Cultural Reflections: Chinese Export Art & Decoration

A pair of Chinese export mirror pictures, Mackinnon Fine Furniture Collection Today we are looking at the history of Chinese export art and decoration that arrived in Europe, beginning in the 17th century and increasing significantly in the 18th century. From the late 1700s an increasing number of British, American, Dutch, Portuguese, French, and Scandinavian … Continue reading Cultural Reflections: Chinese Export Art & Decoration

Winding Back the Time… A Magnificent Japanned Clock

A Georgian Scarlet Japanned Eight Day Clock by Robert Wood Mackinnon Fine Furniture Collection We are delighted to share this magnificent scarlet japanned eight day clock by the London clockmaker Robert Wood. A Georgian Scarlet Japanned Eight Day Clock by Robert Wood Mackinnon Fine Furniture Collection The case is beautifully decorated with scarlet japanning and … Continue reading Winding Back the Time… A Magnificent Japanned Clock

Theodore Deck & His Turquoise Treasures

Joseph-Théodore Deck (1823-91) was a celebrated French potter who ran a successful workshop in Paris for many years in the mid to late 19th century.  This workshop, Joseph-Théodore Ceramique Française, produced ceramics in a variety of styles, including in foreign Iznik and Chinese patterns. One of Deck's greatest legacies is the famed bleu de Deck, which … Continue reading Theodore Deck & His Turquoise Treasures

Celebrating Celadon: A Ceramic History

Celadon is a celebrated type of pottery that originated in Asia and is defined by its distinctive jade green glaze. Although the pottery comes from Asia, the term 'celadon' is European.  It is possible that the 17th century shepherd Celadon in Honoré d'Urfé's L'Astrée is linked to the origin of the term, as he was known for … Continue reading Celebrating Celadon: A Ceramic History