July 15, 2018

Lantern clocks, named such for their shape like a lantern, were at one time the most popular clocks available in England and on the Continent.  They were the Seth Thomas of wall clocks.  Prior to the invention of the pendulum by Christiaan Huygens in 1656, lantern clocks were driven by weights that dropped to the floor. Following Huygens's invention, lantern clocks ceased to exist solely on the wall and soon found themselves on mantels and practically any flat surface.

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April 2, 2017

How small chests of drawers became known as bachelor chests

September 5, 2016

Did you know that the Gainsborough chair is supposedly named after the British artist and portraitist Thomas Gainsborough?

While there is no solid proof as to the origin this claim, it has long been thought that the Gainsborough chair was named such as this particular style of chair was often depicted in his paintings.  Perhaps, it was the comfort of the chairs that allowed sitters to be painted for long periods.  Though Gainsborough is the most common nomenclature used for this sty...

September 5, 2016


Do you know the difference between a tea table and a game table? 

Quite simply, the tea table has a polished surface on the interior and a game table has a baize surface.   With the fashion of taking tea and other refreshments, the folding side table became quite common in 18th century homes.  While the tables with baize interiors were used for the most part as game tables, tea tables with their polished interiors were certainly more functional.

Take these simple, yet elegant t...

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