Out of Africa

I have numerous s dresses, Frontier outfits and s dresses, but the one garment I have not tackled yet is the bustle dress. Partly because none of my friends have done it yet, but also partly because the bustle itself is rather daunting. Being as I like to make my own clothing, I would have to make a bustle, and even though I have made my own corset experienced sewists only please! I am intimidated by the wire frames and ties that make up this undergarment that was worn by millions of Western women at the height of the fashion in the s. A bustle is made of white cotton and can be a padded pillow-like item, or a wire framed petticoat that sticks out from the posterior. I read a little note that my grandmother jotted down at some point, allegedly from a conversation between her brother and sister. They were considered extremely provocative as they created a little sway in the hips when viewed from behind.

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Video Out of Africa Self-appointed voice of contradiction, career chameleon and intrepid adventurer. Dr Darling spent six weeks last summer boring holes into Nigerian baobab trees. He is trying to rewrite the history of African settlements and contradicting the observations of botanists and ecologists in the process. He believes trees within the settlements were planted intentionally and looked after by the populations there. So I begun to bore and out of nowhere appears this Hausa woman, spinning wildly, tearing her clothes off to reveal her breasts.

The boundaries of the Benin Empire in Nigeria are the second longest man-made structure after the Great Wall of China.

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Joni Webb This month, there has been a rash of blog stories about a newly restored house in Provence. The incredible restoration work of the Lafourcades. Long time readers know the name Lafourcade. The two story entry is a favorite room. The Magher Veranda cover story brought much attention to Ginny, of course, but it also introduced the Lafourcades to America.

Their web site showed other fabulous renovations by Bruno, Alexandre and Dominque and over the years their reputations have became legendary due to their exquisite taste and their ability to recreate a masterpiece. And so, when photos of a newly renovated Mas started showing up on Instagram, people took notice. Was it a new Lafourcade? Even Ginny herself took notice with this comment on Instagram: Ours was a Bruno Lafourcade collaboration.

Your Mas de Poiriers is gorgeous. I loved seeing that Ginny commented on the new Mas. News of the new Mas is spreading fast.

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We look at the design of various types of furniture and furnishings, the interior architecture , as well as materials and techniques, plus some of the main designers. Menuiserie or Ebenisterie During the 16th century furniture was the province of the menuisier who worked in solid wood. The nearest English equivalent to the term is ‘carpenter and joiner’, but this is not entirely satisfactory.

At this time the technique of inlaying, extremely fashionable in Italy, was in France the province of the menuisier, but when it was replaced by more sophisticated techniques such as veneering and marquetry in the early years of the 17th century, the most skilled menuisiers became known as ebenistes, a term often translated as ‘cabinet-maker’ which again is not strictly accurate.

The menuisier proper continued to be responsible for seat-furniture, table-supports, such furniture as buffets a kind of cupboard and armoires wardrobes of solid wood, the decorative carved panelling for walls boiseries , door-cases and overdoor mouldings, and window-cases and shutters.

East India Company sea service flintlock pistol, 56 cal., mm barrel, the barrel marked with crown/GP, crown/V, and crown/9, the lockplate stamped with Rampant lion and crown/3, the walnut stock stamped TP below the brass side plate, fitted with brass trigger guard and pommel (antique).

There, she has her portrait painted by famed artist Diego Rivera, whom she helps to escape to California when he becomes involved in the murder of exiled Communist leader Leon Trotsky in Mexico City. The FBI takes interest in her political views and activities. Selznick’s home in Beverly Hills 44 goes on a U. Her stand-in has to shoot the scene.

Fall 46 while filming Lady Windermere’s Fan for Korda in London, she inspires a two-day strike of the makeup artists and hairdressers when she insists on her own hairdresser February 47 attends the La Tausca Pearly August 47 opens with Meredith in a production of his stage success, Winterset, in Dublin September 47 appears with Frederic March, Edward G. Robinson, and Audie Murphy in a coast-to-coast radio broadcast to protest against the tactics of the House Un-American Activities Committee 48 meets Erich Maria Remarque in California for the first time when she and her regular beautician on The Mask of Lucretia disagree, she gets another one to give her the unwise make-up she wants.

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Since then the hotel has been carefully refurbished reflecting its 16th century origins and features many objects d’ art, rugs and various collectables from the Middle and Far East creating an oasis of comfort and tranquillity. All ten of the recently refurbished bedrooms have been individually decorated with an abundance of personal touches and are complete with modern facilities, including flat screen televisions with DVD player and bathrooms that enjoy baths incorporating electric miras showers.

Dining guests can enjoy their two rosette award winning cuisine sourcing the best of local produce of Herefordshire and the surrounding counties. Meals can be enjoyed in their cosy wood panelled bar with log fire in winter or the light conservatory Restaurant with its views of the terrace and gardens. Wilton Court has a stunning riverside location, with its own riverbank frontage and is located a mere fifteen minute walk into Ross on Wye Whether an intimate occasion for two or a larger gathering for a wedding reception or special occasion for up to 50 guests, the Wilton Court looks forward to welcoming you and ensuring your visit will be an enjoyable and memorable time.

Antique Mahogany Console,Hall,Side Table: Antique Mahogany Console,Hall,Side Table This is a good small antique console table that has lovely cabriole front legs and square rear legs.

Mendip Tennis Otherwise known as Somersetshire, the modern county of Somerset covers 1, square miles and has a population of , Mendip is one of the most beautiful areas of Britain and includes not only the Mendip Hills, from which it takes its name, but also parts of the Somerset Levels, the caves at Wookey, the smallest city and the largest village in England. It also contains the supposed site of the mythical Isle of Avalon. It first appears in Geoffrey of Monmouth’s pseudohistorical account Historia Regum Britanniae “The History of the Kings of Britain” as the place where King Arthur’s sword Excalibur Caliburnus was forged and later where Arthur was taken to recover from his wounds after the Battle of Camlann.

Avalon was associated from an early date with immortal beings such as Morgan le Fay. Around , Avalon became associated with Glastonbury, when monks at Glastonbury Abbey claimed to have discovered the bones of Arthur and his queen. It is in the work of Gerald of Wales we find this connection made for the first time and it clearly draws on Geoffrey: What is now known as Glastonbury was, in ancient times, called the Isle of Avalon.

It is virtually an island, for it is completely surrounded by marshlands. In Welsh it is called Ynys Afallach, which means the Island of Apples and this fruit once grew in great abundance. After the Battle of Camlann, a noblewoman called Morgan, later the ruler and patroness of these parts as well as being a close blood-relation of King Arthur, carried him off to the island, now known as Glastonbury, so that his wounds could be cared for.

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A high-backed settle — sometimes with storage space beneath the seat or a cupboard in the back — was a familiar sight on either side of the hearth in farmhouse kitchens and inns from the 16th to 19th centuries. A settle table is a wooden settle with a hinged back that folds over to rest on the arms and form a table. Soft-paste porcelain was manufactured exclusively from c until the discovery of local china clay deposits enabled true porcelain to be produced from Louis XV granted the factory a monopoly to produce porcelain in the meissen style, c , and even after this was relaxed, no other French company was allowed to produce porcelain with coloured ground or gilding.

It was not in common use until the mid- 19thC and was made until modern times when periscopic types were used on aircraft.

A single piece of antique furniture is more than a collection of nails, boards, and wood stain. Antique furnishings can tell a story one that may only exist in the imagination of the .

Mail-order catalogues serving the middle class became more prevalent with toys one type of product they carried. In the last two decades of the 19th century, the number of illustrations increased in such catalogues with a noticeable improvement and quantity in the 20th century. This is a boon for collectors who can study original or facsimile catalogues to identify and date items in their collection.

With the passage of time, miniatures from this period are now considered highly desirable and “antique. With the arrival of web auction houses such as eBay, a new system of supply and demand has supplemented traditional antique and second-hand shops and auctions. Now the collector is not bound by her or his geographical location either at home or on travels, as long as one is prepared to accept the travails of money exchange, possible customs intervention, and shipping costs.

One of the disadvantages is having to judge the condition and authenticity of the item from photographs and written descriptions in contrast to being able to hold and closely examine it at a shop. There are many, many instances where the knowledge of the web seller is limited in fairness, miniature and dollhouses may not be the ir speciality and characterizatio ns into “antique” and “vintage” a fancy way of saying “used” or “second hand” are useless.

The collector must be leery of buying s to s reproductions of high-style furnishings on the basis of them being described as made in the early 20th century. Such pieces are collectible in their own right but may be worth less money than earlier pieces and should be acknowledged for what they are. As most were not marked by the manufacturer, identification can be a problem. Furthermore, as most miniatures are glued together rather than nailed , the style of nail often a clue in dating full scale furniture is not available to help in the dating process.

Furniture – Sofas

Hello, friends – It’s been a long time! It wasn’t my intention to take such a lengthy blog break. Life just got busy. Since my last post in the spring, I have much to share. Tom and I were in Maine most of this past summer and, after returning to Maryland, we’ve been focused on our cottage here.

3. Style and Comfort. An antique settee can be as uncomfortable as a pair of the trendiest heeled pumps. Your home furnishings say a lot about your lifestyle, but they should be comfortable and welcoming for guests.

The hand stitched edge upholstered armrests adjoin a feathered filled loose cushion seat. Orgiginal paintwork and double canning. A very elegant piece itead for the lounge, sunroom or bedroom. Beautiful Scandinavian Biedermeier Satin birch settee from Sweden circa with lovely patina and newly upholstered front seat and back as well as matching back. It is very difficult ot find such a lovely original piece in such a good condition, ohh and did we mention its also Very comfortable too!

Traditional full turned rear legs all this original castor supports. This piece has been totally reupholstered in the traditional manner with stitched edge and teased horsehair matrass. Two bolsters in Regency stripe finish the matched upholstery. It has been simpathetically uplolstered to the back so it may be used in the centre of the room, although traditionaly all sofas were meant to be placed against a wall.

This piece has a much sought after original shellac patina and has not been refinished. It is a museum quality piece of rare Americana, in Australia.

How to Determine the Age of Antique Furniture

Floors are slate, terracotta or wood and soft furnishings are in natural materials. Lovingly converted, our five beautiful and very individual cottages are all imbued with calm and tranquility and offer the ultimate in comfort, quality and cleanliness. Grouped around a stunning paved courtyard and adjoining the owners house, visitors can relax inside or out and enjoy the wealth of natural materials and the high standard of craftsmanship which is the hallmark of this idyllic retreat. We produce firewood and hazel products for gardens.

Choose the right upholstery. Cotton and twill oversized accent chairs can hold up to heavy use and have a pleasant texture to ensure comfort. For chairs that will be used less frequently, consider a luxurious fabric like velvet, linen, or chenille.

Very large panel portrait circa from the private collection of William Drucker. Decorative wooden bellows dated , from the private collection of Jennifer Betts. William Fosdick, A dozen portraits of literary and other famous figures rendered on decorative wooden panels, enhanced with gilded details. The twelve panels are in the library of Georgian Court, which was once the stately mansion that graced the acre estate of railroad magnate George J. Gould in Lakewood, New Jersey, U.

Today that mansion graces the campus of Georgian Court University, and the twelve panels decorate the beautiful library that serves as the meeting room for the president of the university. Another, a decorative portrait, is believed to be the one that appears on the easel in his iconic photograph showing him at work with his large thermo-pyrography tool. Included, as well, are images of two of his studios, notably his much publicized “Nutshell” seen for the first time.

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My primary focus is now restricted to artisan dollhouse miniatures with a few exceptions here and there. In my previous home, many of my houses were displayed in one upstairs room where I painted a Rufus Porter-style mural around three sides of the room. One wall was copied from the mural that appears in the Tynietoy mansion while the other walls feature scenes from the Delaware Valley landscape where I lived with my husband and troublesome cat on the north side of the Musconetcong Mountain.

We have found the extended commuting time an issue for my husband and have decided to move closer to NYC. We are in the process of preparing to move again and I expect to have a more fully equipped studio at our new home.

Description. Dating from ca. this Exquisite Quality Victorian Walnut Antique Settee / Sofa has a shaped buttoned back with a moulded carved edge, has scrolled sides, splayed back legs and elegant cabriole front legs.

Antique Howard and Sons Sofas Some background information and photographs of our past stock of Howard sofas and chairs. On this page you will see a representative cross section of our past stock of Howard sofas. Our stock of Howard chairs and sofas is constantly changing, so please do email for a list of current stock and prices. You may have some luck browsing this page of the current stock of Howard and Sons sofas , but if not please do contact us with your specific requirement.

Howard and Sons of Berners Street in London were the foremost upholstery maker of the nineteenth century, regarded in the same way as Gillow were for cabinet furniture. Howard and Sons were such an important company that they collaborated with Gillow on several important projects and may have even manufactured pieces of upholstered furniture for Gillow as well as other important makers such as Maple and Co.

Howard and Sons exhibited at all the large exhibitions of the nineteenth century including the Great Exhibition of and the subsequent shows at Crystal Palace, as well as exhibitions in America and France. Howard and Sons had the Royal Warrant and supplied several Royal residences with many items of antique furniture, most frequently of course with upholstery. Although Howard and Sons supplied almost any item for the nineteenth century house and were renowned for their excellent build quality and superb finishing in all areas of chattels and interior decorating, it is their upholstered furniture for which the company is now so famous.

Howard and Sons really lead the way with the design and manufacture of upholstered furniture in the nineteenth century. The upholstered easy armchairs, sofas, wing chairs, library chairs, stools, pouffes, chaise longues and day beds made by Howard and Sons were better than normal pieces of the same period in many ways. Details such as the “siege de duvet” upholstery system for comfort, pocketed cushions, quad lashed springs and so on are all key features that other makers were simply not using, whether through lack of competence or because of cost.

19th Century Antique Biedermeier Period Cherry Sofa

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