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Fake or genuine?


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 [...]

Fake or genuine?2019-04-01T08:14:14+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

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

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

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

An antique – what is it worth?


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 [...]

An antique – what is it worth?2016-11-09T09:33:48+00:00