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Posts tagged 'Victorian furniture'

In defence of 'brown' furniture
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In defence of 'brown' furniture

Traditionalists have lamented the downfall of ‘brown’ furniture in popular taste for decades. But like all great things, antique dark wood is making a comeback – and for good reason. What exactly is brown furniture? [caption id="attachment_3052" align="alignright" width="432"] 19th Century burr walnut gueridon.[/caption] Even the name is unfair, and frankly lazy. Brown furniture impl...
Seminal Designs: the Chesterfield
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Seminal Designs: the Chesterfield

Aristocratic in conception as well as appearance, the Chesterfield sofa has become one of the most instantly recognisable furniture designs in history. There's a great story surrounding its origins, although as with all legends the evidence is anecdotal at best. Lord Philip Stanhope, the fourth Earl of Chesterfield (1694-1773), supposedly commissioned the first Chesterfield sofa. Lord Stanho...