Category Archives: Antique Furniture

Fine Furniture and Country Furniture – What’s the Difference?

  One of the questions we are frequently asked is: what exactly is “country” furniture – what does the term mean? Strictly speaking, it refers to furniture made by country craftsmen, varying from purely functional pieces made by amateurs to … Continue reading

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The Unique Story of Yew Wood

  One of the world’s oldest surviving wooden artefacts is a yew spear head, found in 1911 at Clacton-on-sea, Essex. It is estimated to be 450,000 years old. Yew wood is reddish brown (with whiter sapwood), and is very springy; … Continue reading

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A Guide to Regency Furniture

  As a furniture style, Regency has come to embrace a period from the 1790s to about 1830. Strictly, Regency means 1811-1820 which was the period the Prince of Wales (later George IV) acted as Regent during his father’s period … Continue reading

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5 Reasons to Buy Antique Furniture

1. It’s good value Antique furniture is cheaper, in real terms, than it has been since the 1990s – most pieces have stayed roughly the same price for the last 15 years, while some, such as sets of dining chairs … Continue reading

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English Oak – Run of the Mill?

  English oak is a beautiful wood; it tends to have a fine and close grain, and hardens with age to an iron-like strength. England’s generally rich soil and its comparatively mild and moist climate have provided it with an … Continue reading

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The Masters of Marquetry

One of the more unusual pieces that we have had in recently is this 19th century north Italian walnut occasional table. It has an oblong top, with canted corners, and decorative parquetry inlay, with a central marquetry motif depicting a … Continue reading

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Five Ways to Spot a Fake

How do I know that the piece of furniture I am looking at is a genuine antique? Could it be a reproduction or a fake – and what are the things to look for? 1. First, look for anything that … Continue reading

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What is a Teapoy?

Before it became Britain’s number one drink, China tea was introduced in the coffeehouses of London shortly before the Stuart Restoration in 1660. Between 1720 and 1750 the imports of tea to Britain, through the British East India Company, more … Continue reading

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What is Kingwood?

  This beautiful little ladies writing table is known as a ‘Bonheur du Jour’ meaning “daytime delight” in French! They were introduced in Paris in the 1760s, and swiftly became fashionable. The Bonheur du Jour is always very light and … Continue reading

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Sarcophagus Wine Cooler

  One of the most exceptional pieces we’ve had in recent months is this wonderful Georgian mahogany wine cooler that has just come in to the showroom. It is a classic piece of English cabinet work from the late Regency … Continue reading

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