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Faberge Silver

Fabergé Silver

Fabergé silver was produced in the Moscow and St. Petersburg workshops, with the most spectacular designs created specifically for the Czar. Unfortunately, a substantial amount of the firm's works (including court and presentation pieces) were melted down to mint silver ingots and rubles… Read More »
Tortoiseshell

Tortoiseshell

Tortoiseshell has been prized for its exotic, almost mystical qualities since antiquity. The Romans and Greeks heralded the tortoise's shell as a symbol of fertility and the Earth. It was associated with Aphrodite and Hermes, deities of love and sexuality. Young women would often wear… Read More »
Gainsborough Chair

Gainsborough Chair

Gainsborough Chairs are so named, not in reference to their maker, but for their use in the paintings of the renowned Thomas Gainsborough. The 18th-century artist often had subjects sit in this style chair in his famed portraits due to the flattering perspective it gave the sitter in the… Read More »
Wine Cellarette

The Wine Cellarette

The wine cellarette was considered an essential piece of dining room furniture and was used primarily between the mid-18th to mid-19th centuries. These delightful fixtures were often displayed beneath a sideboard or side table where dining guests could easily view the evening's selections.… Read More »
Grandfather Clocks

Grandfather Clocks

Known commonly as "grandfather" clocks, it was not until the late 19th century that longcase clocks garnered this name. According to the origin tale, two brothers named Jenkins owned the George Hotel in Piercebridge, England. The hotel's lobby housed a beautiful, James Thompson longcase… Read More »
Louis Comfort Tiffany

Louis Comfort Tiffany

Louis Comfort Tiffany had a discerning artistic eye, and his genius for design extended far beyond the exceptional lamps and windows for which he is known. Tiffany was also a talented interior designer and launched his decorating business, Louis C. Tiffany & Associated Artists in 1878.… Read More »
The Pedestal

The Pedestal

The first recorded use of the pedestal was as a decorative support for columns found in Roman temples in provinces such as Asia Minor and Syria. It was a very different story in Rome, however, where pedestals were solely used to elevate and emphasize the importance of figural… Read More »
Louisiana Purchase Exhibition

Louisiana Purchase Exhibition

The 1904 Summer Olympic Games were relocated to St. Louis in celebration of the Louisiana Purchase Exhibition, after Chicago had already been chosen to host the games for that year. Organizers of the World's Fair did not want another major event happening that would compete with them, so… Read More »
Not Just for Decoration... Renaissance Furniture

Not Just for Decoration... Renaissance Furniture

Before the 16th century, it would have been unheard of to have a purely decorative piece of furniture. Decorative pieces, like the "Frick" Renaissance Sideboard, were considered truly luxurious, and were owned by persons of great wealth, almost certainly nobility, to display… Read More »