Every Piece of Furniture Has a Story: A Well-Traveled 18th Century Hand-Carved Corner Cupboard

When Christine came into a collection of gorgeous hand-carved furniture that had been in her family for generations, she knew she had to take special care to keep it around for many more — so she went to Queen Anne Upholstery. Here’s her story:

“My name is Christine Hansen, and I currently live in Bellevue, Washington. I moved here from London, England. About four years ago, my aunt died, and she left everything to the boys except for the furniture and all the worldly goods. The family theory has always been that the pieces were made specifically for the family, because there’s the same hand-carved design on each of the pieces. So we were thinking they were from sometime in the 1700s.

In the 20th century alone, they went to India, and when they got kicked out of India the family was sent to Kenya. When they got kicked out of Kenya they went to Tasmania, and then finally to the Isle of Man, which is between Ireland and England. So [the furniture has] been through tide and storm and who knows what else. 

I love them to bits and I had to find some place that was going to turn them back into the pieces I knew they were. These pieces are very important to me because I became an orphan when I turned 18, and I had only some family in India, and a little bit of family in England, and that was it. So I had never had a presence, I never had a home in the sense I could look at something and know it was mine, or it was part of who I was.

When my aunt died and left me this furniture, I had to take it. It wasn’t a matter of saying, “Oh well, you know we’ll just put it in a local sale,” or whatever. I had to have it because it is part of who I am. 

My favorite piece is the corner cupboard. It was always by a giant fire, so you can imagine the kind of damage the wood had gone through. Today when I came to pick it up, I had never seen the interior detail! The same kind of beautiful cutting on the outside was on the inside, and it was as smooth as silk. It was a new piece, it really felt like it was a new, living piece of wood.

Queen Anne Upholstery was my only choice, and these pieces wouldn’t have survived 300 years if people hadn’t cared for them, and I was not going to let them go. So I had to find someone — and I did, with Queen Anne. They would not let my furniture die, and it’s alive today.”

Every piece of furniture has a story. Let Queen Anne Upholstery help you tell these stories, and keep their history alive. Our expert repair, restoration, and refinishing services can help breathe new life into cherished family heirlooms, brighten the appearance of antique furniture, and keep these pieces alive for many years to come.

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