“Lion” Mahogany

The title of this posting is taken from a Country Life article published on the 10th of June 1911. For many of the great collectors of English furniture, beginning during the early to mid 20thcentury, the most desirable pieces have always been items with carved lions' masks and hairy pawor claw and ball feet. These … Continue reading “Lion” Mahogany

The Allure of Colour and Patina

When assessing the suitability of pieces of antique furniture for their collections, it is very common to hear connoisseurs and collectors talking about the colour and patination of pieces they are considering and, in thispost, we hope to be able to explain these concepts in a little more detail. Firstly, it is important to differentiate … Continue reading The Allure of Colour and Patina

Chippendale and his Director

First issued in 1754, Thomas Chippendale's The Gentleman and Cabinet-Maker's Director was both the first and most influential English furniture design book of the 18th century. Although it is impossible to ascertain how many of the designs contained within the Director were in fact created by Chippendale himself and how many were re-workings of pre-existing … Continue reading Chippendale and his Director

Chinese Export Furniture & Works of Art

Broadly speaking, Chinese export furniture can be divided into two distinct categories. Those pieces made to conform to a Westernised concept of the Chinese style and those made after Western prototypes-often only distinguishable from their European equivalents because of differences in construction and the use of peculiarly Chinese timbers. The English fascination with the orient … Continue reading Chinese Export Furniture & Works of Art

Seating in Silhouettte: Chairs in Profile

A George II walnut side chair attributed to Giles Grendey shown in profile Mackinnon Fine Furniture Collection Back by popular demand... we are looking at chairs from a different angle today. A George II walnut Gainsborough chair attributed to Giles Grendey Mackinnon Fine Furniture Collection You would always expect to see a chair front on, or perhaps at a … Continue reading Seating in Silhouettte: Chairs in Profile

Thirlestaine House: A History Full of Art

Thirlestaine House in Cheltenham once housed one of the greatest picture collections in the nineteenth century.  It was originally built by an amateur architect named J.R. Scott in 1820.  British Listed Buildings describes the house as follows: 'Thirlestaine House represents the apogee of the Cheltenham villa and is the only surviving example of the grand villa … Continue reading Thirlestaine House: A History Full of Art