Exhibition Spotlight: A George II Armorial Hall Chair from Anne Bassett of Haldon House

Today's Great Provenances exhibition spotlight is this very fine George II mahogany armorial hall chair attributed to William Hallett.  The scallop-shaped, rippled and paper-scrolled back is centred with the coat of arms of Anne Basset framed in an elaborate cartouche decorated with scrolls, lambrequins, and a carved cherub’s mask. The  outswept scrolled arms on spreading supports … Continue reading Exhibition Spotlight: A George II Armorial Hall Chair from Anne Bassett of Haldon House

Exhibition Spotlight: The Hagley Hall Side Chairs

Our exhibition spotlight today is this outstanding pair of George III carved mahogany and upholstered side chairs, attributed to the Royal cabinet-makers William Vile and John Cobb.  The serpentine-shaped upholstered backs and seats are above wonderful carved seat frames and exaggerated cabriole legs terminating in scroll feet.  The carving is of exceptional quality and crispness. … Continue reading Exhibition Spotlight: The Hagley Hall Side Chairs

Exhibition Spotlight: A George III Rosewood Writing Table from Sudeley Castle

Today's highlight from our summer exhibition, Great Provenances: Exceptional Antiques from Notable Collections, is a very fine George III Regency rosewood and brass-mounted double-sided library writing table in the manner of John McLean.  The rectangular gilt-tooled leather-lined top features re-entrant corners above a frieze with two drawers on one side, and two dummy-drawers on the reverse.  The … Continue reading Exhibition Spotlight: A George III Rosewood Writing Table from Sudeley Castle

Exhibition Spotlight: A Pair of Chinese Reverse Glass Paintings from the Collection of Clive of India

Our exhibition, Great Provenances: Exceptional Antiques from Notable Collections, is now in full swing.  Today, we are delighted to share this outstanding pair of mid 18th century Chinese reverse glass paintings, once belonging to Clive of India. Each reverse glass paintings is beautifully painted in the finest details, one featuring a spectacular pair of pheasants in a rocky … Continue reading Exhibition Spotlight: A Pair of Chinese Reverse Glass Paintings from the Collection of Clive of India

Exhibition Spotlight: A Worcester Cup and Saucer by James Giles from Saltram

We continue our series highlighting pieces from our exhibition Great Provenances: Exceptional Antiques from Notable Collections with an extremely rare Worcester teacup and saucer from the atelier of James Giles. The teacup and saucer are superbly painted in green monochrome on a pure white ground, with figures in classical landscapes, a gilt dentil border, a solid … Continue reading Exhibition Spotlight: A Worcester Cup and Saucer by James Giles from Saltram

Exhibition Spotlight: A Pair of George III Giltwood Tables from Wilton

Today marks the opening of our summer exhibition, Great Provenances: Exceptional Antiques from Notable Collections. Throughout the exhibition, we will be sharing pieces from the exhibition on this blog with detailed photographs of the pieces themselves and the collections where they have come from to provide context, history, and character. We are starting with an exceptional … Continue reading Exhibition Spotlight: A Pair of George III Giltwood Tables from Wilton

Flashback Friday: Last Summer’s Exhibition, ‘Gilded’

As we prepare for the opening of our summer exhibition, Great Provenances: Exceptional Antiques from Notable Collections, we thought it was fitting to have a brief travel back to last summer when we hosted our exhibition, Gilded: Golden Treasure of Georgian Furniture.     For the exhibition last summer, we ran a series entitled 'Anatomy of an Exhibition.'  … Continue reading Flashback Friday: Last Summer’s Exhibition, ‘Gilded’