A Room Full Of Collections – Long ago you were given a blue plate, then you bought another one at a local bazaar and then a friend gave you one for Christmas and, before you knew it, you had a collection! Your collection of plates, dolls, jelly moulds, tin cans, or whatever, offers great decorating possibilities if you display it well. Continue Reading
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.
Japanese Porcelain In Home Decorating – Before the early 17th century, all the porcelain used in Japan was imported from China, but the ruling Tokugawa Shogunate in Japan wanted to he free of the Chinese merchants and, during raids carried out on Korea, captured their native potters.They brought them back to Japan and settled them inland at Arita, which became the main area of production after 1616 when the correct type of clay was found locally.
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.
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.