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The Lady of Shalott by Waterhouse

This blog post delves into the diverse and fascinating history of 19th Century European painting.

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The Crystal Palace

For many, there is little more beautiful than the passage of light through a fine piece of crystal. We take a look at the long history of this magical material.

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Meissen chandelier

The town of Meissen is today practically synonymous with porcelain. We take a look at how this came to be, and discover some beautiful art along the way.

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Sainte-chapelle

Intricate details, towering buildings, the celebration of light, and monumental beauty: our guide to the fascinating history of the Gothic style.

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Take a look at our guide to marquetry and parquetry, which explains the history of these wonderful techniques of woodwork.

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'Afternoon Tea for Three' by Charles-Joseph-Frederic Soulacroix

We take a look at six iconic antique tea services which have, in their own time, captured the essence of tea-drinking.

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A Royal Palace in Morocco by Jean-Joseph Benjamin-Constant

The 19th Century Middle East was the subject of intense European fascination – as a theatre of war, a place of learning, and an inspiration for some exquisite art.

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Renoir painting

Our latest blog post investigates the sheer beauty and unstoppable innovation of the Belle Epoque.

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Detail of a Faberge style table clock

A look at perhaps the most iconic jeweller of the modern era, the beautiful, precious pieces he made, and the style of decorative arts he inspired.

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La marquise de Pompadour par Maurice Quentin de La Tour

This blog post explores the influence and importance of Madame de Pompadour, the royal mistress of King Louis XV of France.

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Ormolu mounted satyrs on neoclassical table

It’s impossible to buy European antiques without coming across ormolu. Our extensive guide unravels the mystery of this precious and beautiful material.

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19th Century commode

Our latest blog post is the second of two installments on the furniture and decorative arts of the 19th Century.

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