1950's In Vogue
* 1950s Furniture - Mid-century
modern classics are some of the most sought-after furniture collectibles
today but are increasingly difficult to find. Their eclectic designs by
noted architects and designers from the 1940s and 50s are examples of modern
art you can sit, dine, or lounge on — and they mix well in almost any décor.
* Mid-Century Modern Furniture
- Mid-century modern classics are some of the most sought-after furniture
collectibles today but are increasingly difficult to find. Their eclectic
designs by noted architects and designers from the 1940s and 50s are
examples of modern art you can sit, dine, or lounge on — and they mix well
in almost any décor.
We love Art Deco & Art Nouveau at
* 1930s & Art Deco Bookcases
- Storing books wasn't much of a problem for most people before this
century; they didn't have enough books to make it worthwhile. In the 1930s,
though, bookcases were in the forefront of modern design ideas.
* Art Deco Console Tables
- Console tables were a common sight in the hallways of 1930s houses and
flats. Functional and compact, they seemed to be typically sleek and
graceful products of the contemporary art deco style, but had roots planted
much deeper in the past.
* Art Deco Dressing Tables
- The 1920s and 1930s were decades where surface sheen and glamour were
valued more than anything else. This was true of ladies' fashions and of
furniture alike, and where the two came together, as in the dressing table,
something radically new was created.
& Art Deco Kitchen Furniture - Between the wars, social changes and
new ideas on food preparation combined to create a radically different style
* Art Deco Wardrobes
- As the tallest and most striking piece of bedroom furniture, wardrobes set
the tone of the whole room, and in the years between the wars there were
plenty of styles to choose from.
Exotic furniture from
Asia and the Middle East
* Indian Furniture
- During the centuries of British rule in India, local skills and materials
combined with European tastes to create a type of hybrid furniture
particularly suited to leisure use.
* Islamic Furniture from the Middle East
- The Islamic world, and especially the Middle East, developed its own
traditions of furniture making. Many of its highly decorated products have
found their way into non-Islamic markets.
* Japanese Furniture
- Japanese culture developed in splendid isolation for
centuries. The furniture used by its people evolved into styles that are at
the same time very practical and - to Western eyes at least - exotically
* Ottoman Furniture
The practical and adaptable ottoman was a popular piece of
furniture in the 19th century, when it added a touch of the exotic to many
* Chinese Furniture
- There are two basic traditions in Chinese furniture. In the south of
China, with its warm, semi-tropical climate, bamboo and lacquerwork hold
sway. Pieces like this, imported to Europe since the 16th century, have
helped to define oriental furniture in Western eyes.
* Chinese Lacquer Furniture
- A valued material in China for more than 1,000 years, lacquer was
introduced to the West in the 17th century and inspired a fashion for
oriental styles that flourished in the Georgian period.
Louis XV & Louis XVI &
* Louis XV & XVI Furniture: Understanding the Obsession
- During the reigns of Louis XV and Louis XVI, a deluge of furniture was
produced by Parisian and Provincial ébénistes
(artisans specializing in veneered furniture) and menuisiers
(artisans specializing in carved furniture). Ever since, these ornate
works have been highly prized; today, a privileged few private collectors
and museums from around the globe vie for premium pieces at premium prices.
* Louis XV
& XVI Furniture Defined - During the reign of Louis XV (1723-1774),
influences from the previous Régence period were lavishly embellished upon
by Parisian furniture-makers, resulting in a voluptuous, unrestrained style.
* Directoire Furniture: 1790s France
Stylish, versatile, utilitarian furniture that's sought-after by collectors? Thinking 1950s Eames? Try 1790s France.
* Chiases lounge
- The French term 'chaise longue', or lounge, literally long chair, was
first used in the middle of the 18th century, but the idea of a piece of
furniture on which you could recline during the day goes back a century
further, to the time when bedrooms were first formally separated from the
rest of the house.
* Commode Confusion
- "Commode" comes from the French word for "convenient." Strictly speaking,
it's the French name for a chest of drawers.
Watch out for Fake &
& Reproduction Furniture - Ever since old furniture began to attract
high prices, there have been people - some highly skilled, others crude
tricksters - who have been prepared to boost their income by fooling buyers.
* Reproduction Furniture
- Reproduction furniture, either fresh from the factory or second-hand,
provides an affordable alternative to antiques when you're creating a period
Chairs & Seating
* All about Chairs
- The evolution of furniture styles is clearly reflected in the design of
chairs. The shape and material used to form the back can give you clues to
the period and provenance of any chair.
* Edwardian Side Chairs
- The Edwardian period was one of the most varied in the history of English
furniture making, and this is nowhere more apparent than in the extraordinary
range of contemporary chair designs.
* Lounge Furniture
- A sofa and two armchairs would have left most of the Victorian family
standing up, but smaller families this century mean suites have come into
their own. Although upholstered suites of a sofa and two armchairs have been
made since the 18th century, they only really came into their own in the
* Upholstered Chairs
- Although commonplace today, upholstered furniture was once rare and highly
prized, and these older pieces can be very collectable.
* Early Dining Furniture
- Dining chairs were very much a novelty at the start of the 18th century,
but those produced in the next 100 years set the styles for the centuries to
* Windsor furniture
- The timeless appeal of Windsor chairs allows them to harmonize with all but
the most modern interiors.
* Smokers Bow Chair
- Beginning as a bumble country piece, a more comfortable cousin of the Windsor chair, the smoker's bow evolved a variety of styles in the 19th century.
* Wing Chairs
- The design of the wing chair, with its high side wings, was intended to
protect the sitter from side draughts in a well padded, comfortable, upright
* Adjustable Chairs
- Chairs with adjustable backs were a relatively late development of the
easy chair, which was itself an essentially Victorian creation. Before about
1830, lolling about in a comfortable chair was considered unacceptably slack
behaviour in polite company.
FURNITURE CARE & REPAIRS
* Appraising Wood Furniture - While worm
holes can be treated and filled, they're often viewed as evidence of the long
life of a piece of antique furniture. One interesting note: Some modern
furniture manufacturers actually synthesized worm holes to make their pieces
* Cleaning Wicker Furniture
- Whether you have rattan, reed, willow, or bamboo, you should clean
your wicker furniture on a regular basis.
* Protecting Antique Chairs (Windsor & Chippendales)
Antique chairs typically sell at auction for thousands of dollars — Sotheby's
recently sold an 18th-century Chippendale easy chair for $1,900. So it's no
wonder that some antique chair owners would rather display their chairs than sit
* Scratches in Wood Furniture
- American furniture collectors are
usually pretty darn picky when it comes to condition. There's very little
American furniture out there, so they like it raw -- in its original form.
* Waxing Wood Furniture
- Waxing maintains the finish of wood furniture and protects your investment. Two coats of blended furniture wax, such as Butcher's or Goddard's, take little work and won't ruin the patina of a well-aged piece.
* Furniture Knowledge
- Imagine stumbling across an old table at garage sale, taking it home for a
mere $25, only to find out later it's an antique card table from the late 1700s!
Well, that's exactly what happened to a schoolteacher in New Jersey.
* Antique Furniture Price Guides
- This incredibly thorough book includes every important style that marked
society, including Renaissance, Charles V and Phillip II, Regence, Louis XVI,
Directoire, Rococo, Empire, Victorian, Art Nouveau and others, complete with
intricate details allowing a rigorous identification of each object
* Restoring Antique Painted Chests
- Some of the oldest painted chests were made during the late 18th and early
19th century in Pennsylvania and in the Carolinas. They've been popular ever
since, and still bring thousands of dollars at auctions and antiques shops.
* French Polishing Furniture
- French polishing - which produces a beautiful deep shine - has always been surrounded by mystique. Yet, with a
little practice, any competent amateur can achieve good results
* French Polishing Furniture # 2
- French polish is applied with a 'rubber', which is made by wrapping a piece of
unmedicated cotton wool in a lint-free piece of soft cotton or linen cloth, such
as a man's cotton handkerchief or a piece of cotton sheet.
* French Polishing Furniture # 3
- The secret of French polishing is to carefully repeat the simple steps time
and again to build up the layers and the shine.
* French Polishing Furniture # 4
- French polishing is a process of building up coat after coat of polish; it is
important to rub down any flaws as you go and to bring out the gloss with a
final application of meths.
* Repairing Marquetry Furniture
- An attractive item of furniture in fine wood with marquetry decoration is a
conversation piece and sets off other antiques. It is well worth restoring the
marquetry to achieve this effect.
* Repairing Parquetry Furniture
- Time, patience and the right tools and materials are the key to a good
invisible repair on your prized piece of parquetry.
* Furniture Restoration - What to look for
- Restoration can be very expensive and you may be unhappy with the end result,
so it is well worth finding a good restorer fixing a price and being very clear
about what you want done.
* Repairing Split Wood Furniture
- A split can easily ruin an otherwise good piece of furniture, but you can
often carry out repairs with simple equipment and methods.
* Stripping Wood
- By using one of the relatively simple methods of stripping wood, you can often
transform an old piece of junk furniture, repainted or varnished, into an
attractive and useful item in the home.
* Waxing Furniture
- Give your
old wooden furniture a new lease of life with a traditional wax finish. It is
effective and very easy to do.
* Furniture handle and knobs
- More than just a functional device, drawer and cupboard handles or knobs
can provide both a decorative fillip to a piece of furniture and useful
clues in dating it.
* Drawer knobs and handles
- Sooner or later the knob of a drawer on a valued piece of furniture will
come away in your hand; fixing it back, or replacing it, is a fairly
* Five eBay Listing Tips
- You've finally cleaned your attic and found boxes of old collectibles — simply
collecting dust. What do you do? Go to eBay, of course, where your family
treasures might just boost the family income.
* Importing Your Online Purchases
- It's wonderful how online auctions have opened markets and brought buyers and
sellers together from all over the world. But be careful. Customs fees and other
import laws can make buying objects from overseas a lot more complicated than
you might expect.
* Maximizing Your Auction Profits
- eBay and other online auctions are rapidly becoming some of the most popular
venues for selling antiques, collectibles, and art. In fact, eBay boasts 600,000
new items listed for auctions every day. With all that traffic, it's easy to
imagine how your object might get lost in the crowd.
* Bidding for the Novice
- Bidding can be tricky, but well-informed auction watchers are more likely to
get what they want at the right price. If you're a novice, here are a few
strategies that make for savvy, successful bidding on the Web
* When to Get an Appraisal
- People often use appraisals to help insure an object or collection against
damage and theft. Some people get everything appraised. Others only get
appraisals of objects that are worth thousands of dollars. They're willing to
risk losing pieces worth a few hundred dollars.
* Selling by Consignment
- When it's time to let possessions go, what's the best way in to do it?
* Fakes Sell in Online, Offline Auctions
* Anatomies of the Frauds