Antique Guides

Many antiques lovers may have been following the challenge to the Ivory Act brought by the Friends of Antique Cultural Treasures (FACT). The judgement, following the judicial review, was announced yesterday (5/11/19) and did not find in favour of FACT; it can be read in full here. A date for the implementation of the Act…
LAPADA closed its doors on 19 September with indications that the art and antiques trades are outperforming retail sales projections. Earlier in the year the Office for National Statistics (ONS) cited significant growth in the antiques and vintage markets and, alongside trends for craftsmanship and sustainability, there are positive signs the art and antiques trades…
  Over 100 delegates attended the annual LAPADA Annual Conference on the 21st of February where passions for the past met the challenges of the future. LAPADA Chairman, Lord de Mauley, and LAPADA CEO, Freya Simms co-hosted a packed programme that explored a range of topical issues from the growing possibilities offered by digital marketing…
The hall chair is one of our favourite types of seat furniture. Unlike other types of chairs, these had primarily a decorative purpose: adorning a great entrance hall and displaying a family crest. It seems we are not alone to pursue the passion for hall chairs: there has been a noticeable recent trend for these accessible pieces of furniture, proving that they are still appealing to collectors and decorators alike. Presenting something of a novelty to the contemporary mind, here is our overview of the history of a hall chair.
Alex & Paul
Alex & Paul
Peacock's Finest
antique hall chair designs
Object of the Week – Letter With Drawings From Dame Laura Knight Ink 1959 Framed H: 30cm W: 36cm A framed drawing by Dame Knight on a letter dated 1959. “Of splits and misfortunes for Morris and Marjorie may there be none in 1960, but may good fortune, good health and great happiness enrich that…
Object of the Week – Regency Period Gonçalo Alves Wood Breakfast Table   c.1820 H: 72.5 cm Diameter: 121cm £12,800   A fine quality early 19th century Regency period gonçalo alves wood breakfast table, having crossbanded circular top with leaf and strap gilt brass edging above narrow frieze, raised on triangular brass mounted stem, supported…
The vast majority of English, Scottish and Irish silver produced in the last 500 years is stamped with either four or five symbols, known as hallmarks. The prime purpose of these marks is to show that the metal of the item upon which they are stamped is of a certain level of purity. The metal is tested and marked at special offices, regulated by the government, known as assay offices. Only metal of the required standard will be marked. It is a form of consumer protection, whose origin goes back almost 1000 years.
At the beginning of the 18th century, during the Queen Anne period and into the early Georgian period, walnut was the most highly prized wood for making fine furniture. Its superb colour combined with elegant design and proportions favoured at the time made this one of the most outstanding periods of English furniture making.
Mr Melvin Haughey
Mr Melvin Haughey
Haughey Antiques