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

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Mackinnon Fine Furniture 2018 Annual Catalogue Now Published

We are delighted to announce that our third annual print catalogue is now published.  The pieces featured in this catalogue have all been chosen for their individual attributes that make English antique furniture so inherently interesting and appealing-in particular, we have concentrated on provenance and attribution, as well as fantastic decoration, design, colour, and patina.  … Continue reading Mackinnon Fine Furniture 2018 Annual Catalogue Now Published

LAPADA Art & Antiques Fair 2018: Best in Show Award

We are delighted to share that our rare pair of George II green japanned bureau bookcases has been awarded 'Best in Show' by the LAPADA Selection Committee. This highly important and extremely rare pair of George II green japanned bureau bookcases is attributed to Giles Grendey. Each bureau features a broken swan neck pediment cresting … Continue reading LAPADA Art & Antiques Fair 2018: Best in Show Award

A History of Japanning in England: Technique & Decoration

We are finishing our series on the history of japanning in England today with a focus on the technique and decoration of japanned furniture.  If you want to catch up on the history of the lacquer trade and the origin of japanning, please look at our previous posts here and here. Technique Ultimately, the Europeans … Continue reading A History of Japanning in England: Technique & Decoration

Antiques Trade Gazette: London Looks at Japanning

We were delighted to have our winter exhibition featured in this week's Antiques Trade Gazette in an article entitled 'The Furniture Crossover Culture.'  The article explores the intersection of Asian lacquer brought over to England from the 17th century and the subsequent imitation of this lacquer by English craftsmen, known as japanning. We hope you … Continue reading Antiques Trade Gazette: London Looks at Japanning

A History of Japanning in England: The Origin of Japanning

We are continuing the discussion of the history of japanning in England today after beginning with an exploration of the lacquer trade last week. The novelty and rarity of the lacquer pieces from China and Japan sparked a desire to recreate these works in Europe. The English referred to their imitations of Asian lacquer as … Continue reading A History of Japanning in England: The Origin of Japanning

A History of Japanning in England: The Lacquer Trade

In honour of our winter exhibition, Looking East: Japanned Furniture of Georgian England, we thought it was the perfect time to look at the history of japanning.  We will share this information over three posts in the coming weeks to coincide with the exhibition. Any history of japanning must start with the lacquer trade. In July … Continue reading A History of Japanning in England: The Lacquer Trade