Diving into Delftware: A Dutch Tradition

We recently looked at a type of pottery coming out of modern day Turkey, known as Iznik ware.  Today we are taking a closer look at Delftware, a type of pottery dating back almost 400 years from the Netherlands. Delftware emerged in the Netherland in an area known as Delft as potters attempted to imitate … Continue reading Diving into Delftware: A Dutch Tradition

Exhibition Spotlight: A Worcester Cup and Saucer by James Giles from Saltram

We continue our series highlighting pieces from our exhibition Great Provenances: Exceptional Antiques from Notable Collections with an extremely rare Worcester teacup and saucer from the atelier of James Giles. The teacup and saucer are superbly painted in green monochrome on a pure white ground, with figures in classical landscapes, a gilt dentil border, a solid … Continue reading Exhibition Spotlight: A Worcester Cup and Saucer by James Giles from Saltram

Designer Spotlight: Carlos Garcia Interiors

Our next Designer Spotlight feature is a designer right here on our doorstep in London (and Norfolk!).  Carlos Garcia of Carlos Garcia Interiors was born in Spain, and he has been a longtime admirer of English antiques and country house interiors.  He opened his eponymous interior design firm in 2014 and has created a portfolio … Continue reading Designer Spotlight: Carlos Garcia Interiors

A Selection of Antique & Modern Lamps

We are delighted to present an online catalogue of lamps from our collection.  With a mix of both antique and modern vases, each of these lamps has been selected for its fine quality and decorative appeal.  You can read the catalogue here: http://issuu.com/mackinnonfineart/docs/mackinnon_lamps_catalogue_winter_20_2209298fdd782d?e=25624079/58758226 Below we are highlighting a few examples from the catalogue. The ceramic … Continue reading A Selection of Antique & Modern Lamps

A History of Japanning in England: The Lacquer Trade

In honour of our winter exhibition, Looking East: Japanned Furniture of Georgian England, we thought it was the perfect time to look at the history of japanning.  We will share this information over three posts in the coming weeks to coincide with the exhibition. Any history of japanning must start with the lacquer trade. In July … Continue reading A History of Japanning in England: The Lacquer Trade

Birds of a Feather: The History of Birds in Art

In honour of Thanksgiving, we thought it was a fitting time to pay homage to the turkey and his fellow avian friends.  Today we are going to look at the history of depicting birds in art and share a selection of birds found on pieces in our current collection. Birds have always held significance related … Continue reading Birds of a Feather: The History of Birds in Art