Collecting antiques is an enjoyable and sometimes profitable hobby. If you like the styles of a past age, you can decorate and furnish your home from almost any period from 1700 onwards.
There are hundreds of places selling reproduction furniture, but why not treat yourself to the real thing. An authentic antique is a treasure to have in your home. It is a piece of real history and a truly well made object.
Antiques from the early 18th century through to the early 19th century the so-called Georgian and regency periods can sometimes be most affordable. Furniture from these periods will fit into most rooms and bring style and elegance into your home.
Mahogany , Walnut, Rosewood and Satinwood were the favourites of craftsman from these periods and their furniture was built to be beautiful and durable. The introduction of mahogany in the first half of the 18th century , a much harder wood not so susceptible to wood rot and wood-worm and had an attractive grain pattern and revolutionised the making of furniture.
In the first half of the 18th century the cabriole leg appeared, this style of furniture leg became popular in England and was adopted in many of Chippendale’s designs. Furniture was decorated with shell carvings or leaves and flowers.
In the late Georgian period, English designers like Hepplewhite and Sheraton were designing furniture in the Neo-classical style . Table and chair legs were straighter, being square or turned and fluted and the designs were light and elegant. Chair backs were often square or oval shaped.
In the regency era at the beginning of the 19th century, furniture styles became more luxurious and elaborate , furniture was decorated with themes from Greek and Egyptian mythology.
There are many other things to collect, apart from furniture. Paintings, prints, vases, dining ware, lamps and candlesticks are all collectable antiques.
If you are thinking of buying a piece of antique furniture, have a look at the Peter Lipitch website on www.peter-lipitch-antique-furniture.com, it will give an idea of what type of antique furniture is available. Or, if you prefer, visit the showroom on Fulham Road, SW3. The staff will be pleased to talk to you and answer any questions you might have.
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A RARE GEORGE III SATINWOOD AND PAINTED CABINET (click to visit)
An extremely rare George III satinwood and inlaid cabinet on its original stand with square tapered legs; the front and sides with inset oval marine scenes painted in the manner of Dominic Serres, RA (d.1793). The gold tablets on which the oval marine scenes on this cabinet appear are surrounded by borders painted en grisaille and giltwood pearl mouldings. The front of the cabinet opens to reveal a nest of drawers with original gilt metal knob handles and a leather lined writing surface. Retaining its original mottled grey marble top.