14 July 2020

    A Portrait of Maria Teresa Gage, Lady Craufurd, with notes on other portraits of her family

    By Georgina Craufurd, Lady Craufurd of Kilbirnie

    Amongst the Gage family’s portraits in Firle Place’s extensive painting collection is a striking late 18th /early 19th century portrait of Maria Teresa Gage, probably by the emigrée French artist, Sophie de Tott, who exhibited a portrait of ‘Lady Crawford’ (sic) at the Royal Academy in 1803.

    2 February 2018


    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


    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.

    21 July 2017

    The Melbourne 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.