Chippendale 300Read more
2018 marks 300 years since the birth of Thomas Chippendale, he became a cabinet-maker in London, designing furniture in the mid-Georgian, English Rococo, and Neoclassical styles. His legacy and talent is on display at many of our great houses and museums, a number of which are holding their own ‘Chippendale 300’ celebrations of this special tercentenary.
Humphries Weaving film launchedRead more
We are thrilled to launch our new Humphries Weaving film and hope you enjoy this glimpse into the work that…
The Great Beds of Humphries – Part ThreeRead more
In this third installment we will be looking at some Royal beds, including the travelling bed of King George II
Kedleston Hall – Championing a 30 year restorationRead more
This spring sees the 30 year restoration of The State Apartments at Kedleston Hall come to a close. Beginning in 1987, the series of Robert Adam rooms have undergone an 18th century make over taking three decades to complete.
Robert Adam at Sir John Soane’s MuseumRead more
In 1833, Sir John Soane became the proud owner of the 8,000 strong collection of Robert Adam drawings and documents sold by Adams niece upon his death. A fragment of the collection is currently on display at the Sir John Soanes Museum
The Great Beds of Humphries – Part TwoRead more
In this second part we look at 4 beds including the Metropolitan Museum Bed in New York, and two ‘Angel’ style beds.
Thomas Chippendale – The Furniture Trend SetterRead more
Thomas Chippendale was a British cabinet and furniture designer of the mid-18th Century. His styles are best classed as being English Rococo and Gothic Chinese. There have been many re works of Chippendale furniture over the centuries as it was, and still is, one of the leading styles in historic furniture.
William Kent – A Palladian Great BritainRead more
Inspired by nostalgia for Italy and all of the heavily guilded and embellished buildings, Kent’s style became quickly noticeable. In order to hold their own within an elaborately decorated room, Kent’s furniture was stately in both size and proportion and often recognised by the excessive amounts of gilding and figured claws, lion’s feet and Grecian designs.
The Devonshire Collection – ChatsworthRead more
Chatsworth House is home to rich textiles, an historic library with over 17,000 books, furniture of national importance, ancient Greek, Egyptian and Roman statues, contemporary art, and a marble sculpture gallery.
The Great Beds of Humphries – Part One: Early BedsRead more
Almost from the beginning, Humphries Weaving has woven cloths for beds in important places which have required specialist weaving skills to restore them to their former glory. Here we bring together a vast array of cloths woven for Great Beds that can be seen in museum collections, palaces and houses.