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

France, Rome, and England: A Trio of Design Inspiration

We are delighted to share this superb quality George III Chippendale period carved mahogany open armchair that reflects English craftsmanship with inspiration from both Roman and French design sources.  The rectangular padded back, arms, and seat are upholstered in floral gros-point needlework, and the acanthus and shell-carved frame on foliate-cabriole legs terminate in scroll feet. … Continue reading France, Rome, and England: A Trio of Design Inspiration

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

A Rare Treasure: A George II Japanned Pier Mirror Attributed to Giles Grendey

We have always loved 18th century japanning: we held an exhibition on japanning at the gallery in the past.  Today we wanted to share an exceptionally rare large George II green japanned pier mirror attributed to Giles Grendey.  The beveled mirror plates in two parts are surrounded by a magnificently decorated shaped frame profusely decorated … Continue reading A Rare Treasure: A George II Japanned Pier Mirror Attributed to Giles Grendey

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

Flora & Fauna Catalogue Highlight: A Japanese Black and Gilt Lacquer Cabinet on Stand

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