Prized Porcelain: James Giles and Worcester Porcelain

A Worcester Teacup and Saucer by the atelier of James Giles from the Saltram Service Mackinnon Fine Furniture Collection James Giles (1718-1780) was an outstanding English porcelain and glass painter who worked for all of the major porcelain manufacturers, including Worcester, Derby, Bow, and Chelsea.  Giles’ father, also James Giles, was a ‘China Painter’ by … Continue reading Prized Porcelain: James Giles and Worcester Porcelain

Friday Finds: A Look Back at the Archives

A Pair of George III Marquetry Card Tables attributed to John Cobb from Stowe, Buckinghamshire Mackinnon Fine Furniture Collection We are continuing our series 'Friday Finds' looking at some archival material related to the exceptional pair of Stowe card tables in our collection. This very fine pair of George III kingwood and brass-inlaid card tables … Continue reading Friday Finds: A Look Back at the Archives

The Precious Pear: A History of Pearwood Furniture

When it comes to antique furniture, the timbers that immediately come to mind may be walnut, mahogany, satinwood, or rosewood.  But there are other timbers that were highly popular in the past that do not get as much attention.  Today, we will look at one of these timbers: pearwood. Pear trees (Pyrus communis) can be … Continue reading The Precious Pear: A History of Pearwood Furniture

Designer Spotlight: Sheila Bridges Design

Our latest Designer Spotlight takes us across the pond to Harlem, New York, where Sheila Bridges runs a dynamic and world-renowned design firm, Sheila Bridges Design.  Launched in 1994, Sheila has received too many accolades to count -- but the fact that CNN and Time Magazine crowned her as 'America's Best Interior Designer' says it … Continue reading Designer Spotlight: Sheila Bridges Design

A Piece of the Past: William & Mary Lace Chest

Today we are sharing a piece that has recently arrived in the gallery.  This magnificent William & Mary walnut chest on stand features a lid inlaid with an oval pattern top with chevron stringing with quartering. The lid opens to reveal a lined compartment, and below is a single long drawer.  The chest stands on … Continue reading A Piece of the Past: William & Mary Lace Chest

Elegant & Chic: A Pair of Two Tier Tables with Coloured Stones

We have recently acquired this fantastic pair of two tier tables, each featuring a collection of coloured stones. The tops of each table are inset with the coloured stones on a gilded surface and mounted in craquelure painted frames.  The lower shelves are decorated with gilding and craquelure surrounds.  The brass frames feature pinecone finials … Continue reading Elegant & Chic: A Pair of Two Tier Tables with Coloured Stones

The Art of Aubusson: The History of the Renowned Textile Workshops

The history of Aubusson textiles dates back to the 14th century.  The town of Aubusson is located in the La Marche area of France, which is located at the base of the Creuse River.  It was inhabited as early as the Iron Age, and remains from the Gallo-Roman period leave evidence of a thriving and … Continue reading The Art of Aubusson: The History of the Renowned Textile Workshops