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 when they lost those they loved. It was that interest that drew me to the Metropolitan Museum of Art's exhibition [...]

A Fashionable Georgian Address: Grosvenor Square

A Fashionable Georgian Address: Grosvenor Square

"My aunt," she continued, "is going tomorrow into that part of town, and I shall take the opportunity of calling in Grosvenor Street." Jane Bennet, Pride and Prejudice Since the Georgian era, the Mayfair district has been one of London's most prestigious places to live. And Grosvenor Square was one of the most fashionable addresses. This garden square [...]

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 [...]

A Shocking Way to Entertain Guests During the Regency Era

  When you're entertaining, you want your guests to have a good time. While good conversation over a meal and then cocktails afterwards can be the makings of an ideal dinner party, sometimes we have an urge to do something a bit more memorable. Our Regency era counterparts were no different, and in the early nineteenth [...]

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 [...]