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The Mysterious Mr. Chippendale

Thomas Chippendale – arguably the most well-known and influential cabinetmaker of the 18th century – was born in Yorkshire in 1718 but little is known about the man himself despite his fame. Trained by his father John and the aptly … Read more

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Duncan Phyfe – A Master Cabinetmaker in New York

Now on at The Metropolitan Museum of Art is an exhibition that pays tribute to the skills and legacy of the Master New York Cabinetmaker Duncan Phyfe. Read more

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Architectural Digest, Prince Charles and Dumfries House

We were delighted to see this article in Architectural Digest which profiles the restoration of the historic Palladian villa Dumfries House via the Patronage of Prince Charles.

Located in Ayrshire, Scotland, the house was designed by the master architect Robert Adam and contains 50 examples of furniture by Thomas Chippendale. In the words of His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, the furnishings exemplify ‘British Craftsmanship at its best.” Read more

Categories: Art History | Theodore Alexander

A World of Quality in Miniature

There is something about miniature furniture that never fails to entice interest – delicate yet proportionate, small yet sturdy, miniatures provide perfect conversation pieces for the home.

Originating as apprentice pieces or as cabinetmakers’ models, miniature furniture was always intended for display either as a demonstration of skill or as a scaled down version of a final piece that could be commissioned. Read more

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‘A Pleasure to Grasp and a Delight to Behold’

Reading ‘At Home, a Short History of Private Life’ by author Bill Bryson this passage on the history of mahogany stood out for its eloquence.

Mahogany was introduced to British carpentry in the mid 18th century and soon superseded oak as the wood of choice in fashionable households. It soon becomes apparent why…

It could be carved and fretted into the delicate shapes that perfectly suited the exuberance of rococo, yet was strong enough to be a piece of furniture. No wood had had these characteristics before: suddenly furniture had a sculptural quality. Read more

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House of Beauty Reopens in London

The British artist William Hogarth’s Line of Beauty is central to the design philosophy of the Keno Bros., and is also reflected in many of the classical forms from Theodore Alexander.

With this in mind, we were delighted to discover that the London house of Hogarth re-opens this month following a grueling restoration project.
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