The Road to Expertise in Antiquing for Designers 3.0 Hour CEU Course # ____ Instructors: Juliana Catlin, FASID and Charlie Miller, Show Manager
1 - Maker's Mark - Richard Martin & Ebenezer Hall. 2 - Lion Passant - Sterling Silver Mark. 3 - Assay Office Mark - London Post 1821. 4 - Date Letter -‘E’ for 1880. 5 -Monarch’s Head -(Victoria) showing duty paid. NB Monarch’s Head no longer stamped after 2nd May 1890 1 - Maker's Mark - Mackay & Chisholm. 2 - Monarch's Head (Victoria) showing duty paid. Discontinued after 1890. 3 - Assay Office Mark - Edinburgh Assay Office 4 - Thistle indicating sterling silver. This is the Assay Master’s Mark and is equivalent to the lion passant in England 5 -Date Letter - 1861 (Different shape E from first example)
What is an Antique? Items made prior to the early 1920s are considered antiques and newer pieces are collectibles. The antique scale slides in terms of the actual age of these objects as we continue to move forward through the calendar.
18 th Century Mahogany Chippendale Lowboy on straight legs with three drawers. Circa 1760. Recent Price: $6,250.00
Why, How and Where to Acquire Expertise <ul><li>Develop an Eye for Quality </li></ul><ul><li>Study Books, Price Guides, and Magazines </li></ul><ul><li>Visit the Ritziest Jewelry or Department Store </li></ul><ul><li>Visit Stores that Specialize in Reproductions </li></ul><ul><li>Subscribe to Antique Week or Antique Trader Weekly </li></ul><ul><li>Join a Collecting Club </li></ul><ul><li>Get to Know a Local Dealer </li></ul>
<ul><li>How to Spot Fake Antique Furniture </li></ul><ul><li>Be cautious if something is very cheap for what it is supposed to be </li></ul><ul><li>At antique fairs, look around and if there are numerous examples of one kind of items, be suspicious </li></ul><ul><li>Stand back and look at the whole piece </li></ul><ul><li>Look at the marks of wear on furniture </li></ul><ul><li>Is the dirt and grime where it should be? </li></ul><ul><li>Look at the underside or back </li></ul><ul><li>Look for woodworm holes without tiny cracks coming from the hole </li></ul><ul><li>A square or circular table will no longer be the perfect shape </li></ul><ul><li>Pegged joints should protrude </li></ul><ul><li>Be careful of items described as antique pine </li></ul><ul><li>Look at dovetail joints </li></ul><ul><li>Veneers on furniture from the early 19 th century are thicker </li></ul>
Creamware Earthenware Pottery, c. 1755-1800, not only the ultimate refinement of the British pottery industry, it was the product that launched Josiah Wedgwood into fame and riches. Creamware plate, typical and one of the most common patterns, c. l775 A Game Dish, c. l840 with an English Coat of Arms
Early blue and white Staffordshire pearlware display plate. Boy on a Buffalo pattern. It dates from c.1795-1800.
Worcester press-moulded powder blue ground lobed plate hand painted with the Fan-Panelled Landscape Pattern. First Period Worcester blue and white pattern of fisherman in watery landscape panels. Worcester Plate http://www.antiqueszone.co.uk/zone8/worcesterfanlandscape.html
Staffordshire blue printed earthenware plate with gadrooned edge from the Elkin, Knight and Bridgwood partnership at Fenton 1827-40. Pastoral landscape Canton Views and is named to the reverse in cartouche. Unusual extra backstamp "Lawrence Red Lion Hampton" which refers to what was a prestigious hotel/inn in Hampton, Middlesex.
Three lobed bowl, with calligraphy in dull black enamel " Flowers dancing in the breeze, Spring arrives, birds find their tunes ", dated "1892". Red base mark Guan yao nei zao (Imperial Kiln for Inner Palace), dated 1903 .
Bocage figure of two gardeners by a fountain, pearlware glaze. Circa 1820 Recent price - $1,498.00
Dutch figured walnut bureau cabinet. Pediment top opens to reveal a fitted interior of drawers and dividers. The bombe form bureau opens to likewise reveal a fitted interior of drawers and pigeon holes. Circa 1750
William and Mary oyster veneered chest of drawers with hollywood stringing and inlay. Circa 1690.
Regency period satinwood, mahogany and ebonised rent table. The satinwood top with both working and faux mahogany fronted drawers, surmounting an unusual support of four ebonised, ring-turned columns, terminating in a platform, from which radiate four splay legs, with ebonised stringing, with gilt-brass caps and casters. Probably Scottish. Circa 1810
Late Regency giltwood and ebonized convex mirror. The circular plate with reeded ebonized slip and foliage clasp turned border. The frame is surmounted by an acanthus-scroll crest, and the apron centered by a shell and flanked by acanthus. Circa 1820
Chinese and Japanese porcelain http://gotheborg.com Antique Art http://www.antique-fine-art.com Antique Furniture http://www.wakefieldscearce.com Antique Creamware http://www.rufusfosheeantiques.com/articles/creamware.html Transfer Ware http://www.antiqueszone.co.uk/zone4/spodeboyonbuffaloplate.html Antique Art http://www.antique-fine-art.com Staffordshire Figures http://www.bishopantiques.com/fullphoto.asp?prod=1145 Info sheet on Staffordshire Figures http://www.myantiquemall.com/AQstories/staffordshire/Staffordshire.html Silver maker's marks http://www.wheathills.com/pages/identify_silver_hallmarks.aspx Rugs http://nazmiyalantiquerugs.com/antique-rugs/tabriz-persian-rug--41241-3852.cfm http://nazmiyalantiquerugs.com/Interior-Design-Antique-Rugs.cfm Mirrors http://www.chappellmccullar.com/af05015.html ANTIQUE RESOURCES Field Guide to American Antique Furniture: A Unique Visual System for identifying the Style of Virtually Any Piece of American Antique Furniture by Joseph T. Butler Kovels’Antiques & Collectibles Price Guide 2010: America’s Bestselling and Most Up to Date Antiques Annual – 42 nd Edition by Ralph M. Kovel