The ABCs of the Decorative Arts: Inigo Jones

Our next stop on the alphabetic tour through the decorative arts takes us to one of the most celebrated architects of all times, Inigo Jones.  He was the most notable architect in England and was the first person to introduce the architecture of Rome and the Italian Renaissance to Britain. Jones was born in Smithfield … Continue reading The ABCs of the Decorative Arts: Inigo Jones

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Reflecting on Verre Eglomise

Verre eglomisé is a term applied to a process of decorating glass from the reverse with metal foil, usually gold or silver, engraved with pictorial or geometric designs.  The technique was known as early as the 3rd century BC in Alexandria and was widely used throughout the Roman Empire and in early Christian times. The … Continue reading Reflecting on Verre Eglomise

Designer Spotlight: Fawn Galli of Fawn Galli Interiors

We are delighted to feature Fawn Galli of Fawn Galli Interiors as our next Designer Spotlight.  Fawn is no stranger to antique furniture: after living in Paris surrounded by wonderful art and antiques, she worked in the European furniture department at Christie's in New York followed by experience with Robert A.M. Stern and Peter Marino.  … Continue reading Designer Spotlight: Fawn Galli of Fawn Galli Interiors

Happy Birthday to… Us! One Year of Blogging

Today marks the one year anniversary since we started this blog, The Source: Antiques & Their Interiors.  Our first post on February 7, 2017 entitled 'Blue John or Black Jack?' looked at the history of the curious material blue john and its use in English antiques. Since then, we have aimed to provide interesting, useful, and occasionally … Continue reading Happy Birthday to… Us! One Year of Blogging

Behind the Scenes of a Curious Armorial

Today we are taking a close look at one of our most recent acquisitions, a very fine George II mahogany armorial hall chair attributed to William Hallett.  The chairs features a scallop-shaped, frilled, and paper-scrolled back, centred with a scrolled and lambrequinned cherub mask carved coat of arms.  The outswept scrolled arms on spreading supports … Continue reading Behind the Scenes of a Curious Armorial

The Sign of the Chair: Exceptional Antique Chairs & Their Histories

We are delighted to announce the publication of our latest online catalogue, The Sign of the Chair: Exceptional Antique Chairs & Their Histories. The catalogue spans the 18th and early 19th centuries, and the most celebrated cabinetmakers of their time are all represented in these pages, including James Moore, Giles Grendey, William Hallett, Gillows of Lancaster … Continue reading The Sign of the Chair: Exceptional Antique Chairs & Their Histories