The antique dresser was a piece of furniture that in its history has been more generally owned rather than a piece purely for the wealthy elite. From country cottages to terraces and townhouses, anybody who entertained would own a dresser, where their most treasured possessions were put on display.
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When looking for 18th century antique dining chairs , it is interesting to note that these well made and beautifully proportioned pieces of furniture have only really been in existence since the beginning of the century. Before 1700, most people sat at benches along trestle tables and where you were placed at the table denoted your social status within the household. It was only the owner of the house and very special guests placed at the head of the table, who sat in comfortable armchairs.
The dining chair came (more…)
As much antique furniture is well over a hundred years old and has often gone through many owners’ hands, it is hardly surprising that it can take on an anthropomorphic quality for some buyers. Therefore some caution should be exercised when out shopping for antiques because it is very easy to fall in love with a piece and let caution fly to the wind.
Many antiques were designed as (more…)
Buying a piece of antique furniture for investment purposes can be a risky business if you don’t know much about antiques. From watching programmes like Bargain Hunt for example, you can see that (more…)
No other piece of furniture shows the differing styles and genres of the 18th century more readily than the dining chair. With a reasonably trained eye, some of us can determine the age and the era of a chair by looking at the wood it is made from, the design of the back splats and the shape of its legs. The three most famous furniture designers of the 18th century, mainly Thomas Chippendale, (more…)
The chest of drawers is such a widespread piece of furniture in today’s modern homes that we tend to forget its origins.
The ‘chest’ of chest of drawers gives us a clue, as it was the chest that came first and the drawers later. Chests have been in existence in Britain since Medieval times. However the chest of drawers in its more modern form originated really from the 17th century. These were traditionally (more…)
Traditional hand made country furniture has never really gone out of fashion and it would seem that there is a resurgence again in its popularity. What is it then about country antique furniture that we like so much? Is it just another reaction against machine made and modern or does it go deeper than that? A recent article in the Flint Journal attempts to explain why. One reason put forward is a practical one. A local antique dealer points to its (more…)
A recent article in the Washington Post, reported that 5000 people attended the Antiques Roadshow at its first outing in Washington. Apparently 23,000 people had chased after the 5,000 available tickets which show that the Roadshow is just as popular over in the US as it is in the UK. Although it hasn’t been running for quite the 30 years of the British version, the Roadshow has been filming in the US for 14 years now. An appraiser described the US version of the Roadshow as (more…)
Although the economy seems to be coming out of recession, this downturn has hit most of us pretty hard and sent many of us scurrying to the attic to see if there is anything that can be sold. Antique dealers have been doing particularly well where it is certainly a buyers’ market at present. So if you have a piece of antique furniture that you are keen to sell, then calling in a dealer is the way to go. However, antique dealers are (more…)
English furniture was predominantly made of oak up until the 1750s when walnut became the fashionable wood of choice. The dense texture of oak meant that it was ideal for carving and much early furniture was heavily decorated. Gothic styling was flourishing in Europe from the 12th century until the Italian Renaissance began to take hold from the 15th century onwards. Thus the Gothic arch gave way to the Renaissance columns. The term ‘Gothic’ used for this earlier furniture was almost an (more…)