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April 15, 2019

0 “Intelligent Design” – New Online Catalog

Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months. — Oscar Wilde

Author Ben Miller
March 22, 2019

0 Matthew Boulton’s Industry

“I sell here, Sir, what all the world desires to have – power.” Matthew Boulton (1728-1809) In 18th century England, a successful silversmith was not only a craftsman. He or she was the head of an enterprise, and in Matthew Boulton’s case, an enormous one. Boulton’s famous manufactory in Birmingham produced massive quantities of goods, from...

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Author Ben Miller
March 1, 2019

0 Fox News

This wonderful little box, in the shape of a fox-head, was owned by the greatest sportsman of the eighteenth century, the legendary Colonel Thomas Thornton, of Thornville Royal, Yorkshire. He single-handedly revived the ancient sport of falconry, and was known throughout Europe for his extraordinary feats of endurance and athleticism. Thornton was also a great...

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Author Ben Miller
November 5, 2018

0 Ancient Meets Antique Meets Modern

This classically inspired cup, designed by Danish architect Benjamin Schlick, is one of Elkington’s earliest electrotypes. The subject is ancient, the object is an antique, and the method used to produce it is decidedly modern. To create an electrotype, a wax mold is made of an original model and then covered with metallic powder to...

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Author Ben Miller
June 8, 2018

0 A Shrubsole E-Catalog for Summer

Following on the success of our last e-catalog, which took as its theme the rococo, my colleague Ben Miller is back at it, this time showcasing objects which, in addition to their beauty and rarity, have interesting histories and associations. At the risk of sounding painfully corny, and being seen as trying to capitalize on...

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Author Ben Miller
April 26, 2018

0 The Archbishop’s Tankard

This excellent 1673 tankard was made for the Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Tenison. In addition to leading the Church of England, Tenison preached the funeral service of Nell Gwyne, and he crowned both Queen Anne and George I. Most unusually, we know the subsequent provenance through the end of the 20th century. Tenison bequeathed the...

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Author Ben Miller
January 16, 2018

0 A Very Fine Elizabeth I Silver-Gilt Standing Salt

From the cover of our 2017 catalog. Salts of such quality, and in such fine condition, are rare outside of museum collections. The beautiful, original gilding and the fine and characteristic engraving make this one of the nicest pieces of Elizabethan silver we have had since we bought the Rothschild Livery Pots, now in the splendid...

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Author Ben Miller
September 1, 2016

0 Nantucket Summer Antiques Show

For the first time, this year Shrubsole exhibited at the August antiques show in Nantucket. We were excited to introduce ourselves to the island and the region; we’d never participated in a show north of New York City! The centerpiece here is our George Washington Tea Table. We also brought this meditative Willcox painting of the shoreline...

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Author Ben Miller
April 18, 2016

0 Philadelphia Antiques and Art Show

All eyes were on the Philadelphia Antiques and Art Show as it opened last weekend. After a hiatus last year, the fair is hoping to find a new foothold in a new location (a large tent in the Navy Yard). We didn’t know what to expect, but we were cautiously optimistic. The show was a solid success for...

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Author Ben Miller
April 11, 2016

0 TEFAF Maastricht 2016

I’m posting this much later than I’d hoped–in fact, as I write this, we’re already starting to pack for our next show, in Philadelphia, opening Thursday, April 14. But for sheer scale, international reach, and range of objects, there’s no show quite like the annual fair in Maastricht hosted by TEFAF. The organizers moved our...

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Author Ben Miller