Flora & Fauna Catalogue Highlight: A Japanese Black and Gilt Lacquer Cabinet on Stand

Today's Flora & Fauna catalogue highlight is this exceptional Japanese Edo period black and gilt lacquer cabinet decorated throughout, including the top, with mountain landscape scenes.  The cabinet features a pair of doors with copper engraved mounts, hinges, and lock-plates that open to reveal ten drawers of varying sizes similarly decorated with foliage.  The interior doors are … Continue reading Flora & Fauna Catalogue Highlight: A Japanese Black and Gilt Lacquer Cabinet on Stand

The Art of Furniture Encyclopedia: Marble

We continue our series of The Art of Furniture Encyclopedia with a material often found in English antique furniture: marble. Marble is the rock formed from a mineral or texture change of sedentary carbonate rocks, usually limestone or dolomite rock, and is most commonly used for sculpture and as a building material.  The natural state … Continue reading The Art of Furniture Encyclopedia: Marble

The Perfect Pairing: A Pair of Gilt Torcheres & Giltwood Table

In our next instalment of 'The Perfect Pairing,' we are looking at a classic ensemble of furniture from the early 18th century known as a pier set.  This set would include a pair of torcheres which would flank either side of a pier table with a mirror hung above the table.  In the early Georgian … Continue reading The Perfect Pairing: A Pair of Gilt Torcheres & Giltwood Table

Take a Closer Look: Art Imitating Life (and Furniture)

While doing research for our winter exhibition (stay tuned!), we came across this intriguing portrait in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.  This portrait by Francis Wheatley depicts the Saithwaite Family in a drawing room.  Wheatley was renowned for his group portraits and was a member of the Royal Academy.  … Continue reading Take a Closer Look: Art Imitating Life (and Furniture)

The Perfect Pairing: A Louis XV Bombé Commode & Louis XV Giltwood Fauteuils

In our second instalment of 'The Perfect Pairing,' we are looking at two exceptional examples of 18th century French design that work beautifully in tandem.  Both of these pieces reflect the taste and style of the court of Louis XV with the incorporation of rococo motifs including curved forms and elaborate detailing. This very fine … Continue reading The Perfect Pairing: A Louis XV Bombé Commode & Louis XV Giltwood Fauteuils