‘Pax tibi Marce’: A Grand Tour Souvenier

Today we are taking a close look at a charming souvenir made in Italy during the Grand Tour.  Beginning in the 18th century, the Grand Tour was the traditional trip taken by young, wealthy English men across Europe, and particularly in France and Italy.  The trip was seen as a culmination of years of education … Continue reading ‘Pax tibi Marce’: A Grand Tour Souvenier

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Birds of a Feather: The History of Birds in Art

In honour of Thanksgiving, we thought it was a fitting time to pay homage to the turkey and his fellow avian friends.  Today we are going to look at the history of depicting birds in art and share a selection of birds found on pieces in our current collection. Birds have always held significance related … Continue reading Birds of a Feather: The History of Birds in Art

A Marquetry Masterpiece: A George III Serpentine Commode attributed to Ince & Mayhew

We are delighted to share a masterpiece of English antique furniture today.  This exceptional George III ormolu mounted serpentine marquetry commode is attributed to Ince & Mayhew, one of the leading cabinetmaking firms of the Georigan era. The serpentine top is centred with a rococo cartouche featuring exquisite floral marquetry on a yewwood reserve, above … Continue reading A Marquetry Masterpiece: A George III Serpentine Commode attributed to Ince & Mayhew

Announcing our Winter Exhibition

We are delighted to announce our upcoming winter exhibition, Looking East: Japanned Furniture of Georgian England, which will take place at the gallery from 27 November to 15 December. The exhibition will feature a curated selection of exquisite 18th century japanned English furniture that highlights the prominence of this trend in the wake of contemporary … Continue reading Announcing our Winter Exhibition