Check out this fascinating entry on the differences between period American and English Georgian furniture over at Martin Willis‘ Antique Auction Forum. He writes: “Centennial furniture was born in the traditions mentioned above debuting at the 1876 International Centennial Exposition … Read More +
Beds are of great interest to most people. We spend more time in bed than we do anywhere else, except maybe at work, so where we spend roughly one-third of our lives should be of great interest. In Colonial America, mobility was a key factor in bed design. America has been a nation on the move since before it was a nation, so a bed that could be disassembled, transported by wagon or boat and reassembled was a valuable asset. Read More +
After 32 years and more than $150 million worth of antique furniture sold, the famed Steven-Thomas Antiques and Interiors is closing with a blockbuster auction Feb. 5-6. The prestigious Orange County antiques and restoration firm, became famous fo redesigning and repurposing antiques for functional use in today’s homes. Steven-Thomas also catered to a large celebrity clientele that included the late John Wayne, who resided in Newport Beach. Every article will be sold to the highest bidder, regardless of price, by Don Presley Auctions.
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A beautiful and varied collection of art, first-rate antique furniture and finely crafted treasures from Russia and the Orient will be featured at Thomaston Place Auction Galleries Feb. 5-6. Bidders also will have the opportunity to obtain estate jewelry, early firearms, furs, gold coins, fine carpets and Native American works.
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Furniture Detective: One of the first things to be looked at when trying to determine the age of a piece of older or antique furniture is the type of joinery used in the construction of the piece. Knowing the history of the technology of various periods goes a long way toward explaining clues about the age of furniture and none is more important (or accessible) than the type of joint used to secure a drawer. Read More +
Behind the Gavel columnist Wayne Jordan says central to gaining more customers and making more sales is building store traffic. Antiques dealers have the same challenges as other retailers: how to build awareness for their business and get more customers in the door. This month, I’ll share some promotions that retailers in other businesses have successfully used; perhaps a few of them will work for you, too. Here are his "11 Promotions for 2011."
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More than 600 lots of fresh-to-the-market finds from five important estates are coming to sale Jan. 15 by Stevens Auction Company. Furniture by famed artisan J. & J.W. Meeks will include a rosewood rococo laminated pierce-carved sofa in the Stanton Hall pattern and among the decorative accessories is a three-piece Dresden center bowl with figural renderings and flower décor.
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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 often heard loosely bandied about the trade are “fake,” “reproduction” and “revival.” Each has its meaning in the real world and each has its own special meaning in the world of antiques. Read More +
A pair of carved, early Continental alabaster and marble statues of Cleopatra and Judith sold for $132,250 at a Nov. 13 sale, moving a Massachusetts auctioneer to believe the antiques market is showing strong signs of picking up again. Read More +
"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 to the straps. Can I replace them without reupholstering the entire chair?" Read More +