Designer Spotlight: Sophie Ashby of Studio Ashby

Our next Designer Spotlight, Sophie Ashby of Studio Ashby, has a fascinating background.  Sophie grew up between South Africa and the UK, and at the young age of 25 she set up her interior design practice.  Sophie's projects reflect her personality with an eye for incorporating art throughout her interiors, whether it be traditional or … Continue reading Designer Spotlight: Sophie Ashby of Studio Ashby

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Flashback Friday: The Grosvenor House Art & Antiques Fair

Today we are taking a step back in time to look at one of London's most storied and renowned art fairs, the Grosvenor House Art & Antiques Fair. The Grosvenor House Art & Antiques Fair was founded in 1934 and became a highlight of the London art world until 2009.  The art fair ran every … Continue reading Flashback Friday: The Grosvenor House Art & Antiques Fair

Irresistibly Irish : A George II Mahogany Armchair

We have looked at Irish furniture in the past on this blog, focusing on the qualities and idiosyncrasies that characterise Irish furniture.  Today we are focusing on one of our latest acquisitions: A George II Irish mahogany armchair. This chair features several hallmarks of Irish design, including the intricate interlaced and pierced back splat, carved … Continue reading Irresistibly Irish : A George II Mahogany Armchair

The Art of Aubusson: The History of the Renowned Textile Workshops

The history of Aubusson textiles dates back to the 14th century.  The town of Aubusson is located in the La Marche area of France, which is located at the base of the Creuse River.  It was inhabited as early as the Iron Age, and remains from the Gallo-Roman period leave evidence of a thriving and … Continue reading The Art of Aubusson: The History of the Renowned Textile Workshops

The Story Behind a Nickname: Hugh William ‘Grecian’ Williams

Hugh William Williams (1773-1829) was a Scottish painter known for his depictions of landscapes.  He began his artistic career training under David Allan and Alexander Nasmyth.  He later befriended J. M. W. Turner, who was an important influence as well as an admirer of Williams' work He received the nickname 'Grecian Williams' after his extensive … Continue reading The Story Behind a Nickname: Hugh William ‘Grecian’ Williams

Tiny Treasure: A George I Green Japanned Dressing Mirror

We are delighted to share a wonderful piece from our collection: this very rare George I green japanned dressing mirror is extremely finely decorated throughout with wonderful gilt chinoiseries on a dark green ground. Despite its diminutive size, the mirror features grand proportions, with the adjustable arched bevelled mirror plate supported by turned finial mounted … Continue reading Tiny Treasure: A George I Green Japanned Dressing Mirror