It Runs in the Family: The Incredible Gillows Family of Cabinetmakers

Today we are shining a spotlight on one of the most successful cabinetmaking firms of the 18th and 19th century: Gillows of Lancaster & London.  (For information on other cabinetmakers, look here: Thomas Chippendale, William Gomm, and Pierre Langlois).  The Gillows family firm was established in Lancaster as early as the 1730s.  Throughout the eighteenth … Continue reading It Runs in the Family: The Incredible Gillows Family of Cabinetmakers

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Flora & Fauna Catalogue Highlight: Carved and Painted Deer with Antlers

It feels fitting to kick off our series of highlights from our newly published catalogue Flora & Fauna with this pair of carved and painted deer with antlers. Deer hold special meaning in many religions and cultures.  In the Buddhist tradition, deer represent harmony, happiness, and serenity.  The Buddha gave his first sermon within the tranquil … Continue reading Flora & Fauna Catalogue Highlight: Carved and Painted Deer with Antlers

Presenting Flora & Fauna: The Natural World in Antique Furniture & the Decorative Arts

We are delighted to announce the launch of our holiday catalogue, Flora & Fauna: The National World in Antique Furniture & the Decorative Arts.  Since the earliest cave paintings from 25,000 BCE, men chose animals as their first subjects for cave paintings.  From then on, the world of flora and fauna has often dominated artistic depictions … Continue reading Presenting Flora & Fauna: The Natural World in Antique Furniture & the Decorative Arts

Friday is for Females: Elizabeth Gumley

Most, if not all, of the cabinet makers we have focused on in previous posts have been male.  Cabinetmaking was a field dominated by men, but that doesn't mean that there weren't successful and prolific female artisans as well.  Elizabeth Gumley is a perfect example.  Gumley was part of a renowned family of cabinetmakers in … Continue reading Friday is for Females: Elizabeth Gumley

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

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