Our Glorious Library Exhibition

Our Glorious Library Exhibition

During March 2019, We held a unique Library Exhibition, here at our galleries in Witney. We produced a catalogue that accompanied the unique and glorious pieces that we exhibited. Please click on the guide below and you too can enjoy the splendid pieces that we were...
Regeneration of a Gillows Library Cabinet

Regeneration of a Gillows Library Cabinet

Some months ago I acquired a very tired looking Mahogany Library Cabinet which had been used during it’s lifetime and had seemingly landed on hard times. There was however something about this piece which any devotee of the Lovejoy books and TV programmes will know...
The Story of Mrs Rudd’s Dressing Table

The Story of Mrs Rudd’s Dressing Table

This table has been the subject of TV programmes and books as well as being featured in George Hepplewhite’s book of designs “The Cabinetmaker and Upholsterer’s Guide”.  The description of this extremely complex metamorphic table is a starting point for a voyage of...
Gillows or not Gillows?

Gillows or not Gillows?

That is the question and I believe the evidence is all there. When I first acquired this extraordinary Secretaire Reading Table, it felt familiar. Over the past 45 years that I have been in this business I have handled a number of pieces stamped by Gillows or...
3 Important points when buying antique furniture

3 Important points when buying antique furniture

1) When you are looking at a piece of antique furniture and thinking of buying it, get to know your dealer. Are they a member of an accredited trade association like LAPADA, CADA or BADA. They will have needed to prove to the boards of these associations not only that...
Chippendale – What to look out for

Chippendale – What to look out for

Whilst celebrating the 300th. anniversary of Thomas Chippendale’s birth I am reminded that one of the first exhibitions I ever mounted was to celebrate the 200th. anniversary of his death. Since then we have increased the knowledge available about Chippendale many...

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