10 April 2019

A SHORT HISTORY OF FAWSLEY, NORTHANTS

By Deborah Gage

The picturesque Fawsley Estate has a rich and colourful history and is currently owned by the Gage family. Originally dating from the 7th century, the estate includes a park laid out by Capability Brown as well as a manor house that is now one of the leading hotels in Northamptonshire. This article traces the colourful history of the estate and families who have lived there.

21 February 2018

George Gage with two attendants by Anthony van Dyck

IDENTIFICATION AND PROVENANCE

By Hilary Maddicott (As published in the British Art Journal, Vol. XVIII, No. 2, Autumn 2017)

Anthony Van Dyck’s portrait in the National Gallery, London, catalogued as showing George Gage with two attendants, has been acclaimed as an ‘ambitious and innovative’ production of his early years (Pl 3).1 In this unusual ‘conversation piece’, displaying the lively interaction of three figures, Van Dyck portrays the principal subject of the paintings: a youngish man, wrapped in a stylish black cloak, in a pose conveying the innate grace, but also the skilfully-crafted nonchalance, or sprezzatura, of a courtier.

2 February 2018

ANTWERP MAIOLICA TILES AT FIRLE PLACE

By Michael Archer / Timothy Wilson (As published in Keramos, Vol. 210, October 2010)

Now set into a fireplace at Firle Place are thirteen painted tiles, evidently the remains of one or more large-scale tile pictures. These twenty-two tiles in total, one of which is dated 1546, are survivals from an ambitious commission; they are described here for the first time in affectionate tribute to our friend, mentor, and colleague John Mallet, to whom both authors have too many debts for enumeration here.

7 August 2017

FURTHER THOUGHTS ON CHIPPENDALE’S MELBOURNE CABINETS

By Jack Metcalfe

Hawkins’ exemplary conservation of the Melbourne 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.