A Family Tradition: The Art of Patrick Nasmyth

Today's subject is the esteemed Scottish artist Patrick Nasmyth.  Nasmyth was born in January 1786 to a family of painters.  His father, Alexander Nasmyth, specialised in landscape paintings.  Nasmyth was one of eleven children, several of whom also became painters.  Nasmyth had two strokes of bad luck in his early years.  While preparing to go … Continue reading A Family Tradition: The Art of Patrick Nasmyth

The Art of the Fold: A History of Decorative Screens in the Interior

Several months ago we looked at Chinese lacquer screens and their history.  Today we will focus on the broader history of screens and how they became a popular and fashionable item in Georgian England and Continental Europe.  The painting entitled The New Song by Jan Josef Horemans depicts an interior scene with a group of men … Continue reading The Art of the Fold: A History of Decorative Screens in the Interior

Adding Fuel to the Fire: A Brief History of the Peat Bucket

Peat buckets are the unsung heroes of antique furniture: ever functional and often in attractive mahogany with brass bandings, they are a quintessential part of the Georgian home. So what exactly was their function?  The peat bucket, along with its counterpart the plate bucket, comes from Ireland originally and were designed to sit by the … Continue reading Adding Fuel to the Fire: A Brief History of the Peat Bucket

When William Kent and William Hogarth Collide: An Exceptional George II Mahogany Longcase Clock

Today is the story of two Williams--William Kent, the renowned designer and architect attributed with the Palladian Revival, and William Hogarth, an English painter whose name is synonymous with English satire in Georgian art. We recently acquired a George II mahogany longcase clock in the manner of William Kent.  The case is constructed in a … Continue reading When William Kent and William Hogarth Collide: An Exceptional George II Mahogany Longcase Clock

The ABCs of Decorative Arts: Gothic

We are now over a quarter of the way through our alphabetic tour of the decorative arts, focusing today on the Gothic.  The Gothic style in England became a pervasive trend  toward the end of the eighteenth century with a renewed interest in medieval motifs drawn from English churches and architecture.  Batty Langley's Ancient Architecture Restored … Continue reading The ABCs of Decorative Arts: Gothic

When Bigger Isn’t Better: Small Rooms and How to Decorate Them

We were delighted to be featured in a recent roundup of interior designers and specialists on how to decorate a small room. Our Director, Charlie Mackinnon, had the following to say: 'Antique furniture can be a great source, as many of the pieces were made to fit smaller interiors.  These pieces will fit in seamlessly … Continue reading When Bigger Isn’t Better: Small Rooms and How to Decorate Them