Exhibition Spotlight: A George II Armorial Hall Chair from Anne Bassett of Haldon House

Today's Great Provenances exhibition spotlight is this very fine George II mahogany armorial hall chair attributed to William Hallett.  The scallop-shaped, rippled and paper-scrolled back is centred with the coat of arms of Anne Basset framed in an elaborate cartouche decorated with scrolls, lambrequins, and a carved cherub’s mask. The  outswept scrolled arms on spreading supports … Continue reading Exhibition Spotlight: A George II Armorial Hall Chair from Anne Bassett of Haldon House

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

Behind the Scenes of a Curious Armorial

Today we are taking a close look at one of our most recent acquisitions, a very fine George II mahogany armorial hall chair attributed to William Hallett.  The chairs features a scallop-shaped, frilled, and paper-scrolled back, centred with a scrolled and lambrequinned cherub mask carved coat of arms.  The outswept scrolled arms on spreading supports … Continue reading Behind the Scenes of a Curious Armorial

The Sign of the Chair: Exceptional Antique Chairs & Their Histories

We are delighted to announce the publication of our latest online catalogue, The Sign of the Chair: Exceptional Antique Chairs & Their Histories. The catalogue spans the 18th and early 19th centuries, and the most celebrated cabinetmakers of their time are all represented in these pages, including James Moore, Giles Grendey, William Hallett, Gillows of Lancaster … Continue reading The Sign of the Chair: Exceptional Antique Chairs & Their Histories