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October 30, 2010 - Filed under: Antiques on TV — Harriet

The American public is becoming increasingly aware of the beauty and value of Victorian antique dining chairs , cabinets and bookcases. Now, driven by the success of UK shows like Cash in the Attic and Antiques Road Show, the US has made some antique-inspired TV shows of its own, giving British viewers a chance to see how antique desks are viewed on the other side of the pond.

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October 29, 2010 - Filed under: Antique Desks — David

Think of antique desks in Preston ‘s Lancashire town, and you probably have an image of functional “Dickens desks”, with oak lined drawers, turned handles, leathered mid-sections and enticing pigeon holes. If you’re a lady you may be thinking more along the lines of Victorian roll-top antique desks; crafted in walnut, with delicately turned legs and sloped reading areas.

There are as many different types (more…)

October 28, 2010 - Filed under: Antique Chairs,Antiques News — Richard

Antiques fans from Preston, with a love for Victorian antique dining chairs in the American Arts and Crafts style, will no doubt be booking New York flights from Manchester airport this week, en route to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. This will be their last chance to catch a fabulous touring exhibition of the works of US furniture designer Charles Rohlfs (1853-1936), whose striking Art Nouveau antique dining chairs, desks and cabinets are much in demand at Lancashire auctions.

The exhibition, entitled “The Artistic Furniture of Charles Rohlfs”, is essential viewing for anyone who (more…)

October 26, 2010 - Filed under: Antique Tables,Antiques News — David

There are many reasons for buying Victorian antique dining chairs in Lancashire . Aesthetic value, quality of workmanship being top of the list. However, many beautiful antique dining chairs in Preston’s showrooms are being overlooked. Like Victorian dining tables, people don’t see the need to buy something they might not use. Fewer people than ever are sitting down to eat together these days – one reason some Lancastrians are less healthy than their Victorian ancestors.

However, all this could change. Science Daily, the online science magazine, has reported that (more…)

October 25, 2010 - Filed under: Antiques News — Richard

Cumbria is well known for its antiques. The workshops of numerous cabinet makers – including the Arts and Crafts masters Arthur Simpson and Stanley Davies – were located here, and Cumbrian dealers are never short of locally-made antique desks and Victorian antique dining chairs to bid for at sales. However, Cumbria has another feather in its cap – as a source of Roman antiquities. Recently, one of these – a rare ceremonial bronze helmet – went under the hammer at Christie’s Auction Rooms for an astonishing (more…)

October 23, 2010 - Filed under: Antique Desks,Auctions — Harriet

When the contents of 14th century manor house Melplash Court were auctioned off in Dorchester recently; Cumbrian buyers were out in force. However, it wasn’t Victorian antique dining chairs which caught their eye, but the exquisite Chinese and Oriental artworks collected during the owner’s travels abroad.

Presided over by Duke’s auctioneers, the sale – which took place over three days – also included European fine art and English country house furniture. Among the antique desks, a handsome George I bureau realised £7,000, while a pair of Georgian card tables sold for over (more…)

October 22, 2010 - Filed under: Antiques News — David

National Antiques Week takes place between the 15th and 21st November 2010, with the special message ‘Antiques are Green’. Organised by Antiques News & Fairs, National Antiques Week will benefit everyone, whether they’re buying Victorian antique dining chairs in Porthcawl, or selling antique desks in Preston .

Antiques News & Fairs aims to promote the value and heritage of the British antiques trade both here and abroad. As well as linking up buyers (both private and trade) with sellers, it provides (more…)

October 21, 2010 - Filed under: Antiques News — Harriet

The interwar period between the First and Second World Wars isn’t always regarded as the golden age for desk design however the roll top desk is an exception. During this period, desks were still being much copied from earlier styles and some pieces are extremely fine. However modern designs of light oak with matching oak handles were now being made. Although these desks tended to be quite utilitarian in appearance, generally they were (more…)

October 20, 2010 - Filed under: Antiques News — Richard

A fashion for buying period properties often comes with the expectation of buying period antique furniture to fill them. The dining room is the heart of the house and buying the right antique dining table and antique dining chairs needs some consideration. A Tudor house will happily accommodate period furniture if you can find some, but both 18th and 19th century furniture will also look well in these old houses. However, some care needs to be taken when (more…)

October 19, 2010 - Filed under: Antique Chairs,History of Antiques — David

When purchasing a modern set of dining room chairs, we often don’t realise that the designs used today often come from the workshops of Thomas Chippendale (1718-1779).

Dining room chairs with cabriole legs and a vase shaped back splat with shell motifs on cresting rails dated back to the early 18th century, the best examples made of walnut. By 1720 walnut was becoming very scarce so other hardwoods such as mahogany were being imported from America and Jamaica. Mahogany had a very close grain and was very strong so ideal for carving and piercing and could be polished to a reddish high gloss finish. Early Georgian mahogany dining chairs tended to resemble (more…)

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