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Early Victorian Style 1830 – 1850

Early Victorian middle classes began to influence style in Britain after the regency, spending their incomes on comfortable goods. In William IV’s brief reign (1830-1837)  hints of the more romantic designs to come started emerging. Prosperity boomed, thanks to factories, mines… Continue reading →

Industrial Revolution

The Industrial Revolution began in Great Britain in the 1700s, when developments in manufacturing transformed everything. Machines replaced practices previously handmade and production numbers soared. Both the average household income and the population numbers soared. This revolution greatly increased the… Continue reading →

The Rococo Style – 1700AD

Adapted from the original Baroque style, the French Rococo style moved away from the ‘masculine’ elements of the original movement and became more ‘feminine’. The style encompassed architecture, interior design, painting, as well as others. Critics accused the style of… Continue reading →

Our Guide to Caring for Antique Sculpture and Statuary

While pretty robust, maintaining the condition of the surface or patina of antique sculptures and statues is vital to maintain the value. Keeping your antique sculpture in a sheltered position when placed outside prevents a lot of damage, as water… Continue reading →

The Renaissance: 1400 – 1600AD

During the 13th and 14th centuries, scholars transformed the medieval style of life in an urge to investigate everything. A rebirth – a renaissance – took place in the poetry, philosophy, science, art and architecture of Ancient Greece and Rome…. Continue reading →

Our Guide to Caring for Antique Timepieces and Mechanical Toys

Antique clocks, scientific instruments, musical boxes and other mechanical items get damaged if subjected to direct sunlight, extreme temperatures or damp. A common – and one of the worst – places for a clock is over the fireplace. Dust may lock… Continue reading →

The Late Georgian Style 1760 – 1800

A marked change in decorative style coincided with the start of George III’s reign in 1760. Not that the devout, industrious 22-year-old king had much to do with the change. He became a cultured and devoted family man with an… Continue reading →

Gothic, Revival & Modern Gothic Style

Beginning in 12th century France as Opus Francigenum, ‘French Work’, and later renamed Gothic during the later part of the Renaissance. The name ‘Goth’ originated from an East Germanic people of the same name. They were responsible for the fall of the Western… Continue reading →

Our Guide to Caring for Antique Carpets, Rugs and Tapestries

If kept free of dust and placed where they will not get heavy wear, antique carpets and rugs stand normal everyday use. Whether hung against a wall or on the floor, always keep carpets and rugs on a flat, clean,… Continue reading →

Famous Emeralds

The emerald is iconic, instantly recognisable for its beautiful green colour and the birthstone for May. Formed from the Beryl mineral, the stone historically is very popular – the ruler Cleopatra had her own emerald mines in Egypt. Harder than quartz… Continue reading →

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