Articles by David Harvey

A series of videos and articles that capture and inspire the reader within the beautiful world of English Antique Furniture

Hide and Seek

Hide and Seek

A plethora of Secret Compartments in a Charles II EscritoireWhen I first saw this fabulous escritoire some 15 years ago I was amazed at the complexity and outstanding quality of this example. My...

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Buxton Antiques Fair

Buxton Antiques Fair

We would like to welcome our friends to Buxton Antiques Fair held from 20th May  - 23rd May 2021. We will be exhibiting in Buxton and would love to see old friends and make some new! Please download...

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Videos of our fantastic pieces

A selection of videos showing the beauty and quality of our pieces.

George III Mahogany & Inlaid Bookcase

A superb George III Period Mahogany, Satinwood, Tulipwood and Kingwood Library Breakfront Bookcase attributed to Gillows of Lancaster, the inlaid, cavetto cornice above four inlaid 6-pane rectangular glazed doors with adjustable shelves behind, the lower section with inlaid pull out book slides at the waist above four doors inlaid with flame figured mahogany oval reserves enclosed by satinwood spandrels and Kingwood and satinwood crossbandings, the whole raised on a moulded plinth base and with ebony and boxwood stringing throughout.

Chippendale Serpentine Commode

A superb early George III Chippendale Period flame figured Mahogany Bombe or Serpentine Commode with ebony mouldings, the serpentine shaped top above highly figured, panelled and crossbanded doors flanked by shaped, moulded canted corners and the whole raised on a shaped apron terminating in splayed bracket feet.
The doors open to show adjustable shelves to either side of a locking bar and a tambour compartment to the left hand side.
This has been in one family for many generations and has always been referred to as the Ince and Mayhew Commode.

Gillows Mahogany Library Secretaire

A superb George III period free standing Mahogany Secretaire Library Centre Cabinet by Gillows of Lancaster, panelled all round with a secretaire drawer containing “alphabet inlaid” lidded compartments, secret drawers and a removable, retractable writing slope above a kneehole cupboard flanked by 3 graduated drawers to each side and the whole raised on a plinth base.

Charles II Period Oak Chest of Drawers

A Charles II period 2-part Oak Chest of Drawers, the top with a moulded edge over four long drawers with applied mouldings, panels and geometric appliques in Yewwood, Fruitwood, Sycamore, Snakewood etc. This fine example is an illustration of the English Baroque Period which flourished after the restoration of the monarchy in 1660.

Early Figured Walnut Bureau Cabinet

A very good and early James II/ William and Mary Period highly figured walnut bureau cabinet, the moulded cornice above a pair of quarter veneered feather banded doors opening to reveal 11 variously sized drawers above two tiers of 8 pigeon holes, the quarter veneered feather banded fall opening to show conforming drawers and pigeon holes with a slide opening to a well and secret compartments and a leather lined writing surface all above three further full-width quarter veneered feather banded drawers and the whole raised on bun feet. This piece comes in three sections, a practice which had largely died out by 1700. All the mouldings are cross-grained.




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