name not from physical characteristics, but the alignment of the reigns of four consecutive British kings, all named George, spanning from 1714 to 1830. The…

BUTCHOFF ANTIQUES, London : @ButchoffBoys The mission of Butchoff Antiques is to provide their clients with the very best quality statement antique furniture, mirrors, lighting and decorative objects from the 18th and 19th centuries, both English and Continental, and display these in their Kensington Church Street, London showroom. What They Do: Serving a global clientele antiquities, authentic objects that are full of character, style and integrity and they provide their worldwide clients with excellent and discreet service. Whether you are seeking to build a collection, source unique works of art, require storage,logistics and delivery, art broking and valuation services, their experts ready to meet the needs of a discerning customer and aid them with their wealth of knowledge and great passion for what they do. www.butchoff.com

In a hyperactive modern world full of endless choices and change, why choose an antique for your personal space, office, or art collection? The team at London-based, Butchoff Antiques, have put together five compelling reasons to take another look at the timeless designs created in the past. 5 Reasons to Take Home an Antique 1 Historical Significance Antiques are enduring symbols of the historical importance of design and high taste. As versatile objects, to be both appreciated visually and used practically, antiques tell stories about the history of fashion, decoration, and utility, connecting the past to present. Pay attention to the details! The form and decoration of a piece can indicate its origins: where and when it was likely made. They signify the style of a moment, and the fashion for interior decoration in a particular place and time. Antiques have always had the adaptability to integrate into existing interior…

Döttling safes are all around the world at home among selected connoisseurs and fans of the finest metalworking craft. Crafted from the Döttling manufactory in Sindelfingen, which was founded in 1919 – in the heart of a region known for German ingenuity and engineering excellence. Legendary companies such as Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, and Bosch have their roots here and are still based in the area today. The luxury watch manufacturer Grieb & Benzinger and the chainsaw pioneer Stihl are also located here. Being surrounded by these fine companies both inspires and motivates them. In this environment, Döttling restores and builds its safes with elaborate craftsmanship. What makes these objects so unique is Döttling’s standards of unparalleled beauty and unique quality. Now in its fourth generation, the company shares these standards with its customers, putting them into practice every day. Handcrafted for Fit, Form, Function and Everlasting Style Beauty, functionality, precision and…

EXPANDING ROUND TABLE BY ROBERT JUPE This English masterpiece of cabinetmaking and mechanical engineering is a highly important extension dining table designed and patented by the legendary Robert Jupe, and retailed by G. Morant, Interior Decorator and Upholsterer to King William IV and Queen Victoria. One of only a handful known, this mahogany table perfectly illustrates the Regency era’s quest to combine technical innovation with superb and beautiful craftsmanship. The table’s circular top is formed of multiple interconnecting segments. When the top is rotated, an ingenious swivel mechanism causes the sections to diverge, allowing a set of leaves to be inserted to increase the table size. Details: Circa 1835, 61″ diameter x 28 5/8″ high; 83 1/2″ diameter when open. This early Jupe is part of a small handful known and are among the rarest of all English furniture. Brilliantly engineered, the mechanism operates so smoothly it can be turned…

One of the biggest players in the UK fine art and antiques industry has unveiled a new international business that promises to break down ‘artificial’  barriers to benefit clients as they bring their property to market. Stephan Ludwig, former CEO of both The Fine Art Auction Group Ltd and, latterly, the antiques and fine art division of the Stanley Gibbons group, has launched Forum Auctions. Forum Auctions will operate out of London, Rome, Milan and New York in partnership with Philobiblon, the Contemporary art, books and works on paper specialists, bringing aboard some of the most respected specialists on the international scene. Technology, Client Focused Service and Key Industry Specialists Blend to Form Modern Collecting Experience Whilst initially focused on books, manuscripts, prints and photographs, Forum is planning to expand into a number of other ‘online friendly’ auction specialisations such as wine, watches, jewellery and numismatics. Ludwig is positioning the…

This list we call “The A List” is created by EAT LOVE SAVOR Magazine Founder, Editor in Chief and publisher Angela Tunner, who is always doing what she can to get more out of life with luxurious style and simplification ~ it is part of the Eat Love Savor lifestyle! With an interesting perspective inspired by her lifestyle draws awareness to those little things we may have missed in our all too-busy lives. Angela has been called ‘Lady of Leisure’ and ‘Queen of Cozy’ and has inspired ideas and a calm manner about her, by people closest to her. THE A LIST EDIT Inspired by her list, is this edit of fetching pieces that bring it all together. Add in your favorite tea, a magnificent vase of fresh flowers and have all you need at your fingertips for a truly luxurious at home experience. Pictured Olivia Von Halle Ink Silk…

The Encyclopedia of Antique Carpets is the first-ever comprehensive antique carpet reference guide spanning the past twenty-five centuries and numerous countries around the world. An internationally recognized authority on antique carpets with over fifty years on experience in the field, author Abraham Levi Moheban has filled the gap in carpet literature with this guide. This clothbound, two-volume boxed set features over six hundred entries of historic carpets, each with an accompanying photograph and information about the history, location, technique, coloration, size, and more of carpets produced around the world. Eight newly drawn maps presented in the book illustrate the major weaving locations within the Rug Belt, which includes Persia, Anatolia, the Caucasus, China, India, and Central Asia. Covering several key factories for each entry, the encyclopedia is meant to guide the reader into the various factors that distinguish an antique carpet’s origin and its market value priced for its artistry.…

AUCTION Roseberys September Fine Art auction features a selection of outstanding Decorative Art and Modern Design pieces. The collection incorporates a variety of disciplines and periods including Art Deco, Modernist, Art Nouveau and Arts and Crafts. The auction will be held at Roseberys saleroom in London on Tuesday 8 September. RENE LALIQUE A selection of items by the famous French glass designer Rene Lalique are highlighted by an example of the ‘Actinia’ vase. Introduced in 1934 the opalescent glass vase is wrythen moulded with wheel cut decoration and blue staining. Better known at the beginning of his career as a master jeweller, Lalique turned his hand to glass making as part of the art deco movement. By 1925, at the aftermath of the industrial revolution, he was the most celebrated glassmaker in the world. A far cry from the creation of unique jewellery, his glass production was very much a…