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John Frederick Herring Sr (1795-1865) & Sporting Art

What is "sporting art"?  Sporting Art was originally known as a genre from the 18th and 19th centuries of England that focused on animal portraits and scenes.  These scenes usually portrayed country life and sports typical of the rural Georgian and Victorian periods and include fox hunting, horse racing, race horse portraits, game shooting and fishing.  Most of these works were commissioned by the subjects of the paintings.  As industrialization created a change in demographics with more people moving from rural areas to urban centers, these commissions began to decline as the lifestyles of citizens changed. Over history, as more sports have become popular worldwide, sporting art has evolved as well to include the many forms of sport entertainment we enjoy today. 

One particular genre, however, has continued through time, Race Horse Portraits, which leads us to the mention of John Frederick Herring Sr. 

John Frederick Herring Sr was born in London England on September 12, 1795 to a Dutch/English merchant and died on September 23, 1865.  As a youth in London, Herring's favorite pastime meant drawing and painting race horses and work horses in their stables. As a young man, he was employed as an advertisement painter where he created signs for inns/pubs and painted insignia onto the sides of coaches. In his spare time, Herring drew on his past hobby and began painting commissioned race horses for local inns and pubs in Northern England. Through this side work, his paintings were noticed by wealthy travelers, and their interests helped him break out as a full-time artist with an establish customer base. Other commissioned works include pieces for the Her Royal Highness Queen Victoria during her ruling time, the Duc d'Orleans (Duke of Orleans) son of French King Louis-Phillipe, and in 1845 was given the title of Animal Painter to Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Kent.  

During his lifetime, John Frederick Herring Sr was on exhibit at the Royal Academy from 1818-1865, the British Institution from 1830-1865, and the Society of British Artists from 1836-1852.  He also served as the Vice-President of the Society of British Artists in 1842. 

Pickwick has 3 such paintings by John Frederick Herring Sr available for sale: 

"Returning From A Ride: A Stable Interior" 


"Languish & Pantaloon" - c. 1846


"Horse and Goats in a Stable Courtyard" - c. 1860


More examples of our Sporting Art include:


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George Jones Majolica Pottery

George Jones Majolica Pottery

Many things come to mind at the mention of the name George Jones.Depending on your location, you might even know a country song or two written by American Country artist, George Jones. However, those who love antique pottery might envision something totally different.

I credit the research of Geoffrey Gooden and Robert Cluett’s George Jones Ceramics 1861-1951 for my references.This book is a visual and historical gift.

George Jones the merchant and pottery manufacturer was born in Nantwich , Cheshire in June, 1983. His family had no connection to the pottery trade whatsoever. His early life was not easy and he was raised by three sisters. At fourteen he apprenticed with Minton pottery. He later worked for Wedgwood & Boyle and then with Francis Wedgwood as a traveling salesman.

Eventually Mr. Jones would be among the great names of pottery industry such as Minton, Wedgwood, Coalport, Derby ,and Copeland Spode.  He received international fame and awards for his majolica creations with medals at the World's Fair in Paris (1867), London (1871), Vienna (1873) and Sydney (1876).

At Pickwick, we are fortunate to have some of the finest examples of George Jones work. It is truly a feast for the eyes...the depth of the colors and details. Please enjoy these pictures from our collection ...You might find yourself humming a George Jones tune if you wish.

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As always....Design is in the Details
Pam Sexton
Pickwick Antiques

Part Three:  The Real Deal.  Will the Real Mr. Chippendale Please… Be Seated?

Some of the most beloved styles in furnishings have been influenced by Thomas Chippendale.  The Gentleman and Cabinetmaker Director, written by Chippendale, soon became the standard for all cabinetmakers who would "improve and refine the present tastes and suited to fancy circumstances."  

Over 160 copper plates started a revolution in the design and details of creating and furnishing the "fancy" home.  This work also focused on Gothic, Chinese and Modern taste as well as ornaments.  The designs, or "plates", are hopefully referenced to for young students of design.  Memories of pouring over the "plates" for exams are still vivid in my reflection. 

Imagine if Mr. Chippendale, who was a proud cabinetmaker, could see how his visions have been passed down and influenced many a young designer. 

In truth, authentic Chippendale pieces are indeed RARE and even more difficult to locate.  We use the term "Chippendale Style" to describe pieces that are designed in the manner of Chippendale's original pieces.  Even so, Pickwick Antiques offers some extremely beautiful pieces that are dated and are the direct influence of Mr. Chippendale's work.


As Always... The Design is in the Details
Pam Klepper Sexton
Pickwick Antiques
Montgomery, AL


At Pickwick Antiques we are often asked about the history of a piece. The truth is, we do not  always know the history of each and every piece. We try very hard to give as much information about the pieces and make a practice of giving detailed research whenever possible.

PROVENANCE is defined as : “A record of ownership of a work of art or an antique, used as a guide to authenticity or quality” 

It would be unethical to give provenance to pieces in order to embellish an item’s worth.

On the other hand, we have an extensive selection of items that we are familiar with the estates and points of origin. 

Come visit us and experience the beauty of our Pickwick collections.

As Always... Design is in the Details.

Pam Klepper Sexton

Pickwick Antiques


Next Blog: The Real Deal: Will the True Chippendale Take a Seat?

Part Two:  What is in a Name?...

His name is synonymous with design, art, style and the influence thereof.  He never owned a storefront on Park Avenue or Rodeo Drive.  His designs continue to impact the designers and architects of today and will continue to do so in the future.

You could call him "Britain's First Interior Designer," "The Shakespeare of English Furniture," "a published author and designer"... OR you could simply call him by his last name, which has traveled farther than he could ever have imagined.  It has been carried around globe and into palaces, businesses, museums and countless homes.  Perhaps, even your home. 

His name is Chippendale.  Thomas Chippendale, and this year is the 300th Anniversary of the celebration of his birth in Otley, England.  

We at Pickwick Antiques will be celebrating Mr. Chippendale's 300th birthday through January 2019.

Look to our Blog, Instagram, Facebook and Website for updates and a final in-store celebration.

As Always... Design is in the Details

Pam Klepper Sexton, Pickwick Antiques in Montgomery, AL

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