French Consoles

Curved Empire Desk & Bookcase Desk: 94" wide x 25" deep x 29 1/2" tall Bookcase: 136" wide x 46" deep x 105" tall Very unusual 19th century French Empire curved mahogany desk with six drawers, bronze d'ore and patinated bronze stylized cheetahs, and leather top. With matching curved mahogany bookcase with open shelves above 4 doors and 4 drawers decorated with bronze d'ore Empire mounts.

Louis XV Desk Signed by "H Dasson" 78" wide x 37 1/2" deep x 30 1/4" tall French 19th century Boulle Louis XV Bureau plat with ormolu mounts and gold tooled leather top. Signed by "H Dasson"

Louis XV Center Table 64 3/4" long x 38" deep x 29 1/2" tall French 19th century Louis XV carved gilt wood center table with contoured marble top

One of a Pair of Louis XVI Painted Consoles 47 1/2" wide x 20 1/2" deep x 35 1/2" tall Pair 19th century carved and painted Louis XVI consoles with marble tops

Painted Regence console with marble top 83 1/2" long x 21 1/2" deep x 36" tall Painted Regence console with marble top

Napoleon III Gold Leaf Console 59" wide x 18 1/4" deep x 37 1/2" tall Beautifully carved Napoleon III gilt wood console with breche violet marble top. Circa 1870

Chinoiserie Chest Stamped "Dasson" 55" wide x 23" deep x 38 3/4" tall Exquisite black laquer Chinoiserie Louis XVI commode with bronze d'ore mounts and Amarillo marble top; stamped "Dasson" Circa 1890

Don’t let a tick make you sick

Hiking. Gardening. Exploring nature. While enjoying the great outdoors this summer, savor the sunshine and s'mores, but be sure to guard against a little traveler looking for a free ride and a cheap meal: the tick.

May, June and July are prime months for tick bites. This eight-legged arachnid — not an insect, but a member of the scorpion, spider and mite family — is often found in or near wooded areas. It attaches itself to another animal or human by dropping from its perch or grabbing on when brushed up against in tall grass or shrubs and sucks the blood of its host. A tick bite may transmit one of a number of common diseases, including Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever and tularemia. That’s why it’s important to be extra careful.

The best way to protect yourself from tick-related illness is to avoid tick bites, so here are a few tips when you suspect ticks are in the area:

*Wear a long-sleeved shirt and long pants.
*Pull your socks over your pant legs — apologies to the fashion conscious among you — to prevent them from climbing up your legs.
*Tuck your shirt into your pants.
*Apply bug spray with 20 percent DEET to your clothes and to any skin not protected by clothing, but do not spray skin underneath clothes.
*Wear light colors. It’s much easier to spot a tick that way.
*Walk in the middle of the trail to avoid woods, tall grass, bushes and piles of leaves.
*Check your clothes for ticks before going indoors. Wash clothes with hot water and dry them on high for one hour or more if you find a tick on you.
*Check your skin for ticks after being outside.

And what if you find a tick? Don’t panic. Here are some steps to follow:

*Remove the tick with very fine tweezers, grabbing the tick close to the skin.
*Wear gloves or use a tissue to protect yourself from tick juices.
*Slowly pull the tick straight up, checking to see that there's nothing left of the tick in the skin.
*Wash your hands thoroughly or use a hand sanitizer.
*Disinfect the tick bite area with an antiseptic.
*In the next few weeks, watch for fever, headache, fatigue or rash.
*If one of the above symptoms appears, see your doctor as soon as possible.

Last but not least, don't forget to check pets for ticks. Not only can ticks pose harm to your pets, but your pets can also carry ticks into your home. Learn more about ticks and how to prevent diseases spread by ticks on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Web site.

Enjoy your walk in the woods, but don't let a tick make you sick.

Eagle Creek

Last weekend, I went on a 3-day backpacking trip with some friends. We endured rain, snow, difficult river crossings and a vicious mouse attack, but managed to have a good time nevertheless. Here are a few pictures:

Punchbowl falls

Tunnel falls

Basalt cliffs

Apparently mice like cheese!


I am a label reader. Whenever I'm thinking about buying food in a box, which is rare, I typically read the whole label to look for sinister ingredients. So when I got a booster vaccine for tetanus last week, naturally I asked for the product information.

Along with a nice dose of tetanus and diphtheria toxoids, my medial deltoid received 0.28 mg of aluminum, up to 0.3 micrograms of mercury, and up to 100 micrograms of "residual formaldehyde". I got the vaccine because I like being able to chew, but I wasn't able to lift my arm for several days. I don't know if that was due to an immune response to the tetanus and diphtheria (probably) or if it was caused by the aluminum, mercury and formaldehyde they injected into my arm.

We work with formaldehyde in my lab, and I can tell you it is not to be messed with. I had to take an entire training course just to use it, during which I learned that if there's enough of it to smell, it's toxic. 0.1 parts per million in the air is enough to cause a burning sensation in the mucous membranes. We always use it in the fume hood. Formaldehyde is a toxin, a carcinogen, and a teratogen (causes birth defects). So I'm sure you'll understand why I wasn't too happy about having 100 ug of it injected into my body.

I'm not criticizing the concept of vaccines, I just wish they'd make more of an effort to clean them up!

Metal Display Shelves

Sturdy and Stylish, Great Shelves That'll Last

Metal display shelves combine style and grace with strength and durability. It used to be that metal shelves were only built to be boring, gray storage units. We've come a long way, though, and today you can find great eye-catching metal shelving units that would look great in your living room or den. Metal shelves have another advantage, though over wood or glass shelves, many models can be put outside as well. Metal display shelves are being used more and more in gardens and on outside decks for decoration and display.

Whether you are interested in all-metal display shelves, or a metal unit that incorporates glass, metal shelves are built to last, and also enhance your home.

Exercise Didn't Keep Us From Getting Fat

One of the surprising things I noticed when I was poring over data from the NHANES survey (US CDC National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey) from 1975 to 2006 is that the number of inactive people has diminished in that same time period from 50% to 24%. This is shocking to most people. We have this romanticized idea that in the 1970s people were more active, as if everyone chopped wood and walked 15 miles to work in the morning. The reality is, there were office jobs, housewives and cars without the large numbers of runners and gym-goers we have today.

Granted, NHANES data are self-reported and should be taken with a grain of salt. However, Chris at Conditioning Research pointed me to a study looking at changes in energy expenditure from the 1980s to the present in North America and Europe. It doesn't suffer from the same biases because it's based on direct measurement rather than self-reporting. Here's the executive summary: we're expending slightly more energy than we used to, partly because we exercise more and partly because it takes more energy to move our heavier bodies around.

I'm certainly not blaming the obesity problem on an increase in physical activity, but I do think we can safely rule out inactivity as the reason we've gotten fatter. In my mind, this only leaves one major possible cause for the obesity epidemic: changes in diet. Don't get me wrong, I think exercise is good. It has numerous positive effects on physical and mental health. But it's not as powerful of a tool for fat loss and general health as diet.

Anecdotally, I do know several people who lose fat when they exercise regularly. I also know some who don't lose fat when they exercise. Exercise and a healthy diet converge on some of the same metabolic pathways, such as sensitivity to insulin. But diet changes are far more effective than exercise at correcting metabolic problems. The reason is simple: the problems a person corrects with a good diet are caused by a poor diet to begin with.

Railway Echo No 8

My blog has been neglected for a few days because I have been locked away in the library wing at Ashley Towers trying to find a definitive answer to the question of what these structures are. A succession of girls climbed library ladders and scoured the shelves to bring me volume after volume of railway books with the relevant pages earmarked with old luggage labels, but to no avail. Just north of Hallaton in Leicestershire the trackbed of the old Market Harborough to Marefield Junction railway line crosses the fields, and in two adjacent meadows are these ramps leading down to stone basins filled with brackish water. Both are of substantial size, with parapets built of the classic blue engineering brick used on the nearby bridges and cattle creeps. The top structure is next to the embankment, the one above further out in a pasture. A farmer friend leans towards them being sheep washes (some springs on the Ordnance map are named thus), but one of my girl assistants is worried by this, saying that the traffic management of the sheep would be made easier if there were separate entrances and exits. They may of course be simply rather over-the-top water troughs utilising existing springs. Whatever they are, I believe the railway built them (in the late 1870s) for farmers deprived of land and watering facilities in the laying down of the trackbed. So, looks like another afternoon locked in the library with the girls.

Perf Boxes

Designer: Eric Pfieffer

Flexible storage made nice! Stack two to four rotating boxes "Perf"ectly. A permanent item at the SFMoMA and defining contemporary furniture.


A flexible solution to your storage needs, these finely crafted Perf boxes stack and rotate independently and are free from hardware. It is birch plywood and available in two, three, and four stack towers with casters.

Fits books and LPs too!


Birch plywood

Ideas for shelving 2011

Designer: Plushpod

The Float wall shelves are wall mounted shelves with no visible hardware or brackets. They are thick and substantial and define "less is more" - a pleasant design element!


The modern floating wall shelves are a fantastic design solution for modern shelving needs. These shelves hang off the wall and create a floating impression and are very pleasant to the eye being 2 inches thick and quite substantial. The shelves are available in 3 different widths which allows you to create your own personalized shelving space. It is very simple in design and yet very functional.Float modern floating shelves consist of a metal bracket that is anchored to the wall with screws.

The brackets stick out and the shelves slide onto this bracket and holds very firmly.


wood with wood veneer and metal interior brackets

Domino Shelving Units

Designer: Plushpod

The Domino shelving units are functional, stacking, and modular shelves that stand alone or can stack at varied heights and width to create unique shelving units and versatile configurations.


The Domino Shelving Units from the Tema Collection are modern shelving units with one L shaped unit as pictured above on the rightside thumbnail. One Domino measures one domino: 63" long x 27" high (at the highest point) x 17" deep - this may be layed on its side or stood upward. Stack 2, 3, 4, or more to create varied room-scapes to house your shelving needs. They are priced per piece below and in general configurations. You can create a regular shelving unit with varied compartments or a space for a flatscreen and other media components. This is modern versatility at its best. Clean lines and minimal design create a modern atmosphere in any living space.


wood veneer on fibre board


Cherry - (natural light brown), Wenge - (dark chocolate brown), White - (true paper white)

Conceal Bookshelf

Designer: Miron Lior for Umbra

Hey dude, are your books floating? No, it is just a unique and attractive wall display called the Conceal Bookshelf!

Description:Conceal bookshelf in powder coated steel. Your books will appear to be floating in mid-air, because this bookshelf is invisible behind a stack of books.Screw the Invisible Bookshelf into a wall stud with the included hardware. To stack your books, place the back cover of the bottom book between the bottom of the shelf and the small lips beneath the shelf, then organize the rest of


Powder coated steel

Antiques Bedroom Furniture

Victorian Birds Eye Maple Bedroom Suite ca 1890

The wardrobe has a moulded cornice above two small cupboard doors (the interior has one removable shelf) and three small over one large deep drawer. All the drawers have original brass rococo handles. The piece has its original bevelled full length mirror, the interior has a brass hanging rail and hooks, and the piece splits into four sections for ease of removals. Height 218cms/86inches Width 150cms/59inches Depth 59cms/23inches

The chest of drawers has a rectangular moulded top above two over three graduating drawers with original brass rococo handles, stands on beautiful shaped bracket feet and has original backboards, unusually the piece splits into two sections for ease of removals. Height 102cms/40inches Width 107cms/42inches Depth 47cms/18.5inches

The dressing table has a shield shaped bevelled mirror above two jewellery drawers and central shaped shelf. The lower section has a rectangular moulded top above a central drawer with kneehole, flanked by two smaller drawers and all have original brass rococo handles. The piece stands on four tapering lags with spade feet and original brass and porcelain castors. Height 170cms/67inches Width 122cms/48inches Depth 56cms/22inches

What is That Piece of Furniture Called?

by Bob Brooke

Do you sometimes get confused with furniture names? If you’re a collector of antiques, you probably have found that the same name can often refer to several different kinds of furniture. If you’re just starting to collect antiques, you’re probably just downright confused. Furniture was named in two ways: After its use or after its maker or manufacturer. Knowing that will help you in purchasing older pieces that may have names that seem strange to you today, for over time many furniture names have changed through use and have become part of the vernacular of English.
For instance, Lambert Hitchcock of Hitchcocksville, Connecticut, created the first mass-produced chair which today bears his name. The Boston rocker originated in a cabinetmaker’s shop in Boston. The davenport, a small desk with a hinged lid that opens out for writing, was originally made by William Davenport. Later, a large sofa which sometimes converted into a bed also became known as a davenport.
In colonial days, a bed meant a featherbed or mattress. The frame was known as a bedstead. Mirrors were known as looking glasses. A chest with four or more drawers was known as a high-daddy.
One of the oddest pieces of furniture is the commode. Initially a French chest of drawers on legs, later called a chiffonier and moved to refer to a movable washstand, with basin, waste pipe, etc. to a piece of furniture containing a chamber pot. Finally, the name became a pseudo-intellectual name for the common toilet.
Sofa, couch, love seat, or divan–all refer to the same type of seating. Or do they? A couch was actually a bed, from coucher, the French word meaning to lie down. A settee was an elongated armchair that accommodated two or more people. Developed in the 17th century, it was often upholstered.
A love seat was and still is a long seat consisting of two seating cushions and intended to accommodate two people. Anything with more than two cushions was called a sofa.
The sofa’s origins appear to stem from the French day-bed, referring to any type of elongated seating, including the chaise longue, or “long chair,” designed for resting rather than sleeping. It usually had a raised end. While most early sofas were upholstered, springs weren’t used in them until the early 19th century.
An ottoman was an upholstered footstool or low bench without arms or back, named after the Turkish influence of the early 18th century.
Case furniture, that is furniture used for storage, came in all sorts of forms. The trendy armoire was originally a large mobile cupboard or wardrobe featuring doors and shelves for clothes storage. A German variation was known as a kas. A more modern version, also containing drawers, came to be called a wardrobe.
Chests also came in many varieties. Originally a piece of squared furniture with drawers, it became known as a commode to the French. A variation used a desk, featuring a fall-front, a cylinder front or a tambour (roll-top) was called a bureau. A low English chest of drawers on long legs was known as a lowboy and later as a dressing table. By mounting a chest of drawers on top of it, it became a highboy, from the French haut bois which means "high wood."
Dining rooms had a sideboard, a table with a wide drawer at the center flanked by drawers or cupboards on the sides and made to be used against a dining room wall for storing and serving food. Sideboards began as credenzas, a serving table with a cupboard below the surface, in the 15th Century. In the 16th Century, an upper, recessed tier was added. This was also known as a “dresser,” where dishes were dressed before serving. Today, this piece of furniture is commonly called a buffet, based on its use as a vehicle for self-serve dinners.
Today’s china closet was originally called a vitrine, a cabinet with a glass door. The sides and top were often also of glass, and it was designed to store and display china and curios.
Lastly, to keep milk and freshly-baked pies protected from flies, simple cupboards, known as pie and milk safes, with doors fitted with decorative, pierced tin panels to let the air circulate through them, were popular from the 1820's to after the Civil War.

To read more articles by Bob Brooke, please visit his Web site

Antiques Bedroom Furniture