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Some reflections on life in England during the 17th and 18th centuries


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 [...]

Some reflections on life in England during the 17th and 18th centuries2018-12-11T10:52:07+00:00

Some useful tips on how to establish the authenticity of Georgian multiple pedestal dining tables


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 [...]

Some useful tips on how to establish the authenticity of Georgian multiple pedestal dining tables2019-01-18T08:35:08+00:00

How the antiques trade has changed​


​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 [...]

How the antiques trade has changed​2018-09-01T14:01:35+00:00

Do not allow your taste and good sense to be hi-jacked by any one


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 [...]

Do not allow your taste and good sense to be hi-jacked by any one2018-03-07T14:28:16+00:00

Antiques Show


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 [...]

Antiques Show2016-07-02T17:35:54+00:00

Antique Auctions


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 [...]

Antique Auctions2016-07-02T17:21:09+00:00

Antique Shops


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 [...]

Antique Shops2016-11-09T09:33:47+00:00

Antique Fairs


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. [...]

Antique Fairs2016-11-09T09:33:47+00:00

Antique Dealers


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 [...]

Antique Dealers2016-11-09T09:33:47+00:00

Fine English William & Mary period walnut and marquetry furniture


Fine English William and Mary period walnut and marquetry furniture. Seaweed marquetry is usually associated with Dutch master cabinet makers working in the latter half of the 17th century. However some early Italian pieces display a cruder form of seaweed marquetry.  Furniture made in England will have certain distinguishing features whilst always demonstrating the close links that existed [...]

Fine English William & Mary period walnut and marquetry furniture2019-01-18T08:46:42+00:00

How to buy antiques:


The introduction of fine antiques into your home will lift your living environment to another level. You and your family will derive lasting enjoyment from the pieces you have acquired, and your taste will be admired by discerning friends, as well as your having made a shrewd long term investment. These items will very probably be valued by grateful generations to come.   "But [...]

How to buy antiques:2016-11-09T09:33:47+00:00