The Arts and Crafts Furniture of Gustav Stickley

The Arts and Crafts Furniture of Gustav Stickley Origins of the Arts and Crafts Movement The Arts and Crafts movement was a global movement in the decorative and fine arts, which first began in the United Kingdom but eventually spread throughout Europe, North America, and Asia. In stark contrast to the ornate and complex Victorian forms, Arts and Crafts stood for traditional craftsmanship using simple forms; and often used medieval, romantic, or folk styles of decoration. As a whole, the Arts ... Continue Reading

Eames Chair and other iconic furniture by Charles and Ray Eames

The Eameses For more than 40 years, American designers Charles Eames (1907-1978) and Ray Eames (1912-1988) helped forge some of the most valued material aspects of American life. The Eameses were integral to the mid-century design movement, active in the development of textiles, photography, corporate design, and architecture, the husband-and-wife team are perhaps most well known for their furniture. Charles and Ray Eames pioneered the use of new materials such as plywood and fiberglass, and ... Continue Reading

Kangxi Chinese Porcelain and its Reign Marks

Porcelain from the Kangxi period (1662-1722) is one of the most recognisable and ubiquitous areas of Chinese ceramics. Ceramics from this reign are found in collections and museums all over the world, so it is well worth familiarising oneself in the shapes, decoration, and marks on pieces of this prolific period of porcelain production. Kangxi emperor (康熙lived 1654-1722, reigned 1662-1722) was the second emperor of China during the newly-established Manchu Qing dynasty. The Manchu ... Continue Reading

Identifying Antique American Furniture

American Furniture Styles and Tips on Collecting One of the most intriguing aspects of collecting American furniture and antique furniture, in general, is that it often isn’t considered “collecting” at all. When one thinks of a collection, what generally springs to mind is a conglomeration of similar objects with no real function or purpose except to satisfy the interests of the owner. In this regard, antique furniture is unique from most other collectibles because it still serves the ... Continue Reading

Chinese Porcelain Reign Marks

In the world of Ming and Qing dynasty art, knowing how to look at a reign mark is a key asset for any collector, specialist, or enthusiast to correctly identify the date and the value of a piece of Chinese porcelain.   Reign marks can be found on Chinese ceramics mainly from the early-Ming dynasty (15th century) through to the Qing dynasty (1644-1911). The majority of these marks follow the same formula of either 4 or 6 characters consisting of the dynasty name and reign title ... Continue Reading

Antique Furniture Styles. Choosing the Right Antiques for Your Home

The period and style of antique furniture you choose to decorate your home with can say a lot about your own style and taste. So, how do you make sure what you choose is the right kind of antique furniture, that it's a sound investment in both taste and style that fits your budget but won't stop being fashionable Continue Reading

Collecting Moorcroft Pottery in 2016

In 2016 collecting Moorcroft Pottery remains enormously popular with salerooms seeing quite a broad range of buyers still bidding at auction. With early Moorcroft patterns in the Art Nouveau or Arts & Crafts styles probably the most sought after and some collectors seeking advertising wares or patterns made exclusively for export Continue Reading

Antique Values – What to look out for when valuing antiques

Assessing an antiques value involves a lot more than examining a price list. Antiques experts will use a price guide as the starting point in the antique appraisal and valuation process but also include a host of other factors to determine an antiques true value Continue Reading

Spotting Antique Fakes and Forgeries

The Golden Rule when buying antiques, is always to ask the seller and to make sure they answer positively one way or the other. If the answer is maybe, could be or it might be an original, then think twice before you buy. Antique fakes are better now than ever and the antique collector really does need to be wary. Continue Reading

Chinese Symbols on Antique Furniture

A glossary of Chinese Symbols and oriental marks found on antique furniture and other artifacts. Everything from the eight immortals to the Stellar triad and various traditional symbols for animals fruit and flowers with an explanation of why they would be used Continue Reading