As it is often seen as an interesting and varied career, with the added possibility of ending up on an antiques programme, many people have made the decision to become an (more…)
Many people enjoy going to auctions, and other such sales, in the pursuit of an antique bargain. However, whether they are attending to seek out specific items, such as vintage toys or antique bedroom furniture, or just to see what lots come up, there can be a number of risks associated with the (more…)
Over the years, many carpenters and designers have worked on furniture to create some beautiful, innovative designs. However, only a few makers have lasted the test of time to (more…)
When it comes to collecting antiques, many people enjoy gathering pottery due to the various colours, patterns and shapes that this type of vintage item (more…)
When it comes to shopping for antiques, Great Britain is a collector’s haven. There are numerous fairs, auction houses, and specialist stores with knowledgeable staff to keep antiques enthusiasts busy for hours, not to mention, of course, car boot and jumble sales, where there is always the chance of (more…)
When purchasing an antique settee, it can be tempting to try and grab a bargain or to just go with one that seems attractive on the day. However, you may end up regretting not putting a little more thought into your purchase down the road.
This is because vintage sofas can (more…)
Paul Sormani, (1817-1877) born Canzo, in the Lombardy area, he set up his first workshops in Paris in 1847, finally settling in Rue Charlot in 1867, he offered works of ‘ a quality of execution of the first order’. Supplying copies of furniture in the style of the ancien regime. They exhibited at the Paris Exhibition of 1849 and received a bronze medal, and later, the Paris Universelle Expositions of 1855 and 1867, and in London in 1862 , being awarded medals for their excellence
Holland & Sons were founded in 1803 by Stephen Taprell and William Holland, a relation of the architect Henry Holland, the firm of Holland & Sons became one of the largest and most successful furniture making companies in the 19th Century. The firm worked extensively for the Royal Family, being granted the Royal Warrant early in the reign of Queen Victoria, hence taking a leading part in the decoration and furnishing of Osborne House, Sandringham, Balmoral, Windsor Castle and the apartments of the Prince and Princess of Wales at Marlborough House. Holland and Sons also worked extensively for the British Government, for whom they executed over three hundred separate commissions, including the Palace of Westminster, the Victoria and Albert Museum, and oversaw the State funeral of the Duke of Wellington. Among their private commissions the firm produced a celebrated suite of bedroom furniture for the late Sir Harold Wernher at Luton Hoo. Always at the forefront of fashion, they employed some of England’s leading designers and participated in all of the International Exhibitions of 1851, 1855, 1862, 1867, 1872 and 1878.
Over the years, many interesting and fascinating objects have graced Britain’s television screens after being discovered at Antiques Roadshow events.
From late Victorian furniture and antique coffee tables to (more…)
A firm favourite amongst many fans of unique items, the Antiques Roadshow has long graced Britain’s television screens.
Viewers have been able to watch as (more…)