Peat buckets are the unsung heroes of antique furniture: ever functional and often in attractive mahogany with brass bandings, they are a quintessential part of the Georgian home. So what exactly was their function? The peat bucket, along with its counterpart the plate bucket, comes from Ireland originally and were designed to sit by the … Continue reading Adding Fuel to the Fire: A Brief History of the Peat Bucket
We at Mackinnon Fine Furniture wish you a very Merry Christmas. Our gallery mascot, Burt, is particularly excited to open his gifts (all antiques, of course!).
Today we are highlight a rare and fantastical mirror reflects the emergence of the rococo style in England, which developed in the wake of the Palladian revival earlier in the century. This outstanding and highly important George II carved and painted mirror is in the manner of John Vardy, the architect, and his brother Thomas Vardy, … Continue reading When the Palladian Meets the Rococo: A George II White Painted Mirror
Our adventure through the ABCs of the decorative arts continues today with a name familiar to anyone in antiques: Hotspur Antiques. Hotspur was established in 1924 by Frederick Kern. A history lover, Kern named the business after the character in Shakespeare's play Henry IV. The family run business saw three generations of highly esteemed directors, … Continue reading The ABCs of the Decorative Arts: Hotspur Antiques
We are finishing our series on the history of japanning in England today with a focus on the technique and decoration of japanned furniture. If you want to catch up on the history of the lacquer trade and the origin of japanning, please look at our previous posts here and here. Technique Ultimately, the Europeans … Continue reading A History of Japanning in England: Technique & Decoration
While doing research for our current exhibition, Looking East: Japanned Furniture of Georgian England, we were delighted to make a discovery that links a piece from our collection with the fantastic red japanned bureau bookcase at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. To start with the bureau: This exceptional red japanned piece of furniture … Continue reading An Exciting Discovery: From England to America and Back Again
We were delighted to have our winter exhibition featured in this week's Antiques Trade Gazette in an article entitled 'The Furniture Crossover Culture.' The article explores the intersection of Asian lacquer brought over to England from the 17th century and the subsequent imitation of this lacquer by English craftsmen, known as japanning. We hope you … Continue reading Antiques Trade Gazette: London Looks at Japanning