We looked at the use of marble in art, furniture, and design in a previous post, but today we want to focus on a specific type of marble: fossilised marble. The concept of using marble as tabletops in England came from the Italian precedent and became popular in the 18th century. Although many slabs of … Continue reading Frozen in Time: Fossilized Marble
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
Today's Flora & Fauna catalogue highlight is this exceptional Japanese Edo period black and gilt lacquer cabinet decorated throughout, including the top, with mountain landscape scenes. The cabinet features a pair of doors with copper engraved mounts, hinges, and lock-plates that open to reveal ten drawers of varying sizes similarly decorated with foliage. The interior doors are … Continue reading Flora & Fauna Catalogue Highlight: A Japanese Black and Gilt Lacquer Cabinet on Stand
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
With Christmas only two weeks away, we are happy to share some photographs of our festive holiday window. Do stop by the gallery if you are in the area, and if you are not in London, do be in touch if there is anything that catches your eye!
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
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