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

Friday Finds: A Look Back at the Archives

A Pair of George III Marquetry Card Tables attributed to John Cobb from Stowe, Buckinghamshire Mackinnon Fine Furniture Collection We are continuing our series 'Friday Finds' looking at some archival material related to the exceptional pair of Stowe card tables in our collection. This very fine pair of George III kingwood and brass-inlaid card tables … Continue reading Friday Finds: A Look Back at the Archives

Gilded Glamour: A Pair of Giltwood Gadrooned Armchairs attributed to John Cobb

This important pair of George III giltwood armchairs attributed to John Cobb have just arrived in the gallery.  Designed in the French taste, these exceptional chairs have magnificent gadrooned show-frames.  The seat, back and armrests are upholstered with silk damask, and the elegant cabriole legs similarly gadrooned and and terminating in scroll toes with pad feet.  … Continue reading Gilded Glamour: A Pair of Giltwood Gadrooned Armchairs attributed to John Cobb

Exhibition Spotlight: The Stowe Card Tables

As we round out the second week of our summer exhibition, Great Provenances: Exceptional Antiques from Notable Collections, we are delighted to share the Stowe card tables.  This very fine pair of George III kingwood and brass-inlaid card tables is attributed to John Cobb.  The table tops are quarter-veneered with a mounted edge, and the tops … Continue reading Exhibition Spotlight: The Stowe Card Tables