In the antique business some items are always popular. Tea and games tables are big winners when it comes to being always in demand and, importantly, to being pieces that sell quickly. These tables were never designed to be used exclusively for just tea drinking or playing games; they Read more
Campaign furniture is relatively rare, so it’s unlikely that you will come across it in an everyday auction or a dealer’s shop. It is basically any furniture made specifically for travel, being designed in such a way that it could be carried with ease, with either chunky brass handles Read more
This section discusses some of the most common types of furniture you’ll come across, and gives you hints about what to look out for if you’re thinking of investing in some antique pieces.
Of all the categories of antique you can collect, furniture is among the most popular and practical. Read more
A decorative, reddish-brown wood barred with dark stripes, also known as tiger wood. It is a hard, heavy, Brazilian timber, most commonly seen in banding and inlaid decoration. In the late 18thC and throughout the 19thC, zebrawood was sometimes used as a veneer for complete surfaces of bureaux, desks Read more
A dumb waiter is a particularly clever and efficient time-saving device that, unlike the human form of dumb waiter, is always reliable, never answers back, never complains, doesn’t tell you its life story, saves money, and, most importantly, it doesn’t eavesdrop on your conversations.
First introduced during the middle of Read more
The origin of sideboards is fascinating in that no one actually designed them they just came about by accident. In an elegant dining room in 1750 or so there was nowhere to put hot plates, wine bottles, etc. So they dragged hall table into the dining room and pushed Read more
Gothic: Medieval church architecture influences this style-characterized by pointed arches, counterbalancing buttresses, open tracery and vertical grandiose emphasis.
Elizabethan: Elizabeth I Reign 1558-1603 England’s Renaissance interpretation.
Renaissance: Derived from Italian Renaissance style-mainly oak functional furniture with scroll & arabesque carving, etc. with horizontal emphasis. A “pendulumatic” reaction to Gothic style.
Pilgrim: Spartan Read more
Kate Cranston was Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s most generous and consistent patron. During their twenty-year partnership, Mackintosh created some of his most memorable interiors for her. Between 1897 and 1917 he designed or restyled rooms in all four of her Glasgow tea room establishments.
Mackintosh’s first involvement with Cranston was in Read more
Japanning is a lacquering technique which is meant to imitate the lacquer traditionally produced in Japan and other Asian countries. A number of surfaces can be japanned, ranging from snuff boxes to tables, and this lacquering technique enjoyed a period of immense popularity, especially in the 18th century.
Numerous beautiful Read more
In medieval times only the very wealthy could afford beds. Most people simply slept on the floor on anything remotely soft and huddled around the fire for warmth. Beds were only for the nobility and were a definite sign of wealth and success. The more money people had, the Read more