Friday, 16 January 2015

The Beauty of Wood

One of the things I enjoy most about antiques is seeing all the lovely woods used to make the pieces of furniture. Instead of a thin veneer of top of MDF, you get all the warmth and beauty of Oak, Walnut, Flame Mahogany, Satinwood, Coromandel, and many others. These woods have their own unique characteristics, and no two pieces of furniture will be exactly the same, even though made of the same type of wood, as each grain pattern is unique. On top of using different woods, the designer can chose carving or inlay to further enhance the wood.

Here are some of my favourites, either that are in the shop now, or that have passed through recently.
Walnut and Brass Box

Coromandel Box

Flame Mahogany Chest of Drawers

Satinwood Chest of Drawers

And then the wood can be embellished:-

Stunning Inlaid Corner Cupboard

Panelled Oak Chest

This is my absolute favourite, an ebonised and fretwork nursing chair, the photograph does not do it justice.

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