Antiques Column: In love with the piece all over again

My wife and I have just had new windows fitted. That is windows to the property in which we live, rather than new lenses to our spectacles.

Monday, 14th January 2019, 9:37 am
Updated Monday, 14th January 2019, 9:39 am
Thomas Sheraton

Now, we love our new windows and we marvel at the speed and efficiency with which they were fitted, but sadly it has caused my wife to suffer a relapse in a condition I have been managing to keep under control, with careful nurturing, for many months.

Namely her 'let's change the room round' affliction. As with most wives, once her bonnet has entertained a bee there is little anyone can do.

However I have to say that on this occasion the moving of an Edwardian inlaid mahogany display cabinet to another location in the room has caused me to fall in love with the piece all over again.

The Edwardian period was the host to many different styles, including the wonderful Arts and Crafts and the inspirational Art Nouveau, but our lately unloved display cabinet is an often forgotten gem from Edward VII's time in office, namely Revival Sheraton.

Thomas Sheraton was a very gifted designer, born in Stockton-on-Tees in 1751, who designed some wonderful neoclassical style furniture between the 1780s and 1820s.

Also during that time he published two ground breaking books, 'The Cabinet Dictionary' and 'Cabinet Makers and Upholsterer's Drawing Book', illustrating his designs. 

Our display cabinet typifies the Sheraton style, with delicate neoclassical lines, contrasting wood inlays and a beauty, which thank goodness, we love again. If only everyone else could see the joy of Sheraton what a revival the furniture market would experience.