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October 31, 2009 - Filed under: Auctions — Richard

Where the local auction house has traditionally been the place to buy antique furniture, ceramics and glass, it has been to a jeweller that you will go to sell a diamond ring or gold necklace.

However, everything is changing and the auction house is diversifying. Instead of parcelling up pieces of gold and sending them off to who knows where based on a TV advert for a rather random valuation based on decisions over current market prices, purity and weight, your local auctioneer is now able to produce the same weighing scales and up to date knowledge of the precious metals market. He also provides you with the broader choice of being able to sell your item as a piece of jewellery or intrinsically for (more…)

October 30, 2009 - Filed under: Antiques on TV — Harriet

The Antiques Roadshow has been part of our Sunday evening viewing for 30 years now and has become very much part of British life. Presenter Fiona Bruce says:

“The Antiques Roadshow isn’t just about antiques, it’s history, beauty, and drama all wrapped up into one.”

But what makes us watch so avidly?

Perhaps it is also that there is something for everyone. Whether you are male, female, old or young, there is an item for everyone to connect with at the Antiques Roadshow. Gone are the days of antiques being only the preserve of the wealthy. It is often the ardent car booter or charity shop aficionado that brings in a small item purchased for pennies, or even more thrilling, a piece of jewellery that has been dug up out of the garden. We all share their joy and amazement when the expert values it at (more…)

October 29, 2009 - Filed under: Antique Furniture,Antiques News,Selling Antiques — David

Lancashire has always been rather forward thinking in the antiques world where it boasts one of the most famous cabinet makers in the country, Robert Gillow of Lancaster, as one of its sons. This week, it is putting itself firmly on the antiques map again and it is Burnley Council that is looking seriously at a plan by the owners of Kings Mill Antiques Centre to replace a former skate park at Banks Hall Works, Colne Road, with an antiques centre. Not only would the move safeguard jobs at the Antiques Centre but will also (more…)

October 28, 2009 - Filed under: Antiques Advice — Richard

On the back of books like Antiquing Weekends: 52 Excursions across America by Gladys Montgomery, for antiques lovers, the idea of going away for an antiques weekend becomes very attractive. Even more so when the antiques experience takes place in beautiful old period hotels, which themselves were originally the grand country houses of the aristocracy. It then becomes a trip back in time to a more gracious age, an opportunity to sleep in a grand bedchamber, eat well in sumptuous surroundings and perhaps purchase a piece of antique furniture, jewellery or (more…)

October 27, 2009 - Filed under: History of Antiques — Harriet

When considering Art Deco with regard to antique furniture, and bedroom furniture in particular, we automatically think of geometric looking modernist designs made in varying materials. However it was also a period of revivals. At a time when bedroom furniture was coming very much into its own and manufacturers were eager to satisfy a growing market, much furniture produced during this time harked back to earlier styles, some faithfully following designs by Sheraton for example.

Art Deco however, was a period of the extraordinary in furniture design and examples do not disappoint. Heal & Son in the 1920s and 30s were experimenting with exotic varieties of (more…)

October 26, 2009 - Filed under: Antique Furniture,Antiques Advice,Antiques News — David

The fall in prices of traditional antique furniture has resulted in the rug being pulled away for dealers and many long term businesses are now in freefall. 18th and 19th century brown furniture, which has not only been their bread and butter but also their caviar for generations, is now seriously out of fashion and prices are falling dramatically. Partly to blame for all of this is a serious change of taste, and young taste in particular, where affluent younger buyers find traditional antique furniture stuffy and a constant reminder of their parents’ style of décor.

Delving into the world of modern and retro furniture creates an unpredictability that these traditional dealers are not used to coping with, and for many it is easier just to sell up. For those that hang on and want to diversify, there are questions on what they should buy to provide them with a reliable return? This unpredictability of the modern was highlighted by Anthony Thorncroft of the Financial Times last year when he (more…)

October 24, 2009 - Filed under: Antiques News — Richard

According to Daniel Thomas, Property Correspondent of the Financial Times (9 October, 2009):

‘Prices for traditional arts and antiques are continuing to outstrip those for contemporary work as investors look to shelter savings by buying safer assets.’

Artinfo (14 October 2009) continues in a similar vein and adds that the market is becoming quite particular in what it wants and what it doesn’t want. For example, lower end more contemporary antique furniture, ceramics, metal and pictures are becoming quite difficult to sell.

Both agree however that ‘the traditional “safe havens” of jewellery and silverware’ are showing growth in all price brackets. Certainly gold jewellery is doing very well and the value of gold is very high at the moment, which means that even if the piece of jewellery isn’t crafted particularly well, its intrinsic value still guarantees (more…)

October 23, 2009 - Filed under: Antiques Advice,Antiques News — David

As the recession bites into more people’s pockets and ever before, and we enter the run up to Christmas in earnest, burglaries are set to rise. However, today’s burglars aren’t just content with stealing easy to sell items such as television sets, DVD players and jewellery; they’re also looking for antique furniture, antique desks and other high class items that can fetch a lot of money if sold on through the right channels.

Antiques have been targeted in burglaries lately with a theft from a home in South Woodford last week resulting in 500 different antiques being stolen. The owner of the home returned home to find that the door of his house had been broken down and his collection of antique watches had been taken by thieves. Some of the watches stolen were worth as much as £8,000 each.

Another burglary in Yorkshire earlier this year saw a valuable collection of antique (more…)

Proving that quality antiques will always hold their value, no matter what the state of the economy, an antique desk, antique chair and two antique bookcases that were once owned by Marshal Philippe Pétain sold for €23,000 to a body that has been set up to preserve his reputation.

The antique furniture was originally owned by a Jewish family of some standing in France during Word War II, but was seized by Pétain’s officials during the war. Pétain ran a government during the Second World War, one that collaborated with Hitler.

The antique furniture is from the 19th Century. It was stored with an antique dealer when the officials from Pétain’s government found it while looking for antique furniture for his offices. They took the antique furniture, but after the war ended the (more…)

October 21, 2009 - Filed under: Antiques News,Antiques on TV — Richard

It’s hard enough to make a profit on Bargain Hunt, but then contestants don’t go on the show to win thousands of pounds. They already buy items at top retail value when they shop around antiques fairs prior to the auction, so just a few pounds profit on an antique chair, silver sugar shaker or decorated pot is regarded by all as a unanimous success.

So on the very rare occasions that contestants actually make a good profit, it is often a combination of the keen eye of the expert or just the good luck of the contestant. The items that make profits do not necessarily follow any logical pattern and a couple of recent examples prove this. A few days ago, near Epsom fittingly, it was a boxed horseracing game that nearly tripled its purchase price. It was the contestant not the expert this time that found it. The game, made by Jacques & Son, a good name in the games world, was bought for quite a rich price of (more…)

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