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 Most Curious Natural Art: The History of Shellwork

Shellwork pieces first appeared in the 17th century on boxes and caskets of the late Stuart period with decoration of rolled paper, and by the 18th century shellwork had become a popular craft often carried out by women.   Shellwork represented the growing fascination with discoveries of the natural world which fueled the Age of Enlightenment.  … Continue reading A Most Curious Natural Art: The History of Shellwork