About the collection
With men like Chippendale, Hepplewhite, and Sheraton setting the style guide, the 18th century became the golden age of the English Cabinetmaker. Their ideas of form, proportion and ornament were translated to furniture of the highest quality. And, the introduction of a new wood, mahogany from the West Indies, provided the perfect material for craftsmen to display their skills. With its extraordinary figure and close graining, Mahogany was truly perfect for both veneering and carving. Readily polished to a warm brown, it would quickly become the King of Woods.
The English Classics Collection presents the most essential forms of the 18th Century in the most complete and accessible way. Meticulously scaled to the homes of our own time, the inherent drama of figured mahogany and a clear hand finish allow us to see familiar forms in a bolder, entirely new light.