Found 162 articles matching Furniture category.
  • Feb 19 2013
  • 19 Feb 2013

Desk? What Kind of Desk? One Must Be More Specific

A reader recently wrote me saying she had a desk that belonged to her grandfather that was more than 100 years old. What did I […]

  • Feb 11 2013
  • 11 Feb 2013

Treasure Salvage: On The Way To The Dump

In today’s market, it’s not unusual to read about an auction in which jewelry is sold for the scrap value of the gold or silver. […]

  • Jan 31 2013
  • 31 Jan 2013

A Furniture Inventory: How Many Chairs Do You Have in Your Home?

Many years ago when my daughter was in elementary school, her teacher gave the class an assignment count the pieces of furniture at home. The […]

  • Dec 20 2011
  • 20 Dec 2011

The Stranger Below: Silent Chairs and How to Get Them to Open Up

Some pieces of furniture are like an open book. A casual familiarity with the trade allows you to readily identify the period of a piece […]

  • Dec 12 2011
  • 12 Dec 2011

That’s My Story – Shaky Family Histories no Guarantee of Provenance

The life story of an antique—where it’s been, who owned it and how it came to be where it is—is known as the “provenance” of […]

  • Nov 14 2011
  • 14 Nov 2011

Passing the Smell Test – Telling Good Advice from the Bad

Need some advice about furniture? Want to know how to repair that chair or fix that ugly spot on the table top? Have a question […]

  • Oct 31 2011
  • 31 Oct 2011

The Retrophile Files: Junktiquing in New York City at Furnish Green

When self-confessed “estate sale” junkie and professional dance instructor Nathan Hescock decided to furnish his dance studio in New York City with vintage finds, his […]

  • Oct 31 2011
  • 31 Oct 2011

Good Reproductions: Baker Furniture Solves the Colonial Revival Riddle

After the American Revolution ended in 1783, the fledgling country struggled to establish its new identity in a number of areas, including furniture style and […]

  • Oct 17 2011
  • 17 Oct 2011

Murphy’s Law: Not All That Folds is a Murphy

Furniture can be quite cumbersome, especially in small quarters. Or even in big ones. In medieval times, the great room of an estate was a […]

  • Sep 6 2011
  • 6 Sep 2011

Organic Threats Present Dangers to Your Furniture

There are lots of things in the world that are good for your older and antique furniture—controlled temperature and humidity, regular cleaning, careful use and […]