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Fun Facts about Chairs

Did You Know........? The Word chair comes from the latin 'cathedra' which means to sit. The first chair dates back to the times of Ancient Egypt, around 5000 years ago Rush seating is a VERY old craft, examples have been found in the tombs of egypt. Chairs didn't become popular until the 16th century, before that people used to sit on the floor. Thonet's No: 14 Bentwood, the classic 'French Cafe' chair was the first mass produced example of flatpack, or KNOCKDOWN furniture.  First produced in 1859, it comprises 6 pieces of wood, ten screws and two nuts and you can fit 36 of them in a cubic metre box. Charles Darwin was the father of the modern office chair,...

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Sarreguemines

Sarreguemines is a commune in the Moselle department of the former region of Lorraine in north easten France. It came under French jurisdiction in 1766 but in 1871 following the Franco-Prussian war it became part of Germany, not returning to France until after the second World War in 1918.  There are many border towns that have hop-scotched between the two countries  over the last few hundred years. Sarreguemines history of ceramics all started in 1790 when Nicholas Jacoby and two partners opened a small earthenware factory in the town of Sarreguemines. Fortune did not smile upon them and in 1800 a young enthusiastic Bavarian, Paul Utzschneider, who had worked for Wedgwood in England, took over the failing company. Paul Utzschneider...

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188

This mark is on our art deco wash jug. We found this piece in a small country hotel that had been shut up for 40-50 years and was now being converted to a home. I am confident that this is the pattern or design number. It would have once been part of a set and the washbowl probably had the full factory mark on it. After many hours of research online I have found only one other jug like this worldwide, it had an accompanying soap dish and had the same design with the mark '188' on the bottom. The soap dish had an uncoloured underglazed mark 'H' on the bottom of it. When I enquired of an antiques colleague...

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Art Deco

  The French call it Années Folles - Crazy Years - and it was. Think of red lipstick and Betty Boop, Jazz and the flapper fashion, that boyish look, streamlined clothes for women, short hair! Années Folles brought us such wonders as French Resistance Agent Josephine Baker and her famous 'Danse Sauvage' wearing a costume that consisted of almost nothing except some artificial bananas. It also brought us Coco Chanel and her designs. Many say it was the "Exposition internationale des Arts Décoratifs et industriels modenes",  the great Art Deco exposition of Paris held in 1925, that launched the Art Deco style on the rest of the world. However in France the style started evolving very early in 1900, the original exposition...

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