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

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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

Final Exhibition Spotlight: The Warwick Castle Chairs

Our exhibition, Great Provenances: Exceptional Antiques from Notable Collections, comes to an end today.  And we've saved one of our best exhibition spotlights for last: the Warwick Castle armchairs.  This highly important pair of George II mahogany armchairs is attributed to John Hodson.  The serpentine backs, seats ,and armrests are upholstered in their original early 18th century ‘Genoese’ … Continue reading Final Exhibition Spotlight: The Warwick Castle Chairs

Exhibition Spotlight: A George II Walnut Side Chair from the Collections of the Earls of Lonsdale

Today's Great Provenances exhibition spotlight is a very fine George III walnut side chair attributed to Paul Saunders, the sinuous exaggerated serpentine-shaped and pierced back finely carved throughout with acanthus leaves and hare-bells, the upholstered seat with silk damask, above four superb similarly carved cabriole legs each terminating in exaggerated scroll toes in the ‘French’ taste. This … Continue reading Exhibition Spotlight: A George II Walnut Side Chair from the Collections of the Earls of Lonsdale

Exhibition Spotlight: A George II Silver Soup Tureen by Paul Crespin from Ham House

Our exhibition, Great Provenances, is predominately focused on English furniture from the 18th century.  But we also have several exceptional objects in the exhibition, including this magnificent George II silver soup tureen designed by Paul Crespin, one of the most celebrated goldsmiths of the 18th century.  This tureen was originally made for Lionel Tollemache, 4th Earl … Continue reading Exhibition Spotlight: A George II Silver Soup Tureen by Paul Crespin from Ham House

Exhibition Spotlight: Judge Irwin Untermyer’s Walnut Curule Armchairs

Our Great Provenances exhibition continues through the end of the week, and so will our daily spotlights on individual pieces in the exhibition.  Today we are taking a closer look at a pair of walnut curule form armchairs that were previously in the collection of the esteemed American collector, Judge Irwin Untermyer.  Untermyer famously left his … Continue reading Exhibition Spotlight: Judge Irwin Untermyer’s Walnut Curule Armchairs

Exhibition Spotlight: The Scarlet Japanned Chairs from the Lazcano Suite by Giles Grendey

Today's Great Provenances exhibition spotlight is one of the highlights of our exhibition.  This exceptional pair of George II scarlet japanned chairs comes from one of the most celebrated and elaborate suite of English furniture from the eighteenth century.  Commissioned from the esteemed cabinetmaker Giles Grendey, of London, this extensive suite comprises of at least seventy-seven pieces including … Continue reading Exhibition Spotlight: The Scarlet Japanned Chairs from the Lazcano Suite by Giles Grendey