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"Paintings in wood"

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"Paintings in wood"

Marquetry and Parquetry in furniture Imagine the most curious collections of curiosities known to us. Artists' equipment, exotic birds, rare editions with a hint of musical instruments... And all this is just out of reach, behind a delicate and inexplicably fine curtain of veneer.    From generations of Boulles "bejewelling" Louis XIV's cabinets to the neoclassical masterpieces of Reisener- marquetry is an inseparable part of XVIII century French royal  furniture.XVIII century marquetry developed from Renaissance intarsia, originating in Italy where the above example can be found. Marquetry inlays can be done in any medium, including marble and brass. In wood, a mosaic of veneers is created by cutting...

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Beautiful Grotesques

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Beautiful Grotesques

"If I am not grotesque, I am nothing" -Aubrey Beardsley   This halloween, we invited our subscribers on a bewitching journey through the Renaissance in exploration of the grotesque tradition. If you are wondering why you are only see this now on our blog, get on the list.    A goat spews out foliage that ends in torches and an urn grows out of its head, while a sphinge carries her string of baroque pearls. The road to logic does not venture near grotesques. The history of the grotesque dates back to the fourth Pomepian styles of classical antiquity, but we will start our journey at the...

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The Joy of Jouy

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The Joy of Jouy

Some of our most widely requested upholsteries are toiles de Jouy. Often, we are even asked if we would vend them separately. There is no need for us to do this, when there are so many wonderful houses in the trade with rich savoir-faire and centuries of heritage to inform their work. We have had the pleasure of working with small mills and big brands from all over the world.One such place is Christopher Moore, better known as the Toile Man. We recently made a wingchair with 'La Foire du Caire,' the iconic Petitpierre et Cie print faithfully recreated by the Toile...

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The Curse of the Victorian

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The Curse of the Victorian

We often hear our designs being referred to as ‘Victorian,’ ‘vintage’ or antique. Though they are mostly used as compliments or at least adjectives, none of them are accurate. Vintage refers to some styles of the recent past and antiques would have had to be made at least a hundred years ago. Our designs are neither. All of our pieces are made by us in the present day in our very own atelier.  One of the stickier labels is ‘Victorian.’ It is unsurprising that ‘Victorian’ has become a term of general nostalgic value in India. Queen Victoria was regent during...

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The many ways to Louis XV

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The many ways to Louis XV

Just as there are many ways to love, many ways to travel to the same place or many ways to enjoy mangoes, there are many ways to employ the Louis XV style. A quintessential Louis XV bureau de dame in the style of Zweiner Jansen Successeur. Adorable brass cast putti whisper their secrets to their faithful companion, alluding to the private nature of a lady's desk. The desk features three private compartments and a hidden drawer, along with a secret nook tucked in somewhere, for the romantic or the nefarious. Click on the photos to explore.      Apart from lending his name to the style of...

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