pinch-beck noun 1. An alloy of zinc and copper used as imitation gold. 2. A cheap imitation. adjective 1. Made of pinchbeck. 2. Imitation;… Read More »Christopher Pinchbeck, a much-maligned jeweller and clock maker, died this day 1732.
A beautiful example of a japanned (lacquered) sewing cabinet , described as being a Regency piece of chinoiserie, appears on the ever-excellent site of Mark… Read More »A sewing cabinet Jane Austen would have been proud of….
1787 was an interesting time for men’s fashions. I was rather taken with this print, shown courtesy of the Lewis Walpole Library at Yale University,… Read More »All fine and dandy, 1787-style, but only if it is striped!
A few years ago I gave a talk on decorated furniture in the Eighteenth Century – and until I did my research for it I… Read More »Tin-ware or papier-mâché? No matter, as long as it was japanned.
Googling the word ‘refinement’ brought up a couple of interesting caricatures: I rather like this fashion print (courtesy of the British Museum) showing what the… Read More »Two versions of refinement – London Refinement, 1787 and the Refinement of Language, 1802.
If ever a man was a product of his century, it was Dr John Wall – physician, artist, entrepreneur, man of vision, and arbiter of… Read More »John Wall – physician, artist and famous businessman, died 27th June 1776.
A couple of prints from the British Museum, so I must acknowledge their copyright: The Muff was a fashion accessory which got larger and larger… Read More »A lady with a fine muff, what more could you ask for?