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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:

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.

Fruit Service

Dessert Service

Dessert Service

Garden Seat

Service Dish

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

Atlanta…..We have moved….Just around the corner….

Pickwick Antiques has built the reputation of offering the finest of antiques, paintings, and accessories at the Stalls on Bennett Street for twenty-four years. As the seasons  change from summer to fall ...we are pleased to announce our latest change. Pickwick will continue to maintain the standard of quality in the Peachtree Battle Antiques and Interiors located in the landmark building fronting 2395 Peachtree Road in Atlanta. The staff is knowledgeable,helpful, and welcoming. We have already experienced a wonderful beginning and have great expectations for the future.

The Royal Wave Continues

There was simply no way to avoid the celebration of the Royal Wedding....At Pickwick, we prepared for all of the pagentry as well. The finest silver was polished,the tea was set, horses groomed to perfection for the day’s event. The Duchess Of Edinburgh made her entrance to the sound of bagpipes. Britannia was poised and the symbols of England, the lion and the unicorn,were positioned for the best view. Of course, HRH Queen Elizabeth the Ist as well as her cousin HRH Queen Mary continue to overlook the festivities. 

If you love Great Britain, you will love Pickwick!

As Always....Design is in the Details

Pam Klepper Sexton Pickwick Antiques                        

Living With Color

When I open my closet, I see colors that I love and have finally figured out...what colors make me joyful. I will be the first to admit ....YES ...I do have a collection of black and white blouses and slacks that I cannot live without throughout all of the seasons.

However, the minute the seasons closet takes on a life of it’s own...Turquoise, azure, chartreusse, pink... a color flash lifts my spirits and come autumn.....More Crimson!

Neutral interiors with a beautiful antique piece next to a contempory item or accent changes something instantly. Art and paintings add color and  interest.Textures, textiles, pillows and fabric add another sensory level. Don't forget the light....Open the rooms with natural light to awaken your soul in the morning....use lamps for direct and indirect lighting...Think outslde the comfort zone with lighting in usual places....(Think closets, and laundry rooms) Use mirrors to reflect the colors and add depth to an area...Make certain the mirror reflects a grouping or interior and not a ceiling. 

I, personally, love a touch of whimsy somewhere within the should not be taken so seriously...

Bring nature into your home whenever possible. As Always....Design is in the details!


Vocabulary.Com Dictionary defines "Redux", a Latin term, which means "Brought back or Revived" . After two years....I have chosen to be 'brought back' and 'revived' into the blog experience. I have always liked the word"redux, redeaux" is a lovely word. It is certainly time for me to get my blogging "ducks in a row".

In the time of painted wood finishes, minimalism and mid century revival...Antiques can blend and add value and interest. ONE quality piece can be a treasure for even the most minimal-minded. Often a simple change of fabric can transform a piece by adding crispness and renewal. 



As Always....Design is in the Details!

Pam Klepper Sexton

Pickwick Antiques

If you cannot attend Wimbledon…Come to Pickwick…We celebrate the UK Everyday!


We carry all silver that would be a perfect addition for your home as well as a Wimbledon Champion....Love armorials and family crests...come see our antique collections. Step back in history and you may find HRH Elizabeth the First looking over her own special court!

As Always....Design is in the Details!

If you cannot attend Wimbledon…Come to Pickwick…We celebrate the UK Everyday!


We carry all silver that would be a perfect addition for your home as well as a Wimbledon Champion....Love armorials and family crests...come see our antique collections. Step back in history and you may find HRH Elizabeth the First looking over her own special court!

As Always....Design is in the Details!

Part Two…The Final Year of Downton Abbey

 I can picture Lady Fiona Carnarvon, the Eighth Countess of Carnarvon using this beautiful Bureau Plat as a desk. The Countess was the featured speaker a year ago for the design conference that I attended.I recommend the two books which she has written. These books will enrich your knowledge of Highclere and its place in history. Note the exquisite pieces in this room that are, like the bureau plat, quite European. The wealthy of the time imported much of their furniture from famous European makers.




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