Thirlestaine House: A History Full of Art

Thirlestaine House in Cheltenham once housed one of the greatest picture collections in the nineteenth century.  It was originally built by an amateur architect named J.R. Scott in 1820.  British Listed Buildings describes the house as follows: 'Thirlestaine House represents the apogee of the Cheltenham villa and is the only surviving example of the grand villa … Continue reading Thirlestaine House: A History Full of Art

A Family Tradition: The Art of Patrick Nasmyth

Today's subject is the esteemed Scottish artist Patrick Nasmyth.  Nasmyth was born in January 1786 to a family of painters.  His father, Alexander Nasmyth, specialised in landscape paintings.  Nasmyth was one of eleven children, several of whom also became painters.  Nasmyth had two strokes of bad luck in his early years.  While preparing to go … Continue reading A Family Tradition: The Art of Patrick Nasmyth

Adding Fuel to the Fire: A Brief History of the Peat Bucket

Peat buckets are the unsung heroes of antique furniture: ever functional and often in attractive mahogany with brass bandings, they are a quintessential part of the Georgian home. So what exactly was their function?  The peat bucket, along with its counterpart the plate bucket, comes from Ireland originally and were designed to sit by the … Continue reading Adding Fuel to the Fire: A Brief History of the Peat Bucket

Designer Spotlight: Thomas Pheasant

We are delighted to present Thomas Pheasant as our next Designer Spotlight feature.  From his impressive Washington, DC studio, Thomas has created timeless interiors for his clients for over thirty years.  And he doesn't stop at interior design--in 2005 Thomas  launched a Studio focused on creating and curating furniture for the modern collector that draws … Continue reading Designer Spotlight: Thomas Pheasant

Thirlestaine House: A History Full of Art

Thirlestaine House in Cheltenham once housed one of the greatest picture collections in the nineteenth century.  It was originally built by an amateur architect named J.R. Scott in 1820.  British Listed Buildings describes the house as follows: 'Thirlestaine House represents the apogee of the Cheltenham villa and is the only surviving example of the grand villa … Continue reading Thirlestaine House: A History Full of Art

When Art Imitates Life, and Vice Versa

It is no secret that one of our favourite artists is Arthur Devis (1712-1787)--the English painter is best known for his conversation pieces, a particular type of portraiture showing individuals posed within a detailed domestic setting.  Devis's painted interiors served to highlight the sitter's gentility, elegance, and taste.  Today, we are taking a closer look at … Continue reading When Art Imitates Life, and Vice Versa