Taxidermy, Part II: A Colourful History

Because one post is just not enough!  We thought we would revisit taxidermy today as we just have acquired the most wonderful antique taxidermy case with a glorious Monal pheasant by the famed taxidermist, Peter Spicer. Spicer was based in Leamington Spa during the Victorian era and early 20th century. Spicer's cases are known for … Continue reading Taxidermy, Part II: A Colourful History

Exhibition Review: Tim Forrest’s E & A

We are delighted to have our exhibition, Gilded: Golden Treasure of English Furniture, reviewed by Tim Forrest on his blog today.  He has been called 'the grandest blogger in London' and we enjoyed showing him around the exhibition last week. To read the review, please click here. To learn more about the exhibition and read our catalogue, … Continue reading Exhibition Review: Tim Forrest’s E & A

Anatomy of an Exhibition: Preparing a Catalogue

With our exhibition only days away, we are continuing our series about the Anatomy of an Exhibition by discussing one of the most important parts of the exhibition: the catalogue.  Exhibition catalogues provide an invaluable resource during the exhibition and once it has finished, as a record of the pieces brought together for the show. … Continue reading Anatomy of an Exhibition: Preparing a Catalogue

Thomas Rowlandson: An Eighteenth Century Viewpoint

Thomas Rowlandson was an English artist and caricaturist working throughout the second half of the eighteenth century.  He was a prolific artist--as it was once said, he 'etched as much copper as would sheathe the British navy.'  Rowlandson trained in London and in Paris, and after entering the Royal Academy and exhibiting for several years … Continue reading Thomas Rowlandson: An Eighteenth Century Viewpoint

London Summer Capital of Art: Mackinnon Fine Furniture Summer Exhibition

We were delighted to be featured in this year's London Summer Capital of Art, a publication produced by the Antiques Trade Gazette.  Our upcoming show is highlighted as one of the 'Dealer Shows' in London happening this summer alongside the traditional fairs, including Masterpiece and Olympia. We look forward to welcoming visitors to our exhibition, Gilded: Golden … Continue reading London Summer Capital of Art: Mackinnon Fine Furniture Summer Exhibition

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