Flashback Friday: The Grosvenor House Art & Antiques Fair

Today we are taking a step back in time to look at one of London's most storied and renowned art fairs, the Grosvenor House Art & Antiques Fair. The Grosvenor House Art & Antiques Fair was founded in 1934 and became a highlight of the London art world until 2009.  The art fair ran every … Continue reading Flashback Friday: The Grosvenor House Art & Antiques Fair

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Irresistibly Irish : A George II Mahogany Armchair

We have looked at Irish furniture in the past on this blog, focusing on the qualities and idiosyncrasies that characterise Irish furniture.  Today we are focusing on one of our latest acquisitions: A George II Irish mahogany armchair. This chair features several hallmarks of Irish design, including the intricate interlaced and pierced back splat, carved … Continue reading Irresistibly Irish : A George II Mahogany Armchair

The Art of Aubusson: The History of the Renowned Textile Workshops

The history of Aubusson textiles dates back to the 14th century.  The town of Aubusson is located in the La Marche area of France, which is located at the base of the Creuse River.  It was inhabited as early as the Iron Age, and remains from the Gallo-Roman period leave evidence of a thriving and … Continue reading The Art of Aubusson: The History of the Renowned Textile Workshops

Classicism at its Finest: A George III Mahogany Armchair

Today we are sharing a marvellous specimen chair: the quality of the carving is quite magnificent, and the mahogany is of the most wonderful colour.  The distinctive carving of the anthemion, or honeysuckle, on the back splat is a hallmark of the neo-classical movement that was used by Robert Adam, James Wyatt, and other notable … Continue reading Classicism at its Finest: A George III Mahogany Armchair

The Story Behind a Nickname: Hugh William ‘Grecian’ Williams

Hugh William Williams (1773-1829) was a Scottish painter known for his depictions of landscapes.  He began his artistic career training under David Allan and Alexander Nasmyth.  He later befriended J. M. W. Turner, who was an important influence as well as an admirer of Williams' work He received the nickname 'Grecian Williams' after his extensive … Continue reading The Story Behind a Nickname: Hugh William ‘Grecian’ Williams

French Fantasies Come to Life: The Designs of Charles Percier

Charles Percier was a French neoclassical architect and designer known for his bold and dramatic interiors.  He championed the Empire style and worked as the official architect to the Emperor Napoleon along with his contemporary Pierre-François Léonard Fontaine.  His Arc du Carrousel can still be seen at the entrance of the Tuileries Garden in Paris. … Continue reading French Fantasies Come to Life: The Designs of Charles Percier

Magnificent Meissen: A Serpent-Handled Vase from the Famed European Workshop

The Meissen porcelain factory is one of the most famous porcelain manufacturers in Europe: Meissen was founded in 1710 at Albrechtsburg castle in the town of Meissen at the instruction of Augustus the Strong, Elector Prince of Saxony and King of Poland. He established the factory after the discovery of hard-paste porcelain in the early … Continue reading Magnificent Meissen: A Serpent-Handled Vase from the Famed European Workshop