Antique Armoires

Antique Furniture: Fake, Reproductions and Revivals

What do antique funiture dealers mean when they call something a fake, a reproduction or a revival? The study of antique furniture has its own very specialized language that permeates all the nooks and crannies of the field, whether it be collecting, buying and selling, restoration or just vicarious interest. Three terms...

New jute webbing will save upholstered chair seat

"I have an antique rocking chair I acquired at auction for a very reasonable price because the bottom is falling out of it. The canvas looking straps that hold in the sprigs are rotten and broken. I would just take them off but it looks like the springs inside are sewn...

On a ‘Mission’ for well-made furniture

Like America itself, the impetus for one of the country's most influential lifestyles came from England. The great American tradition of Arts and Crafts furniture, pottery, art, architecture and metal work began with the discontent of a young, independently wealthy Englishman named William Morris (1834 - 1896).

Furniture Detective: Gum Wood Common in Antique Furniture

Early 20th century furniture made in America developed its own unique style, loosely known as Colonial Revival. It turns out that the wood most frequently used in American furniture in the first half of the 20th century was gum, also known as sweet gum, red gum, hazel pine, sap gum, satin walnut...

Audubon to Tiffany offered in 720-lot Nye & Co online auction

NEW YORK, N.Y.– Nye & Company Auctioneers' auction closing Nov. 16 has some 720 lots including works by John James Audubon, Joseph Bail, a group of European painters, diverse English, American and Continental furniture, numerous tribal rugs, Van Cleef and Arpels, Cartier and lots of costume jewelry.