Antique Guides

LAPADA Guide to Antique Chandeliers

For centuries the chandelier has been the most iconic lighting form to grace our interiors, balancing a decorative and aesthetic function with practical illumination. From its beginnings it was associated with wealth and power and a burning symbol of success and social standing.

LAPADA Guide to Buying Antiquities

The term 'antiquities' refers to artefacts from prehistory to roughly Medieval Period. The term is very broad and covers the Classical antiquity of Greece and Rome, ancient Egypt, ancient Near Eastern cultures and delves into prehistoric periods and Asian civilizations.

Object of the Week – A Renaissance Diamond Ring

A RENAISSANCE DIAMOND RING 16th century £43,000  An impressive 16th century ring, set with a square point cut diamond in a closed back rubover setting with an approximate weight of 0.90 carats, to a raised pyramid shaped central collet with fine scalloped double arches and pelleted border to base, incised saltire to the underside and…

Object of the Week – Early Carved Panel

EARLY CARVED PANEL c.1450 A very well carved Continental panel, retaining its original polychrome decoration. Peter Bunting Antiques Harthill Hall Alport Bakewell Derbyshire DE45 1LH +44 (0)7860 540870 [email protected] Peter Bunting Antiques specialises in antique oak furniture, portraits, tapestries and related items.

Object of the Week – A Very Rare Venetian Low Footed Glass Bowl

A VERY RARE VENETIAN LOW FOOTED GLASS BOWL Approximately 10″ in diameter £15,000  A very rare Venetian low footed Glass Bowl, c.1500–1525; the shallow tray of the bowl moulded with a series of ribs radiating from the raised centre; the broad rim decorated with an intricate pattern of gilded scales embellished with white, red and…

LAPADA Guide to Giltwood Furniture

R. W. Symonds, a renowned furniture historian, once pronounced that gilt gesso furniture was unparalleled: ‘It possessed a quality which no carving in wood could emulate’.*

LAPADA Guide to Diamond Cuts

Diamonds were probably worn as early as the sixth century BC, though the oldest extant examples date from Ancient Rome.