Thursday, January 27, 2011

Classic Furniture from England

The Scarlett Pimpernell, 1982

I've just finished reading The Scarlett Pimpernell.  The plot and the writing is so fun, and well worth the read even if you have already seen the movie.  again.  and again.

The story takes place in Paris and London, and I got to thinking about classic English furniture.  I've done plenty of posts about French furniture.  Researching English antique furniture has reminded me that most designs show up regularly in America simply because of our heritage.  The styles of furniture from English 1700s and 1800s have been in decorating ever since.  I'll be posting again with images from my vintage decorating books where these classics show up to prove this.

But the contemporary images online!  Hepplewhite, Sheraton, Chippendale (the three famous cabinetmakers from the 1700s), Regency--it's all so current these days.  They will be current all days!  Here are some examples:, Style and Substance, Jim Lehrer's study with Hepplewhite style desk, Weekend Project: Makeover Your Chairs, Sheraton chair, Romantic Decorating Ideas, Chinese Chippendale dining chairs, Turning of the Volume; Regency style upholstered chair, Ethan Allen, Duncan Phyfe sofa

Vintage decorating book images of antique style English furniture coming soon . . .

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