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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

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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The Importance of a Good Name

From time to time,we are asked about our unusual logo and exactly where it originated from. In the beginning of establishing Pickwick Antiques, our owners, Sara and Jere Beasley liked the name of a local café in downtown Montgomery, AL, on Commerce Street, The Pickwick Café. 

They were also drawn to the name "Pickwick" because of "The Pickwick Papers," Charles Dickens' first published novel The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club (Publisher: Chapman & Hall, 1836).

A friend of the Beasleys, Mr. Duncan Black, designed the logo based on the timeless design of the great Thomas Chippendale.

A small beginning has evolved into a name and brand that sets a standard for fine antiques. Our pieces grace various homes and offices throughout the continental United States as well as areas around the globe. The constant emphasis on European pieces, art and decorative items is who we are and what we do best.

As always....Design is in the Details,

Pam Klepper Sexton
Pickwick Antiques
Montgomery Alabama

“A Good Name is to be chosen rather than great riches, and favor is better than silver or gold” Proverbs 22:1

Keep Reading our blog... Don’t miss the upcoming 4-part series focusing on Thomas Chippendale's life and work in accordance with his 300th birthday (1718-2018)!

A Fond Farewell….Part One The Final Year of Downton Abbey

The PBS Masterpiece series, Downton Abbey, is approaching its final season. No big deal....WRONG! It really is a big deal to those of us who follow the Crawley Family as if personally received by invitation each Sunday evening. ( I have been known to break away from events just to get home in time, forget recording).It is one of the most delightful series I have ever experienced.

To my great pleasure, the series has given the viewer an opportunity to experience the period antiques incorporated within the settings. It is a marvelous study of the evolution of costume and design. Each detail and fabric is perfected to the time periods and changes throughout the course of the episodes.

I will be presenting a particular piece of antique furniture that is featured in the series in conjunction with those pieces that we feature here at Pickwick Antiques. Check our blog for this continued series.

The Carlton House Desk* in its specifc form was supposedly designed for the Prince of Wales( Later King George IV) by George Hepplewhite. The name was derived from Carlton House,the residence of the time for the Prince of Wales.


(Reference: Aronson, Joseph, The Encyclopedia of Furniture 3rd ed. New York: Crowne Publishers 1966).*


The Carlton House of Highclere(Downton Abbey) as seen in the library.



Carlton House Desk Pickwick Antiques file

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


Pam Klepper Sexton 

Knife and Letter Boxes

Today we are going to discuss knife and letter boxes. Here at Pickwick Antiques in Montgomery, AL we have a pair of knife boxes and a few letter boxes. These are very historical pieces. In the late 18th and early 19th Century, people would actually carry their own cutlery with them to dinner parties and these knife boxes made that a very simple task. As cutlery became more of a common household item these boxes were used as decorative pieces in dining areas. Mahogany and Satinwood were the woods of choice for these boxes. Let's take a look at the knife and letter boxes at Pickwick Antiques.

A Pair of English Mahogany Knife Boxes, Ebonized, Detailing, Early 19th Satinwood Medallion, Handsomely Outfitted Interior Brass Escutcheon. Pair for $3,200

The Details:

The Mahogany Knife Box with Banded Inlay
C. 1780 $3,750
Interior Detail of the Knife Box:



The Letter & Knife Boxes differ in the Interior but not as noticeably on the exterior.
Letter Box is on the left and Knife Box is on the right.

The Sheraton Style Serpentine Letter Box, Yew Wood, "Barber Pole" Inlay & Fitted Interior
Circa 1830 $1,200

Have a wonderful week and come visit us at Pickwick Antiques in Montgomery, AL.

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As Always ... Design is in the Details.

A New Experience…

For the first time....Pickwick participated in an Antique Show.....Now ...I have caught the "show bug"! The  lovely congregation of Christ Church in Pensacola,Florida held their annual antique show and we thoroughly enjoyed the experience, the information and education.


Our beautiful chest on chest featured at the top of this page has found an appreciative home. New friends, and contacts made the event one to remember.

I leave you pictures of the first blooms of the always...Design is in the Details. Visit me at Pickwick Antiques, Montgomery Alabama or contact us at

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