It is the last day of August, and it feels like an appropriate time to say 'goodbye' to summer. This image of the top of our rare George I gilt gesso card table features a magnificent flower head surrounded by acanthus leaves and other flowering foliage - the epitome of summer! This summer we have … Continue reading Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn
We are finishing off the week with an introduction to the gallery's biggest fan (we are also quite fond of him!). Burt the Saluki can often be found at the gallery having a look at the collection and admiring antiques. Here is a shot of him yesterday giving his seal of approval on our wonderful … Continue reading Mackinnon’s Biggest Fan: Burt the Saluki
The aim of this blog is to highlight antique furniture and historic interiors... but we couldn't resist sharing this fascinating bit of history from our very own Ryder Street, where we have had a gallery since 2009. In 1943, MI6 established Section V's headquarters at 14 Ryder Street. Section V was the central foreign counter-espionage … Continue reading A Moment in Local Espionage History: MI6 & Ryder Street
We are no stranger to the designs and furniture of Thomas Chippendale (see here, here, and here for proof... or here, here, and here!). This very fine 19th century mahogany double serpentine sofa is designed in the manner of Thomas Chippendale. The sofa features upholstered back, seat, and sides. The mahogany show-frame is finely carved … Continue reading Superbly Serpentine: A Sofa Designed in the Manner of Thomas Chippendale
We are delighted to present a new series, Friday Finds, where we will delve into the library and look at publications on art & antiques that are relevant to pieces in our current collection. Today, we are focusing on the pair of George III giltwood armchairs attributed to John Cobb. We looked at these chairs … Continue reading Friday Finds: A Look Back at the Archives
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
With Christmas only two weeks away, we are happy to share some photographs of our festive holiday window. Do stop by the gallery if you are in the area, and if you are not in London, do be in touch if there is anything that catches your eye!