Antique Guides

LAPADA Guide to Portrait Enamels

Most significant portrait miniature collections also contain portrait enamels. These usually resemble watercolour portrait miniatures in their framing and size, yet they were produced in a very different way and their creators were more closely associated with watchmakers and jewellers than with the manuscript illuminators who evolved the first portrait miniatures.

LAPADA Guide to Parquetry & Marquetry

Anyone who works with antiques, especially restorers who spend literally days burnishing pieces to bring back their lustre, will tell you that wood is wonderful.

Best Stand Awards – Winter Art & Antiques Fair Olympia

Each year, LAPADA organise the Best Stand Awards at the Winter Art & Antiques Fair Olympia. This year our esteemed panel of judges included: Caroline de Cabbarus (Principal, Hotspur Design), Noelle McElhatton (Editor, The Antiques Trade Gazette) and Nicholas Somers (Master, The Worshipful Company of Turners). From the over 70 LAPADA members standing at the…

LAPADA Guide to Antique Clocks

Prized and valued today as they were when first commissioned and made, fine antique clocks represent a sound financial investment and will be a pleasure to own and incorporate into your daily life.

LAPADA Guide to Meissen Porcelain

LAPADA member Serhat Ahmet talks about collecting Meissen Porcelain, known in Europe in the 18th and 19th centuries as the most innovative and sought after by royal courts and the aristocracy; it was called 'white gold', due to its huge expense to purchase.

LAPADA Guide to Oriental Rugs & Carpets

Only during the past century have oriental rugs become valued throughout the world as works of art. Collectors are often attracted to these handcrafted pieces by the desire to own a part of the rich and colourful history behind this art form - whilst, moreover, such works have the ability to transform interiors into extraordinary spaces.