In the early 18th century or Queen Anne period walnut from Europe was used for finest quality clock cabinets. However this all changed when timbers such as mahogany were transported half way across the world from South America and the West Indies. The rich warm colour and quality of this wood offered the greatest opportunity for fine cabinet makers to master there craft.
Architecture, furniture making and clock making reflect the skills and inspiration of each period of our history. However, it was three of England’s greatest furniture designers, Thomas Sheraton, George Hepplewhite and Thomas Chippendale, of the Georgian period that lead to a distinctively English style of interior furnishings. Wealthy clients demanded furnishing that reflected the fashion of the day and clockmakers responded enthusiastically.
This rich source of exquisite design and craftsmanship continues to be reflected in the products Comitti makes to this day. The skills of master craftsmen such as, veneer preparers who select and match exotic veneers sourced from all parts of the world, marquetry makers who create intricate motifs that are inlaid to decorate the casework, skilled machine operators and cabinet makers are all employed to hand make each cabinet.
The natural beauty of the materials used are enhanced by the processes of hand polishing. The pores of wood are colour matched using stains and then filled using natural wood fillers. This base is then sanded and protected using thin coats of lacquer until the surface has sufficient “body” for pulling over and waxing to achieve a rich natural patina.
These traditional crafts skills honed over 160 years have been combined with the latest technology and methods to improve and protect the quality of our work. Inspirational design and workmanship continues to be the cornerstone of Comitti’s traditional and contemporary clock cabinets.
Left: Cabinet Assembly
Right: Hand Polishing