Seating in Silhouettte: Chairs in Profile

A George II walnut side chair attributed to Giles Grendey shown in profile Mackinnon Fine Furniture Collection Back by popular demand... we are looking at chairs from a different angle today. A George II walnut Gainsborough chair attributed to Giles Grendey Mackinnon Fine Furniture Collection You would always expect to see a chair front on, or perhaps at a … Continue reading Seating in Silhouettte: Chairs in Profile

Never Taking a Back Seat: The Incredible Chair Backs of Thomas Chippendale

A while ago we wrote about an exceptional pair of George III mahogany side chairs from our archive--the carved pierced backs of the chairs closely follow the designs on Plate IX of Thomas Chippendale's Gentleman and Cabinet-Maker's Director. Today, we are highlighting two exceptional George III mahogany specimen chairs that also feature fantastic carved backs.  Specimen … Continue reading Never Taking a Back Seat: The Incredible Chair Backs of Thomas Chippendale

The Rite of Spring: Floral Decoration on Antique Furniture & Design

Yesterday's slightly warmer temperatures had us falsely lulled into a sense that 'Spring had Sprung'!  The return of arctic temperatures has reminded us that spring is not here (yet), but it is not far away.  In honour of the warmer weather and blossoming blooms, here is a selection of art  and antiques from our collection … Continue reading The Rite of Spring: Floral Decoration on Antique Furniture & Design

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

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

Spotting the Shells: Georgian Furniture with a Shell Motif

At first glance, the following selection of furniture may appear to have little in common, besides the shared country of origin and eighteenth century creation date. However, upon closer inspection, you will see each piece incorporates a carved shell.  Today we will look at why the shell appears so frequently on eighteenth century English antiques … Continue reading Spotting the Shells: Georgian Furniture with a Shell Motif