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Part Three:  The Real Deal.  Will the Real Mr. Chippendale Please… Be Seated?

Some of the most beloved styles in furnishings have been influenced by Thomas Chippendale.  The Gentleman and Cabinetmaker Director, written by Chippendale, soon became the standard for all cabinetmakers who would "improve and refine the present tastes and suited to fancy circumstances."  



Over 160 copper plates started a revolution in the design and details of creating and furnishing the "fancy" home.  This work also focused on Gothic, Chinese and Modern taste as well as ornaments.  The designs, or "plates", are hopefully referenced to for young students of design.  Memories of pouring over the "plates" for exams are still vivid in my reflection. 

Imagine if Mr. Chippendale, who was a proud cabinetmaker, could see how his visions have been passed down and influenced many a young designer. 

In truth, authentic Chippendale pieces are indeed RARE and even more difficult to locate.  We use the term "Chippendale Style" to describe pieces that are designed in the manner of Chippendale's original pieces.  Even so, Pickwick Antiques offers some extremely beautiful pieces that are dated and are the direct influence of Mr. Chippendale's work.


  

As Always... The Design is in the Details
Pam Klepper Sexton
Pickwick Antiques
Montgomery, AL
334-279-1481

Part Two:  What is in a Name?...

His name is synonymous with design, art, style and the influence thereof.  He never owned a storefront on Park Avenue or Rodeo Drive.  His designs continue to impact the designers and architects of today and will continue to do so in the future.

You could call him "Britain's First Interior Designer," "The Shakespeare of English Furniture," "a published author and designer"... OR you could simply call him by his last name, which has traveled farther than he could ever have imagined.  It has been carried around globe and into palaces, businesses, museums and countless homes.  Perhaps, even your home. 

His name is Chippendale.  Thomas Chippendale, and this year is the 300th Anniversary of the celebration of his birth in Otley, England.  

We at Pickwick Antiques will be celebrating Mr. Chippendale's 300th birthday through January 2019.

Look to our Blog, Instagram, Facebook and Website for updates and a final in-store celebration.

As Always... Design is in the Details

Pam Klepper Sexton, Pickwick Antiques in Montgomery, AL

*Credit: Photo from http://chippendale300.co.uk

The Importance of a Good Name

From time to time,we are asked about our unusual logo and exactly where it originated from. In the beginning of establishing Pickwick Antiques, our owners, Sara and Jere Beasley liked the name of a local café in downtown Montgomery, AL, on Commerce Street, The Pickwick Café. 

They were also drawn to the name "Pickwick" because of "The Pickwick Papers," Charles Dickens' first published novel The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club (Publisher: Chapman & Hall, 1836).

A friend of the Beasleys, Mr. Duncan Black, designed the logo based on the timeless design of the great Thomas Chippendale.


A small beginning has evolved into a name and brand that sets a standard for fine antiques. Our pieces grace various homes and offices throughout the continental United States as well as areas around the globe. The constant emphasis on European pieces, art and decorative items is who we are and what we do best.

As always....Design is in the Details,


Pam Klepper Sexton
Pickwick Antiques
Montgomery Alabama

“A Good Name is to be chosen rather than great riches, and favor is better than silver or gold” Proverbs 22:1

Keep Reading our blog... Don’t miss the upcoming 4-part series focusing on Thomas Chippendale's life and work in accordance with his 300th birthday (1718-2018)!
 

A Fond Farewell….Part One The Final Year of Downton Abbey

The PBS Masterpiece series, Downton Abbey, is approaching its final season. No big deal....WRONG! It really is a big deal to those of us who follow the Crawley Family as if personally received by invitation each Sunday evening. ( I have been known to break away from events just to get home in time, forget recording).It is one of the most delightful series I have ever experienced.

To my great pleasure, the series has given the viewer an opportunity to experience the period antiques incorporated within the settings. It is a marvelous study of the evolution of costume and design. Each detail and fabric is perfected to the time periods and changes throughout the course of the episodes.

I will be presenting a particular piece of antique furniture that is featured in the series in conjunction with those pieces that we feature here at Pickwick Antiques. Check our blog for this continued series.

The Carlton House Desk* in its specifc form was supposedly designed for the Prince of Wales( Later King George IV) by George Hepplewhite. The name was derived from Carlton House,the residence of the time for the Prince of Wales.

 

(Reference: Aronson, Joseph, The Encyclopedia of Furniture 3rd ed. New York: Crowne Publishers 1966).*

 

The Carlton House of Highclere(Downton Abbey) as seen in the library.

 

 

Carlton House Desk Pickwick Antiques file

As Always ....Design is in the Details!!!

 

Pam Klepper Sexton 

Knife and Letter Boxes

Today we are going to discuss knife and letter boxes. Here at Pickwick Antiques in Montgomery, AL we have a pair of knife boxes and a few letter boxes. These are very historical pieces. In the late 18th and early 19th Century, people would actually carry their own cutlery with them to dinner parties and these knife boxes made that a very simple task. As cutlery became more of a common household item these boxes were used as decorative pieces in dining areas. Mahogany and Satinwood were the woods of choice for these boxes. Let's take a look at the knife and letter boxes at Pickwick Antiques.


A Pair of English Mahogany Knife Boxes, Ebonized, Detailing, Early 19th Satinwood Medallion, Handsomely Outfitted Interior Brass Escutcheon. Pair for $3,200

The Details:


The Mahogany Knife Box with Banded Inlay
C. 1780 $3,750
Interior Detail of the Knife Box:

 

 


 
The Letter & Knife Boxes differ in the Interior but not as noticeably on the exterior.
Letter Box is on the left and Knife Box is on the right.
 


 
The Sheraton Style Serpentine Letter Box, Yew Wood, "Barber Pole" Inlay & Fitted Interior
Circa 1830 $1,200
 

 
Have a wonderful week and come visit us at Pickwick Antiques in Montgomery, AL.

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As Always ... Design is in the Details.
 

A New Experience…

For the first time....Pickwick participated in an Antique Show.....Now ...I have caught the "show bug"! The  lovely congregation of Christ Church in Pensacola,Florida held their annual antique show and we thoroughly enjoyed the experience, the information and education.

 

Our beautiful chest on chest featured at the top of this page has found an appreciative home. New friends, and contacts made the event one to remember.

I leave you pictures of the first blooms of the season....as always...Design is in the Details. Visit me at Pickwick Antiques, Montgomery Alabama or contact us at www.pickwickantiques.com.

The “WRITE” Stuff…  Imagine this…one day, if not at this very moment in time, modern man will no

Imagine this...one day, if not at this very moment in time, modern man will no longer use pens and pencils to write, communicate, calculate,etc.Today's students have difficulty, at times, reading anything written in cursive....sadly handwriting is becoming a lost art.

Technology has created a totally new language of abbreviations, lower case letters, and acronyms that are becoming the norm.I miss the beautiful handwriting of my grandmother...written with the free-flowing ink of a pen which had to be refilled rather than thrown away. The stages of handwriting itself certainly gives hints of my era as well.

At one time, a signature showed both creativity and pride behind each letter and character.



Inkwells are the last reminder of the beauty of a bygone era of handwriting as an art form. Allow me to share a few details about the demise of the once common inkwell.

Luis Waterman gave the world the first practical fountain pen...sonn there after, the first ballpoint pen was patented. The spinoffs of the space age gave us the Bic pen which could be effective because of the ability to write on any surface and position....alas Plastic had taken over.


Students of history and , thus, design know this to be true...as man became more civilized, so did his need for more decoration and beauty. This included the humble inkwell.

Wealth was evidenced by the materials used in the construction and decoration such as silver, gold, tortoiseshell, gemstones, and ivory.By the 19th century, the inkwell became more ornate, even whimsical. Materials such as ormolu(gilded bronze), porcelain, shell, rosewood, mahogany, papier-mâché' cut and pressed glass were used.

By the 20th century, the inkwell became more decorative rather than functional.TODAY...
an inkwell is  a beautiful reminder of history and lifestyles...a memory that is STILL worthy of being incorporated into one's decor.

Here are some beautiful examples of various types of inkwells that we have at PICKWICK ANTIQUES. 
 A handsome, French, gilded  inkwell that features a charging bison .If you are looking for a masculine gift...this is it

Love this Spelter inkwell!...I have two Boston Terriers and this whimsical piece is difficult  to resist!

Marble, Malachite, Onyx, Dore, Porcelain, Boulle, Papier Mache'....And many more!


Remember.....as ALWAYS....
DESIGN is in the Details.


Visit me at pickwickantiques.com
or
pickwickantiques@bellsouth.net
or
pks@knology.net
 

Summer in The Big Easy…A Learning Experience!

I Love New Orleans...the food, the history, the people, the art and architecture.I can get my "Southernness" in large doses each time I return... For almost a week in May I attended a decorative arts refresher course for the American Society of Appraisers.

Wrought Iron has always intrigued me and I am STILL trying to find Napoleon's Bumblebee in the ironwork of New Orleans  that I studied WAY back when in college!  Let me share some of my favorite pictures....Everyone loves New Orleans for different reasons and takes pictures of those people, places, or things...For me....New Orleans is the architecture, the courtyards, the connection to our European past. 


Don't Forget The Pralines....And AS ALWAYS....
DESIGN IS IN THE DETAILS!!!
Visit me at Pickwick Antiques Montgomery , Alabama
pks@knology.net or pickwickantiques@bellsouth.net
 

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