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8 June 2014

More on ivory: resisting the law of unintended consequences

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There is evidence that, little by little, the Fish & Wildlife Service is coming to appreciate that those who study, display in museums, and collect works of art that happen to be made of (or incorporate) ivory are equally committed to the protection of endangered species.  It is also increasingly understood that these are not contradictory positions.  It is to be hoped that some common grou...

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6 June 2014

Furniture, friendship and fun: the Furniture History Society's first fifty years


Last night, at the Mansion House, the Furniture History Society celebrated its fiftieth anniversary. By extraordinary and happy chance Fiona Woolf, the current Lord Mayor, is a member of the FHS and a great enthusiast for the subject of furniture history.  In her words during the evening, the Lord Mayor, herself the daughter of the eminent textile historian Margaret Swain (1909-2002), summed up what makes the Society so special, and why it should be proud of its achievements.

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4 June 2014

A missing cabinet by Louis Le Gaigneur

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The cabinet illustrated above, now in an American private collection, was sold at Christie’s (London), 12 July 2012, lot 6.  It can be attributed with confidence to Louis Le Gaigneur , about whom little is known and whose documented oeuvre is also small; ...

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3 June 2014

Close encounters: two sécretaires on view at the Wallace Collection, London

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At a time when many fear that connoisseurship has become a diminished aspect of art historical study, a small display at the Wallace Collection, London is hugely to be welcomed (on view until 29 August).

Standing side by side ...

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27 May 2014

2014 Catalogue

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On Friday 30 May we shall be mailing the 2014 edition of Furniture and Works of Art, our twenty-first consecutive annual catalogue.  This year, the publication includes objects ranging in date from the late seventeenth century to the beginning of ...

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