Flora & Fauna Catalogue Highlight: A George II Secretaire Cabinet by John Channon

Today's Flora & Fauna catalogue highlight is a George II secretaire cabinet attributed to John Channon with a brilliant panther mask engraved escutcheon.  Like William Gomm, John Channon was not known in the cannon of furniture history until the second half of the twentieth century.  Noted furniture historians, including R. W. Symonds, identified the incredible quality … Continue reading Flora & Fauna Catalogue Highlight: A George II Secretaire Cabinet by John Channon

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It Runs in the Family: The Incredible Gillows Family of Cabinetmakers

Today we are shining a spotlight on one of the most successful cabinetmaking firms of the 18th and 19th century: Gillows of Lancaster & London.  (For information on other cabinetmakers, look here: Thomas Chippendale, William Gomm, and Pierre Langlois).  The Gillows family firm was established in Lancaster as early as the 1730s.  Throughout the eighteenth … Continue reading It Runs in the Family: The Incredible Gillows Family of Cabinetmakers

Flora & Fauna Catalogue Highlight: A Pair of Cantagalli Wyvern Candlesticks

Today's Flora & Fauna catalogue highlight is this rare pair of candlesticks by Cantagalli. The candlesticks are modeled as wyverns, which are winged two-legged dragons with a barbed tail, and decorated  in a lustre glaze of red on white.  The candlesticks feature Cantigalli marks to the base. These candlesticks were previously with The Fine Art Society, London. … Continue reading Flora & Fauna Catalogue Highlight: A Pair of Cantagalli Wyvern Candlesticks

Flora & Fauna Catalogue Highlight: A Worcester Cup & Saucer with Exotic Birds

Our series highlighting pieces from our recently published Flora & Fauna catalogue continues today.  This extremely rare First Period Worcester coffee cup and saucer features exotic birds and comes from the atelier James Giles.  Each piece is decorated with a central image of colourful exotic birds in a landscape. James Giles and his workshop are often associated with … Continue reading Flora & Fauna Catalogue Highlight: A Worcester Cup & Saucer with Exotic Birds

The Art of Furniture Encyclopedia: Marble

We continue our series of The Art of Furniture Encyclopedia with a material often found in English antique furniture: marble. Marble is the rock formed from a mineral or texture change of sedentary carbonate rocks, usually limestone or dolomite rock, and is most commonly used for sculpture and as a building material.  The natural state … Continue reading The Art of Furniture Encyclopedia: Marble

Flora & Fauna Catalogue Highlight: Carved and Painted Deer with Antlers

It feels fitting to kick off our series of highlights from our newly published catalogue Flora & Fauna with this pair of carved and painted deer with antlers. Deer hold special meaning in many religions and cultures.  In the Buddhist tradition, deer represent harmony, happiness, and serenity.  The Buddha gave his first sermon within the tranquil … Continue reading Flora & Fauna Catalogue Highlight: Carved and Painted Deer with Antlers