Cultural Reflections: Chinese Export Art & Decoration

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

A Highlight for Asian Art in London: A Pair of Chinese Famille Rose Vases

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

Hold Your Horses: Horses in Antiques & Decorative Arts

'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

A Selection of Antique & Modern Lamps

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

Imitation is the Sincerest Form of Flattery: John Stalker & George Parker’s Japanning

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

The ABCs of Decorative Arts: Chinoiserie

As we continue our journey through the ABCs of decorative arts, today we stop to focus on chinoiserie, one of the predominant decorative trends in England in the eighteenth century.  Chinoiserie includes both decorative pieces from China made for the English market as well as pieces made in England emulating Chinese taste and design. Chinese Export … Continue reading The ABCs of Decorative Arts: Chinoiserie

Oriental Screens: As Seen in the FT’s How to Spend It

We turn to the Financial Time's How to Spend It feature time and time again for inspiration when it comes to art and antiques.  We were lucky enough to be highlighted in their feature covering oriental screens.  Our Director Charlie Mackinnon is quoted in the article saying, 'Screens are wonderful objects... They work with contemporary interiors and … Continue reading Oriental Screens: As Seen in the FT’s How to Spend It