Antique Guides

Though it’s today one of the lesser-known ‘decorative arts’, the technique of pietra dura is highly prized and widely used, and can be found in settings ranging from antique jewellery boxes to the walls of the Taj Mahal.
Mr Mati Sinai
Mr Mati Sinai
Mayfair Gallery Ltd.
A chimneypiece is essentially a decorative surround that frames the opening of a fireplace. It has been seen for centuries as the focal point of a room. Furniture is organised around it, and prized artworks or beautiful mirrors above it. Without one, a room for entertaining or relaxing can often feel without a centrepiece.
Anthony Bridgman
Anthony Bridgman
Westland London
Boards for playing games such backgammon and chequers have been used since Tudor times. However, bar a few exceptions, it was only after the restoration of English monarchy in 1660, under Charles II, that tables were made specifically for games.
Archibald Knox was the brilliant Manx designer for Liberty in the period 1898-1906. During this period he designed (not made) everything from wallpaper to jewellery, though his most famous work was for Liberty’s Cymric silver range and Tudric pewter range.
Anthony Bernbaum
Anthony Bernbaum
The Peartree Collection
Coin collecting is a passion dating back to ancient times, encompassing all types of currency: coins, tokens, medals, paper money and related objects. Known as the ‘hobby of Kings’ since the Renaissance, famous coin collectors include Lorenzo de Medici, King Louis XIV of France and the first Roman Emperor Augustus. Coins can immortalize particular moments in history and are extremely valuable to archaeologists and historians.
Neil Paisley
Neil Paisley
A.H. Baldwin & Sons Ltd
Antiques expert Judith Miller and LAPADA Members Peter Woodward of 3details and Holly Johnson of Holly Johnson Antiques pass on their insider tips to ensure you find a lasting, and affordable seat.