The Age of Walnut: A History (cont.)

A George II walnut armchair attributed to Giles Grendey Mackinnon Fine Furniture Collection As our Age of Walnut exhibition continues this week, we are exploring more of the history of the use of walnut as a timber for furniture in England. From the end of the 17th century through the middle of the 18th century, … Continue reading The Age of Walnut: A History (cont.)

The Age of Walnut Exhibition Spotlight: A Scarlet Japanned Bachelors Chest

A Queen Anne Scarlet Japanned Bachelors Chest Mackinnon Fine Furniture We are delighted to open our summer exhibition, The Age of Walnut, by highlighting a masterpiece in the exhibition that features on the cover of our catalogue - a rare and highly important Queen Anne scarlet japanned bachelors chest. A Queen Anne Scarlet Japanned Bachelors … Continue reading The Age of Walnut Exhibition Spotlight: A Scarlet Japanned Bachelors Chest

Mackinnon in the Press: Antique Collecting Highlights Age of Walnut Exhibition

We are delighted to share an article from the latest issue of Antique Collecting magazine that highlights our forthcoming Age of Walnut exhibition. The article offers an in depth look at the history of walnut furniture in England in the late 17th and early 18th centuries when it was at its most popular. The article highlights several pieces that … Continue reading Mackinnon in the Press: Antique Collecting Highlights Age of Walnut Exhibition

Chippendale’s Chinoiserie: An Exceptional George II Carved Mahogany Chair

In honour of Thomas Chippendale's tercentenary this year, we are delighted to share an outstanding and important George II carved mahogany armchair of the finest quality in the manner of the celebrated cabinetmaker.  Designed in the chinoiserie taste, the back splat is carved with a pagoda cresting and a highly detailed lattice-work back and sides, … Continue reading Chippendale’s Chinoiserie: An Exceptional George II Carved Mahogany Chair

Exhibition Spotlight: A Pair of Chinese Reverse Glass Paintings from the Collection of Clive of India

Our exhibition, Great Provenances: Exceptional Antiques from Notable Collections, is now in full swing.  Today, we are delighted to share this outstanding pair of mid 18th century Chinese reverse glass paintings, once belonging to Clive of India. Each reverse glass paintings is beautifully painted in the finest details, one featuring a spectacular pair of pheasants in a rocky … Continue reading Exhibition Spotlight: A Pair of Chinese Reverse Glass Paintings from the Collection of Clive of India

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

Exhibition Review: Tim Forrest’s E & A

We are delighted to have our exhibition, Gilded: Golden Treasure of English Furniture, reviewed by Tim Forrest on his blog today.  He has been called 'the grandest blogger in London' and we enjoyed showing him around the exhibition last week. To read the review, please click here. To learn more about the exhibition and read our catalogue, … Continue reading Exhibition Review: Tim Forrest’s E & A

Anatomy of an Exhibition: Halfway There!

It is hard to believe we are now halfway through our exhibition, Gilded: Golden Treasures of Georgian Furniture.  For our next Anatomy of an Exhibition feature, we are focusing on the exhibition as it looks today.  The exhibition has been a great success so far, with curious and enthusiastic visitors each day, including museum curators, international … Continue reading Anatomy of an Exhibition: Halfway There!

Exhibition Spotlight: Two George I Gilt Gesso Card Tables

To celebrate the opening of our exhibition today, we are delighted to share details of two outstanding George I gilt gesso card tables.  Very few of these, possibly only four, are known to exist today. These tables all share similarities in design and form.  Their vocabulary of strap-work, scrolling foliage, and shellwork was first promoted … Continue reading Exhibition Spotlight: Two George I Gilt Gesso Card Tables