21 posts tagged antique furniture

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

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

Collecting Antique Rattan Furniture

The History & Design of Vintage and Antique Rattan Furniture. Antique Rattan furniture evokes contradictory impressions: Casual, but Victorian-formal; Classic, but linked to the 19th century; Ephemeral, but timeless. Today, reactions to rattan furniture range from those owners who can’t wait to get rid of “that old stuff” to furniture collectors who cheerfully troop through endless yard sales to find treasured pieces. Rattan furniture itself can range from battered, ... Continue Reading

Tips on Repair & Caring for Antique Furniture

Tips on the Repair & Care of Antique Furniture and Furnishings. It's rare for antique furniture to be kept solely for display purposes, so certain precautions are necessary in caring for antique furniture if it is to withstand years of daily wear and tear. Treat your antique furniture with due respect for the original use it was designed for. The surface of an old desk, for instance, was not designed to withstand the pressure of a ball point pen. Tilting or leaning back on a chair, ... Continue Reading

Buying Antique Furniture

Some Good Advice & Tips on Buying Antique Furniture ... Online The internet has changed the way we shop for furniture. In the modern world furniture can be bought for the home or office from online stores, auction sites and websites specialising in the sale of antiques, reproductions and second hand furniture. Some of the most popular online antique furniture retailers are; eBay, sellingantiques, the Conran Store, Crate and Barrel, Design Within Reach, Highbrow Furniture and Horchow. ... Continue Reading

Collecting Antique Samplers

Highly Collectable Antique Samplers can be a very wise investment. A sampler is an embroidered panel of fabric sewn as a reference or a to demonstrate a range of sewing skills and different stitches. By the 18thC most antique samplers were sewn by young children, following patterns from books. They typically incorporate letters, numbers, a short poem or motto, the name and age of the child and the date. The word sampler, comes from the Latin word exemplum, meaning an example to be ... Continue Reading

Antique Furniture Restoration

Antique furniture restoration refers to either the practice of restoring a piece of antique furniture Either to a like-new condition or to what might be perceived as like-new Or it can refer to the practice of preserving a fine piece of antique furniture to prevent any further deterioration in its condition. What is Antique Furniture Restoration? Furniture Restoration can involve something as simple as lightly cleaning a cabinet, a bookcase or set of drawers to remove excessive dirt or ... Continue Reading

Antique Carpets and Tapestry

Knowing, caring for and displaying your antique carpets, tapestry, samplers and textiles. Your antique carpets and tapestry are among the most beautiful items you will own but they are probably subject to the most abuse. Caring for antique carpets and tapestries can be a very time consuming job. The term carpet was originally used to describe coverings for tables, beds, and other furniture and only from the early 18th century was it associated with floor coverings. The history of antique ... Continue Reading

Thomas Chippendale (1718 to 1779)

Thomas Chippendale 1718-1779 Who was the antique furniture maker Thomas Chippendale (1718 to 1779)? Thomas Chippendale is probably the best known British cabinetmaker. He was a leading British cabinetmaker whose work was extremely influential during the early Georgian period. It was widely copied and imitated in later years.   Early Life Thomas Chippendale was born in Oatley, Yorkshire in 1718 into a family of carpenters. Not much is known of his early life and career. In 1748, ... Continue Reading

Identifying Antique Furniture

Tips & Advice on Identifying Antique Furniture   Antique Furniture is one of the most fascinating sections of antique collecting. Primarily because so many of us naturally do what's most important when collecting antique furniture. We buy what we like. Most antique furniture tends to be purchased by ordinary everyday people, rather than dedicated antique furniture collectors. In other words, more vintage furniture is acquired for its beauty and function rather than the profit ... Continue Reading