Henry Hill of Marlborough: The Multi-Talented Georgian Cabinetmaker

Henry Hill is a Georgian furniture maker worth knowing.  His business was exceptionally wide-ranging: he was a coachmaker as well as a comprehensive furnisher and decorator.  Hill also acted as an estate agent, auctioneer, and a local agent for the Sun Insurance Company (he even found time to sell fish to at least one client!). … Continue reading Henry Hill of Marlborough: The Multi-Talented Georgian Cabinetmaker

A Closer Look at a George III Marquetry Harewood Card Table

Today we are taking a closer look at a magnificent George III Chippendale period marquetry harewood demi-lune card table.  The table's design and its history are both notable and deserve further exploration. The top and frieze of the table feature exceptional quality inlaid decoration, in wonderful condition, with strong engraved detailing.  The top opens to … Continue reading A Closer Look at a George III Marquetry Harewood Card Table

Summer Exhibition Announcement: Great Provenances

We are delighted to share our forthcoming summer exhibition, Great Provenances: Exceptional Antiques from Notable Collections, running at our St. James’s gallery from the 25th of June to the 13th of July. This exhibition is a perfect introduction to English antique furniture for anyone curious about heritage, patronage, and legacy in the arts. Each piece … Continue reading Summer Exhibition Announcement: Great Provenances

Take a Closer Look: A Set of Chairs with a Curious Stamp

English antique furniture from the 18th century, unlike its French counterpart, is rarely signed, stamped, or otherwise inscribed with the cabinetmaker's name.   There are, of course, exceptions to the rule.  The impressive suite of red japanned furniture made for Lazcano Palace by Giles Grendey features Grendey's trade label on several pieces of the suite (we … Continue reading Take a Closer Look: A Set of Chairs with a Curious Stamp

The ABCs of the Decorative Arts: Hotspur Antiques

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

Announcing our Winter Exhibition

We are delighted to announce our upcoming winter exhibition, Looking East: Japanned Furniture of Georgian England, which will take place at the gallery from 27 November to 15 December. The exhibition will feature a curated selection of exquisite 18th century japanned English furniture that highlights the prominence of this trend in the wake of contemporary … Continue reading Announcing our Winter Exhibition

Anatomy of an Exhibition: Preparing a Catalogue

With our exhibition only days away, we are continuing our series about the Anatomy of an Exhibition by discussing one of the most important parts of the exhibition: the catalogue.  Exhibition catalogues provide an invaluable resource during the exhibition and once it has finished, as a record of the pieces brought together for the show. … Continue reading Anatomy of an Exhibition: Preparing a Catalogue

Right in the Heart of London: Our Gallery in St James’s

We like to keep an active presence online to reach clients worldwide, but the heart of our operation is in our London gallery.  Being in St James's is ideal, as it is a central hub for art dealers and auction houses.  In fact, Christie's is on our doorstep, and leading dealers in Old Master paintings, … Continue reading Right in the Heart of London: Our Gallery in St James’s