Here at Box House Antiques we offer a fine example of an English 18th century mahogany secretaire bookcase/ china cabinet. Georgian period, made ca 1760. All very well... but how can a relatively inexperienced interested observer really know what he or she is looking at? Well, here are some tips and answers to our many [...]
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Some useful interesting observations on late 17th century marquetry inlay: A pattern composed of oval and shaped reserves on a burr walnut ground filled with small-scale intricate scrollwork is often described as 'Marquetrie a L'Anglaise'. This 'arabesque' marquetry is generally ascribed to the talented Royal cabinet-maker Gerrit Jensen (see Adam Bowett, 'English Furniture 1660- 1714'.) [...]
This quite basic information is largely for the benefit of our younger group of client/collectors. This group is growing in number. We are introducing classic and sophisticated pieces of antique furniture and objects, with a degree of refinement, into their predominantly contemporary interiors. _____________________________________________________________________________________ Tips for a beginner: As a simple rule of thumb when [...]
Antique dealers with flair and good taste: Over the last 60 plus years we have seen many antique dealers come and go. This is inevitable for any small business, but particularly where a successful dealership depends on the owner's active and personal participation over a long period of time. There are many that we have [...]
www.boxhouse-antiques.comThe lacquered objects and screens brought back to Europe by the East India Company in the late 17th century created a demand for larger, more practical objects which shared the same colourful and highly decorative surfaces of their Eastern counterparts. In order to try to recreate the rich and highly finished effect of oriental lacquer work, European [...]
"Queen Anne period English furniture epitomises the highest pinnacle of sophistication and good taste". I heard this time and time again from many long time friends, collectors and dealers in antiques.Furniture of this period was often veneered in walnut laid down on pine. It's a lot to ask for this combination to survive 300 years [...]
Tea drinking is most likely to have originated in China about 3500 years ago, for its perceived medicinal benefits. 'Taking tea' reached its zenith in England in the mid 17th and throughout the 18th centuries, when it became highly fashionable and ritualised among society's wealthy elite due to the extraordinarily high cost, not only of [...]
Since my early days of dealing - which go back over 60 years - I have witnessed some incredibly talented fakers at work using what used to be called 'breakers'. For example: large Victorian wardrobes shamefully re-born as genuine 18th century library bookcases; later to appear illustrated in high-end catalogues; much to the dismay of [...]
Safe and efficient transport of valuable antiques, large or small. Guaranteed peace of mind using the experts. There are not many antiques businesses that can claim to have been using the same carriers for over 50, yes, fifty, consecutive years. Martin Brothers have been Box House Antiques' main carriers, and we think it fair to [...]
The main dilemma facing the internet buyer is one of trust and confidence. Here are some tips: 1. The antique shop should be long established, and the best ones are usually family run businesses. 2. They will have their reputation to protect, which was built up over many years. 3. The antique dealer will be [...]
It is interesting to speculate as to how antique dealers and collectors evolve. Most do so through a long family tradition of being encouraged at an early age to appreciate beautiful things. As a guest on last summer’s Rolls Royce 20-Ghost Club Tour of Poland I was reminded of the parallels between owners of these [...]
During the 17th century England became steadily richer. Trade and commerce expanded hugely. By the 17th century trade was an increasingly important part of the English economy. Meanwhile industries such as glass, brick making, iron smelting, coal mining and fine cabinetmaking all expanded rapidly. During the 17th century the status of merchants in society improved. People [...]