Imari Intrigue: An Exceptional Japanese Imari Charger with Museum Connections

We recently acquired this exceptional Japanese Imari charger of particularly large scale.  Of round form with a shallow bowl, the charger is painted in dark underglaze blue with shades of iron red overglaze enamels and gilding.  The piece is decorated in the centre with a roundel painted with a tall vase holding a bouquet of … Continue reading Imari Intrigue: An Exceptional Japanese Imari Charger with Museum Connections

Marvellous Marquetry: An Exceptional William & Mary Mirror

A while ago we shared a post giving an overview of the history of mirrors.  Today we are highlighting a rare William & Mary marquetry mirror.  In the manner of Gerrit Jensen.  This exceptional large scale William and Mary walnut and fruitwood marquetry wall mirror features inlaid shaped cresting, and the rectangular mirror plate is … Continue reading Marvellous Marquetry: An Exceptional William & Mary Mirror

The Rite of Spring: Floral Decoration on Antique Furniture & Design

Yesterday's slightly warmer temperatures had us falsely lulled into a sense that 'Spring had Sprung'!  The return of arctic temperatures has reminded us that spring is not here (yet), but it is not far away.  In honour of the warmer weather and blossoming blooms, here is a selection of art  and antiques from our collection … Continue reading The Rite of Spring: Floral Decoration on Antique Furniture & Design

A Marquetry Masterpiece: A George III Serpentine Commode attributed to Ince & Mayhew

We are delighted to share a masterpiece of English antique furniture today.  This exceptional George III ormolu mounted serpentine marquetry commode is attributed to Ince & Mayhew, one of the leading cabinetmaking firms of the Georigan era. The serpentine top is centred with a rococo cartouche featuring exquisite floral marquetry on a yewwood reserve, above … Continue reading A Marquetry Masterpiece: A George III Serpentine Commode attributed to Ince & Mayhew