Eaglemont Antiques brings you the finest pieces of antique furniture from the 18th and 19th century. We acquire stock that has generally been un-tampered with and is in as original condition as we can find, we perform restoration or conservation work where necessary, sympathetic with the age and style of the piece, ensuring that the original patina and look of the furniture, is preserved as much as possible. We believe that an antique should show to a certain extent its age, we do not "over restore" pieces which perhaps could lead to confusion with a modern reproduction.

The furniture listed on this website is a typical sample of our stock. If you are looking for furniture to match a particular style, why not email us with the style of furniture you are looking for, along with the measurements, to enable us to meet your requirements. We will reply by email, with photographs and prices of furniture that could match your style.

In the first half of the 19th century, the mass production of furniture began, using newer, steam-driven woodworking machinery. Since the demand for functional furniture increased after the Industrial Revolution, unskilled labor was used to assemble them rapidly, bringing down the high standards of quality. However, limited quantities of finely-crafted desks continued to be constructed by master cabinet-makers for the homes and offices of the affluent.

At Eaglemont Antiques we look upon antiques as venerable old people to be cherished and cared for.  The ability to place them in their social context,  adds greatly to their beauty enhancing and enriching one’s life experience.  Not only do antiques decorate one’s interior, but also the practice of passing on items to the next generation and acquisition by inheritance can be espoused in environmental circles, as the ultimate form of recycling, and that is why a good restoration service is vitally important.  Eaglemont Antiques recommends AAADA Approved Service Provider, Calmar Restorations - visit their web site : www.calmarrestorations.com.au

RICHARD COSWAY R.A. (1742-1821)

A portrait miniature of a gentleman, wearing blue coat and white shirt, his hair powdered and styled of the period.

Watercolour on ivory
Oval 27 cm high (miniature only)

Set in a waisted, rectangular gold mounted and lined, tortoiseshell snuff box, the oval mount and thumb piece of chased designed (tortoiseshell repaired)

This portrait miniature by Richard Cosway dated from the 1780s, when he was painting portraits to be worn as jewellery or set into boxes. Even on this small scale his masterly prowess is clear, with the folds of the sitter's frilled shirt highlighted with minute brush strokes.

Cosway was the leading portrait miniaturist of the Regency. His most important patron was the young Prince of Wales (later George IV) who he first painted in 1780. During the later eighteenth century he influenced the taste for portrait miniatures among the fashionable elite.

 

18th century tortoisehell and gilt metal box

A beautiful Continental silver gilt & enamel snuff box, the rectangular box with canted corners and engine turned body, the enamelled lid depicting a romantic scene in a landscape with finely enamelled borders

 

 
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