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

A Highlight for Asian Art in London: A Pair of Chinese Famille Rose Vases

This year's Asian Art in London is coming to a close, and we wanted to share a very fine pair of Chinese famille rose baluster vases and covers that we have just acquired for the collection.  Each vase is elaborately decorated with pheasants in a rocky landscape with flowering peonies. Chinese famille-rose porcelain refers to … Continue reading A Highlight for Asian Art in London: A Pair of Chinese Famille Rose Vases

Mackinnon Fine Furniture 2018 Annual Catalogue Now Published

We are delighted to announce that our third annual print catalogue is now published.  The pieces featured in this catalogue have all been chosen for their individual attributes that make English antique furniture so inherently interesting and appealing-in particular, we have concentrated on provenance and attribution, as well as fantastic decoration, design, colour, and patina.  … Continue reading Mackinnon Fine Furniture 2018 Annual Catalogue Now Published

Marvellous Marquetry: An Exceptional William & Mary Mirror

A while ago we shared a post giving an overview of the history of mirrors.  Today we are highlighting a rare William & Mary marquetry mirror.  In the manner of Gerrit Jensen.  This exceptional large scale William and Mary walnut and fruitwood marquetry wall mirror features inlaid shaped cresting, and the rectangular mirror plate is … Continue reading Marvellous Marquetry: An Exceptional William & Mary Mirror

Exhibition Spotlight: A George II Silver Soup Tureen by Paul Crespin from Ham House

Our exhibition, Great Provenances, is predominately focused on English furniture from the 18th century.  But we also have several exceptional objects in the exhibition, including this magnificent George II silver soup tureen designed by Paul Crespin, one of the most celebrated goldsmiths of the 18th century.  This tureen was originally made for Lionel Tollemache, 4th Earl … Continue reading Exhibition Spotlight: A George II Silver Soup Tureen by Paul Crespin from Ham House

A Triumph of Georgian Silver: Paul Crespin’s George II Silver Soup Tureen from the Dysart Service

Today we are highlighting an exceptional George II silver soup tureen designed by Paul Crespin, one of the most celebrated goldsmiths of the 18th century.  This tureen was originally made for Lionel Tollemache, 4th Earl of Dysart (1708-1770) for Ham House, Surrey.  We briefly highlighted this piece in an earlier post looking at the presence … Continue reading A Triumph of Georgian Silver: Paul Crespin’s George II Silver Soup Tureen from the Dysart Service