American and English furniture, including an early 19th century Federal mahogany desk-and-bookcase, is headlining a Collectors' Passion Auction Jan. 31.
Best intentions can sometimes have disastrous affects. Case in point, using linseed oil on a turn-of-the-century chifferobe, instead of mineral spirits, advises Furniture Detective Fred Taylor.
So often the naming conventions for items are about practicality. For example, in a response to a reader Furniture Detective Fred Taylor explains that a chest with a central compartment used to store bonnets and hats was referred to as a bonnet chest.
In his latest Furniture Detective column, Fred Taylor explains a bit about the history of Art Deco, while assessing a reader's inquiry about a vanity.
Turn of the century furniture construction techniques, while often clever, were not extremely sophisticated, making furniture repair easier than you might think.
One of the best things about antiques is their ability to preserve and represent the past. A recent installment of Ask the Experts prompted a trip down memory lane that involved Saturday afternoons, a telephone table and lessons in literature.
A circa 1860 mahogany half tester youth-size bed made by C. Lee sold for a neat and clean $29,000 to lead more than 575 lots at a recent Stevens Auction Co. event.
In his Furniture Detective column, Fred Taylor fields reader questions about a Stickley handkerchief table and a buffet thought to be made by Irwin of Mich.
On Sunday, Feb. 10, Thomas Schwenke’s Woodbury Auction held its Mid-Century, Country & Decorative Arts Auction — despite the Blizzard of 2013.