Fit for a Queen: A Pair of Chairs for Marie Antoinette

We are excited to share one of our latest acquisitions with you: shown here is a very fine pair of Louis XVI white-painted fauteuils attributed to Jean-Baptiste Séné.  What makes them particularly interesting is that they were almost certainly made for Marie Antoinette at the impressive château of St. Cloud. Each chair features a rectangular … Continue reading Fit for a Queen: A Pair of Chairs for Marie Antoinette

Flashback Friday: A Piece from the Archives

We are no strangers to the social media trend to use 'throwback Thursday' and 'flashback Friday' - and we are happy to jump on the bandwagon to discuss a piece from our collection archive.  We acquired a rare and very fine pair of George III mahogany side chairs, which featured exceptional quality carving of great depth … Continue reading Flashback Friday: A Piece from the Archives

The ABCs of Decorative Arts: Fretwork

We are making good headway through the alphabet of decorative arts, focusing today on the letter F and the term fretwork.  Fretwork is an ornamental design that is carved in low relief on a solid background or cut out with a fretsaw.  The term fretwork derives from the French freter, meaning lattice. Fretwork appears on furniture, both … Continue reading The ABCs of Decorative Arts: Fretwork

Portraiture in Focus: John Hoppner’s Depiction of John Osborn

In a recent post we highlighted a painting by George Romney of Sir Francis Lind.  Today we are continuing our focus on portraiture to examine a portrait by John Hoppner R.A. of Sir John Osborn (1772-1848), which we recently acquired.  We will look at both the artist and sitter in further detail. John Hoppner John … Continue reading Portraiture in Focus: John Hoppner’s Depiction of John Osborn

Designer Spotlight: Thomas Pheasant

We are delighted to present Thomas Pheasant as our next Designer Spotlight feature.  From his impressive Washington, DC studio, Thomas has created timeless interiors for his clients for over thirty years.  And he doesn't stop at interior design--in 2005 Thomas  launched a Studio focused on creating and curating furniture for the modern collector that draws … Continue reading Designer Spotlight: Thomas Pheasant

The Rarest of Them All: A Pair of George II Green Japanned Bureau Bookcases

We are always on the search for the rare, the unique, and the magnificent.  We are delighted to offer this highly important and extremely rare pair of George II green japanned bureau bookcases attributed to Giles Grendey. Each piece features a broken swan neck pediment cresting surmounted by a turned golden finial, the upper section … Continue reading The Rarest of Them All: A Pair of George II Green Japanned Bureau Bookcases