To Pick a Colour…

We are revisiting one of our favourite topics today: working with antiques allows you to see a piece transform and come back to life, all with a simple change of upholstery.  It is incredible to see how much a chair's carved or gilded appearance can be enhanced with the right colour fabric.  We thought we would … Continue reading To Pick a Colour…

Take a Look Inside: A George III Chippendale Chest of Drawers

Whenever we share photographs of a piece of furniture in our collection, we almost always show either a front on view or an angled view to show more three dimensional detail.  But with furniture, it is just as important to take a closer look inside: especially when there are drawers, doors, or other interior compartments. … Continue reading Take a Look Inside: A George III Chippendale Chest of Drawers

Never Taking a Back Seat: The Incredible Chair Backs of Thomas Chippendale

A while ago we wrote about an exceptional pair of George III mahogany side chairs from our archive--the carved pierced backs of the chairs closely follow the designs on Plate IX of Thomas Chippendale's Gentleman and Cabinet-Maker's Director. Today, we are highlighting two exceptional George III mahogany specimen chairs that also feature fantastic carved backs.  Specimen … Continue reading Never Taking a Back Seat: The Incredible Chair Backs of Thomas Chippendale

Thomas Chippendale: An Exciting Discovery from the Past

We are excited to see that Thomas Chippendale's tercentenary is being celebrated by the art world in a big way.  In addition to the Leeds City Museum hosting an exhibition entitled Thomas Chippendale: A Celebration of Craftsmanship and Design, 1718-2018 from February 9 to June 9, there will be additional events held at Dumfries House, Harewood … Continue reading Thomas Chippendale: An Exciting Discovery from the Past

Anatomy of an Art Exhibition: Starting at the Beginning

We were excited to announce our forthcoming exhibition this morning in our latest Gallery Newsletter this morning (interested in receiving a copy? Email us and we will add you to the list!).  The exhibition is entitled Gilded: Golden Treasures of Georgian Furniture, which will run at our St. James's gallery from June 22 to July … Continue reading Anatomy of an Art Exhibition: Starting at the Beginning

The Unsung Hero of Georgian Furniture: William Gomm

There are several 'superstars' of Georgian furniture, including artisans like Thomas Chippendale, Thomas Sheraton, and Giles Grendey.  But there are other lesser known makers that have only recently been brought to light.  William Gomm is one such character. Gomm was a highly skilled cabinet-maker who established his workshop at Peterborough Court around 1725.  In the 1730s, Gomm … Continue reading The Unsung Hero of Georgian Furniture: William Gomm