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Lacquered Antique Furniture

2016-11-09T09:33:48+00:00

Lacquered antique furniture demonstrates a highly complex and time consuming method of decorating. Lacquer (gum'lac) is derived from a tree which originates in central and southern China, the country considered the 'birthplace of lacquering'. By the Shang Dynasty (Ca. 1766 -1027 BCE) the Chinese had recognized the protective qualities of the thick substance that they extracted from the lacquer [...]

Secretaires

2016-11-09T09:33:48+00:00

The usual definition of a 'secretaire' is a piece of furniture with an enclosed writing surface. Antique mahogany Secretaire circa 1790. For more information on this item view our website www.boxhouse-antiques.com Secretaires, asthey are known in England, are a chest of drawers, the top drawer being fitted with a writing section behind a [...]

An antique – what is it worth?

2016-11-09T09:33:48+00:00

The rise in value of antiques, and the opportunities this has presented, has spawned a large number of 'experts' recruited into the front desks of auction houses and TV shows. 'Personalities' have emerged dispensing knowledge acquired from goodness knows where, but who are certainly highly skilled in boosting viewer ratings. A depth of knowledge in [...]

Bizarre cures for the Black Death

2016-11-09T09:33:48+00:00

The Plague or Black Death was first recorded in England in the mid 14th century. There was little contemporary medical understanding of the disease which resulted in many obscure and bizarre suggestions as remedies. The disease seems to have originated in China and the far East and brought to Europe in trading vessels which contained [...]

How to remove scratches from polished wood

2016-06-13T04:18:23+00:00

Here are some tips from an old time furniture restorer on how to remove a scratch on polished wood. Not for the faint hearted! This procedure is recommended for deep scratches - minor ones can always be filled with wax. The assumption is that anyone embarking on this procedure should have basic DIY skills and [...]

The evolution of the writing desk in England

2016-11-09T09:33:48+00:00

Before William Caxton's (1420-1492) Printing Press appeared in England, purpose-made furniture directly associated with writing was virtually unknown. Writing was undertaken on a raised surface, simple table or lap, and confined mainly to ecclesiastical subjects written by monks on parchment. Then with the rapid development of printing and interest in the written word in England, [...]

Hearst Castle, San Simeon, California, USA.

2016-11-09T09:33:48+00:00

Hearst Castle While completing a furnishing project in southern California recently, I took time out to visit Hearst Castle. I had been working for a customer in Los Angeles on a project which was a loose interpretation of the 'Petit Trianon' at Versailles. I had always had mixed feelings about 'pastiche' revival historic monuments [...]

Rolls Royce Centenary Alpine Trial 2013

2016-11-09T09:33:48+00:00

Antique collectors and dealers (of cars or works of art) have one thing in common - namely an eye for quality and rarity. Limited Edition Ghosts Box House Antiques owner John Maas had the good fortune to be a guest along with the 20 Royce Ghost Club on the 2013 Alpine Rally sponsored by [...]

Some guidance on buying antique furniture

2016-06-13T04:22:18+00:00

1. Decide on what specific period you are interested in, and locate a specialist dealer accessible in your area. Check out any that are still in business after at least 30 years. I cannot stress how important this last aspect will be in protecting your interests. Reputation resulting from long term commitment is vital to [...]

“MARRIAGE” as a term used by antique dealers

2016-11-09T09:33:48+00:00

'Marriage' means many things to many people but is almost an 'f' word in the Antiques Trade. A marriage can be defined as a decision by two halves to make public a happy relationship. In the Antiques Trade just the opposite applies, 'marriages' are contrived to deceive ! 'Marriages' in the Antiques Trade take place when [...]

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