Culzean Castle: A Scottish Gem

Culzean Castle, overlooking the Firth of Clyde, has a fascinating history.  In 1569, the 4th Earl of Cassilis gifted the castle to his brother, Sir Thomas Kennedy.  In the following centuries, the castle was expanded and enlarged.  The original castle was likely a stone tower house and dates back to the late 14th century. In … Continue reading Culzean Castle: A Scottish Gem

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Classicism at its Finest: A George III Mahogany Armchair

Today we are sharing a marvellous specimen chair: the quality of the carving is quite magnificent, and the mahogany is of the most wonderful colour.  The distinctive carving of the anthemion, or honeysuckle, on the back splat is a hallmark of the neo-classical movement that was used by Robert Adam, James Wyatt, and other notable … Continue reading Classicism at its Finest: A George III Mahogany Armchair

The Perfect Pairing: A Giltwood Bracket & Blue and White Charger

We are starting a new series on the blog entitled 'The Perfect Pairing' where we will look at two pieces from our collection that work well together.  Whether it is a desk and chair, mirror and chest, or lamp and table, the idea is to demonstrate how antiques from different periods and styles can come … Continue reading The Perfect Pairing: A Giltwood Bracket & Blue and White Charger

Fit for a Princess: A George III Chimneypiece attributed to Robert Adam

Continuing our week of all things royal, today we are highlighting a rare and important George III pine chimneypiece possibly designed by Robert Adam for Harewood House.  The carving throughout is of exceptional quality in the neo-classical taste, with carved laurel wreaths and bell flower swags and classical urns.  The surface would have been gilded or … Continue reading Fit for a Princess: A George III Chimneypiece attributed to Robert Adam

Unearthing an Etruscan Mystery: A Penwork Pembroke Table Attributed to Henry Clay

Today's post focuses on the above Pembroke table, which is a highly unusual and rare survival of a specific type of furniture made in England in the late eighteenth century. Goethe, a poet and philosopher, once wrote, 'Naples is a paradise' (Italian Journey, 1787).  During the second half of the eighteenth century, when Goethe was … Continue reading Unearthing an Etruscan Mystery: A Penwork Pembroke Table Attributed to Henry Clay