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Who was Thomas Chippendale?

14 February 2018

Thomas Chippendale was born in Otley, Yorkshire, 1718 and died in London in 1779. He’simmensely famous, but why?His fame stems from the fact he was arguably the most gifted cabinet-maker of his time,and his services were sought by the great and the good. However, he wasn’tsimply born into his illustrious career, as his success came only followingsignificant efforts on his...

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Stylised Animals in Decorative Lighting and Objects

17 January 2018

Exotic animals that were transported to England by boats, were studied and painted by experts employed by institutions like the Natural History Museum. It was thought a helpful idea to integrate never before seen animals like armadillos and tortoises into decorative objects, to introduce them to the public. The eagerness of experts to acquaint English society with such animals is...

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How to make the most of your Hallway space.

09 January 2018

Quite often,the hallway ends up being a cluttered walkway for traversing from room to room,but this need not be the case.Hallways canbecome a statement space and decorated in a manner that relates back to whenthey were considered the heart of the home. In the 1400s, the hallway was wherethe family dined with guests, and great houses played host to travelling...

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Five tips for buying antiques this New Year.

03 January 2018

Whether you’re an avid collector of antique desk sets or just starting out with your collection of gilded candlesticks, we have compiled some tips to help beginners start their antique collection this New Year.Start with what you knowIt is best to specialise in an area of antiques that you are passionate about and have knowledge about already, and take it...

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Historic country house is filled with antique treats

19 October 2017

An historic country house which was once home to a famous nobleman has been restored and made available to rent as a weekend getaway. Auchinleck House in Ayrshire, Scotland, was home to James Boswell – the rare sort of nobleman who became famous for what he did rather than who he was born as. Boswell’s diaries, biography of famous writer...

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How to look after Gold and Ormolu

19 October 2017

When you invest in stunning ormolu tazzas, an ormolu mantle clock or any other item containing gold you want to make sure it always looks its best, so how do you do that? Here are some top tips to ensure your items are kept looking as magnificent as possible.What is Ormolu?Ormolu is a coating which is used to imitate or...

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