Artisanal Beauties

January 27, 2015

Artisanal Beauties.


[ahr-tuh-zuh-nl, ahr-tizuh-]


1.pertaining to or noting a person skilled in an applied art:

The men were taught artisanal skills such as bricklaying and carpentry.

2.pertaining to or noting a high-quality or distinctive product made insmall quantities, usually by hand or using traditional methods:artisanal cheese;

artisanal cheesemakers.


In this time of instant gratification, so many things are designed to be yours at the click of a mouse, to be consumed or manufactured on a production line… swiftly! With this advent of “getting” quickly there is also a strong movement toward handcrafted or rather artisanal. There is something incredibly intimate and marveling in knowing something is hand carved, hammered, painted, finished and so on. An artisan must have such a remarkable sensitivity, knowledge and determination that is simply nothing less that AWE inspiring.

A Silver Bower. The original 19th century Italian.

Silver argento and floral vase hand painted bowfront cabinet.The original 19th century Italian.

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Discovering artistry:

Crushed eggshell inlay, hand-tooling with gold leaf; hand-painting with fine art techniques, the ancient art of gilding and Argento technique involving canvas wrapping, gilding and painting are just a few of the techniques used to create the authentic finishes furnishings. Using traditional tools and techniques handed down through the ages imbue each piece with an air of authenticity and individuality.


Discovering wood:

The craftsmen select wood based on beauty, colour and suitability to each individual piece. They still use traditional furniture making, wood working techniques and materials to ensure enduring quality in every products.


Ray. Eclectic/ modern classic

A fumed figured Eucalyptus and Hyedua veneered media cabinet with three etched brass inlaid sun ray doors.

Theodore Alexander 6105-481 

Discovering etched Brass:

The plain brass and etched tops and panels used on Theodore Alexander furniture require particular care. Each panel has a rich patina created by a process of natural oxidization that leads to the deep coloration.


Discovering Veneer:

With over 50 types of veneer used on our product, we select each piece for figure and colour and exclusively hand cut each piece to create our beautiful surfaces, each a uniquely created work of art.



Brabourne. Inspired by a Regency original, circa 1815.

A mahogany veneered and yew burl banded dresser with a break bowfront.

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Discovering Inlay:

Fine inlay requires the skill of a sculptor, the eye of an artist and the patience of a saint. Each piece of inlay is cut out by hand, whether in brass, stainless steel or mother of pearl. This lends each piece the individuality of the craftsmen who worked on it.


The Opulent East. The original Louis XV.

A handpainted chinoiserie red lacquer serpentine bombé commode

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Discovering Metal:

Time-honoured techniques of lost wax casting, sand casting and wrought iron in its very own foundry. From the hand carved wax to hand polishing and finishing, these processes take time and great care to meet meticulous standards.


I find it comforting to know that today there are still companies where every process and every detail, from a carved chair leg to a table finish or inlay, is executed by hand. That craftsmen employ time-honoured techniques to craft truly beautiful furniture you can fall madly in love with. With Theodore Alexander all surfaces of the furniture are prepared, sanded and finished, even those areas that are not always visible. This includes the undersides, the backs and the inside of the drawer boxes among others. Truly stunning.


Owning a piece of Theodore Alexander furniture is taking comfort in knowing the item can be viewed from any side and that they’ve made the piece using a time-honored, handcrafted method that is the true mark of high quality.


Watch this inspiring video of some of the greatest furniture artisans today.