Exhibition Spotlight: A George II Walnut Side Chair from the Collections of the Earls of Lonsdale

Today's Great Provenances exhibition spotlight is a very fine George III walnut side chair attributed to Paul Saunders, the sinuous exaggerated serpentine-shaped and pierced back finely carved throughout with acanthus leaves and hare-bells, the upholstered seat with silk damask, above four superb similarly carved cabriole legs each terminating in exaggerated scroll toes in the ‘French’ taste. This … Continue reading Exhibition Spotlight: A George II Walnut Side Chair from the Collections of the Earls of Lonsdale

Exhibition Spotlight: A George II Silver Soup Tureen by Paul Crespin from Ham House

Our exhibition, Great Provenances, is predominately focused on English furniture from the 18th century.  But we also have several exceptional objects in the exhibition, including this magnificent George II silver soup tureen designed by Paul Crespin, one of the most celebrated goldsmiths of the 18th century.  This tureen was originally made for Lionel Tollemache, 4th Earl … Continue reading Exhibition Spotlight: A George II Silver Soup Tureen by Paul Crespin from Ham House

Exhibition Spotlight: The Scarlet Japanned Chairs from the Lazcano Suite by Giles Grendey

Today's Great Provenances exhibition spotlight is one of the highlights of our exhibition.  This exceptional pair of George II scarlet japanned chairs comes from one of the most celebrated and elaborate suite of English furniture from the eighteenth century.  Commissioned from the esteemed cabinetmaker Giles Grendey, of London, this extensive suite comprises of at least seventy-seven pieces including … Continue reading Exhibition Spotlight: The Scarlet Japanned Chairs from the Lazcano Suite by Giles Grendey

Exhibition Spotlight: The Hagley Hall Side Chairs

Our exhibition spotlight today is this outstanding pair of George III carved mahogany and upholstered side chairs, attributed to the Royal cabinet-makers William Vile and John Cobb.  The serpentine-shaped upholstered backs and seats are above wonderful carved seat frames and exaggerated cabriole legs terminating in scroll feet.  The carving is of exceptional quality and crispness. … Continue reading Exhibition Spotlight: The Hagley Hall Side Chairs

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

A Moment in Local Design History: A Pair of Chairs from Crewe House, Curzon Street

Today we are highlighting one of our recent acquisitions: a very fine pair of George III giltwood armchairs in the manner of Thomas Chippendale.  In the neo-classical style, the chairs each feature giltwood show frames and upholstered shield-shaped backs and rounded seats with outswept and padded arms.  The chairs stand on tapered fluted legs surmounted by … Continue reading A Moment in Local Design History: A Pair of Chairs from Crewe House, Curzon Street

Fit for a Princess: A George III Chimneypiece attributed to Robert Adam

Continuing our week of all things royal, today we are highlighting a rare and important George III pine chimneypiece possibly designed by Robert Adam for Harewood House.  The carving throughout is of exceptional quality in the neo-classical taste, with carved laurel wreaths and bell flower swags and classical urns.  The surface would have been gilded or … Continue reading Fit for a Princess: A George III Chimneypiece attributed to Robert Adam