Final Exhibition Spotlight: The Warwick Castle Chairs

Our exhibition, Great Provenances: Exceptional Antiques from Notable Collections, comes to an end today.  And we've saved one of our best exhibition spotlights for last: the Warwick Castle armchairs.  This highly important pair of George II mahogany armchairs is attributed to John Hodson.  The serpentine backs, seats ,and armrests are upholstered in their original early 18th century ‘Genoese’ … Continue reading Final Exhibition Spotlight: The Warwick Castle Chairs

Summer Exhibition Announcement: Great Provenances

We are delighted to share our forthcoming summer exhibition, Great Provenances: Exceptional Antiques from Notable Collections, running at our St. James’s gallery from the 25th of June to the 13th of July. This exhibition is a perfect introduction to English antique furniture for anyone curious about heritage, patronage, and legacy in the arts. Each piece … Continue reading Summer Exhibition Announcement: Great Provenances

A History of Japanning in England: The Origin of Japanning

We are continuing the discussion of the history of japanning in England today after beginning with an exploration of the lacquer trade last week. The novelty and rarity of the lacquer pieces from China and Japan sparked a desire to recreate these works in Europe. The English referred to their imitations of Asian lacquer as … Continue reading A History of Japanning in England: The Origin of Japanning

Fit for a Queen: A Pair of Chairs for Marie Antoinette

We are excited to share one of our latest acquisitions with you: shown here is a very fine pair of Louis XVI white-painted fauteuils attributed to Jean-Baptiste Séné.  What makes them particularly interesting is that they were almost certainly made for Marie Antoinette at the impressive château of St. Cloud. Each chair features a rectangular … Continue reading Fit for a Queen: A Pair of Chairs for Marie Antoinette