General Furniture

Shortly before 1720, in the rich town and country houses, a very flamboyant style of gilded furniture, still suggestive of foreign taste, became fashionable. Certain characteristics of this type existed during the reigns of Charles II and James II, but the development of gilded furniture which took place through the 18th century, is a very distinctive feature of the time.

Reception rooms were furnished with gilded console tables, sofas, chairs and card tables. The first type of console tables were the bracket form, with marble tops which were placed against the walls or between windows often with the tall mirrors above them. The designs of these tables were generally bold and exaggerated, carved in soft wood and heavily gilded. Sometimes portions of animals, human-headed, formed part of the bracket, and in early tables, an eagle displayed, formed the support. Lion masks, shells or contorted faces often features prominently in this period. You will see similar designs portrayed in miniature in the gilt pieces shown in this range.

 

It was while working on the commission Hever Castle, that John brought out the range of gilt furniture. Many hours of work have gone into the carving and modelling of the master from which SOME of the pieces have been cast in pure English pewter. The pieces have been cleaned, filed down and hand-finished before being gilded in 22 carat gold. Most of the pieces have John's initials carved into the piece.

Spencer Chairs Re-introduced

 

We have re-introduced this gilt Palm chair from Spencer House, shown below in a Mulvany and Rogers photograph, they were first made for the model of Spencer House in 2004 and were painted white and gilt.

The chair has a beautiful design of flowing palm leaves and scrolls, and has been upholstered in a green fabric especially printed for the chair.  John hand-painted the original design, and then it has been printed by Susan Bembridge Designs.

The original model chair in the model Spencer house is now situated in the Kathleen Savage Browning Miniature Collection in the Kentucky Gateway Museum U.S.A.

 

 

 

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Gilt Chaise Longue With Coral Flowers Upholstery

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Pre Louis XVI style, known as Transitional 1760-1775, gilt chaise longue or duchesse.  The original design was attributed to Jacques-Jean-Baptiste Tilliard, and the piece was housed in the Chateau de Versailles.
The Louis XV outline is broken by numerous projections bearing garlands of flowers, ribbons and other classical motifs.
This gilt chaise longue is upholstered in the coral and flower designed fabric.

Approximate Measurements
Length 5 1/2"  (140mm)
Width 2 1/4" (60mm)
Height 3 1/2" (90mm)

The new chaise longue can be made in the gilt or hand-painted effects and upholstered in different fabrics. We are showing a small choice of  colour-ways here.  Please contact us if you have any queries and wish to discuss different designs of fabric.   
email  sue@johnjhodgson.com

Gilt Palm Chair From Spencer House

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Gilt Palm chair from Spencer House

We have re-introduced this gilt Palm chair from Spencer House, they were first made for the model of Spencer House in 2004 and were painted white and gilt.

The chair has a beautiful design of flowing palm leaves and scrolls, and has been upholstered in a green fabric especially printed for the chair.  John hand-painted the original design, and then it has been printed by Susan Bembridge Designs.

The original model chair in the model Spencer house is now situated in the Kathleen Savage Browning Miniature Collection in the Kentucky Gateway Museum U.S.A.

 

Approximate Measurements

Height 3 1/4" (80mm)

Width of seat 2 1/4" (55mm)

Depth 1 3/4"  (45mm)

Gilt Palm Chair From Spencer House With Navy Blue Damask Silk Upholstery

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Gilt Palm chair from Spencer House with navy blue damask silk upholstery

We have re-introduced the Palm chair from Spencer House, and this has been gilded and upholstered in a dark blue damask silk. 

The chair has a beautiful design of flowing palm leaves and scrolls.

The original model chair in the model Spencer house is now situated in the Kathleen Savage Browning Miniature Collection in the Kentucky Gateway Museum U.S.A.

 

Approximate Measurements

Height 3 1/4" ( 80mm)

Width of seat  2 1/4" (55mm)

Depth 1 3/4" (45mm)

Gilt Side Chair (C1735)

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The design of this gilt chair (C1735) was taken from a chair in Windsor Castle in England.  It has cabriole legs and two claw and ball feet at the front, and two pad feet at the back.  The front two legs have carved lion face motifs on the front knee, and a scroll design on the centre front.

The back splat of the chair has been worked with a scroll and floral pattern rather like a strap work design.

This chair can be used as a side chair for a hall or bedroom, or standing on the walls of a ballroom.

 

Approximate Measurements

Height of back 3 1/4" (85mm)

Width of seat 2" (50mm)

Gilt Side Chair C1735

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The design of this gilt side chair C1735 was taken from a chair in Windsor Castle in England.  It has cabriole legs and two claw and ball feet at the front. and two pad feet at the back .  The front two legs have a carved lion face motif on the front knee, and a scroll design on the centre front.  The back-splat of the chair has been worked with a scroll and floral motif, rather like a strap-work design.

This chair can be used as a side chair in a hall, or standing against the walls of a ballroom, an odd chair for a bedroom, etc.  it is a very useful chair to place in your room settings.  

The upholstery of this chair is the deux pigeons design from Susan Bembridge.

 

Approximate Measurements

Height of back 31/4" (85mm)

Width of seat 2" (50mm)

Console Table After The Style Of Nicolas Pineau, Faux Green Marble Top

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French console table after the style of Nicolas Pineau with green faux marble top. Gold plated onto pure English pewter.

Approximate Measurements
Height 2 3/4" (70mm)
Width 2 1/2" (65mm)
Length 5 1/4" (135mm)

Pair Of Hand-Painted Blackamoor Boys, Gilt With Faux Ebony and Trompe l'oeil Malachite Embellishment

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A pair of hand-painted and gilt blackamoor boys. Gilt with faux ebony and trompe l'oeil malachite embellishment. Gold plated onto pure English pewter.

Approximate Measurements
Height 4 3/4" (120mm)
Base 1 1/4" (31mm)

Used to hold candelabra, porcelain ornaments or floral arrangements

Pair Of Gilt Guerdion/Torcheres

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A pair of gilt guerdions/torcheres, C1700.
Gold-plated onto pure English pewter. Can be used for silver or china perfume jars, or as candle stands.

Aproximate Measurements
Height 4 3/8" (110mm)
Diameter top 1 1/4" (31mm)

Single Gilt Guerdion/Torchere

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A single torchere

Gold-plated onto pure English pewter. Can be used for silver or china perfume jars, or as candle stands.

Approximate Measurements
Height 4 3/8" (110mm)
Diameter top 1 1/4" (31mm

Large Rococo Style Table With Green Faux Marble Top, Gold Plated Onto English Pewter

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Large Rococo style table with faux green marble top. Gold-plated onto pure English pewter.

Approximate Measurements
Height 3" (76mm)
Width 6" (130mm) Depth 2" (60mm)

Suitable for ballroom or Palace

Italian Style Gilt Torchere

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A single gilt Italian torchere, gold plated onto resin.

Approximate Measurements
Height 5 1/4" (130mm)
Base 2" (50mm)
Top diameter 1" (25mm)

Gilded Low Table With Light Faux Marble Top

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Gilded low table with faux marble top in cream/grey.

Approximate Measurements
Height 1 3/8"
Width 1 3/4"
Length 2 1/2"

Gilded Low Table With Green Faux Marble Top

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Gilded low table with faux marble top in green.

Approximate Measurements
Height 1 3/8"
Width 1 3/4"
Length 2 1/2"

Gilt Window Seat With Red Pagoda Fabric

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The design on this window seat, of decorative palm leaves and shell motif was taken from the one in Spencer House in London.  This has been upholstered in this lovely Red Pagoda fabric with tiny palm trees - one of Susan Bembridge's fabrics.

Approximate Measurements
Height 1 1/4" (32mm)
Width 1 3/8" (35mm)
Length 4" (100mm)

Pier Table, Gilt with Light Faux Marble Top

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Pier table, gilt with a light coloured faux marble top

Approximate Measurements
Height 3” (75mm)
Length 3 ½” (88mm)
Depth 1 ¼” (32mm)

Pier Table, Gilt With Black Faux Marble Top

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Adam style Pier table with black faux marble top.

Approximate Measurements
Height 3” (75mm)
Length 3 ½” (88mm)
Depth 1 ¼” (32mm)

French Style Gilt Tabouret Stool

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French style gilt  tabouret stool upholstered in  blue damask silk

Approximate Measurements
Height 1 ½” (38mm)
Width 2” (60mm)
Depth 1 ½” (38mm)

Gilt Tabouret Stool. Fabric Green Scalamandre, Style Taken From Marie Antoinette's Salon des Jeux At The Chateau de Compiegne 1786

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The design for this tabouret stool was taken from one in Marie Antoinette’s salon des jeux at the Chateau de Compiegne 1786.  This gilt stool has been upholstered in a French style
Green striped Scalamandre silk.

Approximate Measurements
Height 1 ½” (38mm)
Width 2” (60mm)
Depth 1 ½” (38mm)

Gilt Wall Bracket For Straight Wall - Suitable For Displaying Ornaments

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Gilt wall bracket for straight wall - suitable for displaying ornaments, porcelain or glass vases etc. 

Approximate Measurements
Height 1 1/2" (38mm) 
Width 1" (25mm)

Gilt William and Mary Style Side Chair

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Gilt William and Mary style side chair with fine detail on the back-splat. Suitable for ballrooms and palaces as a highly decorative chair to go around the walls of the room, or to use as a dining chair.
 
Approximate Measurements 
Height of back of chair 4 1/2" (115mm)
Width of seat 1 5/8" (40mm)
Depth of seat 1 5/8" (40mm)

The image below gives an indication of how the piece looks as a complete set.  This table is the gilt French style pineapple table.