Terms of the Trade: Bocage

In antique British pottery and porcelain, the term bocage is used to describe a decorative floral motif popularised first by Chelsea porcelain and later Staffordshire pottery from the mid 18th century onwards.

The term derives from the Old Norman word ‘boscage’, which was used to refer to shrubs, dense undergrowth, hedgerows or a small thicket of trees.

Meet Our Dealers: Patrick Duffy & Cheska Hill-Wood from David Messum Fine Art

Get to know the people and personalities that make the BADA, as we delve into their businesses, passions, and insights on buying and collecting. Through a series of interviews, we uncover their stories and discover what drives them in the world of art and antiques. 


Patrick Duffy (left) & Cheska Hill-Wood (right)

From David Messum Fine Art

Terms of the Trade: Snuff Box

One of the most frequently searched items on the BADA website, the humble snuff box has been a mainstay of English society since the mid-17th century.

Manufactured from ground tobacco leaves, snuff is a fine powder that is inhaled into the nasal cavity and was first imported to Europe by Spanish traders in South America, quickly became a luxury commodity.

Terms of the Trade: Toby Jug

A Toby Jug is the name given to a popular British pottery vessel modelled in the form of a stout seated gentleman, usually dressed in 18th century style frock coat and tricorn hat. The jovial character is often depicted with a mug of beer in one hand and a pipe in the other.

The tricorn hat acts as the jug’s spout while a handle is attached to the characters back for the purpose of pouring. It is thought that the British design evolved from a similar pattern of Delft jugs, popular at the time in the Netherlands.

The Makers Series: William Kent

The foremost architect of the early Georgian era, through his country houses, furniture design and landscape architecture, William Kent determined the design aesthetic that would define the Hanoverian period.

Born in 1685, Kent was actually christened William Cant, to William and Esther Cant of the town of Bridlington in Yorkshire’s East Riding. Having shown an early enthusiasm for painting and the arts, William’s professional career began in humble circumstances as apprentice to a signwriter and coach painter.