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 [...]
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Some useful tips on how to establish the authenticity of Georgian multiple pedestal dining tables. These observations are included thanks largely to conversations had back in the 1950's with old established dealers who often started their careers as young apprentice cabinet makers commissioned to create the numerous 'alterations' we encounter today: In all too many [...]
The late Monty Sainsbury of Bath was my mentor who started out as a 'runner' long before WW2. He told me in order to get the news he would as a boy run down to the local station and wait on the platform for the London train. The engine driver would slow down and shout [...]
When Dad and I travel together we always try to include visiting the best museum collections. The contents of the 'Green Vault' in Dresden did not disappoint. We were guests on the 2018 Rolls Royce 20 club rally to Poland and Germany. Krakow to Dresden was the section we drove. Poland In Poland [...]
There are many large vested interests doing their best to dictate what constitutes good taste and sophistication in 2018. These powerful groups are determined to control the direction of the antiques market, trying to attract attention to their own ideas of ‘minimalism’ as well as their estimated values which are very often notably wide [...]
Generally speaking every town has its regular antiques show and antique market. These are mainly for amateurs and those new to the antique market. The T.V. Antiques Show The 'Antiques Roadshow' has gained a huge following recently with TV showbiz type presenters surrounding themselves with dealers selling antiques. They will evaluate people's antiques and have contestants [...]
Many antique auctions are relative newcomers with the London Antique Auction Houses controlling much of the antique auctions business since their introduction of the highly controversial ‘Buyers Premium’ in the 1970s. You only need study an auctioneers catalogue small print and euphemisms used, to understand the potential pitfalls, an antique auction is a place only [...]
In the old days antique dealers and collectors used to mainly patronize antique shops. Well established antique shops were the only effective place to find antiques. Shops proliferated in the post war era with a huge growth in numbers starting up in the 1960s with many coming and going but always with a secure place [...]
There are Antique Fairs almost every day country wide. The Grosvenor House Antique Fairs It took place every June since 1934 and was recognized as the best in the world. Dealers were selling antiques covering many categories, fine antique items, objets d’art, furniture, antiquities, items from antique archaeology, pictures, porcelain, sculpture, even some Egyptian furniture. [...]
How to find reliable antique dealers? Once you start looking you'll find thousands under the general heading of " Antique Dealers ". Your task is to shortlist and optimize those most likely to produce the best results for you. Focus on antique dealers who have been established for at least 30 years or more. This [...]