Considered a hygienic alternative to wood, used by all classes. Price was largely dictated by the amount of brass in the construction, the cheapest being all iron or iron with brass knobs and end-rails, the most expensive all brass. The best and largest number of manufacturers. Some four-post brass beds were made, but most were half-tester or had curtains hung from side wings. Straightforward double-ended beds without drapery were increasingly common after Designs were variable, generally not following contemporary fashions. Most had al strong vertical and horizontal emphasis; some had fancy scrollwork. Cast decorative cornices were a rare bonus.

Victorian furniture

We do not sell reproductions or use cheap modern spray finishes. History of Antique Furniture – A Guide to Antique Dining Tables In terms of the antique dining tables available today we perhaps think as far back as the 16th Century for primitive plank top refectory tables but of coarse the civilised Worlds of ancient history have always built tables for dining. Perhaps the very first were smooth flat rocks used by our cave dwelling ancestors? Generally speaking the further we look back in recent centuries the rarer the table and hence greater the price.

Fortunately, in terms of budget, many of these early refectory tables were revived copied at later dates and have survived in greater numbers. By the mid 18th Century our seafaring merchants were importing highly fashionable exotic timbers and mahogany became the most desirable choice for cabinet makers and their clients.

A Gothic Carved Chest Dating To Late 15th Early 16th Century. A Gothic Carved Chest Dating To Late 15th Early 16th Century. This Gothic chest unusual in design with a dovetailed construction adjoining the sides, front and back planks.

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Antique Oak 18th Century Coffer

Contact Author A Guide to Reading and Understanding English Silver Marks British sterling silver hallmarks help to identify the maker and year of manufacture of sterling silver items produced by Great Britain. Understanding and learning to recognize these marks, can help you avoid costly mistakes in both the purchase and sale of antique English silver.

This guide will explain what each mark means and how to find them on a piece of antique British sterling silver. I’ve been buying and selling antique silver for many years now. When I first started going to estate sales, I was always drawn to the silver gleaming on the tables.

Looking at the joinery, or the way a piece of antique furniture is put together, will provide many clues that help in determining the age. But there are a number of other factors to consider as well, including the tools that were used to craft a piece and what the individual components look like.

June 4, A Pepsi-Cola serving tray circa s My fascination with brand design started with the soda-pop realm. Because my father had a collection of Life magazines beginning with the first issue in and continuing through the World War II years, I had ample exposure to plenty of advertising from that era. Soft drink ads were plentiful and even before seeing or owning the actual bottles, I was aware of the label and packaging designs, and how the designs changed from year to year.

When I was a kid, my dad also gave me an old Coca-Cola bottle that helped trigger what ended up being an collecting obsession. After finding the vintage bottles in the Evanston garage, I set out to find examples of as many design and label variations as I could. Soon my surroundings looked like an advertising history warehouse.

I stopped being a collector and transitioned into a curator.

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Hence the coffer is the name more frequently associated with the dower-chest or marriage cassone. The chest, although in early days serving the purpose of a marriage coffer, was essentially a portable piece of furniture, and associated with many a weary march. It may well claim to be the most venerated of antiques. It takes precedence of all other pieces of furniture, in that most of the other furnishings of the home sprang from it. It has served in turn as a seat, a couch, a bed, as a travelling trunk, and in its later developments as a general receptacle for household goods and personal effects.

As a curio and antique the chest ranks second to none, although in almost every position assigned to it in the modern collector’s home it seems out of place.

Early English Oak Coffers (or Chests) By John Fiske and Lisa Freeman. Coffers, along with boxes (their smaller cousins), are the most frequently found examples of seventeenth-century furniture.

The Renaissance The concept of the Renaissance , which aimed to achieve the rebirth or re-creation of ancient Classical culture , originated in Florence in the early 15th century and thence spread throughout most of the Italian peninsula; by the end of the 16th century the new style pervaded almost all of Europe, gradually replacing the Gothic style of the late Middle Ages. It encouraged a revival of naturalism, seen in Italian 15th-century painting and sculpture, and of Classical forms and ornament in architecture, such as the column and round arch , the tunnel vault , and the dome.

An overview of Renaissance architecture. Knowledge of the Classical style in architecture was derived during the Renaissance from two sources: For Classical antiquity and, therefore, for the Renaissance, the basic element of architectural design was the order , which was a system of traditional architectural units. During the Renaissance five orders were used, the Tuscan, Doric, Ionic, Corinthian, and Composite, with various ones prevalent in different periods.

For example, the ornate, decorative quality of the Corinthian order was embraced during the early Renaissance, while the masculine simplicity and strength of the Doric was preferred during the Italian High Renaissance. Following ancient Roman practice e. For the Renaissance, proportion was the most important predetermining factor of beauty.

Antique Chests

Here, time is measured in milligrams. Under a microscope, a lab technician cleans a tiny wood chip extracted from an American museum treasure. This fragment no bigger than a fingernail is enough to divine whether the artefact it came from is really the Roman musical instrument its owners believe it to be. Lab manager Dr Christine Prior already has bad news for another client — an art authenticator in Hong Kong.

Look, we’ve got Antique Chests Antique Chests ranging from £85 to £ listed by UK antique dealers. Browse genuine chests.

Erich Hoesel, The Cat, first modeled Discovering the chemical key to making the ceramics that all the nobles of Europe coveted—a discovery that came down to mixing the right clay kaolin with the right stone feldspathic-rich petuntse —changed everything. Three centuries after the first examples left the kilns, early Meissen porcelain has lost none of its magic. Featuring objects, the show celebrates the decades when Meissen held the monopoly on hard-paste porcelain by spotlighting some of its most breathtaking achievements.

The beguiling material was so hard, it could be carved and faceted like a gemstone, but the Meissen artists found several ways of enhancing its beauty with paint, as well. Particularly notable are an exceedingly early black-glazed pair of tea bowls, which might predate the founding of the Meissen factory, and a striking mounted tankard made between and and painted to resemble marble, one of only 15 such vessels known.

He also established what would later be called the Schulz Codex, the pattern book from which his team of Meissen porcelain painters copied scenes and motifs. A total of six pieces in the Gutter exhibition are displayed alongside their respective entries in the Codex, clearly showing the sources of their imagery. Gutter favored gloriously painted Meissen wares and secured some especially intriguing ones, such as a circa —24 chinoiserie tea bowl and saucer that shows figures at work.

Chinoiserie scenes virtually never show anything as mundane as people in the throes of toil, but this is the exception that proves the rule—the scene on the tea bowl shows figures tending a muffle kiln.

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You’ll also be signed up to receive e-newsletters from Antique Trader and partners. Fred Taylor January 13, 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.

An Important Oak Chest Dating To The 14th Century. An Important Oak Chest Dating To The 14th Century. The intricately carved front depicting castellations between gothic arches with the stiles carved with mythical beasts – the top covered with ornate strap work.

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Howard and Sons of Berners Street in London were the foremost upholstery maker of the nineteenth century, regarded in the same way as Gillow were for cabinet furniture. Howard and Sons were such an important company that they collaborated with Gillow on several important projects and may have even manufactured pieces of upholstered furniture for Gillow as well as other important makers such as Maple and Co. Howard and Sons exhibited at all the large exhibitions of the nineteenth century including the Great Exhibition of and the subsequent shows at Crystal Palace, as well as exhibitions in America and France.

Howard and Sons had the Royal Warrant and supplied several Royal residences with many items of antique furniture, most frequently of course with upholstery. Although Howard and Sons supplied almost any item for the nineteenth century house and were renowned for their excellent build quality and superb finishing in all areas of chattels and interior decorating, it is their upholstered furniture for which the company is now so famous.

17th century Antique English Charles II Period Oak Cabinet