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

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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

Presenting Flora & Fauna: The Natural World in Antique Furniture & the Decorative Arts

We are delighted to announce the launch of our holiday catalogue, Flora & Fauna: The National World in Antique Furniture & the Decorative Arts.  Since the earliest cave paintings from 25,000 BCE, men chose animals as their first subjects for cave paintings.  From then on, the world of flora and fauna has often dominated artistic depictions … Continue reading Presenting Flora & Fauna: The Natural World in Antique Furniture & the Decorative Arts

The Perfect Pairing: A Pair of Gilt Torcheres & Giltwood Table

In our next instalment of 'The Perfect Pairing,' we are looking at a classic ensemble of furniture from the early 18th century known as a pier set.  This set would include a pair of torcheres which would flank either side of a pier table with a mirror hung above the table.  In the early Georgian … Continue reading The Perfect Pairing: A Pair of Gilt Torcheres & Giltwood Table

Friday is for Females: Elizabeth Gumley

Most, if not all, of the cabinet makers we have focused on in previous posts have been male.  Cabinetmaking was a field dominated by men, but that doesn't mean that there weren't successful and prolific female artisans as well.  Elizabeth Gumley is a perfect example.  Gumley was part of a renowned family of cabinetmakers in … Continue reading Friday is for Females: Elizabeth Gumley

Period Portraits: James Brydges, 1st Duke of Chandos

For our next instalment of Period Portraits, our series looking at interesting historical characters and their artistic patronage, we are highlighting James Byrdges, Duke of Chandos.  Chandos was the first of fourteen children of Sir James Brydges, 3rd Baronet of Wilton Castle, Sheriff of Herefordshire, 8th Lord Chandos. Chandos served as Paymaster-General of John Churchill, … Continue reading Period Portraits: James Brydges, 1st Duke of Chandos

Chippendale’s Chinoiserie: An Exceptional George II Carved Mahogany Chair

In honour of Thomas Chippendale's tercentenary this year, we are delighted to share an outstanding and important George II carved mahogany armchair of the finest quality in the manner of the celebrated cabinetmaker.  Designed in the chinoiserie taste, the back splat is carved with a pagoda cresting and a highly detailed lattice-work back and sides, … Continue reading Chippendale’s Chinoiserie: An Exceptional George II Carved Mahogany Chair