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

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

Designer Spotlight: Sophie Ashby of Studio Ashby

Our next Designer Spotlight, Sophie Ashby of Studio Ashby, has a fascinating background.  Sophie grew up between South Africa and the UK, and at the young age of 25 she set up her interior design practice.  Sophie's projects reflect her personality with an eye for incorporating art throughout her interiors, whether it be traditional or … Continue reading Designer Spotlight: Sophie Ashby of Studio Ashby

Classicism at its Finest: A George III Mahogany Armchair

Today we are sharing a marvellous specimen chair: the quality of the carving is quite magnificent, and the mahogany is of the most wonderful colour.  The distinctive carving of the anthemion, or honeysuckle, on the back splat is a hallmark of the neo-classical movement that was used by Robert Adam, James Wyatt, and other notable … Continue reading Classicism at its Finest: A George III Mahogany Armchair

Magnificent Meissen: A Serpent-Handled Vase from the Famed European Workshop

The Meissen porcelain factory is one of the most famous porcelain manufacturers in Europe: Meissen was founded in 1710 at Albrechtsburg castle in the town of Meissen at the instruction of Augustus the Strong, Elector Prince of Saxony and King of Poland. He established the factory after the discovery of hard-paste porcelain in the early … Continue reading Magnificent Meissen: A Serpent-Handled Vase from the Famed European Workshop

A Triumph of English Design: The Bachelors Chest

English antique furniture has long been admired by collectors for its exceptional craftsmanship and design.  In addition to this general admiration, there are specific pieces of English furniture that have become iconic, and one of them is the bachelors chest.  Bachelors chests first appeared in the latter half of the 17th century.  These chests are … Continue reading A Triumph of English Design: The Bachelors Chest