Irresistibly Irish : A George II Mahogany Armchair

We have looked at Irish furniture in the past on this blog, focusing on the qualities and idiosyncrasies that characterise Irish furniture.  Today we are focusing on one of our latest acquisitions: A George II Irish mahogany armchair. This chair features several hallmarks of Irish design, including the intricate interlaced and pierced back splat, carved … Continue reading Irresistibly Irish : A George II Mahogany Armchair

Flora & Fauna Catalogue Highlight: A George II Secretaire Cabinet by John Channon

Today's Flora & Fauna catalogue highlight is a George II secretaire cabinet attributed to John Channon with a brilliant panther mask engraved escutcheon.  Like William Gomm, John Channon was not known in the cannon of furniture history until the second half of the twentieth century.  Noted furniture historians, including R. W. Symonds, identified the incredible quality … Continue reading Flora & Fauna Catalogue Highlight: A George II Secretaire Cabinet by John Channon

Chippendale’s Chinoiserie: An Exceptional George II Carved Mahogany Chair

In honour of Thomas Chippendale's tercentenary this year, we are delighted to share an outstanding and important George II carved mahogany armchair of the finest quality in the manner of the celebrated cabinetmaker.  Designed in the chinoiserie taste, the back splat is carved with a pagoda cresting and a highly detailed lattice-work back and sides, … Continue reading Chippendale’s Chinoiserie: An Exceptional George II Carved Mahogany Chair

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

When the Palladian Meets the Rococo: A George II White Painted Mirror

Today we are highlight a rare and fantastical mirror reflects the emergence of the rococo style in England, which developed in the wake of the Palladian revival earlier in the century.  This outstanding and highly important George II carved and painted mirror is in the manner of John Vardy, the architect, and his brother Thomas Vardy, … Continue reading When the Palladian Meets the Rococo: A George II White Painted Mirror

Take a Closer Look: A George II Walnut Gainsborough Chair

We recently did a post highlighting the importance of viewing furniture, and in particular chairs, from different angles.  One of the chairs we focused on was a wonderful George II walnut gainsborough chair attributed to Giles Grendey.  Today we are going to take a closer look at this chair and its stylistic influences and historical … Continue reading Take a Closer Look: A George II Walnut Gainsborough Chair

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