Elegant, Refined, and Subtle: The Ring Ouzel

A taxidermy case of a Ring Ouzel by J. Cullingford of DurhamMackinnon Fine Furniture Collection This very fine taxidermy case of a Ring Ouzel (Turdus Torquatus) is by J. Cullingford of Durham. The Cullingford firm was active in the late 19th century.   It was run by Joseph Cullingford, who became Curator of the University Museum, … Continue reading Elegant, Refined, and Subtle: The Ring Ouzel

A Sailor’s Souvenir: The Fascinating History of the Shellwork Designs

A 19th Century Sailor's Valentine from BarbadosMackinnon Fine Furniture Collection Today we are looking at a fascinating example of decorative arts that has its origins in Barbados and subsequently travelled worldwide thanks to sailors bringing them far and wide. Sailor's valentines are a specific type of shellwork incorporating geometric mosaics of shells within octagonal wooden boxes.  … Continue reading A Sailor’s Souvenir: The Fascinating History of the Shellwork Designs

Mackinnon in the Press: Antique Collecting Highlights ‘Paper Chased’

We are delighted that Antique Collecting has highlighted our incredibly rare pair of George III paper scrolled tables in their article 'Paper Chased.' A Pair of George III Scroll Paper Tables Mackinnon Fine Furniture Collection We first looked at this magnificent pair of tables and the history of the technique in our previous post here. … Continue reading Mackinnon in the Press: Antique Collecting Highlights ‘Paper Chased’

Seeing Double: A George II Walnut Double Back Settee

We are delighted to share this magnificent George II walnut double back settee.  The back features two vase shaped splats and shepherds crook arms.  The settee stands on a shaped seat frame with three cabriole front legs headed by carved shell and husk decoration, terminating in ball and claw feet, with three splayed rear legs. … Continue reading Seeing Double: A George II Walnut Double Back Settee

Designer Spotlight: Jared Hughes Design

Jared Hughes of Jared Hughes Design in our next Designer Spotlight, and we couldn't be more excited to share his work.  Hailing from Atlanta, GA, Jared is a rising star in the design world with accolades including House Beautiful's Next Wave Designer and Traditional Home's New Trad Designer already under his belt.  Jared's designs are … Continue reading Designer Spotlight: Jared Hughes Design

It Runs in the Family: The Incredible Gillows Family of Cabinetmakers

Today we are shining a spotlight on one of the most successful cabinetmaking firms of the 18th and 19th century: Gillows of Lancaster & London.  (For information on other cabinetmakers, look here: Thomas Chippendale, William Gomm, and Pierre Langlois).  The Gillows family firm was established in Lancaster as early as the 1730s.  Throughout the eighteenth … Continue reading It Runs in the Family: The Incredible Gillows Family of Cabinetmakers