When Cabinet-Makers Unite: A Love Story

We may not know a great deal about the day to day lives of 18th century cabinet-makers, but there is one (romantic!) story that deserves attention. The renowned cabinet-maker Giles Grendey (who we have discussed here and here), had seven children: Mary, Elizabeth, Mary (another one), another daughter, Sukey, and Sam. Sukey went on to … Continue reading When Cabinet-Makers Unite: A Love Story

Mackinnon’s Biggest Fan: Burt the Saluki

We are finishing off the week with an introduction to the gallery's biggest fan (we are also quite fond of him!). Burt the Saluki can often be found at the gallery having a look at the collection and admiring antiques. Here is a shot of him yesterday giving his seal of approval on our wonderful … Continue reading Mackinnon’s Biggest Fan: Burt the Saluki

The Age of Walnut Exhibition Spotlight: A Pair of George II Green Japanned Bureau Bookcases

A Pair of George II Green Japanned Bureau Bookcases attributed to Giles Grendey Mackinnon Fine Furniture Collection Our Age of Walnut exhibition continues in the gallery this week, and today we are highlighting a magnificent piece from the exhibition. We are always on the search for the rare, the unique, and the magnificent.  We are delighted … Continue reading The Age of Walnut Exhibition Spotlight: A Pair of George II Green Japanned Bureau Bookcases

Reflections on Mirrors: Origins in England

To celebrate the publication of our latest catalogue Mirrors (which you can read here), we will be sharing a few posts that look into the history of mirrors in England from the 17th century onward. Capturing ones reflection dates back to mythology: Narcissus, upon seeing his beautiful reflection in the waters, fell in love with himself and … Continue reading Reflections on Mirrors: Origins in England

A Rare Treasure: A George II Japanned Pier Mirror Attributed to Giles Grendey

We have always loved 18th century japanning: we held an exhibition on japanning at the gallery in the past.  Today we wanted to share an exceptionally rare large George II green japanned pier mirror attributed to Giles Grendey.  The beveled mirror plates in two parts are surrounded by a magnificently decorated shaped frame profusely decorated … Continue reading A Rare Treasure: A George II Japanned Pier Mirror Attributed to Giles Grendey

The Sign of the Chair: Exceptional Antique Chairs & Their Histories

We are delighted to announce the publication of our latest online catalogue, The Sign of the Chair: Exceptional Antique Chairs & Their Histories. The catalogue spans the 18th and early 19th centuries, and the most celebrated cabinetmakers of their time are all represented in these pages, including James Moore, Giles Grendey, William Hallett, Gillows of Lancaster … Continue reading The Sign of the Chair: Exceptional Antique Chairs & Their Histories

A History of Japanning in England: The Origin of Japanning

We are continuing the discussion of the history of japanning in England today after beginning with an exploration of the lacquer trade last week. The novelty and rarity of the lacquer pieces from China and Japan sparked a desire to recreate these works in Europe. The English referred to their imitations of Asian lacquer as … Continue reading A History of Japanning in England: The Origin of Japanning

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