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Woods Used for English Antique Furniture

Woods Used for English Antique Furniture In the early 1900’s, when the subject of English furniture first began to be studied and to be written about, it was divided conveniently into four distinct types. One writer called his books on the subject The Age of Oak, The Age of Walnut, The Age of Mahogany and […]

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John Parry’s collection of early English furniture

John Parry’s collection of early English furniture and works of art had not been long in the making. It is only just under 13 years since he sold off his last collection at Christie’s King Street in what was then a benchmark sale for early furniture (especially walnut), netting just under £1.7m with all bar […]

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History of Antiques Styles

Tudor The Tudor period in English history begins with the ascent to the throne of King Henry VII in 1485 and ends with the crowning of Queen Elizabeth I, this event signifying the end of the Middle Ages in Britain and supposedly the historic beginning of the English Renaissance. Tudor Furniture Early Tudor furniture was […]

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English Antiques Styles

English Antiques Styles TUDOR: Elizabeth I to James I (1558-1603) Oak was in use for furniture during the reigns of the Tudors, and for most of the seventeenth century as well. It is a heavy and strong wood, which grew plentifully in England but was imported also, and the furniture made from it is both […]

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English Anitque Makers and Designers

English Anitque Makers and Designers The majority of English antique cabinet makers are known to us only by their names; only rarely is it possible to say who made a particular piece. When this can be done it is for one of two reasons: either because the original bill has been preserved, or because the […]

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Useful Links

Useful Links Below is an extensive list of informative websites. Weekly News: Antiques Trade Gazette @- www.antiquestradegazette.com London Antiques Markets: Portobello Antiques Market – Portobello Road @- www.portobelloroad.co.uk St. James’s Antiques Market – Piccadilly @- www.st-james-piccadilly.org Camden Passage Antiques Market – Camden @- www.camdenpassageislington.co.uk Covent Garden Antiques Market – Covent Garden @- www.coventgardenlondonuk.com Spitalfields Antiques […]

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Antiques Terms and Glossary 2

Maki-e (‘sprinkled illustration’) Japanese decorative technique of sprinkling gold or coloured filings onto a design in wet lacquer. Manierblumen (‘mannered flowers’) Loose representation of scattered flowers, used on 18th-century European porcelain. Mannerist style Decorative style of the late 16th century, employing twisted, exaggerated, and bizarre form often entrapped by strapwork and grotesque. Mantel clock A […]

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Antiques Terms Glossary

Antiques Terms Glossary Abalone shell Ear-shaped shell lined with mother-of-pearl. Abstract Expressionism Movement in painting and ceramics that emerged in the mid-1950s in the USA, characterized by gestural, random marks, and compositions. Acid cutting Method of decorating glass where objects were coated with an acid resistant substance such as wax. Acid etching Technique involving treatment […]

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Antiques Makers

Adam James Adam (1732-1794)- Main location was: London – Nationality: Scottish – Style: Adam – Robert Adam (1728-1792)- Main location was: London – Nationality: Scottish – Style: Adam – Art Nouveau Emile André (1871-1933)- Main location was: Nancy – Nationality: French – Style: Art Nouveau – Felix Aubert (1866-?)- Main location was: Paris – Nationality: […]

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