Opening the Doors of a Walnut Bureau Bookcase

One of the great joys of working with antique furniture is the tangible nature of the pieces in our collection.  Oil paintings, for example, do not invite frequent touching or handling, but furniture is a different matter.  Furniture is meant to be touched, explored, and investigated.  The walnut bureau bookcase we are sharing today is … Continue reading Opening the Doors of a Walnut Bureau Bookcase

An Upholsterer’s Dilemma: Picking Fabric for Antique Chairs

Sometimes, though not often, antique chairs retain their original upholstery: the Warwick Castle armchairs and Newhailes library chairs are two notable exceptions. When the time comes to choose fresh upholstery for antique chairs, there are a number of options to pick from, including silk damask, velvet (either plain or cut velvet), patterned silk, or needlework, to … Continue reading An Upholsterer’s Dilemma: Picking Fabric for Antique Chairs

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