Final Exhibition Spotlight: The Warwick Castle Chairs

Our exhibition, Great Provenances: Exceptional Antiques from Notable Collections, comes to an end today.  And we've saved one of our best exhibition spotlights for last: the Warwick Castle armchairs.  This highly important pair of George II mahogany armchairs is attributed to John Hodson.  The serpentine backs, seats ,and armrests are upholstered in their original early 18th century ‘Genoese’ … Continue reading Final Exhibition Spotlight: The Warwick Castle Chairs

Exhibition Spotlight: The Scarlet Japanned Chairs from the Lazcano Suite by Giles Grendey

Today's Great Provenances exhibition spotlight is one of the highlights of our exhibition.  This exceptional pair of George II scarlet japanned chairs comes from one of the most celebrated and elaborate suite of English furniture from the eighteenth century.  Commissioned from the esteemed cabinetmaker Giles Grendey, of London, this extensive suite comprises of at least seventy-seven pieces including … Continue reading Exhibition Spotlight: The Scarlet Japanned Chairs from the Lazcano Suite by Giles Grendey

Upholstered in Textile: Georgian Seating with Needlework

When looking at Georgian furniture it is easy to go straight to the chair frame to look at its patina, carving, and style.  The upholstery on chairs of this date is often replaced, but there are rare occasions when the original textile survives. Today we are focusing on a few pieces from our collection that … Continue reading Upholstered in Textile: Georgian Seating with Needlework

Fit for a Palace: A Pair of Chairs from the Duke of Infantado Suite

We are delighted to share our latest acquisition: an exceptional and iconic example of English japanned furniture made by the preeminent cabinetmaker Giles Grendey. These chairs form part of the most celebrated and elaborate suite of English furniture from the eighteenth century.  The Dukes of Infantado commissioned the esteemed cabinetmaker Giles Grendey to create the … Continue reading Fit for a Palace: A Pair of Chairs from the Duke of Infantado Suite

Thomas Henry Wyatt’s New Liverpool Exchange

Today we are focusing on an impressive picture by Thomas Henry Wyatt of the New Exchange building in Liverpool.  Exhibited at the Exposition Universelle in Paris in 1878, the size and virtuoso draftsmanship of the present watercolour must make it one of the most dramatic and impressive drawings by a Victorian architect to have survived. … Continue reading Thomas Henry Wyatt’s New Liverpool Exchange

Framing the Portrait: Francis Wyatt of Quex by John Closterman

What would furniture be without pictures?  In addition to our collection of fine antique furniture, we also look for paintings that complement the style and aesthetic of eighteenth century antiques.  Portraiture has always been a fundamental aspect of English interiors, and we are delighted to present this portrait of Francis Wyatt painted by John Closterman in … Continue reading Framing the Portrait: Francis Wyatt of Quex by John Closterman