We are starting a new series on the blog entitled ‘The Perfect Pairing’ where we will look at two pieces from our collection that work well together. Whether it is a desk and chair, mirror and chest, or lamp and table, the idea is to demonstrate how antiques from different periods and styles can come together and create a dynamic pair.
We are starting today with a wonderful George III Adam period giltwood bracket paired with an early 18th century Japanese blue and white charger. Since the 18th century, English country houses have always been filled with exotic blue and white porcelain imported from China and Japan. These pieces would have been placed on and around elegant Georgian designs, which were often gilded in the grand drawing rooms.
Brackets are perfect for wall decoration: their three dimensional form adds a sculptural element to the often flat plane of the wall, and they are ideal for holding precious objects, particularly ceramics.
We have displayed blue and white porcelain on giltwood brackets at a previous LAPADA Art & Antiques Fair–have a look at the left-hand wall.
Stay tuned for more Perfect Pairings in future posts, and do feel free to suggest any pairings you would like to see!