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Beautiful Magdalene by a rare Italian artist discovered


Recent cleaning on a penitent Magdalene by an unknown hand, has revealed the signature of Pietro Cardoni a rare Italian painter of the late Baroque period, who was active Rome 1737-1746, and best known for his work on the mosaics in St Peters Basilica.

Pietro Cardoni was a follower of the famous Baroque painter Carlo Dolci (1616-86), known for his emotive rendering of religious subjects and his detailed and polished finish. Mary Magdalene was his most frequently represented subject.

The painting has been lined with a new support canvas, and restoration is going very well. We are hoping to have Mary fitted back in her fine Florentine frame by Summer 2020.


Petworth Gallery Update


Renovations to the two showrooms which are currently under wraps have been coming along very well, but the opening will now be postponed until later in the year.


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New Petworth Gallery


We are delighted to announce the opening of our new Gallery in Petworth, West Sussex,Spring 2020.

The gallery will be in association with Vagabond Antiques Ltd at their new showrooms in Market Square, which is currently being refurbished to a high standard to showcase outstanding antiques and works of art.

Vagabond Antiques specialize in decorative English and Continental Furniture, Mirrors and Sculpture from the 18th & 19th century.

Both our companies are established suppliers to Interior Designers, Decorators & Architects from around the world, and we look forward to welcoming all our clients to our exciting new showrooms in the heart of West Sussex.

More details on the launch of our new venture and special events, will be posted on this News section, and via our Mailing List.

Meanwhile do keep an eye on our website as some fantastic new paintings will be added weekly as part of our build-up to the Petworth opening, and may be viewed early by appointment!

Best regards


Kevin Thomas

Mobile: 07799 114771


Restoration of an Allegory 


Partial cleaning of a recently acquired and heavily restored allegory in the manner of the Swiss Neoclassical painter Angelica Kauffman, has removed an astonishing 100% over-paint, revealing a beautiful original 18th century allegory underneath.

Images below show our ‘test clean’ (Top), and  ‘after a partial clean’ revealing areas of the original allegory.

We will update our news page when the allegory is fully cleaned early in 2020. Restoration will then start to bring the painting back to its former glory.

We are in discussion with experts in this period of art ,and we can say at this stage the subject of our allegory is not associated with Angelica Kauffman, but rather a very good Italian hand. Watch this space!