You can however still browse all of our stock right here on this website and we are happy to offer further information, and virtual viewings via Phone, Email, WhatsApp, FaceTime, Skype, Zoom, or any other method which suits you. We are also able to deliver directly to you any items which you have purchased, or may be considering purchasing. Please do not hesitate to get in touch for further information. Have you ever wondered just what George II or Chippendale period actually mean. Many dealers and enthusiasts refer to furniture and works of art by which period they are from without actually divulging even roughly what year that means the article is from. Now that is fine if talking to a fellow dealer or even somebody with an in depth knowledge of history, but then what about an ordinary man or woman on the street.
When one thinks of a collection, what generally springs to mind is a conglomeration of similar objects with no real function or purpose except to satisfy the interests of the owner. In this regard, antique furniture is unique from most other collectibles because it still serves the same function with as much practicality as it did when it was made. Though the best pieces of antique furniture can realize prohibitive sometimes extraordinary prices, the average buyer can still find articles representing some of the most important 19th and 20th century style movements at almost any mid-size auction house. Though purpose-built furniture has been around in some form or another for thousands of years, we will focus on American furniture from the Colonial period until today. American woodworking styles have seen a significant number of style periods since the early Colonial era, with each period being to some degree influenced by the pieces being built in Europe generally England and France. At the same time, American craftsmen often had to rely on the raw materials readily available in North America.
By: Editors of Consumer Guide. When you want to refinish old wooden furniture, the best place to look is the family storeroom: Check the attic, basement, garage, or wherever unwanted furniture has collected. You may also discover a real antique or two -- pieces handed down through the family for generations.
The era of an antique buffet or sideboard is determined by the style. Each era left its imprint through the designs considered fashionable at the time. An owner of an antique must verify that the buffet or sideboard is, indeed, an antique. Many companies replicate antique styles.