Antiques & Art
inJanuary 6, 2009 - 5:21pm
Points to Consider Before Refinishing Antique Furniture:
- Is your piece out of the ordinary? Is it a masterpiece or classic example of craftsmanship? Make sure refinishing won’t diminish the value of your furniture.
- Was your furniture made by a notable craftsman or manufacturer, regardless of its age? Look for any marks or labels that might indicate the origin on the bottom or back of the piece.
inDecember 18, 2008 - 7:31am
The lineage of rocking horses can be traced back at least as far as herds of play stick ‘hobby horses’ roaming Europe at large in the 15th century. By the Middle Ages, men of noble birth trained for the joust while seated on mechanical contraptions that simulated the movement of a real horse beneath them.
inDecember 16, 2008 - 6:34am
With a new Lane now dedicated to items made of silver (other than jewelry) we thought addressing the issue of puzzling or easily misconstrued maker's marks on silver might be of interest to anyone who offers antique and vintage silver in today's marketplace.
A Bit of History
inDecember 9, 2008 - 1:57pm
Hi Jewels, just want to warn you about a very deceitful practice in the antique watch industry concerning the marking of watch cases as "14K" gold. The best way to do this is through images. Take a peek at these two watches, I will show you the watch first, and then the mark.
Waltham hunting case ladies watch:
inDecember 2, 2008 - 12:24pm
There are two primary types of Porcelain, with a third distinguished by nomenclature when a specific additive to a basic formula is included:
Hard Paste Porcelain
Rinker's Opinion: What do you predict to be the future of buying/selling antique online vs. physical shows, brick and mortar, et
inNovember 19, 2008 - 12:37pm
I remember life before the antiques malls, let alone the Internet. Never in my wildest dreams did I believe that eBay’s impact would rise and fall within a fifteen year span. I can hardly wait to see what happens next.
One thing is certain. Whatever happens will occur online. I have a fair idea of what is needed, but not who will develop it. The field badly needs a general online antiques and collectibles auction site, albeit one focused only on antiques and collectibles. The site has to resist the temptation to serve a broader sector.
inNovember 13, 2008 - 3:56pm
The functional area of a house we refer to today as the ‘dining room’
inNovember 4, 2008 - 11:51am
I sell information about the antiques and collectibles trade, not the objects themselves. I am a collector, not a dealer. In my role as a “neutral” observer within the trade, I am in constant communication with participants from all facets of the trade, especially sellers (dealers). Here are my observations from several recent conversations.
inOctober 29, 2008 - 4:42pm
Even if not in the business of buying or selling antiques and collectibles many people in the world at large are aware that Sevres is the name of an important maker and decorator of porcelain in France. What they may not know, however, is how widely faked and copied Sevres has been throughout the centuries.
A Brief History
inOctober 3, 2008 - 8:16pm
The addition of the Porcelain and Pottery lanes on Ruby Lane has caused some of us shop owners to scratch our heads on how to categorize our ceramic or clay based items. We want to follow the guidelines given us, but we also do not want to lose sales from items that are lost in a search. For instance, flow blue china may be porcelain, semi-porcelain, or stoneware and it is especially difficult to differentiate soft-paste porcelain from pottery.