Flora & Fauna Catalogue Highlight: A Worcester Cup & Saucer with Exotic Birds

Our series highlighting pieces from our recently published Flora & Fauna catalogue continues today.  This extremely rare First Period Worcester coffee cup and saucer features exotic birds and comes from the atelier James Giles.  Each piece is decorated with a central image of colourful exotic birds in a landscape. James Giles and his workshop are often associated with … Continue reading Flora & Fauna Catalogue Highlight: A Worcester Cup & Saucer with Exotic Birds

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

Nature at its Best: The Wildlife Art of Archibald Thorburn

Archibald Thorburn (1860-1935) was one of the most celebrated painters of birdlife of all time.  Scottish by birth, Thorbun was the fifth son of the miniaturist Robert Thorburn ARA.  Thorburn was artistic from a young age and likely developed his skill at capturing minute details from his father.  He began painting birds, animals, and flowers, … Continue reading Nature at its Best: The Wildlife Art of Archibald Thorburn

Birds of a Feather: The History of Birds in Art

In honour of Thanksgiving, we thought it was a fitting time to pay homage to the turkey and his fellow avian friends.  Today we are going to look at the history of depicting birds in art and share a selection of birds found on pieces in our current collection. Birds have always held significance related … Continue reading Birds of a Feather: The History of Birds in Art

A Night at the Museum: Antique Taxidermy

Taxidermy, the preservation of an animal's body by stuffing or mounting it, has been around for centuries and is used for the purpose of display and study.  The word derives from the Greek words 'taxis,' meaning to move, and 'derma,' meaning skin. The golden age of taxidermy was during the Victorian era when collectors would … Continue reading A Night at the Museum: Antique Taxidermy

Bringing Nature Indoors: Wildlife Prints for your Interiors

In this post we are carrying on our Affordable Art series with a focus on prints depicting wildlife, and in particular, a series of prints of parrots done by a French artist in the 19th century.  Read more below to learn about the history of Animalia prints, the artist Jacques Barraband, and how these prints … Continue reading Bringing Nature Indoors: Wildlife Prints for your Interiors