7 August 2017


    By Jack Metcalfe

    Hawkins’ exemplary conservation of the Panshanger Cabinets took five months to complete (October 1983 to February 1984). Damaged marquetry was skilfully lifted and repaired. Also, missing tulipwood cross-banding had to be sourced and matched in figure and colour to blend with the existing veneers, so that on my visit to Firle Place in 2007 I found it impossible to spot the new from the original.

    21 July 2017

    The Panshanger Cabinets in Context

    By James Lomax

    The attribution of the two cabinets at Firle to Thomas Chippendale Senior’s workshop was confirmed by the late Christopher Gilbert in 1978 on stylistic grounds and also because of their provenance, despite the lack of bills or other primary documentation. They were part of the remarkable furniture supplied by Chippendale to Sir Penistone Lamb, created 1st Lord Melbourne in 1770, and his wife, the spirited Elizabeth Milbanke of Halnaby, Yorkshire, for Melbourne House, Piccadilly (now Albany) and Brocket Park, Herts.

    30 January 2017

    Joseph Gage – The Gamble

    By Andrew and Kevin McKenzie

    Another article on on Joseph Gage:  The Gamble – a tale of bankruptcy and murderous rivalry between kindred families.

    30 September 2016

    English-American Traveller

    By Frederick Rosengarten, Jr

    In 1648 a most unusual book was published in London entitled The English-American his Travail by Sea and Land: or a New Survey of the West India’s. In this work, Thomas Gage, a British Dominican friar, wrote a vivid account of conditions in Mexico and Guatemala during the 1620s and 1630s – the first authentic eyewitness description of South America by a non-Spaniard who had actually lived in the New World.