H. Blairman & Sons offers well-documented furniture and works of art dating principally, but not exclusively, from the later eighteenth century, the nineteenth century and from the early decades of the twentieth century.
Blairman’s interest in eighteenth-century design is exemplified by its identification of the four missing candlestands supplied in 1745-46 for the Long Gallery at Temple Newsam House, Leeds.
From the Regency period Blairman’s has a particular interest in designers and their patrons. In the recent past the firm has handled, for example, several pieces of furniture after designs published by Thomas Hope, from his London house. Blairman’s has also identified furniture made for the collector William Beckford, both for Lansdown Crescent and for Lansdown Tower.
In 1987 Blairman’s mounted, with the National Museums and Galleries on Merseyside, an exhibition ‘George Bullock: Cabinet-Maker’. Since the exhibition, the firm has maintained its interest in this remarkable designer and cabinet-maker.
From the nineteenth century Blairman’s has concentrated on two principal areas: work from the pantheon of British architect-designers who advanced new ideas throughout the century, and the work of the leading contemporary continental European manufacturers.