Monthly Archives: October 2013

Friend Of The Month, October – Philip Gorrivan

Philip Gorrivan
Philip Gorrivan

This Month, I would like to introduce friend and supporter of Ebury Trading, Philip Gorrivan. With Philip’s recent opening of a London office, it seems like a good time to introduce this exceptionally talented New York Designer.

Philip Gorrivan established his New York-based firm, Philip Gorrivan Design, in 2001, and most recently opened a London office in September 2013. Whether he’s designing a classic Park Avenue apartment, a rambling country house, a downtown loft or a boutique hotel, Philip tailors each project with his clients needs in mind, creating rooms that feel at once both classic and layered as well as tailored and modern. Philip is known for his clever sense of color and a refined eye for objects, art, and furnishings.

His signature encompasses a “classic life” with an “unexpected style”.  While the components may sometimes include antiques, the result is fresh and current- tailored arrangements, attention to open space and scale and the careful balance of soft and bright colors.

In January 2008, Philip launched his first designer fabric collection in conjunction with the Highland Court Division of Duralee, entitled Philip Gorrivan for Highland Court. In January 2011 he introduced his second successful collection for Highland Court, Philip Gorrivan II, and will be introducing other collections in the home category, including wall covering, furniture, lighting, and rugs.

Philip has participated in numerous designer show houses over the past several years, including 2008 Kips Bay Decorator Showhouse in New York City, the Hampton Designer Showhouse in 2006 and 2004, and the 2007 HC&G Idea House in Amagansett, NY.

The firm’s work has been featured in numerous magazines, newspapers, and blogs as well as radio and television.  This includes The New York Times, Architectural Digest, Wall Street Journal, Elle Décor, House Beautiful, and Traditional Home. Additionally, Philip is often a contributing editor for magazines and blogs, including his monthly column in Connecticut Cottages and Gardens, entitled Country Life.

Philip resides in both London and Manhattan with his family and in Litchfield County, CT. He is involved in several charities including DIFFA, Save Venice, The New York Botanical Garden, The Lenox Hill Neighborhood House, The NY School of Interior Design, and the Kips Bay Boys and Girls Club.

Philip Gorivan
Philip Gorrivan

New In – An Exceptional Anglo Indian Rosewood Serpentine Library Table c.1830

Anglo Indian Library Table
Anglo Indian Library Table

An Anglo Indian serpentine library table of exceptional quality in solid rosewood. The intricate carving, which goes fully around & includes two drawers on one side & two ”dummy” drawers on the other, is absolutely superb. The swept cabriole legs terminating in beautiful lion paw feet and brass castors. . .


A truly exceptional & incredibly rare piece, without doubt by an important cabinet maker & includes a carved signature which, according the British Library is in ”Tamil” & reads, they believe  ‘Ū. Ja’. With a wonderful patina, exquisite solid timber & rich colour, the piece is in excellent condition. . . .


c.1830. . .


Measures: 140cm wide x 75cm high x 75cm deep

Anglo Indian Library Table
Anglo Indian Library Table


Russian Furniture

Russian Armchairs

As ET is partly Russian, a little background info on our Russian chairs: . . .

During the second half of the eighteenth century, Russia was to witness an unrivalled program of palace building, particularly under the enlightened rule of Catherine the Great (1762-1796). On June 28, 1762, Catherine dethroned her husband, Peter III, thus beginning a thirty-four year reign that would see her country become not only a modern state, but a power equal to the most significant of her European neighbours.

During her sovereignty, Russian territory expanded, the arts and sciences flourished, and many of the great palaces were built. So significant were the advances made in this period, it would be remembered as “the magnificent age.”

Closely linked to the construction of new palaces in Russia is the history of furniture manufacture. So many luxurious new buildings required appropriate furnishings, but without a significant source in Russia itself, the majority in the early period was imported from Europe. However, once the need was established, Russia would soon develop her own cabinet-making industry, the significant growth of which can be seen in the records of the Lepke sales, held in Berlin on behalf of the Soviet authorities on 6-7 November 1928 and 4-5 June 1929. The number of lots of Louis XV furniture (pre-1770) in Russian sales is three times that of furniture made later, suggesting a significant decline in furniture imports post-1770.

A feature that distinguishes the work of Russian cabinet-makers from their Western counterparts is their departure from strictly neo-classical patterns and designs. While their work does of course refer to these established motifs, their interpretations have a far more intimate and bucolic nature.