Collection of Florence P. and William W. Griffin
Bill and Florence Griffin met at an Atlanta Bird Club meeting in 1945. Bill was a published amateur ornithologist; Florence was interested in all of nature – she knew the names of all the plants as well as the birds.
Both were from Georgia, and soon began to see their state changing before their eyes as the New South swept away the Old. They quickly became [...] Click here to continue reading.
Stanford White (1853-1906)
Stanford White (November 9, 1853 â€“ June 25, 1906) was in his day best known for his Beaux-Arts work with the architectural firm of McKim, Mead & White, in which he was a partner, work which typifies what is thought of as the American Renaissance of art and design.
Whiteâ€™s family had no money, but were still well connected in the art world of New York in the 19th century, and [...] Click here to continue reading.
Virginia Craftsmen was founded in 1927 by Walter Zirkle, Sr. The company, which is still in business in Virginia, makes high-quality reproductions of antique furniture.
Thomas Day, Cabinetmaker
In the mid-19th century, Thomas Day (1801-circa 1861) operated the largest furniture manufactory in North Carolina — a remarkable achievement for a free Black in the pre-Civil War South.
Day learned his trade from his father and his urban style from design books and observation of what was in vogue on America’s East Coast. Day’s primary base was the small village of Milton, near the Virginia border. After working in Milton [...] Click here to continue reading.
In the late 14th century, Jan Hus, a Roman Catholic priest in Prague who had been heavily influenced by reformer John Wycliffe, began to attract followers as he spoke out about indulgences (a key practice Martin Luther would attack again in 1517) and his belief that church members should be able, permitted, and encouraged to study the Bible themselves. Husâ€™s continual agitation would put him at odds with the Catholic Church and in [...] Click here to continue reading.
In the 1810s, a group of German religious separatists left Wurttemberg in what is now southwestern Germany, after several decades of separation from the primary church in the region, the Lutheran Church. After years of persecution and oppression which included imprisonment and property seizures, the separatists, under the leadership of Joseph Bimeler (sometimes Baumeler), decided to flee to the United States in the hopes that they could establish a new community there.
One [...] Click here to continue reading.
Cartouche – Definition
The decorative arts world has many â€œsquishyâ€ and vague vocabulary words, but few are â€œsquishierâ€ and vaguer than cartouche. Originally, the term comes from Egyptology and is used to describe a oval enclosing hieroglyphics and having a horizontal line at one end. (The line denotes royalty.) The oval had significance not unlike that of a closed circle, in that it was believed that an oval around a personâ€™s name provided protection [...] Click here to continue reading.
When many people see trundle beds, they think of Little House in the Big Woods. They may also think of impoverished people, frontier living, too many people and not enough room. In reality, trundle beds have been around far longer and have a very different tradition in history.
But first, to define them: trundle beds (also sometimes called truckle beds) derive their name from little wheels or casters that allowed them to [...] Click here to continue reading.
Hans Wegner (1914-2007)
Hans Wegner’s 60+ year career produced more than 500 chair designs, many of which are still in production today. The most prolific of the modernist chair designers, Hans Wegner believed that a chair should be made well enough to last for fifty years, and his classic designs for seating have lasted much longer than that.
Hans Wegner Brief Biography Hans Wegner was born in a small town in southern Denmark in [...] Click here to continue reading.
Seating Classics by Mid-Century Designers Ray & Charles Eames: The market for mid-century furnishings and accessories is still hot, and among the hottest are chairs by husband and wife team, Ray and Charles Eames. Collectors love the clean lines of these classic designs, many of which are being manufactured today. Here’s what it will cost to own both new and vintage models.
Ray & Charles & the Eames Era Few [...] Click here to continue reading.