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Antique Tables


Antique tables as we know them evolved gradually after the appearance of the refectory table in the early medieval period. The word 'table' is derived from the Latin 'tabula'. Later in medieval English the table was known as a 'bord'. The oldest tables or platforms were used simply to keep food off the ground. Many [...]

Antique Tables2016-11-09T09:33:47+00:00

A brief introduction to inlaid furniture (marquetry work).


Hardstone inlays : 'Marquetrie' work was rare in England until the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, 1533-1603, but had been practised in Italy in the 16th century when hardstone inlays were highly fashionable. This technique was generally known in England as 'Pietra Dura', Italian for 'hard stone'. It could be claimed that the Romans were [...]

A brief introduction to inlaid furniture (marquetry work).2016-11-09T09:33:47+00:00

An introduction to mahogany


Rare Small George II Bureau Bookcase/Cabinet Of all the numerous woods used in the making of English antique furniture you are most likely to encounter mahogany. A brief introduction : Many different varieties of mahogany originated in widely differing geographical locations. In the Americas it was found in South Mexico and on through [...]

An introduction to mahogany2016-11-09T09:33:47+00:00

An introduction to ‘Chippendale’ for enthusiastic beginners


A general and very elementary introduction to 'Chippendale' for enthusiastic beginners: "Chippendale" is a rather overworked description attached to anything vaguely similar to some of his designs and could have been made anywhere between 1750 and 1930. 'The Gentleman and Cabinet-maker's Director' was published in 1754 and details much of the actual designs carried out [...]

An introduction to ‘Chippendale’ for enthusiastic beginners2016-11-09T09:33:47+00:00

Antiques and humidity


Winter is approaching : With the onset of winter antique furniture may suffer in your centrally heated rooms. If you do not take some relatively easy precautions you may regret it! In the old days rooms were heated by fires. The draughts resulting from fireplaces meant the drawing in of plenty of moist air from [...]

Antiques and humidity2016-11-09T09:33:47+00:00

Antique Cabinets


Antique cabinets refer to furniture containing one or more doors, often with drawers, shelves and compartments. Cabinets can be partially glazed. Initially cabinet makers were provincial estate carpenters working mainly in oak and walnut. In the 18th century their trade became more of an art form, especially in London. Several eminent cabinet makers emerged in [...]

Antique Cabinets2016-11-09T09:33:47+00:00

Antique Pictures


Antique pictures created by humans date from pre-history, some cave examples date from 40,000 BC. Probably most at that time were associated with tribal rituals. Few early paintings survive, some for example on Roman murals and on Greek Attic vases. Medieval and early European painting focused largely on religion. During the Renaissance in Italy, 14th [...]

Antique Pictures2016-11-09T09:33:47+00:00

Objets d’Art / Vertu


  Objets d'Art can also come under the general heading of curio, ephemera or (objets de) Vertu. This word is from the French for 'virtue' carrying the meaning of 'merit'. Origins of the Terminology Objets d'Art The French translation literally means works of art but it is use to describe items that are not [...]

Objets d’Art / Vertu2016-11-09T09:33:47+00:00

Antique Chairs


In early times we all sat on the ground gradually elevating ourselves onto low stools or benches. Around the end of the 14th century the first of the chairs as we would recognize them today evolved. They were initially reserved for the clergy, nobility and prominent people who required to be seated at a 'superior' level. The simple bench, of [...]

Antique Chairs2016-11-09T09:33:48+00:00

Waxing antiques


A pure and simple waxed finish for antique furniture is what we should aim for. Either you can buy your antique wax, or you can mix your own, which is the method I recommend. It takes a little time and effort but will produce the results you want. The only advantage to buying ready prepared [...]

Waxing antiques2016-11-09T09:33:48+00:00

Furniture Restoration – some tips


Cleaning and restoring antique furniture : The best advice is to employ a good restorer for complex restoration but there is no reason why even the most amateur among you should not try your hand at some basic surface cleaning. If done following simple guidelines, you should not get into trouble. Surfaces of antique furniture [...]

Furniture Restoration – some tips2016-11-09T09:33:48+00:00

History of the Plague, The Crossrail find and the Plague Pan


As an antique dealer I am most interested in history including the history of the plague. One of the rarest items in my collection is a steel handled plague pan with a hinged,  perforated lid. It has an intriguing Latin inscription that has so far eluded successful translation. A Brief History of the Plague [...]

History of the Plague, The Crossrail find and the Plague Pan2018-08-10T14:47:09+00:00

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