This week I’m in England doing research for my next book, “Campaign Furniture,” and spent today geeking out with Sean and Simon Clarke of Christopher Clarke Antiques – the world’s leading dealer of campaign antiquities.
The Clarke brothers have handled thousands of pieces of campaign furniture built during two centuries of the peak of the British Empire. Even more important, Sean and Simon have been compiling a digital and printed archive of these pieces to fill in the gaping holes of missing knowledge on this enduring furniture style (yes, they are working on a grand opus of a book, but it will take some time).
In the meantime, Sean and Simon were happy to share their thoughts, findings and theories on the style – things that I’ve not seen written down or even discussed by the American dealers I’ve talked to.
Though I took pages and pages of notes for my book, here are a few details (and don’t miss the gallery of photos at the bottom of the page).