Category Archives: Antiques & collectibles
The Antique Longcase Clocks – The longcase clock is the classic English clock, and is generally considered the finest achievement of English clock-making. Longcases are prized by collectors for the high quality of their cases and movements, and enjoy a wide popularity today.
There are large numbers in circulation, as they were possibly the most widely produced type of antique English clock. They were also produced in the United States – where they are known as tallcases – and on the Continent of Europe, but generally in lesser quantities than in England.
Collecting Staffordshire Figures – The earliest Staffordshire figures were made in the late 18th century to undersell Derby porcelain and to copy the fine but expensive figures produced by the top Continental factories such as Meissen. Square-based with a pearlware glaze, they graced many an elegant Georgian drawing room.
As the 19th century progressed mass production techniques improved and the increase in industrialization brought a burgeoning middle class with more disposable income and a desire for decorative ornaments. They could not afford the finest porcelain, but Staffordshire earthenware figures with flat, undecorated backs were an ideal alternative.
Antique Picture Frames In Contemporary Interior Design – A very pleasant fact about antique picture frames is that they have so many different uses. When well chosen, they can be used for all kinds of imagery, from the staid to the startling, and fit in with all kinds of interior decoration schemes.
Though the use of antique frames for dignified and formal pictures is fairly obvious – they are practically designed for traditional style portraits and for presenting photographic records of memorable, serious events like award presentations or weddings – they can also fit in as an intriguing contrast to more contemporary imagery. Everything from modern photography to modern art can sometimes look good when paired with one of these frames.
Collecting Posters And Using As Home Decor – The development of poster art during the last years of the 19th century came about as manufacturers began to realize the enormous benefits to be gained from pictorial advertising, rather than relying on pure typography as a method of selling products. And there were new and exciting products to sell, such as bicycles, corsets and cigarette papers, which lent themselves magnificently to the skill and imagination of such artists as Henri de Toulouse Lautrec, Jules Cheret and Alphonse Mucha.
The lithographic printing process revolutionized the art of poster making. The new technique involved the use of a flat stone onto which the design was drawn in wax crayon which acted as a resist.