American antiques expert Dr Lori has some advice for people anxious to learn more about that Victorian oak pedestal desk or antique table lamp they’ve inherited: visit a museum. In fact, visit lots of them.
Dr Lori will be familiar to anyone who watches the Discovery Channel series Auction Kings, although she is far better known in her homeland. An award-winning chat show host with a PhD in art history, she regularly hosts valuation events across the States as well as writing antiques columns for a host of newspapers. Despite her broad range of knowledge, she confesses that she sometimes advises people to visit a museum if they want to find out more about decorative art and antiques, and used a number of less well-known venues as examples of what is available.
Being a postgraduate herself, it isn’t surprising that one of Dr Lori’s favourite choices was the Snite Museum at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana. Here, a visitor from Lancashire will find Arts & Crafts furniture designers like Henry Van de Velde rubbing shoulders with artists like Auguste Rodin. Currently, the museum has an exhibition focusing on the art of architectural ornamentation, which crosses over into the designs of antique cabinets and similar fine furniture.
The Museum of the Confederacy in Richmond, VA, is another fascinating venue, with numerous exhibits relating to the Civil War, including civilian artefacts such as antique chests. Lancashire museums are equally interesting, with ever-changing displays and exhibitions.
The antique oak partners desks and Victorian dining chairs of Lancashire antique dealers can make them feel like museums – with the important difference that visitors can take the exhibits home.
No comments yet.