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

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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

French Fantasies Come to Life: The Designs of Charles Percier

Charles Percier was a French neoclassical architect and designer known for his bold and dramatic interiors.  He championed the Empire style and worked as the official architect to the Emperor Napoleon along with his contemporary Pierre-François Léonard Fontaine.  His Arc du Carrousel can still be seen at the entrance of the Tuileries Garden in Paris. … Continue reading French Fantasies Come to Life: The Designs of Charles Percier

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

It’s All Greek (or Latin, or Celtic) to Me: The Origin of Furniture Vocabulary Part II

Last spring we looked at the origin of the names of various pieces of furniture, including chair, table, mirror, and clock.  We have also looked at the history of more specific types of furniture, such as the Pembroke table or corner chair in other posts. Today we are offering round two of this etymological adventure.  … Continue reading It’s All Greek (or Latin, or Celtic) to Me: The Origin of Furniture Vocabulary Part II

It’s Coming! The 2018 LAPADA Art & Antiques Fair: September 14-19

We are delighted to be exhibiting at the 2018 LAPADA Art & Antiques Fair.  The fair takes place in Berkeley Square in Mayfair from September 14 to September 19. We will be showing highlights from our collection, including pieces with fascinating histories and rare stylistic features. We will be happy to send you a complimentary … Continue reading It’s Coming! The 2018 LAPADA Art & Antiques Fair: September 14-19