Finn Juhl – Furniture Designer

Finn Juhl (1912-1989)

Finn Juhl & His Chieftain Chair Danish architect Finn Juhl brought his own aesthetic to Scandinavian Mid-Century Modern furniture, especially his ethnic inspired sculptural seating still popular today. The Chieftain Chair is Juhl’s best known but by no means his only Mid-Century Modern design classic.

Finn Juhl a Brief Biography Juhl was born in 1912 in Frederiksberg (part of Greater Copenhagen). His authoritarian father was a textile wholesaler representing a [...] Click here to continue reading.

The Sarcophagus in Decorative Arts

The Sarcophagus in Decorative Arts

Derived from the Greek sarx, meaning flesh, and phagein, meaning eat, a sarcophagus is, essentially, a container for a body, much like a coffin or casket. Historically, sarcophagi were typically made of stone (though sometimes of other materials, such as wood or metal), with a relief-carved or pediment top, and designed to be above ground, and have been used by many cultures since ancient times.

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Marcel Breuer

Marcel Breuer (1902-1981)

Examples of architect Marcel Breuer’s designs for seating are sought by museums as well as private collectors. Still fresh and relevant after 80 years, Breuer’s classic designs find an eager audience willing to pay substantial prices for early models. Designed in 1925, the Wassily Chair is perhaps Breuer’s best known work. Originally called B3, the name was changed to honor painter Wassily Kandinsky (1866-1944). The Wasily chair is still in production [...] Click here to continue reading.

Gilbert Rohde – Modern & Art Deco Furniture

Gilbert Rohde (1894-1944)

-Bauhaus Inspired Designer Revitalized the Herman Miller Company

-Rohde’s successful career included designs for Herman Miller, Heywood-Wakefield, John Widdicomb and more.

-Gilbert Rohde’s furniture featured clean lines and spare yet jewel-like hardware. His early work set the ailing Herman Miller Company on the road to success via modern design and is still popular today.

Gilbert Rohde Brief Biography Born in New York in 1894, Gilbert Rohde was the son of a [...] Click here to continue reading.

Gostelow, Jonathan

Jonathan Gostelow

According to American Cabinetmakers: Marked American Furniture, 1640-1940 by William C. Ketchum, Jr., Jonathan Gostelowe (1745-1795) was a well-known and highly respected Philadelphia cabinetmaker, but few marked examples of his work are known.

Ketchum notes one label reads, “Jonathan Goftelowe,/CABINET AND CHAIR-MAKER/At his fhop in CHURCH ALLEY, about midway between/Second and Third-streets…/BEGS leave to inform his former cuftomers and the/Public in general, That he hath again resumed his/occupation at the above mentioned [...] Click here to continue reading.


Dovetail – A Definition

Examining a piece of furniture is like examining a crime scene – forensics play a role in unraveling puzzles about the who, what, where, when, how of each object. One of the “fingerprints” commonly found in pieces of furniture is the dovetail joint (also known just as dovetail or, in Europe, often called a swallowtail or fantail joint). The photograph here shows the front corner of a drawer in a [...] Click here to continue reading.

Marion and Donald Woelbing, Franklin Wisconsin – Provenance – Pook 4-2014

Marion and Donald Woelbing, Franklin Wisconsin.

Marion and Donald Woelbing were the solid citizen types that for generations have built American small businesses. They were a true partnership supporting each other in their diverse interests ranging from breeding and showing American Kennel Club grand champion prize winning dogs, to building with their own hands “Thorntree,” their home in suburban Milwaukee, to building an impressive collection of 17th and 18th century American antiques, to collecting [...] Click here to continue reading.

Estate of Peter L. Rosenberg of Vallin Galleries – Skinner 3-18-2014 Prov Note

Estate of Peter L. Rosenberg of Vallin Galleries, Wilton Connecticut

Discerning collectors, dealers, and museum curators of Asian art regularly made pilgrimages to a charming 18th century saltbox home in Wilton, Connecticut: Vallin Galleries. Owned and operated by Peter L. Rosenberg for nearly thirty years until his sudden death in December of 2013, Vallin Galleries was widely regarded as an outstanding source for the best of Asian art and antiques. Skinner is proud to [...] Click here to continue reading.

Tibbits, Captain Hall Jackson

Captain Hall J. Tibbits (American, 1797 to 1872)

This article about the life and career of Captain Tibbits by Eric C. Rodenberg appeared on the 4 November 2013 front page of Antique Week’s National Section. Used by permission.

1800s Sea Captain’s Life Told Through Collection

At 6 foot, 4 inches tall and “powerfully built” Capt. Hall Jackson Tibbits would brook no foolishness.

After his “religious principles” were violated by passengers dancing on [...] Click here to continue reading.

Jackson Press Furniture

Jackson Press

Derived from the traditionally larger sideboard, this Southern chest form, known as the Jackson Press was versatile in its use for dining rooms and kitchens. Most closely associated with Tennessee cabinet makers and named for local hero Andrew Jackson, the Jackson Press was common in the vicinity of Jackson’s home: Davidson County, Montgomery County, and Wilson County, Tennessee.

Information courtesy of Neal Auction Company, July 2006.

The Jackson Press is generally [...] Click here to continue reading.

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