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

2018-09-28T12:18:43+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 [...]

Fine English William & Mary period walnut and marquetry furniture

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

Fine English William & 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 [...]

Antique Bureaux – A Brief history

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

A brief history of antique bureaux Antique bureaux are pieces of furniture which always have a writing function. More usually referred to in England as a 'fall front' bureau. Originally it was a simple box with sloping, hinged lid which had evolved from a 'bible box'. This was transformed later into a writing slope on legs or [...]

Antique Dressers – A brief history

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

A brief history of antique dressers Antique dressers first appeared in the mid-17th century replacing plain storage cupboards and separate plate racks fixed to a wall. The dresser initially was destined for the kitchen and servants area. Later the better examples have been up graded to many a hallway and dining room. Quite apart from [...]

Antique Chests – a brief history

2016-06-26T08:50:17+00:00

Any medieval household  in England would have possessed at least one antique chest. Large houses would have had many. They were used mainly for storage of linen, clothes and documents. Some functioned as strong boxes to store valuables. Sometimes they featured iron carrying handles so that they could easily be taken on journeys . They would have had [...]

Antique Pictures

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

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 [...]

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

2018-08-10T14:47:09+00:00

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 [...]

Antique Mirrors‏ – A brief history

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

Man has always been fascinated by his own reflection. The earliest forms of antique mirrors were fashioned out of polished surfaces and mysterious black obsidian used ritually around 4000 BC. The Chinese developed polished bronze mirror surfaces about 2000 BC. Antique Mirrors The discovery of glassblowing techniques in the early Christian era was further developed in [...]

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