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

Take a Look Inside: A George III Chippendale Chest of Drawers

Whenever we share photographs of a piece of furniture in our collection, we almost always show either a front on view or an angled view to show more three dimensional detail.  But with furniture, it is just as important to take a closer look inside: especially when there are drawers, doors, or other interior compartments. … Continue reading Take a Look Inside: A George III Chippendale Chest of Drawers

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

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

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

Happy 300th Birthday, Thomas Chippendale

Today, June 5 2018, marks Thomas Chippendale's 300th birthday.  Quite an achievement! We have covered Thomas Chippendale on our blog before: providing some examples of giltwood mirrors designs by the cabinetmaker, sharing an exciting discovery about an early exhibition on Chippendale, and most recently exploring the wonderful chair designs of Chippendale. Today, we will highlight some lesser … Continue reading Happy 300th Birthday, Thomas Chippendale