The Precious Pear: A History of Pearwood Furniture

When it comes to antique furniture, the timbers that immediately come to mind may be walnut, mahogany, satinwood, or rosewood.  But there are other timbers that were highly popular in the past that do not get as much attention.  Today, we will look at one of these timbers: pearwood. Pear trees (Pyrus communis) can be … Continue reading The Precious Pear: A History of Pearwood Furniture

Reflections on Mirrors: Origins in England

To celebrate the publication of our latest catalogue Mirrors (which you can read here), we will be sharing a few posts that look into the history of mirrors in England from the 17th century onward. Capturing ones reflection dates back to mythology: Narcissus, upon seeing his beautiful reflection in the waters, fell in love with himself and … Continue reading Reflections on Mirrors: Origins in England

Mackinnon in the Press: Antique Collecting Highlights ‘Mirrors’

We are delighted to share details of the latest issue of Antique Collecting magazine, which highlights our latest publication featuring mirrors from our collection.  The article, entitled 'In the Frame,' looks at the history of mirrors and their stylistic development in England from the 17th century through the 18th century, focusing on highlights from the publication. … Continue reading Mackinnon in the Press: Antique Collecting Highlights ‘Mirrors’

A Rare Treasure: A George II Japanned Pier Mirror Attributed to Giles Grendey

We have always loved 18th century japanning: we held an exhibition on japanning at the gallery in the past.  Today we wanted to share an exceptionally rare large George II green japanned pier mirror attributed to Giles Grendey.  The beveled mirror plates in two parts are surrounded by a magnificently decorated shaped frame profusely decorated … Continue reading A Rare Treasure: A George II Japanned Pier Mirror Attributed to Giles Grendey

The Fanciful Designs of Thomas Johnson

Thomas Johnson was one of the most skilled carvers and furniture designers in Georgian England.  He was a champion of both the rococo movement and chinoiserie taste, and his elaborate designs often wove the two styles together. Johnson was born in 1723 as one of twelve children to a London builder and developer, Joel Johnson.  … Continue reading The Fanciful Designs of Thomas Johnson

Tiny Treasure: A George I Green Japanned Dressing Mirror

We are delighted to share a wonderful piece from our collection: this very rare George I green japanned dressing mirror is extremely finely decorated throughout with wonderful gilt chinoiseries on a dark green ground. Despite its diminutive size, the mirror features grand proportions, with the adjustable arched bevelled mirror plate supported by turned finial mounted … Continue reading Tiny Treasure: A George I Green Japanned Dressing Mirror