6 January 2016

Philip Blairman: some early memories, in his own words

Since 2013, Mark Westgarth, based at the University of Leeds, has been investigating 'Antique Dealers: the British Antiques Trade in the 20th Century'.  This project grew out of his earlier work that culminated in A Biographical Dictionary of Nineteenth Century Antique and Curiosity Dealers, published by the Regional Furniture History Society in 2009.


19 November 2015

A Thomas Hope chandelier identified

Lost works of art are sometimes hidden in plain sight.  

Such is the case with a magnificent chandelier that undoubtedly once hung at Thomas Hope's Duchess Street mansion in London, and later at his country house the Deepedene, Dorking, Surrey.  Having not been seen since it was photographed in 1899 by Country Life, this remarkable example of Regency design has recently been identified hanging anonymously in the lobby of a building in New Orleans, now leased to a bank.


3 November 2015

A pair of chairs after a design by Thomas Hope (1769-1831)

The seemingly simple form of this pair of Regency 'tub' chairs exemplifies Thomas Hope's timeless genius as a designer.  Their apparently effortless curved backs seem redolent, for example, of the 1920s 'art deco' seat furniture by designers such as Emile-Jacques Ruhlmann (1879-1933).


27 October 2015

The Autumn Season begins: PAD, and an American trip

On our stand at PAD, 18 October 2015

The atmosphere at PAD, the Pavilion of Art and Design held each October in Berkeley Square, was scintillating. The show was packed for the duration and, quite simply, worked. Visitors from across the globe loved the ambience created by our Parisian organisers, while the equally international exhibitors benefited from the response to their carefully created stands. During a mild autumn week, with Frieze Masters up in Regent’s Par...


12 October 2015

PAD 2015: first preview this afternoon

As ever, the set up for PAD was a delight.  This may be accounted for by our pleasure in this event; by the friendly atmosphere created by the organisers and exhibitors alike; by the range of fascinating materials brought by our colleagues, and perhaps by the fact that the fair is conveniently located a hundred metres from Mount Street.