A Moment in Local Espionage History: MI6 & Ryder Street

The aim of this blog is to highlight antique furniture and historic interiors... but we couldn't resist sharing this fascinating bit of history from our very own Ryder Street, where we have had a gallery since 2009. In 1943, MI6 established Section V's headquarters at 14 Ryder Street.  Section V was the central foreign counter-espionage … Continue reading A Moment in Local Espionage History: MI6 & Ryder Street

Elegant & Chic: A Pair of Two Tier Tables with Coloured Stones

We have recently acquired this fantastic pair of two tier tables, each featuring a collection of coloured stones. The tops of each table are inset with the coloured stones on a gilded surface and mounted in craquelure painted frames.  The lower shelves are decorated with gilding and craquelure surrounds.  The brass frames feature pinecone finials … Continue reading Elegant & Chic: A Pair of Two Tier Tables with Coloured Stones

Designer Spotlight: Sophie Ashby of Studio Ashby

Our next Designer Spotlight, Sophie Ashby of Studio Ashby, has a fascinating background.  Sophie grew up between South Africa and the UK, and at the young age of 25 she set up her interior design practice.  Sophie's projects reflect her personality with an eye for incorporating art throughout her interiors, whether it be traditional or … Continue reading Designer Spotlight: Sophie Ashby of Studio Ashby

Flashback Friday: The Grosvenor House Art & Antiques Fair

Today we are taking a step back in time to look at one of London's most storied and renowned art fairs, the Grosvenor House Art & Antiques Fair. The Grosvenor House Art & Antiques Fair was founded in 1934 and became a highlight of the London art world until 2009.  The art fair ran every … Continue reading Flashback Friday: The Grosvenor House Art & Antiques Fair

Flora & Fauna Catalogue Highlight: A Worcester Cup & Saucer with Exotic Birds

Our series highlighting pieces from our recently published Flora & Fauna catalogue continues today.  This extremely rare First Period Worcester coffee cup and saucer features exotic birds and comes from the atelier James Giles.  Each piece is decorated with a central image of colourful exotic birds in a landscape. James Giles and his workshop are often associated with … Continue reading Flora & Fauna Catalogue Highlight: A Worcester Cup & Saucer with Exotic Birds

Regal Rosewood: A Closer Look at the Exotic Timber

Rosewood refers to a variety of different species of heavy, dense, dark-streaked timbers.  It is commonly believed that rosewood got its name from its rose-like scent, but this is not the case.  Its signature characteristic is the streaky purple-black figure. Rosewood has been imported from Brazil since trade routes opened in 1808.  Indian rosewood was … Continue reading Regal Rosewood: A Closer Look at the Exotic Timber