Terms of the Trade: Cabriole Leg

The word 'cabriole' refers to legs of a piece of furniture that are shaped in two curves. The upper part is convex, whilst the lower is concave, like an “s”. The two halves bend outward and inward, creating a 'foot' to the leg. The design was used by the ancient Chinese and Greeks, but emerged in Europe in the early 18th century, especially in France, England and Holland. Lonnie Bird says that, "nothing symbolises 18th century furniture more than the cabriole leg."

The BADA Friends & William Morris’s ‘Heaven on Earth’ Project

The Friends of the BADA are delighted to support the ambitious project to preserve Kelmscott Manor. The Manor was the historic Cotswold retreat of William Morris, father of the Arts and Crafts Movement, as well as the founder of Morris & Co - historic members of the BADA in the 1920’s. Closed in 2019 to allow for the conservation and repair of the Grade I listed manor house as well as the construction of new Learning Building, the Society of Antiquaries, who own this outstanding house, hopes to develop it as a hub for educational and community engagements.

A conversation with John Howard

John is an internationally recognized authority on 18th and 19th century British pottery, and a previous Chairman of CADA. He is always looking for pieces with that “extra special something” and strives to select the best and often the rarest, with a discerning eye based on 40 years' knowledge and experience. John enjoys collaborating with customers on their collections and working with interior decorators and institutions such as the British Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.


 

Terms of the Trade: Porphyry

Porphyry is an igneous stone with large crystals such as quartz.

The word comes from Ancient Greek and means ‘purple’, referring to the colour of the stone.

Purple was the colour of royalty, and ‘imperial porphyry’ was a deep purple rock with large crystals.

Some authors claimed that the rock was the hardest rock known to antiquity. Imperial grade porphyry was used for monuments and buildings in Imperial Rome.

 

New showroom at Wick Antiques

Wick Antiques was established by Charles Wallrock in the early 1980s. Having grown up in the Antiques world, Charles developed an extensive wealth of knowledge. He was later joined by his wife, Caroline Wallrock. Caroline having completed a Persian degree, went on to study at Christie’s fine art and then joined Sotheby’s specializing in Islamic and Japanese works of art, as well as taking the occasional auction.

They are preparing to open their new showroom on April 12th, featured in this promotional video.

Terms of the Trade: Pietra Dura

Pietra dura, or pietre dure, is an inlay technique using cut stones to create images. The stones are often highly polished and colourful, and can include marbles, semiprecious and sometimes even precious stones.

The work is loosely assembled and glued together piece by piece, so that the contact between each stone type is an invisible join.

A conversation with David Isaac

David Isaac, Director of Isaac and Ede, has been working with antiquarian prints for over thirty years. His gallery is based in London and he exhibits at art and antiques shows both in London and overseas. David takes great pride in advising his clients, both private and corporate, on the acquisition, presentation and preservation of individual antiquarian prints and larger collections.

“I'm BADA born and bred, based in Kensington and a purveyor of fine prints.”


What was the first antique you bought for yourself personally? Why?

BADA Member Video series: The Sladmore Gallery

 

In the third of our new series of videos showcasing the broad membership of the BADA, Ed Horswell of The Sladmore Gallery and Sladmore Contemporary gives us an introduction to the evolution of equine sculpture over the ages.

Ed Horswell has also written a beautiful book, Les Animaliers, showcasing the work of the 40 artists at the forefront of the Animalier movement between 1900 and 1950. Order a copy here.