Exhibition Spotlight: The Crimonmogate Mahogany Console Tables

Today's Great Provenances exhibition spotlight hails from Scotland.  This fine pair of early 19th century George IV period neo-classical mahogany side tables was designed by Archibald Simpson and made for Crimonmogate House, Aberdeenshire.  Each table stands on tapered fluted front legs with finely carved quatrefoil detailing and block feet.  The rear legs are of similar form … Continue reading Exhibition Spotlight: The Crimonmogate Mahogany Console Tables

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Take a Closer Look: A Set of Chairs with a Curious Stamp

English antique furniture from the 18th century, unlike its French counterpart, is rarely signed, stamped, or otherwise inscribed with the cabinetmaker's name.   There are, of course, exceptions to the rule.  The impressive suite of red japanned furniture made for Lazcano Palace by Giles Grendey features Grendey's trade label on several pieces of the suite (we … Continue reading Take a Closer Look: A Set of Chairs with a Curious Stamp

Unearthing an Etruscan Mystery: A Penwork Pembroke Table Attributed to Henry Clay

Today's post focuses on the above Pembroke table, which is a highly unusual and rare survival of a specific type of furniture made in England in the late eighteenth century. Goethe, a poet and philosopher, once wrote, 'Naples is a paradise' (Italian Journey, 1787).  During the second half of the eighteenth century, when Goethe was … Continue reading Unearthing an Etruscan Mystery: A Penwork Pembroke Table Attributed to Henry Clay