A little vocabulary and knowledge about auctions – and maybe some key words – will help you at your next auction or perhaps even inspire you to attend one if you haven’t gone recently.
In today’s contemporary dining room, whether in traditional styling or a more modern look, the usual centerpiece is the table. And that table usually is in a well-defined form that consists of two platforms joined in the center, supported by a series of legs or pedestals. The two platforms can then...
Understanding and examining the anatomy of tables is a handy skill, explains Furniture Detective Fred Taylor. From support structure and hardware to leaves and joints, the ability to interpret these elements aid in selecting a sound table.
Hardware is a hot commodity these days. To be clear, we're talking about antique, vintage, and contemporary with an aged feel hardware you find on doors, windows, door frames, and the like, and Greg Bates is exploring the happening hardware market.
Furniture Detective Fred Taylor knows his way around furniture, and that includes hardware (drawer pulls, hinges, etc). In this column, Furniture Detective Fred explains how you can know more by knowing hardware.
Just because something looks like something else, or even is described as 'looking like,' or being in 'the same style as,' an authentic item, it doesn't always mean it is. Furniture Detective Fred Taylor explains the tricky attribution pit, and how to avoid it.
Q I know this may be a long shot to ask you and sorry to bother you. I have my great grandmothers bed and it’s in really rough shape. So I’m restoring it into a bench for my mom (her granddaughter) I came across a couple markings but can’t find out...
In this Furniture Detective column Fred Taylor tackles three reader inquiries about dissolving wood glue, examining repair details to assess age, and modern history of Hitchcock chair design.
It's said helping others is a reward in itself. Dr. Anthony Cavo recounts a remarkable reward he received as a teenager, following a few years of helping a pair of homebound neighbors. The reward also prompted a case for Cavo to ponder.