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26 May 2021

Charles Lepec: artist in enamels

Charles Lepec (1830-1890) has now emerged from obscurity to be recognised as the most remarkable enamel artist active in France during the third quarter of the nineteenth century. The ambivalence toward French decorative arts from the middle decades of the... Read More...

25 February 2021

Some memories of Christie’s in the 1970s

A recent correspondence in the Antiques Trade Gazette about how the art world has changed over the past forty or fifty years brought back happy memories.  The following note is based on my own contribution. *** While I had the... Read More...

17 January 2021

W.A.S. Benson: furnishing and lighting the Arts & Crafts interior

NOTE: Click individual images to see full-size picture William Arthur Smith Benson (1854-1924) inherited his love of art and beauty from his mother Elizabeth.  His father, also William, was a barrister at Lincoln’s Inn and his son together with five... Read More...

29 October 2020

Charles Francis Annesley Voysey (1857-1941): furniture

Voysey’s furniture makes a distinctive and distinguished contribution to turn-of-the-century interiors. His designs, materials and production methods epitomize the dichotomy of the Arts & Crafts Movement's between tradition and modernity; between individual craftsmanship and machine production. In the later 1890s... Read More...

17 October 2020

Modern Gothic Furniture by Charles Bevan

Charles Bevan (probably active by circa 1860-circa 1882 was a talented and influential furniture designer, working in the 'Modern Gothic' style.  Details of his life and career, however, remain elusive (see Simon Jervis, ‘Charles, Bevan and Talbert’ in The Decorative... Read More...

13 September 2020

Speaking from Experience: Legacy firms on Navigating Marketplace Ups and Downs

Martin Levy - H. Blairman & Sons

This note appeared as part of a series of ‘interviews’, conducted by Laura Beach, at the end of a front page article celebrating ‘The Liverants of Colchester: Thoughts on Turning One Hundred’ published in Antiques and the Arts Weekly, 18 September…

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27 August 2020

From the archive: Chinese reverse painted glass pictures

Philip Blairman took an early interest in eighteenth-century ‘Chinese mirror paintings’. Our records show him handling such work from the 1920s onwards.  Blairman held several exhibitions of glass pictures.  A catalogue, sadly undated, is included in the archive, but it…

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12 July 2020

Museums and Mentors, Scholarship and Friendship: Stories from the world of fine ceramics dealing

The organisers of Masterpiece rose to the challenge of keeping this year’s cancelled fair alive through a much admired online programme.  If you missed it during the fair, you might enjoy these entertaining anecdotes from four leading dealers in ceramics,…

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6 June 2020

George Bullock (died 1818): a Regency sculptor, designer and cabinet-maker

George Bullock header Today, far more is known about George Bullock than when Brian Reade drew particular attention to this now much admired designer and cabinet-maker in Regency Antiques (1953).  It was not until the following decade that others began to take an... Read More...

14 May 2020

Alfred Morrison (1821-97): a patron and collector of decorative arts

Alfred Morrison inherited a vast fortune from his father James Morrison (1789-1857).  Even in an era famous for the collecting habits of the nouveaux riches, James Morrison stands out.  His son Alfred (fig. 1) was not only a voracious collector... Read More...

2 May 2020

Christopher Dresser: a Victorian designer

Dr Christopher Dresser (1834-1904) was a prodigious designer of applied arts (objects for household use and decoration).  He is recognised as one of the world’s earliest independent industrial designers, associated over a period of nearly forty years with many different... Read More...

17 April 2020

News from London

H Blairman - News from London April 2020

2020 will be a year we shall never forget. As I write from the relative comfort of my home, it is impossible not to reflect on the millions so less well placed to cope with this pandemic, even in the…

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20 February 2020

TEFAF, Maastricht, 2020: a celebration of Regency design – and more

Blairman at TEFAF 2020

For three generations, H. Blairman & Sons has enjoyed a reputation for Regency design. On the occasion of the bicentenary of the Prince Regent’s accession as George IV, we are devoting a substantial part of our stand at TEFAF, Maastricht…

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6 December 2019

New Address: 15, Queen Anne’s Gate, London, SW1H 9BU

H Blairman Queen Anne Gate Entrance

15, Queen Anne’s Gate is a distinguished early eighteenth-century house in one of London’s most charming streets, to the south of St James’s Park and just a short walk from Westminster Abbey and the Palace of Westminster. The house was…

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17 June 2019

Kelmscott Manor: Past, Present and Future

Kelmscott

Nearly five years ago, the Society of Antiquaries of London organised a small fund-raining auction to kick-start an application to the Heritage Lottery Fund to secure the future of Kelmscott Manor, William Morris’s ‘heaven on earth’. Last November, the Society…

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6 June 2019

Masterpiece, London, 27 June-3 July 2019

It is with pleasure that we are, once again, exhibiting at Masterpiece, London. The elegant architecture of Sir Christopher Wren’s late seventeenth-century Royal Hospital forms an appropriate backdrop for a fair that brings a rich and varied display of works…

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