400th Anniversary for Arita Ware

Technically, we are a year late.  Arita ware, also known as Arita-yaki, has its origins in 1616, when a Korean farmer, Yi Sam-pyeong, discovered white clay kaolin in Arita and used it to create Japan's first porcelain.  Arita was the first place to produce ceramics in Japan. After the discovery, a number of kilns opened … Continue reading 400th Anniversary for Arita Ware

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Take a Closer Look: A George II Walnut Gainsborough Chair

We recently did a post highlighting the importance of viewing furniture, and in particular chairs, from different angles.  One of the chairs we focused on was a wonderful George II walnut gainsborough chair attributed to Giles Grendey.  Today we are going to take a closer look at this chair and its stylistic influences and historical … Continue reading Take a Closer Look: A George II Walnut Gainsborough Chair

The Seat of Power: The Curule Form & Its Origin

You may not be familiar with the term curule, but you will no doubt be familiar with the furniture made in the curule form.  The history behind this furniture is fascinating, and the way that the furniture has evolved throughout time provides an interesting timeline that is still evolving. Curule is defined as a something … Continue reading The Seat of Power: The Curule Form & Its Origin

When William Kent and William Hogarth Collide: An Exceptional George II Mahogany Longcase Clock

Today is the story of two Williams--William Kent, the renowned designer and architect attributed with the Palladian Revival, and William Hogarth, an English painter whose name is synonymous with English satire in Georgian art. We recently acquired a George II mahogany longcase clock in the manner of William Kent.  The case is constructed in a … Continue reading When William Kent and William Hogarth Collide: An Exceptional George II Mahogany Longcase Clock