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January 31, 2012 - Filed under: Antiques on TV,Arts and Crafts Furniture — Harriet

You may not be familiar with A.W Pugin, but to antique specialists he is the genius behind the Gothic Revival movement; architect of the Big Ben clock tower and Palace of Westminster interiors. Now, a new BBC TV documentary has lifted the lid on the short but fascinating life of the man who directly inspired the Arts & Crafts Furniture movement.

March 1st 2012 marks the 200th birthday of Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin (1812 – 1852), the Victorian architect whose influence can be seen in everything from railway cottages in Cumbria, to antique desks in the House of Lords. With the benefit of HD television, Pugin’s gilded, painted and richly (more…)

January 30, 2012 - Filed under: Antique Desks — Harriet

In Lancashire, antique desks come in all shapes and sizes, from elegant portable writing slopes to massive Victorian oak partners desks of the kind used in 19th century banks and boardrooms. Antique desks are extremely popular right now and knowing what to look out for is essential for choosing the perfect style for you. (more…)

January 28, 2012 - Filed under: Antiques on TV — David

Antiques Treasure Trail is a Yorkshire BBC programme last seen on terrestrial TV around 10 years ago. However, it’s been revamped for a new audience, and is now available as an internet TV broadcast. (more…)

January 27, 2012 - Filed under: Antiques on TV — Harriet

Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is – a familiar phrase to anyone who has ever haggled over the price of an antique balloon back dining chair in a Lancashire antique shop. But it’s also the name of a popular BBC series which, after a short diversion into cookery program territory is now back in its familiar antiques guise – to the delight of collectors from Cornwall to Cumbria. (more…)

January 26, 2012 - Filed under: Antique Desks — David

After suffering a large decline over the last few years, prices are finally levelling off for English “brown” furniture such as Victorian dining chairs and Antique Mahogany Pedestal Desks. (more…)

January 25, 2012 - Filed under: Antique Cabinets — Harriet

A damning government report has highlighted the way in which our cultural heritage is being sold off to foreign buyers. The Waverley Criteria are designed to keep important artworks in the UK. But of the 14 objects temporarily banned from export in 2010 – 2011, just four stayed in UK public collections, including a William IV antique cabinet, and a William Burges Zodiac Settle. (more…)

January 24, 2012 - Filed under: Antique Desks — David

From antique cabinets to Victorian dining chairs , Lancashire’s historic houses are hotbeds of culture and history. However, a new government report reveals that many treasures in Britain’s stately homes and museums are only there because of regulations controlling their export – while many more priceless cultural icons end up abroad. (more…)

January 23, 2012 - Filed under: Antique Desks — David

Christie’s is hosting a very special exhibition at London’s Museum of Mankind this January, showcasing 500 years of art and antiques. The exhibition if free, but anyone taking a shine to the exhibits – which include an antique desk valued at £120,000 – 180,000 – will be able to bid for them at the follow-up sale in February. (more…)

January 21, 2012 - Filed under: Antiques News — Harriet

With the taste for antique desks and Victorian dining chairs in the Louis XIV style seemingly unabated, the Antiques Trade Gazette has been casting its eye over the annual sales figures, or “bilan” recently released by the Paris sale rooms. (more…)

January 20, 2012 - Filed under: Arts and Crafts Furniture — David

Sworders Decorative Arts & Design sale, held on January 10th in Stansted, Essex, saw high bidding on a number of Art Deco and Arts & Crafts furniture pieces. However, it was an abstract sculpture by Barbara Hepworth (1903-75) which caused the most excitement, realising £250,000 against a £60,000 – 80,000 estimate. (more…)

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