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    Interview with Etel Adnan

    Posted by David Hornsby on 24/04/2017
    Interview with Etel Adnan

    Etel Adnan has excelled in a remarkably diverse range of fields during her long life. She is a poet, known in particular for her protests against the Vietnam and Iraq wars; a novelist whose book about the Lebanese civil war, ‘Sitt Marie-Rose’, won the coveted France-Pays Arabes prize and is considered a classic of war literature; a journalist and essayist who has explored the nature of place and history in books such as ‘Of Cities and Women’, and ‘Paris When It’s Naked’; and a philosopher who taught for many years at Dominican College in California.Now in her early 90’s, she is receiving widespread acclaim for her artistic work, and during the last year has had major exhibitions in London and Paris. In this, also, she shows mastery of a wide range of genres, producing tapestries and ceramics as well as paintings and drawings, and pioneering the development of leporellas, or folding books, based on the Japanese traditional form.


    How the art market is influenced by the 'Celebrity factor'

    Posted by John Stocks amfineart.co.uk on 21/04/2017
    How the art market is influenced by the 'Celebrity factor'

    How the art market is influenced by the 'Celebrity factor'


    Cufflinks a gentlemans jewel and pratical

    Posted by Iain Brunt on 18/04/2017
    Cufflinks a gentlemans jewel and pratical

    Although the first cufflinks appeared in the 1600s, they did not become common until the end of the 18th century


    French Horse Head Lamp C1970 Maison Charles

    Posted by Iain Brunt on 10/04/2017
    French Horse Head Lamp C1970 Maison Charles

    Even  though this is quite new they are rare to find it's such nice quality in a small item # car mascot 


    Family Heirlooms

    Posted by Bob Brooke on 05/04/2017
    Family Heirlooms

    ANTIQUES EXTRA!

     

    A Place forHeirlooms

    by Bob Brooke

    According to the Oxford University Press Dictionary, an heirloom is an object that has belonged to a family for several generations. Thus, all heirlooms are naturally considered antiques. Today’s 30s-somethings seem to consider these not something to treasure, but instead, they rather furnish their homes with items from IKEA and Wayfair.com. What they don’t realize is that heirlooms, no matter how trivial, are their connection to the past—to their family’s past. 


    Luggage and travel

    Posted by Editor on 15/02/2017
    Luggage and travel

    Time to book your next trip,maybe for half term, its mountains and snow for us but wherever you go enjoy the break.


    April Newsletter

    Posted by Gill Jones on 14/02/2017
    April Newsletter

    As we career headfirst into April we’ve already celebrated equinox, or perhaps it’s passed you by without you even knowing it was here. It’s significant for the arrival of spring and the soon-to-be-oh-so-welcome summer.

    Of course, the equinox is when the plane of the earth’s equator passes through the very centre of the sun. This happens twice a year, once in March and the second in September. So no, it’s perhaps not quite an official signifier of spring after all, but in March it certainly feels like it.


    Easter

    Posted by Gill Jones on 14/02/2017
    Easter

    Get away from the chocolate Easter egg obsession

    Of course, if you’re looking for something a little more extravagant, perhaps a markedly more ostentatious display of affection, you could try looking on www.antiques.co.uk. I go on there sometimes just to see what will come up if I key in certain words. For instance, today I keyed in “spring,” and I got a Victorian Marquetry Inlaid Circular Breakfast Table, an Imperial Jade and Diamond ring and leather Victorian Rocking Chair, amongst other things. When I keyed in ‘Easter,’ I got just the one item, an Easter island head carved in malachite stone. Whatever takes your fancy, that’s what I say.


    Fabergé Eggs

    Posted by Gill Jones on 14/02/2017
    Fabergé Eggs

    Once upon a time in Russia (and I’ve always wanted to say that), there was a jeweller/artist/goldsmith working for the Russian Imperial Court. He would go on to create the world-famous Faberge egg, named after himself of course. Yes, Faberge eggs are for the rich. All his eggs were and still are decorated with the finest jewels and the most precious objects imaginable. They are symbolic of a dynastic and passionate world for which there is no equivalent today. They embody the world from which they came.

    Faberge himself was born in the middle of the 19th century and travelled the world before settling down to a goldsmith course in France, England and Germany. He learnt his craft well, and his exquisite eggs were representative of his talent and dedication to even the minutest of details.


    Valentine. Buy a gift that will last forever

    Posted by Gillian Jones on 04/02/2017
    Valentine. Buy a gift that will last forever

    Valentine’s Day and those famous cards

    It’s amazing how quickly this time of year comes around again. It’s almost Valentine’s Day and you’re going to be thinking hard about what to buy your loved one on that special day. You’ll also be looking for a card, something that conveys a message really well, unfortunately a lot of mass made cards today are a little cheesy to say the least. You might like them, but for many they’re a little repetitive and the cards too much like the last one you picked up.


    Interior trends for 2017

    Posted by Gillian Jones on 11/01/2017
    Interior trends for 2017

    Interior Trends for 2017

    Happy New Year! Yet again we have started the beginning of another year and we start with a quick look at what to expect from interior trends for 2017. If you’re in the process of refurbishment, or you’re getting ready to do it in the spring, then this should be the perfect place to stop first, so you get all the gen on what’s in and what’s out. It’s not overly prescriptive and you don’t have to take it too seriously, but it does give you some idea of what to expect in the coming months. That way, the next time you have a look on our site for new items, you’ll have a better idea of what to look out for.


    January Newsletter

    Posted by Gill Jones on 01/01/2017
    January Newsletter

    Many of you will already have gone back to work, and some of you with children will have seen them return to school for another term. January is renowned for being dull, dark and wet, and sometimes we even get snow. It's enough to make you want to spend the entire month in bed until spring appears. 

    Some of you may have succumbed to flu this month, so you'll have taken to your sick beds rather than return to work, while others may have been sick over Christmas. Keep in mind that the days are getting longer and we're not too far away now from spring.


    Where the past makes a great present

    Posted by Gillian Jones B.A/M.A/PGCE on 18/12/2016
    Where the past makes a great present

    The pleasure’s in the giving as well as the receiving

    An unusual vintage or antique item could be the opener to a question, a business venture, a thank you, or simply a reminder of good times gone by. Taking the time to choose something that’s a one off, and beautifully unique, the pleasure’s going to be in the giving as well as the receiving.

    Make sure you take a leisurely look around our online site, and don’t forget that by browsing online for your gifts, you cut out the stress of shopping and fighting your way through the crowds, doubling your chances of finding something unique that catches your eye. That’s got to be better than the harsh lighting of a shopping mall.

    Until next time, from all of us here at www.antiques.co.uk we wish you a happy, peaceful Christmas.


    Where the past makes a great present

    Posted by Gillian Jones B.A/M.A/PGCE on 15/12/2016
    Where the past makes a great present

    Unusual, unique and beautiful

    Let’s look at some examples. These particular items could be off the page by the time this blog goes online, however, they do illustrate how easy it is to pick up items which are both unique, original and a worthwhile investment. We have an unusually shaped pewter box which has been exquisitely designed, a perfect gift which has practical uses as well as purely ornamental. There’s some gorgeous rings too, with the Victorian Opal and Diamond half hoop ring and an unusually shaped diamond ring.

    And if you’re looking for some random and off the radar slightly, how about a French frame with new glass? There’s also the most beautifully detailed 19th century Cantonese enamel plate, or the 1900s-yellow upholstered Prie Dieux carvings. Yes, it is just the one chair, but can you imagine it placed carefully in the best corner of the hallway or the living room, a real conversation starter as well as something to sit on.


    Where the the past makes a great present

    Posted by Gillian Jones B.A/M.A/PGCE on 09/12/2016
    Where the the past makes a great present

    Antique/vintage gifts are so much more interesting than brand new ones

    If you’re one of those people that like to buy gifts which are both original and unique, then a trip down the high street is possibly the worst idea possible. And buying antique doesn’t mean you’re buying some dark wood coffee table that no one will want, or a large, heavy and unattractive lamp that your friends are going to want to hide in the loft. Antiques gifts cover a wide range, and not all of them are purely for aesthetic purposes, some still have a functional use, a unique alternative to today’s made-quickly-out-of-man-made-materials products which won’t stand the test of time.


    Where the past makes a great present

    Posted by Gillian Jones B.A/M.A/PGCE on 06/12/2016
    Where the past makes a great present

    Christmas Blog

    Christmas is only round the corner, so if you’re still looking for last minute Christmas gifts, then look no further than www.antiques.co.uk, where you’ll find plenty of antiques for you to choose from as a Christmas present to remember.


    Happy Thanksgiving

    Posted by Gillian Jones on 23/11/2016
    Happy Thanksgiving

    Thanksgiving and providing light

    “There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.”

    Edith Wharton

     

    We hope you enjoy Thanksgiving and that your family are safe and well, and that you enjoy this peaceful time to give thanks in a world that’s becoming more turbulent and a year which has been eventful.

    Happy Thanksgiving!

     

     


    Guy Fawkes

    Posted by Gillian Jones on 26/10/2016
    Guy Fawkes

    Guy Fawkes what will you be doing this November 5th?


    November

    Posted by Gillian Jones on 25/10/2016

    We have a bumper selection of blogs this month as we enter the home straight towards the year’s end. We’ve got blogs on the back story to David Lloyd’s famous Guy Fawkes mask and a brief look at how an antique rug can change the look of a room, giving it a nice warm, autumnal feel. We also look at how lighting can transform a room whether it’s in winter or for Christmas, and www.antiques.co.uk has some beautiful lighting in its directory this month. We’re also looking at dinner services and coffee sets, now that the entertaining season is upon us.


    Autumn interiors

    Posted by Gillian Jones on 26/09/2016
    Autumn interiors

    Our blogs this month are about interiors and how you can subtly alter your home to fit in with the changes Autumn brings. Many of us are still not ready to say goodbye to summer, but now October comes we must come to terms with the fact that summer is gone and the colder wet weather will be with us now, followed by darker, shorter days.