The Age of Walnut Exhibition Spotlight: A Scarlet Japanned Bachelors Chest

A Queen Anne Scarlet Japanned Bachelors Chest Mackinnon Fine Furniture We are delighted to open our summer exhibition, The Age of Walnut, by highlighting a masterpiece in the exhibition that features on the cover of our catalogue - a rare and highly important Queen Anne scarlet japanned bachelors chest. A Queen Anne Scarlet Japanned Bachelors … Continue reading The Age of Walnut Exhibition Spotlight: A Scarlet Japanned Bachelors Chest

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Imari Intrigue: An Exceptional Japanese Imari Charger with Museum Connections

We recently acquired this exceptional Japanese Imari charger of particularly large scale.  Of round form with a shallow bowl, the charger is painted in dark underglaze blue with shades of iron red overglaze enamels and gilding.  The piece is decorated in the centre with a roundel painted with a tall vase holding a bouquet of … Continue reading Imari Intrigue: An Exceptional Japanese Imari Charger with Museum Connections

Tiny Treasure: A George I Green Japanned Dressing Mirror

We are delighted to share a wonderful piece from our collection: this very rare George I green japanned dressing mirror is extremely finely decorated throughout with wonderful gilt chinoiseries on a dark green ground. Despite its diminutive size, the mirror features grand proportions, with the adjustable arched bevelled mirror plate supported by turned finial mounted … Continue reading Tiny Treasure: A George I Green Japanned Dressing Mirror

French Fantasies Come to Life: The Designs of Charles Percier

Charles Percier was a French neoclassical architect and designer known for his bold and dramatic interiors.  He championed the Empire style and worked as the official architect to the Emperor Napoleon along with his contemporary Pierre-François Léonard Fontaine.  His Arc du Carrousel can still be seen at the entrance of the Tuileries Garden in Paris. … Continue reading French Fantasies Come to Life: The Designs of Charles Percier

Magnificent Meissen: A Serpent-Handled Vase from the Famed European Workshop

The Meissen porcelain factory is one of the most famous porcelain manufacturers in Europe: Meissen was founded in 1710 at Albrechtsburg castle in the town of Meissen at the instruction of Augustus the Strong, Elector Prince of Saxony and King of Poland. He established the factory after the discovery of hard-paste porcelain in the early … Continue reading Magnificent Meissen: A Serpent-Handled Vase from the Famed European Workshop

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

Period Portraits: James Brydges, 1st Duke of Chandos

For our next instalment of Period Portraits, our series looking at interesting historical characters and their artistic patronage, we are highlighting James Byrdges, Duke of Chandos.  Chandos was the first of fourteen children of Sir James Brydges, 3rd Baronet of Wilton Castle, Sheriff of Herefordshire, 8th Lord Chandos. Chandos served as Paymaster-General of John Churchill, … Continue reading Period Portraits: James Brydges, 1st Duke of Chandos

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)

French Taste for English Eyes: Pierre Langlois

Pierre Langlois was a cabinet-maker of Huguenot origins who found favour in both the Royal Court and within the aristocracy. His name is now synonymous with the greatest English furniture, made in the French taste, during the second half of the 18th century. Langlois was born in France and trained as a cabinetmaker, possibly with … Continue reading French Taste for English Eyes: Pierre Langlois