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World of Interiors!

A wonderful project by M Group is featured in, and on the cover of (!), the August issue of World of Interiors. We were lucky enough to have been a part of this project. Tony and Freddy visited the project site, and as the article makes abundantly clear, M Group took great care in selecting their textures, materials and designs. It was a fun, intelligent, and challenging job that fits perfectly with the historic NYC location. Congratulations M Group! 

From World of Interiors, Aug. 2017, one of the Barroux chairs we made for "Mrs. X" in silk velvet. 

From World of Interiors, Aug. 2017, one of the Barroux chairs we made for "Mrs. X" in silk velvet. 

The pair of Barroux chairs in the Victoria & Son studio

The pair of Barroux chairs in the Victoria & Son studio

An in-situ photo of our Barclay's model Louis XV style open armchair. 

An in-situ photo of our Barclay's model Louis XV style open armchair. 

One of a pair of heavily carved Chippendale style console we made on the left hand side of this World of Interiors, Aug. 2017 photo. 

One of a pair of heavily carved Chippendale style console we made on the left hand side of this World of Interiors, Aug. 2017 photo. 

The same consoles, with its marble template and before finishing in our workshop.

The same consoles, with its marble template and before finishing in our workshop.

A photo from World of Interiors, Aug. 2017 featuring our Windsor cove-back chairs, made for M Group 

A photo from World of Interiors, Aug. 2017 featuring our Windsor cove-back chairs, made for M Group 

The Windsor chairs in M Group's cut silk velvet in the Victoria & Son studio

The Windsor chairs in M Group's cut silk velvet in the Victoria & Son studio

A custom circular bergere with 3 seating sections Victoria & Son made for the same project, but not shown in the article. 

A custom circular bergere with 3 seating sections Victoria & Son made for the same project, but not shown in the article. 

A carved eagle form console base by Victoria & Son, based on our model inspired by eagle form torcheres from Versailles, also not shown in the article. 

A carved eagle form console base by Victoria & Son, based on our model inspired by eagle form torcheres from Versailles, also not shown in the article. 

Tables for Alex Papachristidis's Kips Bay 2016

Whenever we have a chance to be part of the Kips Bay Showhouse, we consider ourselves lucky. This year, we were particularly excited when Alex Papachristidis asked up to supply a special pair of our Cole Porter Coffee Tables. What would make these tables special is that, above the parchment lower shelf, would be panels featuring the work of Nancy Lorenz! Ms. Lorenz studied lacquer techniques in Japan and creates amazingly vibrant works. We were not sure if her work had ever been used as a table surface, but like all of Alex's projects, it worked spectacularly well! His final touch was for us to finish the brass frames in a rose-gold tinted lacquer, which bring the tops and the frames together perfectly. Thank you Alex! 

Custom pair of Cole Porter coffee tables by Victoria & Son for Alex Papachristidis featuring the work of Nancy Lorenz

Custom pair of Cole Porter coffee tables by Victoria & Son for Alex Papachristidis featuring the work of Nancy Lorenz

One of a pair of Cole Porter coffee tables by Victoria & Son for Alex Papachristidis featuring the work of Nancy Lorenz

One of a pair of Cole Porter coffee tables by Victoria & Son for Alex Papachristidis featuring the work of Nancy Lorenz

One of a pair of Cole Porter coffee tables by Victoria & Son for Alex Papachristidis featuring the work of Nancy Lorenz

One of a pair of Cole Porter coffee tables by Victoria & Son for Alex Papachristidis featuring the work of Nancy Lorenz

Custom pair of Cole Porter coffee tables by Victoria & Son for Alex Papachristidis featuring the work of Nancy Lorenz in Kips Bay 2016

Custom pair of Cole Porter coffee tables by Victoria & Son for Alex Papachristidis featuring the work of Nancy Lorenz in Kips Bay 2016

Project for Howard Slatkin

We recently found a file of in-situ photos from a wonderful project of Howard Slatkin's which we were a part of. The project was in New Jersey and completed in the late 1990's, one of the last major projects we produced from our old 55th street location. Hope you enjoy them!

A custom vanity based on a Louis XVI commode by Victoria & Son for Howard Slatkin

A custom vanity based on a Louis XVI commode by Victoria & Son for Howard Slatkin

A provincial Louis XV style desk with gold tooled leather fronted cartonier superstructure by Victoria & Son for Howard Slatkin

A provincial Louis XV style desk with gold tooled leather fronted cartonier superstructure by Victoria & Son for Howard Slatkin

A Directorie style mahogany bed with brass inlay details by Victoria & Son for Howard Slatkin

A Directorie style mahogany bed with brass inlay details by Victoria & Son for Howard Slatkin

A pair of Directorie style etageres with brass details and Georgian style coffee table with mosaic marble top by Victoria & Son for Howard Slatkin

A pair of Directorie style etageres with brass details and Georgian style coffee table with mosaic marble top by Victoria & Son for Howard Slatkin

A provincial French Bordelaise style vanity with superstructure by Victoria & Son for Howard Slatkin

A provincial French Bordelaise style vanity with superstructure by Victoria & Son for Howard Slatkin

A custom single pedestal extending dining table and French Empire-style chairs by Victoria & Son for Howard Slatkin

A custom single pedestal extending dining table and French Empire-style chairs by Victoria & Son for Howard Slatkin

A custom Louis XVI style bed and canopy by Victoria & Son for Howard Slatkin

A custom Louis XVI style bed and canopy by Victoria & Son for Howard Slatkin

A Regence style vanity by Victoria & Son for Howard Slatkin

A Regence style vanity by Victoria & Son for Howard Slatkin

A Russian style bar cabinet with crotch mahogany and brass details by Victoria & Son for Howard Slatkin

A Russian style bar cabinet with crotch mahogany and brass details by Victoria & Son for Howard Slatkin

A Bespoke Louis XVI Style Bookcase

We recently completed a custom version of our Louis XVI style bookcase with more restrained decorative detail (compared to the floor model, pictured further below). The client selected brass rosettes from our collection of custom cast brasses to use in the capital and for the keyhole escutcheons. Below are images from the installation as well as the floor model and design sketches for 2 variants of the design. 

Victoria & Son Louis XVI style bookcase, model R650, in mahogany with gold leaf details. 

Victoria & Son Louis XVI style bookcase, model R650, in mahogany with gold leaf details. 

A detail of the finish and custom cast brass rosettes. Victoria & Son

A detail of the finish and custom cast brass rosettes. Victoria & Son

Victoria & Son Louis XVI style Bookcase floor model R650

Victoria & Son Louis XVI style Bookcase floor model R650

A breakfront variation of Victoria & Son model R650, Louis XVI style bookcase

A breakfront variation of Victoria & Son model R650, Louis XVI style bookcase

A variation of Victoria & Son model R650 with open lower cabinets. 

A variation of Victoria & Son model R650 with open lower cabinets. 

Veranda August 2015

Victoria & Son was lucky enough to be included in the July - August issue of Veranda! They featured a custom full-round circular bergere we made a few years ago for M Group. The bergere was actually based on some of our corner bergere designs, which we adapted into a 3 section circular form, which you can see in the computer rendering of the frame below. Researching the design, we discovered a pair of one of the corner bergere designs in a 1950's photo of my Grandfather's apartment in the Dakota. Veranda published this photo, but a fuller version of it is below. He made most of the pieces seen in the image, including the tole flower-form candelabra crawling out of the wall, which of course I want to make now...

Veranda August 2015 cover

Veranda August 2015 cover

Our write-up in Veranda featuring our Godfather-esque photo

Our write-up in Veranda featuring our Godfather-esque photo

A circa 1950 photo  of Fred Victoria's early apartment in the Dakota including a pair of corner bergeres and many other pieces made by his firm.

A circa 1950 photo  of Fred Victoria's early apartment in the Dakota including a pair of corner bergeres and many other pieces made by his firm.

Another corner bergere model in the Louis XVI style 

Another corner bergere model in the Louis XVI style 

The reference sketch from our design library for one of our corner bergere designs, reflecting more of an English style

The reference sketch from our design library for one of our corner bergere designs, reflecting more of an English style

A rendering for the frame of the full-round bergere based on our existing designs. 

A rendering for the frame of the full-round bergere based on our existing designs. 

The finished full-round bergere

The finished full-round bergere

Coffee table for Alexa Hampton

We consider ourselves lucky to be a part of any project. However, when a client comes to us for work in their own home, we must admit to being particularly grateful. Especially when the client relationship goes back a few generations! Alexa Hampton commissioned us to make the coffee table pictured below for her home last year. The most prominent features of the table are hand-carved anthemion on either end of the table. We went through a number of carving models to get to the final one, as you can see below. And we couldn't be happier to see it in such a beautiful home (thank you Architectural Digest)!

Alexa Hampton's home as featured in April 2015 Architectural Digest

Alexa Hampton's home as featured in April 2015 Architectural Digest

Some brass anthemion from our collection of mounts which we used as inspiration for our anthemion design

Some brass anthemion from our collection of mounts which we used as inspiration for our anthemion design

carving notes

carving notes

carving notes 2
An initial carving model with notes

An initial carving model with notes

Assembling the table with the finial carving

Assembling the table with the finial carving

Gold leaf finishing in-process

Gold leaf finishing in-process

The final product

The final product

Source: http://www.architecturaldigest.com/decor/2...

Desk for Lauren Bacall

Bonhams will be holding the estate sale for the late Lauren Bacall on March 31st, 2015 in New York City. You can find the complete catalog here. We were happy to find lot 116, which is a desk our founder, Frederick Victoria provided to his friend and client, Ms. Bacall. This is something Mr. Victoria would have called in the "chateau" taste; a provincial piece that reflected a bit more of the Parisian sophistication than your average provincial piece of furniture. The design is one of a few chateau-style desk designs with a superstructure from our archive. Some of these superstructures have open cubby-style openings, leather fronted "cartonnier" style drawers, or as in the case of this design, wooden drawers and doors. 

Image of Victoria & Son desk 38, from the Bacall estate sale at Bonhams, 3.31.2015

Image of Victoria & Son desk 38, from the Bacall estate sale at Bonhams, 3.31.2015

Victoria & Son file image of Desk 38 model

Victoria & Son file image of Desk 38 model

Blue print and reference sketches for Desk 38 from Victoria & Son design archive 

Blue print and reference sketches for Desk 38 from Victoria & Son design archive 

The unfinished brass mount used on the knees of the legs for Desk 38

The unfinished brass mount used on the knees of the legs for Desk 38

The raw brass mount used at the corners of the desk surface

The raw brass mount used at the corners of the desk surface

Desk 38 with a later mounted cabinet in Lauren Bacall's Dakota Apartment

Desk 38 with a later mounted cabinet in Lauren Bacall's Dakota Apartment


Source: http://www.bonhams.com/auctions/22741/lot/...

New Custom Brass Mounts

We've finally started cataloging some of the brass mounts we use for custom orders and have rediscovered some wonderful models. These are period style brasses that we cast as needed for custom commissions, and alter as needed as well. For example, if a client likes a keyhole escutcheon, we can turn it into a drawer pull if locks are not called for. We even found some porcelain escutcheon sets! We are currently working on the keyhole escutcheon category, which are the examples below. When we get to the sabot, collars, pulls, galleries, etc, we'll be sure to post them as well!

Cabinet for Howard Slatkin

Thank goodness for social media! Tony Victoria produced this cabinet years ago at our old 55th street location for Howard Slatkin. Collaborating with Mr. Slatkin was one of the all-too rare projects when no level of detail was too small to be considered. Truly a great and challenging professional experience. Neither Tony or I have ever seen it in-situ, but perusing Instagram recently we stumbled upon it in Mr. Slatkin's feed! 

Nearly complete in-process snapshot in our previous 55th Street location. 

Nearly complete in-process snapshot in our previous 55th Street location. 

Detail of the match-strike brass and brass rosettes used for this cabinet

Detail of the match-strike brass and brass rosettes used for this cabinet