Know Your Antique Furniture Terminology Part 1
Have you ever been in the position of admiring a friend’s new antique purchase when they remark on the exceptional quality of the qhystfk of the piece? You don’t know whether to look at your watch or pull out the top drawer and agree with them. Or maybe you are trying to describe a new […]
Highboys and Weathervanes Most Likely to Weather the Stormy Economy
For those of you who faithfully read this column, you know that my first column of the New Year is devoted to gazing at a crystal ball to make predictions about the world of antiques. Trying to figure out where the antique market is headed in 2009 isn’t an easy task considering the economic downturn […]
Great Finds—The Path of the Fauteuils
In the days before this recession, I was asked to locate a pair of 18th-century fauteuil for a client who owned a brownstone in a prestigious part of Manhattan. I located the right pair in an obscure Venetian collection. The Venetian nobleman’s life of debauchery had him living in a moldering palazzo. The family’s artwork […]
Antique Beds—What Holds Them Up?
Antique Beds – What Holds Them Up?
By Fred Taylor
Beds are of great interest to most people. We spend more time in bed than we do anywhere else, except, maybe at work. So where we spend roughly one-third or our lives should be of great interest.
Does Repair Hurt Antique Values?
Editor’s Note: Questions often arise about repairing antiques. Does that automatically lower the value of the piece? Are there circumstances where restoring it increases its value? Worthologist Fred Taylor, WorthPoint’s American furniture expert, has the answers. A middle-aged friend recently told me the story of her visit, with her sister, to her grandmother’s house. While […]