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

A Family Tradition: The Art of Patrick Nasmyth

Today's subject is the esteemed Scottish artist Patrick Nasmyth.  Nasmyth was born in January 1786 to a family of painters.  His father, Alexander Nasmyth, specialised in landscape paintings.  Nasmyth was one of eleven children, several of whom also became painters.  Nasmyth had two strokes of bad luck in his early years.  While preparing to go … Continue reading A Family Tradition: The Art of Patrick Nasmyth