Theodore Deck & His Turquoise Treasures

Joseph-Théodore Deck (1823-91) was a celebrated French potter who ran a successful workshop in Paris for many years in the mid to late 19th century.  This workshop, Joseph-Théodore Ceramique Française, produced ceramics in a variety of styles, including in foreign Iznik and Chinese patterns. One of Deck's greatest legacies is the famed bleu de Deck, which … Continue reading Theodore Deck & His Turquoise Treasures

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

With A Stamp of Approval: The French Furniture Market in the 18th Century

We are very (nay, extremely!) fond of English furniture of the 18th century: the development of style from the early William & Mary pieces through to the height of the neo-classical revival leaves little to be desired. However, it is hard to ignore French furniture of the same period and the influence it had on … Continue reading With A Stamp of Approval: The French Furniture Market in the 18th Century

Thomas Henry Wyatt’s New Liverpool Exchange

Today we are focusing on an impressive picture by Thomas Henry Wyatt of the New Exchange building in Liverpool.  Exhibited at the Exposition Universelle in Paris in 1878, the size and virtuoso draftsmanship of the present watercolour must make it one of the most dramatic and impressive drawings by a Victorian architect to have survived. … Continue reading Thomas Henry Wyatt’s New Liverpool Exchange