Vintage William Tillman Regency Dining Table & 10 Hepplewhite Chairs 20th C
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This is a fabulous vintage dining set which comprises a Regency style dining table and ten Regency style Hepplewhite dining chairs, all made by the master cabinet maker William Tillman in the 1980s and bearing his label.
The beautiful dining table is made of flame mahogany with satinwood crossbanding and it is raised on twin quadruped gun barrel bases that terminate in brass cap castors. It has two leaves which can be added or removed as required to suit the occasion and this makes it a versatile dining table which can seat ten people in great comfort.
The set of ten Hepplewhite style dining chairs, model "HC" are also by William Tillman and compliment the table perfectly. The set comprises eight side chairs and two armchairs, they are crafted from hand carved solid mahogany and the seats have been upholstered in a beautiful damask.
This dining set was purchased at great expense in the 1980s directly from the the master cabinet maker William Tillman, of Crouch Lane, Borough Green Kent and it is a "Model SJ1 Sheraton style two pedestal dining table in mahogany".
There is no mistaking the fine craftsmanship of this handsome dining set, which is certain to become a treasured addition to your furniture collection, and a talking point with guests at meal times.
In really excellent condition having been beautifully cleaned and waxed in our workshops, please see photos for confirmation.
Dimensions in cm:
Height 74 x Width 305 x Depth 115 - Fully extended
Height 74 x Width 244 x Depth 115 - With one leaf removed
Height 74 x Width 183 x Depth 115 - With both leaves removed
Height 94 x Width 57 x Depth 52 - Armchair
Height 94 x Width 53 x Depth 52 - Chair
Dimensions in inches:
Height 2 feet, 5 inches x Width 10 feet, 0 inches x Depth 3 feet, 9 inches - Fully extended
Height 2 feet, 5 inches x Width 8 feet, 0 inches x Depth 3 feet, 9 inches - With one leaf removed
Height 2 feet, 5 inches x Width 6 feet, 0 inches x Depth 3 feet, 9 inches - With both leaves removed
Height 3 feet, 1 inch x Width 1 foot, 10 inches x Depth 1 foot, 8 inches - Armchair
Height 3 feet, 1 inch x Width 1 foot, 9 inches x Depth 1 foot, 8 inches - Chair
William Tillman was making fine reproduction furniture from the 1970's until his retirement at the end of the 1990's and his work is considered to be of the highest quality and collected throughout the world. It has been sold in all of the famous London Stores including Harrods, Peter Jones and Maples and will almost certainly be considered important antique furniture of the future.
Every piece of furniture was produced with the utmost skill and knowledge to ensure that the finished article would bear the most critical comparison with the original. Whilst the polish used was resistent to heat and water, the finished surface has a wax patination similar to that found on early furniture.
Tillman pieces won the British Furniture Manufacturers, Showpiece of the Year award in three consecutive years.
Thomas Sheraton - 18th century furniture designer, once characterized mahogany as "best suited to furniture where strength is demanded as well as a wood that works up easily, has a beautiful figure and polishes so well that it is an ornament to any room in which it may be placed." Matching his words to his work, Sheraton designed much mahogany furniture. The qualities that impressed Sheraton are particularly evident in a distinctive pattern of wood called "flame mahogany."
The flame figure in the wood is revealed by slicing through the face of the branch at the point where it joins another element of the tree.
Angelica Kauffman, RA (1741 - 1807)
was a Swiss-born Austrian Neoclassical painter who had a successful career in London and Rome. Though born as "Kauffmann", Kauffman is the preferred spelling of her name in English; it is the form she herself used most in signing her correspondence, documents and paintings.
While Kauffman produced many types of art, she identified herself primarily as a history painter, an unusual designation for a woman artist in the 18th century. History painting, was considered the most elite and lucrative category in academic painting during this time period. Under the direction of Sir Joshua Reynolds, the Royal Academy made a strong effort to promote history painting to a native audience who were more interested in commissioning and buying portraits and landscapes.
Despite the popularity that Kauffman enjoyed in British society and her success as an artist, she was disappointed by the relative apathy that the British had towards history painting. Ultimately she left Britain for the continent, where history painting was better established, held in higher esteem and patronized.
The works of Angelica Kauffman have retained their reputation. By 1911, rooms decorated with her work were still to be seen in various quarters. At Hampton Court was a portrait of the duchess of Brunswick; in the National Portrait Gallery, a self-portrait. There were other pictures by her at Paris, at Dresden, in the Hermitage at St Petersburg, in the Alte Pinakothek atMunich, in Kadriorg Palace, Tallinn (Estonia).
is a hard and durable wood with a satinlike sheen, much used in cabinetmaking, especially in marquetry. It comes from two tropical trees of the family Rutaceae (rue family). East Indian or Ceylon satinwood is the yellowish or dark-brown heartwood of Chloroxylon swietenia.
The lustrous, fine-grained, usually figured wood is used for furniture, cabinetwork, veneers, and backs of brushes. West Indian satinwood, sometimes called yellow wood, is considered superior. It is the golden yellow, lustrous, even-grained wood found in the Florida Keys and the West Indies.
It has long been valued for furniture. It is also used for musical instruments, veneers, and other purposes. Satinwood is classified in the division Magnoliophyta, class Magnoliopsida, order Sapindales, family Rutaceae.
Our reference: 08947
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