Flora & Fauna Catalogue Highlight: A Pair of Cantagalli Wyvern Candlesticks

Today's Flora & Fauna catalogue highlight is this rare pair of candlesticks by Cantagalli. The candlesticks are modeled as wyverns, which are winged two-legged dragons with a barbed tail, and decorated  in a lustre glaze of red on white.  The candlesticks feature Cantigalli marks to the base. These candlesticks were previously with The Fine Art Society, London. … Continue reading Flora & Fauna Catalogue Highlight: A Pair of Cantagalli Wyvern Candlesticks

The ABCs of Decorative Arts: Needlework

We are officially half of the way through our alphabetic tour of the decorative arts.  What better way to kick off the back half of the alphabet than with a great topic: needlework. The term needlework applies to handicraft that incorporates decorative sewing and textile arts.  Medieval needlework in the form of embroidery was often … Continue reading The ABCs of Decorative Arts: Needlework

Designer Spotlight: Bennett Leifer Interiors

We are delighted to share Bennett Leifer as our next Designer Spotlight.  He is a perfect fit for our series as he has a background in Art History and understands how art and design of different cultures and periods can work together harmoniously.  It is no surprise that Bennett has been named House Beautiful Magazine's … Continue reading Designer Spotlight: Bennett Leifer Interiors

The Perfect Pairing: A Giltwood Bracket & Blue and White Charger

We are starting a new series on the blog entitled 'The Perfect Pairing' where we will look at two pieces from our collection that work well together.  Whether it is a desk and chair, mirror and chest, or lamp and table, the idea is to demonstrate how antiques from different periods and styles can come … Continue reading The Perfect Pairing: A Giltwood Bracket & Blue and White Charger

Designer Spotlight: Carlos Garcia Interiors

Our next Designer Spotlight feature is a designer right here on our doorstep in London (and Norfolk!).  Carlos Garcia of Carlos Garcia Interiors was born in Spain, and he has been a longtime admirer of English antiques and country house interiors.  He opened his eponymous interior design firm in 2014 and has created a portfolio … Continue reading Designer Spotlight: Carlos Garcia Interiors

Designer Spotlight: Tamara Eaton of Tamara Eaton Design

We are excited to share our latest Designer Spotlight feature with you: Tamara Eaton of Tamara Eaton Design.  Tamara is a force to be reckoned with in the design world, and she is going from strength to strength with her dynamic and creative interiors.  Based in New York City, Tamara started her firm in 2009 … Continue reading Designer Spotlight: Tamara Eaton of Tamara Eaton Design

Splendid Satinwood: A Closer Look at an Imported Timber in Georgian England

When it comes to early Georgian furniture, oak, walnut, and mahogany are the timbers that come to mind.  Toward the end of the 18th century, there was a distinct shift toward lighter timbers imported from the West Indies initially and later from the East Indies.  Satinwood was one of the most popular of these imported … Continue reading Splendid Satinwood: A Closer Look at an Imported Timber in Georgian England

Designer Spotlight: Philippa Devas of Devas Designs

  Philippa Devas is at the helm of Devas Designs, and we are delighted to highlight her work in today's Designer Spotlight.  Philippa trained at Colefax & Fowler and at Chester Jones before starting her own firm in 1998.  Philippa is renowned for her exceptional use of art within interiors, whether it be a London … Continue reading Designer Spotlight: Philippa Devas of Devas Designs

Timeless Terracotta: Terracotta Throughout the Ages

If you picked up a copy of Home & Antiques Magazine recently, you may have seen their feature entitled 'Timeless Terracotta.'  What an apt title for a material that is incredibly rich in its history and form.  The term terracotta derives from the Italian terra cotta, which in turn comes from the Latin terra cocta, or 'baked earth.'  The … Continue reading Timeless Terracotta: Terracotta Throughout the Ages