James Yorke

The Sixtus V cabinet: the supreme example of the art of pietra dura

A passion for pietre dure: a very English 18th-century obsession

7 February 2015 9:00 am

Italian cabinets and tables decorated with inlaid semi-precious stones known as ‘pietre dure’ were a ‘must-have’ for English milords returning…


Anne Seymour Damer: the female Bernini?

23 August 2014 9:00 am

Anne Seymour Damer (1748–1828) was virtually the only female sculptor working in Britain during her lifetime. Contemporary artists may have…

Queen Victoria

The Coronation Chair and the Stone of Scone, by Warwick Rodwell - review

17 August 2013 9:00 am

The Coronation Chair currently stands all spruced up, following last year’s conservation, under a crimson canopy, by the west entrance…

Mary of Modena’s bed, in which she gave birth to a son in full view of ministers and courtiers

Exhibition: What really goes on in a royal bedchamber

13 July 2013 9:00 am

What exactly are the ‘secrets of the royal bedchamber’? That the actual bed was seldom if ever slept in let…

English japanned wood cabinet, c.1670, Victoria & Albert Museum

Concealed treasures

24 November 2012 9:00 am

The Holburne Museum of Bath is a delight. Its collections were formed by Sir William Holburne (1793–1874), a naval officer…