Friday Finds: A Look Back at the Archives

A few weeks ago we started a new series called Friday Finds where we take a look back at the archives to learn more about the pieces in our collection.  It is a great way to put a piece in context by showing how it has been represented historically in other print sources. Today we … Continue reading Friday Finds: A Look Back at the Archives

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Reflections on Mirrors: Origins in England

To celebrate the publication of our latest catalogue Mirrors (which you can read here), we will be sharing a few posts that look into the history of mirrors in England from the 17th century onward. Capturing ones reflection dates back to mythology: Narcissus, upon seeing his beautiful reflection in the waters, fell in love with himself and … Continue reading Reflections on Mirrors: Origins in England

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 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

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