Discovering the Life of a Regency Era Gentleman

Discovering the Life of a Regency Era Gentleman

Once again January rolls around, and I find myself at the Winter Antiques Show in New York City. It is one of America's premier antiques shows, and it provides curators, established collectors, dealers, design professionals, and first-time buyers with opportunities to view, learn about, and purchase lovely pieces showcased by the exhibitors. For me, on a [...]

A Peek Inside the Dining Room of Historic Lansdowne House

A Peek Inside the Dining Room of Historic Lansdowne House

  One of the sad parts about researching historical places, is discovering that a beautiful building had been torn down. I was recently reading about Berkeley Square in London and became intrigued by one of the late Georgian era's prominent homes, Lansdowne House. It was designed by renowned Scottish architect Robert Adam and located on the southwest corner of [...]

Mourning Pictures – An Expression of Grief in the Georgian Era

I confess, I have a fascination with mourning customs of the Georgian era. I'm not sure how this interest developed, but I do know that I am drawn to objects that helped people express their grief at the loss of those they loved. Recently, I visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York to see [...]

What’s Inside the Traveling Studio of an 18th Century Miniature Portrait Artist?

This late eighteenth century artist’s box is like a portable portrait studio. It’s believed to have belonged to an unknown American traveling artist and contains all the tools and materials they would need to paint portrait miniatures on ivory with either powdered color or watercolor. I came upon this treasure when I went to see [...]

The Ideal Georgian Writing Box for a British Officer

The Ideal Georgian Writing Box for a British Officer

Traveling over long distances during the Georgian era was a rough ride. If you were someone with the ability to write, you would have needed a well made writing box that could withstand the poor road conditions.  Members of the British military favored a specific type of writing box which was designed for durability. These portable writing boxes became known [...]

How a Fashionable Lady Showed Her Status in Society

If you walk through any major city across the world, you'll most likely see women dressed in the latest fashions with the most expensive accessories. The well-trained eye can spot them a half a block away, carrying that rare designer handbag that costs as much as a car or sauntering along wearing a pair of red-lacquered sole shoes. Wearing [...]

The History of the Dressing Table

The History of the Dressing Table

I fully admit to being what you might consider a girly girl. I love lotions and potions. A venture into Sephora will never take me less than twenty minutes, even if I just need mascara. And I begin and end each day at my antique dressing table. Recently the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City had an exhibition entitled  "Vanities: [...]