Mackinnon in the Press: Antique Collecting Highlights Age of Walnut Exhibition

We are delighted to share an article from the latest issue of Antique Collecting magazine that highlights our forthcoming Age of Walnut exhibition. The article offers an in depth look at the history of walnut furniture in England in the late 17th and early 18th centuries when it was at its most popular. The article highlights several pieces that … Continue reading Mackinnon in the Press: Antique Collecting Highlights Age of Walnut Exhibition

Seeing Double: A George II Walnut Double Back Settee

We are delighted to share this magnificent George II walnut double back settee.  The back features two vase shaped splats and shepherds crook arms.  The settee stands on a shaped seat frame with three cabriole front legs headed by carved shell and husk decoration, terminating in ball and claw feet, with three splayed rear legs. … Continue reading Seeing Double: A George II Walnut Double Back Settee

The Kidney Desk: A History

We are delighted to share one of our latest acquisitions: this very fine 19th century walnut kidney desk with ebonised moulding and parquetry inlay.  The green vellum lined top with its brass gallery surround stands above three frieze drawers and cupboard doors opening to reveal interior fitted drawers.  The reverse of the desk features central open … Continue reading The Kidney Desk: A History

A Piece of the Past: William & Mary Lace Chest

Today we are sharing a piece that has recently arrived in the gallery.  This magnificent William & Mary walnut chest on stand features a lid inlaid with an oval pattern top with chevron stringing with quartering. The lid opens to reveal a lined compartment, and below is a single long drawer.  The chest stands on … Continue reading A Piece of the Past: William & Mary Lace Chest

The Art of Furniture Encyclopedia: Queen Anne

We are starting a new series that will tie into one of our new digital efforts: 'The Art of Furniture,' an online encyclopedia of furniture and decorative arts.  The encyclopedia will look at major themes related to furniture history: stylistic periods, English monarchs, materials, techniques, and many more. Each entry will be accompanied with examples … Continue reading The Art of Furniture Encyclopedia: Queen Anne