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, Vintage And Retro Furniture – The term ‘antique’ will often be used to describe furniture that is quite old, possibly somewhat broken and with bits missing, stained and/or cracked. But apparently it is antique, so this means that with a bit of restoration the piece will scrub up to become a charming bit of furniture with a rich history – at least that’s what the seller wants you to believe.
Perhaps they will find a buyer who, out of some misguided sentimentality and a moment of weakness, goes ahead and purchases it. The seller is usually ecstatic to be rid of it, and it will probably move from one garage to another.
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.
Antique pottery vases deserve a special place in your home. Everyone wants to decorate his/her home despite the fact the home is modern or ancient. Adding décor to the brick and mortal house is significant for providing style, comfort and flavor. Besides many other decorative items for a room, a vase with beautiful and attractive bunch of flowers will bring brilliance of color, enunciation, and style to a room. Fresh flowers always give alive and garden-fresh look to the room and when these flowers are put in antique pottery vases they give a decorative appeal of another level.
Vases come in various shades, style, shape and sizes. They can be round, cylindrical, square, tall, short, rectangular, round, bowl-shaped, with or without handles, clear or painted.
Art Nouveau & Art Deco Stylish Figures – Until the 19th century, sculpture tended to be large and was bought only by those with houses big enough to accommodate it, but the invention of reducing machines in the 1840s resulted in the production of perfectly scaled-down versions of full-size sculptures. As the century progressed, the popularity of smaller bronze pieces grew as they became increasingly affordable.
The trend continued into 20th century with large numbers of stylish figures manufactured during both the Art Nouveau and Art Deco periods either as purely decorative objects or as light fittings.