A pair of Chinese export mirror pictures, Mackinnon Fine Furniture Collection Today we are looking at the history of Chinese export art and decoration that arrived in Europe, beginning in the 17th century and increasing significantly in the 18th century. From the late 1700s an increasing number of British, American, Dutch, Portuguese, French, and Scandinavian … Continue reading Cultural Reflections: Chinese Export Art & Decoration
This year's Asian Art in London is coming to a close, and we wanted to share a very fine pair of Chinese famille rose baluster vases and covers that we have just acquired for the collection. Each vase is elaborately decorated with pheasants in a rocky landscape with flowering peonies. Chinese famille-rose porcelain refers to … Continue reading A Highlight for Asian Art in London: A Pair of Chinese Famille Rose Vases
'A horse, a horse, my kingdom for a horse!' So goes the beseeching line of King Richard III in Shakespeare's Richard III from 1594. We are certainly fond of horses, and today we have put together an interesting selection of pieces from our collection that feature horses. Dating from as early as the 7th century all the … Continue reading Hold Your Horses: Horses in Antiques & Decorative Arts
It is no secret that we are a fan of ceramic and porcelain lamps (for proof, see here and here). One term that often comes up when discussing ceramics is the term craquelure. So what does it mean? Craquelure is the fine pattern of cracking on the surface of materials, and in the case of … Continue reading Craqueluring the Code: What is Craquelure?
We are delighted to present an online catalogue of lamps from our collection. With a mix of both antique and modern vases, each of these lamps has been selected for its fine quality and decorative appeal. You can read the catalogue here: http://issuu.com/mackinnonfineart/docs/mackinnon_lamps_catalogue_winter_20_2209298fdd782d?e=25624079/58758226 Below we are highlighting a few examples from the catalogue. The ceramic … Continue reading A Selection of Antique & Modern Lamps
This November marks the 20th anniversary of Asian Art in London, an annual event that takes place each year in London with leading Asian art dealers, auction houses, and museums. In honour of the event, we are taking a closer look at a specific type of Chinese pottery that has long been a popular collector's … Continue reading Straight from the (Tang) Horse’s Mouth
We have discussed japanning, the European imitation of lacquer, in previous blog posts here, here, here, and here, but we aren't quite done yet. The names John Stalker and George Parker are synonymous with the rise of japanned wares in England due to their seminal publication in 1688 entitled Treatise on Japanning and Varnishing. This treatise … Continue reading Imitation is the Sincerest Form of Flattery: John Stalker & George Parker’s Japanning