The Age of Walnut Exhibition Spotlight: A Pair of George II Green Japanned Bureau Bookcases

A Pair of George II Green Japanned Bureau Bookcases attributed to Giles Grendey Mackinnon Fine Furniture Collection Our Age of Walnut exhibition continues in the gallery this week, and today we are highlighting a magnificent piece from the exhibition. We are always on the search for the rare, the unique, and the magnificent.  We are delighted … Continue reading The Age of Walnut Exhibition Spotlight: A Pair of George II Green Japanned Bureau Bookcases

Exhibition Spotlight: A George II Silver Soup Tureen by Paul Crespin from Ham House

Our exhibition, Great Provenances, is predominately focused on English furniture from the 18th century.  But we also have several exceptional objects in the exhibition, including this magnificent George II silver soup tureen designed by Paul Crespin, one of the most celebrated goldsmiths of the 18th century.  This tureen was originally made for Lionel Tollemache, 4th Earl … Continue reading Exhibition Spotlight: A George II Silver Soup Tureen by Paul Crespin from Ham House

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

Fit for a Princess: A George III Chimneypiece attributed to Robert Adam

Continuing our week of all things royal, today we are highlighting a rare and important George III pine chimneypiece possibly designed by Robert Adam for Harewood House.  The carving throughout is of exceptional quality in the neo-classical taste, with carved laurel wreaths and bell flower swags and classical urns.  The surface would have been gilded or … Continue reading Fit for a Princess: A George III Chimneypiece attributed to Robert Adam

The Source on the Source: Famous Quotes on Interior Design

We focus on historic interiors, furniture, and architecture on this blog, but why take our word for it?  Today, we are looking at several quotes from people more famous than us about design and antiques.  We have shared these quotes alongside a selection of paintings of interiors from the Getty collection. We will start off … Continue reading The Source on the Source: Famous Quotes on Interior Design

Designer Spotlight: Carlos Garcia Interiors

Our next Designer Spotlight feature is a designer right here on our doorstep in London (and Norfolk!).  Carlos Garcia of Carlos Garcia Interiors was born in Spain, and he has been a longtime admirer of English antiques and country house interiors.  He opened his eponymous interior design firm in 2014 and has created a portfolio … Continue reading Designer Spotlight: Carlos Garcia Interiors

Take a Closer Look: A Set of Chairs with a Curious Stamp

English antique furniture from the 18th century, unlike its French counterpart, is rarely signed, stamped, or otherwise inscribed with the cabinetmaker's name.   There are, of course, exceptions to the rule.  The impressive suite of red japanned furniture made for Lazcano Palace by Giles Grendey features Grendey's trade label on several pieces of the suite (we … Continue reading Take a Closer Look: A Set of Chairs with a Curious Stamp

A Triumph of Georgian Silver: Paul Crespin’s George II Silver Soup Tureen from the Dysart Service

Today we are highlighting an exceptional George II silver soup tureen designed by Paul Crespin, one of the most celebrated goldsmiths of the 18th century.  This tureen was originally made for Lionel Tollemache, 4th Earl of Dysart (1708-1770) for Ham House, Surrey.  We briefly highlighted this piece in an earlier post looking at the presence … Continue reading A Triumph of Georgian Silver: Paul Crespin’s George II Silver Soup Tureen from the Dysart Service

It’s All Greek (or Latin, or Celtic) to Me: The Origin of Furniture Vocabulary

We use basic furniture vocabulary every day without thinking twice: chair, table, mirror... the list goes on.  But when you pause for a minute and think about the origins of these words, you have to go back several thousand years.  Today we will look at just a few of them. Chair The word chair dates … Continue reading It’s All Greek (or Latin, or Celtic) to Me: The Origin of Furniture Vocabulary