BADA (The British Antique Dealers’ Association) is delighted to announce that visual artist Mark Purllant is the winner of the BADA Art Prize 2023.
Launched in 2021, the BADA Art Prize seeks to promote the antiques of tomorrow by awarding a grant to an emerging contemporary artist whose work exemplifies the enduring ingenuity and quality illustrated by our members’ objects.
Andirons, or firedogs as they are also known, are a practical tool for stacking logs in an open hearth. Usually sold in pairs and designed with two front legs and one to the rear, logs could be placed securely across the connecting horizontal bar, allowing air to circulate below the fire. The air circulation allowed for a more efficient burn and reduced the amount of smoke generated.
BADA Week: Exceptional Chinese Export Chairs sold to Art Institute of Chicago
To celebrate BADA Week (13th – 17th November), Thomas Coulborn and Sons is delighted to announce the sale of an exceptional pair of 18th century Chinese Export Carved Padouk Side Chairs to The Art Institute of Chicago.
Made circa 1730 in padouk carved in low relief imitating English gesso work, they feature carved shell and foliate decoration and distinctive grotesque masks to the pad feet.
The term coffer dates to medieval times and is used to describe a lockable wooden chest constructed for the purpose of storing valuable items such as gold or silver. First used in the 13th century, the term is a derivation of the Latin word ‘cophinus’, meaning a large basket or storage hamper. In Middle English the word is written as ‘coffre’ or ‘cofre’ and is absorbed from the French language following the Norman Conquest.
Among the most gifted British landscape painters of the 20th century, Edward Seago (1910-1974) captured the British coastline and countryside with a sense of joy that earned him worldwide admiration.
Born in Norwich, Seago’s father was area manager for a Norfolk coal merchant, while his mother was employed as a governess at nearby Raveningham Hall. Young Edward was diagnosed with a heart condition at age eight and as a consequence found himself regularly housebound.
The cartel clock is a magnificent wall-mounted timepiece originating from the early Rococo movement in 1730s France. Traditionally cartouche shaped in design, the elaborate cartel clock represented a rejection of the geometric symmetry of Louis Quatorze style, or French classicism as it is also known.
Padouk is the name given to the wood of the tropical Pterocarpus tree, native to Central and West Africa, and Southeast Asia. Trees can grow up to 50 metres in height, forming a long straight trunk that makes the timber an ideal candidate for logging.
The English term Padouk derives from the Burmese name for the tree, which is ‘Padauk’. Its wood is a rich red in colour, not unlike mahogany. The warm texture, coupled with the astonishing durability of the wood make Padouk perfect for use in the production of cabinets and fine furniture.
This month marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of Omar Ramsden. Arguably the most eminent silversmith of the British Arts and Crafts movement.
Born in the Sheffield suburb of Walkley in 1873, Omar was the son of Benjamin Ramsden, a silver engraver, and his wife Norah. At the time, Sheffield was the heart of the British cutlery industry, so many households within the community would have been involved in the silver trade in some capacity.