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Antiques Considered - July 30, 2014

Earlier this month our family made a two-week trip to France.  Despite poor airline service we had a wonderful jaunt that included several days in Normandy.  While there we waded out in the water at Omaha Beach, and climbed to the top of Mont Saint-Michel, the island monastery off the Norman coast.

Read more: Antiques Considered - July 30, 2014

Antiques Considered - July 23, 2014

A lady in the Northern Neck inherited this Victorian sofa from her brother, who was a prominent decorator and antiques dealer.  It was in what possibly was the original horsehair upholstery, and she has had it recovered in the present floral pattern, fortunately retaining the original tufting pattern in the back.  The upholsterer referred to the sofa as being English Victorian.

Read more: Antiques Considered - July 23, 2014

Antiques Considered - July 16, 2014

This French armchair belongs to a lady whose father used it as his desk chair.  She thinks it is 200 years old, and she has owned it for over 50 years. She has had the seat re-rushed by Amish craftsmen in Southern Maryland, who also strengthened the structure without obviously altering it.  She also thinks the wood is oak.

Read more: Antiques Considered - July 16, 2014

Antiques Considered - July 9, 2014

This mahogany two-drawer cabinet belongs to a family who inherited it from their French ancestors, although family tradition holds that the piece is Dutch.  Aside from a few small dings to the veneer, it is in excellent condition.

Read more: Antiques Considered - July 9, 2014

Antiques Considered - July 2, 2014

This French three-drawer table is one of a pair belonging to a writer from Northern Virginia. The woods appear to be mahogany and a type of elaborately grained maple. The top, which does not show well in this photograph, is finely inlaid marquetry in a floral pattern. The owner writes that they have been in her family for many years.

Read more: Antiques Considered - July 2, 2014

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