antique furniture

Arburo Orchestrion Organ Brings Music to Life

You enter a room filled with spirited music; the rhythm grabbing you immediately as it travels through the air. Drums keep time to a bright organ and accordion melody peppered with the crisp ring of a triangle. Certainly such a lively and delightful sound would be the collaborative effort… Read More »

150 Years of Great Legs

150 Years of Great Legs Each period of furniture design is characterized by elements that reflect the stylistic ideals of that era. Legs, in particular, offer unique and beautiful insights into the evolution of fine furniture craftsmanship.  Read More »
The Incredibly Rare Double DeLuxe Violano Virtuoso

The Double Deluxe Violano Virtuoso

The spectacular Double DeLuxe Violano Virtuoso, created by the Mills Novelty Company, is an important and extremely rare example of American musical automata, featuring not one, but two brilliantly tuned violins. Considered among the finest musical instruments ever made, the “Double… Read More »
June Table by Robert Jupe. When the top is turned, an ingenious swivel mechanism allows the sections to expand

The Mother of Invention:
A Brief History of Mechanical and Patent Furniture

Mechanical furniture has a diverse a well-documented history. These marvels of engineering were marriages of ingenuity and craftsmanship, and were as mechanically complex as they were beautiful. Whether they were utilitarian and make life a little easier, or simply fulfilled a desire and… Read More »
A crowning achievement for Francois Linke, this monumental vitrine illustrates everything that made this craftsman famous. Taking its cue from the rococo style, this vitrine is infused with an Art Nouveau panache. Linke collaborated with noted Parisian sculptor Léon Messagé to create the extraordinaryt bronze mounts.

The Allure of 19th Century Parisian Furniture

by Bill RauThe Allure of 19th Century Parisian Furniture Lessons from the Masters Paul Sormani and Francois Linke Few furniture styles speak of elegance and opulence like those of 18th century Paris. The great Kings of France, namely Louis XIV, Louis XV and Louis XVI, each ushered in… Read More »

Anything but Ordinary: The History of The Table

Humans are social by nature. We gather on a daily basis to work, play, eat, share ideas, celebrate with family and friends, and everything in between. The commonality these events share is perhaps one of the most over-looked and under-appreciated of all our conveniences–the table. Over the… Read More »
Styled after the designs of the legendary Thomas Chippendale, this monumental 19th century mirror is a work of art. The intricate tripartite frame is crafted of giltwood, and is decorated with graceful elements such as flourishing foliage, acanthus leaf scrolls and flowers, cascades and icicles, and two Hou-hou birds, or Japanese phoenixes.

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall...The History of the Mirror

By Bill Rau A beautiful antique mirror can be one of the grandest pieces in a home. However, few people know where the true value of a mirror once lay. Today, we find value in the frames of our mirrors, but just 170 years ago, it was the mirror glass itself that was most… Read More »
The stunning King Farouk Bedroom Suite

Prime Provenance: The King Farouk Bedroom Suite

Few things excite me more than discovering rare treasures that are distinguished by an incredible provenance. It's the provenance that turns a great piece into a phenomenal piece, and literally brings the events normally only read in history books to life. In the case of this amazing… Read More »

Finding Their Voice: A Brief History of The Golden Age of High Furniture in Ireland

Stunning, eclectic and uniquely elegant, Irish furniture is a direct expression of its lush land and spirited people. Often referred to as “the long peace,” the 18th and 19th centuries were certainly a golden age of Irish furniture design. Although inspired greatly by English counterparts,… Read More »
Billiard Table

The Noble Game of Billiards

Though experts have speculated for centuries about the true origins of billiards, most agree that the game evolved from a lawn game similar to that of croquet around the 15th-century, hence the green cloth resembling grass. The game underwent numerous transformations over the… Read More »