Throughout the 18th century the furniture produced in England and that made in Continental Europe was largely subject to the same changes in taste and fashion. Although there are always exceptions to the rule, it is fair to say that it was normally the French ébénistes who led the way and the fashions from Paris … Continue reading An English Commode in the French Taste
Author: Mackinnon Fine Furniture
The Tallboy or Chest-on-Chest – a versatile and decorative storage solution!
The tallboy or chest-on-chest was a perennially popular piece of furniture throughout the 18th century, first making its appearance in the late Queen Anne period (c. 1710) as the earlier William and Mary period chest on stand evolved in what was known at the time as a "double chest"- to distinguish it from a cabinet-on-chest. … Continue reading The Tallboy or Chest-on-Chest – a versatile and decorative storage solution!
Small and Very Desirable….Early 18th Century Bureau Cabinets
One of the wonderful things about dealing in antique furniture is that it is often possible to trace the evolution of a particular style by referring to pieces we have handled over the years. It is sometimes also possible to compare those pieces side by side in the gallery at the same time which is … Continue reading Small and Very Desirable….Early 18th Century Bureau Cabinets
Attributions may change but Quality always endures
The study of English antique furniture is an ever-evolving field and new discoveries are made every year which shed new light on cabinet-makers and their work, sometimes leading to radical re-evaluations of styles and the dating and attribution of individual pieces. The systematic study of English antique furniture is a relatively new idea - the … Continue reading Attributions may change but Quality always endures
The Impact of Decorative Furniture
In this post, we will be taking a look at a range of decorative tables, of relatively modern creation, that have been specifically designed to harmonise with 18th century furniture in a variety of interior settings. These are not generally reproductions of antique pieces - instead they offer elegant solutions to problems often faced by … Continue reading The Impact of Decorative Furniture
Anyone for Cards…..?
Fashions in furniture changed constantly throughout the 18th century, and there are certain pieces of furniture that particularly demonstrated these changing trends. Card tables in particular are a very good example. All of the major 18th century design books include examples of card tables and the plenty of them survive to this day. We are … Continue reading Anyone for Cards…..?
The Auspicious Nature of Red and Gold
With Chinese New Year fast approaching (February the 12th), it seems appropriate to study pieces in our collection with links to the Far East through their use of the auspicious colours red and gold/yellow. These colours are particularly linked to the New Year celebrations - and we are used to seeing lanterns decorated in these … Continue reading The Auspicious Nature of Red and Gold
The title of this posting is taken from a Country Life article published on the 10th of June 1911. For many of the great collectors of English furniture, beginning during the early to mid 20thcentury, the most desirable pieces have always been items with carved lions' masks and hairy pawor claw and ball feet. These … Continue reading “Lion” Mahogany
The Allure of Colour and Patina
When assessing the suitability of pieces of antique furniture for their collections, it is very common to hear connoisseurs and collectors talking about the colour and patination of pieces they are considering and, in thispost, we hope to be able to explain these concepts in a little more detail. Firstly, it is important to differentiate … Continue reading The Allure of Colour and Patina
Chippendale and his Director
First issued in 1754, Thomas Chippendale's The Gentleman and Cabinet-Maker's Director was both the first and most influential English furniture design book of the 18th century. Although it is impossible to ascertain how many of the designs contained within the Director were in fact created by Chippendale himself and how many were re-workings of pre-existing … Continue reading Chippendale and his Director