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English Chinoiserie, japanning & lacquering.

2019-04-30T19:39:46+00:00

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 [...]

Antique walnut furniture

2019-04-16T10:52:49+00:00

"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 [...]

Fake or genuine?

2019-04-01T08:14:14+00:00

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 [...]

How to successfully buy antiques for sale on the internet

2019-02-09T11:51:02+00:00

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 [...]

The evolution of the antique dealer/collector

2019-05-10T08:04:48+00:00

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 [...]

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

2019-01-18T08:35:08+00:00

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 [...]

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

2018-03-07T14:28:16+00:00

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 [...]

Antique Cabinets

2016-11-09T09:33:47+00:00

Antique cabinets refer to furniture containing a door or doors. They often have drawers, shelves and compartments. Cabinets can be partially glazed. Cabinet makers initially 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 Tables

2016-11-09T09:33:47+00:00

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 [...]

A brief introduction to inlaid furniture (marquetry work).

2016-11-09T09:33:47+00:00

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 [...]

An introduction to mahogany

2016-11-09T09:33:47+00:00

Rare Small George II Bureau Bookcase/Cabinet www.boxhouse-antiques.com 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 [...]

Antique Cabinets

2016-11-09T09:33:47+00:00

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 [...]

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