To Pick a Colour…

We are revisiting one of our favourite topics today: working with antiques allows you to see a piece transform and come back to life, all with a simple change of upholstery.  It is incredible to see how much a chair's carved or gilded appearance can be enhanced with the right colour fabric.  We thought we would … Continue reading To Pick a Colour…

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

Presenting Flora & Fauna: The Natural World in Antique Furniture & the Decorative Arts

We are delighted to announce the launch of our holiday catalogue, Flora & Fauna: The National World in Antique Furniture & the Decorative Arts.  Since the earliest cave paintings from 25,000 BCE, men chose animals as their first subjects for cave paintings.  From then on, the world of flora and fauna has often dominated artistic depictions … Continue reading Presenting Flora & Fauna: The Natural World in Antique Furniture & the Decorative Arts

French Taste for English Eyes: Pierre Langlois

Pierre Langlois was a cabinet-maker of Huguenot origins who found favour in both the Royal Court and within the aristocracy. His name is now synonymous with the greatest English furniture, made in the French taste, during the second half of the 18th century. Langlois was born in France and trained as a cabinetmaker, possibly with … Continue reading French Taste for English Eyes: Pierre Langlois

When the Palladian Meets the Rococo: A George II White Painted Mirror

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

Timeless Terracotta: Terracotta Throughout the Ages

If you picked up a copy of Home & Antiques Magazine recently, you may have seen their feature entitled 'Timeless Terracotta.'  What an apt title for a material that is incredibly rich in its history and form.  The term terracotta derives from the Italian terra cotta, which in turn comes from the Latin terra cocta, or 'baked earth.'  The … Continue reading Timeless Terracotta: Terracotta Throughout the Ages

Mayfair Magazine: ‘Holding Court’

Imagine our surprise to be featured in this month's fashion issue of Mayfair Magazine!  Perhaps antiques are fashionable after all... After a closer read of the issue we saw our name mentioned in the magazine's article entitled 'Holding Court,' focusing on the upcoming LAPADA Art & Antiques Fair. The article highlights our George I giltwood … Continue reading Mayfair Magazine: ‘Holding Court’

LAPADA Art & Antiques Fair: September 15-20 2017

We are delighted to be participating in this year's LAPADA Art & Antiques Fair, which runs from September 15-20 in Mayfair's Berkeley Square.  Since its inception in 2009, the LAPADA Art & Antiques Fair has grown to become a foremost international showcase for art and antiques, as well as one of the most prestigious events … Continue reading LAPADA Art & Antiques Fair: September 15-20 2017

The ABCs of Decorative Arts: Fretwork

We are making good headway through the alphabet of decorative arts, focusing today on the letter F and the term fretwork.  Fretwork is an ornamental design that is carved in low relief on a solid background or cut out with a fretsaw.  The term fretwork derives from the French freter, meaning lattice. Fretwork appears on furniture, both … Continue reading The ABCs of Decorative Arts: Fretwork