Friday Finds: A Look Back at the Archives

Detail from the George I scarlet japanned mule chest, Mackinnon Fine Furniture Collection We are continuing our tradition of Friday Finds with a look back at the archives - today, we are exploring the history of the George I scarlet japanned mule chest in our collection. Antique furniture is not only defined by its age--it is also reflective of … Continue reading Friday Finds: A Look Back at the Archives

Chippendale’s Chinoiserie: An Exceptional George II Carved Mahogany Chair

In honour of Thomas Chippendale's tercentenary this year, we are delighted to share an outstanding and important George II carved mahogany armchair of the finest quality in the manner of the celebrated cabinetmaker.  Designed in the chinoiserie taste, the back splat is carved with a pagoda cresting and a highly detailed lattice-work back and sides, … Continue reading Chippendale’s Chinoiserie: An Exceptional George II Carved Mahogany Chair

Mackinnon Fine Furniture 2018 Annual Catalogue Now Published

We are delighted to announce that our third annual print catalogue is now published.  The pieces featured in this catalogue have all been chosen for their individual attributes that make English antique furniture so inherently interesting and appealing-in particular, we have concentrated on provenance and attribution, as well as fantastic decoration, design, colour, and patina.  … Continue reading Mackinnon Fine Furniture 2018 Annual Catalogue Now Published

Exhibition Spotlight: A Fourth of July Special

  A very happy Fourth of July to our friends across the pond!  Today's Great Provenances exhibition spotlight has strong ties with America.  This portrait by John Hoppner R.A. depicts Sir John Osborn (1772-1848) wearing a blue coat with a red lined collar and white neck cloth. John Hoppner John Hoppner was a highly regarded portrait artist … Continue reading Exhibition Spotlight: A Fourth of July Special

Exhibition Spotlight: A Pair of George III Giltwood Tables from Wilton

Today marks the opening of our summer exhibition, Great Provenances: Exceptional Antiques from Notable Collections. Throughout the exhibition, we will be sharing pieces from the exhibition on this blog with detailed photographs of the pieces themselves and the collections where they have come from to provide context, history, and character. We are starting with an exceptional … Continue reading Exhibition Spotlight: A Pair of George III Giltwood Tables from Wilton

A Moment in Local Design History: A Pair of Chairs from Crewe House, Curzon Street

Today we are highlighting one of our recent acquisitions: a very fine pair of George III giltwood armchairs in the manner of Thomas Chippendale.  In the neo-classical style, the chairs each feature giltwood show frames and upholstered shield-shaped backs and rounded seats with outswept and padded arms.  The chairs stand on tapered fluted legs surmounted by … Continue reading A Moment in Local Design History: A Pair of Chairs from Crewe House, Curzon Street

An Exciting Discovery: From England to America and Back Again

While doing research for our current exhibition, Looking East: Japanned Furniture of Georgian England, we were delighted to make a discovery that links a piece from our collection with the fantastic red japanned bureau bookcase at the Metropolitan Museum  of Art in New York.  To start with the bureau: This exceptional red japanned piece of furniture … Continue reading An Exciting Discovery: From England to America and Back Again

Mayfair Magazine: ‘Holding Court’

Imagine our surprise to be featured in this month's fashion issue of Mayfair Magazine!  Perhaps antiques are fashionable after all... After a closer read of the issue we saw our name mentioned in the magazine's article entitled 'Holding Court,' focusing on the upcoming LAPADA Art & Antiques Fair. The article highlights our George I giltwood … Continue reading Mayfair Magazine: ‘Holding Court’

Flashback Friday: A Piece from the Archives

We are no strangers to the social media trend to use 'throwback Thursday' and 'flashback Friday' - and we are happy to jump on the bandwagon to discuss a piece from our collection archive.  We acquired a rare and very fine pair of George III mahogany side chairs, which featured exceptional quality carving of great depth … Continue reading Flashback Friday: A Piece from the Archives